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by Donald Isler
Wed Oct 05, 2005 10:25 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Observations From A Recovering Christian
Replies: 317
Views: 37754

I never said that poetry is a basis for objective truth. Sorry that you are once again twisting words to say I said things I never said, nor believed. I never said the Bible is literally true, or that it should be taken that way. Others believe that, but I don't. Logic is not a way to approach relig...
by Donald Isler
Tue Oct 04, 2005 7:29 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Observations From A Recovering Christian
Replies: 317
Views: 37754

Why is it so offensive that there should be one state with a Jewish majority in the world? Why?? The Jewish people have already been through one holocaust within the last century. A bi-national solution would result in another. And virtually all Jews know this. Unfortunately, everything in recent hi...
by Donald Isler
Mon Oct 03, 2005 8:44 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Observations From A Recovering Christian
Replies: 317
Views: 37754

Donald Isler wrote: "But if religion can only be validated by dry logic and precise historical proof without any poetry, intuition and imagination then it's a sad affair. Also, we would never have had any music from Bach! And, as Abraham Joshua Heschel (anybody ever heard of him?) said "We understan...
by Donald Isler
Sun Oct 02, 2005 7:43 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: A Very Special Rosh Hashonah Greeting for
Replies: 4
Views: 1317

Actually, the New Year will be 5766.

Best wishes to everyone!
by Donald Isler
Sat Oct 01, 2005 10:55 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Observations From A Recovering Christian
Replies: 317
Views: 37754

This entire thread can be seen as quite deep, or pointless. No hope that either side will convince the other. Which is fine. No one should feel forced to take on anyone else's beliefs. But if religion can only be validated by dry logic and precise historical proof without any poetry, intuition and i...
by Donald Isler
Sat Oct 01, 2005 6:58 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: GAO Slams Bush Administration for Buying News
Replies: 12
Views: 2476

4) Oh, and those poor people who took refuge in the Superdome are much better off now since "It wasn't going so well for them before," as Barbara said.
by Donald Isler
Sat Oct 01, 2005 6:55 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: GAO Slams Bush Administration for Buying News
Replies: 12
Views: 2476

I guess you do what you have to to get your message across. After all, credibility and honesty aren't particularly important to this administration, and the top guy doesn't even read the papers so those who do may as well read what he wants them to. Stay tuned for similar "news" items telling us: 1)...
by Donald Isler
Wed Sep 28, 2005 10:38 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Observations From A Recovering Christian
Replies: 317
Views: 37754

To add to what Pizza said about the necessity of study to know what one's talking about: Here's part of an article from a local paper, the Scarsdale Inquirer (9/23/05), wherein a young Reconstructionist rabbi explains how he got hooked on studying Jewish texts, and their relevance: "Back at school (...
by Donald Isler
Tue Sep 27, 2005 8:10 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Alberto Vilar's NYC Condo Up for Sale!
Replies: 6
Views: 1596

What excellent timing, Lance! Now that you're allegedly "retired," hopefully on a good pension, it sounds perfect for you, and just about large enough for your collection. Plus, we'd get to see you more often in New York!
by Donald Isler
Tue Sep 27, 2005 8:59 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: OktoberHenningMusikFest
Replies: 18
Views: 3372

Glad to hear you're busy and doing more good work, Karl!
by Donald Isler
Tue Sep 27, 2005 8:55 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Helen Schnabel's recordings resurfacing on CD!
Replies: 3
Views: 1108

Lance said:

"Yes, only child. It's heartbreaking, something like this."

I remember his grandfather, Karl Ulrich, telling me how talented he was.
by Donald Isler
Tue Sep 27, 2005 8:51 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Louis Spohr (1784-1859) - who's listening to him?
Replies: 21
Views: 3855

The Spohr Society of Great Britain, which one can join for a modest amount, has a journal and newsletter which give more information about Spohr, his life and music, and performances and recordings of his works. Some people believe that although he was the son of a Lutheran minister his music was no...
by Donald Isler
Mon Sep 26, 2005 7:31 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Observations From A Recovering Christian
Replies: 317
Views: 37754

She hasn't offered anything except to say that everyone should believe what she does, or else we're wrong. That's intolerant. She challenged an Orthodox Jew to defend Matthew. That is ignorant. I know children with more open minds.
by Donald Isler
Mon Sep 26, 2005 7:19 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Louis Spohr (1784-1859) - who's listening to him?
Replies: 21
Views: 3855

I think he's a very worthwhile composer. I've just gone back to practicing his Piano Sonata, of which I made the first recording. If interested you can find it at: www.kasprecords.com
by Donald Isler
Mon Sep 26, 2005 10:03 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Observations From A Recovering Christian
Replies: 317
Views: 37754

I disagree that Vaseena is using an intellectual approach to this whole business. Using the intellect requires a certain amount of work and study as well as thinking, and she's too lazy to do that. Anyone with a minimum of study would know that: 1) Jews don't believe in the New Testament, 2) The com...
by Donald Isler
Sun Sep 25, 2005 2:38 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: What are you practicing/playing right now?
Replies: 15
Views: 3675

Hi Teresa, Perfection, no, but to make it better........................ Keep listening to everything you're doing and think about what you're not happy with, and if possible, why. Also, I like to record my playing from time to time and have learned a lot from listening to myself as an "outsider." S...
by Donald Isler
Sun Sep 25, 2005 11:36 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Bloopers in Music
Replies: 67
Views: 14631

Back around 1971 a group of fellow students at the Manhattan School of Music and I attended an Earl Wild recital at Town Hall. Can't remember all of the program, but he played Beethoven's Sonata in B-Flat, op. 22 on the first half, and some Liszt on the second. During the intermission one friend tol...
by Donald Isler
Sun Sep 25, 2005 6:36 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Observations From A Recovering Christian
Replies: 317
Views: 37754

Michael Lerner represents the left of the left; not most of us center and slightly left of center Jews. Then of course, on the right, there's Rabbi Ovadia in Israel who in his "great wisdom" recently declared that Hurricane Katrina was God's punishment on 1) America for pushing Israel to withdraw fr...
by Donald Isler
Sat Sep 24, 2005 8:06 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: What are you practicing/playing right now?
Replies: 15
Views: 3675

Don't worry, Teresa. I heard Horowitz play the G-Minor Ballade in concert two or three times, and never was the coda note-perfect!
by Donald Isler
Sat Sep 24, 2005 9:54 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Bloopers in Music
Replies: 67
Views: 14631

An 11 year old student quite some years ago told me that he too liked classical music. I asked him what, specifically, he liked to hear. He replied "Die, Walker!" Knowing that kids mix up classical with other kinds of music, including classical rock, and having never heard of a group with such a nam...
by Donald Isler
Thu Sep 22, 2005 8:57 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Bloopers in Music
Replies: 67
Views: 14631

My "late former teacher" (come to think of it, I have a few of them) to whom Joe refers was Robert Goldsand, a kind and charming gentleman, and a very fine pianst when he was still in shape. It's unfortunate he wasn't prevented from performing those last few concerts. I couldn't bring myself to go h...
by Donald Isler
Thu Sep 22, 2005 8:38 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Bloopers in Music
Replies: 67
Views: 14631

Not a blooper, but another amusing Hungerford story. He once gave a recital at the Emelin Theater here in Westchester County. Apparently the artist's room shared a wall with the ladies' room. At intermission he said he couldn't help overhearing a conversation from the other side of the wall, while h...
by Donald Isler
Thu Sep 22, 2005 8:34 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Bloopers in Music
Replies: 67
Views: 14631

And I apparently made a blooper in telling one of these stories! A reliable source tells me that the conductor in the story of the Schnabel memory lapse in K. 488 was not Walter, but Rodzinski.
by Donald Isler
Thu Sep 22, 2005 5:44 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Richard Nixon's piano play
Replies: 32
Views: 5775

No, you won't be able to tell which of the pianists is the former chancellor, but ONE of them is he! Otherwise you'll have to ask him to make a new solo recording for you!
by Donald Isler
Thu Sep 22, 2005 12:35 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Richard Nixon's piano play
Replies: 32
Views: 5775

BBC Music magazine Article About former Prime Minister Heath Sir Edward Heath, the musical politician How the former Prime Minister showed a rare talent at the keyboard and on the podium 19/07/2005 Sir Edward Heath, who has died aged 89, was a musician of some talent. Encouraged by his mother, Heath...
by Donald Isler
Thu Sep 22, 2005 12:29 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Richard Nixon's piano play
Replies: 32
Views: 5775

Recordings with former Chancellor Schmidt: http://www.musicabona.com/schmidt_helmut/cd/index.html.en+helmut+schmidt+piano&hl=en Helmut Schmidt JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Konzerte fur 2, 3 und 4 Klaviere, Concertos for 2, 3 and 4 Pianos, Concertos pour 2, 3 et 4 Pianos, Concerti per 2, 3 e 4 pianoforti:, ...
by Donald Isler
Sun Sep 18, 2005 10:39 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Dumb Beyond Belief
Replies: 2
Views: 1403

Dumb Beyond Belief

Haaretz Last update - 03:13 19/09/2005 Haaretz investigates French FM's faux pas at Yad Vashem By Avirama Golan, Haaretz Correspondent The French satirical magazine Le Canard Enchaine reported in its September 14th issue that during the visit of French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy to the n...
by Donald Isler
Fri Sep 16, 2005 9:00 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: America's Most Beloved A*sshole Does It Again!
Replies: 20
Views: 4852

You don't have to like Jimmy Carter. It's quite popular not to these days, though I know one minister who said Carter is hero of his. Myself, I have mixed feelings about his legacy. But one has to admit: 1) Carter had the guts to go against the immioral political situation he grew up with and fight ...
by Donald Isler
Fri Sep 16, 2005 1:09 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The New Boss
Replies: 10
Views: 2584

Ralph said:

"We'll see but imagine if it would be "The Stein Court."

Now that's a candidate I could support!
by Donald Isler
Fri Sep 16, 2005 1:06 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Pierre-Laurent Aimard
Replies: 8
Views: 2488

When I used to teach at the Prep Center at Brooklyn College about 10 years ago I had a colleague, quite a brilliant pianist named Daniel Rubenstein, who played Lygeti Etudes impressively. Wonder what he's doing now, since we lost touch.
by Donald Isler
Fri Sep 16, 2005 1:01 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Bloopers in Music
Replies: 67
Views: 14631

Joe,

I understand you may have some stories to tell. Maybe you'll share some about the audition tape for classical announcers on a radio station that no longer does classical. I recall one person had trouble pronouncing names as "exotic" as Margaret Truman correctly!
by Donald Isler
Thu Sep 15, 2005 5:46 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Red Ken Makes More Copy
Replies: 3
Views: 1304

What an idiot! Comparing a terrorist to the one pope of the 20th century who may have been greater (from my standpoint, anyway) than John Paul II. But it does remind us of a double standard. What is terrorism elsewhere is a martyrdom incident (something to be respected) when the victims are Israelis...
by Donald Isler
Thu Sep 15, 2005 5:40 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Bush Bequest
Replies: 18
Views: 3491

Corlyss, Obviously I agree with you about Quayle, but I give Nixon much more credit for brains that you do, even though I could hardly say I liked him. Especially in his later years he was interestingly, and sometimes helpfully, provocative. For instance, in '92 when all the candidates were just tal...
by Donald Isler
Thu Sep 15, 2005 5:33 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The End Of Faith
Replies: 76
Views: 13575

So much preaching, yet you're against religion? I find that ironic! It is as pointless and intolerant to blindly bash religion as it is to force one's own religion on others. And actually, what you're doing is trying to push your own non-religion religion on others. I don't think you'll find a lot o...
by Donald Isler
Thu Sep 15, 2005 9:06 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Bush Bequest
Replies: 18
Views: 3491

Oh, come on! The weren't all so ignorant. Nixon was VP for 8 years, long enough to debate Khrushchev, and have stuff thrown at him in Venezuela. He was crooked and anti-semitic, but far from a total idiot. I think he had some idea what was going on in the world. Bush 41 ran the CIA for awhile. He wa...
by Donald Isler
Thu Sep 15, 2005 8:55 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Senate Kills Bid for Katrina Commission
Replies: 7
Views: 1999

As if the Republicans would come off looking good. What was the job description for the head of FEMA again? "Must be a college friend of a friend of the president. No disaster experience necessary."
by Donald Isler
Thu Sep 15, 2005 12:05 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Pledge of Allegiance: Here We Go Again!
Replies: 29
Views: 5985

Well, they said "for which it stands" which didn't make any sense to me at that age, so I thought they meant "for Richard Stands." whatever that was supposed to be about!
by Donald Isler
Thu Sep 15, 2005 12:00 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The German Election Goes Down to the Wire
Replies: 2
Views: 1144

No question but a lot of younger Germans are interested in getting to know Jews better. Perhaps they wonder what their country would be like if it hadn't lost its pre-Hitler Jewish population, and their descendants. In particular, I'm thinking of: 1) A German pastor from Berlin who visited here a fe...
by Donald Isler
Wed Sep 14, 2005 11:46 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Pledge of Allegiance: Here We Go Again!
Replies: 29
Views: 5985

As has been pointed out already: They don't explain to kids what it means. When I first heard the pledge, in kindergarten or first grade (which then included "under God") I always wondered who "Richard Stands" was, as in "for Richard Stands" and why didn't they pronounce his name right?!
by Donald Isler
Wed Sep 14, 2005 11:38 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Richter's Moscow 1955 Schumann ABEGG Variations
Replies: 2
Views: 1506

Every artist that I've heard numerous times in concert has had a significant memory slip at least once, except for Cherkassky. I heard Rubinstein get lost in the Waldstein Sonata, and Horowitz lost his place in one of the encore pieces he was known for playing, Moszkowski's Etincelles. Dad heard Sch...
by Donald Isler
Wed Sep 14, 2005 11:28 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Emotional vs. Technical Performance
Replies: 12
Views: 2545

I don't think any performer thinks that way, ie. to be technically OR emotionally impressive. He/she plans to do the best job possible to the music using using his/her talent. Then we can all judge afterwards how the performer succeeded, according to our understanding.
by Donald Isler
Wed Sep 14, 2005 12:33 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The End Of Faith
Replies: 76
Views: 13575

Sure, go to a psychologist or a lawyer if you think he/she can help you. But's wrong with going to a rabbi or priest or other clergy if you think he/she will be able to help you because of his/her education, and your common values? Not you personally, but someone else who feels that way?
by Donald Isler
Wed Sep 14, 2005 11:48 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Bloopers in Music
Replies: 67
Views: 14631

Back when I was a student at the Manhattan School of Music I had a friend who was a rather good pianist. (I think he's a computer programmer now.) He had, oh, such a graceful and elegant way of arriving at the F sharp which is the first note of the second theme of the first movement of Chopin's B Mi...
by Donald Isler
Tue Sep 13, 2005 9:09 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Bill Clinton: Saviour of the world?
Replies: 20
Views: 4044

Although I much prefer Clinton to what now runs the country I think there might be an irony in someone, even an ex-president, teaching a course at a law school who had previously agreed to give up his law license to settle a suit against him.
by Donald Isler
Tue Sep 13, 2005 9:05 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Don't Send Your Kid to a Conservatory
Replies: 24
Views: 6318

I'm glad that the writer notes that classical musicians may have an education as long as that of a physician. Certainly the six years I spent at the Manhattan School of Music getting my bachelor's and master's degrees are just a small fraction of my many years of professional study. I will also neve...
by Donald Isler
Tue Sep 13, 2005 8:53 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Bloopers in Music
Replies: 67
Views: 14631

And, now that you mention page turners: Artur Balsam told of a concert, I believe in Cuba many years ago, when he accompanied a violinist. The page turner did a satisfactory job. But, after they concluded the printed program the violinist and Mr. Balsam, while still on stage, decided to do an encore...
by Donald Isler
Mon Sep 12, 2005 7:29 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Bloopers in Music
Replies: 67
Views: 14631

Abram Chasins (pianist, composer, author and one of the people who made WQXR in New York one of the first important classical music stations) told of giving a piano recital somewhere down south in the 20's or 30's. He was playing something new to his repertoire, I think a Prokofiev sonata. The town ...
by Donald Isler
Mon Sep 12, 2005 8:58 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Bloopers in Music
Replies: 67
Views: 14631

Funny that you mention Lili Kraus, John. She was never one of my favorites. She did, however, have quite a high level of self-esteem. I once heard her say on the radio that one of her children had played a recording for her and asked her to guess who the performer was. She replied "Schnabel!" to whi...
by Donald Isler
Sun Sep 11, 2005 10:18 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: It's September 11th Again
Replies: 7
Views: 2230

We had a short memorial to 9-11 here at a riverside park in Irvington, NY, 30 miles up the Hudson from the WTC site. Four years ago we could see the smoke from there. The whole thing was probably typical of many other such commemorations throughout the country. It was about 30 minutes long, attended...
by Donald Isler
Sun Sep 11, 2005 10:05 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Bloopers in Music
Replies: 67
Views: 14631

My teacher, the pianist Bruce Hungerford, could tell very amusing stories about his experiences. Two of them: 1) The people running one series where he was performing got his biography and that of his teacher, Carl Friedberg, mixed up, and so he read in the program that he himself had been a student...