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by Donald Isler
Sun Jul 31, 2005 10:05 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: MARC-ANDRÉ HAMELIN
Replies: 6
Views: 3081

MARC-ANDRÉ HAMELIN

Schubert: Sonata in A Major, D. 664 Godowsky: Nine Studies after Chopin's Etudes Wagner-Liszt: Isolde's Liebestod (from Tristan und Isolde) Verdi-Liszt: Ernani - Paraphrase de Concert Bellini-Liszt: Reminiscences de "Norma" Marc-Andrè Hamelin's recital last night at the International Keyboard Instit...
by Donald Isler
Sat Jul 30, 2005 12:23 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: IKIF
Replies: 9
Views: 3200

Gray's Papaya? Is that where you take women when you want to impress them?
by Donald Isler
Thu Jul 28, 2005 9:56 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: IKIF
Replies: 9
Views: 3200

IKIF

Are Joe and Dad and I really the only New York based posters who have been to the ongoing International Keyboard Institute and Festival programs at Mannes College? Well, if anyone's interested, I posted an article about it in the Reviews seciton.
by Donald Isler
Wed Jul 27, 2005 11:06 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Greatest Under-rated Composers
Replies: 89
Views: 30494

I agree that Saint-Saens is underrated. Just listening to the Swan, or the 2nd Piano Concerto, or the Cello concertos, or that great tour de force, the Etude in the Form of a Waltz reminds me what terrific contributions he made.
by Donald Isler
Wed Jul 27, 2005 9:43 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Greatest Under-rated Composers
Replies: 89
Views: 30494

I'm also a big fan of Schumann. And I also like his Violin Concerto, but I believe Clara wanted to suppress it because he wrote it near the end, when he wasn't well, and she didn't think it was representative of his best.
by Donald Isler
Wed Jul 27, 2005 9:41 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: July 27: Names and Notes in Music
Replies: 5
Views: 1912

I've heard many medium pianists in my day!
by Donald Isler
Tue Jul 26, 2005 11:37 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: INTERNATIONAL KEYBOARD INSTITUTE AND FESTIVAL
Replies: 1
Views: 1667

INTERNATIONAL KEYBOARD INSTITUTE AND FESTIVAL

More attention should be given to the International Keyboard Institute and Festival, now under way at Mannes College. In its seventh year, it comes along each summer for two weeks in the latter half of July, when concert life in New York has slowed down, and provides one and sometimes even two conce...
by Donald Isler
Mon Jul 25, 2005 9:00 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: From London to Jerusalem
Replies: 16
Views: 6054

Haaretz Last update - 17:45 25/07/2005 Israel criticizes Pope for failing to condemn terror attacks By The Associated Press The Vatican envoy was summoned to the Foreign Ministry Monday as Israel expressed its outrage that Pope Benedict XVI failed to condemn terror against Israelis. On Sunday the po...
by Donald Isler
Fri Jul 22, 2005 11:38 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: A Bad Trend
Replies: 0
Views: 1389

A Bad Trend

The Jewish Week - New York Friday, July 22, 2005 / 15 Tammuz 5765 Palestinian Nationalists Seen Behind Divestment Little-known Jerusalem center termed ‘spiritual fuel’ for sanctions efforts James D. Besser/Washington - Washington Correspondent Radical Palestinian nationalists seeking an end to the J...
by Donald Isler
Fri Jul 22, 2005 8:49 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Reginald Kell (clarinet) fans ... rejoice!
Replies: 5
Views: 2597

I'm happy to see the name of Joel Rosen here. He was a brilliant pianist and a well-known teacher in this area. I used to work for him in the Rosen Teachers' Association which he founded, and I still do the monthly theory/music appreciation/performance classes for my students in his studio.
by Donald Isler
Sat Jul 16, 2005 5:28 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Anyone Mourning?
Replies: 9
Views: 2580

I regret the deaths of all innocent victims.
by Donald Isler
Fri Jul 15, 2005 1:18 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Reliving the Joys of Viet Nam Dissent
Replies: 37
Views: 7333

There's no partisanship much slimier than that of the people running the country today. But they will soon feel more and more heat.
by Donald Isler
Fri Jul 15, 2005 12:56 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Reliving the Joys of Viet Nam Dissent
Replies: 37
Views: 7333

No I'm not kidding. I don't remember the era with any fondness at all. The country was torn apart by people who passionately agreed with one side or the other, and we had a president who was a liar, and whose own party leaders at long last told him it was time to go.
by Donald Isler
Fri Jul 15, 2005 10:47 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Reliving the Joys of Viet Nam Dissent
Replies: 37
Views: 7333

I generally agree with Schorr.

And I think it's almost sick to refer to the "joys" of Viet Nam dissent. It was an ugly time in America and there was little joy to anything about the situation, whatever side you were on.
by Donald Isler
Thu Jul 14, 2005 7:30 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Pizza: Can You Help This Woman?
Replies: 7
Views: 2113

Ralph,

Maybe Pizza would change his mind if she agreed, upon receiving her money, to give the bulk of it to a yeshiva in Modi'in.
by Donald Isler
Tue Jul 12, 2005 9:02 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Know Any Other Lawyers Using This Defense?
Replies: 2
Views: 1219

Know Any Other Lawyers Using This Defense?

News 07/12/2005 08:03:14 EST Bank Robber Cites Trauma From 9/11 Attacks By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN Associated Press Writer STAMFORD, Conn. - A convicted bank robber is citing stress from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in a bid for less prison time, the second time the argument has been used by a ...
by Donald Isler
Sun Jul 10, 2005 11:32 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Bach Without Fear [Article]
Replies: 51
Views: 9757

Perhaps the Third Orchestral Suite. Great melodies, real depth, bouncy rhythms, etc.
by Donald Isler
Sun Jul 03, 2005 11:32 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: The Morality of CD burning
Replies: 56
Views: 10621

Sometimes the artist and the recording company are one and the same. Me, for example.
by Donald Isler
Sun Jul 03, 2005 10:46 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: A Jewish cop in burning Mississippi
Replies: 15
Views: 2492

Two separate stories about Jews in the Deep South: 1) There was a movie a few years ago about German Jewish academics who came here in the '30s, and, with no better opportunities, ended up spending their careers teaching at black colleges. They appeared almost to have come from a different planet to...
by Donald Isler
Sat Jul 02, 2005 8:51 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Should Musicians Pack It In Before They're Really Old?
Replies: 23
Views: 4092

Arrau was playing slowly for years before he died. I think part of it was from an incorrect belief that slowness necessarily equals profundity. It was totally different from the brilliant playing of his younger years. The closest I came to hearing him live was a live broadcast of, I think, the Beeth...
by Donald Isler
Fri Jul 01, 2005 11:30 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Should Musicians Pack It In Before They're Really Old?
Replies: 23
Views: 4092

Ralph is correct about Horszowski. He stopped playing shortly before his 100th birthday, and died a month before his 101st. The recital at Carnegie Hall, two months before his 98th birthday, needed no excuses because of age. It was wonderful! I think he missed a few passages in Schumann's Papillons ...
by Donald Isler
Fri Jul 01, 2005 11:16 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Left's Nightmare Comes True
Replies: 41
Views: 5878

I'm sure Pat Buchanan will enjoy his confirmation hearings. Unless he's not conservative enough for the people Bush wants to keep happy.
by Donald Isler
Mon Jun 27, 2005 10:43 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: That Decline in Concertgoers Issue Again-Solutions Anyone?
Replies: 18
Views: 2959

And what are your solutions, Lance?
by Donald Isler
Mon Jun 27, 2005 10:40 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Vault treasures that were never reissued
Replies: 20
Views: 4651

I think the cape was probably his own idea, or if it came from someone else, that he liked it. He was a very dramatic and flamboyant personality.
by Donald Isler
Mon Jun 27, 2005 8:53 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Vault treasures that were never reissued
Replies: 20
Views: 4651

Lance's comments remind me of the time I had the poor judgment to ask the very gifted and equally touchy Mr. Lewenthal if he had ever experienced complaints about his practicing in the apartment building where he lived.

"No!" he bristled. "When they hear me practicing they come running!"
by Donald Isler
Sat Jun 25, 2005 12:40 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: That Decline in Concertgoers Issue Again-Solutions Anyone?
Replies: 18
Views: 2959

I think, as was pointed out in the article, that at least part of it is the lack of good arts education in America today. An appreciation of classical music is no longer a part of the background of even educated people anymore. A perfect example of this is a remarkably musical and talented girl I ta...
by Donald Isler
Fri Jun 24, 2005 9:22 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Blair Tindall's "Mozart in the Jungle"
Replies: 9
Views: 2042

Shows how little I know! I always thought the Allendale was a perfectly respectable apartment building. Wasn't aware of all these other goings-on. I used to live a block away and had a trio with a very nice couple who lived there. And I met Blair a couple of times as her then-boyfriend, a violinist,...
by Donald Isler
Thu Jun 23, 2005 7:44 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Killen to go to jail for Kill’n
Replies: 43
Views: 5363

No reason why age should keep prevent justice in terrible crimes here or in Europe. Last update - 03:42 23/06/2005 Former Nazi officers convicted in Italian wartime massacre trial By DPA La Spezia, Italy - Ten former Nazi officers were sentenced to life by a military court in Italy on Wednesday for ...
by Donald Isler
Tue Jun 21, 2005 8:35 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Obscure labels
Replies: 6
Views: 1539

Another one is www.kasprecords.com
by Donald Isler
Sun Jun 19, 2005 8:18 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Winifred W. the Hitler Idolator
Replies: 20
Views: 3594

I'm very skeptical about the idea that Winifred Wagner would have intervened to help Jews, gays, Communists or anyone else. We knew Friedelind, the "good" Wagner who ran away from the family, Hitler and Germany. And I believe her own mother told her she might end up in a camp if she carried out her ...
by Donald Isler
Thu Jun 16, 2005 2:14 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: A "Good" New York Response
Replies: 6
Views: 1011

Chicago was in first or, if you will, last place.
by Donald Isler
Thu Jun 16, 2005 1:50 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: A "Good" New York Response
Replies: 6
Views: 1011

A "Good" New York Response

A new report just came out naming New York as the nation's second dirtiest city.

"That's garbage!" replied a Sanitation Department spokesman.
by Donald Isler
Thu Jun 16, 2005 7:58 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: One Pianist Copes With the Two Koreas
Replies: 3
Views: 1051

Very interesting, Paul! I didn't know that. But I still remain skeptical that Mr. Balsam could read any form of Korean!
by Donald Isler
Wed Jun 15, 2005 9:06 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: One Pianist Copes With the Two Koreas
Replies: 3
Views: 1051

One Pianist Copes With the Two Koreas

Artur Balsam spoke quite a few languages, all of them with a lisp and a strong Polish accent. He was fluent in Polish, Russian, German, English, and, I think, a few others. One Korean student told me she wrote notes in Korean in her scores on what he told her in coachings. Afterwards she saw him stu...
by Donald Isler
Sat Jun 11, 2005 9:46 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Another New York Story
Replies: 12
Views: 2193

Frank,

We have deer in Irvington, too. I try to avoid them (especially when driving!).

Mr. Ax appears to be in good shape so I guess his workouts at the gym were effective.
by Donald Isler
Sat Jun 11, 2005 3:24 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Another Part of American History We Shouldn't Forget
Replies: 2
Views: 616

Another Part of American History We Shouldn't Forget

News 06/11/2005 15:14:58 EST ROGELIO SOLIS/AP Photo Mississippians Wary of Civil-Rights Trial By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press Writer PHILADELPHIA, Miss. - Hicks. Rednecks. Racists. People who live in this town of 7,300 have heard the epithets slung their way for decades. And many - black an...
by Donald Isler
Fri Jun 10, 2005 9:52 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Another New York Story
Replies: 12
Views: 2193

Another New York Story

As Lance plans his radio programs according to the birthdays of the musicians he features I do a monthly music appreciation/theory/ performance class for my piano students, and usually begin the class by playing for them CD's of composers and/or pianists who have birthdays that month. Tomorrow I wil...
by Donald Isler
Fri Jun 10, 2005 11:14 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: obscure Hindemith work
Replies: 11
Views: 2442

Speaking of truly obscure Hindemith works: A deceased cousin by marriage said her grandparents helped and encouraged Hindemith at the very beginning of his career, and he wrote a short work in honor of the wedding of her parents, around 1912. But they were killed in the Holocaust and that work (I th...
by Donald Isler
Sun Jun 05, 2005 10:08 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: June 4: Names and Notes in Music
Replies: 1
Views: 625

Lance,

You may want to check the dates of Martin Krause. The date you gave for his birth may be his death date. No idea when he was born.
by Donald Isler
Sat Jun 04, 2005 9:11 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: I Need Your Perspective on Watergate
Replies: 62
Views: 6460

I think the whole country was hanging onto every relevation at the time of Watergate. This was a unique crisis the country was put through, and only near the end did we know how it would turn out.
by Donald Isler
Sat Jun 04, 2005 4:09 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: I Need Your Perspective on Watergate
Replies: 62
Views: 6460

It was a really scary time when we realized just how corrupt the president had been. The tapes he was forced to turn over proved that he had been obstructing justice (by preventing the FBI from finding that out). When this evidence came out ALL his supporters in Congress, who had hoped to save his p...
by Donald Isler
Sat Jun 04, 2005 12:03 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Sometimes the French Get It Right
Replies: 2
Views: 796

We also don't have Europe's history. I think different laws can be appropriate in different countries. I certainly don't mind, for example, that certain pronunciations in favor of anti-semitism are illegal in Germany.
by Donald Isler
Sat Jun 04, 2005 10:23 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Sometimes the French Get It Right
Replies: 2
Views: 796

Sometimes the French Get It Right

Last update - 18:40 04/06/2005 Le Monde editor found guilty of defamation against Jews, Israel By Haaretz Service A French court has found the editor-in-chief of the influential daily newspaper Le Monde and the authors of an opinion piece in the paper guilty of "racial defamation" against Israel and...
by Donald Isler
Thu Jun 02, 2005 8:54 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: June 2: Names and Notes in Music
Replies: 1
Views: 637

Just noticed Franz Strauss' death listed here. Of course I could be mistaken but according to Slonimsky (Baker's Biographical Dictionary of musicians) he died on May 31st.
by Donald Isler
Thu Jun 02, 2005 8:48 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: May 31: Names and Notes in Music
Replies: 1
Views: 647

Also on this date, in 1905, Franz Strauss (born Feb. 26, 1822), composer, French horn player and father of Richard, died. I remember this because on the very day he died a cousin of ours was born and HE just celebrated a VERY big birthday! (I'd list him here, but he's not a musician, "just" a music ...
by Donald Isler
Tue May 31, 2005 10:43 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Isler Recital Program
Replies: 3
Views: 1017

Thanks for your interest, Karl and Ralph. It went quite well indeed!
by Donald Isler
Tue May 31, 2005 11:26 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Favorite Greasy Spoons
Replies: 18
Views: 3375

When I lived in on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, back in the 70's and 80's I ate every night at Tom's Restaurant in the Columbia University area. It later became famous as the exterior of the coffee shop where Jerry and his friends ate regularly on Seinfeld. It's about as far as you can get from...
by Donald Isler
Sat May 28, 2005 10:34 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: An Interesting Approach to Anti-Zionism
Replies: 13
Views: 2084

I think you are looking at it from an American viewpoint, Ralph, and I am looking at it from a Jewish viewpoint. Although we're obviously both loyal Americans of Jewish background. This doesn't mean I'm anti-Palestinian, or that I support everything Sharon has done. I'd like to see a successful two-...
by Donald Isler
Sat May 28, 2005 10:19 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Article About Women's Rights and Daughter of Famous Pianist
Replies: 1
Views: 586

Article About Women's Rights and Daughter of Famous Pianist

Beate Sirota Gordon was the daughter of Leo Sirota, whose wonderful Chopin recordings one should hear. The New York Times By JAMES BROOKE Published: May 28, 2005 TOKYO In the back of a theater here, two gray-haired women perched on the edge of their seats, nodding their heads, clapping their hands s...
by Donald Isler
Sat May 28, 2005 12:12 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: An Interesting Approach to Anti-Zionism
Replies: 13
Views: 2084

An Interesting Approach to Anti-Zionism

The Jewish Week (New York) Saturday, May 28, 2005 / 19 Iyyar 5765 Condemn Anti-Zionism As Racism by Judea Pearl In the past two months I have visited four “troubled” campuses — Duke, York (Canada), Columbia and the University of California Irvine — where tensions between Jewish and anti-Zionist stud...