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by Donald Isler
Tue Sep 06, 2005 11:05 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Osama And Katrina
Replies: 6
Views: 1903

If you think Friedman's been a cheerleader for Bush going into Iraq you haven't been reading him very carefully.
by Donald Isler
Tue Sep 06, 2005 7:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 414113

Two historic, and very different versions of the Apassionata Sonata, played William Murdoch and Nicolai Medtner.
by Donald Isler
Tue Sep 06, 2005 9:50 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: September 9: Names and Notes in Music
Replies: 2
Views: 1288

Friedberg, a student of Brahms and Clara Schumann, was a long-time Juilliard faculty member until he was fired at age 75 because he was considered too old! (I bet Rosina Lhevinne, at 95 and still teaching there, must have been amused by the memory of that!) His students included many wonderful music...
by Donald Isler
Tue Sep 06, 2005 8:47 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Horror of Katrina
Replies: 42
Views: 8765

From a letter I just received from a cousin in Metairie, Lousiana: "The situation is unbelievable. It all seems so surreal. One thing you have not heard on the news is that Mayor Nagin sent city busses all over the city on Sunday before the storm to try to get people out of the city. We don't know w...
by Donald Isler
Tue Sep 06, 2005 8:34 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Horror of Katrina
Replies: 42
Views: 8765

This hurricane DID give us warning; we knew it would be a category 4 or 5, and that it was headed directly to New Orleans, or nearby. And even if Pizza is right that technically the governor and the mayor should have done more, and sooner, Bush could have mobilized and sent in troops much faster. Wo...
by Donald Isler
Tue Sep 06, 2005 8:24 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Ahoy Pizza: Israel Arts Minister-Barenboim an Anti-Semite
Replies: 7
Views: 2174

Barenboim would have never refused to speak with a Palestinian soldier who appeared in uniform, or treated him/her in such a disrespectful way. That's where his hypocrisy (not to mention his screwed up priorities) shines through.
by Donald Isler
Tue Sep 06, 2005 8:18 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Uh-Oh! Cosima the Conservative's Back
Replies: 14
Views: 2910

The nation's business goes on but this won't be forgotten anytime soon. Not with (probably) thousands dead, a major U.S. city evacuated, and voters all around the country watching this tragedy, which makes us look like a third world country, on TV every day.
by Donald Isler
Sun Sep 04, 2005 6:33 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: New Orleans: Doing What We Can
Replies: 123
Views: 23834

I wonder if any of our Dutch friends are giving money to help the hurricane victims, as some of us are dojng? That's ALSO part of the American way!
by Donald Isler
Tue Aug 30, 2005 4:32 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Mr. Magoo Stays On Vacation
Replies: 51
Views: 13366

Don't know, or much care, if Owlice and Lilith are indeed one and the same. As for Owlice: 1) Huckleberry is on the right path as far as figuring out her real name (though I won't reveal it here), and 2) I remember her because a couple of years ago when I offered to give complimentary copies of my C...
by Donald Isler
Tue Aug 30, 2005 12:51 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: BUSH RETURNS TO WASH DC BECAUSE OF HURRICANE
Replies: 16
Views: 5948

Every election he's eligible to run for? Well, the second President Bush may or may not know that the second President Adams spent his last years in the House of Representatives. He actually died there at age 80. Plus, they have so much in common! After all, Adams was an intellectual, a linguist who...
by Donald Isler
Sat Aug 27, 2005 9:28 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Falwell, Farrakhan, and the ADL's Selective Outrage
Replies: 57
Views: 17218

Obviously you wouldn't vote for Duke. And I wouldn't vote for the other bums. Also, by the way, I don't consider myself a particularly left-wing Democrat. But I don't think we Jews face a greater danger here than that someone as rotten as any of them gets elected Senator or Governor. Duke came might...
by Donald Isler
Sat Aug 27, 2005 2:34 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Falwell, Farrakhan, and the ADL's Selective Outrage
Replies: 57
Views: 17218

Paranoia, Pizza. It's not very hard to assemble stupid statements full of garbage by good-for-nothings who don't like us. Ain't no way he's going to be elected to any political position, let alone one of great prominence. Duke almost was. Twice. By people who, no doubt, are right-wing Republicans, l...
by Donald Isler
Fri Aug 26, 2005 9:41 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Falwell, Farrakhan, and the ADL's Selective Outrage
Replies: 57
Views: 17218

Anyone who says Farrakhan makes David Duke look like a "Hadassah lady" has such an ignorance of history that I wouldn't take much else he says seriously. Does anyone remember what David Duke, whom we all agree is an anti-Semite, ALMOST accomplished? No?? In his 1990 race for the U.S. Senate from Lou...
by Donald Isler
Thu Aug 11, 2005 11:33 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Pirro Fumbles During Senate Kickoff
Replies: 10
Views: 15573

I'd love to see Al be a part of Jeanine's campaign (g)! Seriously though, everybody already knows if they are Clinton lovers or haters. Nothing will change there. But Pirro, with a husband who actually did jail-time because of his financial dealings, may face some of the same problems Geraldine Ferr...
by Donald Isler
Fri Aug 05, 2005 6:00 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: A Horrible Irony
Replies: 24
Views: 8531

Corlyss,

I suggest you review your history and geography if you believe that:

1) The Six Day War happened in the 70's or 80's, or

2) That New York borders on Ohio.
by Donald Isler
Mon Aug 01, 2005 12:41 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: August 3: Names and Notes in Music
Replies: 4
Views: 3032

Going by the fervor of the Red Sox fans I know I think they will still remember!
by Donald Isler
Mon Aug 01, 2005 7:17 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: From London to Jerusalem
Replies: 16
Views: 6246

In any case the Vatican should be denouncing terrorism in Israel, especially as it is usually aimed at civilians, even if it disagrees with Israel's military tactics. When is terrorism against civilians justified anywhere??
by Donald Isler
Sun Jul 31, 2005 10:31 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: IKIF
Replies: 9
Views: 3375

OK, Corlyss. Over in the Reviews section I wrote a description of what you missed last night, excepting only the two franks and the papaya juice. (Personally, I usually go for the orange drink, instead.)
by Donald Isler
Sun Jul 31, 2005 10:05 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: MARC-ANDRÉ HAMELIN
Replies: 6
Views: 3209

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: 3375

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: 3375

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: 31953

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: 31953

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: 2069

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: 1715

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: 6246

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: 1466

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: 2818

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: 2722

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: 7628

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: 7628

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: 7628

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: 2253

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: 1309

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: 10150

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: 10810

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: 2522

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: 4300

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: 4300

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: 5950

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: 3024

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: 4843

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: 4843

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: 3024

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: 2072

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: 5472

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: 1672

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: 3626

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: 1048

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: 1048

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.