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by Donald Isler
Wed May 11, 2016 7:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lance is around, but ...
Replies: 6
Views: 1966

Re: Lance is around, but ...

Very sorry to hear this. Hope you will recover quickly.
by Donald Isler
Wed Apr 06, 2016 8:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: John Francis 75.
Replies: 26
Views: 5681

Re: John Francis 75.

Happy Birthday, and many more, to John!
by Donald Isler
Wed Apr 06, 2016 8:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG Forum Dinner 2 Weeks Away
Replies: 16
Views: 1815

Re: CMG Forum Dinner 2 Weeks Away

Sorry I'm working that day and can't join you all.
by Donald Isler
Sun Mar 27, 2016 5:59 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Tyler's Grandson Alive
Replies: 9
Views: 1390

Re: Tyler's Grandson Alive

I like your prelude, John.

Interesting that Cleveland's grandson is an Episcopal priest. A somewhat more surprising situation is that of Rabbi Joshua Boettinger, who's a great-grandson of FDR and Eleanor.
by Donald Isler
Sun Mar 27, 2016 4:56 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Tyler's Grandson Alive
Replies: 9
Views: 1390

Re: Tyler's Grandson Alive

John B, if you were just 15 or 20 years older it would have been possible to meet Cleveland's wife, who died in 1947, and Theodore Roosevelt's second wife, who died in 1948 (16 years after campaigning for Hoover against FDR!). And I remember hearing of the death of Woodrow Wilson's second wife (unof...
by Donald Isler
Mon Mar 21, 2016 11:09 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: A masterful piano recital by Paul Lewis
Replies: 1
Views: 2566

Re: A masterful piano recital by Paul Lewis

This well-written review would certainly make me more interested in hearing Mr. Lewis, Henry. Hope to, some day. Years ago I played that Schubert B Major Sonata. Yes, a very nice piece it is.
by Donald Isler
Wed Mar 16, 2016 10:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bruce Hungerford & Australian pianist Elsie Hall
Replies: 10
Views: 1831

Re: Bruce Hungerford & Australian pianist Elsie Hall

Well, thanks to both of you gentlemen!
by Donald Isler
Wed Mar 16, 2016 7:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bruce Hungerford & Australian pianist Elsie Hall
Replies: 10
Views: 1831

Re: Bruce Hungerford & Australian pianist Elsie Hall

Great! More Hungerford! Thanks! I have that LP but currently not a machine to play it on.
by Donald Isler
Mon Mar 14, 2016 6:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bruce Hungerford & Australian pianist Elsie Hall
Replies: 10
Views: 1831

Re: Bruce Hungerford & Australian pianist Elsie Hall

Many thanks for posting this additional material, all of which I enjoyed and much of which, I think, is of significant historical value!
by Donald Isler
Mon Mar 14, 2016 10:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bruce Hungerford & Australian pianist Elsie Hall
Replies: 10
Views: 1831

Re: Bruce Hungerford & Australian pianist Elsie Hall

Oh, this is great! I must listen to all of it later when I have some time. Elsie Hall came to America in 1968 and I met her at a Hungerford recital in New Jersey, and at his home in New Rochelle, New York, where I turned pages as they read some four hand works. She's quite a remarkable historic figu...
by Donald Isler
Fri Mar 11, 2016 10:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Van Cliburn Piano Competition - 1969
Replies: 5
Views: 1004

Re: Van Cliburn Piano Competition - 1969

Thanks for the bio of Nojima and updated information about his activities, John. I haven't seen him in years and years, and was wondering what he's been doing recently. One of the strange thing about the decisions of the judges at the 1969 Cliburn Competition (some judges thought Nojima should have ...
by Donald Isler
Wed Mar 09, 2016 12:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Van Cliburn Piano Competition - 1969
Replies: 5
Views: 1004

Van Cliburn Piano Competition - 1969

Discovered this video of the 1969 Van Cliburn Piano Competition on Youtube last night. Two of my teachers, Bruce Hungerford and Constance Keene, and the husband of the latter, Abram Chasins, were judges there. The winners were Cristina Ortiz, First Prize, and Minoru Nojima, Second Prize. One sees th...
by Donald Isler
Mon Feb 29, 2016 9:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Hungerford CD Album
Replies: 17
Views: 4308

Re: New Hungerford CD Album

Thanks very much, Maestro and Holden!
by Donald Isler
Sat Feb 27, 2016 11:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Hungerford CD Album
Replies: 17
Views: 4308

Re: New Hungerford CD Album

The March/April 2016 issue of the American Record Guide includes a review of the new KASP Records CD album of Bruce Hungerford's last recital, and says "Any Hungerford recital was an historic event. His recorded legacy may have been small, but it is significant to all who value the art of fine piani...
by Donald Isler
Tue Feb 23, 2016 3:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 11/20/14 Centennial Tribute To Jorge Bolet
Replies: 3
Views: 1335

11/20/14 Centennial Tribute To Jorge Bolet

with Joe Patrych and Jon Samuels. Introduced by Seth Winner. Includes video and numerous audio examples of Bolet's playing.

https://youtu.be/iIV-ETV7tVQ
by Donald Isler
Wed Feb 17, 2016 10:35 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Last night's Democratic debate
Replies: 12
Views: 1249

Re: Last night's Democratic debate

John F. is closer to what I have in mind than Karl, in this case. I'm not disappointed that Hillary didn't receive an easy "coronation." I'm all for competition, especially if it's two or more good candidates vying for the nomination. My disappointment is that the Democrats haven't produced anybody ...
by Donald Isler
Mon Feb 15, 2016 10:53 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Last night's Democratic debate
Replies: 12
Views: 1249

Re: Last night's Democratic debate

I like Bernie. He comes across as real, genuine and sincere. These are qualities one doesn't find in abundance in politicians. I have some reservations about his idealistic sounding economics, but he also sometimes comes across as a bit lightweight on foreign affairs,, and that's also extremely impo...
by Donald Isler
Sun Jan 17, 2016 2:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Donald.
Replies: 9
Views: 2132

Re: Happy Birthday, Donald.

And Happy Birthday to you too, Holden!
by Donald Isler
Sun Jan 17, 2016 8:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Donald.
Replies: 9
Views: 2132

Re: Happy Birthday, Donald.

Thank you, everyone, for your kind birthday wishes! I appreciate them!
by Donald Isler
Mon Jan 11, 2016 12:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: And Now For Part Two
Replies: 3
Views: 1273

Re: And Now For Part Two

Sorry you couldn't join me, Maestro!

Just added the review in the same thread as the previous one, Ricordanza.
by Donald Isler
Mon Jan 11, 2016 12:36 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Pianist Liam Kaplan Plays Bach, WTC, Book 1
Replies: 5
Views: 6594

Re: Pianist Liam Kaplan Plays Bach, WTC, Book 1

Liam Kaplan, Piano Mannes College New York City January 9th, 2016 Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2 Almost two and a half years after performing the first book of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier in the concert auditorium at Mannes College’s home on the Upper West Side, Liam Kaplan, a student of M...
by Donald Isler
Sat Jan 09, 2016 3:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: And Now For Part Two
Replies: 3
Views: 1273

And Now For Part Two

In September, 2013 I heard, and reviewed 15 year old pianist Liam Kaplan's performance of the First Book of the Well-Tempered Clavier. (I see that that review has been viewed 1494 times in the interim!) Tonight I'm going to Mannes College's new home, at the New School, 55 West 13th Street in Manhatt...
by Donald Isler
Fri Dec 25, 2015 10:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Time for my annual Christmas post
Replies: 10
Views: 2713

Re: Time for my annual Christmas post

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
by Donald Isler
Sat Dec 05, 2015 7:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Hungerford CD Album
Replies: 17
Views: 4308

Re: New Hungerford CD Album

Bruce Hungerford, and the new KASP Records CD of his last recital will get some significant air time this week. These programs can be heard online, so that one can listen to them anywhere in the world. First, a movement of a Beethoven Sonata will be heard on David Dubal's WWFM program The Piano Matt...
by Donald Isler
Fri Dec 04, 2015 11:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Hungerford CD Album
Replies: 17
Views: 4308

Re: New Hungerford CD Album

Glad you like the Hungerford releases, Maestro! Hope Holden will, too. Thanks, Holden, for passing on the message you got from CD Baby. Didn't know it's so entertaining!
by Donald Isler
Sat Nov 28, 2015 1:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Hungerford CD Album
Replies: 17
Views: 4308

Re: New Hungerford CD Album

Just an update to report that the new album is available from the KASP Records website, www.kasprecords.com, and from CD Baby, as well as directly from me. Thanks for the interest.
by Donald Isler
Thu Nov 12, 2015 10:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Hungerford CD Album
Replies: 17
Views: 4308

Re: New Hungerford CD Album

Holden is right. The new disc is not yet available on CD Baby because I just received the discs. The other one is the 1965 all-Beethoven recital in Bayreuth. The new one was recorded by the CBC in Calgary in 1976. Hope to have it set up so people can purchase the new album via CD Baby within a week,...
by Donald Isler
Wed Nov 11, 2015 11:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Hungerford CD Album
Replies: 17
Views: 4308

New Hungerford CD Album

KASP 57761, just released today by KASP Records (www.kasprecords.com), is a 2 CD album of the last recital played by the great Australian pianist, Bruce Hungerford (1922-1977), a month and a half before his tragic death in an auto accident, just as he was finally starting to receive the recognition ...
by Donald Isler
Tue Nov 10, 2015 1:59 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Yefim Bronfman Recital
Replies: 1
Views: 2926

Yefim Bronfman Recital

Yefim Bronfman – Sleepy Hollow High School Sleepy Hollow, New York November 7th, 2015 Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 1 Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 29 Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 28 Schumann: Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26 Schumann: Aarabesque in ...
by Donald Isler
Sat Nov 07, 2015 10:54 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: The versatile Angela Hewitt
Replies: 3
Views: 3136

Re: The versatile Angela Hewitt

Thanks for the very interesting and well-written review, Henry. Hewitt is one of the major pianists I have yet to hear in concert. Bronfman is another, but as he's playing nearby in Westchester County this evening, I may go to hear him.
by Donald Isler
Mon Oct 26, 2015 8:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NY Phil: temporary hall(s)
Replies: 7
Views: 1042

Re: NY Phil: temporary hall(s)

A significant part of my introduction to orchestral music as a 6 and 7 year old was via a subscription to the Little Orchestra Society, which then used the big hall at Hunter, ie the "Auditorium." Later I attended many concerts there, including the famous International Piano Library benefit concert ...
by Donald Isler
Sun Oct 25, 2015 12:04 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Happy Birthday, RebLem!
Replies: 4
Views: 1281

Happy Birthday, RebLem!

Wishing our good friend a very Happy Birthday!
by Donald Isler
Sat Oct 10, 2015 9:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Garrett Shatzer has a birthday!
Replies: 6
Views: 907

Re: Garrett Shatzer has a birthday!

Happy Birthday! Glad things are going so well!
by Donald Isler
Wed Oct 07, 2015 9:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy birthday, Karl Henning!
Replies: 13
Views: 2451

Re: Happy birthday, Karl Henning!

Happy Birthday to Karl!
by Donald Isler
Tue Sep 22, 2015 9:16 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 10 Tishrei 5776
Replies: 4
Views: 963

Re: 10 Tishrei 5776

Yes, it's the Bruch Kol Nidre he is presumably talking about. Never heard it on the viola; that's an interesting concept. But I did hear a wonderful almost 10 year old cellist play it at a concert during the summer. Her performance was as good as that of a very fine adult professional cellist.
by Donald Isler
Mon Sep 21, 2015 11:10 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 10 Tishrei 5776
Replies: 4
Views: 963

10 Tishrei 5776

Wishing an easy fast to all those who observe it.
by Donald Isler
Fri Sep 18, 2015 12:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Joseph Patrych and Jon Samuels and the Earl Wild Centenary
Replies: 1
Views: 537

Joseph Patrych and Jon Samuels and the Earl Wild Centenary

A most interesting program took place last night at the monthly meeting of the New York Chapter of ARSC (Association For Recorded Sound Collections), at City College. Joseph Patrych and Jon Samuels talked about the American pianist, Earl Wild (1915-2010), who would have been 100 years old in Novembe...
by Donald Isler
Wed Sep 16, 2015 11:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Happy Birthday, Teresa, Dulcinea and JBuck
Replies: 6
Views: 865

Happy Birthday, Teresa, Dulcinea and JBuck

who have their birthdays on 3 successive days!
by Donald Isler
Mon Sep 14, 2015 10:18 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Rosh Hashanah
Replies: 3
Views: 653

Re: Rosh Hashanah

Best wishes for a good New Year to everyone!
by Donald Isler
Fri Aug 28, 2015 9:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Barenboim to conduct in Iran?
Replies: 11
Views: 1531

Re: Barenboim to conduct in Iran?

Barenboim is an Israeli who was born in Argentina. He has spent most of his adult life outside Israel (how many concerts can you play or conduct in a country of only 7.3 million?) and detests the Israeli government, so he will do whatever he wants including, I'm sure, going to Iran, regardless of wh...
by Donald Isler
Tue Aug 11, 2015 12:39 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: End of Season Concert - Summit Music Festival
Replies: 0
Views: 2912

End of Season Concert - Summit Music Festival

End of Season Concert – Summit Music Festival at Manhattanville College Purchase, New York August 10th, 2015 Festival Orchestra Concert Yoram Youngerman, Conductor Grieg: Suite For Strings, From Holberg’s Times Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11, first movement Aleksandr Bolotin, Piano ...
by Donald Isler
Sun Aug 02, 2015 11:33 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Exceptional Students' Recital - Summit Music Festival
Replies: 0
Views: 2875

Exceptional Students' Recital - Summit Music Festival

Exceptional Students’ Recital – Summit Music Festival at Manhattanville College Purchase, New York August 1st, 2015 Bruch: Kol Nidre Jasmine Lee, Cello Yoni Levyatov, Piano Scriabin: Fantasy in B Minor, Op. 28 Jonas Aumiller, Piano Tchaikovsky: Pezzo Capriccioso Esther Holliday, Cello Yoni Levyatov,...
by Donald Isler
Fri Jul 31, 2015 3:52 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Founders Tribute Concert - Summit Music Festival
Replies: 0
Views: 2919

Founders Tribute Concert - Summit Music Festival

Tribute To the Founders of the Summit Music Festival at Manhattanville College Purchase, New York Irina Tseitlin, Violin David Krieger, Cello Efrem Briskin, Piano Hosted by Robert Sherman July 30th, 2015 Vytautas Barkaukas: Partita for Solo Violin Michael Tseitlin: Caprice “Cell Phone,” Op. 3 for So...
by Donald Isler
Thu Jul 30, 2015 4:11 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Arnaldo Cohen - IKIF
Replies: 4
Views: 2716

Arnaldo Cohen - IKIF

Arnaldo Cohen - IKIF 17th International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Hunter College July 29th, 2015 Bach/Busoni: Chaconne in D Minor Brahms: Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24 Chopin: Scherzo No. 1 in B Minor, Op. 20 Chopin: Scherzo No. 4 in E Major, Op. 54 Chopin: Scherzo No. 3...
by Donald Isler
Tue Jul 28, 2015 12:33 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Faculty Concert - IKIF
Replies: 1
Views: 2377

Faculty Concert - IKIF

Faculty Concert - IKIF 17th International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Hunter College July 27th, 2015 Scriabin: Prelude in B Major, Op. 16, No. 1 Scriabin: Prelude in G-Sharp Minor, Op. 22, No. 1 Scriabin: Impromptu in B-Flat Minor, Op. 12, No. 2 Scriabin: Étude in F-Sharp Major, Op. 42, No. 3...
by Donald Isler
Sat Jul 25, 2015 10:07 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: David Dubal Lecture - Richter and Wild - IKIF
Replies: 4
Views: 2658

David Dubal Lecture - Richter and Wild - IKIF

In honor of the hundredth anniversary of the births of Sviatoslav Richter (1915-1997) and Earl Wild (1915-2010), pianist, author and radio personality, David Dubal gave a talk about them, and included recordings of some of their performances. Mr. Dubal said that Richter (whom he once hoped to interv...
by Donald Isler
Sat Jul 25, 2015 1:07 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Michael Davidman, Pianist - Summit Music Festival
Replies: 2
Views: 2996

Michael Davidman, Pianist - Summit Music Festival

Michael Davidman, Pianist Summit Music Festival at Manhattanville College Purchase, New York July 24th, 2015 Beethoven: Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110 Chopin: Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23 Liszt: Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major Orchestra part played by Yoni Levyatov, Pianist Michael Davidm...
by Donald Isler
Fri Jul 24, 2015 1:42 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Jeffrey Swann - IKIF
Replies: 1
Views: 1883

Jeffrey Swann - IKIF

Jeffrey Swann - IKIF 17th International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Hunter College July 23rd, 2015 Jeffrey Swann is a natural-born entertainer, as well as a very fine pianist. Before playing each work, or group, he picked up a microphone and told stories about the composer whose music he was ...
by Donald Isler
Wed Jul 22, 2015 3:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Disposing of the record collection
Replies: 10
Views: 1223

Re: Disposing of the record collection

A very generous thing to do! Will your records be known as part of the John Francis Collection? As you said, though you will no longer have them at home you will still be able to hear them at the library, and SO WILL OTHERS, whose gain this will certainly be!
by Donald Isler
Mon Jul 20, 2015 1:46 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Marc-André Hamelin - IKIF
Replies: 3
Views: 3336

Marc-André Hamelin - IKIF

Marc-André Hamelin - IKIF 17th International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Hunter College July 19th, 2015 Liszt: Apparition No. 1 in F-Sharp Minor, S. 155, No. 1 Liszt: Waldesrauschen, S. 145, No. 1 Liszt: Un sospiro, S. 144, No. 3 Liszt: Ernani Paraphrase (second version), S. 432 Liszt: Rémini...