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by Donald Isler
Wed Jul 15, 2015 9:29 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: So, Did Anyone Do Anything Special
Replies: 7
Views: 1317

Re: So, Did Anyone Do Anything Special

Glad people enjoyed the 4th and the 14th. My reference to Bastille Day, as JBuck probably realized, was in remembrance of Ralph.
by Donald Isler
Tue Jul 14, 2015 10:35 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: So, Did Anyone Do Anything Special
Replies: 7
Views: 1317

So, Did Anyone Do Anything Special

for Bastille Day?
by Donald Isler
Thu Jun 04, 2015 10:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG Forum Dinner Wed June 10 5PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3520

Re: CMG Forum Dinner Wed June 10 5PM

OK, I'm free, so will be happy to join you all at the Atlantic Grill! John F: Is it possible to see the run-through of your program on Wednesday afternoon? I have to work on Thursday but would be happy to come into town earlier on Wednesday if I could see the run-through. I certainly feel a connecti...
by Donald Isler
Tue Jun 02, 2015 9:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG Forum Dinner Wed June 10 5PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3520

Re: CMG Forum Dinner Wed June 10 5PM

Should know in a day or two if I can make it. Would be happy to join you.
by Donald Isler
Wed Apr 29, 2015 9:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG Forum Dinner Wed June 10 5PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3520

Re: CMG Forum Dinner Wed June 10 5PM

This is tempting, though I'm not sure I can make it. Will certainly think about it.
by Donald Isler
Mon Apr 20, 2015 5:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Youtube Is A Goldmine Of Classical Music !
Replies: 9
Views: 1727

Re: Youtube Is A Goldmine Of Classical Music !

Indeed, it is! I even give my piano students assignments to watch great pianists' performances on Youtube.

I've put quite a few performances of my own, and one of Dad's, on Youtube. Will add a Chopin and Schubert work to my Youtube offerings soon.
by Donald Isler
Mon Apr 06, 2015 9:14 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Chalkie's Retrospective at National Museum of Wales
Replies: 21
Views: 3175

Re: Chalkie's Retrospective at National Museum of Wales

Delighted to see your work, and career getting such recognition!
by Donald Isler
Wed Mar 25, 2015 9:23 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Happy birthday Lenny Goran
Replies: 12
Views: 1654

Re: Happy birthday Lenny Goran

Happy Birthday to Lenny!
by Donald Isler
Sun Mar 22, 2015 1:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Christian Science Monitor Review of Seymour, A Introduction
Replies: 6
Views: 802

Re: Christian Science Monitor Review of Seymour, A Introduct

An excerpt from David Edelstein's review in New York magazine: "In a master class, he leans over a student - staring down his beak through milky blue eyes - and calls for minute shifts in phrasing, pedaling, pressure on keys, to the point I was thinking, 'How can they learn if he gives them every no...
by Donald Isler
Tue Mar 17, 2015 3:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Christian Science Monitor Review of Seymour, A Introduction
Replies: 6
Views: 802

Re: Christian Science Monitor Review of Seymour, A Introduct

Another good review of this film from the Daily Californian. By Jeanette Zhukov | Staff Enter Seymour Bernstein, a man not known by many outside of the realm of classical music. A talent and inspiration in his own right, Bernstein is a professional classical pianist, a passionate teacher and a man w...
by Donald Isler
Mon Mar 16, 2015 10:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Christian Science Monitor Review of Seymour, A Introduction
Replies: 6
Views: 802

Re: Christian Science Monitor Review of Seymour, A Introduct

It just came out, and is playing at a couple of movie theaters in Manhattan. Don't know if it's showing anywhere else at this point.
by Donald Isler
Sun Mar 15, 2015 3:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Christian Science Monitor Review of Seymour, A Introduction
Replies: 6
Views: 802

Christian Science Monitor Review of Seymour, A Introduction

Very interesting Christian Science Monitor of an excellent movie I saw last night. 'Seymour' centers on Seymour Bernstein, an acclaimed pianist who became a renowned piano teacher. The movie is directed by actor Ethan Hawke. The Christian Science Monitor By Peter Rainer, Film critic March 13, 2015 S...
by Donald Isler
Thu Mar 05, 2015 10:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New York's last classical sheet music store closes
Replies: 4
Views: 569

Re: New York's last classical sheet music store closes

Heidi Rogers, the owner of Frank Music Company, was a high school classmate of mine, and I'm sorry to see her go out of business. Both her company and Patelson's were very well known, and patronized by musicians.
by Donald Isler
Thu Feb 19, 2015 10:31 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Brian Williams ...
Replies: 3
Views: 761

Re: Brian Williams ...

And I have an uncle who started his career (as a civil engineer) in Elmira, though he has spent the rest of his life since then in the Washington, DC area. Didn't know Griffes was born there. I teach around the corner from a studio named for him at the Hackley School in Tarrytown.
by Donald Isler
Thu Feb 05, 2015 1:38 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Academic Bow finals
Replies: 2
Views: 458

Re: Academic Bow finals

Glad it's over and you survived it in good shape! Hope you enjoyed it, too!
by Donald Isler
Sat Jan 24, 2015 12:49 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: ...Why I've been away so long
Replies: 10
Views: 1499

Re: ...Why I've been away so long

Sorry to hear about your experiences, but hope things will continue in the right direction after this!
by Donald Isler
Thu Jan 22, 2015 8:47 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Why you have not heard from me
Replies: 8
Views: 976

Re: Why you have not heard from me

Sorry to hear about your latest problems but very glad that everything is fixable, and hope you will make a quick and complete recovery.
by Donald Isler
Sat Jan 17, 2015 11:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nikolai Demidenko
Replies: 7
Views: 1435

Re: Nikolai Demidenko

Here's a review I wrote about him for CMG in 2013. Nikolai Demidenko Recital 15th International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Mannes College New York City July 16th, 2013 Medtner: Canzona Serenata in F Minor, Op. 38, No. 6 Medtner: Sonata Reminiscenza in A Minor, Op. 38, No. 1 Rachmaninoff: Var...
by Donald Isler
Sun Jan 11, 2015 7:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opinions, please: Prokofiev's Piano Sonata No. 6
Replies: 14
Views: 1734

Re: Opinions, please: Prokofiev's Piano Sonata No. 6

You've just reminded me, Lance, that I owe a letter to a friend who played it (and very well, indeed!) on her Master's recital years ago at the Manhattan School of Music, when we were students. Didn't realize it's so rarely heard. Don't think I have a favorite Prokofiev sonata, but I think the Sixth...
by Donald Isler
Mon Dec 29, 2014 12:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Robert Fitzpatrick's Memories of Claude Frank (1925-2014)
Replies: 5
Views: 914

Re: Robert Fitzpatrick's Memories of Claude Frank (1925-2014

New York Times Obituary Music Claude Frank, Pianist Admired for Performances of Beethoven, Is Dead at 89 By ANTHONY TOMMASINI DEC. 28, 2014 The American pianist Claude Frank, widely admired for his insightful, sensitive performances of the solo and chamber works of the Germanic masters, and an influ...
by Donald Isler
Sun Dec 28, 2014 4:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Robert Fitzpatrick's Memories of Claude Frank (1925-2014)
Replies: 5
Views: 914

Robert Fitzpatrick's Memories of Claude Frank (1925-2014)

Always right, never righteous: A memory of the late Claude Frank December 28, 2014 by Norman Lebrecht Robert Fitzpatrick, dean at Curtis, 1986-2009, shares with Slipped Disc his fond observations of a much-mourned master. I first met Claude Frank in 1988 after his life-long friend, Gary Graffman, in...
by Donald Isler
Mon Dec 22, 2014 10:25 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Hand out of commission
Replies: 21
Views: 1598

Re: Hand out of commission

Delighted to hear things are better!
by Donald Isler
Fri Dec 19, 2014 10:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: mannes college of music
Replies: 5
Views: 589

Re: mannes college of music

It won't be there much longer, Lenny. The New School is moving Mannes downtown to its Greenwich Village neighborhood this coming summer, not to the pleasure of many of us for whom the Upper West Side location is more convenient. It also necessitates finding a different location for this summer's IKI...
by Donald Isler
Wed Dec 17, 2014 8:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Stocking Stuffers under $20
Replies: 6
Views: 954

Re: Stocking Stuffers under $20

Each of the CD's produced by KASP Records (www.kasprecords.com) is priced at under $20.
by Donald Isler
Tue Dec 09, 2014 12:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Ricordanza!
Replies: 7
Views: 969

Happy Birthday, Ricordanza!

Best wishes and congratulations to our good friend in New Jersey!
by Donald Isler
Sat Dec 06, 2014 8:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lance's program 6 Dec. 2014: Shura Cherkassky (live!)
Replies: 3
Views: 727

Re: Lance's program 6 Dec. 2014: Shura Cherkassky (live!)

Great to hear a program on Cherkassky, Lance! (By the way, he "remembered" in his last year or two that he was actually born in 1909, so his carrying on of his career almost to the end was even more impressive.) Like John F. I remember hearing him play the Don Juan Fantasy at a Mostly Mozart pre-con...
by Donald Isler
Thu Dec 04, 2014 10:51 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Hand out of commission
Replies: 21
Views: 1598

Re: Hand out of commission

The most important thing is that it will probably get better, so I hope you can have some patience till that starts to happen.
by Donald Isler
Fri Nov 21, 2014 10:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jorge Bolet Program by Patrych and Samuels
Replies: 0
Views: 748

Jorge Bolet Program by Patrych and Samuels

"Jorge Bolet: A Centenary Celebration" over WWFM.

http://64.234.215.170/bolet2014.mp3

If that doesn't work, try this link, and click on the Bolet program.

http://wwfm.org/webcasts.shtml
by Donald Isler
Tue Nov 11, 2014 5:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bolet Memorial Program With Joe Patrych and Jon Samuels
Replies: 3
Views: 850

Bolet Memorial Program With Joe Patrych and Jon Samuels

On Wednesday November 12, from 1-3 PM EST, on WWFM (www.wwfm.org), Jon Samuels and Joe Patrych will be giving a presentation about Jorge Bolet in honour of his centenary on November 15. The program will feature some of Bolet's greatest performances, including previously unpublished recordings from t...
by Donald Isler
Tue Nov 11, 2014 10:47 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Hand out of commission
Replies: 21
Views: 1598

Re: Hand out of commission

Yes, you must see a doctor. You can't just let that situation continue.
by Donald Isler
Sat Nov 08, 2014 10:37 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Yefim the Great
Replies: 2
Views: 2005

Re: Yefim the Great

Thanks for the very interesting review, Ricordanza! I have yet to hear Bronfman perform live, and now I'm even more interested to hear him!
by Donald Isler
Sat Nov 08, 2014 10:35 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Don't let this happen to you
Replies: 16
Views: 930

Re: Don't let this happen to you

Glad you found the cause of the problem, and that all should soon go back to normal.
by Donald Isler
Tue Nov 04, 2014 10:24 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: An odd voting experience
Replies: 29
Views: 1512

Re: An odd voting experience

Nice to know that, John!
by Donald Isler
Tue Nov 04, 2014 7:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: And In Wednesday Evening Classical Music Programming
Replies: 3
Views: 758

Re: And In Wednesday Evening Classical Music Programming

Don't know how I come to be so lucky but according to the listings I'll be on this week's program, too.
by Donald Isler
Tue Nov 04, 2014 10:59 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Frank Lloyd Wright on What's My Line?
Replies: 2
Views: 414

Re: Frank Lloyd Wright on What's My Line?

Dorothy Kilgallen got up to kiss the ring of Bishop Fulton Sheen when he was on. Love watching these old episodes with famous people!
by Donald Isler
Wed Oct 29, 2014 11:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A happy story going back to my past
Replies: 3
Views: 645

Re: A happy story going back to my past

A very nice story, indeed!
by Donald Isler
Tue Oct 28, 2014 11:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: And In Wednesday Evening Classical Music Programming
Replies: 3
Views: 758

And In Wednesday Evening Classical Music Programming

These are the pianists listed to perform tomorrow (Wednesday) evening at 10 pm, New York time on David Dubal's radio program The Piano Matters on WWFM (www.wwfm.org): Alfred Cortot, Cristina Pegoraro, Mordecai Shehori, Anna Shelest, Vladimir Horowitz, Donald Isler, Jean Casadesus, Paul Jacobs, Horac...
by Donald Isler
Mon Oct 27, 2014 11:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What is the Mozart piano concerto of which you never tire?
Replies: 24
Views: 2137

Re: What is the Mozart piano concerto of which you never tir

So many wonderful concerti I can't pick one. Including K. 450, perhaps because I remember a live performance when Artur Balsam played it very well.
by Donald Isler
Fri Oct 24, 2014 11:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Happy Birthday, Reblem!
Replies: 3
Views: 655

Happy Birthday, Reblem!

Wishing our esteemed friend, Reblem, a very Happy Birthday and many more!
by Donald Isler
Tue Oct 21, 2014 11:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can you recognize the melody?
Replies: 7
Views: 830

Re: Can you recognize the melody?

First movement of the Mozart 40th Symphony.
by Donald Isler
Mon Oct 20, 2014 10:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Eduardus Halim Master Class for the AMTL
Replies: 2
Views: 513

Eduardus Halim Master Class for the AMTL

Eduardus Halim Master Class for the Associated Music Teachers League Steinway Hall, New York City Saturday, October 18th, 2014 List of Repertoire, and Pianists Chopin – Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23 Robert Bronchard – student of Quynh Nguyen Mendelssohn - Fantasy in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 28 - first ...
by Donald Isler
Mon Oct 20, 2014 7:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Klinghoffer
Replies: 100
Views: 5923

Re: Klinghoffer

Lenny, I do not have the entire libretto before me but have seen excerpts with ugly references to Jews in it. Also, Klinghoffer was killed because the murderers were mad at Israel. Klinghoffer was not an Israeli. But he was a Jew. Which was good enough for the murderers. Being anti-Israel is more an...
by Donald Isler
Sun Oct 19, 2014 10:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Klinghoffer
Replies: 100
Views: 5923

Re: Klinghoffer

I've seen enough of the libretto to see that there is ugly anti-Semitism in it. I don't happen to like that. There are also competing demands for sympathies between people which would not be accepted by polite society if it involved other assortments of people. If there were an opera about a woman w...
by Donald Isler
Sun Oct 19, 2014 7:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Klinghoffer
Replies: 100
Views: 5923

Re: Klinghoffer

I do not question the Met's right to present this production, and I certainly oppose disruptions of performances, such as those against Russian performers, especially Rostropovich back in the '70s. But if I were able to be in the city tomorrow I would probably join a demonstration outside against th...
by Donald Isler
Wed Oct 15, 2014 9:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Unusual: Wagner's Parsifal for Piano 4-Hands!
Replies: 6
Views: 673

Re: Unusual: Wagner's Parsifal for Piano 4-Hands!

Artur Balsam could probably play the whole thing himself! He liked to read such scores, and was an amazing sight-reader.
by Donald Isler
Thu Oct 02, 2014 10:26 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 10 Tishrei 5775
Replies: 1
Views: 547

10 Tishrei 5775

Wishing an easy fast to those who observe it.
by Donald Isler
Tue Sep 23, 2014 8:26 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 1 Tishrei 5775
Replies: 7
Views: 973

1 Tishrei 5775

Wishing a very good New Year (which begins Wednesday evening) to all those who observe it.
by Donald Isler
Wed Sep 17, 2014 7:46 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Happy Birthday Teresa, Dulcinea and JBuck!
Replies: 5
Views: 769

Happy Birthday Teresa, Dulcinea and JBuck!

Wishing very Happy Birthdays to Teresa, Dulcinea and JBuck, who have their birthdays today, tomorrow and the day after!
by Donald Isler
Sat Sep 06, 2014 10:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opening night at Carnegie Hall, 1891
Replies: 7
Views: 829

Re: Opening night at Carnegit Hall, 1891

Thanks, John, but I can't take much credit for this. I simply shared what another friend had already posted.
by Donald Isler
Tue Aug 05, 2014 12:52 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Chamber Music Concert – Summit Music Festival
Replies: 0
Views: 2231

Chamber Music Concert – Summit Music Festival

Chamber Music Concert - Summit Music Festival at Manhattanville College Purchase, New York August 4th, 2014 Brahms: Sonata No. 3 in D Minor for Violin and Piano, Op. 108 Dmitri Berlinsky, violin Efrem Briskin, piano Mahler: Piano Quartet in A Minor Dmitri Berlinsky, violin Michael Klotz, viola Andre...