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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: 544

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: 737

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 The program will feature some of Bolet's greatest performances, including previously unpublished recordings from t...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: 1420

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: 1669

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: 820

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: 1284

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: 629

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: 350

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: 524

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: 629

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: 1677

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: 484

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: 623

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: 395

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: 5116

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: 5116

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: 5116

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: 540

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: 460

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: 757

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: 578

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: 705

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: 1927

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...
by Donald Isler
Mon Jul 28, 2014 12:15 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Pavel Narsessian, Pianist - Summit Music Festival
Replies: 0
Views: 1378

Pavel Narsessian, Pianist - Summit Music Festival

Pavel Narsessian, Pianist Summit Music Festival at Manhattanville College Purchase, New York July 27th, 2014 Prokofiev: Four Piano Pieces, Op. 32 Tchaikovsky: Children’s Album Liszt: Sonata in B Minor The riches of quality summertime concerts in the New York City area are many. There is the just con...
by Donald Isler
Sat Jul 26, 2014 3:46 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Massimiliano Ferrati - IKIF
Replies: 0
Views: 1359

Massimiliano Ferrati - IKIF

Massimiliano Ferrati - IKIF 16th International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Mannes College July 25th, 2014 Haydn: Andante and Variations in F Minor, Hob. XVII:6 Federico Gardella: Invenzione del Margine (2014) World Premiere (dedicated to Massimiliano Ferrati) Beethoven: Sonata No. 21 in C Maj...
by Donald Isler
Fri Jul 25, 2014 2:57 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Akiko Ebi - IKIF
Replies: 0
Views: 1351

Akiko Ebi - IKIF

Akiko Ebi - IKIF 16th International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Mannes College July 24th, 2014 Schumann: Fantasy in C Major, Op. 17 Takemitsu: Rain Tree 2 Chopin: Nocturne in F Major, Op. 15, No. 1 Nocturne in B Major, Op. 62, No. 1 Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23 Waltz in A Minor, Op. 34, N...
by Donald Isler
Thu Jul 24, 2014 2:13 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Alexandre Moutouzkine - IKIF
Replies: 1
Views: 1537

Alexandre Moutouzkine - IKIF

Alexandre Moutouzkine - IKIF 16th International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Mannes College July 23rd, 2014 Beethoven: Sonata No. 13 in E-Flat Major, Op. 27, No. 1 Rachmaninoff: Morceaux de Salon, Op. 10 M. C. Graves: Currency Chopin: Twelve Etudes, Op. 25 Before this concert started IKIF Foun...
by Donald Isler
Wed Jul 23, 2014 2:56 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Yuan Sheng - IKIF
Replies: 0
Views: 1423

Yuan Sheng - IKIF

Yuan Sheng - IKIF 16th International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Mannes College July 22nd, 2014 Gao Ping: Autumn Pond (2012) Debussy: Twelve Preludes, Book 1 CPE Bach: Fantasie in F-Sharp Minor, H. 300, Wq. 67 Beethoven: Andante Favori, WoO 57 Beethoven: Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53 (“Wal...
by Donald Isler
Tue Jul 22, 2014 12:51 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: David Dubal Lecture – Great Performances - IKIF
Replies: 0
Views: 1534

David Dubal Lecture – Great Performances - IKIF

Pianist, author and radio personality David Dubal believes that America is a great country but that no one is interested in art anymore; that we are in need of “artistic evangelism.” He also says that pianists are his favorite people. In a lecture of almost two hours he played many examples of great...
by Donald Isler
Mon Jul 21, 2014 2:03 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: The Recorded Legacy of Vladimir Horowitz – IKIF
Replies: 0
Views: 1198

The Recorded Legacy of Vladimir Horowitz – IKIF

A talk on this subject with Jon Samuels and Joseph Patrych at City College was reviewed for the Classical Music Guide (http://www.classicalmusicguide.com) by me in the “Classical Chatterbox” section on October 18th of last year. Sunday’s presentation also included David Dubal, as well as performance...
by Donald Isler
Mon Jul 21, 2014 10:53 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: David Dubal Lecture: Great American Pianists – IKIF
Replies: 0
Views: 1253

David Dubal Lecture: Great American Pianists – IKIF

David Dubal maintains that pianistic standards in America are as high as anywhere. Giving his apologies to many other distinguished pianists who, but for time limits, might have been included here, he produced a list of 20 great American pianists, and played brief excerpts of their work. One could w...
by Donald Isler
Thu Jul 17, 2014 2:59 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Alexander Schimpf - IKIF
Replies: 3
Views: 1559

Alexander Schimpf - IKIF

Alexander Schimpf 16th International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Mannes College July 16th, 2014 Bach: Toccata in E Minor, BWV 914 Sieber: Augenblicke – eine Sammlung (2008) – US Premiere Debussy: L’isle Joyeuse Beethoven: Sonata in B-Flat major, Op. 106 (“Hammerklavier”) Although yesterday wa...
by Donald Isler
Sun Jul 06, 2014 11:25 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Memoirs of Mary Wilbur
Replies: 1
Views: 2302

Re: Memoirs of Mary Wilbur

Sad news: Mary Wilbur died this morning, three months short of her 96th birthday. Until the last month or two she had been active, and even during the last week she was alert, listening to stories and poems her family told her, and joking with them. She was a remarkable lady.
by Donald Isler
Thu Jul 03, 2014 10:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Buyer's Guide to Historic Piano Recordings
Replies: 17
Views: 1089

Re: Buyer's Guide to Historic Piano Recordings

Thanks for the additional information, John. It's impressive how much you know about this stuff!
by Donald Isler
Thu Jul 03, 2014 12:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Buyer's Guide to Historic Piano Recordings
Replies: 17
Views: 1089

Re: Buyer's Guide to Historic Piano Recordings

You may be right, John, that most or all of the people listed made 78's, which Keene and Hungerford, and probably Aeschbacher, didn't. (Keene's husband, Abram Chasins, is on the list.) Joe Patrych suspects that this may also be the reason. I was surprised at the number of names of people on this lis...
by Donald Isler
Wed Jul 02, 2014 9:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Buyer's Guide to Historic Piano Recordings
Replies: 17
Views: 1089

Re: Buyer's Guide to Historic Piano Recordings

Thanks for alerting us to this new buyer's guide, John. Although it's interesting, I am disappointed that none of the historic releases I've produced on KASP Records, of Aeschbacher, Keene and Hungerford, are mentioned, though a lot of other pianists are who were certainly not of greater importance ...
by Donald Isler
Sat Jun 07, 2014 9:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday to Lance
Replies: 22
Views: 1444

Re: Happy Birthday to Lance

Hope it's a great one!
by Donald Isler
Mon Jun 02, 2014 7:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Which is the virtuoso?
Replies: 19
Views: 1289

Re: Which is the virtuoso?

Actually, JBuck, although I noticed the thread awhile ago I only got around to listening to Messrs. Cortot and Cziffra last night.
by Donald Isler
Sun Jun 01, 2014 10:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Which is the virtuoso?
Replies: 19
Views: 1289

Re: Which is the virtuoso?

Mystery solved. Yes, Cortot played faster than Cziffra but not, as I suspected, fast enough to save 2 minutes. I just listened to his recording (as well as Cziffra's) with the score in front of me. (Having not played the piece in 20 years I didn't want to rely on my memory.) The Cortot performance l...
by Donald Isler
Sat May 31, 2014 9:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Which is the virtuoso?
Replies: 19
Views: 1289

Re: Which is the virtuoso?

My performance, also on Youtube, takes 7:09, but I'm not a virtuoso in league with these guys. Cziffra was almost super-human, and Cortot's mind made him seem almost that, even when his fingers didn't follow along with everything he wanted them to do.
by Donald Isler
Wed May 14, 2014 10:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Curtis Institute
Replies: 4
Views: 553

Re: Curtis Institute

Saw the following announcement of a radio program on www.wwfm.org: "Thursday at 10 pm This week's guest is 100 year old, renowned piano teacher Eleanor Sokoloff. She attended the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia beginning in 1931, joined the faculty in 1936 and continues to teach at Curtis ...
by Donald Isler
Thu May 01, 2014 10:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Donald Isler Piano Recital - May 17th - White Plains, NY
Replies: 4
Views: 458

Re: Donald Isler Piano Recital - May 17th - White Plains, NY

Thanks for your interest, Maestro and John. No, I don't expect to make a CD of the recital. Nor do I think I'm in a position to review it(!). It's also true that I haven't made a Youtube recording of Op. 111, though I've made a CD of it.
by Donald Isler
Tue Apr 29, 2014 9:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Donald Isler Piano Recital - May 17th - White Plains, NY
Replies: 4
Views: 458

Donald Isler Piano Recital - May 17th - White Plains, NY

A Recital by Pianist Donald Isler Saturday May 17th @ 7:00PM Faust Harrison Piano Showroom and Factory 214 Central Ave, White Plains, NY 10606 Admission is free. Please RSVP to events@FaustHarrisonPianos.com The program will include the Prelude and Fugue in E Minor of Mendelssohn, four selections fr...
by Donald Isler
Sun Apr 27, 2014 11:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Only Video of Pianist Constance Keene
Replies: 3
Views: 418

Re: Only Video of Pianist Constance Keene

Yes, I studied with her. She was quite an inspiring artist, and a wonderful virtuoso, not only then, when she was young (29) but 45 years later when she gave a terrific recital in Houston, which I've released on my record label (KASP Records.) Why the tape ran too fast (making the piece a half tone ...
by Donald Isler
Sat Apr 26, 2014 3:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Only Video of Pianist Constance Keene
Replies: 3
Views: 418

Only Video of Pianist Constance Keene

In between performances by singers Charles Kullman and Nadine Conner is the only available video I know of featuring pianist Constance Keene, made in 1950 (when she was 29 years old) playing the Chopin Polonaise in A-Flat major. A wonderful performance despite the fact the the music is a half tone s...
by Donald Isler
Tue Apr 22, 2014 9:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Harris Goldsmith New York Times Obituary
Replies: 2
Views: 427

Harris Goldsmith New York Times Obituary

Harris Goldsmith, Critic and Classical Pianist, Dies at 78 By VIVIEN SCHWEITZER APRIL 20, 2014 Harris Goldsmith, a rarity in classical music for his simultaneous careers as a professional pianist and a music critic, died on April 2 in Manhattan. He was 78. His death, of congestive heart failure, was...