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by Donald Isler
Thu May 19, 2005 11:55 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Old Radio Signature Themes
Replies: 15
Views: 3875

On WQXR (New York): Horowitz playing Schumann's Arabesque as the theme for Piano Personalities, a show that ran for years and years on weekday mornings. Several times a day's program featured both Robert Goldsand and Bruce Hungeford, and I (quite selfishly) decided it was in my honor since I think I...
by Donald Isler
Thu May 19, 2005 6:16 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: About That Troop Drawdown in Iraq in '06
Replies: 40
Views: 6353

I also don't think op-ed people should have to identify their politics. That would only be necessary for people who are too lazy to pay attention. For example, despite it's generally liberal tendencies the NY Times always has at least one Republican-leaning op-ed writer. Also, Friedman is quite un-o...
by Donald Isler
Thu May 19, 2005 10:48 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Filibusterus delendus est
Replies: 53
Views: 6708

JackC wrote: "Well, that has been the line against Republicans as long as I can remember. Yet in the last generation we have seen an amazing power shift away from Democrats and towards Republicans. No doubt that power will shift back at some point, but if what you say is true, why haven't Americans ...
by Donald Isler
Thu May 19, 2005 9:07 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Filibusterus delendus est
Replies: 53
Views: 6708

True, the Republicans are currently riding high, but this too will only last so long. Making the Middle East a more democratic region is their one good idea, and we can only hope it ultimately turns out well. Otherwise, their political and economic policies are cheap, selfish, nasty, divisive, and n...
by Donald Isler
Thu May 19, 2005 9:02 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: My classical reviews site.
Replies: 4
Views: 1020

I haven't heard any of the performances you describe, so don't know if I would agree with your evaluations but find your writing very thoughtful, knowledgeable and intelligent. Keep up the good work! The more you do the better you will get at it! I would also suggest you change the name of the blogs...
by Donald Isler
Tue May 17, 2005 11:23 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Anti-withdrawal protesters cripple Jewish state
Replies: 36
Views: 5037

I believe the name of the country has not yet been changed to Medinat HaLikud, but remains Medinat Yisrael. There are a lot of people there who are not die-hard Likudniks, even if you happen not to like them, and a big part of Sharon's problems is that he's gone against the wishes of many of his sup...
by Donald Isler
Tue May 17, 2005 10:21 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Anti-withdrawal protesters cripple Jewish state
Replies: 36
Views: 5037

Pizza, You're very out of date as far as understanding the Bronx! New York City (and that includes the Bronx) has reduced its murder rate by about 2/3rds, all the way back to the low levels of 40 years ago. Chicago should be so lucky! Second, as I said, Israelis are very much divided on the issues w...
by Donald Isler
Tue May 17, 2005 9:35 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Anti-withdrawal protesters cripple Jewish state
Replies: 36
Views: 5037

Every American Jew thinks he knows what to do about the conflict better than anyone else. Whether they're right-leaning or left-leaning I tend to take them all with a grain of salt because they yap at a safe distance, and the consequences are to be suffered not by us in Chicago and New York but by o...
by Donald Isler
Mon May 16, 2005 11:04 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Anti-withdrawal protesters cripple Jewish state
Replies: 36
Views: 5037

There are some nasty people on both sides, without doubt. And there will have to be a resolution to this situation, which will be difficult. I do respect Rabbis For Human Rights, though not all the other organizations, some of which are strongly pro-Palestinian and anti-Israeli. But don't say the Is...
by Donald Isler
Mon May 16, 2005 8:28 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: What do you think of this user: MACHINA weapon?
Replies: 20
Views: 2984

Machina,

I agree that getting professional help would probably do you a lot of good, and also some medication prescribed by a doctor could improve your mood. As for your profession, maybe you could rethink what you want to do. You write well. Maybe you could get into music criticism?

Good luck!

Don
by Donald Isler
Sun May 15, 2005 4:15 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Hello I'm Bonamici...
Replies: 15
Views: 2322

Welcome, Bonamici! Hope you enjoy your time here on the boards!

Don
by Donald Isler
Sun May 15, 2005 1:57 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: A virulent intolerance from British academia
Replies: 95
Views: 14579

I don't think I'm any more uninformed than you are, Pizza. I've seen them do that in New York, too. I know perfectly well the rationale behind their action. But I don't like to see Jews taking part in anti-Israel demonstrations together with Palestinians, which is what I saw.
by Donald Isler
Sun May 15, 2005 6:12 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: A virulent intolerance from British academia
Replies: 95
Views: 14579

You can make whatever silly excuses you want. If they're demonstrating with the Palestinians against Israel as far as I'm concerned they are, in this matter, pro-Palestinian.
by Donald Isler
Sat May 14, 2005 4:14 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: A virulent intolerance from British academia
Replies: 95
Views: 14579

Last update - 00:54 15/05/2005 Opposition to U.K. boycott of Israeli universities increasing By Tamara Traubman, Haaretz Correspondent At least three British universities will oppose the boycott imposed by the British Association of University Teachers (AUT) on Bar-Ilan and Haifa universities in Apr...
by Donald Isler
Sat May 14, 2005 4:03 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Not a Pluss for Fairleigh Dickinson University
Replies: 9
Views: 1965

They're not exactly the same thing. No Jew who cares about Israel likes to hear it defamed but, as is obvious, we have differences on how the conflict in the region should be settled, where borders should be, etc.

Questioning if the Holocaust happened is totally out of bounds.
by Donald Isler
Sat May 14, 2005 1:24 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Not a Pluss for Fairleigh Dickinson University
Replies: 9
Views: 1965

I think the Columbia situation was more about Middle East politics, not the Holocaust. This kind of stuff is beyond the pale.
by Donald Isler
Fri May 13, 2005 10:10 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Tchaikovsky, Brahms and Grieg have a dinner party.
Replies: 11
Views: 2245

A very nice story which I'm happy to hear again. I remember Ruth Laredo told it once some years ago at a lecture recital she gave at the Metropolitan Museum.
by Donald Isler
Thu May 12, 2005 8:23 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: A virulent intolerance from British academia
Replies: 95
Views: 14579

Ralph, London ain't New York. And our fellow Jews just don't have the numbers or impact we have here. In the summer of 2003 I was in London, just after a trip to Israel, and suddenly came upon a loud pro-Palestinian demonstration. I asked what it was about, and why it was taking place there. I was t...
by Donald Isler
Thu May 12, 2005 1:12 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: A virulent intolerance from British academia
Replies: 95
Views: 14579

Last update - 20:24 12/05/2005 Bar-Ilan University opens Web site to fight British boycott By Tamara Traubman, Haaretz Correspondent Bar-Ilan University has created a new Web site to enlist academics to oppose the boycott that Britain's Association of University Teachers has declared against it and ...
by Donald Isler
Wed May 11, 2005 10:12 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Isler Recital Program
Replies: 3
Views: 968

Isler Recital Program

I'll be playing a piano recital at a church in Yonkers, New York on Sunday, May 22nd. The program will include the Fourth English Suite of Bach, the 31st Sonata of Beethoven, Op. 110, and the C Minor Sonata of Schubert, D. 958. If anyone is interested in attending please send me a personal message, ...
by Donald Isler
Thu May 05, 2005 11:43 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: A virulent intolerance from British academia
Replies: 95
Views: 14579

Haaretz Last update - 20:06 05/05/2005 British lecturers call special meeting to reconsider boycott By Tamara Traubman, Haaretz Correspondent The Association of University Teachers (AUT) in the United Kingdom has decided to call a special meeting to reconsider its boycott of two Israeli universities...
by Donald Isler
Fri Apr 29, 2005 9:13 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: People's Music School in Chicago
Replies: 3
Views: 1058

What a great story!
by Donald Isler
Thu Apr 28, 2005 8:36 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: A virulent intolerance from British academia
Replies: 95
Views: 14579

The Jewish Week New York Thursday, April 28, 2005 / 19 Nisan 5765 Pressure Building Against British Academic Boycott Counter actions possible in wake of targeting of two Israeli universities. Stewart Ain and Michele Chabin In an escalation of tensions between academics in England and Israel over Isr...
by Donald Isler
Mon Apr 25, 2005 9:34 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: The Heartbreak of the Shallow Bench
Replies: 15
Views: 3802

I can think of another carpetbagger who was elected to the Senate in NY in 1964, though in fairness, he did partly grow up here.
by Donald Isler
Sat Apr 23, 2005 2:59 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Is This What The Republicans Mean By Less Government?
Replies: 17
Views: 4539

Majority rule still means that the majority still has some limitations on imposing its agenda and is not allowed to become all-powerful. Remember FDR and his court-packing plan? According to your argument I suppose he should have been allowed to pull that one off. Though neither of us actually think...
by Donald Isler
Sat Apr 23, 2005 11:55 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Is This What The Republicans Mean By Less Government?
Replies: 17
Views: 4539

Sure. Who needs a two-party system anyway?(g) They'll get theirs again some day. Nothing lasts forever. Or should, when you're talking about political domination by one party, even a party I like. I'm sure they'll see a turning against them at some point, and it won't take 40 years, like it took the...
by Donald Isler
Thu Apr 21, 2005 8:58 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Did Alfred Cortot Denounce Vlado Perlemuter to the Nazis?
Replies: 10
Views: 3836

Interesting that you have that reaction to Cortot's playing, Wallingford. Of course his playing could be very messy (I also never heard about the Parkinson's before) but I've always considered him so much more poetic and inspired than Casadesus, who by comparison always seemed very clean yet bland t...
by Donald Isler
Thu Apr 21, 2005 6:15 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Did Alfred Cortot Denounce Vlado Perlemuter to the Nazis?
Replies: 10
Views: 3836

I have no information about Perlemutter's situation, but my first piano teacher and her husband, German Jews, were students of Cortot's in Paris in the 30's. They always admired Cortot for his artistry, but said he did nothing to help them when things became difficult.
by Donald Isler
Wed Apr 20, 2005 1:11 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: It's Ratzinger!
Replies: 123
Views: 23856

Pizza wrote: "Most of the 'battles' in Israel that you refer to are concoted and fueled by the anti-religious, such as the Shinui political party, who couldn't care less about religion and religious practices." This is nonsense. You seem to consider that everyone who is non-Orthodox is anti-religiou...
by Donald Isler
Wed Apr 20, 2005 12:44 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: It's Ratzinger!
Replies: 123
Views: 23856

Much about Israel besides the Wall is under the rule of the Orthodox Rabbinate, and this causes a lot of problems for many of the 85% of Israelis who are not Orthodox. Since the Orthodox will never succeed in converting all the others to Orthodoxy there will inevitably be battles on numerous fronts ...
by Donald Isler
Wed Apr 20, 2005 9:09 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: It's Ratzinger!
Replies: 123
Views: 23856

Why WOULD men want to go to the women's section at the Western Wall anyway? It's smaller, less pleasant and was far more crowded than the men's section even when I was there in 2003 and hardly any tourists were coming to Israel. By contrast, I was able to spend time by the Wall, then sit for awhile ...
by Donald Isler
Tue Apr 19, 2005 11:31 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Paul Hindemith
Replies: 19
Views: 5514

I used to play his Second Piano Sonata, a very nice work. I should probably look at it again, and get to know more of his music.
by Donald Isler
Thu Apr 14, 2005 11:34 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Brilliant RICHTER on the Brilliant Classics label
Replies: 17
Views: 4808

We saw the video about his life, in which he said, when asked about pianos he'd played, that he could never count on a good piano when he played a concert, but got used to making the best of what was available. And that some of his best concerts were played on bad pianos. Interesting, when you consi...
by Donald Isler
Thu Apr 14, 2005 7:42 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Paganini and Hubay lectures at Valetta University
Replies: 7
Views: 3397

It's great to see Cheniston back here! He's one of the people who makes this place special!
by Donald Isler
Mon Apr 11, 2005 8:40 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: The Concert Companion
Replies: 10
Views: 3920

Horzowski probably had the longest career in classical music history, about 90 years. He was a child prodigy, made his debut before he was 10, and kept going till he was almost 100!
by Donald Isler
Sun Apr 10, 2005 11:44 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: The Concert Companion
Replies: 10
Views: 3920

Around 1990 a cousin gave me the 1912 edition of Das Goldene Buch der Musik, from her late mother's collection. It included most of the prominent performers of that era. One of the people in the book still had an active career when I received it: Miecyzslaw Horzowski who, in 1990, gave his last pian...
by Donald Isler
Sat Apr 09, 2005 7:14 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: An Article Worth Thinking About
Replies: 5
Views: 2536

An Article Worth Thinking About

(At least KASP Records is still 100% classical.....................) From www.artsjournal.com/sandow/archives20050101 By Gregory Sandow of The Wall Street Journal Wednesday, January 19, 2005 The crisis For the benefit of my Juilliard class -- and because I don't know any writing that sets forth, in ...
by Donald Isler
Tue Apr 05, 2005 3:32 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: I'm Not Cathoic, but .....
Replies: 50
Views: 15158

I can see different ways of looking at this. But from a Jewish point of view (mine, anyway) his contributions in the figth against anti-semitism are enormous. What with refering to the Jews as his "older brothers," being the first pope to pray in a synagogue, the recognition of the State of Israel b...
by Donald Isler
Tue Apr 05, 2005 1:31 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: I'm Not Cathoic, but .....
Replies: 50
Views: 15158

A Very Good Article About the Pope

The Pope's True Revolution John Paul II's legacy is more profound than mere Catholic conservatism By James Carroll Posted Sunday, April 3, 2005 This may be what you think: John Paul II was the conservative Pope. His pontificate was marked by a resurgent Roman Catholic traditionalism, setting the chu...
by Donald Isler
Fri Apr 01, 2005 1:31 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Wonderful find: Daniel Gottlieb Steibelt piano music
Replies: 3
Views: 2556

This sounds very interesting, Lance!

Also, is the composer Bargiel you refer to Clara Schumann's stepfather?
by Donald Isler
Wed Mar 30, 2005 10:39 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Moura Lympany Dies
Replies: 2
Views: 2275

Moura Lympany Dies

Independent News and Media (UK), Ltd. Dame Moura Lympany Dies Pianist dubbed 'a virtuoso of dreaming' 30 March 2005 Mary Johnstone* (Moura Lympany), pianist: born Saltash, Cornwall 18 August 1916; CBE 1979, DBE 1992; married 1944 Lt-Col Colin Defries (marriage dissolved 1950), 1951 Bennet H. Korn (o...
by Donald Isler
Tue Mar 29, 2005 1:52 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Grant Johannesen Dies
Replies: 7
Views: 3880

Grant Johannesen Dies

American Pianist Grant Johannesen, 83, Dies Washington Post Associated Press Tuesday, March 29, 2005; Page B06 Grant Johannesen, 83, an American-born pianist known for his performances of music by French composers, died March 27 in Berlin, where he was visiting friends. No cause of death was reporte...
by Donald Isler
Mon Mar 28, 2005 11:50 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: The Chutzpah "expert"
Replies: 1
Views: 1654

The Chutzpah "expert"

Hello, folks, this is not Donald but Werner - you wouldn't believe how much trouble I've had signing on after the Achilles fiasco - still no success. So Donald has kindly agreed to lend me his space so I can take on the erroneous effusions of one Mark Anstendig before any more time goes by. As many ...
by Donald Isler
Mon Mar 28, 2005 10:14 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Disgusting
Replies: 62
Views: 17579

Mark, Once again, your attitude is completely unanstendig. I'm not aware you've ever done anyone a favor. In fact, I doubt it. You seem to be all take, and no give. I also have a problem with the fact that you don't keep your word. You wrote Dad that you would keep your negative reaction to private ...
by Donald Isler
Sun Mar 27, 2005 3:38 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Disgusting
Replies: 62
Views: 17579

If you had thanked him a much more pleasant expression would cross his face when your name is mentioned than the one I currently see. You are not being treated badly. You are rude, selfish and paranoid. And people react to this. That's not my fault. You "moved up" your listening of these recordings ...
by Donald Isler
Sat Mar 26, 2005 9:59 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Disgusting
Replies: 62
Views: 17579

Mahlerfan wrote:

"Donald, your father is Bruce Hungerford? Wow! Like father, like son."

Not really. Dad is very much alive and well. Bruce died 28 years ago. But they were very good friends. Which is ONE of the reasons that Mark's catty dismissal of Bruce's playing was offensive.
by Donald Isler
Sat Mar 26, 2005 8:42 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Disgusting
Replies: 62
Views: 17579

Your opinion shows how poorly you understand these works. That's just my opinion but you'll have to live with it, as I will live with yours. But I didn't see any sign of appreciation of having received a gift in any of the notes you sent him. That bothered me a lot more than your opinion, which isn'...
by Donald Isler
Sat Mar 26, 2005 5:10 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Disgusting
Replies: 62
Views: 17579

Mark B Anstendig said: "Anyway, I still don't like the Bruce Hungerford records." If you were at all gracious you would have THANKED Dad for sending them to you regardless. They were a present, and you've certainly never done anything in return. I regret that the expression "Thank you" is not part o...
by Donald Isler
Sat Mar 26, 2005 2:51 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: The "Feel-good Fuehrer"
Replies: 7
Views: 4080

Of course there was a lot of plunder from the Jews. A small example: Edith Hahn Beer, a Viennese Jew, writes that after the Anschluss all Austrian Aryans got new radios. Where did they get them? They had just been stolen from the Jews. But of course there was German suffering during the war, though ...