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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: 11652

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: 2705

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: 5007

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: 5007

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: 6077

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: 3212

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: 5252

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: 5252

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: 3212

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: 2258

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: 6029

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: 1882

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: 3851

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: 1155

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: 1155

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.
by Donald Isler
Thu Jun 16, 2005 7:58 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: One Pianist Copes With the Two Koreas
Replies: 3
Views: 1166

Very interesting, Paul! I didn't know that. But I still remain skeptical that Mr. Balsam could read any form of Korean!
by Donald Isler
Wed Jun 15, 2005 9:06 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: One Pianist Copes With the Two Koreas
Replies: 3
Views: 1166

One Pianist Copes With the Two Koreas

Artur Balsam spoke quite a few languages, all of them with a lisp and a strong Polish accent. He was fluent in Polish, Russian, German, English, and, I think, a few others. One Korean student told me she wrote notes in Korean in her scores on what he told her in coachings. Afterwards she saw him stu...
by Donald Isler
Sat Jun 11, 2005 9:46 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Another New York Story
Replies: 12
Views: 2391

Frank,

We have deer in Irvington, too. I try to avoid them (especially when driving!).

Mr. Ax appears to be in good shape so I guess his workouts at the gym were effective.
by Donald Isler
Sat Jun 11, 2005 3:24 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Another Part of American History We Shouldn't Forget
Replies: 2
Views: 693

Another Part of American History We Shouldn't Forget

News 06/11/2005 15:14:58 EST ROGELIO SOLIS/AP Photo Mississippians Wary of Civil-Rights Trial By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press Writer PHILADELPHIA, Miss. - Hicks. Rednecks. Racists. People who live in this town of 7,300 have heard the epithets slung their way for decades. And many - black an...
by Donald Isler
Fri Jun 10, 2005 9:52 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Another New York Story
Replies: 12
Views: 2391

Another New York Story

As Lance plans his radio programs according to the birthdays of the musicians he features I do a monthly music appreciation/theory/ performance class for my piano students, and usually begin the class by playing for them CD's of composers and/or pianists who have birthdays that month. Tomorrow I wil...
by Donald Isler
Fri Jun 10, 2005 11:14 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: obscure Hindemith work
Replies: 11
Views: 2848

Speaking of truly obscure Hindemith works: A deceased cousin by marriage said her grandparents helped and encouraged Hindemith at the very beginning of his career, and he wrote a short work in honor of the wedding of her parents, around 1912. But they were killed in the Holocaust and that work (I th...
by Donald Isler
Sun Jun 05, 2005 10:08 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: June 4: Names and Notes in Music
Replies: 1
Views: 692

Lance,

You may want to check the dates of Martin Krause. The date you gave for his birth may be his death date. No idea when he was born.
by Donald Isler
Sat Jun 04, 2005 9:11 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: I Need Your Perspective on Watergate
Replies: 62
Views: 7120

I think the whole country was hanging onto every relevation at the time of Watergate. This was a unique crisis the country was put through, and only near the end did we know how it would turn out.
by Donald Isler
Sat Jun 04, 2005 4:09 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: I Need Your Perspective on Watergate
Replies: 62
Views: 7120

It was a really scary time when we realized just how corrupt the president had been. The tapes he was forced to turn over proved that he had been obstructing justice (by preventing the FBI from finding that out). When this evidence came out ALL his supporters in Congress, who had hoped to save his p...
by Donald Isler
Sat Jun 04, 2005 12:03 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Sometimes the French Get It Right
Replies: 2
Views: 828

We also don't have Europe's history. I think different laws can be appropriate in different countries. I certainly don't mind, for example, that certain pronunciations in favor of anti-semitism are illegal in Germany.
by Donald Isler
Sat Jun 04, 2005 10:23 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Sometimes the French Get It Right
Replies: 2
Views: 828

Sometimes the French Get It Right

Last update - 18:40 04/06/2005 Le Monde editor found guilty of defamation against Jews, Israel By Haaretz Service A French court has found the editor-in-chief of the influential daily newspaper Le Monde and the authors of an opinion piece in the paper guilty of "racial defamation" against Israel and...
by Donald Isler
Thu Jun 02, 2005 8:54 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: June 2: Names and Notes in Music
Replies: 1
Views: 750

Just noticed Franz Strauss' death listed here. Of course I could be mistaken but according to Slonimsky (Baker's Biographical Dictionary of musicians) he died on May 31st.
by Donald Isler
Thu Jun 02, 2005 8:48 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: May 31: Names and Notes in Music
Replies: 1
Views: 742

Also on this date, in 1905, Franz Strauss (born Feb. 26, 1822), composer, French horn player and father of Richard, died. I remember this because on the very day he died a cousin of ours was born and HE just celebrated a VERY big birthday! (I'd list him here, but he's not a musician, "just" a music ...
by Donald Isler
Tue May 31, 2005 10:43 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Isler Recital Program
Replies: 3
Views: 1196

Thanks for your interest, Karl and Ralph. It went quite well indeed!
by Donald Isler
Tue May 31, 2005 11:26 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Favorite Greasy Spoons
Replies: 18
Views: 3765

When I lived in on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, back in the 70's and 80's I ate every night at Tom's Restaurant in the Columbia University area. It later became famous as the exterior of the coffee shop where Jerry and his friends ate regularly on Seinfeld. It's about as far as you can get from...
by Donald Isler
Sat May 28, 2005 10:34 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: An Interesting Approach to Anti-Zionism
Replies: 13
Views: 2158

I think you are looking at it from an American viewpoint, Ralph, and I am looking at it from a Jewish viewpoint. Although we're obviously both loyal Americans of Jewish background. This doesn't mean I'm anti-Palestinian, or that I support everything Sharon has done. I'd like to see a successful two-...
by Donald Isler
Sat May 28, 2005 10:19 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Article About Women's Rights and Daughter of Famous Pianist
Replies: 1
Views: 625

Article About Women's Rights and Daughter of Famous Pianist

Beate Sirota Gordon was the daughter of Leo Sirota, whose wonderful Chopin recordings one should hear. The New York Times By JAMES BROOKE Published: May 28, 2005 TOKYO In the back of a theater here, two gray-haired women perched on the edge of their seats, nodding their heads, clapping their hands s...
by Donald Isler
Sat May 28, 2005 12:12 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: An Interesting Approach to Anti-Zionism
Replies: 13
Views: 2158

An Interesting Approach to Anti-Zionism

The Jewish Week (New York) Saturday, May 28, 2005 / 19 Iyyar 5765 Condemn Anti-Zionism As Racism by Judea Pearl In the past two months I have visited four “troubled” campuses — Duke, York (Canada), Columbia and the University of California Irvine — where tensions between Jewish and anti-Zionist stud...
by Donald Isler
Fri May 27, 2005 9:49 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Ruth Laredo Dies
Replies: 18
Views: 3531

Ruth Laredo Dies

Ruth Laredo, Pianist Who Recorded Rachmaninoff, Dies at 67 By DANIEL J. WAKIN Published: May 27, 2005 Ruth Laredo, a pianist equally at home in chamber music and solo works who was known for landmark recordings of Scriabin and Rachmaninoff, died on Wednesday at her apartment in New York. She was 67....
by Donald Isler
Thu May 26, 2005 9:28 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: A virulent intolerance from British academia
Replies: 95
Views: 17398

Apparently when anti-semites lose it's "anti-democratic!" Last update - 17:57 26/05/2005 British group cancels boycott of two Israeli universities By Tamara Traubman, Haaretz Correspondent LONDON - The British Association of University Teachers (AUT) decided Thursday to cancel its controversial deci...
by Donald Isler
Wed May 25, 2005 10:58 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: May 22: Names and Notes in Music
Replies: 4
Views: 1127

Lance, Thanks for your interest in the recital (and also for including my grandfather in the 5/24 listings). It went very well despite a lousy cold which I still have, and which caused me not to be able to attend my cousin's 100th birthday party the day before. (Didn't want to give him the cold.) Pr...
by Donald Isler
Wed May 25, 2005 10:52 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: May 25: Names and Notes in Music
Replies: 6
Views: 1291

Corlyss may think otherwise, but I'm not sure that is where Buckley is heading anyway!
by Donald Isler
Wed May 25, 2005 10:23 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: May 22: Names and Notes in Music
Replies: 4
Views: 1127

Lance,

Is this perhaps supposed to be May 22nd?
by Donald Isler
Tue May 24, 2005 11:00 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: A Heroic Part of Jewish History Told By A Participant
Replies: 2
Views: 842

A Heroic Part of Jewish History Told By A Participant

This is a new translation into English just made by my cousin in Kfar Saba, who commanded a ship which smuggled Jewish Holocaust survivors into Palestine in 1946. For those who may not know this history: There was not yet a State of Israel, and at this point the enemy was the British, who ruled the ...
by Donald Isler
Tue May 24, 2005 4:49 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Kurt Sanderling, a great conductor
Replies: 13
Views: 2741

An interesting thread about a conductor whose name I've heard, but whose music-making I haven't. Makes me want to listen to some of his recordings. As for the ever provocative Mr. Lebrecht: We will have to see if his writing is still at ITS peak in his old age, when he gets there. As for his comment...
by Donald Isler
Tue May 24, 2005 4:36 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: A virulent intolerance from British academia
Replies: 95
Views: 17398

Last update - 10:16 24/05/2005 Twenty-one Nobel Prize laureates urge end to British academic boycott By Tamara Traubman, Haaretz Correspondent Twenty-one Nobel Prize laureates will send a letter to the British Association of University Teachers (AUT) urging it to cancel the decision to impose an aca...
by Donald Isler
Sat May 21, 2005 10:28 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: A virulent intolerance from British academia
Replies: 95
Views: 17398

Last update - 07:34 22/05/2005 Palestinian university president denounces UK boycott of Israeli academia By Tamara Traubman and Arnon Regular, Haaretz Correspondent Prof. Sari Nusseibeh, president of Al-Quds University in East Jerusalem, last Thursday joined Prof. Menachem Magidor, president of Hebr...
by Donald Isler
Fri May 20, 2005 11:16 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: The "Moderate" PLO?
Replies: 43
Views: 5526

Yasser forwarded:http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4565301.stm

This is certainly good news, if it is true.
by Donald Isler
Fri May 20, 2005 11:14 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Old Radio Signature Themes
Replies: 15
Views: 5162

Also, Mendelssohn's Spinning Song, played, I think, by Rachmaninoff, on Joe Patrych and Bruce Posner's old program Concert Grand, a mainstay of WFUV in New York, before that station got rid of classical music (and my listenership!).
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: 5162

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: 7148

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: 8115

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: 8115

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: 1304

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: 5245

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...