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by Donald Isler
Fri Jul 28, 2017 10:00 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Geoffrey Burleson - IKIF
Replies: 1
Views: 1799

Re: Geoffrey Burleson

Mr. Burleson has since told me that the encore was "my own arrangement/improv on Dizzy Gillespie's 'Night In Tunisia.'"
by Donald Isler
Thu Jul 27, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Geoffrey Burleson - IKIF
Replies: 1
Views: 1799

Geoffrey Burleson - IKIF

Geoffrey Burleson – IKIF 19th International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Hunter College July 25th, 2017 Rameau: Les Sauvages L’Enharmonique L’Egyptienne Albeniz: Iberia, Book One Liszt: Sonetto del Petrarca No. 104 Saint-Saens: Africa, Op. 89 Gregor Huebner: Five Latin Pieces Let no one accuse...
by Donald Isler
Tue Jul 25, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Vladimir Rumyantsev - IKIF
Replies: 1
Views: 1687

Vladimir Rumyantsev - IKIF

Vladimir Rumyantsev – IKIF 19th International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Hunter College July 22nd, 2017 Scriabin: Prelude for the Left Hand, Op. 9 Balakirev: Islamey – Oriental Fantasy, Op. 18 Scriabin: Nocturne for the Left Hand, Op. 9 Ravel: Gaspard de la Nuit Rachmaninoff: Five Preludes L...
by Donald Isler
Fri Jul 21, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Alon Goldstein - IKIF
Replies: 1
Views: 1742

Alon Goldstein - IKIF

Alon Goldstein – IKIF 19th International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Hunter College July 20th, 2017 Scarlatti: Four Sonatas Schubert: Fantasy in C Major, D. 760 “Wanderer” Liszt: Paraphrase on “Miserere” from Verdi’s “Il Trovatore”, S. 433 Bartok: Suite, Op. 14 Debussy: Masques D’un cahier d’...
by Donald Isler
Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Jerome Rose - IKIF
Replies: 1
Views: 1800

Jerome Rose - IKIF

Jerome Rose – IKIF 19th International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Hunter College July 16th, 2017 Beethoven: Sonata in E-Flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3 Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op. 12 Liszt: Sonata in B Minor Last night the 19th season of the International Keyboard Institute and Festival began wit...
by Donald Isler
Fri Jul 14, 2017 10:18 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Bastille Day
Replies: 2
Views: 967

Bastille Day

Well, at least we know what our (fake?) President did today. And at least John B. will know why I wrote that.
by Donald Isler
Wed Jun 07, 2017 9:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Lance!
Replies: 7
Views: 1780

Happy Birthday, Lance!

Wishing our Generalmusikdirektor a very happy birthday, and many more!
by Donald Isler
Fri Jan 27, 2017 11:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jed Distler Program on Bruce Hungerford
Replies: 4
Views: 1165

Sorry you fell asleep waiting for a program that wasn't even aired, JBuck! WWFM accidentally aired the previous week's program again on the 24th, but they will air the Hungerford program this coming Tuesday evening, the 31st, also at 10 PM, New York time on www.wwfm.org. It's a whole hour of Bruce's...
by Donald Isler
Tue Jan 24, 2017 10:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jed Distler Program on Bruce Hungerford
Replies: 4
Views: 1165

Re: Jed Distler Program on Bruce Hungerford

Except that WWFM is playing a different edition of Jed's program, though the website shows that the Hungerford show is on!
by Donald Isler
Tue Jan 24, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jed Distler Program on Bruce Hungerford
Replies: 4
Views: 1165

Jed Distler Program on Bruce Hungerford

This evening (Tuesday) at 10 PM, New York time, pianist, composer and critic (for Gramophone Magazine, among other publications) Jed Distler will devote his weekly radio program, Between the Keys, to Bruce Hungerford, whose career was cut short when he died in an auto accident (caused by a drunk dri...
by Donald Isler
Sat Jan 14, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Donald Isler!
Replies: 4
Views: 1112

Re: Happy Birthday, Donald Isler!

Thank you very much for the good wishes, Really appreciate them!

Meanwhile, here is something that (coincidentally) just went up on Youtube, in case it's of any interest.

https://youtu.be/MOoyvejkleA
by Donald Isler
Thu Jan 12, 2017 9:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Interview With Robert Sherman - From Isler's Insights
Replies: 12
Views: 1625

Interview With Robert Sherman - From Isler's Insights

Interview With Robert Sherman Though he modestly disagrees, Robert Sherman looks, and gives off the vibes of a much younger man. Those of us who have listened for years to radio station WQXR, New York’s premier (and sole surviving full-time) classical music station know he’s had every important job ...
by Donald Isler
Wed Jan 11, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A question about advanced students' recitals
Replies: 12
Views: 1607

Re: A question about advanced students' recitals

I agree with the comments of Maestro and John F. As a teacher I'm very conservative about what I'll let my students perform. if they play pieces in concert that they can't play well they waste the audience's time, accomplish nothing and often feel badly themselves afterwards. That said, it's fine to...
by Donald Isler
Tue Jan 03, 2017 8:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A very Happy New Year, CMGers!
Replies: 16
Views: 2811

Re: A very Happy New Year, CMGers!

I hope it will be a good year for everyone!
by Donald Isler
Sat Dec 03, 2016 12:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your favorite works under 2 minutes
Replies: 23
Views: 3604

Re: Your favorite works under 2 minutes

Thank you, Garrett!
by Donald Isler
Sat Nov 26, 2016 10:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's Sonata No. 32 in c, Op. 111
Replies: 23
Views: 3482

Re: Beethoven's Sonata No. 32 in c, Op. 111

I'm guessing that most people here know who my favorite performer of Op. 111 is. I know of at least three times he recorded it, the last two of which, on Vanguard and KASP Records, are still available.
by Donald Isler
Sat Nov 19, 2016 10:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Radio Program About Donald Isler and KASP Records
Replies: 4
Views: 1322

Re: Radio Program About Donald Isler and KASP Records

Thank you for your interest, John and Maestro! Interesting that Larry Koran was your classmate, John! Yes, it will be streamed live. For some reason, the blue lines on the link did not come out blue here, so one cannot just click on here. But one can go to: kzsulive.stanford.edu (writing it in on yo...
by Donald Isler
Fri Nov 18, 2016 10:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Radio Program About Donald Isler and KASP Records
Replies: 4
Views: 1322

Radio Program About Donald Isler and KASP Records

(This program, with host Gary Lemco, a colleague of Lance, which will be on Sunday evening, reminds me of a similar type of program Lance was kind enough to do about seven years ago.) Please note the program is from 7 to 9 PM Pacific time, which means 9 to 11 PM Chicago time and 10 PM till midnight ...
by Donald Isler
Mon Oct 10, 2016 8:57 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 10 Tishrei 5777
Replies: 1
Views: 795

10 Tishrei 5777

Wishing an easy fast to those who observe it.
by Donald Isler
Sat Oct 01, 2016 9:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 1 Tishrei 5777
Replies: 1
Views: 753

1 Tishrei 5777

Wishing a good New Year to all who observe it.
by Donald Isler
Wed Aug 24, 2016 9:27 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Chamber Music Society at SPAC
Replies: 2
Views: 2758

Re: Chamber Music Society at SPAC

Sounds like you heard a wonderful program! I also was unaware of any Schumann viola sonatas.
by Donald Isler
Mon Aug 22, 2016 9:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The film: "Florence Foster Jenkins"
Replies: 31
Views: 5589

Re: The film: "Florence Foster Jenkins"

I agree with everything you said, Lance. And I think Meryl Streep's singing was actually more accurate than what I remember of that of the real Florence. It was also interesting because we knew Kathleen, Bayfield's girlfriend in the film, who later became his wife.) I have seen conflicting articles ...
by Donald Isler
Tue Aug 16, 2016 8:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CD Review: Pianist Magdalena Baczewska
Replies: 1
Views: 706

CD Review: Pianist Magdalena Baczewska

Pianist Magdalena Baczewska Plays Chopin and Szymanowski Chopin: Prelude in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 45 Szymanowski: Nine Preludes, Op. 1 Chopin: Ballade No. 3 in A-Flat Major, Op. 47 Chopin: Mazurkas, Op. 59 Szymanowski: Mazurkas, Op. 50, Nos. 1-4 Chopin: Andante Spianato and Grand Polonaise, Op. 22 Labe...
by Donald Isler
Thu Aug 04, 2016 7:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Lewis on Schubert's last sonata
Replies: 14
Views: 2194

Re: Paul Lewis on Schubert's last sonata

That's the one, Allen! Thanks for posting it.
by Donald Isler
Thu Aug 04, 2016 12:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Lewis on Schubert's last sonata
Replies: 14
Views: 2194

Re: Paul Lewis on Schubert's last sonata

Thanks for your kind words, John. I just put the words "Isler Abrahams Schubert Fantasy" into the search function on YouTube and it came up right away.
by Donald Isler
Thu Aug 04, 2016 9:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Lewis on Schubert's last sonata
Replies: 14
Views: 2194

Re: Paul Lewis on Schubert's last sonata

Many interesting comments here. (But nothing that draws my "ire," John B!) I reviewed a concert last weekend by Alexander Kobrin which included this sonata. That performance did include the repeat of the first movement. I don't object to the music in the first ending, but playing the repeat does mak...
by Donald Isler
Mon Aug 01, 2016 12:37 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Alexander Kobrin - IKIF
Replies: 1
Views: 2533

Alexander Kobrin - IKIF

Alexander Kobrin - IKIF 18th International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Hunter College July 30th, 2016 Schumann: Andantino de Clara Wieck From Concerto sans orchestra (Grande Sonate) in F Minor, Op. 14 Brahms: Sonata No. 2 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 2 Schubert: Sonata in B-Flat Major, D. 960 Alexan...
by Donald Isler
Thu Jul 28, 2016 1:47 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: George Li - IKIF
Replies: 0
Views: 2162

George Li - IKIF

George Li - IKIF 18th International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Hunter College July 27th, 2016 Haydn: Sonata in B Minor, Hob. XVI:32, L. 47 Chopin: Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35 Rachmaninoff: Variations On a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 Liszt: Consolation in D-Flat Major, S. 172 Liszt: Hun...
by Donald Isler
Tue Jul 26, 2016 12:34 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: A Century of Musical Culture In New York - IKIF
Replies: 0
Views: 2077

A Century of Musical Culture In New York - IKIF

A Century of Musical Culture in New York: The Legacy of Damrosch, Mannes, Godowsky and Gershwin – IKIF 18th International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Hunter College July 23rd, 2016 Jerome Rose, David Dubal – Speakers Steven Mayer, Daniel Berman – Pianists This event was not exactly a lecture,...
by Donald Isler
Sun Jul 24, 2016 11:20 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Jeffrey Swann - IKIF
Replies: 0
Views: 2005

Jeffrey Swann - IKIF

Jeffrey Swann - IKIF 18th International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Hunter College July 21st, 2016 Schubert: Sonata in G Major, D. 894 Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op. 16 Jeffrey Swann is a very likable musical personality, as well as a very fine pianist. He always makes some brief and insightful ...
by Donald Isler
Sun Jul 24, 2016 7:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Isler Concert Next Week
Replies: 13
Views: 2114

Re: Isler Concert Next Week

Actually, I believe it was Peter Minuit who "purchased" New York (Manhattan, anyway). Peter Stuyvesant was the last Dutch governor.
by Donald Isler
Sat Jul 23, 2016 8:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Isler Concert Next Week
Replies: 13
Views: 2114

Re: Isler Concert Next Week

Thanks for the good wishes!
by Donald Isler
Fri Jul 22, 2016 9:25 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Magdalena Baczewska - IKIF
Replies: 0
Views: 2004

Magdalena Baczewska - IKIF

Magdalena Baczewska - IKIF 18th International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Hunter College July 20th, 2016 Chopin: Prelude, Op. 45 Chopin: Mazurkas, Op. 59 Szymanowski: Mazurkas, Op. 50, Nos. 15 and 16 Szymanowski: Etude in B-Flat Minor, Op. 4, No. 3 Chopin: Ballade No. 3 in A-Flat Major, Op. 4...
by Donald Isler
Wed Jul 20, 2016 11:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Isler Concert Next Week
Replies: 13
Views: 2114

Isler Concert Next Week

Looking forward to my first appearance at the Summit Music Festival (www.summitmusicfestival.org) at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York next Tuesday evening! Faculty Concert: Donald Isler, Jeffrey Solow & Olivier Fluchaire July 26 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Donald Isler, piano Schubert Sonata Op...
by Donald Isler
Wed Jul 13, 2016 9:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: So What Are People Doing
Replies: 4
Views: 831

So What Are People Doing

for Bastille Day?
by Donald Isler
Tue Jun 28, 2016 11:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I hear Schnabel's 32 Beethoven sonatas ...
Replies: 2
Views: 994

Re: I hear Schnabel's 32 Beethoven sonatas ...

A bargain! Though I also have them on CD (though I forget on which reissue) I still hold onto my LP's of the complete set, a high school graduation present from my parents. (Even though the turntable no longer works!)
by Donald Isler
Sat Jun 18, 2016 2:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Agnes Selby (April 4, 1933 - June 18, 2016)
Replies: 18
Views: 4297

Agnes Selby (April 4, 1933 - June 18, 2016)

From our mutual friend, Teresa, I learned that Agnes Selby passed away within the last few days. She was a good friend of the Isler Family, and of others on this board. Agnes was a Jewish Holocaust survivor, born in Slovakia. She and her parents spent most of one year during the war hiding in a ditc...
by Donald Isler
Tue Jun 07, 2016 9:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Lance!
Replies: 13
Views: 2950

Happy Birthday, Lance!

And many more!
by Donald Isler
Mon Jun 06, 2016 4:15 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: (((Modernistfan)))
Replies: 10
Views: 1630

Re: (((Modernistfan)))

Disagree, John. Being anti-Soviet was being against a government. The people weren't Soviet. They were Russian or Ukranian or whatever else. I was never anti - these nationalities. When you say Israel is subject to the same norms as other nations, then it should not the object of constant United Nat...
by Donald Isler
Mon Jun 06, 2016 10:27 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: (((Modernistfan)))
Replies: 10
Views: 1630

Re: (((Modernistfan)))

Although one should be able to criticize the government of Israel, like any other government 1) Being anti-Israel is bigotry, like being anti-Chinese (and what a delightful government they have?!) or anti-any other nation, 2) Being anti-Israel is becoming almost the same thing as anti-Semitism, 3) J...
by Donald Isler
Mon May 16, 2016 9:27 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Julius La Rosa R.I.P.
Replies: 5
Views: 1402

Re: Julius La Rosa R.I.P.

He was a neighbor, though I only met him once briefly. His son became a good friend of ours. Last year they moved to Wisconsin, where they had more family. Despite his early fame he remained a very nice, decent and generous family man.
by Donald Isler
Sat May 14, 2016 2:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yuja Wang, Live Broadcast From Carnegie Hall Tonight!
Replies: 5
Views: 1524

Yuja Wang, Live Broadcast From Carnegie Hall Tonight!

Am planning to watch pianist Yuja Wang's Carnegie Hall recital, which will be broadcast live at 8 PM tonight on medici TV (http://www.medici.tv). Program: Brahms: Two Ballades, Schumann: Kreisleriana, Beethoven: Hammerklavier Sonata! She's a staggering brilliant player, but I'm also looking forward ...
by Donald Isler
Wed May 11, 2016 7:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lance is around, but ...
Replies: 6
Views: 1608

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: 4596

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: 1566

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: 1260

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: 1260

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: 2243

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: 1648

Re: Bruce Hungerford & Australian pianist Elsie Hall

Well, thanks to both of you gentlemen!