A big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to CMG's elder stateman

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A big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to CMG's elder stateman

Post by Seán » Thu Feb 09, 2012 8:53 am

I don't think that I am revealing any secrets when I wish the great Werner Isler a very Happy 90th Birthday today.

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Happy Birthday Werner, I am proud to be considered your friend.

I shall listen to your Schubert performance on Youtube later today in celebration of this great ocassion.
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Post by RebLem » Thu Feb 09, 2012 9:00 am

Happy 90th, Werner!
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Post by jbuck919 » Thu Feb 09, 2012 9:09 am

Werner shares his birth date with soprano and film star Kathryn Grayson. Happy birthday, Werner.


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Post by lennygoran » Thu Feb 09, 2012 10:14 am

Seán wrote:Happy Birthday Werner
That's wonderful--Happy Birthday! Regards, Len

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Post by maestrob » Thu Feb 09, 2012 11:43 am

Many happy returns of the day!

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Post by Teresa B » Thu Feb 09, 2012 11:46 am

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Werner!!!
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Post by stenka razin » Thu Feb 09, 2012 12:02 pm

Happy Birthday, Werner. It is always a pleasure to read your comments, my friend. :D :D :D :D

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Post by Agnes Selby » Thu Feb 09, 2012 2:50 pm

Although I have already wished my good friend, Werner the happiest
of birthdays privately, I would like to join all your admirers, Werner
to repeat my good wishes. Have a wonderful day!

Regards,
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Post by Lance » Thu Feb 09, 2012 10:36 pm

Just back from out-of-town for a few days, I, too, convey my heartiest best wishes to Werner Isler on achieving a wonderful milestone ... 90 wonderful, musically-filled years. You have been very special to me --along with Charlotte and Donald-- and to all CMGers. Many happy returns of your special day!
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Post by Ricordanza » Fri Feb 10, 2012 6:22 am

Belatedly, my very best birthday wishes to Werner!

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Post by Wallingford » Fri Feb 10, 2012 6:25 pm

...and my belated congrats on this milestone!
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Post by Werner » Fri Feb 10, 2012 7:44 pm

Thank you, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!
I'm overwhelmed by all the friends heard from on this occasion - it almost looks like I'm getting older and slower in my response (a useful excuse, perhaps?)

Friends from across the United States, from Ireland and Australia, phone calls from Brazil, London etcetera - new friends and old friends going back the length of my CMG membership, who have enriched my horizons. A special appreciation due Lance, who is the spirit of CMG, which helps us all appreciate music and manage a civilized forum on so many subjects.

To all of you, thanks for being there. Let's look forward to enjoying each other in the years to come!
Werner Isler

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Post by living_stradivarius » Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:31 pm

Happy 90th Werner!
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Post by Fergus » Sat Feb 11, 2012 5:57 am

Belated congratulations on your birthday....I hope that you had a wonderful day :D

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Post by Chalkperson » Sun Feb 12, 2012 10:09 pm

I have met this man, no way is he a day over 75!
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Post by jbuck919 » Sun Feb 12, 2012 11:33 pm

Chalkperson wrote:I have met this man, no way is he a day over 75!

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Post by THEHORN » Mon Feb 13, 2012 9:32 am

Congratulations on having reached such a venerable age !







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Post by Werner » Mon Feb 13, 2012 11:03 am

Thank you all! I didn't know that Chalkie and John were historians - now all you need is to bring it a bit up to date!

Anyway, I'm flatered!
Werner Isler

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Post by Holden Fourth » Mon Feb 13, 2012 2:54 pm

Many happy returns for this great milestone Werner. I'll play the CD you made in 1966 in honour of this occasion.

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Post by Werner » Mon Feb 13, 2012 4:44 pm

Thank you, Holden - I feel honored that you'll listen to the best I could do before I quit playing. Not that I ever entertained hopes of music professionally, but years of friendship with professionals gave me some standards to try for.

Of course you realize that in 1966 CDs were far into the future, as was any knowledge of recording techniques on my part. It was some years after that time that we were privileged to attend many Hungerford recording sessions at Vanguard. But at least some of my teachers and friends such as Adrian Aeschbacher and Bruce Hungerford could see what I was trying to accomplish.

And then along comes a ninetieth birthday, which serves as an excuse for almost anything, and friends say nice things. Many thanks to all!
Werner Isler

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Post by Donald Isler » Tue Feb 14, 2012 8:18 pm

As usual, Dad is too modest. Hungerford and Aeschbacher were both quite impressed with his recording.
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Post by Holden Fourth » Wed Feb 15, 2012 6:19 am

Donald Isler wrote:As usual, Dad is too modest. Hungerford and Aeschbacher were both quite impressed with his recording.
I agree and thanks to introducing me to the playing of my compatriot Bruce Hungerford whose LvB PS cycle, if completed, would have been up there with the absolute best (if not the best) of all time.

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