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by Donald Isler
Tue Nov 09, 2021 10:38 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Back to the concert hall to hear Richard Goode's piano recital
Replies: 4
Views: 652

Re: Back to the concert hall to hear Richard Goode's piano recital

Thanks for this very interesting, well-written review, Ricordanza!
by Donald Isler
Sun Oct 24, 2021 9:08 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Cousins
Replies: 10
Views: 523

Re: Cousins

MaestroB: Thank you for your very generous comments! Barney: Third cousins means that the cousins' great-grandparents were siblings. Friedman's great-grandmother and my grandfather's great-grandmother were sisters. I came along two generations later, hence I'm Ignaz's third cousin twice removed. The...
by Donald Isler
Sun Oct 24, 2021 6:50 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Cousins
Replies: 10
Views: 523

Re: Cousins

I believe he has grandchildren, but I don't know them.
by Donald Isler
Sat Oct 23, 2021 7:39 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Cousins
Replies: 10
Views: 523

Re: Cousins

1) I agree with Barney's comment! And I hope you find the common ancestor! 2) I've enjoyed studying genealogy all my life. It was amusing to discover that a woman I've known for years at my synagogue is a fourth cousin. It was even more exciting to learn that the pianist, Ignaz Friedman, whom I've a...
by Donald Isler
Tue Sep 14, 2021 11:51 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 10 Tishrei 5782
Replies: 1
Views: 254

10 Tishrei 5782

Wishing an easy fast to all who observe it.
by Donald Isler
Sun Sep 05, 2021 11:52 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 1 Tishrei 5782
Replies: 2
Views: 415

1 Tishrei 5782

Wishing a very good New Year (it begins Monday evening) to all who observe it!
by Donald Isler
Mon Aug 09, 2021 1:48 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Chamber Music Concert - Summit Music Festival
Replies: 0
Views: 1253

Chamber Music Concert - Summit Music Festival

Faculty Chamber Music Concert Summit Music Festival Thornwood, New York August 6th, 2021 Boccherini: Sonata for Two Cellos in B-Flat Major, G. 482 David Krieger and Gloria Kim, Cello Mozart: Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Major, K. 301 Linda Veleckis Nussbaum, Violin Albert Lotto, Piano Schumann: ...
by Donald Isler
Wed Aug 04, 2021 3:55 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Adam Kent - Summit Music Festival
Replies: 0
Views: 603

Adam Kent - Summit Music Festival

Adam Kent, Pianist Lecture-Recital Summit Music Festival Thornwood, New York August 3rd, 2021 Falla: El Sombrero de Tres Picos Danza del Molinero Mompou: Canciones y Danzas No. 1 No. 6 Soler: Keyboard Sonata in D Minor, R. 15 Keyboard Sonata in D Major, R. 84 Halffter: Danza de la Pastora Albéniz: C...
by Donald Isler
Tue Aug 03, 2021 2:36 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Chamber Music Concert - Summit Music Festival
Replies: 0
Views: 589

Chamber Music Concert - Summit Music Festival

Faculty Chamber Music Concert Summit Music Festival Thornwood, New York August 2nd, 2021 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata for Violin and Piano in E Minor, K. 304 Linda Veleckis Nussbaum, Violin Gena Raps, Piano Robert Schumann: Adagio and Allegro, Op. 70 Buxton Orr: Carmen Variations Arkady Orlovsky,...
by Donald Isler
Tue Aug 03, 2021 12:11 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Michael Davidman - Summit Music Festival
Replies: 2
Views: 707

Re: Michael Davidman - Summit Music Festival

Thanks, Ricordanza!

No, the hall was not full, but there were no specific rules about seating. However, everyone except the performer was required to wear a mask.
by Donald Isler
Sun Aug 01, 2021 8:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Turkish Pianist Idil Biret Plays Brahms
Replies: 7
Views: 1161

Re: Turkish Pianist Idil Biret Plays Brahms

I remember her playing some remarkable recitals at IKIF 15 or 20 years ago.
by Donald Isler
Sun Aug 01, 2021 4:38 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Michael Davidman - Summit Music Festival
Replies: 2
Views: 707

Michael Davidman - Summit Music Festival

Michael Davidman, Pianist Summit Music Festival Thornwood, New York July 31st, 2021 Mozart: Piano Sonata in F Major, K. 332 Granados: Goyescas, Op. 11 (Selections) Los Requiebros (The Compliments) Coloquio en la reja (Conversation at the Window) El fandango de candil (Fandango by Candlelight) Quejas...
by Donald Isler
Tue Jul 27, 2021 9:02 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Oxana Yablonskaya - Summit Music Festival
Replies: 3
Views: 1195

Oxana Yablonskaya - Summit Music Festival

Oxana Yablonskaya, Pianist Summit Music Festival Thornwood, New York July 26th, 2021 Gluck/Sgambati: Melody from Orfeo Mendelssohn: Seven Songs Without Words Oxana Yablonskaya, Pianist Chopin: Introduction and Rondo in E-Flat Major, Op. 16 Tetiana Shafran, Pianist Chopin: Seven Mazurkas Oxana Yablon...
by Donald Isler
Sat Jul 24, 2021 12:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Asians Are Represented in Classical Music. But Are They Seen?
Replies: 26
Views: 3704

Re: Asians Are Represented in Classical Music. But Are They Seen?

Regarding the old-fashioned notion that one has an inherent benefit from being of the same ethnic background as the composer here is an excerpt from an enthusiastic 2010 CMG review I wrote about pianist Haesun Paik: "We are, of course, long past the days when people took seriously the idea that the ...
by Donald Isler
Mon Jun 07, 2021 12:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Lance!
Replies: 9
Views: 1386

Happy Birthday, Lance!

Wishing our host, and 'Generalmusikdirektor" a very Happy Birthday!
by Donald Isler
Wed Jun 02, 2021 4:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Artur Balsam, pianist 10-CD boxed set
Replies: 10
Views: 1531

Re: Artur Balsam, pianist 10-CD boxed set

Here's the article, Lance. Isler's Insights - January 2016 Three Pianists Named Artur When one speaks of composers, and hears the name “Ludwig” one thinks immediately “Beethoven!” “Wolfgang” means “Mozart” and the syllable that comes to mind right after “Johannes” is “Brahms.” The same can be said o...
by Donald Isler
Wed Jun 02, 2021 9:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Artur Balsam, pianist 10-CD boxed set
Replies: 10
Views: 1531

Re: Artur Balsam, pianist 10-CD boxed set

Thanks for letting us know about the Balsam release, Lance! I studied chamber music with him for several years at Manhattan School of Music and the Kneisel Hall Music Festival. He's also one of the people I wrote about in an article called "Three Pianists Named Artur" (the other ones being Rubinstei...
by Donald Isler
Sun May 16, 2021 7:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Podcast About Chopin Mazurkas With Marjan Kiepura
Replies: 1
Views: 570

Podcast About Chopin Mazurkas With Marjan Kiepura

This half-hour long program features pianist Marjan Kiepura speaking about, and playing his special field of expertise, the mazurkas of Chopin. It is hosted by his wife, Jane Knox, and the conversation is enjoyable and enlightening, as is the playing. https://soundcloud.com/user-499277049-210443615/...
by Donald Isler
Wed May 05, 2021 11:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Last Three Beethoven Piano Sonatas Performed by Donald Isler
Replies: 12
Views: 1899

Re: The Last Three Beethoven Piano Sonatas Performed by Donald Isler

Thanks very much, Lance! Am hoping to soon add to my YouTube channel your 2010 program about me, with music of quite a few composers.
by Donald Isler
Tue May 04, 2021 8:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Last Three Beethoven Piano Sonatas Performed by Donald Isler
Replies: 12
Views: 1899

Re: The Last Three Beethoven Piano Sonatas Performed by Donald Isler

Thank you very much, gentlemen, for your kind comments! And to have my playing remind people of Schnabel and Hungerford - well, that's a great honor!
by Donald Isler
Tue May 04, 2021 8:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where was Lance?
Replies: 10
Views: 1627

Re: Where was Lance?

Sorry to hear you had all these problems and complications, Lance!
by Donald Isler
Sun May 02, 2021 7:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Finally, FINALLY: The Szigeti Boxed Set Arrived!
Replies: 8
Views: 1459

Re: Finally, FINALLY: The Szigeti Boxed Set Arrived!

Video of Joseph Szigeti and Artur Balsam playing the slow movement of the Prokofiev Sonata in D Major for Violin and Piano.
https://youtu.be/3jWSCc3osKc
by Donald Isler
Sun May 02, 2021 7:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Last Three Beethoven Piano Sonatas Performed by Donald Isler
Replies: 12
Views: 1899

The Last Three Beethoven Piano Sonatas Performed by Donald Isler

The last three Beethoven Piano Sonatas
performed by Donald Isler

Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109
https://youtu.be/Vx-bR-aUuck

Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110
https://youtu.be/gVaHZH_YUGw

Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111
https://youtu.be/wqhukZP3SZI
by Donald Isler
Sun May 02, 2021 7:11 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Szuyu Su - remember that name
Replies: 6
Views: 7964

Re: Szuyu Su - remember that name

Thanks! OK, I'll post them in the Chatterbox.
by Donald Isler
Sat May 01, 2021 10:42 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Szuyu Su - remember that name
Replies: 6
Views: 7964

Re: Szuyu Su - remember that name

Enjoyed very much reading your well-written review of this young artist, Ricordanza! Hope to hear her one day.

Was thinking of posting my recordings of the last three Beethoven sonatas on CMG. Do you think that's a good idea or not?
by Donald Isler
Tue Apr 27, 2021 11:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Isler CD on Radio Program This Evening
Replies: 0
Views: 635

Isler CD on Radio Program This Evening

Excerpts from my CD performance of Louis Pelosi's huge work "Inventions, Canons and Fugues - 37 Variations On a Single Motif" will be offered on Jed Distler's program "Between the Keys" this evening (Tuesday) at 10 PM New York time on www.wwfm.org Perhaps interestingly, the first thing I ever record...
by Donald Isler
Tue Apr 27, 2021 9:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Isler YouTube Channel
Replies: 3
Views: 656

Re: New Isler YouTube Channel

Thank you, Lenny! Yes, that's the page.

And thank you, Maestro, for your very kind comments!
by Donald Isler
Mon Apr 26, 2021 7:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Isler YouTube Channel
Replies: 3
Views: 656

New Isler YouTube Channel

If anyone's interested: I have a new YouTube channel for my performances. Some of them are live, others are from CD's. For example, there are the last three Beethoven sonatas, two works of Chopin, an interview and one four hand work each by Mozart and Schubert, which I played with my good friend, Ar...
by Donald Isler
Tue Apr 20, 2021 9:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Does the "younger" set prefer new or older recordings?
Replies: 10
Views: 1280

Re: Does the "younger" set prefer new or older recordings?

I don't know how representative this is, but there is interest in historic recordings, and classes about them at some important schools. Allan Evans used to give such talks at Mannes College, and other places, and Mark Ainley still does. Lisa Yui has a course about historic pianists at Manhattan Sch...
by Donald Isler
Tue Apr 13, 2021 9:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bruno Walter 77-CD complete edition, Sony
Replies: 7
Views: 4275

Re: Bruno Walter 77-CD complete edition, Sony

Not being a serious collector I'm not going to buy this. But the name Bruno Walter reminds me of a few stories. 1) Dad had an uncle who was not a musician, but loved music, and thought he knew better than other people what was good. The conductor's name was originally Bruno Walter Schlesinger. This ...
by Donald Isler
Wed Mar 24, 2021 9:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday Len Goran
Replies: 15
Views: 2020

Re: Happy Birthday Len Goran

Happy Birthday, Lenny, and many more!
by Donald Isler
Mon Feb 15, 2021 12:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A (1958) Visit With Darius Milhaud
Replies: 5
Views: 761

A (1958) Visit With Darius Milhaud

The sound of the music is poor, but this is otherwise quite interesting.

https://youtu.be/KiOMKAxr7zk
by Donald Isler
Thu Jan 28, 2021 5:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bruce Hungerford Interviews Pianist Elsie Hall
Replies: 4
Views: 890

Bruce Hungerford Interviews Pianist Elsie Hall

In this 1963 recording my teacher, Bruce Hungerford, interviews the Australian-born pianist, Elsie Hall (1877-1976), who spent most of her adult life in South Africa. A child prodigy who made her London debut in 1890, she met Clara Schumann, Brahms, Joachim, G.B. Shaw and had all sorts of remarkable...
by Donald Isler
Mon Jan 04, 2021 11:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy 90th Birthday, Cliftwood!
Replies: 5
Views: 1209

Re: Happy 90th Birthday, Cliftwood!

Congratulations, and Happy Birthday to Cliftwood! Many more!
by Donald Isler
Tue Dec 29, 2020 11:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: To maestrob - Brian!
Replies: 11
Views: 2159

Re: To maestrob - Brian!

Brian - Maestro - was also kind enough to share some of these remarkable recordings with me!
by Donald Isler
Tue Dec 29, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Live Pierre Monteux, conductor
Replies: 9
Views: 1650

Re: The Live Pierre Monteux, conductor

Monteux was also a favorite of our friend, Ross Parmenter, who was Music Editor of the NY Times in the 1950's and early 60's.
by Donald Isler
Thu Dec 17, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Glazunov
Replies: 15
Views: 2734

Re: Glazunov

People who like Glazunov's music may enjoy this performance of the slow movement of his Piano Sonata, played by my friend, Rorianne Schrade. (I think it's terrific!)

https://youtu.be/Cy7NaaFdAtk
by Donald Isler
Wed Dec 09, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Happy Birthday, Ricordanza!
Replies: 2
Views: 633

Happy Birthday, Ricordanza!

Wishing you a good celebration, and many more birthdays!
by Donald Isler
Mon Nov 23, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Ruth Slenczynska's American Deccas on DGG!
Replies: 25
Views: 3520

Re: Pianist Ruth Slenczynska's American Deccas on DGG!

Ruth Slenczynska playing Beethoven's "Moonlight" Sonata earlier this year (at age 95).
https://youtu.be/fLcRsn0QFAQ
by Donald Isler
Mon Nov 23, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Cliftwood" is back on CMG!!!
Replies: 11
Views: 1824

Re: "Cliftwood" is back on CMG!!!

Welcome back, Harris!!!
by Donald Isler
Fri Nov 13, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: MSM - The Lives of the Piano
Replies: 4
Views: 1084

Re: MSM - The Lives of the Piano

Thank you, Rach and Maestro!
by Donald Isler
Thu Nov 05, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Donald Isler Plays Schubert, Brahms, and Chasins
Replies: 2
Views: 794

Donald Isler Plays Schubert, Brahms, and Chasins

These are excerpts from a recital I played a few years ago at the Summit Music Festival. The music includes a rarely played Schubert sonata plus works of Brahms and Chasins. For some reason, I couldn't get it to start at the beginning, so one needs to drag the red line back to the beginning to hear ...
by Donald Isler
Sat Oct 31, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: MSM - The Lives of the Piano
Replies: 4
Views: 1084

MSM - The Lives of the Piano

Here's the concert for which I posted a review last night.

https://www.msmnyc.edu/.../the-lives-of-the-piano-the.../
by Donald Isler
Fri Oct 30, 2020 8:37 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: The Lives of the Piano: 20th Season Concert
Replies: 0
Views: 1827

The Lives of the Piano: 20th Season Concert

The Lives of the Piano: 20th Season Concert The Piano and Our Global Community Curated by Lisa Yui Manhattan School of Music October 29, 2020 Program: François Morel (1926-2018): Étude di sonorité Lisa Yui, Pianist Drew Hemenger (b. 1968): from Four Places in New York (2002) I. The Bell Tower at Riv...
by Donald Isler
Thu Oct 29, 2020 11:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Donald Isler Plays Beethoven Op. 111 Live in Concert
Replies: 4
Views: 1303

Re: Donald Isler Plays Beethoven Op. 111 Live in Concert

Thank you, Holden, Maestro and Lance for your very kind comments!
by Donald Isler
Wed Oct 28, 2020 8:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Donald Isler Plays Beethoven Op. 111 Live in Concert
Replies: 4
Views: 1303

Donald Isler Plays Beethoven Op. 111 Live in Concert

This is a performance of Beethoven's last piano sonata from a concert I played in 2014.

https://youtu.be/wqhukZP3SZI