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by Ricordanza
Wed Aug 03, 2022 8:08 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Here's why I won't give any money to the DCCC
Replies: 3
Views: 97

Here's why I won't give any money to the DCCC

DCCC = Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Normally, I would contribute to the DCCC, because I want to see Democrats retain control of the House. But not after this cynical, wrong-headed move: Several election deniers backed by Trump prevail in hotly contested primaries By Hannah Knowles (Wa...
by Ricordanza
Tue Aug 02, 2022 6:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 1975
Views: 1245451

Re: What I listened to today

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More good listening to accompany my walks in the neighborhood. This "second-tier" composer wrote some very appealing music, and the young Stephen Hough (this was recorded in 1992) brings both brilliance and poetry to these works.
by Ricordanza
Sat Jul 30, 2022 6:10 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Manchin, in Reversal, Agrees to Quick Action on Climate and Tax Plan
Replies: 8
Views: 156

Re: Manchin, in Reversal, Agrees to Quick Action on Climate and Tax Plan

A few weeks ago, we heard that Manchin was a holdout. Now we hear that he's on board. And where is Sinema? I'm not celebrating until there's a bill (or package of bills) signed by Biden.
by Ricordanza
Mon Jul 25, 2022 5:57 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: GO,Joe ?
Replies: 7
Views: 327

Re: GO,Joe ?

Rach3 wrote:
Sun Jul 24, 2022 5:58 pm
BUT, who do the Dems otherwise have ?
My first choice in 2020, Amy Klobuchar, remains my first choice for 2024.
by Ricordanza
Mon Jul 25, 2022 5:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conductor Dies After Collapsing During Performance in Munich
Replies: 1
Views: 142

Re: Conductor Dies After Collapsing During Performance in Munich

Deaths at the podium are rare, but Mr. Soltesz is the fourth conductor to collapse midperformance at the National Theater, the Bavarian State Opera’s main venue, since the early 1900s.
The theme for "The Twilight Zone" was going through my head as I read this sentence.
by Ricordanza
Sat Jul 23, 2022 7:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Baltimore Symphony’s New Conductor Breaks a Racial Barrier
Replies: 7
Views: 263

Re: Baltimore Symphony’s New Conductor Breaks a Racial Barrier

My question, which comes as an Australian, is why such focus on his race? He's clearly the best conductor available. He has a black father and a white mother. Why is there an automatic assumption he's black? He's half and half. Both parents obviously influenced him. This is the sort of racism deepl...
by Ricordanza
Fri Jul 22, 2022 6:54 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Michelle Goldberg - I was wrong about Al Franken
Replies: 2
Views: 163

Michelle Goldberg - I was wrong about Al Franken

While I'm glad that NYT columnist Michelle Goldberg admits she was wrong about Al Franken, her admission comes too late to change what happened. Al Franken's alleged misbehavior, even if all reports were true (which is doubtful) was clearly insufficient to support what amounted to a forced resignati...
by Ricordanza
Sun Jul 10, 2022 6:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 1975
Views: 1245451

Re: What I listened to today

Listened to this to accompany my walks in the neighborhood the last two days. One of the best pianists of our time playing some of the greatest music ever written for the piano. What more is there to say?

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by Ricordanza
Sat Jul 09, 2022 6:31 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Why Mass Shooters Do the Evil They Do
Replies: 6
Views: 865

Re: Why Mass Shooters Do the Evil They Do

Firstly, the absence of male role models in the home . Almost all of them have no fathers in their lives. That's what Dr. Peterson always discusses, as does Dr. Glenn Loury. Society is downgrading fatherhood - not just through the Family Courts but with pejoratives like 'white male privilege' and '...
by Ricordanza
Tue Jul 05, 2022 5:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Horowitz live ,1948,"Stars and Stripes Forever"
Replies: 2
Views: 677

Re: Horowitz live ,1948,"Stars and Stripes Forever"

One of the posted comments says it all: "When I heard this arrangement for the very first time I was convinced it must be a duet. I was astonished when I discovered this was just a single pianist."
by Ricordanza
Sat Jul 02, 2022 6:32 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Better late than never: Bill Maher finally dumps on the Left
Replies: 3
Views: 925

Re: Better late than never: Bill Maher finally dumps on the Left

There's nothing "late" about Bill Maher's comments. Those of us who follow him know that he has been a critic of the left's foibles and excesses for years. However, he has maintained his support for core liberal values throughout. Those on the right who are cheering Bill Maher ought to look in the m...
by Ricordanza
Fri Jul 01, 2022 9:25 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Democracy - Taliban Style
Replies: 1
Views: 588

Democracy - Taliban Style

American democracy is in trouble, but we're still ahead of some other places around the world. This is from a wire service report in today's newspaper: Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers held a gathering Thursday of some 3,000 Islamic clerics and tribal elders for the first time since seizing power in Aug...
by Ricordanza
Thu Jun 30, 2022 6:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 1975
Views: 1245451

Re: What I listened to today

I downloaded the 24/96 flacs, downsampled them to normal 16/44 wav format and burned them to cdr. Thanks, but I have no idea what any of this means, nor any idea how to do this if I knew what was being described. :? I think I'll just enjoy the music and Zino's artistry while the record is on my tur...
by Ricordanza
Thu Jun 30, 2022 6:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 1975
Views: 1245451

Re: What I listened to today

https://ia802508.us.archive.org/11/items/scan-1-stitch-2-11/Zino%20Francescatti%20-%20Schubert-%20Grand%20Fantasy%2COp.159-%20Sonatina%20Nos.1%26%203%2COp.%20137.jpg?cnt=0 https://archive.org/details/scan-1-stitch-2-11 I recognize that cover! I have that LP, but haven't listened to it in years. May...
by Ricordanza
Tue Jun 21, 2022 5:31 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Harvard Law's Laurence Tribe: Donald Trump could be charged with attempted murder
Replies: 18
Views: 667

Re: Harvard Law's Laurence Tribe: Donald Trump could be charged with attempted murder

But I suggest this has to be a legal process, and if it is a drawn out process I don't see how Trump can run in 2024. If Trump is indicted and awaiting trial, there is nothing legally OR POLITICALLY preventing him from running in 2024. Remember his famous comment in 2016 about shooting someone on 5...
by Ricordanza
Mon Jun 20, 2022 6:04 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Harvard Law's Laurence Tribe: Donald Trump could be charged with attempted murder
Replies: 18
Views: 667

Re: Harvard Law's Laurence Tribe: Donald Trump could be charged with attempted murder

Excellent Op-Ed by Jack Goldsmith. While I believe that Trump is guilty of crimes and, in an ideal world, should be punished for those crimes, my instincts tell me that a prosecution by the U.S. Justice Department would do more harm than good. Goldsmith's Op-Ed spells out those harms in a cogent and...
by Ricordanza
Sun Jun 12, 2022 6:35 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Putin carries a poop & piss case when not in Moscow. An aide is charged with protecting his ‘precious bodily fluids’.
Replies: 5
Views: 301

Re: Putin carries a poop & piss case when not in Moscow. An aide is charged with protecting his ‘precious bodily fluids’

I'm thinking about the job interview for the aide that, ahem, handles this: "I understand that you want to work for President Putin." "Da! I admire President Putin and have been looking forward to using the knowledge and skills I attained in the university and post-graduate work to assist his admini...
by Ricordanza
Tue Jun 07, 2022 6:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: June 7
Replies: 7
Views: 437

June 7

Happy Birthday to our fearless leader, Lance Hill!
by Ricordanza
Mon Jun 06, 2022 5:41 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Sandro Russo, Pianist at Klavierhaus - New York
Replies: 1
Views: 915

Re: Sandro Russo, Pianist at Klavierhaus - New York

Donald Isler wrote:
Sun Jun 05, 2022 9:30 pm
I believe this very fine program will soon be viewable again on the Klavierhaus YouTube channel.
Based on your review, I certainly hope this will be available for viewing.
by Ricordanza
Fri Jun 03, 2022 3:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Angela Hewitt's rant about the pedal
Replies: 5
Views: 339

Angela Hewitt's rant about the pedal

The outstanding pianist Angela Hewitt posted this rant on her Facebook page. I thought folks would find this interesting, whether or not they agreed with her: Please (young) pianists! Develop a beautiful way of playing the piano WITHOUT using the damn sustaining pedal. Learn whatever you're playing ...
by Ricordanza
Tue May 31, 2022 4:19 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: We Clerked for Justices Scalia and Stevens. America Is Getting Heller Wrong.
Replies: 3
Views: 190

Re: We Clerked for Justices Scalia and Stevens. America Is Getting Heller Wrong.

Thanks for posting this excellent article, Brian. I was about to post it, but you beat me to it. :)

Underscores the essential point that the Second Amendment, like the other rights in the Bill of Rights (freedom of speech, freedom of religion, etc.) is not absolute and is subject to regulation.
by Ricordanza
Sun May 29, 2022 11:11 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Why Republicans Won’t Budge on Guns
Replies: 7
Views: 313

Re: Why Republicans Won’t Budge on Guns

If you want to understand America's gun culture--or more accurately, gun fetish--take a look at this ad by David McCormick, candidate for the Republican nomination for Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate seat. Does this ad display McCormick's qualifications for the U.S. Senate? You may not think so, but lots...
by Ricordanza
Wed May 25, 2022 6:11 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Challenging Performance: Classical Music Performance Norms by Daniel Leech-Wilkinson
Replies: 1
Views: 1466

Re: Challenging Performance: Classical Music Performance Norms by Daniel Leech-Wilkinson

So, what are those "unnecessary rules and constraints?" Playing the right notes?
by Ricordanza
Mon May 23, 2022 6:34 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: She Was Told Surgery Would Cost About $1,300. Then the Bill Came: $229,000.
Replies: 2
Views: 145

Re: She Was Told Surgery Would Cost About $1,300. Then the Bill Came: $229,000.

I'm glad about the favorable result in court, but what amount of legal fees did she incur? The article doesn't say.
by Ricordanza
Thu May 19, 2022 6:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I love late Beethoven, but...
Replies: 6
Views: 471

Re: I love late Beethoven, but...

I'm still curious about the program choices. PCMS has an Artistic Director. Doesn't he get a say about the performers' programs? My guess is that the program director would certainly discuss repertoire, but the artist would have the final say, based on what each artist is working on at the moment. ...
by Ricordanza
Wed May 18, 2022 6:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I love late Beethoven, but...
Replies: 6
Views: 471

Re: I love late Beethoven, but...

Fww, I’ d hear Uchida as you’ll get to hear all 3, and she is great in those (I have arecording of the 3 she did) ; Denk because I find him a fascinating pianist, his Op.111 will probably be quite different from Uchida’s , and I suspect the rest of his program interesting as well, he may even speak...
by Ricordanza
Mon May 16, 2022 6:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I love late Beethoven, but...
Replies: 6
Views: 471

I love late Beethoven, but...

...how much is too much? This is the time of year that I review the schedule of concerts for next season and decide which ones I'll attend. The first list I review is the piano series sponsored by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. As in past years, there are many fine pianists on the list, so ...
by Ricordanza
Mon May 09, 2022 7:54 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Evgeny Kissin - worth the 24-year wait
Replies: 0
Views: 946

Evgeny Kissin - worth the 24-year wait

Virtual concerts are better than no concerts at all. YouTube offers a huge variety of performances for the classical music lover. But there is still no substitute for a live concert, especially when the audience reaction—with the performer feeding off the energy of the audience—is an essential part ...
by Ricordanza
Mon May 09, 2022 5:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bartok's 3 PC's live in single concert
Replies: 7
Views: 568

Re: Bartok's 3 PC's live in single concert

Rach3 wrote:
Sun May 08, 2022 5:15 pm
Dénes Várjon (piano)
I've heard him in recital. He's outstanding.
by Ricordanza
Sun May 08, 2022 6:30 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Most of Broadway Ends Vaccine Checks as Cases Rise in New York
Replies: 8
Views: 332

Re: Most of Broadway Ends Vaccine Checks as Cases Rise in New York

By way of comparison, we went to a concert at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia on Friday night, and we were still required to show proof of vaccination to get in and to wear our masks throughout the performance.
by Ricordanza
Sun May 08, 2022 6:25 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Staten Island Warehouse Workers Score Stunning Upset Over Amazon Fat Cats
Replies: 16
Views: 785

Re: Staten Island Warehouse Workers Score Stunning Upset Over Amazon Fat Cats

As for the white collar workers that were fired, are they now sorry they didn’t organize themselves? In the private sector, supervisors/managers are not eligible for union representation. It's different in the public sector. For example, in New Jersey State government, supervisors are represented b...
by Ricordanza
Fri Apr 22, 2022 9:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: American pianist Nicholas Angelich (1970-2022)
Replies: 7
Views: 571

Re: American pianist Nicholas Angelich (1970-2022)

I heard Angelich perform Brahms PC 1 with the Philadelphia Orchestra in December 2009. These were my impressions at the time: Then, it was on to one of the standards of the repertoire, and one of my favorites, Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor. Pianist Nicholas Angelich, making his first appea...
by Ricordanza
Wed Apr 20, 2022 3:10 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Fear of flying ? You bet
Replies: 18
Views: 728

Re: Fear of flying ? You bet

I just read the court decision. It has many flaws, but one of the most glaring is the following: On page 43, the decision states, "The Court accepts the CDC's policy determination that requiring masks will limit COVID-19 transmission and will thus decrease the serious illnesses and death that COVID-...
by Ricordanza
Wed Apr 20, 2022 6:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Citing Ukraine War, an American Resigns From Russia’s Mariinsky
Replies: 2
Views: 295

Re: Citing Ukraine War, an American Resigns From Russia’s Mariinsky

Mr. Heine, who grew up in Cherry Hill, N.J., became interested in Russian culture as a teenager.
Small world. That's where I've lived for the past 41 years.

Interesting article. Thanks for posting.
by Ricordanza
Sun Apr 17, 2022 6:38 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Blaming Trump, Jan. 6 Suspect Says He Fell Down a ‘Rabbit Hole’ of Lies
Replies: 1
Views: 213

Re: Blaming Trump, Jan. 6 Suspect Says He Fell Down a ‘Rabbit Hole’ of Lies

When he went off to Washington on Jan. 5, she said, driving with a friend, Mrs. Thompson did not think that her husband would get into trouble. She was happy, as she put it, to be at home with the “house quiet.” But on the evening of the riot, Mr. Thompson texted her a video of himself, milling abo...
by Ricordanza
Sat Apr 16, 2022 6:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can you answer my question?
Replies: 4
Views: 392

Re: Can you answer my question?

Thanks, my friends, for your attempts at answering my question. I have now learned that this forum is populated by comedian wannabes. :roll:
by Ricordanza
Thu Apr 14, 2022 7:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can you answer my question?
Replies: 4
Views: 392

Can you answer my question?

Check out 2019 Sphinx Medal of Excellence recipient and double bassist Joseph Conyers’ interview with Musical America Worldwide, discussing the work and impact of PROJECT 440, an organization he founded, in Philadelphia. Project 440 gives young, often inner-city students in Philadelphia the agency ...
by Ricordanza
Mon Apr 11, 2022 6:26 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Staten Island Warehouse Workers Score Stunning Upset Over Amazon Fat Cats
Replies: 16
Views: 785

Re: Staten Island Wareshouse Workers Score Stunning Upset Over Amazon Fat Cats

I for one will no longer purchase anything from Amazon till they do the right thing and engage in collective bargaining. For years, I refused to shop at Walmart because of their anti-labor policies. In more recent years, I learned that Amazon is just as bad. What to do? I've continued to shop at Am...
by Ricordanza
Sun Apr 10, 2022 6:37 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Staten Island Warehouse Workers Score Stunning Upset Over Amazon Fat Cats
Replies: 16
Views: 785

Re: Staten Island Warehouse Workers Score Stunning Upset Over Amazon Fat Cats

But the N.L.R.B. “rarely” overturns elections on allegations of union misconduct , said John Logan, a professor at San Francisco State University who studies employer campaigns. Amazon will need to prove that any objectionable conduct could have altered the result of the election, he said, and “unl...
by Ricordanza
Sun Apr 10, 2022 6:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Joseph Kalichstein, Pianist of Subtlety and Refinement, Dies at 76
Replies: 9
Views: 555

Re: Joseph Kalichstein, Pianist of Subtlety and Refinement, Dies at 76

While preparing the piano for Kalichstein, there was a damper causing problems, which I was attempting to correct when I had a phone call from my wife saying she had fallen and needed to go to the hospital. Mr. Kalichstein told me to go RIGHT NOW - he would handle the damper with no problem. The ne...
by Ricordanza
Fri Apr 08, 2022 10:38 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Benjamin Grosvenor - daring to be conventional
Replies: 2
Views: 1129

Benjamin Grosvenor - daring to be conventional

Most piano recitals these days include at least one contemporary work, or a neglected older work. For this audience member, it’s a welcome opportunity to hear something new and unfamiliar. But I have no objection when a pianist offers a more conventional program of familiar works, as long as the pia...
by Ricordanza
Mon Apr 04, 2022 6:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ruth Slenczynska on CBS Sunday Morning Today
Replies: 3
Views: 360

Re: Ruth Slenczynska on CBS Sunday Morning Today

Don, thanks for posting this link.
by Ricordanza
Sat Apr 02, 2022 6:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another question for musical detectives
Replies: 4
Views: 366

Another question for musical detectives

In an earlier post, I posed a question on behalf of a friend who is writing a book about Gene Krupa, and she was grateful when I conveyed the answer to her. Now she has another question. In this album, the last track (beginning at about 32:00) is entitled "Bach's Blues." Is this actually based on Ba...
by Ricordanza
Thu Mar 31, 2022 6:14 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What if Putin did not " miscalculate"
Replies: 9
Views: 554

Re: What if Putin did not " miscalculate"

1. How is Vova to explain away thousands of body bags? Is he to tell their mothers, "Sh:t happens"? And are Russian boys left to rot on the battlefield part of Putin's hidden strategy? 2. If all is going so swimmingly (as both Putin and this analyst claim), then why would thousands of Russian stree...
by Ricordanza
Wed Mar 30, 2022 3:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: John McWhorter's tribute to Scott Joplin
Replies: 2
Views: 262

John McWhorter's tribute to Scott Joplin

I considered posting this in The Corner Pub, but as you will see, there is a sufficient nexus to classical music to post it here: Ragtime had one revival. The music and its virtuoso deserve another. By John McWhorter Friday is the anniversary of Scott Joplin’s death in 1917. The story of this Black...
by Ricordanza
Mon Mar 28, 2022 5:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Searching for a Verdi tune
Replies: 7
Views: 516

Re: Searching for a Verdi tune

barney wrote:
Sun Mar 27, 2022 4:45 pm
Have you heard of the free app SoundHound? One of the first I ever loaded. Identifies tunes and, sometimes, even the recording.
Thanks for the suggestion. I'll give it a try.
by Ricordanza
Sun Mar 27, 2022 11:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Searching for a Verdi tune
Replies: 7
Views: 516

Re: Searching for a Verdi tune

Thanks, Brian and Len. My knowledge of opera is very meager, but when I heard the Krupa piece, the tune did sound familiar. Now that you've identified it for me and my friend, I now know where I heard it: Franz Liszt's fantasy for piano on themes from Lucia. But I never would have found the source w...
by Ricordanza
Sun Mar 27, 2022 6:32 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Putin Goes Into Battle on a Second Front: Culture
Replies: 4
Views: 284

Re: Putin Goes Into Battle on a Second Front: Culture

In the main, however, relatively few Russian artists have been “canceled,” as Mr. Putin would have it. While there have been scattered examples of arts organizations in the West canceling Russian works and performers in the aftermath of Mr. Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, the vast majority have contin...
by Ricordanza
Sat Mar 26, 2022 4:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Searching for a Verdi tune
Replies: 7
Views: 516

Searching for a Verdi tune

A friend who is a fan of Gene Krupa asked me to identify this tune. The title of Gene Krupa's piece is "Fish Market" but the tune is supposedly from Verdi. Do you know what opera aria or chorus this is from? The tune is repeated several times; see 0:58 and 4:34 for example: https://youtu.be/Lw4HL840...
by Ricordanza
Sat Mar 26, 2022 3:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yannick Nézet-Séguin Drops Out of the HD Performance of “Don Carlos”
Replies: 3
Views: 333

Re: Yannick Nézet-Séguin Drops Out of the HD Performance of “Don Carlos”

Yannick also cancelled his weekend appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra due to illness. We are going tonight (Saturday). The orchestra will be conducted by former assistant conductor Kenosho Watanabe.