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by Ricordanza
Thu Dec 02, 2021 7:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 1687
Views: 1095853

Re: What I listened to today

https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/61QEW0XRGSL.jpg Came back from the eye doctor yesterday afternoon. With my pupils dilated, I couldn't read, use the computer or watch TV. So I listened to this CD--one of the greatest works in the piano literature, performed by (IMHO) the greatest Beethoven piani...
by Ricordanza
Sat Nov 27, 2021 5:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Stephen Sondheim, Titan of the American Musical, Is Dead at 91
Replies: 4
Views: 109

Re: Stephen Sondheim, Titan of the American Musical, Is Dead at 91

Pianist Stewart Goodyear posted this comment: When I was living in NY, I was so used to answering the door to irritated neighbors complaining about my practicing...One day, I was working on my own piano sonata, and there was an incessant knock on my door. Grumbling and swearing, I opened the door wi...
by Ricordanza
Sun Nov 21, 2021 12:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nelson Freire in New York: 2013
Replies: 5
Views: 166

Re: Nelson Freire in New York: 2013

I wonder why Freire was not as famous as, say, Martha Argerich, Murray Perahia and the like. Perhaps he was a "low-key" person? That very issue was addressed in the New York Times obit: ....[His] profile remained relatively limited. Comparisons to Arthur Rubinstein and Vladimir Horowitz abounded, b...
by Ricordanza
Wed Nov 17, 2021 7:11 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "One Religion"
Replies: 13
Views: 267

Re: "One Religion"

Unbelievably, Josh Mandel, now running for the Senate from Ohio as the Trumpiest possible candidate, then said "We stand with General Flynn." What religion does that nincompoop think that the "one religion" would be, in a country with something like 250 million professing Christians and maybe 6 mil...
by Ricordanza
Thu Nov 11, 2021 7:40 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Can we believe poll results?
Replies: 1
Views: 275

Can we believe poll results?

For the past few years, whenever I hear or read a news story about a poll, I find it hard to believe what is being reported. There are two main (and related) reasons I distrust poll results. First, in recent years, many polls have been wrong, sometimes way wrong. They were wrong in 2016, when states...
by Ricordanza
Wed Nov 10, 2021 6:57 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Twitter labels GOP Rep. Gosar's video of him killing AOC, attacking Biden "hateful conduct"
Replies: 6
Views: 411

Re: Twitter labels GOP Rep. Gosar's video of him killing AOC, attacking Biden "hateful conduct"

The video drew condemnation from other members of Congress, with Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) calling Gosar's behavior "sick." "In any workplace in America, if a co-worker made an anime video killing another co-worker, that person would be fired," he added in his tweet. I work in Human Resources/Employ...
by Ricordanza
Sun Nov 07, 2021 8:14 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Biden/Pelosi infrastructure bill passes Congress, causing GOP Luddites to mutter darkly about Doomsday’s dawn.
Replies: 5
Views: 314

Re: Biden/Pelosi infrastructure bill passes Congress, causing GOP Luddites to mutter darkly about Doomsday’s dawn.

In the end, it was a bipartisan coalition of Democrats with the aid of 13 Republicans that helped propel the infrastructure proposal to passage. Is there a list of the 13 Republicans who voted for this bill? I'll answer my own question, courtesy of the NY Times: Don Bacon NE-02 Brian Fitzpatrick PA...
by Ricordanza
Sun Nov 07, 2021 8:08 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: America's lost boys
Replies: 6
Views: 459

Re: America's lost boys

Belle wrote:
Sat Nov 06, 2021 3:35 pm
If you want to continue with your incantations that "Black Lives Matter" you should read this to learn some inconvenient truths. Most of you won't, of course.
OK. I read it, and Henderson makes some valid points. But how does this negate, or even relate to the slogan "Black Lives Matter"?
by Ricordanza
Sun Nov 07, 2021 7:47 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Back to the concert hall to hear Richard Goode's piano recital
Replies: 4
Views: 507

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

Rach3 wrote:
Sat Nov 06, 2021 6:24 pm
if I recall the “butterflies” a reference to masks the dancers are wearing at an imaginary masked ball .
Aha! That makes sense.
by Ricordanza
Sat Nov 06, 2021 3:59 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Back to the concert hall to hear Richard Goode's piano recital
Replies: 4
Views: 507

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

It’s been 21 long months since I’ve attended a live concert. Sure, there have been virtual concerts on my computer screen during the pandemic, and there’s no shortage of YouTube performances and recordings if I want them. But for a complete musical and emotional experience, there’s nothing like a li...
by Ricordanza
Sat Nov 06, 2021 6:23 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Biden/Pelosi infrastructure bill passes Congress, causing GOP Luddites to mutter darkly about Doomsday’s dawn.
Replies: 5
Views: 314

Re: Biden/Pelosi infrastructure bill passes Congress, causing GOP Luddites to mutter darkly about Doomsday’s dawn.

In the end, it was a bipartisan coalition of Democrats with the aid of 13 Republicans that helped propel the infrastructure proposal to passage.
Is there a list of the 13 Republicans who voted for this bill?
by Ricordanza
Fri Nov 05, 2021 6:23 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Minneapolis voters reject an amendment to replace the Police Department.
Replies: 2
Views: 219

Re: Minneapolis voters reject an amendment to replace the Police Department.

Minneapolis residents rejected an amendment on Tuesday that called for replacing the city’s long-troubled Police Department with a new Department of Public Safety, The Associated Press projected. The ballot item emerged from anger after a Minneapolis police officer murdered George Floyd last year, ...
by Ricordanza
Mon Nov 01, 2021 4:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Celebrated Brazilian classical pianist Nelson Freire has died, aged 77
Replies: 27
Views: 1256

Re: Celebrated Brazilian classical pianist Nelson Freire has died, aged 77

Very sad news, even though I knew this was coming; his lifelong friend, Martha Argerich, was absent from the Chopin competition jury so she could be with him in his final days. I was fortunate to hear Freire in concert on one occasion--a 1999 performance of the Rachmaninoff Paganini Rhapsody with th...
by Ricordanza
Fri Oct 29, 2021 6:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 1687
Views: 1095853

Re: What I listened to today

But when it's time to cut loose, no one surpasses Wild in this music. He never rushes; he never bangs; it's just breathtaking pianism. Agreed, a great cd. If I recall, the "Robert le Diable " work is one Liszt played in one of his "duels" with Thalberg. Wild also did a great recording of the Padere...
by Ricordanza
Thu Oct 28, 2021 6:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 1687
Views: 1095853

Re: What I listened to today

https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/51Gj4a3pwkL.jpg The Devil is often depicted as playing the violin, applying his superhuman abilities to subdue the most "fiendishly" difficult works for that instrument. But what if the Devil was a pianist? I'd suggest that he might sound like Earl Wild, whose ja...
by Ricordanza
Sun Oct 24, 2021 6:45 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Cousins
Replies: 10
Views: 499

Re: Cousins

Donald Isler wrote:
Sat Oct 23, 2021 7:39 pm
It was even more exciting to learn that the pianist, Ignaz Friedman, whom I've always admired, and who was the teacher of my teacher, Bruce Hungerford, was a third cousin, twice removed.
That's great! Does he have any living descendants?
by Ricordanza
Sat Oct 23, 2021 1:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Cousins
Replies: 10
Views: 499

Cousins

Len Goran and I (Hank Maurer) recently learned that we have something else in common in addition to our good taste in music. DNA tests show that we're cousins! Admittedly, our relationship is quite distant (Ancestry.com estimates that we are either 4th, 5th, or 6th cousins), and we haven't been able...
by Ricordanza
Fri Oct 15, 2021 6:23 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump Urges Republicans Not to Vote in 2022 and 2024
Replies: 10
Views: 590

Re: Trump Urges Republicans Not to Vote in 2022 and 2024

According to the National Review , former President Trump is urging Republicans not to vote in upcoming elections unless the “fraud” of the 2020 elections is uncovered. “If we don’t solve the Presidential Election Fraud of 2020 (which we have thoroughly and conclusively documented), Republicans wil...
by Ricordanza
Tue Oct 12, 2021 3:54 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: $18 Million Worth of Stupidity
Replies: 5
Views: 376

Re: $18 Million Worth of Stupidity

he believes that secret societies are administering vaccines in a plot to connect Black people to a master computer for a plan of Satan. A quick diagnosis: he is suffering from paranoid delusions. If he had a physical injury, the Nets would insist that he get treatment. In this case, they should in...
by Ricordanza
Mon Oct 11, 2021 6:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Goodbye, white tie and tails
Replies: 8
Views: 736

Re: Goodbye, white tie and tails

I still remember how shocked I was when Seiji Ozawa appeared on television wearing a black turtleneck in front of the Boston Symphony when I was a youngster. I believe he was the first to break the ice. I recall going to a piano recital by Vladimir Ashkenazy with a school friend and his parents in ...
by Ricordanza
Fri Oct 08, 2021 5:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Goodbye, white tie and tails
Replies: 8
Views: 736

Goodbye, white tie and tails

From the Philadelphia Inquirer. Note that women's outfits, already more practical, are not changing. by Peter Dobrin Updated Oct 5, 2021 In the highly ritualized world of orchestra-going, the rules have been set for decades — if not a century or more. The orchestra tunes to an “A.” Beethoven is hear...
by Ricordanza
Fri Oct 08, 2021 7:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Louise Farrenc, 19th-Century Composer, Surges Back Into Sound
Replies: 3
Views: 448

Re: Louise Farrenc, 19th-Century Composer, Surges Back Into Sound

I'm not sure that I agree with Yannick's comparison to Schumann and Mendelssohn, but after hearing Yannick conduct the Philadelphians in a performance of Farrenc's Symphony No. 2 in February 2020, I did agree with his designation of this work as a "masterpiece:" http://www.classicalmusicguide.com/vi...
by Ricordanza
Sun Oct 03, 2021 5:24 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: YouTube bans all anti-vaccine misinformation.
Replies: 11
Views: 769

Re: YouTube bans all anti-vaccine misinformation.

Thus, to me, the answer seems rather obvious. Bring back the Fairness Doctrine and write it to accommodate the digital age. I agree, but there are two problems: 1) It won't happen in today's highly politicized and polarized environment; and 2) COVID misinformation is not, strictly speaking, a polit...
by Ricordanza
Sat Oct 02, 2021 7:40 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Pass the Bill: from Men Yell at Me
Replies: 3
Views: 305

Re: Pass the Bill: from Men Yell at Me

barney wrote:
Fri Oct 01, 2021 6:57 pm
Wonderfully feisty column. I like this woman.
I didn't see a byline. Who wrote this column?
by Ricordanza
Sat Oct 02, 2021 7:38 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: YouTube bans all anti-vaccine misinformation.
Replies: 11
Views: 769

Re: YouTube bans all anti-vaccine misinformation.

If I may chime in here, counselor, what about mis-information that causes death to some of those who act on it? Covid mis-information is killing some of the people who deny themselves vaccines and take horse pills. Why should that kind of lethal information be allowed? Certainly, I understand your ...
by Ricordanza
Fri Oct 01, 2021 7:09 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: YouTube bans all anti-vaccine misinformation.
Replies: 11
Views: 769

Re: YouTube bans all anti-vaccine misinformation.

While I'm firmly against the anti-vaxxers, I'm also against this policy by YouTube. This platform, like Facebook and Twitter, is the modern equivalent of the public square, and free speech in that public square should be protected, not suppressed. How can the equivalent of a commons still be privat...
by Ricordanza
Thu Sep 30, 2021 5:28 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: YouTube bans all anti-vaccine misinformation.
Replies: 11
Views: 769

Re: YouTube bans all anti-vaccine misinformation.

While I'm firmly against the anti-vaxxers, I'm also against this policy by YouTube. This platform, like Facebook and Twitter, is the modern equivalent of the public square, and free speech in that public square should be protected, not suppressed.
by Ricordanza
Tue Sep 28, 2021 6:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nelson Freire ill
Replies: 3
Views: 491

Re: Nelson Freire ill

Rach3 wrote:
Mon Sep 27, 2021 2:29 pm

Martha Argerich, bound by an enduring friendship with Nelson Freire, decided to be with him in this difficult time.
Clearly, this is a serious illness. Doesn't sound good.
by Ricordanza
Sun Sep 26, 2021 6:17 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Are Centrists in the Thrall of Right-Wing Propaganda?
Replies: 5
Views: 513

Re: Are Centrists in the Thrall of Right-Wing Propaganda?

This is the ULTIMATE projection from people whose stock in trade is woke propaganda ; trying to deflect criticism onto those who reject it.... A vigorous rant, Belle. I'm sure you enjoyed yourself putting all these words and phrases together. Too bad it has absolutely nothing to do with Paul Krugma...
by Ricordanza
Tue Sep 21, 2021 7:03 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Texas Abortion Law - How a felon can earn some bucks
Replies: 2
Views: 247

Texas Abortion Law - How a felon can earn some bucks

From the pro-choice perspective (which most Americans share), the Texas abortion law is blatantly unconstitutional and places a particularly harsh burden on women who lack the economic resources to travel out of state to obtain an abortion. But the enforcement mechanism of this law is particularly i...
by Ricordanza
Wed Sep 15, 2021 6:17 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 10 Tishrei 5782
Replies: 1
Views: 248

Re: 10 Tishrei 5782

Thanks, Don, the same to you!
by Ricordanza
Sun Sep 12, 2021 9:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: No shot, no music
Replies: 16
Views: 1779

Re: No shot, no music

The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society has now posted its plan for implementing the vaccine requirement. I'm planning to attend (in person) two of their concerts this fall: piano recitals by Richard Goode on November 2 and Paul Lewis on December 3. There's no problem in complying with this requireme...
by Ricordanza
Tue Sep 07, 2021 8:55 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 1 Tishrei 5782
Replies: 2
Views: 406

Re: 1 Tishrei 5782

Thanks, Don, and my best to you for the New Year.
by Ricordanza
Sun Sep 05, 2021 7:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Igor Oistrakh has died, aged 90
Replies: 8
Views: 1062

Re: Igor Oistrakh has died, aged 90

One of my most treasured recordings is David and Igor's performance of the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante . Do you mean this LP? This is the version I have. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51hd8JQ6WAL.jpg In this performance, David plays the viola and conducts the Berlin Philharmonic....
by Ricordanza
Sun Sep 05, 2021 7:06 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Good News: There’s a Labor Shortage.
Replies: 1
Views: 288

Re: Good News: There’s a Labor Shortage.

Excellent analysis.

The other way for low-wage workers to advance would be through organizing, but current labor laws make this very difficult.
by Ricordanza
Sat Sep 04, 2021 6:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Igor Oistrakh has died, aged 90
Replies: 8
Views: 1062

Re: Igor Oistrakh has died, aged 90

One of my most treasured recordings is David and Igor's performance of the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante.
by Ricordanza
Thu Sep 02, 2021 6:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: It’s Never Too Late to Ditch the City and Run a Farm
Replies: 3
Views: 717

Re: It’s Never Too Late to Ditch the City and Run a Farm

My father (who was a professional musician for the first half of his career) put it this way: Music is the best avocation and the worst vocation.
by Ricordanza
Wed Sep 01, 2021 6:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Argerich and grandson play Ravel
Replies: 7
Views: 1111

Re: Argerich and grandson play Ravel

Wonderful! Thanks for posting this.
by Ricordanza
Sun Aug 29, 2021 7:12 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A Journey Through Kabul on the Day of the Fall
Replies: 2
Views: 435

Re: A Journey Through Kabul on the Day of the Fall

When we hit traffic, the lawyer and I got off the bus and walked. He was trying to process documents for his final exam to become a judge. He was completing a two-year equivalent of a highly competitive master’s degree — something like 13,000 applicants had sought the 300 slots, he said. On the sid...
by Ricordanza
Fri Aug 27, 2021 2:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Reviews of performances
Replies: 8
Views: 1225

Re: Reviews of performances

For an event that I did not attend, I find the review useful for a number of reasons: what works were performed; if it's a new or rarely performed work, what the critic thought about the piece; what the critic thought about the performance; any additional information about audience reaction or other...
by Ricordanza
Fri Aug 27, 2021 2:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Emerson String Quartet will retire in 2023
Replies: 9
Views: 1164

Re: The Emerson String Quartet will retire in 2023

I noticed in the photo accompanying the article that the two violinists and the violist are seated. Their trademark for many years had been to perform standing.

Age takes its toll on all of us.
by Ricordanza
Thu Aug 26, 2021 6:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: No shot, no music
Replies: 16
Views: 1779

Re: No shot, no music

Relying on the honor system is a tough sell, but it's the only way to go right now. So far, I have not heard from the Philadelphia Orchestra or the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society (both have concerts mainly at the Kimmel Center) as to how they will implement the vaccine requirement. Will it be t...
by Ricordanza
Tue Aug 24, 2021 10:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 1687
Views: 1095853

Re: What I listened to today

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51lo1piM0cL._SX425_.jpg The sticker still attached to this CD indicates that I bought it used from the Princeton Record Exchange in 2005. However, most of my listening these days is on daily walks, so I acquired this album for my iPhone and revisited...
by Ricordanza
Tue Aug 24, 2021 7:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: No shot, no music
Replies: 16
Views: 1779

No shot, no music

Kimmel Center (Philadelphia) announces vaccine-only policy beginning September 18.

https://www.inquirer.com/entertainment/ ... 10823.html
by Ricordanza
Sun Aug 22, 2021 6:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ‘The Opposite of Airlines’: When Larger Audiences Require Fewer Seats
Replies: 6
Views: 1565

Re: ‘The Opposite of Airlines’: When Larger Audiences Require Fewer Seats

neither food nor drink is permitted inside the hall. Hank at the Met for years we've seen people reach into their bags and take out bottled water for a sip-don't know if was actually allowed or not? Regards, Len I've done the same at concerts (my wife always has a bottle of water in her bag). And I...
by Ricordanza
Sat Aug 21, 2021 6:53 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: ‘Like Choosing a Pope’: How Succession Got Messy at ‘Jeopardy!’
Replies: 4
Views: 1060

Re: ‘Like Choosing a Pope’: How Succession Got Messy at ‘Jeopardy!’

Back to the drawing board: Mike Richards is out. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/20/business/mike-richards-quits-jeopardy.html Let’s play Jeopardy . A: Mike Richards held office for 26 fewer days than this 20th-century pope. Who is John Paul I? Wow, I had almost forgotten about this odd bit of hist...
by Ricordanza
Sat Aug 21, 2021 6:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ‘The Opposite of Airlines’: When Larger Audiences Require Fewer Seats
Replies: 6
Views: 1565

Re: ‘The Opposite of Airlines’: When Larger Audiences Require Fewer Seats

And there are cup holders for those who want to bring a drink to their seat. (Ice, though, with all its clinking distractions, is not permitted). That's something new. Unless there has been a change in policy since the shutdown in March 2020, in Philadelphia's Kimmel Center (Verizon Hall and the Pe...
by Ricordanza
Sun Aug 15, 2021 6:54 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: ‘Like Choosing a Pope’: How Succession Got Messy at ‘Jeopardy!’
Replies: 4
Views: 1060

Re: ‘Like Choosing a Pope’: How Succession Got Messy at ‘Jeopardy!’

Some fans argue that a relatively bland, little-known host was always a better outcome than a celebrity. “The game is the star, and the contestants are the stars,” said John Podhoretz, the editor of Commentary magazine and a 1987 quarterfinalist in the “Jeopardy!” Tournament of Champions. “The host...
by Ricordanza
Sun Aug 15, 2021 6:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jan Lisiecki, Piano’s Doogie Howser, Comes of Age With Chopin
Replies: 14
Views: 2675

Re: Jan Lisiecki, Piano’s Doogie Howser, Comes of Age With Chopin

When recordings are made, however, the recording studios will have the piano selected by the artist and sent to the studio and prepared by the studio's own piano technician. In some cases, the pianist uses his own instrument if it is well maintained. I didn’t get to select my piano That's very unus...