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by Ricordanza
Thu Jun 24, 2021 10:40 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Should I Hang Out With Someone Whose Political Views I Hate?
Replies: 24
Views: 197

Re: Should I Hang Out With Someone Whose Political Views I Hate?

Should I make the effort to continue the friendship? I'm still undecided. Since you asked, perhaps it would be useful to your decision to know if he believes explicitly, or sotto voce, the State of Israel should be disbanded and all lands within its original boundaries returned to Palestinian owner...
by Ricordanza
Thu Jun 24, 2021 6:49 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Should I Hang Out With Someone Whose Political Views I Hate?
Replies: 24
Views: 197

Re: Should I Hang Out With Someone Whose Political Views I Hate?

About a year ago, I made contact with B, a friend from 5th and 6th grade via Facebook. I had not had any contact with him since that time. After nearly 60 years of being apart, the chances of reviving a friendship seemed very remote, but I found that we still got along and had enough in common (incl...
by Ricordanza
Wed Jun 23, 2021 6:49 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "Cancel Culture" is a real problem, not just a right-wing ploy
Replies: 5
Views: 92

Re: "Cancel Culture" is a real problem, not just a right-wing ploy

Rach3 wrote:
Tue Jun 22, 2021 8:25 am
Why he did not simply, clearly, say one should never vandalize or burn down buildings !!
That's the question I had in mind as I read this.
by Ricordanza
Wed Jun 23, 2021 6:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 120 CDs Later, a Conductor’s Legacy Is Still Uncertain
Replies: 8
Views: 277

Re: 120 CDs Later, a Conductor’s Legacy Is Still Uncertain

I'll let you know. Lots of reason to be optimistic. One thing about pulsatile tinnitus I should mention is that there is no hearing loss. Instead the ears are picking up sound from a vascular condition, which could be anything from a carotid artery dissection to a hum in a vein. Some of the worst p...
by Ricordanza
Mon Jun 21, 2021 4:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "Cancel Culture" is a real problem, not just a right-wing ploy
Replies: 5
Views: 92

"Cancel Culture" is a real problem, not just a right-wing ploy

Some of those who comment on "cancel culture" dismiss the critics because they often come from the right wing. But the problem is real and should be troubling to all those who value small-L liberal values like freedom of speech and expression. Here's an example from the world of music of how "cance...
by Ricordanza
Sat Jun 19, 2021 6:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Watch Sounds Don’t Need to End at ‘Tick.’ How About Chopin?
Replies: 3
Views: 94

Re: Watch Sounds Don’t Need to End at ‘Tick.’ How About Chopin?

The article doesn't say how much these watches cost. My guess is that they are in this category: If you have to ask how much it is, you can't afford it.
by Ricordanza
Wed Jun 16, 2021 6:23 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Perils of Politicizing Science
Replies: 13
Views: 280

Re: The Perils of Politicizing Science

The problem of the politicization of an issue like climate change is that it's dominated by ideologues who are neither economically nor politically astute; that's why it's become a quasi-religious movement and why 'non-believers' are consigned to the social equivalent of 'hell' - struck off and can...
by Ricordanza
Mon Jun 14, 2021 6:47 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Perils of Politicizing Science
Replies: 13
Views: 280

Re: The Perils of Politicizing Science

Today, STEM holds the key to solving problems far more important than the nuclear arms race: reversing climate change, fighting global hunger and poverty, controlling pandemics, and harnessing the power of new technologies (quantum computing, bioengineering, and renewable energy) for the benefit of...
by Ricordanza
Fri Jun 11, 2021 6:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What pieces bring you to tears?
Replies: 13
Views: 309

Re: What pieces bring you to tears?

There are two categories of pieces/performances that have brought me to tears. The first is triumphal music. For some reason, the more meditative music does not move me as much. But I recall the tears flowing when my home town band, the Philadelphia Orchestra, played the finale of Stravinsky's "Fire...
by Ricordanza
Wed Jun 09, 2021 6:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Midori gets Kennedy Center Honor
Replies: 11
Views: 261

Re: Midori gets Kennedy Center Honor

I didn't get around to writing a review, but I will mention here that I watched/listened to a May 28, 2021 livestream recital by Midori with pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute. The recital, with a limited audience, was sponsored by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. The program was as follows: Dvorak, ...
by Ricordanza
Tue Jun 08, 2021 6:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Midori gets Kennedy Center Honor
Replies: 11
Views: 261

Re: Midori gets Kennedy Center Honor

In fact, nothing was advertised on CBS or on the 'net. I watched this, but only because I was looking at my on-screen guide earlier in the day to see what was on TV that evening. Another odd thing about this honor was the age of the recipient. Midori is a wonderful violinist and fully deserving of ...
by Ricordanza
Mon Jun 07, 2021 5:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Lance!
Replies: 9
Views: 186

Re: Happy Birthday, Lance!

Lance, I hope you have a very happy birthday, and many more to enjoy!
by Ricordanza
Wed Jun 02, 2021 6:15 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Saga of My New Computer
Replies: 7
Views: 285

Re: The Saga of My New Computer

2) Startup takes 7 seconds before the screen for me to sign-on appears. when I enter my password, all programs are loaded and available within 3 seconds or less. Shutdown takes about 5 seconds. I'm envious. I have a Dell Inspiron 15, 7000 Series laptop, purchased about 6 years ago from Best Buy. St...
by Ricordanza
Mon May 31, 2021 6:46 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Bye-bye, Bibi. Netanyahu may be unceremoniously ousted as opponents agree to new coalition
Replies: 7
Views: 320

Re: Bye-bye, Bibi. Netanyahu may be unceremoniously ousted as opponents agree to new coalition

Yes, it has to be good if Netanyahu exits, stage right. But I don't give the new alliance long, ranging as it does from Islamist Arabs to right-wing pro-settler parties to left-wing alliances. I suspect it will tear itself apart quickly, and Israel goes back to the polls yet again. It might be that...
by Ricordanza
Mon May 31, 2021 6:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Igor Levit Segment Tonight on 60 Minutes
Replies: 4
Views: 264

Re: Igor Levit Segment Tonight on 60 Minutes

This will be a repeat, but for those who missed it the first time, it's a fascinating interview. I missed it the first time, so I was glad to tune in last night. I'm not a Twitter participant, so I missed his COVID "house concerts." But I do have his recording of the last five Beethoven sonatas and...
by Ricordanza
Sat May 29, 2021 6:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Minister Louis Farrakhan plays the Beethoven Violin Concerto
Replies: 6
Views: 378

Re: Minister Louis Farrakhan plays the Beethoven Violin Concerto

A man of many talents, but this doesn't erase the hate that has spewed from him over the years.
by Ricordanza
Tue May 18, 2021 6:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How do you introduce non-classical listeners to this music?
Replies: 7
Views: 536

Re: How do you introduce non-classical listeners to this music?

Great post, Dirk. One question, though. Since this was an acoustic guitar group, why no mention of Segovia?

Another question: Did you get any feedback from the group?
by Ricordanza
Fri May 14, 2021 6:53 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Palestinian Refugees Deserve to Return Home. Jews Should Understand.
Replies: 3
Views: 221

Re: Palestinian Refugees Deserve to Return Home. Jews Should Understand.

There are many things wrong with Peter Beinart's article, starting with his mischaracterization of what happened in 1948. There were many reasons why Arabs left their homes in what is now Israel. Many fled at the urging of Arab leaders who told them to get out of the way for a few weeks until the Zi...
by Ricordanza
Mon May 10, 2021 5:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 1450
Views: 985034

Re: What I listened to today

That recording with the cover you posted is listed on Amazon as "unavailable," but it is certainly in print, contained in Naive's box pictured below (which I own), along with many of his earlier recordings for $49, one copy available at the moment. It is, indeed, a very well-considered interpretati...
by Ricordanza
Sun May 09, 2021 9:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Last Three Beethoven Piano Sonatas Performed by Donald Isler
Replies: 12
Views: 814

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

Thanks for posting these, Don. I started with Op. 109 and I found your performance both moving and inspiring. I'm looking forward to listening to the next two.
by Ricordanza
Sun May 09, 2021 6:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 1450
Views: 985034

Re: What I listened to today

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41B4t5qfQuL.jpg Believe it or not, this was the first time that this pianophile listened to a performance by Grigory Sokolov of a substantial work. And now I know why Sokolov is held in such high regard. This live performance from 1985 of the Diabell...
by Ricordanza
Fri May 07, 2021 7:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rubinstein competition
Replies: 1
Views: 302

Rubinstein competition

Here's an excerpt from the Facebook post about the Rubinstein piano competition. The math seems a little off to me, but perhaps it's my attachment to outdated, linear thinking: :roll: Six of the competitors reached the finals and will perform with the Camerata Orchestra Jerusalem: Alexia Mouza, Arie...
by Ricordanza
Wed May 05, 2021 6:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where was Lance?
Replies: 10
Views: 733

Re: Where was Lance?

Technology is great....except when it isn't. We've all experienced these glitches, but to have three of them at the same time is overwhelming. Lance, I hope you are able to solve these problems as quickly as possible.
by Ricordanza
Sun May 02, 2021 6:12 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Szuyu Su - remember that name
Replies: 6
Views: 3939

Re: Szuyu Su - remember that name

Donald Isler wrote:
Sat May 01, 2021 10:42 am
Was thinking of posting my recordings of the last three Beethoven sonatas on CMG. Do you think that's a good idea or not?
Definitely! I would be eager to listen, and so would many others on CMG.
by Ricordanza
Tue Apr 27, 2021 6:43 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Szuyu Su - remember that name
Replies: 6
Views: 3939

Re: Szuyu Su - remember that name

I am so disappointed that I missed hearing this young woman's recital, particularly because I rarely hear you find a pianist as very special, which she must be. Any chance that Curtis will repeat this concert sometime in the near future? Harris, I have good news for you. The recital is still availa...
by Ricordanza
Mon Apr 26, 2021 8:10 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Szuyu Su - remember that name
Replies: 6
Views: 3939

Szuyu Su - remember that name

Before I heard a note played by this young pianist, I knew from her program choice that she had a unique musical personality. For the opening work in her April 23rd graduation recital from the Curtis Institute, Szuyu Su (pronounced, per her own introduction, Soo-Yoo-Soo) chose Beethoven’s very last ...
by Ricordanza
Mon Apr 26, 2021 9:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Funeral music
Replies: 20
Views: 871

Re: Funeral music

Some of the commenters in this thread propose that recorded music be played at their funerals. As for me, no way--it's got to be live! I would probably continue a family tradition (if two funerals can be said to comprise a tradition): At the funerals for my uncle Allan and his wife, Rhoda, a violini...
by Ricordanza
Wed Apr 21, 2021 10:44 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: When the truth is not the whole truth
Replies: 1
Views: 117

When the truth is not the whole truth

When a witness appears in court under oath, the witness swears that he or she will tell "the whole truth." I just saw a glaring example today of a statement that is NOT the whole truth. It's the Minneapolis Police Department's initial press release about the death....excuse me, the murder....of Geor...
by Ricordanza
Wed Apr 14, 2021 6:18 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Our Letter to the White House
Replies: 3
Views: 206

Re: Our Letter to the White House

Brian, I suspect that the Biden administration follows the practice of previous administrations in selecting a small sample of the thousands of letters that are received for the President to read himself. I also think that there's a good chance the eloquent and heartfelt letter you sent will make th...
by Ricordanza
Tue Apr 06, 2021 6:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Pandemic Opportunity: Geffen Hall’s Overhaul Accelerates
Replies: 3
Views: 353

Re: A Pandemic Opportunity: Geffen Hall’s Overhaul Accelerates

It's not clear from the article: Where will the NY Philharmonic perform during the 2021-22 season? I'm assuming that by the Fall of 2021, audiences will be allowed in concert halls and theaters in NYC.
by Ricordanza
Fri Apr 02, 2021 6:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: All-Bach virtual recital by Angela Hewitt on Sunday, March 28
Replies: 9
Views: 829

Re: All-Bach virtual recital by Angela Hewitt on Sunday, March 28

cliftwood wrote:
Thu Apr 01, 2021 10:53 pm
Happy to return to CMG after a long absence. A special hello to maestro and Ricordanza.
Good to hear from you! I hope to see you at future PCMS recitals.

By the way, did you notice that Angela Hewitt's Fazioli has 4 pedals? It appears that the 4th pedal is an additional type of soft pedal.
by Ricordanza
Fri Mar 26, 2021 5:59 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What's going on with President Biden?
Replies: 22
Views: 1257

Re: What's going on with President Biden?

The press conference (this morning AEDT) - when he was asked questions about gun control, in particular - was weird and embarrassing. And he says he'll run again in 2024!! We have been discussing this with friends and relatives, who have real concerns about his performance and that President Biden ...
by Ricordanza
Wed Mar 24, 2021 5:50 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: No Way Washington DC Should Become A State
Replies: 14
Views: 897

Re: No Way Washington DC Should Become A State

david johnson wrote:
Wed Mar 24, 2021 2:19 am
DC should remain a district.
Why? Do you have an objection that you could share with us, other than the fact that most D.C. voters hold political views that are different than yours?
by Ricordanza
Wed Mar 24, 2021 5:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday Len Goran
Replies: 15
Views: 784

Happy Birthday Len Goran

Best wishes on your birthday, to my fellow New Jersey resident.
by Ricordanza
Sat Mar 20, 2021 6:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Let’s Make the Future That the ‘New World’ Symphony Predicted
Replies: 7
Views: 596

Re: Let’s Make the Future That the ‘New World’ Symphony Predicted

To start, organizations should reject the uncritical valorization of white composers of the past who appropriated Black or Indigenous musical styles — Dvorak, for example, or George Gershwin — as if programming their work comes at no cost to composers of color, past and present. The editor in me gr...
by Ricordanza
Tue Mar 16, 2021 3:05 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: America Could Use a Liberal Party
Replies: 2
Views: 198

America Could Use a Liberal Party

An intriguing proposal from an always interesting conservative writer. I share virtually all of the tenets he spells out. However, his ideas and my ideas on what constitutes "sensible regulation," for example, would probably keep us in separate political parties. America Could Use a Liberal Party T...
by Ricordanza
Tue Mar 16, 2021 6:46 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: I had my Pfizer Shot #1 today!
Replies: 7
Views: 551

Re: I had my Pfizer Shot #1 today!

My wife and I had our first Pfizer shots on February 17 and our second shots on March 10. I had very slight arm soreness after the first shot, but otherwise, neither of us had any adverse reaction.
by Ricordanza
Sun Mar 14, 2021 7:30 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Ron Johnson Does It Again
Replies: 5
Views: 702

Re: Ron Johnson Does It Again

I knew those are people that....truly respect law enforcement, would never do anything to break a law
He's not only racist, he's delusional!
by Ricordanza
Sun Mar 14, 2021 7:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ernest Ansermet
Replies: 10
Views: 846

Re: Ernest Ansermet

Some of Ansermet's views were highly repugnant. Although he was one of the first classical musicians to take jazz seriously, praising Sidney Bechet in 1919, his comments on atonality and Schoenberg are repulsive and anti-Semitic. According to Wikipedia: In Ansermet's book, Les fondements de la musi...
by Ricordanza
Mon Mar 01, 2021 7:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: From Easter Island, a Pianist Emerges
Replies: 2
Views: 340

Re: From Easter Island, a Pianist Emerges

I have a confession: Until I read this article, I didn't know that live human beings still inhabited Easter Island. I thought that the only current inhabitants were the huge stone statues. So now I've learned something. By the way, I listened to a couple of the sound samples from her album--she's a ...
by Ricordanza
Wed Feb 24, 2021 5:09 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Florence Price's Piano concerto
Replies: 1
Views: 1286

Florence Price's Piano concerto

In the past couple of years, the Philadelphia Orchestra has made a special effort to program works by female and African-American composers. Florence Price, who lived from 1887 to 1953, happens to fit both categories. But after hearing a performance of her “Piano Concerto in One Movement,” it’s clea...
by Ricordanza
Sat Feb 20, 2021 7:09 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: OT We Get Lucky On Covid Vaccine
Replies: 9
Views: 480

Re: OT We Get Lucky On Covid Vaccine

We Get Lucky On Covid Vaccine Tues night we got a call on an automated system that Sue could get her first dose of Moderna on Fri 9AM-on Thurs the snow came and we thought we'd have to cancel but the snowplow guy came early and we were able to make the appointment-once there Sue asked at the desk i...
by Ricordanza
Sat Feb 20, 2021 7:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Peter G. Davis, Music Critic of Wide Knowledge and Wit, Dies at 84
Replies: 12
Views: 1028

Re: Peter G. Davis, Music Critic of Wide Knowledge and Wit, Dies at 84

As a long-time subscriber to New York Magazine, I'm familiar with the name. However, his articles in that magazine were almost exclusively about opera, so I rarely read his work (I'm more attuned to instrumental music).
by Ricordanza
Fri Feb 19, 2021 7:23 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A third of U.S. troops are declining to be vaccinated, the Pentagon says.
Replies: 3
Views: 219

Re: A third of U.S. troops are declining to be vaccinated, the Pentagon says.

Most states have relied on National Guard personnel to help respond to the pandemic, including assisting with vaccine distribution and even putting shots in arms. The Biden administration recently announced that it would open 100 new vaccination sites around the country, operated by the Federal Eme...
by Ricordanza
Mon Feb 15, 2021 7:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Some good news for concerts in the COVID era?
Replies: 4
Views: 410

Re: Some good news for concerts in the COVID era?

But, as we have long agreed, nothing replaces actually being in the room. I concur, and I'm anxious to resume going to concerts in Philadelphia--piano recitals, chamber ensembles, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. In the meantime, here's my next digital concert. It will be available from February 18t...
by Ricordanza
Sun Feb 14, 2021 10:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Some good news for concerts in the COVID era?
Replies: 4
Views: 410

Some good news for concerts in the COVID era?

Today's Philadelphia Inquirer featured an article describing how the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society has, in some ways, prospered during the pandemic: Digital shows have brought in 10 times the audience for Philly’s PCMS, real money, and maybe a new business model by Peter Dobrin, Posted: Februar...
by Ricordanza
Tue Feb 09, 2021 7:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 1450
Views: 985034

Re: What I listened to today

Orchestre de la Suisse Italienne
Any relation to Orchestre de la Suisse Romande?
by Ricordanza
Mon Feb 01, 2021 7:34 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump Parts Ways With Five Lawyers Handling Impeachment Defense
Replies: 10
Views: 597

Re: Trump Parts Ways With Five Lawyers Handling Impeachment Defense

He has today reportedly hired 2 new ones, who perhaps have convinced him to use only the " unconstitutional impeachment " defense rather than " stolen election" defense, as he may have been shocked when the other 5 quit.And 2 who may be working pro bono in hopes of other GOP business or PR.But the ...