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by Ricordanza
Thu Dec 05, 2019 6:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A loss
Replies: 38
Views: 851

Re: A loss

This is very sad and shocking news. I met John on only two occasions--CMG "meet-ups"--but I felt that I knew the man through his numerous posts on this forum. I admired him for his incredible knowledge of music and many other subjects, and I admired him even more for his willingness to share that kn...
by Ricordanza
Fri Nov 29, 2019 7:26 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Colson Whitehead: The Underground Railroad (2016)
Replies: 1
Views: 287

Re: Colson Whitehead: The Underground Railroad (2016)

I read this book a few months ago. Highly recommended.
by Ricordanza
Thu Nov 28, 2019 7:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Llyr Williams to replace Ingrid Fliter for Philly recital
Replies: 4
Views: 314

Re: Llyr Williams to replace Ingrid Fliter for Philly recital

Thanks, Brian and Steve, for your posts about Llyr Williams. Now I'm definitely looking forward to this recital. I should also add that I have great faith in the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society in finding a substitute when a performer cancels. The last time Ingrid Fliter was scheduled to perform ...
by Ricordanza
Thu Nov 28, 2019 7:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Met Statue
Replies: 21
Views: 961

Re: New Met Statue

it shines like gold when it is in perfect harmony
My impression is just the opposite: a confused jumble with gold leaf added in an unsuccessful attempt to prettify the mess. Not my taste either.
by Ricordanza
Tue Nov 26, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Llyr Williams to replace Ingrid Fliter for Philly recital
Replies: 4
Views: 314

Llyr Williams to replace Ingrid Fliter for Philly recital

Just got this message from the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. This is the second time that my opportunity to hear Ingrid Fliter in recital has been stymied: a scheduled recital by her a few years ago was also cancelled due to medical reasons. Oh well. I've never heard Llyr Williams, so that wil...
by Ricordanza
Fri Nov 22, 2019 7:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Accidents during performance
Replies: 18
Views: 1222

Re: Accidents during performance

I wonder what other CMGers may have seen in the way of "accidents" at events they attended? A minor accident, but amusing. The Philadelphia Orchestra was performing at its summer venue, the Mann Music Center in Fairmount Park. Yefim Bronfman was the piano soloist (I don't recall the concerto) and m...
by Ricordanza
Fri Nov 01, 2019 6:40 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Peter Donohoe recital 31 Oct 2019
Replies: 1
Views: 969

Re: Peter Donohoe recital 31 Oct 2019

Donohoe threw himself into a wonderful Pictures. Hearing the piano version made me think how much better it is than the orchestral one. The piano writing has such drama and so many colours. Why oh why did Mussorgsky otherwise virtually shun the solo piano? I also have a personal preference for the ...
by Ricordanza
Thu Oct 31, 2019 5:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Caught in U.S.-China Crossfire, Eastman Orchestra Cancels Tour
Replies: 8
Views: 2106

Re: Caught in U.S.-China Crossfire, Eastman Orchestra Cancels Tour

Cancelling the tour is the right move, and should have been the response from the beginning.
by Ricordanza
Thu Oct 31, 2019 5:24 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Still my two favorite instruments - Capucon and Wang in recital
Replies: 2
Views: 3328

Re: Still my two favorite instruments - Capucon and Wang in recital

Lance wrote:
Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:25 pm
Interesting to note that a recording of all pieces from this recital — except the encores — is being released early December on the Erato label. It's on my want list!
Thanks for the tip, Lance. Just in time to buy myself a Hanukkah present.
by Ricordanza
Wed Oct 23, 2019 6:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Susanna Malkki Returns to the New York Philharmonic
Replies: 2
Views: 1147

Re: Susanna Malkki Returns to the New York Philharmonic

My next Philadelphia Orchestra concert:
Susanna Mälkki - Conductor
Gil Shaham - Violin

PROGRAM
Jolas - A Little Summer Suite
Beethoven - Violin Concerto
INTERMISSION
Prokofiev - Symphony No. 5

Friday, November 29, 2019
8:00 PM
VERIZON HALL
Stay tuned for my review.
by Ricordanza
Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:41 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump began October by green-lighting Turkey and ended it by red-lighting Doral
Replies: 5
Views: 1545

Re: For second time in October, Trump backs down

Trump was prepared for the criticism by the Democrats and the media, but I suspect he backed down (something he rarely does) when he heard (privately) from Republican members of Congress about this, perhaps including Mitch McConnell. The Washington Post has confirmed what I suspected: it was mostly...
by Ricordanza
Sun Oct 20, 2019 6:36 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump began October by green-lighting Turkey and ended it by red-lighting Doral
Replies: 5
Views: 1545

Re: For second time in October, Trump backs down

Trump was prepared for the criticism by the Democrats and the media, but I suspect he backed down (something he rarely does) when he heard (privately) from Republican members of Congress about this, perhaps including Mitch McConnell.
by Ricordanza
Sat Oct 19, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Mahler 5 plus a novelty
Replies: 2
Views: 1460

Mahler 5 plus a novelty

When a Mahler symphony is on the program, it’s always the main event. Sometimes, in the case of his longest symphonies (like the Second, Third, Eighth and Ninth), it is the only event. Mahler’s Fifth Symphony is plenty long—running about an hour and 15 minutes—but there’s generally room for one more...
by Ricordanza
Fri Oct 18, 2019 6:24 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Another new low for squalid president
Replies: 6
Views: 1759

Re: Another new low for squalid president

I keep thinking of Trump's boast during the 2016 campaign: "I could go out in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot someone and I wouldn't lose any votes." In this instance, the conflict of interest is as clear as day. The president who promised to "drain the swamp" has instead proudly waded deeper t...
by Ricordanza
Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:08 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Trpčeski LSO and Altinoglu
Replies: 1
Views: 1676

Re: Trpčeski LSO and Altinoglu

Incidentally it is a very long time since since I heard the piano version live. The last one I heard was Demidenko in 2011 and before that it was Freddy Kempf in 2005 and Kissin in 2002. Who’s performing it these days I wonder? Now that you mention it, it's been a while since I've heard this piece ...
by Ricordanza
Sat Oct 12, 2019 6:34 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Two Rudy cronies arrested & charged by the SDNY for peddling foreign influence into US politics
Replies: 9
Views: 2800

Re: Two Rudy cronies arrested & charged by the SDNY for peddling foreign influence into US politics

10/11/2019 CNN's Pamela Brown: Is Rudy Giuliani still your personal attorney? President Trump: Well, I don't know. I haven't talked to Rudy . . . . Does the name Michael Cohen ring any bells? Yes, we saw this with Michael Cohen and with Paul Manafort ["He had a very small role in the campaign."] In...
by Ricordanza
Sat Oct 05, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yannick Nézet-Séguin Leads a Revelatory ‘Turandot’
Replies: 1
Views: 1507

Re: Yannick Nézet-Séguin Leads a Revelatory ‘Turandot’

Wow! This is incredibly physically and mentally challenging, even for someone who is nicknamed "Mighty Mouse" for his stature and physique. On Oct. 19 he leads the matinee of “Turandot” at the Met, then dashes to Philadelphia for a concert with the orchestra that night, including Mahler’s demanding ...
by Ricordanza
Sun Sep 29, 2019 6:35 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 1 Tishrei 5780
Replies: 2
Views: 1707

Re: 1 Tishrei 5780

Thanks, Don. My best wishes to all who observe for a happy, healthy, and, of course, musically fulfilling New Year.
by Ricordanza
Thu Sep 26, 2019 5:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cable channels: Music Choice
Replies: 3
Views: 2013

Re: Cable channels: Music Choice

I also get these channels on my service (Verizon FIOS) and I've noticed some strange identifications. Sometimes, two different pianists are credited with one solo performance. My guess is that the first line identifies the piece (usually correct), the second line identifies the performer (usually co...
by Ricordanza
Wed Sep 25, 2019 6:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Family musicians performing together?
Replies: 25
Views: 9794

Re: Family musicians performing together?

I just heard an excerpt of a new recording on the radio: pianist Orli Shaham performing Mozart's PC 17 with her husband, David Robertson, conducting the St. Louis Symphony. The announcer said that the record label (something with canary?) was started by Orli's brother, violinist Gil Shaham.
by Ricordanza
Tue Sep 17, 2019 5:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Family musicians performing together?
Replies: 25
Views: 9794

Re: Family musicians performing together?

The first combination that comes to mind is one of "exes" -- Martha Argerich and Charles Dutoit. I've had the good fortune to attend a couple of Philadelphia Orchestra concerts where Martha Argerich appeared as a concerto soloist with her "ex" conducting the Orchestra. Can't comment about their pers...
by Ricordanza
Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your changing musical tastes
Replies: 75
Views: 31822

Re: Your changing musical tastes

When I first began to listen to classical music in my teens, Mozart and Haydn were not among my favorites. At the time, their music seemed to lack emotional content. My preference was for music that was passionate, or stirring, or mournful, or angry, etc. I still have a strong connection to music wi...
by Ricordanza
Sun Sep 01, 2019 6:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Russian wunderkind
Replies: 1
Views: 2085

Re: Russian wunderkind

Thanks for posting this. Wow!
by Ricordanza
Sat Aug 31, 2019 6:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano makers ... most gone, some flourishing
Replies: 2
Views: 2483

Re: Piano makers ... most gone, some flourishing

Seems to be a very comprehensive list. It's the first time I've seen a mention of the manufacturer of my piano: Cable-Nelson.
by Ricordanza
Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: David Koch RIP
Replies: 10
Views: 5102

Re: David Koch RIP

Who knows the life story of Andrew Carnegie, and who really cares? But music lovers care about Carnegie Hall, a lot. Carnegie's philanthropy extended well beyond Carnegie Hall. His contributions to libraries and universities (e.g., Carnegie-Mellon University, formerly the Carnegie Institute of Tech...
by Ricordanza
Sun Aug 25, 2019 6:54 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: David Koch RIP
Replies: 10
Views: 5102

Re: David Koch RIP

He's gone, and his philanthropy (if nothing else) will be missed. Charles Koch lingers on. While his philanthropic contributions were substantial, they do not outweigh the enormous adverse impact he and his brother had on the political environment. Let's put it this way: what good is a contribution...
by Ricordanza
Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:37 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Rattle and LSO at Edinburgh 20 August
Replies: 2
Views: 1773

Re: Rattle and LSO at Edinburgh 20 August

Thanks for your review, and welcome to CMG!
by Ricordanza
Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:06 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Latest Trump ReTweet Epstein Clinton
Replies: 2
Views: 3136

Re: Latest Trump ReTweet Epstein Clinton

Can you imagine the outrage if a federal prisoner had committed suicide during Obama's presidency and Obama had blamed George W. Bush? But today, Trump's supporters and the Republican cowards just accept this as another utterance of a president who can say anything he wants.
by Ricordanza
Wed Aug 07, 2019 6:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Baltimore Symphony Musicians Are ‘Stunned’ After Concerts Are Canceled
Replies: 29
Views: 18288

Re: Baltimore Symphony Musicians Are ‘Stunned’ After Concerts Are Canceled

With this kind of commitment, does it really make any sense for the music director not to have a voice in the future of his or her group? Conductors need to be musical visionaries but also fiscal realists. Perhaps it is just a small step, but I would argue that making that person who stands on the ...
by Ricordanza
Mon Aug 05, 2019 6:14 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Moscow Nights - The Van Cliburn Story
Replies: 1
Views: 1549

Moscow Nights - The Van Cliburn Story

The subtitle of this book accurately describes author Nigel Cliff’s purpose: “The Van Cliburn Story—How One Man and his Piano Transformed the Cold War.” The heart of the book, of course, is the story of Cliburn’s astonishing victory in 1958 at the initial Tchaikovsky piano competition. It was astoni...
by Ricordanza
Sat Aug 03, 2019 6:52 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Editorial Board of venerable newspaper rats out the Donald
Replies: 15
Views: 6374

Re: Editorial Board of venerable newspaper rats out the Donald

jserraglio wrote:
Fri Aug 02, 2019 1:25 pm
Amy Klobuchar needs to be on the ticket. Heavy turnout of Dem base will be meaningless if Penn, Mich, and Wisconsin go Trump.
How about the top of the ticket? She's my first choice at this time.
by Ricordanza
Sun Jul 28, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Abused, then mocked: Acclaimed violinist says she was sexually assaulted by her renowned teacher at the Curtis Institute
Replies: 20
Views: 8189

Re: Abused, then mocked: Acclaimed violinist says she was sexually assaulted by her renowned teacher at the Curtis Insti

Although the online version of this article was available on Thursday, 7/25, the Inquirer waited until today (Sunday) to publish this article in the print edition. That seemed unusual to me, but I think the explanation for the delay has to do with the placement: the print article is given the most p...
by Ricordanza
Sun Jul 28, 2019 6:50 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Vladimir Rumyantsev - IKIF
Replies: 1
Views: 1889

Re: Vladimir Rumyantsev - IKIF

Samuil Feinberg (1890-1962) is not well-remembered today, but his accomplishments include a terrific recording of the complete Well-Tempered Clavier of Bach, numerous compositions, and this spectacular transcription of the Scherzo movement of the Tchaikovsky Sixth Symphony. I thank Rorianne Schrade...
by Ricordanza
Thu Jul 25, 2019 5:29 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: The 10 most popular American movies
Replies: 3
Views: 2091

Re: The 10 most popular American movies

I've seen all of them. Sure, they are not "high art." (And Dukas' "Sorcerer's Apprentice" is not on the same intellectual level as Mahler's Ninth Symphony.) But I will contend that films like ET, Titanic, Jaws and The Exorcist are outstanding works of visual storytelling. I would bet that most filmm...
by Ricordanza
Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Vadym Kholodenko - IKIF
Replies: 5
Views: 3200

Re: Vadym Kholodenko - IKIF

Rach3 wrote:
Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:02 am
Ricordanza wrote:
Tue Jul 23, 2019 6:15 am
What happened?

https://www.star-telegram.com/news/loca ... 55220.html
OMG!
by Ricordanza
Tue Jul 23, 2019 6:15 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Vadym Kholodenko - IKIF
Replies: 5
Views: 3200

Re: Vadym Kholodenko - IKIF

Rach3 wrote:
Mon Jul 22, 2019 2:03 pm
All the more remarkable he has been able to continue a distinguished career since the Cliburn given personal tragedy thereafter.
What happened?
by Ricordanza
Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:35 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Vadym Kholodenko - IKIF
Replies: 5
Views: 3200

Re: Vadym Kholodenko - IKIF

Thanks for the review, Don. Wish I could have been there.
by Ricordanza
Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:30 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump plays the race card
Replies: 2
Views: 2619

Re: Trump plays the race card

At this point, I really don't care whether Trump is personally a racist or not. The important thing is his approach to issues of race and ethnicity. On that score, the following statement from this article is undeniably correct, and it is one of the key reasons that this man should not be President ...
by Ricordanza
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Aaron Rosand RIP
Replies: 9
Views: 3472

Re: Aaron Rosand RIP

One thing that struck me in Dobrin's article: Why on earth would Rosand oppose shoulder rests?
by Ricordanza
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Aaron Rosand RIP
Replies: 9
Views: 3472

Re: Aaron Rosand RIP

Here's the obit that appeared in today's Philadelphia Inquirer, written by music critic Peter Dobrin: Violinist Aaron Rosand, 92, longtime Curtis Institute of Music professor by Peter Dobrin, Updated: July 11, 2019- 3:09 PM Aaron Rosand, 92, a much-loved violinist long connected to the Curtis Instit...
by Ricordanza
Fri Jul 05, 2019 7:12 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: DC Fourth will feature tanks, Blue Angels, flag burning and the Baby Trump blimp
Replies: 4
Views: 3503

Re: DC Fourth will feature tanks, Blue Angels, flag burning and the Baby Trump blimp

A history lesson from our "very stable genius" president: Trump was especially befuddled when he described the creation of the U.S. Army. "In June of 1775, the Continental Congress created a unified army out of the revolutionary forces encamped around Boston and New York and named after the great Ge...
by Ricordanza
Fri Jul 05, 2019 6:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shrink an Orchestra to a Single Piano, Keeping the Magic
Replies: 18
Views: 7203

Re: Shrink an Orchestra to a Single Piano, Keeping the Magic

Perhaps we are no longer so snobby. A new generation of pianists seems to have caught up with Horowitz’s perspective. This is a welcome development. I'm a long-time fan of piano transcriptions. A well-written, well-performed transcription adds a texture to the music that enhances the experience for...
by Ricordanza
Sun Jun 30, 2019 6:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Emanne Beasha: You Won't BELIEVE The Voice That Comes From Her Tiny Body | America's Got Talent 2019
Replies: 9
Views: 6844

Re: Emanne Beasha: You Won't BELIEVE The Voice That Comes From Her Tiny Body | America's Got Talent 2019

lennygoran wrote:
Sat Jun 29, 2019 7:10 am
Lance I forgot the link-now Hank has provided it.
No, Lance provided the link to her performance.
by Ricordanza
Sat Jun 22, 2019 7:02 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Planet Teegarden B (32°F-122°F) may be a lot like Planet Earth
Replies: 1
Views: 2450

Re: Planet Teegarden B (32°F-122°F) may be a lot like Planet Earth

Wow! Only 12 light years away...that's practically next door! :wink:
by Ricordanza
Sat Jun 22, 2019 6:58 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: kelli o'hara last night
Replies: 4
Views: 3493

Re: kelli o'hara last night

I remember seeing her in the South Pacific revival a few years ago. Outstanding!
by Ricordanza
Sat Jun 22, 2019 6:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition
Replies: 74
Views: 34280

Re: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition

John F wrote:
Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:02 am
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by Ricordanza
Sat Jun 22, 2019 6:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Summer meet-up
Replies: 47
Views: 30045

Re: Summer meet-up

Thanks for all the good wishes.

H
by Ricordanza
Fri Jun 21, 2019 6:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Summer meet-up
Replies: 47
Views: 30045

Re: Summer meet-up

I'm sorry to do this at the last minute, but I will not be able to attend tomorrow's "meet-up." My wife was just discharged from the hospital after a nine-day stay for a lung infection, and I need the time to care for her and the house, etc. Hope to get together with everyone in the future. Hank M (...