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by Ricordanza
Thu Nov 26, 2020 7:40 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Losses We Share
Replies: 2
Views: 81

Re: The Losses We Share

I understand and agree with the sentiment expressed in this column, but I must admit that I have a problem with the question, Are you OK? Let's take the example of the woman on the sidewalk, in tears while she spoke on the phone. If I had gone up to her and asked, Are you OK?, I would expect her to ...
by Ricordanza
Thu Nov 26, 2020 7:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How does Garrick Ohlsson fare with you?
Replies: 5
Views: 54

Re: How does Garrick Ohlsson fare with you?

When I looked at my CD collection, I was a little surprised to find only one by Garrick Ohlsson--his recording of the complete Chopin Polonaises. This small number doesn't reflect the high regard I have for this pianist, based on his recitals that I have attended. I've had the pleasure of hearing hi...
by Ricordanza
Wed Nov 25, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gramophone Names Philadelphia Orchestra of the Year??
Replies: 3
Views: 69

Re: Gramophone Names Philadelphia Orchestra of the Year??

I'll bet that Ricordanza and cliftwood will have something to add to this thread about last year's concerts in Philadelphia as well. I'm quite sure I remember Florence Price being mentioned recently. 😉 Indeed I do. I suppose that news about the Philadelphia Orchestra has not reached the West Coast,...
by Ricordanza
Wed Nov 25, 2020 7:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Cliftwood" is back on CMG!!!
Replies: 11
Views: 142

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

cliftwood wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 10:31 pm

I'll be 90 in 6 weeks
Happy Birthday in advance! from your young friend (I'll be 70 in two weeks) Hank.
by Ricordanza
Tue Nov 24, 2020 7:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Book on Chopin!
Replies: 6
Views: 92

Re: New Book on Chopin!

It's already on my "to read" list....along with many, many other books. :(
by Ricordanza
Sun Nov 22, 2020 7:18 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Likely GOP candidates in 2024
Replies: 4
Views: 98

Re: Likely GOP candidates in 2024

IMHO, the GOP candidate with the best chance for success is Nikki Haley. And if Kamala Harris is the Democratic candidate (Biden will be 81 years old), that would make two candidates with roots in India. Interesting!
by Ricordanza
Sun Nov 22, 2020 7:03 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Roman Rabinovich - pianist and composer
Replies: 2
Views: 59

Re: Roman Rabinovich - pianist and composer

Harris,

Good to hear from you! Glad that all is well with you and I'm also hopeful about the future.

H
by Ricordanza
Sat Nov 21, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Roman Rabinovich - pianist and composer
Replies: 2
Views: 59

Roman Rabinovich - pianist and composer

The pianist-composer is back. Not quite like past years, when pianists such as Franz Liszt, Ferruccio Busoni and Sergei Rachmaninoff regularly performed their own compositions. But it’s no longer an oddity when some of today’s leading pianists, including Marc-André Hamelin and Daniil Trifonov, perfo...
by Ricordanza
Wed Nov 18, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Philly Chamber Music forced to go all-virtual
Replies: 4
Views: 113

Re: Philly Chamber Music forced to go all-virtual

I'm intrigued by the Roman Rabinovitch concert tomorrow, since their website says it will be available for 72 hours after the actual event for streaming. Haven't heard him yet, and he did win the Rubinstein competition in 2008. I suppose, like the MET, a $20 donation would be appropriate? Thanks fo...
by Ricordanza
Wed Nov 18, 2020 7:05 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Giuliani is said to ask $20K a day to reverse election result
Replies: 4
Views: 96

Re: Giuliani is said to ask $20K a day to reverse election result

Trump has a history of stiffing his contractors, suppliers, etc. Wouldn't it be perfect justice if Rudy is left with an unpaid bill after this is all over?
by Ricordanza
Tue Nov 17, 2020 5:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Philly Chamber Music forced to go all-virtual
Replies: 4
Views: 113

Philly Chamber Music forced to go all-virtual

This fall, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society was unable to hold concerts in the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater (about 600 seats), so it switched to the much smaller Benjamin Franklin Hall in the American Philosophical Society. Only 25 people were allowed to attend concerts there; the rest att...
by Ricordanza
Sun Nov 15, 2020 7:47 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Minneapolis violence surges as cops retire, quit or claim disability benefits
Replies: 4
Views: 144

Re: Minneapolis violence surges as cops retire, quit or claim disability benefits

“Why can’t I have police reform? Why can’t I have law and order? Why do I have to pick and choose? I should be able to have both,” Spann said. Exactly!! Frankly, the ultra-liberal idea of defunding the police department there is a nonsense and will have to be re-thought, or chaos will be the perman...
by Ricordanza
Mon Nov 09, 2020 6:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Hammerklavier" recordings compared
Replies: 20
Views: 640

Re: "Hammerklavier" recordings compared

Pivotal for me is the speed and expressiveness of the slow movement. It’s got to hold togetherthroughout and with something this length that’s not easy to do. I also want to feel the dark emotions that can be expressed. I want this achieved via dynamics, not rubato. The last movement also has to be...
by Ricordanza
Wed Nov 04, 2020 7:22 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Is the US really a democracy?
Replies: 29
Views: 851

Re: Is the US really a democracy?

Trump already announced at a rally yesterday that he may just declare victory at the end of today. We'll just have to wait and see. That's exactly what he did early Wednesday morning, even though the results for several key states were not complete at the time (and not complete as I'm writing this ...
by Ricordanza
Sat Oct 31, 2020 7:24 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump's latest (and most outrageous) attack on doctors
Replies: 1
Views: 100

Trump's latest (and most outrageous) attack on doctors

How does Trump explain the rising numbers of COVID cases? Well of course, the doctors are inflating the numbers to make more money! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFW5awGSIZ4 How can any doctor, or health care worker, or scientist, or person who knows and respects people who work in these fields, s...
by Ricordanza
Sat Oct 31, 2020 6:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Known Mostly for Jazz, Keith Jarrett Played Bach, Handel, Mozart, Bartok and Shostakovich Too
Replies: 6
Views: 363

Re: Known Mostly for Jazz, Keith Jarrett Played Bach, Handel, Mozart, Bartok and Shostakovich Too

CelloGuy wrote:
Fri Oct 30, 2020 6:44 pm
I haven't posted anything here for a long time (although I look around, from time to time!). Today I signed in, just to see if my signon credentials still work.
Welcome back!
by Ricordanza
Thu Oct 29, 2020 5:26 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: When My President Sang ‘Amazing Grace’
Replies: 2
Views: 160

Re: When My President Sang ‘Amazing Grace’

Excellent column by Thomas Friedman.
by Ricordanza
Wed Oct 28, 2020 6:16 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: National Guard responds as protests over Walter Wallace killing engulf Philadelphia
Replies: 2
Views: 130

Re: National Guard responds as protests over Walter Wallace killing engulf Philadelphia

I was just watching the local news on TV this morning. The family of Walter Wallace called for an end to the looting, but, unfortunately, it continued last night.
by Ricordanza
Tue Oct 27, 2020 6:10 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: 16 years ago on this date: Richard Goode in Philadelphia
Replies: 0
Views: 180

16 years ago on this date: Richard Goode in Philadelphia

Thought I'd post another review from the vault. Richard Goode is scheduled to present his next Philadelphia recital on February 5, 2021. At this point, we do not know whether there will be a live audience. The bio appearing in the program booklet states: “Mr. Goode is widely regarded as the legitim...
by Ricordanza
Sat Oct 24, 2020 6:16 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Who Won the Debate? Political Observers Weigh In
Replies: 11
Views: 227

Re: Who Won the Debate? Political Observers Weigh In

the guys said they wouldn't be watching the debate-there was a football game going on-the Giants maybe? Yes, there was a football game: Giants vs. Eagles, and the Eagles (the team I follow) won by one point. That's what I watched most of the time, although during some of the commercial breaks, I sw...
by Ricordanza
Sun Oct 18, 2020 6:42 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump: 2 plus 2 equals 76
Replies: 1
Views: 108

Trump: 2 plus 2 equals 76

It's a familiar story that Trump invents things and that his conception of reality is, at best, skewed. There are examples of this almost every day. But I was particularly struck by this exchange in the AARP Bulletin. It's an excerpt from a telephone interview of Trump. (A telephone interview of Bid...
by Ricordanza
Fri Oct 16, 2020 6:12 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Fresh from a week in the ICU, Chris Christie breaks with Trump on Covid, accusing WH of endangering his life and others’
Replies: 7
Views: 506

Re: Fresh from a week in the ICU, Chris Christie breaks with Trump on Covid, accusing WH of endangering his life and oth

Among other things, Sasse had accused the President of using his office to enrich his family, scorning Evangelicals, kissing the asses of dictators, and flirting with white supremacists. And he's still supporting Trump for re-election. Sasse also voted against removing him from office in the impeac...
by Ricordanza
Fri Oct 16, 2020 6:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lara St. John, violinist - spectacular!
Replies: 5
Views: 382

Re: Lara St. John, violinist - spectacular!

Hmmm....seems to be a mismatch between the music and the album cover. :roll:
by Ricordanza
Wed Oct 07, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Amy Yang - a (mostly) virtual piano recital
Replies: 0
Views: 671

Amy Yang - a (mostly) virtual piano recital

There are worse losses from the pandemic, for sure, but for the avid concertgoer, the cancellation of live concerts has been difficult. This past spring, we had tickets to seven concerts that were never held, including four piano recitals sponsored by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society (PCMS). S...
by Ricordanza
Wed Oct 07, 2020 5:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gramophone's 2020 winners
Replies: 3
Views: 316

Re: Gramophone's 2020 winners

Glad to see that my "home team," the Philadelphia Orchestra, has won the award "Orchestra of the Year." Call me biased if you wish, but I believe the award is well deserved:

https://www.gramophone.co.uk/awards/gra ... f-the-year
by Ricordanza
Mon Oct 05, 2020 6:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Curtis Institute report on Lara St. John allegations
Replies: 9
Views: 470

Re: Curtis Institute report on Lara St. John allegations

but Lara's story is told and I hope she can forget it now so it is not mentally disturbing. Lance, I am sure that she will not forget it. Nor should she. The healing comes, in part, from telling her story, as she did to the Philadelphia Inquirer and other media outlets. And now, Curtis is acknowled...
by Ricordanza
Fri Oct 02, 2020 7:02 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Yesterday's Debate Stand Back and Stand By
Replies: 23
Views: 1384

Re: Yesterday's Debate Stand Back and Stand By

Intentional lies and misinformation should be ruled on by our Supreme Court as verbally violent and destructive to society and made illegal, just as physical violence is now illegal. I know I'm arguing with a former attorney on this, but I am the nephew and grandson of two very successful Philadelp...
by Ricordanza
Fri Oct 02, 2020 6:36 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Another concert 12 years ago on this date: Dutoit and Argerich
Replies: 0
Views: 696

Another concert 12 years ago on this date: Dutoit and Argerich

This fall, the Philadelphia Orchestra is performing several "virtual" concerts, albeit with a sharply reduced size orchestra in order to accommodate social distancing on the Verizon Hall stage. It's better than nothing, but I still miss going to "regular" concerts. Here's a memory from October 2, 2...
by Ricordanza
Thu Oct 01, 2020 5:41 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Yesterday's Debate Stand Back and Stand By
Replies: 23
Views: 1384

Re: Yesterday's Debate Stand Back and Stand By

This is my first post here. Wow, Brian, you have a lot to say! Welcome to the Corner Pub. I certainly look forward to reading your future comments. While I agree with much of what you wrote, I can't let pass your comments on Fox News. Freedom of the press is one of the foundation blocks of our demo...
by Ricordanza
Sun Sep 27, 2020 6:41 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 10 Tishrei 5781
Replies: 2
Views: 256

Re: 10 Tishrei 5781

Thanks, Don, and I wish the same to you.

My synagogue will be streaming its services, and I'm especially looking forward to tonight. As in past years, the service begins with a cellist (accompanied by piano) performing Bruch's "Kol Nidrei."

H
by Ricordanza
Fri Sep 25, 2020 10:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Purchasing CD's - Confusion?
Replies: 13
Views: 938

Re: Purchasing CD's - Confusion?

I know one piece I am really liking right now is Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20 so I guess we could start there! Welcome to CMG! You chose an excellent starting point. There are plenty of recordings of this work, but you can't go wrong with the all-star combination of Martha Argerich, pianist, and ...
by Ricordanza
Wed Sep 23, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 1119
Views: 888231

Re: What I listened to today

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Listened to this on my iPhone while walking on a nearby nature trail. Brilliant playing by one of my favorite violinists.
by Ricordanza
Wed Sep 23, 2020 6:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Curtis Institute report on Lara St. John allegations
Replies: 9
Views: 470

Curtis Institute report on Lara St. John allegations

The Curtis Institute of Music released a report it commissioned on the allegations of sexual abuse by Lara St. John. Along with the full report, the Board of Trustees issued a Statement that they "received, reviewed and unanimously accepted" the findings of the investigative report. Here is the Stat...
by Ricordanza
Wed Sep 23, 2020 6:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ginsburg and the Goldbergs — a personal history
Replies: 7
Views: 619

Re: Ginsburg and the Goldbergs — a personal history

"Inspiring" is the right word. Thank you for posting this.
by Ricordanza
Mon Sep 21, 2020 6:19 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The nightmare scenario that keeps election lawyers up at night
Replies: 1
Views: 298

Re: The nightmare scenario that keeps election lawyers up at night

But right-wing protests that have emerged in support of Trump during his term in office don’t look like the work of astroturfing staffers dressed in the attire of the White Anglo-Saxon Protestant elite. He has the backing of a broad network of heavily-armed militia groups, far-right street-fighting...
by Ricordanza
Fri Sep 18, 2020 6:54 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 1 Tishrei 5781
Replies: 3
Views: 197

Re: 1 Tishrei 5781

Thank you, Don, and my best wishes to you for a happy and healthy New Year.

H
by Ricordanza
Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: when Donald Trump refuses to stand down at the inauguration, the shooting will begin
Replies: 19
Views: 799

Re: when Donald Trump refuses to stand down at the inauguration, the shooting will begin

In any other government or private sector business, this guy would be placed on medical leave to seek treatment. But in the Trump administration, he's considered a model employee. Maybe not such a model employee. It was just announced that he's going on a 60-day medical leave. Top Trump health appo...
by Ricordanza
Wed Sep 16, 2020 6:12 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: when Donald Trump refuses to stand down at the inauguration, the shooting will begin
Replies: 19
Views: 799

Re: when Donald Trump refuses to stand down at the inauguration, the shooting will begin

He went further, saying his physical health was in question, and his “mental health has definitely failed.” Caputo has correctly diagnosed himself. There are various forms of psychosis, but delusional thinking is a common thread in these mental diseases. In any other government or private sector bu...
by Ricordanza
Tue Sep 15, 2020 6:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Hamelin cd
Replies: 7
Views: 631

Re: New Hamelin cd

But this is already a must-have for me. I love opera transcriptions - some sort of mental weakness in me, no doubt - and I love Hamelin. I share your "weakness" and I've been a fan of Hamelin since I first heard him performing in a record store in 1996. Liszt's Norma fantasy was one of the pieces h...
by Ricordanza
Sat Sep 05, 2020 5:55 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: WAPO & Fox News corroborate magazine report that Trump told aides American soldiers KIA were 'losers' and 'suckers'.
Replies: 16
Views: 591

Re: WAPO & Fox News corroborat magazine report that Trump told aides American soldiers KIA were 'losers' and 'suckers'.

jserraglio wrote:
Fri Sep 04, 2020 12:36 pm
Trump better create a diversion fast—this story is poison for his reelection bid.
I thought Trump's comments about John McCain would be poison for his 2016 campaign. That didn't deter his followers.
by Ricordanza
Wed Sep 02, 2020 6:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 1119
Views: 888231

Re: What I listened to today

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Soulful music; soulful playing. Includes the justly popular Rachmaninoff sonata, but also less familiar works by Miaskovsky, Schnittke and others. Highly recommended.
by Ricordanza
Tue Sep 01, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Michael Lewis - The Fifth Risk
Replies: 0
Views: 896

Michael Lewis - The Fifth Risk

Is it possible to write a fascinating book about the federal bureaucracy? (That is, fascinating to readers other than me—a 35-year veteran of the state bureaucracy.) Michael Lewis has done this, and more. The book paints a sad picture of the transition from the Obama to Trump administrations in thre...
by Ricordanza
Sun Aug 30, 2020 6:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Hamelin cd
Replies: 7
Views: 631

Re: New Hamelin cd

But this is already a must-have for me. I love opera transcriptions - some sort of mental weakness in me, no doubt - and I love Hamelin. I share your "weakness" and I've been a fan of Hamelin since I first heard him performing in a record store in 1996. Liszt's Norma fantasy was one of the pieces h...
by Ricordanza
Tue Aug 18, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Philadelphia Orchestra goes all-virtual for Fall 2020
Replies: 1
Views: 283

Philadelphia Orchestra goes all-virtual for Fall 2020

A few months ago, I renewed my subscription for the Philadelphia Orchestra in the hope that the 2020-2021 season would proceed normally--with a full orchestra performing at the Kimmel Center before a full audience. Alas, that is not to be. The Orchestra will be performing on a very limited schedule ...
by Ricordanza
Tue Aug 18, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rach3, Where are You?
Replies: 11
Views: 620

Re: Rach3, Where are You?

That's quite an ordeal, Steve! Hope that all goes smoothly in the future.
by Ricordanza
Thu Aug 13, 2020 6:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: From Concerts to Cartoons: Chopin’s Most Famous Composition
Replies: 11
Views: 687

Re: From Concerts to Cartoons: Chopin’s Most Famous Composition

Curious review. It doesn't seem to really sell the book, yet there are intriguing revelations. Indeed, this is not a standard book review, but Jeremy Denk is not a standard writer. He is a uniquely gifted writer with a remarkable prose style. As much as I admire his artistry as a pianist (I've atte...
by Ricordanza
Tue Aug 11, 2020 6:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WQXR 20 essential Mozart recordings
Replies: 6
Views: 597

Re: WQXR 20 essentila MOzart recordings

I can certainly endorse one of these recordings: David and Igor Oistrakh's performance of the Sinfonia Concertante. Sublime music; superb performance.
by Ricordanza
Thu Aug 06, 2020 6:03 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Virus Down Under
Replies: 7
Views: 739

Re: Virus Down Under

jserraglio wrote:
Thu Aug 06, 2020 3:39 am
My centenarian mom died in a care home here in Ohio on March 17. I hadn't been allowed to visit her for the previous 3 weeks.
That's a double blow. I'm very sorry for your loss and for the circumstances under which it occurred.
by Ricordanza
Mon Aug 03, 2020 6:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Leon Fleisher, 92, Dies; Spellbinding Pianist With One Hand or Two
Replies: 7
Views: 888

Re: Leon Fleisher, 92, Dies; Spellbinding Pianist With One Hand or Two

Mr. Fleisher’s recordings of the Brahms and Beethoven piano concertos with George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra, made between 1958 and 1963, are still considered among the most vivid and moving accounts of those works.
I agree. These recordings are the gold standard in this repertoire.
by Ricordanza
Fri Jul 31, 2020 6:00 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: With his back against the wall, Trump calls for November election moratorium and lays groundwork for a challenge.
Replies: 6
Views: 779

Re: With his back against the wall, Trump calls for November election moratorium and lays groundwork for a challenge.

Like the autocrats he admires (Erdogan, Putin, etc.), Trump is setting the stage to rig the process so that he remains in power indefinitely. Sure, the Constitution says that the President can't change the date of the election and must leave office by January 20, but when has Trump ever shown he res...