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by Ricordanza
Mon Mar 01, 2021 7:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: From Easter Island, a Pianist Emerges
Replies: 2
Views: 114

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: 0
Views: 151

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: 229

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: 498

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: 104

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: 166

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: 166

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: 1279
Views: 931055

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: 449

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 ...
by Ricordanza
Thu Jan 28, 2021 7:39 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: House G.O.P. has a problem with Marjorie 'Wackjob' Greene‘s (Hard) Right extremism
Replies: 8
Views: 308

Re: House G.O.P. has a problem with Marjorie 'Wackjob' Greene‘s (hard) Right extremism

Liking a comment suggesting the 2018 massacre of students in Parkland, Fla., was a “false flag” and calling a student gun-control activist who attended the school “little Hitler” Claiming much the same thing about the 2012 school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. Greene responded ...
by Ricordanza
Wed Jan 27, 2021 7:11 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Senator Patrick Leahy, the longest-serving Democrat, will preside over Trump’s impeachment trial.
Replies: 4
Views: 161

Re: Senator Patrick Leahy, the longest-serving Democrat, will preside over Trump’s impeachment trial.

But as the presiding officer, Mr. Leahy could issue rulings on key questions around the admissibility of evidence and whether a trial of a former president is even allowed under the Constitution. (Mr. Leahy is also still expected to have a vote in the trial, like other senators.) ..... Mr. Leahy’s ...
by Ricordanza
Mon Jan 18, 2021 7:24 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Maddening Red Tape Facing Older People Who Want the Vaccine
Replies: 9
Views: 535

Re: The Maddening Red Tape Facing Older People Who Want the Vaccine

Based on what I've heard from others, I should consider myself fortunate: I was able to get an appointment at a nearby "mega-site" in Southern New Jersey for February 17. Great news! I have family who live in that region, so would also appreciate knowing how you did that, if you can spare the time!...
by Ricordanza
Sun Jan 17, 2021 8:01 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Maddening Red Tape Facing Older People Who Want the Vaccine
Replies: 9
Views: 535

Re: The Maddening Red Tape Facing Older People Who Want the Vaccine

Based on what I've heard from others, I should consider myself fortunate: I was able to get an appointment at a nearby "mega-site" in Southern New Jersey for February 17.
by Ricordanza
Sat Jan 16, 2021 7:44 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Trump deplorables and race
Replies: 4
Views: 199

Re: The Trump deplorables and race

The Capitol riot has ended the notion that the president’s hardcore base was motivated by economic anxiety. It has always been about race.
This has been my view of the Trump movement since the start of his campaign in 2015. "Make America Great Again" is code for "Make America White Again."
by Ricordanza
Sat Jan 16, 2021 7:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke
Replies: 43
Views: 1690

Re: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke

Something worth remembering - as clearly you have. Do you remember the lady? Yes, I remember Lisa G. And I remember when I picked her up at her parents' apartment, and I told her mother where we were going, her mother gave me a peculiar look and made some comment about what "PDQ" stood for. I guess...
by Ricordanza
Fri Jan 15, 2021 8:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke
Replies: 43
Views: 1690

Re: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke

Strangely, the Wikipedia page states that he gave his New York concerts in Avery Fisher Hall, but I never saw him there, only in Carnegie. I saw Peter Schickele/PDQ Bach at Avery Fisher Hall (I believe it was still called Philharmonic Hall at the time). This was in 1967 or 1968, and it was my first...
by Ricordanza
Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:53 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Manatee endures the terrible burden of 'TRUMP' on its back
Replies: 1
Views: 124

Re: Manatee endures the terrible burden of 'TRUMP' on its back

The intellectual side of me supports the rule of law and the 8th Amendment's prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment.

The emotional side of me calls for a similar punishment for the human perpetrator that this poor creature endured.
by Ricordanza
Tue Jan 12, 2021 7:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 1279
Views: 931055

Re: What I listened to today

Yes, Hank, thank you! I found the Bridge Sonata posted on her website linked below, along with 5 other videos of her playing. Unfortunately, her CD that is pictured above is not available on amazon for streaming, so I will try to look elsewhere for the balance. Here is the Clarke Sonata (different ...
by Ricordanza
Sun Jan 10, 2021 5:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 1279
Views: 931055

Re: What I listened to today

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71WjXiJjzHL._SL1200_.jpg I first heard Rebecca Clarke's Viola Sonata (arranged for cello) on the radio, played by a different cellist. This piece made an immediate impression on me, which was only strengthened on second hearing when I acquired this r...
by Ricordanza
Tue Jan 05, 2021 7:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy 90th Birthday, Cliftwood!
Replies: 5
Views: 355

Re: Happy 90th Birthday, Cliftwood!

Harris, my best wishes to you on your milestone birthday! I hope that there are many more to follow, and I look forward to seeing you again at PCMS concerts.

H
by Ricordanza
Tue Dec 29, 2020 7:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Masons' NYC debut
Replies: 5
Views: 1763

Re: Masons' NYC debut

Rach3 wrote:
Mon Dec 28, 2020 6:12 pm
I believe Ricordanza here has attended a live recital (?).
Yes, Steve, I attended a recital by the Masons last December and posted a review:

http://www.classicalmusicguide.com/view ... =3&t=50650
by Ricordanza
Thu Dec 24, 2020 7:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 1279
Views: 931055

Re: What I listened to today

Well, it wasn't today, but two days ago. Most of the snow had melted and the weather was mild enough to get me out of the house for a long walk in the neighborhood. My companion for the walk was this album: some of Chopin's greatest works played by one of the leading Chopin interpreters of our time....
by Ricordanza
Wed Dec 23, 2020 7:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Stimulus Offers $15 Billion in Relief for Struggling Arts Venues
Replies: 2
Views: 237

Re: Stimulus Offers $15 Billion in Relief for Struggling Arts Venues

In his recently posted video, Trump has called for increasing the individual payment from $600 to $2,000, while slamming several spending provisions, including the payments to cultural institutions described above. So what will happen? Your guess is as good as mine.
by Ricordanza
Sat Dec 19, 2020 7:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My Friday Morning Piano Quartet
Replies: 3
Views: 317

Re: My Friday Morning Piano Quartet

Thanks for posting. I liked your piece.
by Ricordanza
Thu Dec 17, 2020 7:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 1279
Views: 931055

Re: What I listened to today

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81re2j3x6hL._SX425_.jpg On Wednesday, December 16, in honor of Beethoven's 250th, I played one of my old LP's: Rudolf Serkin's performance of the Piano Concerto No. 4 with Eugene Ormandy conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra. Looking at this record b...
by Ricordanza
Wed Dec 16, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The truth about Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto
Replies: 4
Views: 397

The truth about Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto

There's a little back story with this, so bear with me while I explain. The "Classical Masterpieces" channel of Music Choice was playing on the TV while I was in another room. I heard the familiar strains of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto and, when the violin entered, heard some particularly fine p...
by Ricordanza
Thu Dec 10, 2020 6:44 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Happy Birthday, Ricordanza!
Replies: 2
Views: 203

Re: Happy Birthday, Ricordanza!

Thanks, Don and Brian, for the good wishes.
H
by Ricordanza
Thu Dec 10, 2020 6:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven and sickeningly stupid culture warriors
Replies: 18
Views: 1354

Re: Beethoven and sickeningly stupid culture warriors

OK, here is the letter to the editor The title put up by the NY Poat editors is "Canceling Classics ". "As a lifelong classical musician and an unabashed liberal , I found Jonathan Tobin's article on the alleged threat of 'wokesters' to the immortal Ludwig van Beethoven and classical music in gener...
by Ricordanza
Wed Dec 09, 2020 7:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven and sickeningly stupid culture warriors
Replies: 18
Views: 1354

Re: Beethoven and sickeningly stupid culture warriors

THEHORN wrote:
Tue Dec 08, 2020 5:06 pm

I wrote a letter to them by email saying who ridiculous all of this is , and by golly, they printed it !
I'd like to read that letter. Can you post it here?
by Ricordanza
Tue Dec 01, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: In Key States, Republicans Were Critical in Resisting Trump’s Election Narrative
Replies: 8
Views: 427

Re: In Key States, Republicans Were Critical in Resisting Trump’s Election Narrative

And then there's this disgraceful recommendation as to what should happen to him. Regards, Len :( :( :( Trump attorney issues call for violence against former election cybersecurity official Anderson Cooper 360 Appearing on The Howie Carr radio show, Trump campaign attorney Joe diGenova said that f...
by Ricordanza
Mon Nov 30, 2020 6:33 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: In Key States, Republicans Were Critical in Resisting Trump’s Election Narrative
Replies: 8
Views: 427

Re: In Key States, Republicans Were Critical in Resisting Trump’s Election Narrative

Last night, I watched an interview on 60 Minutes of Christopher Krebs, the Homeland Security official who was fired by Trump for saying that the 2020 election was the most secure in history. He is described as a life-long Republican. After watching that interview, I had one reaction--Biden should hi...
by Ricordanza
Mon Nov 30, 2020 6:28 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How Trump boosted the "failing" New York Times
Replies: 8
Views: 415

Re: How Trump boosted the "failing" New York Times

Not that the Times is flawless of course, and I was very disturbed at the sacking of the opinion editor after some staff rebelled about the Cotton oped. That disturbed me as well. The Times' explanation said that the Cotton piece shouldn't have run because it didn't meet their "standards," but they...
by Ricordanza
Sun Nov 29, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How Trump boosted the "failing" New York Times
Replies: 8
Views: 415

How Trump boosted the "failing" New York Times

Whenever the New York Times published an article critical of Trump (or a factual article that he perceived as critical), Trump would respond by Tweet or during a speech and invariably refer to the newspaper as "the failing New York Times." Well, that newspaper hasn't failed yet. In fact, Trump has b...
by Ricordanza
Sun Nov 29, 2020 8:00 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Have you noticed? ROBO calls!!!
Replies: 21
Views: 935

Re: Have you noticed? ROBO calls!!!

Lance, I share your pain. Every day, we get calls on our landline from telemarketers, scams, etc. I don't pick up if I don't recognize the caller, but that doesn't solve the problem. On non-work days, I usually settle into a comfortable chair in the late afternoon and try to doze off for a while. In...
by Ricordanza
Sat Nov 28, 2020 7:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Sheku Effect: A Classical Music Star Rises
Replies: 5
Views: 1312

Re: The Sheku Effect: A Classical Music Star Rises

Thanks for posting this article, Len. I was fortunate to hear Sheku in concert last December, along with his sister Isata, and reported on it here:

http://www.classicalmusicguide.com/view ... =3&t=50650

I hope his next tour across the pond includes Philadelphia.
by Ricordanza
Fri Nov 27, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 1279
Views: 931055

Re: What I listened to today

https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/91joSkBUlWL._SS500_.jpg Yesterday, thanks to the "Music Choice - Classical Masterpieces" channel on my cable TV, I heard for the first time Alexandre Guilmant's Symphony for Organ and Orchestra No. 2. Normally, I'm not a fan of organ music. Too often, the composi...
by Ricordanza
Thu Nov 26, 2020 7:40 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Losses We Share
Replies: 2
Views: 393

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: 14
Views: 894

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: 469

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: 767

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: 519

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: 344

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: 1440

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: 1440

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: 442

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: 303

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: 442

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: 299

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: 1251

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...