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by Ricordanza
Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:06 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Latest Trump ReTweet Epstein Clinton
Replies: 2
Views: 137

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: 27
Views: 7525

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: 128

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: 805

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: 1465

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: 181

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: 292

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: 465

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: 465

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: 465

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: 416

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: 1011

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: 1011

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: 1934

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: 2386

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: 3696

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: 1533

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: 2167

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: 19001

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: 22211

Re: Summer meet-up

Thanks for all the good wishes.

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by Ricordanza
Fri Jun 21, 2019 6:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Summer meet-up
Replies: 47
Views: 22211

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 (...
by Ricordanza
Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yannick Nezét-Séguin Brings Both of His Orchestras to Carnegie Hall
Replies: 5
Views: 1529

Re: Yannick Nezét-Séguin Brings Both of His Orchestras to Carnegie Hall

Hank speaking about you attending things we're still deciding what to do the Sat June 22 we have the CMG forum dinner-are you planning on attending anything while up here? Regards, Len No plans made at this time. An evening concert would be almost impossible since I'm not staying overnight and trav...
by Ricordanza
Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yannick Nezét-Séguin Brings Both of His Orchestras to Carnegie Hall
Replies: 5
Views: 1529

Re: Yannick Nezét-Séguin Brings Both of His Orchestras to Carnegie Hall

The highlight of the concert, though, was the performance of Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto with the fast-rising, stunningly-gifted Italian pianist Beatrice Rana as the soloist. Her recital debut in March, at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, was among the most memorable events of the season in New York. I...
by Ricordanza
Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A $55 Million Gift Aims to Ensure the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Recovery
Replies: 5
Views: 1387

Re: A $55 Million Gift Aims to Ensure the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Recovery

For a change, the donors haven't demanded that some part of the auditorium be renamed for them, and instead prefer to remain anonymous. Apart from modesty, this keeps other organizations from trying to get money out of them. Thanks, John. I hadn't thought about that . Whatever their motivations, a ...
by Ricordanza
Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Lance!
Replies: 11
Views: 2893

Re: Happy Birthday, Lance!

Lance, hope you enjoyed your birthday!
by Ricordanza
Sun Jun 02, 2019 6:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Apple's I -Tunes to be gone
Replies: 13
Views: 4650

Re: Apple's I -Tunes to be gone

iPhones and iPads already offer separate Music, TV and Podcast apps in lieu of the centralized iTunes app that lives on Macs and Macbooks. Users can expect the new Music app to offer some of the same functionalities that iTunes currently does — such as purchasing songs and syncing phones — just wit...
by Ricordanza
Sat Jun 01, 2019 6:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Beveridge Webster redux
Replies: 4
Views: 3045

Re: Pianist Beveridge Webster redux

That's a name I haven't heard in many years! I have two of Webster's Dover LPs: 1) Beethoven's Hammerklavier Sonata; and 2) Modern American Piano Music - Copland's Piano Variations, Sessions' Second Sonata, and Carter's Sonata. He was an outstanding pianist but somehow never achieved the fame he des...
by Ricordanza
Sun May 26, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Sherrod Brown declines to run for President
Replies: 3
Views: 2792

Re: Sherrod Brown declines to run for President

Biden appears to be the leading Democratic candidate at this point, but the field is still full of worthy contenders. Lately, I've been paying attention to Michael Bennet, the Senator from Colorado, who has many positive attributes as a candidate and a future President. Here's an admiring column abo...
by Ricordanza
Sat May 25, 2019 6:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Diabelli" and "Goldberg" Variations
Replies: 16
Views: 7036

Re: "Diabelli" and "Goldberg" Variations

Thoughts? I'll give you two thoughts. The theme and variations form is the most enduring of all musical forms. It predates the sonata and, perhaps, has outlasted it. Rzewski's "The People United" is one relatively contemporary example, Lutoslawski's "Paganini Variations" is another, and I am sure t...
by Ricordanza
Tue May 14, 2019 5:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Louis Schwizgebel plays Saint-Saens PC #5
Replies: 10
Views: 6063

Re: Pianist Louis Schwizgebel plays Saint-Saens PC #5

With a name like Schwizgebel, he better be good!
by Ricordanza
Sat May 11, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: 14 years - worth the wait for Mahler's 9th Symphony
Replies: 0
Views: 8196

14 years - worth the wait for Mahler's 9th Symphony

It’s been 14 years since the Philadelphia Orchestra performed Mahler’s Ninth Symphony. I can’t say I remember every detail of that 2005 performance, under Christoph Eschenbach’s direction. After all, this is an hour-and-a-half work of enormous complexity. But I do remember the emotional intensity of...
by Ricordanza
Fri May 10, 2019 6:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For His 200th Birthday, a Composer Gets a Closer Look
Replies: 6
Views: 2580

Re: For His 200th Birthday, a Composer Gets a Closer Look

There's a tune by this composer that we've all heard (those of us in the United States, anyway), but few are aware that Offenbach is the composer. It's the Marine Hymn ("From the halls of Montezuma..."). Offenbach's composition was "The Song of the Soldiers of the Sea." Here's a wild piano transcrip...
by Ricordanza
Sat Apr 27, 2019 6:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Starting times for concerts
Replies: 11
Views: 4012

Re: Starting times for concerts

Might not the annuating circadian clocks of Boomers dictate their recent preference for earlier starting times on weekdays? That's my guess. When I was surveyed, I voted to keep the starting time at 8 pm. I was working full-time when they did the survey, with a commute of up to one hour to get home...
by Ricordanza
Thu Apr 25, 2019 6:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Starting times for concerts
Replies: 11
Views: 4012

Starting times for concerts

I was looking at Rach 3's videos of Pietro Scarpini's performances when I noticed something interesting. The program for the Prokofiev PC 2 indicates that the Thursday evening concert began at 8:45 pm. By contrast, most concerts today begin, at the latest , at 8 pm. In fact, Philadelphia Orchestra e...
by Ricordanza
Sun Apr 21, 2019 6:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Argerich live next week
Replies: 3
Views: 2704

Re: Argerich live next week

Rach3 wrote:
Sat Apr 20, 2019 8:56 am
Avec Martha Argerich et Stephen Kavacevich, piano
I'm glad to hear that she's on good terms with her ex--at least musically.
by Ricordanza
Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Notre Dame, Paris, burns
Replies: 19
Views: 7301

Re: Notre Dame, Paris, burns

Belle expressed her dismay about the destruction of the famous organ. However, this is from a report on CNN. I've heard this from other news sources:
The church's irreplaceable rose windows and organ are in good condition, a city official said Tuesday. (emphasis added)
A bit of good news.
by Ricordanza
Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Summer meet-up
Replies: 47
Views: 22211

Re: Summer meet-up

So far, the only day that's not good is Friday, June 21. I'd also prefer to stay away from Saturday, June 8, as I have to get back in time for a Philadelphia Orchestra concert that evening.
by Ricordanza
Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:57 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Tiger Woods wins Masters for 5th time at 43
Replies: 5
Views: 3406

Re: Tiger Woods wins Masters for 5th time at 43

Was Sunday Woods' final crowning achievement, or is there more to come? .... To truly appreciate what Woods did on Sunday, you have to consider where he was two years ago. In April 2017, Woods' career was in jeopardy because of a debilitating back injury. Before Woods arrived at Augusta National to...
by Ricordanza
Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:36 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Sanders, Biden & the MAGAman — Too old in 2020?
Replies: 2
Views: 2772

Re: Sanders, Biden & the MAGAman — Too old in 2020?

I agree. Biden could be an effective opponent to Trump, but he's not my choice for the nomination primarily due to his age. I have other problems with Sanders, but age is also a negative factor. As for Trump, well, age is perhaps the least of the problems with this man.
by Ricordanza
Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hungarian Opera Asks White Cast of ‘Porgy and Bess’ to Say They Are African-American
Replies: 7
Views: 3866

Re: Hungarian Opera Asks White Cast of ‘Porgy and Bess’ to Say They Are African-American

The Gershwin estate ought to file a lawsuit against this opera company. I'm not sure what the outcome would be, but George Gershwin's wishes should be respected.

This is one more indication that Hungary is headed in a bad direction.
by Ricordanza
Thu Apr 11, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Andre Watts In Concert and Conversation
Replies: 7
Views: 4636

Re: Andre Watts In Concert and Conversation

Thanks for your review, Don. In addition to a couple of concerto appearances, I've heard Watts twice in recital--once in the 1980's and then in 2014. He remains one of my favorite pianists.
by Ricordanza
Thu Apr 11, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Still my two favorite instruments - Capucon and Wang in recital
Replies: 0
Views: 1435

Still my two favorite instruments - Capucon and Wang in recital

Eleven years ago, I attended my first cello and piano recital (with cellist Jan Vogler and pianist Louis Lortie) and entitled my review “My Two Favorite Instruments.” I cannot explain why it took me so long to attend another cello and piano recital, but the recital presented by cellist Gautier Capuç...
by Ricordanza
Wed Apr 10, 2019 6:12 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Denes Varjon - a welcome return
Replies: 4
Views: 1874

Re: Denes Varjon - a welcome return

On reflection, I want to add a postscript to my review. In his performance of the Symphonic Etudes, only the Finale seemed rushed. Varjon delivered a superb performance of the rest of this work. He had complete command of the most challenging Etudes in the set, while the hauntingly beautiful Variati...
by Ricordanza
Tue Apr 09, 2019 5:26 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Denes Varjon - a welcome return
Replies: 4
Views: 1874

Re: Denes Varjon - a welcome return

Rach3 wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 12:12 pm
Did Varjon play any of the posthumous, " extra" Variations for the Schumann ?
No, just the original set.
by Ricordanza
Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Denes Varjon - a welcome return
Replies: 4
Views: 1874

Denes Varjon - a welcome return

Three years ago, I took a chance and bought tickets for a recital by a musician I had never heard of—the Hungarian pianist, Dénes Várjon. My reasoning was that, after many years of attending Philadelphia Chamber Music Society concerts, I had come to trust their judgment that they had good reason to ...
by Ricordanza
Sat Mar 30, 2019 6:48 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Why I Stay In Secaucus and Use Public Transportation
Replies: 2
Views: 1911

Re: Why I Stay In Secaucus and Use Public Transportation

When we go to NYC, we also avoid driving in Manhattan. We haven't tried the Secaucus option. We either take the ferry from Weehawken (which includes a free shuttle bus to midtown) or take the NJ Transit train from the Hamilton station (near Trenton). I grew up in New York and learned to drive there....
by Ricordanza
Mon Mar 25, 2019 6:23 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Emanuel Ax: predictability is a good thing
Replies: 4
Views: 2443

Re: Emanuel Ax: predictability is a good thing

John F wrote:
Sun Mar 24, 2019 1:34 pm

In "The Romantic Generation," Charles Rosen writes at some lengh about this feature of Brahms's piano writing. Interesting reading.
Just added to my "To Read" list. Thanks.
by Ricordanza
Fri Mar 22, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Emanuel Ax: predictability is a good thing
Replies: 4
Views: 2443

Emanuel Ax: predictability is a good thing

In most cases, it’s not a good thing to say that a performer is predictable. It usually means that a performer does essentially the same thing at each concert; we know what to expect, and the result is boredom. Emanuel Ax is anything but boring. Tuesday evening, March 19th, marked the fifth time tha...