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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: 135

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: 52

Re: 1 Tishrei 5781

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

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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: 329

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: 329

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: 5
Views: 270

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: 284

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: 1039
Views: 856548

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: 306

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: 5
Views: 270

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: 189

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: 444

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: 534

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: 437

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: 562

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: 690

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: 609

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...
by Ricordanza
Thu Jul 23, 2020 6:11 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Remembering a concert 12 years ago on this date
Replies: 0
Views: 5956

Remembering a concert 12 years ago on this date

Thunderstorms are in the weather forecast today, as they were 12 years ago on this date (July 23, 2008) when my wife and I took a chance and attended a concert by the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann Music Center in Fairmount Park. As I re-read my review, two thoughts come to mind. The first, of c...
by Ricordanza
Sat Jul 18, 2020 6:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's 32
Replies: 41
Views: 1962

Re: Beethoven's 32

I haven't listened to all of Igor Levit's Beethoven sonata recordings, but his rendition of the last five sonatas compares favorably with any others I've heard. This writer's hasty dismissal of Levit is undeserved.
by Ricordanza
Fri Jul 17, 2020 6:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anthony Tommasini Calls for End to Blind Auditions
Replies: 9
Views: 626

Re: Anthony Tommasini Calls for End to Blind Auditions

The Philadelphia Orchestra, believe it or not, just hired its first full-time African-American member. However, she is not actually a performing musician; rather, she is a music librarian, and will never appear on stage. A correction is in order. Nicole Jordan is the first female African-American o...
by Ricordanza
Thu Jul 16, 2020 6:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 1039
Views: 856548

Re: What I listened to today

My companion on my last couple of walks has been the remarkable pianist Arcadi Volodos (via my iPhone). "Volodos Plays Liszt" is an album of ten pieces which display Volodos' artistry as well as his incredible technical command. Highlights for me are Vallee D'Obermann (the opening track), St. Franci...
by Ricordanza
Wed Jul 08, 2020 7:02 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump won't go if he loses
Replies: 25
Views: 2504

Re: Trump won't go if he loses

Washington Post columnist Max Boot recently posted an interesting, informative....and scary piece on this issue: What if Trump loses but insists he won? Opinion by Max Boot Columnist July 6, 2020 at 3:18 p.m. EDT On his present trajectory, President Trump is heading for a whopping defeat in November...
by Ricordanza
Wed Jul 08, 2020 6:27 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: US and Australia, so little in common?
Replies: 14
Views: 936

Re: US and Australia, so little in common?

The United States and Australia can be allies, vibrant democracies, respectful of the rule of law and upholders of universal human rights, but claims about common values that bind the two societies derive from nostalgia about an effective, freedom loving US democracy that no longer exists. This U.S...
by Ricordanza
Mon Jul 06, 2020 5:42 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump Falsely Claims ‘99 Percent’ of Virus Cases Are ‘Totally Harmless’
Replies: 5
Views: 481

Re: Trump Falsely Claims ‘99 Percent’ of Virus Cases Are ‘Totally Harmless’

Trump has told so many lies that, after a while, the most recent lie results in a shrug of the shoulders. But the audacity of this lie really gets me. Are his followers so detached from reality that they swallow this outrageous deception?
by Ricordanza
Sat Jul 04, 2020 6:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nikolai Kapustin 1937-2020
Replies: 1
Views: 330

Nikolai Kapustin 1937-2020

I just learned the sad news that on July 2, we lost Nikolai Kapustin, the Russian composer known for his brilliant piano compositions with a jazz idiom. I haven't seen any obits in major media (NY Times, Washington Post) as yet, but I'm sure we will see some articles about this unique talent. For a ...
by Ricordanza
Sat Jul 04, 2020 6:04 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: TV ads (again) way too much!
Replies: 8
Views: 777

Re: TV ads (again) way too much!

Just thought I'd add a mini-rant on the ads that bother me the most: the pharmaceutical commercials. It's not that the content is unpleasant. On the contrary, these ads are rather idyllic--after taking the advertised drugs, people suffering from some very serious physical and mental diseases are sud...
by Ricordanza
Fri Jul 03, 2020 6:24 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Robo calls on longline commencing again! (Ugh)
Replies: 3
Views: 496

Re: Robo calls on longline commencing again! (Ugh)

Anybody else notice this lately? I've been getting robo calls (and junk calls with live voices) on my landline for quite some time. Not as many as you, Lance, but it averages about 4 a day. Since I have caller ID, I usually can spot them and avoid answering them, but they are still annoying (waking...
by Ricordanza
Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:21 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: GOP operatives: 'Could Trump throw in the towel'?
Replies: 6
Views: 610

Re: GOP operatives: 'Could Trump throw in the towel'?

As for Trump dropping out, this is just wishful thinking. Even if the polls are right (which they were not in 2016), I don't see Trump giving up. Rather, Trump and his allies are going to step up their efforts at voter suppression. Their path to victory is to suppress the votes of Democrats (restri...
by Ricordanza
Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:23 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: GOP operatives: 'Could Trump throw in the towel'?
Replies: 6
Views: 610

Re: GOP operatives: 'Could Trump throw in the towel'?

As for Trump dropping out, this is just wishful thinking. Even if the polls are right (which they were not in 2016), I don't see Trump giving up. Rather, Trump and his allies are going to step up their efforts at voter suppression. Their path to victory is to suppress the votes of Democrats (restric...
by Ricordanza
Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:54 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: TV ads (again) way too much!
Replies: 8
Views: 777

Re: TV ads (again) way too much!

david johnson wrote:
Tue Jun 30, 2020 4:14 am
I most always mute the ads, but will watch ones I find amusing.
There are some amusing ads--GEICO ads come to mind--but after the 52nd repetition, they are just annoying.

I don't have DVR, so my technique is to switch to a movie channel for the 4 minutes or so that the ads are playing.
by Ricordanza
Sat Jun 27, 2020 5:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hamelin's no-audience recital June 27
Replies: 1
Views: 422

Re: Hamelin's no-audience recital June 27

Thanks for the alert.
by Ricordanza
Mon Jun 15, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New York Philharmonic Cancels Fall Season
Replies: 9
Views: 1567

Re: New York Philharmonic Cancels Fall Season

I'll have to wait two more months until I find out the Philadelphia Orchestra's plans for the fall. Here's the relevant excerpt from the email I just received: Since the onset of the pandemic and our last concert on March 12, we have all been wondering when it will be safe and practical for us—music...
by Ricordanza
Sat Jun 13, 2020 6:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New York Philharmonic Cancels Fall Season
Replies: 9
Views: 1567

Re: New York Philharmonic Cancels Fall Season

And as I've already reported in another thread, I've paid for my 2020/21 Philadelphia Orchestra season. Two of the six concerts take place in 2020 (November and December). The renewal for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society is sitting on my desk. Perhaps if there are cancellations without refund...
by Ricordanza
Fri Jun 12, 2020 5:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New York Philharmonic Cancels Fall Season
Replies: 9
Views: 1567

Re: New York Philharmonic Cancels Fall Season

I've already paid for my 2020/21 season here in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario. And as I've already reported in another thread, I've paid for my 2020/21 Philadelphia Orchestra season. Two of the six concerts take place in 2020 (November and December). The renewal for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Soc...
by Ricordanza
Sun Jun 07, 2020 6:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Lance G. Hill!
Replies: 9
Views: 1612

Re: Happy Birthday, Lance G. Hill!

Best wishes on your birthday, Lance, and thanks for all you do.

H
by Ricordanza
Thu Jun 04, 2020 6:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A possible way for future concerts?
Replies: 3
Views: 871

Re: A possible way for future concerts?

I also commend Leonard Slatkin for thinking through these issues. Are his solutions feasible? Will others follow his lead or come up with different ideas? Who knows. I've taken a chance and renewed my subscription to the Philadelphia Orchestra for next season. The first concert is scheduled for Nove...
by Ricordanza
Wed Jun 03, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Good riddance, Steve King
Replies: 1
Views: 718

Good riddance, Steve King

I'm sure that Rach 3 is in mourning. :roll: Rep. Steve King, who was shunned by GOP leaders for his racist remarks, loses in Iowa primary By Mike DeBonis June 3, 2020 at 12:48 a.m. EDT Iowa Republicans voted Tuesday to end the long and divisive congressional career of Rep. Steve King, whose hard-rig...
by Ricordanza
Sat May 30, 2020 6:07 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Twitter Places Warning on a Trump Tweet, Saying It Glorified Violence
Replies: 2
Views: 971

Re: Twitter Places Warning on a Trump Tweet, Saying It Glorified Violence

Put the TV on this morning early to get the latest on the terrible situation in Minneapolis-suddenly there was the live scene of a CNN reporter and his crew being arrested for no reason I could understand-it's all on tape now of course. I was also watching CNN when this happened. Before the arrest,...
by Ricordanza
Fri May 29, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 1039
Views: 856548

Re: What I listened to today

To accompany my daily walk (actually, two daily walks), this 1976 recording by Vladimir Ashkenazy of the complete Rachmaninoff Preludes. It's been a while since I listened to the complete set and this was a pleasant reminder of Rachmaninoff's magnificent contribution to the piano literature. Ashkena...
by Ricordanza
Wed May 27, 2020 6:51 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump promotes conspiracy theory accusing MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough of murder
Replies: 14
Views: 2668

Re: Trump promotes conspiracy theory accusing MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough of murder

This is not the first time that Trump has promoted a discredited conspiracy theory, but he reached a new low here, particularly after doubling down on this crusade after receiving the letter from the widower. So I posted the following query on Facebook: A question to my friends and relatives who rem...
by Ricordanza
Sat May 23, 2020 6:18 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump demands governors allow churches to open
Replies: 8
Views: 2268

Re: Trump demands governors allow churches to open

Here's an excellent response from my friend, Rabbi Lewis Eron: I sent this as a letter to the Philadelphia Inquirer in response to our President's desire to "order" the states to open houses of worship: I am sorry to hear that our President wants to "open" Houses of Worship, and I am even more sorry...
by Ricordanza
Fri May 22, 2020 6:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Does Knowing What You’re Hearing Matter?
Replies: 5
Views: 1622

Re: Does Knowing What You’re Hearing Matter?

Everyone will have different thoughts on this. I am probably more "traditional" in my thinking, but that comes with getting older! (Maybe.) :roll: I also tend to be more "traditional" in my approach to concerts, but there's an additional reason why I prefer having a concert follow the printed progr...
by Ricordanza
Sat May 16, 2020 6:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What will the 2020-2021 concert season look like?
Replies: 5
Views: 1544

Re: What will the 2020-2021 concert season look like?

barney wrote:
Fri May 15, 2020 7:38 am

Why not show a little optimism?
My subscription purchase is an expression of optimism. I'm asking my CMG friends to tell me whether or not my optimism is grounded in reality.
by Ricordanza
Fri May 15, 2020 6:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What will the 2020-2021 concert season look like?
Replies: 5
Views: 1544

What will the 2020-2021 concert season look like?

That's the question on my mind. I don't see how "social distancing" can be applied; audience capacity would have to be reduced drastically, and that would not be financially feasible for already strained budgets. And how do you fit a 100-piece orchestra on the stage with musicians spaced six feet ap...
by Ricordanza
Sat May 09, 2020 6:18 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Is that really your name?
Replies: 9
Views: 2398

Re: Is that really your name?

In my area, patients who are having a bad cold can visit a general practitioner....Dr. Howard Shivers.

There's another doctor in my area who passed away a few years ago. He was an OB/GYN named....Dr. Busch.
by Ricordanza
Wed May 06, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Is that really your name?
Replies: 9
Views: 2398

Is that really your name?

Just thought I'd lighten things up a bit. We may have done this topic before; if so, my apologies, but it's always worth revisiting. So here's my initial offering. I came across this in the NY Times--an unlikely name for an expert on meat: Last week was the fourth week in a row that the number of ca...
by Ricordanza
Thu Apr 30, 2020 6:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I'd like to hear from CMGers how you are doing
Replies: 36
Views: 8581

Re: I'd like to hear from CMGers how you are doing

I've been able to hit balls at the driving range and a number of courses have remained open. I am envious! Here in New Jersey, we are subject to the highest level of restrictions, which even include such outdoor venues as golf courses and parks. A pleasant update: New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is...
by Ricordanza
Tue Apr 28, 2020 6:53 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump team scrambles to stop people from injecting disinfectants as Trump maintains silence on gaffe
Replies: 14
Views: 4143

Re: Trump team scrambles to stop people from injecting disinfectants as Trump maintains silence on gaffe

now I'm even starting to question Dr. Birx's credibility Dr. Birx is in a tough position. If she directly contradicts Trump, she knows that he will not hesitate to oust her from the task force. Her colleague, Dr. Fauci, already received a warning about this (when Trump re-tweeted the post about fir...
by Ricordanza
Tue Apr 28, 2020 6:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I'd like to hear from CMGers how you are doing
Replies: 36
Views: 8581

Re: I'd like to hear from CMGers how you are doing

I've been able to hit balls at the driving range and a number of courses have remained open. I am envious! Here in New Jersey, we are subject to the highest level of restrictions, which even include such outdoor venues as golf courses and parks. So my outdoor activities are limited to walks in the ...
by Ricordanza
Mon Apr 27, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: We must choose 'loss of American lives' over 'loss of our way of life as Americans'
Replies: 48
Views: 11521

Re: We must choose 'loss of American lives' over 'loss of our way of life as Americans'

And by the way, you failed the Scott Adams IQ test with regard to Trump and his injection comment: https://www.scottadamssays.com/2020/04/24/episode-933-scott-adams-lets-have-a-laugh-about-the-national-iq-test-that-half-of-the-public-is-failing/ (it starts about a minute into the video) No objectiv...
by Ricordanza
Mon Apr 27, 2020 6:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Louise Farrenc, French composer/pianist
Replies: 7
Views: 2735

Re: Louise Farrenc, French composer/pianist

I first heard Louise Farrenc's music in February, when the Philadelphia Orchestra performed her Symphony No. 2. Given the immediate appeal of that piece, I look forward to hearing her piano compositions. http://www.classicalmusicguide.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=50820 Due to the covid-19 virus, that was...