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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: 2
Views: 8673

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: 9025

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: 9025

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: 9025

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: 2928

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: 9545

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: 9545

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...
by Ricordanza
Thu Mar 07, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Sherrod Brown declines to run for President
Replies: 3
Views: 4519

Sherrod Brown declines to run for President

I'm disappointed. He is someone who could have competed effectively with Trump for votes in the "heartland." Sen. Sherrod Brown, Democrat from Ohio, won’t run for president By David Weigel and Chelsea Janes (Washington Post) March 7 at 12:30 PM Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio announced Thursday that he w...
by Ricordanza
Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:24 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Marcel Camus's Black Orpheus (1959) w/ music by Antônio Carlos Jobim
Replies: 1
Views: 7404

Re: Marcel Camus's Black Orpheus (1959) w/ music by Antônio Carlos Jobim

It's been many years since I watched this film, but I remember the impact it made. The music is not just an added feature--it's the heart of the film.
by Ricordanza
Sun Mar 03, 2019 7:31 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: New Eaglets
Replies: 25
Views: 14158

Re: New Eaglets

Rach3 wrote:
Sat Mar 02, 2019 6:01 pm
Feb.2019 : 2 new eggs and a new Dad !!

https://whotv.com/2019/02/27/second-egg ... gles-nest/

Click on " here " link at end of article for real-time view.
Not much action this morning. When are the eggs expected to hatch?
by Ricordanza
Wed Feb 27, 2019 6:46 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: AMAZON TO CITY: DROP DEAD
Replies: 44
Views: 18822

Re: AMAZON TO CITY: DROP DEAD

The people won't forgive or forget. Take that to the bank. My citibank deposit has been duly made. Meantime, newly minted-pol AOC among others smugly applaud their fait accompli — s ituation n ormal, a ll f luff'd u p. What is AOC? The correct question is "Who is AOC?" The answer is newly-elected C...
by Ricordanza
Sat Feb 23, 2019 7:29 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: A view from above
Replies: 2
Views: 9856

Re: A view from above

Rach3 wrote:
Thu Feb 21, 2019 7:49 pm
The Strauss I have never warmed to
I will admit that I didn't like "Zarathustra" on first hearing, or even second. In contrast, "Till Eulenspiegel" and "Ein Heldenleben" became instant favorites. But after listening to "Zarathustra" a few more times, I came to love the piece.
by Ricordanza
Mon Feb 18, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: A view from above
Replies: 2
Views: 9856

A view from above

Why do I go to concerts? The obvious answer, of course, is to hear great music. While I could also hear great music by listening to CDs and downloads, attending concerts satisfies my desire for the immediacy and (occasionally) thrill of live performance. But there’s another reason--I also go for the...
by Ricordanza
Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:25 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Lost in Translation
Replies: 0
Views: 3060

Lost in Translation

The brilliant Russian pianist Nikolai Lugansky has a Facebook page, which I follow. The latest post was in Russian, but when I clicked on the "Translation" link, here's what I got. There's at least one word that's out of place, don't you think? :roll: The album of Nicholas with the record of Forepla...
by Ricordanza
Fri Feb 15, 2019 7:56 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Lyndon Larouche is dead
Replies: 10
Views: 6802

Re: Lyndon Larouche is dead

I remember him from his left wing days, when he was known as Lyn Marcus. It's not surprising that an individual has a paranoid viewpoint and constructs a worldview based on that. But it's still surprising to me that such an individual attracts a following of people who adopt the same worldview. Mayb...
by Ricordanza
Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:16 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: An inspiring concert by the Juilliard Quartet and Marc-Andre Hamelin
Replies: 2
Views: 8548

Re: An inspiring concert by the Juilliard Quartet and Marc-Andre Hamelin

Rach3 wrote:
Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:57 pm
Thanks,Ricordanza, as usual insightful yet clear , I learn something every time from your reviews which bring us vicariously into the hall.
Thank you!
by Ricordanza
Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: An inspiring concert by the Juilliard Quartet and Marc-Andre Hamelin
Replies: 2
Views: 8548

An inspiring concert by the Juilliard Quartet and Marc-Andre Hamelin

Seventy-three years ago, four faculty members of the Juilliard School came together to form a string quartet. The members are different today, of course, but the name still represents the pinnacle of chamber music playing. The current quartet is made up of Areta Zhulla, first violin (the newest memb...
by Ricordanza
Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: (Gimme Some of that) Ol Atonal Music
Replies: 7
Views: 5818

Re: (Gimme Some of that) Ol Atonal Music

Here's some background info on "Merle Hazard" by the Washington Post's Anne Midgette: Who would’ve thought a bluegrass spoof of atonal music would take off on YouTube? By Anne Midgette Classical music critic February 8 Gimme some of that ol’ atonal music. It lingers in my ears! Schoenberg and Alban ...
by Ricordanza
Sat Feb 09, 2019 7:35 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: (Gimme Some of that) Ol Atonal Music
Replies: 7
Views: 5818

Re: (Gimme Some of that) Ol Atonal Music

Great! Thanks for posting this.
by Ricordanza
Sun Feb 03, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 945
Views: 791694

Re: What I listened to today

This is another one of my LPs that I haven't listened to in years. This was a little different than my usual acquisitions. Generally, when I visited Sam Goody's or Korvette's (50+ years ago!), I had a pretty good idea what I wanted to buy. I might have heard a record on the radio (WQXR, WNCN, or WBA...
by Ricordanza
Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 88
Views: 41272

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

Rach3 wrote:
Tue Jan 29, 2019 11:13 am

All heading your way, I believe,Ricordanza.
Yes, the Polar Vortex is scheduled to be here in the Philadelphia/South Jersey region on Thursday. They are predicting a high temperature of 16 degrees F, which is certainly colder than I'd like, but not eyeball freezing weather.
by Ricordanza
Tue Jan 29, 2019 6:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 88
Views: 41272

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

Rach3 wrote:
Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:20 am
The revised forecast for this coming Wed. is - 29F. ( - 34C. ) ; you're welcome to come and try it !
Be careful! I understand that frostbite can set in after only 5 minutes of exposure to this temperature.
by Ricordanza
Mon Jan 28, 2019 6:25 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Howard Schultz, Former Starbucks Chief, Is Preparing for an Independent 2020 Run
Replies: 3
Views: 3967

Re: Howard Schultz, Former Starbucks Chief, Is Preparing for an Independent 2020 Run

"I’m not doing this to be a spoiler.”
That may not be Schultz' intent, but it most certainly will help Trump win.
by Ricordanza
Sat Jan 26, 2019 7:56 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Sen.Bennett demolishes the GOP and the Shutdown
Replies: 2
Views: 2923

Re: Sen.Bennett demolishes the GOP and the Shutdown

Wow! I think I just found my candidate for President.
by Ricordanza
Sat Jan 26, 2019 7:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A new Chopin biography
Replies: 5
Views: 3977

Re: A new Chopin biography

Thanks for posting this, John. Now on my "To Read" list.
by Ricordanza
Sun Jan 20, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Peter Serkin takes on the Goldberg Variations
Replies: 1
Views: 8166

Peter Serkin takes on the Goldberg Variations

Some works are such landmarks in music that when they appear on a concert program, there is a sense of occasion for the event. That was the case Friday evening, January 18, when the well-respected pianist Peter Serkin presented Bach’s Goldberg Variations as the highlight of his recital. Serkin is no...
by Ricordanza
Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Simon Trpĉeski
Replies: 4
Views: 3711

Re: Pianist Simon Trpĉeski

I have heard this pianist only once in concert; it was a performance of Prokofiev's 3rd Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra 11 years ago, and he made a strong impression. Here's what I wrote: Macedonian pianist Simon Trpceski (lots of consonants, but I’m informed it’s pronounced trip – CHESS – ...
by Ricordanza
Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tommasini Loves van Zweden But Not the Pairing
Replies: 23
Views: 11352

Re: Tommasini Loves van Zweden But Not the Pairing

Tommasini's oft-repeated complaint about the standard repertory is a little tiresome, but I can't fault him for his observation that Rachmaninoff's Second Symphony is a little long-winded. It's one of several pieces in the orchestral repertory that could have used some editing. In the book publishin...
by Ricordanza
Wed Jan 16, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, we're going to die. What happens to ...
Replies: 21
Views: 11125

Re: So, we're going to die. What happens to ...

My collection of LPs, CDs, and books is far less extensive than others who have posted on this thread. If I die while still in this house, then it will be my son's headache. That may seem cruel, but my sister and I had a similar burden when our father died. We handled it--some stuff was donated, som...
by Ricordanza
Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schiff and Schubert
Replies: 16
Views: 7176

Re: Schiff and Schubert

John F wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:45 pm
As I said, the images Brendel uses to focus his playing are entirely personal. He has never taught, as far as I know.
Imogen Cooper was one of his students. I'm sure there were others.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imogen_Cooper
by Ricordanza
Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: John Brosseau - JBuck919 (September 19th, 1954 - January 5th, 2019)
Replies: 24
Views: 24635

Re: John Brosseau - JBuck919 (September 19th, 1954 - January 5th, 2019)

This is very sad news. I met John in person only once--at one of our "meet-ups"--but felt that I knew him better through our electronic interactions on this site and, to a lesser extent, on Facebook. Our little community here has suffered a tremendous loss. Thanks, Don, for bringing this to our atte...
by Ricordanza
Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 945
Views: 791694

Re: What I listened to today

Who here has heard of pianist Edith Farnadi (that is, besides Lance, who has heard of everybody)? Well, I just dug out one of my old vinyl records and confirmed my impression from years ago that this lady was one terrific pianist. In addition to her exuberant, sparkling playing of these Hungarian Rh...
by Ricordanza
Sat Dec 29, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mea Culpa Bernstein Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood
Replies: 3
Views: 2489

Re: Mea Culpa Bernstein Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood

I also watched it last night on the Philadelphia PBS affiliate (WHYY). Wonderful concert.
by Ricordanza
Fri Dec 28, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WQXR's Best Classical recordings 2018
Replies: 2
Views: 2250

Re: WQXR's Best Classical recordings 2018

I'm disappointed that they didn't include Hilary Hahn's Bach album.

http://www.hilaryhahn.com/albums/hilary ... partita-1/
by Ricordanza
Thu Dec 27, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Famous Father Girl by Jamie Bernstein
Replies: 0
Views: 7125

Famous Father Girl by Jamie Bernstein

This book exceeded my expectations. I was anticipating a book that provided some interesting anecdotes about Leonard Bernstein and his family from the viewpoint of his eldest daughter. But it’s so much more. Yes, Jamie provides lots of entertaining anecdotes and the book can be enjoyed on that level...
by Ricordanza
Wed Dec 26, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4137
Views: 1330203

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

Hilary Hahn Plays Bach Twenty-one years ago, at age 17, Hilary Hahn released her disc of three Bach works for solo violin: Sonata No. 3 and Partitas Nos. 2 and 3. This included, of course, the famous Chaconne , the concluding piece of Partita No. 2. All those (including me) who enjoyed this superb ...
by Ricordanza
Sat Dec 22, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Green Book
Replies: 0
Views: 8536

Green Book

When I looked up the film "Green Book" in the Internet Movie Data Base, I found this description: "A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South." Obviously, a film I want to see! But having s...
by Ricordanza
Fri Dec 21, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Earl Wild remembered
Replies: 8
Views: 5575

Re: Earl Wild remembered

I had the good fortune to hear Earl Wild twice in recital. The first time was 1971 and the venue was Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center. I (foolishly) did not hold onto the printed program, but I do remember a mesmerizing performance of Chopin's 4th Ballade. The next time was 2004. Here are my impre...
by Ricordanza
Fri Dec 21, 2018 7:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 25 essential Beethoven recordings per WQXR
Replies: 15
Views: 13862

Re: 25 essential Beethoven recordings per WQXR

I think the list is filled mostly with mediocrities. Amen! And even those which rise above mediocrity are hardly "essential," as there are other and often finer recordings of the same music which aren't mentioned here. (I note the absence of the names of Schnabel, Toscanini, and Furtwängler just fo...
by Ricordanza
Sat Dec 15, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Jeremy Denk plus three violinists...
Replies: 1
Views: 9991

Jeremy Denk plus three violinists...

...equals a unique evening of music. Look up the word denken in a German-English dictionary and you’ll find that it means to think in English. How appropriate! Whenever pianist Jeremy Denk comes to town for a concert, we know we’ll get something to think about. There was plenty to think about—and en...
by Ricordanza
Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hula Hoop Hilary
Replies: 1
Views: 1976

Hula Hoop Hilary

We already know that Hilary Hahn, technically and musically, is a superb violinist. So I think she's entitled to a show off a little bit and have some fun. Here she is, with two associates, performing Paganini's 24th Caprice while keeping a hula hoop going (most of the time). Watch and enjoy! https:...
by Ricordanza
Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: When the Music Stopped, by Bob Cafaro
Replies: 0
Views: 7474

When the Music Stopped, by Bob Cafaro

This self-published book by Philadelphia Orchestra cellist Bob Cafaro is sub-titled "My Battle and Victory against MS." In scary detail, he describes the three "attacks" of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) he endured in 1998 and 1999, and the treatments he underwent to alleviate the symptoms. At first, he wa...
by Ricordanza
Fri Dec 07, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Karl Henning
Replies: 19
Views: 21294

Re: Karl Henning

My best wishes to Karl for a complete recovery. I've donated as well.
by Ricordanza
Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Camille Paglia's thoughts
Replies: 6
Views: 3945

Re: Camille Paglia's thoughts

The Democrats (my party) have been in chaos since the 2016 election and have no coherent message except Trump hatred. I half agree with this statement, and she has some other insights. However, I take issue with Paglia's view of the "deep state" or the "bureaucracy." The only reason our country has...
by Ricordanza
Thu Nov 22, 2018 7:48 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australia's richest person
Replies: 2
Views: 3317

Re: Australia's richest person

Who can tell what private heartache is part of the world of the rich and famous? .... Mrs. Rinehart, who is about the same age as me, has been involved in a very public battle with her own 4 children over her businesses and wealth. Well, there you go. There's plenty of heartache to go around when a...
by Ricordanza
Thu Nov 22, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Concert Pianist Denk Reviews Robert Schumann Book
Replies: 5
Views: 2985

Re: Concert Pianist Denk Reviews Robert Schumann Book

In addition to being a superb pianist, Jeremy Denk is a gifted writer.

The book sounds interesting; I'm putting it on my list.
by Ricordanza
Sun Nov 18, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How lies become truth in online America
Replies: 0
Views: 3202

How lies become truth in online America

This article in the Washington Post is fascinating--and disturbing: ‘Nothing on this page is real’: How lies become truth in online America By Eli Saslow November 17 at 7:40 PM NORTH WATERBORO, Maine — The only light in the house came from the glow of three computer monitors, and Christopher Blair, ...
by Ricordanza
Sun Nov 11, 2018 6:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WQXR's new cd picks for October
Replies: 2
Views: 1584

Re: WQXR's new cd picks for October

Have not heard any of these eclectic selections, several artists new to me: https://www.wqxr.org/story/best-classical-new-releases-october-2018 Most of the performers are new to me as well, but I am familiar with Rachel Barton Pine. She's one of my favorite violinists and I have several of her reco...
by Ricordanza
Sat Nov 10, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Imogen Cooper - power and serenity
Replies: 2
Views: 9301

Imogen Cooper - power and serenity

It’s been a turbulent week. Many of us are still reeling from the shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, the worst anti-Semitic attack in American history. A bitter and divisive election campaign—dominated by negative attack ads--ended on Tuesday, resulting in a divided Congress. The next day, Attorney...
by Ricordanza
Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My jaw literally dropped...
Replies: 7
Views: 6696

My jaw literally dropped...

when I read this. Here's a quote from the new Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the United States, Matthew Whitaker. I'm a lawyer, but I don't think you have to be a lawyer to recognize how far, far out this is. “There are so many” bad rulings, Mr. Whitaker said. “I would start with the idea of Marbu...