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by Ricordanza
Sun Feb 23, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yuja Wang detained and interrogated
Replies: 7
Views: 3232

Yuja Wang detained and interrogated

Yuja Wang posted the following on Facebook. I have no idea why she would be detained and interrogated: It is difficult for me to share this with all of you, but given the circumstances, and harmful speculation and criticism being shared online and elsewhere, I feel it important that the following is...
by Ricordanza
Sat Feb 22, 2020 7:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Play some BPO
Replies: 9
Views: 3298

Re: Play some BPO

Finally got round to registering, very much enjoying the Beethoven 7. Struck by the organisation of the orchestra, very unusual today - first and second violins either side (that's not so unusual), cellos central, and double basses back on the left (never seen that before). Anyone aware of the reas...
by Ricordanza
Thu Feb 20, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A principal oboist from "the wrong school?" Oh my
Replies: 4
Views: 1889

A principal oboist from "the wrong school?" Oh my

Please see highlighted paragraphs from this article in today's Philadelphia Inquirer: Philadelphia Orchestra signs a new principal oboist — an exceptionally rare occasion that’s big global news by Peter Dobrin More than two years after star Philadelphia Orchestra principal oboist Richard Woodhams a...
by Ricordanza
Thu Feb 20, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Maestro Blomstedt--still going strong at 92
Replies: 1
Views: 1415

Maestro Blomstedt--still going strong at 92

This morning (Thursday, 2/20/20), I had the pleasure of attending a Philadelphia Orchestra open rehearsal, led by 92-year-old guest conductor Herbert Blomstedt. This man is a marvel. While many conductors of advanced age sit on a stool, Blomstedt was on his feet the entire time. While he may not ind...
by Ricordanza
Sat Feb 15, 2020 7:39 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: A double dose of Beethoven piano sonatas
Replies: 3
Views: 4869

Re: A double dose of Beethoven piano sonatas

Pleasantly surprised to hear Lortie such a fine LvB player as I usually associate him with other repertoire, my mistake obviously. I had the same limited impression of Lortie prior to this recital. The bio on the program, of course, is full of superlatives, but I think the first two sentences are a...
by Ricordanza
Fri Feb 14, 2020 6:21 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: A double dose of Beethoven piano sonatas
Replies: 3
Views: 4869

A double dose of Beethoven piano sonatas

This was not the way I planned it. In purchasing tickets for the following season, I always attempt to put some space between concerts—never two on successive nights and certainly not the same composer on two successive nights. Well, that was the plan. This season, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Soc...
by Ricordanza
Tue Feb 11, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Gene Weingarten: One Day
Replies: 0
Views: 3199

Gene Weingarten: One Day

The subtitle is descriptive: The Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary 24 Hours in America. Essentially, this book is a stunt. But Gene Weingarten freely admits in his Introduction that he likes stunts “particularly if they can illuminate unexpected truths.” His best known stunt, for which he won the P...
by Ricordanza
Sun Feb 09, 2020 5:26 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Kirk Douglas, dead at 103
Replies: 3
Views: 4141

Re: Kirk Douglas, dead at 103

I always felt a special tie to him since we shared a birthday (December 9)....different years, of course.
by Ricordanza
Sat Feb 08, 2020 7:25 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Collins Reason For Acquitting
Replies: 2
Views: 2477

Re: Collins Reason For Acquitting

It was not surprising that Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman was reassigned from the White House to the Pentagon. But having him escorted out of the building by security guards? That's adding an extra helping of cruelty and humiliation.
by Ricordanza
Sat Feb 08, 2020 7:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Trying to find an Arthur Rubinstein quote
Replies: 4
Views: 2040

Re: Trying to find an Arthur Rubinstein quote

Hank I'm just taking a wild stab-would this quote sort of express what you remember. Regards, Len "My father, good or bad, mistakes or no, had a direct line from his heart to the music to the people, to the audience. He played with logic and his own inner truth. - Author: Arthur Rubinstein" Thanks,...
by Ricordanza
Fri Feb 07, 2020 8:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Trying to find an Arthur Rubinstein quote
Replies: 4
Views: 2040

Trying to find an Arthur Rubinstein quote

Many years ago, I came across a quote by Arthur Rubinstein. It went something like this: "It is not necessary to understand music; music must be felt." I liked this quote because it provided a good answer to those who say that classical music is too difficult or complex to "understand." I'm saying "...
by Ricordanza
Wed Feb 05, 2020 8:14 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Iowa debacle
Replies: 2
Views: 2643

The Iowa debacle

I continue to be amazed at our country's ability to mess up the most fundamental aspect of democracy, the voting process. Rach 3 touched on the latest example in his post on the Palindrome thread: It's hell to get old , but better than being an Iowa Democrat this am ( I live in Iowa, but registered ...
by Ricordanza
Tue Feb 04, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Beethoven, Trifonov, and two (female) names you haven't heard
Replies: 0
Views: 3298

Beethoven, Trifonov, and two (female) names you haven't heard

When announcing its 2019-2020 season, the Philadelphia Orchestra said that the programming would reflect two themes: Beethoven’s 250th birthday; and the underrepresented work of female composers. Both themes were well represented in the Orchestra’s program on Saturday night, January 31. The commemor...
by Ricordanza
Sat Feb 01, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Peter Serkin RIP
Replies: 10
Views: 4749

Re: Peter Serkin RIP

Sad news, indeed. I heard him in recital one time, just about one year ago: http://www.classicalmusicguide.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=49422&p=492905&hilit=Serkin#p492905 Here's the obit from the New York Times: Peter Serkin, 72, Dies; Pianist With Pedigree Who Forged a New Path Descended from two emine...
by Ricordanza
Tue Jan 28, 2020 7:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Los Angeles Times Ignores Classical Grammys
Replies: 15
Views: 4454

Re: Los Angeles Times Ignores Classical Grammys

Modernistfan wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 3:22 pm
the Los Angeles Times today did not even mention the classical Grammy awards last night, even though the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, won the Grammy for "Best Orchestral Performance"
Astonishing and, as you said, shameful.
by Ricordanza
Sat Jan 25, 2020 7:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Man Behind the Boston Symphony’s Quiet Success Will Retire
Replies: 7
Views: 2399

Re: The Man Behind the Boston Symphony’s Quiet Success Will Retire

Koussevitsky is apparently one of those enigmas, a great conductor by force of personality with very poor technique. His concertmaster was asked how, given the conductor's famously wobbly baton progress, they knew when to begin. "Simple," he replied. "When his baton reaches the third button of his ...
by Ricordanza
Wed Jan 22, 2020 6:28 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: NYTimes Editorial Endorsement
Replies: 5
Views: 3559

Re: NYTimes Editorial Endorsement

gotta admit I haven't been able to make a final choice yet-getting trump out of there is my top priority. Regards, Len Len, The sad truth for New Jersey residents like us is that it doesn't matter who we prefer as the Democratic candidate. Our state primary is scheduled too late in the season to ma...
by Ricordanza
Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:31 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: NYTimes Editorial Endorsement
Replies: 5
Views: 3559

Re: NYTimes Editorial Endorsement

This editorial made some good points, including the observation that the conflict between the "progressives" and the "moderates" has been overplayed by the media. The editorial correctly noted: Nearly any of them would be the most progressive president in decades on issues like health care, the econ...
by Ricordanza
Sat Jan 11, 2020 7:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nelson Freire, pianist / Encores CD, Decca
Replies: 10
Views: 3253

Re: Nelson Freire, pianist / Encores CD, Decca

The Brazilian pianist has an imposing discography on Sony, Decca, Philips, and EMI/Warner and DGG (performing with pianist Martha Argerich, also Brazilian and Freire's long-time friend.) A slight correction, Lance: Martha Argerich is Argentinian, not Brazilian. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martha_...
by Ricordanza
Mon Jan 06, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Should you clap between movements?
Replies: 12
Views: 3517

Re: Should you clap between movements?

At the other end of the spectrum, I have attended several piano recitals where the pianist requests that applause be held until a series of pieces has been completed (and not necessarily a series of pieces by one composer). The most extreme example of this in my experience was a 2012 recital by Andr...
by Ricordanza
Sun Jan 05, 2020 7:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Should you clap between movements?
Replies: 12
Views: 3517

Re: Should you clap between movements?

is there a proper etiquette on whether to not applaud until the work is over? Yes, proper concert etiquette calls for waiting until the entire work is over to applaud. This practice is observed at just about every piano recital I've attended, reflecting the fact that these events draw a more experi...
by Ricordanza
Tue Dec 24, 2019 7:06 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump: energy-efficient light bulbs make me look orange, and those lo-flo toilets don't flush right.
Replies: 4
Views: 3073

Re: Trump: energy-efficient light bulbs make me look orange, and those lo-flo toilets don't flush right.

I woke up the other day with a cough. What was the cause? Well, thanks to our stable genius President, I found out that it was because of the fumes from those windmills! :roll:
by Ricordanza
Sun Dec 22, 2019 7:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Abbey Simon, Masterly Pianist, Dies at 99
Replies: 10
Views: 3227

Re: Abbey Simon, Masterly Pianist, Dies at 99

Well said, Mr. Simon: If Mr. Simon, as The Times reported in 1988, sometimes bristled at the appellation “pianist’s pianist,” with its implied, if rarefied, marginalization, he was ultimately sanguine about his professional course. “I have been busy all of my life,” he said. “I have had a fine caree...
by Ricordanza
Thu Dec 19, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: zip code
Replies: 8
Views: 4150

Re: zip code

Thanks for your response, Barney. I listened to some of the speeches, but after a short while, found something else to watch. Neither side was very enlightening. The Republican speeches ranged from repetition of the same talking points to the truly bizarre (comparing Trump to Jesus). Although I agre...
by Ricordanza
Thu Dec 19, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Remember the cellist who played at the royal wedding?
Replies: 1
Views: 2296

Remember the cellist who played at the royal wedding?

Young classical musicians who are lucky enough to achieve instant fame do so by different routes. Some performers burst upon the scene by winning a major competition. Others are given the opportunity to substitute for a more established musician. The young British cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason came to ...
by Ricordanza
Thu Dec 19, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: zip code
Replies: 8
Views: 4150

Re: zip code

Barney, your post raises some interesting questions. First of all, were you able to fill in the first five numbers? In other words, does Australia have a zip code? More importantly, why do you want to write to an American member of Congress, and why this one?
by Ricordanza
Sat Dec 14, 2019 7:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Masons' NYC debut
Replies: 1
Views: 1202

Re: Masons' NYC debut

I'm going to their recital in Philadelphia on Tuesday evening, December 17. They are playing the same program. Looking forward to this event.
by Ricordanza
Thu Dec 05, 2019 6:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A loss
Replies: 54
Views: 17411

Re: A loss

This is very sad and shocking news. I met John on only two occasions--CMG "meet-ups"--but I felt that I knew the man through his numerous posts on this forum. I admired him for his incredible knowledge of music and many other subjects, and I admired him even more for his willingness to share that kn...
by Ricordanza
Fri Nov 29, 2019 7:26 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Colson Whitehead: The Underground Railroad (2016)
Replies: 1
Views: 3079

Re: Colson Whitehead: The Underground Railroad (2016)

I read this book a few months ago. Highly recommended.
by Ricordanza
Thu Nov 28, 2019 7:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Llyr Williams to replace Ingrid Fliter for Philly recital
Replies: 4
Views: 2209

Re: Llyr Williams to replace Ingrid Fliter for Philly recital

Thanks, Brian and Steve, for your posts about Llyr Williams. Now I'm definitely looking forward to this recital. I should also add that I have great faith in the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society in finding a substitute when a performer cancels. The last time Ingrid Fliter was scheduled to perform ...
by Ricordanza
Thu Nov 28, 2019 7:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Met Statue
Replies: 21
Views: 6801

Re: New Met Statue

it shines like gold when it is in perfect harmony
My impression is just the opposite: a confused jumble with gold leaf added in an unsuccessful attempt to prettify the mess. Not my taste either.
by Ricordanza
Tue Nov 26, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Llyr Williams to replace Ingrid Fliter for Philly recital
Replies: 4
Views: 2209

Llyr Williams to replace Ingrid Fliter for Philly recital

Just got this message from the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. This is the second time that my opportunity to hear Ingrid Fliter in recital has been stymied: a scheduled recital by her a few years ago was also cancelled due to medical reasons. Oh well. I've never heard Llyr Williams, so that wil...
by Ricordanza
Fri Nov 22, 2019 7:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Accidents during performance
Replies: 18
Views: 5949

Re: Accidents during performance

I wonder what other CMGers may have seen in the way of "accidents" at events they attended? A minor accident, but amusing. The Philadelphia Orchestra was performing at its summer venue, the Mann Music Center in Fairmount Park. Yefim Bronfman was the piano soloist (I don't recall the concerto) and m...
by Ricordanza
Fri Nov 01, 2019 6:40 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Peter Donohoe recital 31 Oct 2019
Replies: 1
Views: 6748

Re: Peter Donohoe recital 31 Oct 2019

Donohoe threw himself into a wonderful Pictures. Hearing the piano version made me think how much better it is than the orchestral one. The piano writing has such drama and so many colours. Why oh why did Mussorgsky otherwise virtually shun the solo piano? I also have a personal preference for the ...
by Ricordanza
Thu Oct 31, 2019 5:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Caught in U.S.-China Crossfire, Eastman Orchestra Cancels Tour
Replies: 8
Views: 5863

Re: Caught in U.S.-China Crossfire, Eastman Orchestra Cancels Tour

Cancelling the tour is the right move, and should have been the response from the beginning.
by Ricordanza
Thu Oct 31, 2019 5:24 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Still my two favorite instruments - Capucon and Wang in recital
Replies: 2
Views: 8583

Re: Still my two favorite instruments - Capucon and Wang in recital

Lance wrote:
Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:25 pm
Interesting to note that a recording of all pieces from this recital — except the encores — is being released early December on the Erato label. It's on my want list!
Thanks for the tip, Lance. Just in time to buy myself a Hanukkah present.
by Ricordanza
Wed Oct 23, 2019 6:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Susanna Malkki Returns to the New York Philharmonic
Replies: 2
Views: 4683

Re: Susanna Malkki Returns to the New York Philharmonic

My next Philadelphia Orchestra concert:
Susanna Mälkki - Conductor
Gil Shaham - Violin

PROGRAM
Jolas - A Little Summer Suite
Beethoven - Violin Concerto
INTERMISSION
Prokofiev - Symphony No. 5

Friday, November 29, 2019
8:00 PM
VERIZON HALL
Stay tuned for my review.
by Ricordanza
Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:41 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump began October by green-lighting Turkey and ended it by red-lighting Doral
Replies: 5
Views: 6589

Re: For second time in October, Trump backs down

Trump was prepared for the criticism by the Democrats and the media, but I suspect he backed down (something he rarely does) when he heard (privately) from Republican members of Congress about this, perhaps including Mitch McConnell. The Washington Post has confirmed what I suspected: it was mostly...
by Ricordanza
Sun Oct 20, 2019 6:36 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump began October by green-lighting Turkey and ended it by red-lighting Doral
Replies: 5
Views: 6589

Re: For second time in October, Trump backs down

Trump was prepared for the criticism by the Democrats and the media, but I suspect he backed down (something he rarely does) when he heard (privately) from Republican members of Congress about this, perhaps including Mitch McConnell.
by Ricordanza
Sat Oct 19, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Mahler 5 plus a novelty
Replies: 2
Views: 10156

Mahler 5 plus a novelty

When a Mahler symphony is on the program, it’s always the main event. Sometimes, in the case of his longest symphonies (like the Second, Third, Eighth and Ninth), it is the only event. Mahler’s Fifth Symphony is plenty long—running about an hour and 15 minutes—but there’s generally room for one more...
by Ricordanza
Fri Oct 18, 2019 6:24 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Another new low for squalid president
Replies: 6
Views: 6546

Re: Another new low for squalid president

I keep thinking of Trump's boast during the 2016 campaign: "I could go out in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot someone and I wouldn't lose any votes." In this instance, the conflict of interest is as clear as day. The president who promised to "drain the swamp" has instead proudly waded deeper t...
by Ricordanza
Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:08 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Trpčeski LSO and Altinoglu
Replies: 1
Views: 6410

Re: Trpčeski LSO and Altinoglu

Incidentally it is a very long time since since I heard the piano version live. The last one I heard was Demidenko in 2011 and before that it was Freddy Kempf in 2005 and Kissin in 2002. Who’s performing it these days I wonder? Now that you mention it, it's been a while since I've heard this piece ...
by Ricordanza
Sat Oct 12, 2019 6:34 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Two Rudy cronies arrested & charged by the SDNY for peddling foreign influence into US politics
Replies: 9
Views: 8306

Re: Two Rudy cronies arrested & charged by the SDNY for peddling foreign influence into US politics

10/11/2019 CNN's Pamela Brown: Is Rudy Giuliani still your personal attorney? President Trump: Well, I don't know. I haven't talked to Rudy . . . . Does the name Michael Cohen ring any bells? Yes, we saw this with Michael Cohen and with Paul Manafort ["He had a very small role in the campaign."] In...
by Ricordanza
Sat Oct 05, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yannick Nézet-Séguin Leads a Revelatory ‘Turandot’
Replies: 1
Views: 2631

Re: Yannick Nézet-Séguin Leads a Revelatory ‘Turandot’

Wow! This is incredibly physically and mentally challenging, even for someone who is nicknamed "Mighty Mouse" for his stature and physique. On Oct. 19 he leads the matinee of “Turandot” at the Met, then dashes to Philadelphia for a concert with the orchestra that night, including Mahler’s demanding ...
by Ricordanza
Sun Sep 29, 2019 6:35 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 1 Tishrei 5780
Replies: 2
Views: 5312

Re: 1 Tishrei 5780

Thanks, Don. My best wishes to all who observe for a happy, healthy, and, of course, musically fulfilling New Year.
by Ricordanza
Thu Sep 26, 2019 5:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cable channels: Music Choice
Replies: 3
Views: 3013

Re: Cable channels: Music Choice

I also get these channels on my service (Verizon FIOS) and I've noticed some strange identifications. Sometimes, two different pianists are credited with one solo performance. My guess is that the first line identifies the piece (usually correct), the second line identifies the performer (usually co...
by Ricordanza
Wed Sep 25, 2019 6:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Family musicians performing together?
Replies: 25
Views: 18201

Re: Family musicians performing together?

I just heard an excerpt of a new recording on the radio: pianist Orli Shaham performing Mozart's PC 17 with her husband, David Robertson, conducting the St. Louis Symphony. The announcer said that the record label (something with canary?) was started by Orli's brother, violinist Gil Shaham.
by Ricordanza
Tue Sep 17, 2019 5:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Family musicians performing together?
Replies: 25
Views: 18201

Re: Family musicians performing together?

The first combination that comes to mind is one of "exes" -- Martha Argerich and Charles Dutoit. I've had the good fortune to attend a couple of Philadelphia Orchestra concerts where Martha Argerich appeared as a concerto soloist with her "ex" conducting the Orchestra. Can't comment about their pers...
by Ricordanza
Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your changing musical tastes
Replies: 75
Views: 40639

Re: Your changing musical tastes

When I first began to listen to classical music in my teens, Mozart and Haydn were not among my favorites. At the time, their music seemed to lack emotional content. My preference was for music that was passionate, or stirring, or mournful, or angry, etc. I still have a strong connection to music wi...
by Ricordanza
Sun Sep 01, 2019 6:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Russian wunderkind
Replies: 1
Views: 2645

Re: Russian wunderkind

Thanks for posting this. Wow!