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by Ricordanza
Sun May 26, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Sherrod Brown declines to run for President
Replies: 3
Views: 3520

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: 8961

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: 7455

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: 9989

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: 3360

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: 5692

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: 5692

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: 3267

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: 8719

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: 29199

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: 4134

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: 3291

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: 4325

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: 6210

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: 2
Views: 2712

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: 3285

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: 3285

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: 3285

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: 2410

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: 3802

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: 3802

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: 3520

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: 2808

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: 10836

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: 16414

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: 4709

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: 4709

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: 2668

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: 5320

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: 3408

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: 3408

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: 4402

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: 4402

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: 850
Views: 580137

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: 38277

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: 38277

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: 3171

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: 2597

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: 3600

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: 3457

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: 3401

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: 9306

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: 9179

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: 6095

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: 16510

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: 850
Views: 580137

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: 2179

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: 1988

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: 3315

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: 4092
Views: 1074091

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 ...