Table of Contents

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Book Reviews

Isaac Asimov: The Stars in Their Courses

Elizabeth Coatsworth: The Cat Who Went to Heaven

Richard Dawkins: The God Delusion

Joseph Heller: Catch-22

Laura Hillenbrand: Unbroken

Stieg Larsson: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Stieg Larsson: The Girl Who Played with Fire

Stieg Larsson: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

Mark Prothero with Carlton Smith: Defending Gary: Unraveling the Mind of the Green River Killer

J. D. Salinger (1919 – 2010)

Kurt Vonnegut: Timequake

Herman Wouk: The Winds of War & War and Remembrance

Concert Reviews

Compagnie Marie Chouinard Performs Chopin and Stravinsky

Gerard Schwarz Conducts The Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Alexander Toradze – Pianist

Hamelin Pinch-Hits for Lang Lang, Belts Home Run

Leonidas Kavakos and Yuja Wang at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall

Marc-André Hamelin at the University of Washington

Valentina Lisitsa Returns to George Fox University


My Interview with Lola Astanova

My Interview with Nikolay Minev

My Interview with Szuyu “Rachel” Su

My Interview with Valentina Lisitsa

Movie Reviews

Bagdad Café

The Crying Game

Django Unchained


Gran Torino

Groundhog Day

Inglourious Basterds

Lost in Translation

Million Dollar Baby

Mrs. Doubtfire

No Country for Old Men

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Pulp Fiction

The Road Home

Strictly Ballroom



Music I Love

Albeniz: Iberia; Pianist – Alicia de Larrocha

Alicia de Larrocha (1923 – 2009)

Andrew Rangell: Two Short Films

Anna Netrebko and Elina Garanča Sing Duets by Delibes, Bellini, and Offenbach

Anna Netrebko: Three Encores

Bach (and Bach-Busoni): Chaconne in D minor; Jascha Heifetz, Violin and Hélène Grimaud, Piano

Bach: Italian Concerto; Pianist – Glenn Gould

Barber: Adagio for Strings

Barber: Piano Concerto; Pianist – Albert Tiu

Barber: Violin Concerto; Violinist – Rachel Barton Pine

Barber: Sonata for Piano; Pianist – Vladimir Horowitz

Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 1; Pianist – Maurizio Pollini

Bartók: Piano Sonata; Pianist – Zoltán Kocsis

Beethoven: “Archduke” Trio; The Istomin/Stern/Rose Trio

Beethoven: Moonlight Sonata; Pianist – Valentina Lisitsa

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4; Pianist – Hélène Grimaud

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor”; Pianist: Manlio Giordano

Beethoven: “Waldstein” Sonata; Pianist – Emil Gilels

Berg: Piano Sonata; Pianist – Marc-Andre Hamelin

Bernstein: Trouble in Tahiti

Brahms: Horn Trio in E flat major

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1; Pianist – Hélène Grimaud

Brahms: Piano Quintet; Peter Serkin and The Orion String Quartet

Britten: The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2; Pianist – Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli

Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man

Debussy: Suite “Pour le Piano”; Pianist – Boris Feiner

Debussy: Two Pieces for Piano

De Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain; Pianist – Alicia de Larrocha

Dinu Lipatti: Two Who Died Too Young – Part I

Earl Wild (1915 – 2010)

Fauré: Requiem

Franck: Violin Sonata; Yehudi and Hephzibah Menuhin

Gershwin: Highlights from “Porgy and Bess”

Goldmark: Suite for Piano and Violin, Op. 11

Grieg: Piano Concerto; Pianist – Valentina Lisitsa

Ives: Trio for Violin, Cello, & Piano – The Van Baerle Trio

Janáček: Sinfonietta

Korngold: Two Songs

Korngold: Violin Concerto; Violinist – Leonidas Kavakos

Liebermann: Gargoyles, Op. 29; Pianist – Yuja Wang

Liszt: Sonata in B minor; Pianist – Van Cliburn

Liszt: “Un Sospiro”; Pianist – Marc-Andre Hamelin

Lola Astanova: The Lighter Side of Lola

Lola Astanova Plays Chopin

Lola Astanova: Two Etudes by Liszt and Scriabin

Martha Argerich and Lilya Zilberstein Perform Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite

Medtner: Sonata Reminiscenza; Pianist – Marc-Andre Hamelin

Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor – The Van Baerle Trio

Mozart: Fantasy and Fugue in C major; Pianist – Glenn Gould

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 9; Pianist – Maria João Pires

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20; Pianist – Maria João Pires

Nielsen: Symphony No. 3: “Espansiva”

Nielsen: Three Pieces, Op. 59; Pianist – Heng-Jin Park

Nielsen: Violin Concerto; Violinist – Baiba Skride

Paganini’s Imperishable Theme

Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2; Pianist – Yefim Bronfman

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3; Pianist – Martha Argerich

Prokofiev: Prelude Op. 12, No. 7 “The Harp”

Prokofiev: Sonata for Flute and Piano; James Galway – Flute; Phillip Moll – Piano

Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1; Violinist – Hilary Hahn

Prokofiev: Violin Sonata No. 1; David Oistrakh, violin; Sviatoslav Richter, piano

Prokofiev: Violin Sonata No. 2; Violinist – Gidon Kremer; Pianist – Martha Argerich

Prokofiev: Sonata No. 6; Pianist – Boris Feiner

Prokofiev: Sonata No. 7; Pianist – Glenn Gould

Prokofiev: Sonata No. 8; Pianist – Evgeny Kissin

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2; Pianist – Van Cliburn

Rachmaninoff: Piano Sonata No. 1; Pianist – Valentina Lisitsa

Rachmaninoff: Piano Sonata No. 2; Pianist – Lola Astanova

Rachmaninoff: Prelude Op. 23 No. 5; Pianist – Emil Gilels

Rachmaninoff: Two Pieces for Piano; Pianist – Manlio Giordano

Rachmaninoff: Trio élégiaque in D minor, Opus 9

Ravel: Boléro

Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin – Toccata; Pianist – Quynh Nguyen

Ravel: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand; Pianist – Siheng Song

Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major; Pianist – Martha Argerich

Ravel: Piano Trio Performed by The Boston Trio

Ravel: Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano with Anne Akiko Meyers, Violinist and Anton Nel, Pianist

Ravel: String Quartet Performed by The Hagen Quartett

Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Festival Overture

John Rutter: Requiem

Frederic Rzewski: “Down by the Riverside” and “Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues” from “Four North American Ballads”; Pianist – Michael Messer

Saint-Saëns: The Carnival of the Animals

Sarah Chang – Age 10 – Plays Sarasate’s “Carmen Fantasy”

Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht

Schubert: Sonata in B-flat Major; Pianist – Alfred Brendel

Schubert: String Quintet in C major

Schubert: Wanderer Fantasy; Pianist – Evgeny Kissin

Schubert-Liszt: Ave Maria; Pianist – Valentina Lisitsa

Scriabin: Etude Op. 8 No. 12; Pianist – Vladimir Horowitz

Scriabin: Etude Op. 42 No.5; Pianist – Irina Morozova

Scriabin: Sonata No. 5; Pianist – Marc-Andre Hamelin

Shostakovich: Piano Sonata No. 2; Pianist – Valentina Lisitsa

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8

Sibelius: Symphony No. 5

Stravinsky: The Firebird

Stravinsky: Petrushka

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

Strauss: Four Last Songs; Soprano – Renée Fleming

Valentina Lisitsa: Four Encores

Van Cliburn (1934 – 2013)

Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical Songs; Baritone – Thomas Allen

Wagner: Isolde’s Liebestod, in Performances by Jessye Norman and Vladimir Horowitz

Wanda Landowska Plays Bach

William Kapell: Two Who Died Too Young – Part II

Personal Reflections

The Assassination of John F. Kennedy – 46 Years Later

Harvey Weinstein: Three Women, One Story

I Can’t Sleep in Your Prayers

Nine Years of Blogging

Remembering 9/11

Sam Harris on Trump vs. Clinton


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