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Lipatti Manque?

Piano music devotee, Mark Ainsley’s splendid appreciation of the distinguished pianist, Dinu Lipatti, is well researched and has much to recommend it. That said, I cannot agree with his conclusion … Continue Reading →


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THE CASE OF CHARLES FINNEGAN ONCE AGAIN RAISES ITS FRAUDULENT HEAD

TO MY COLLEAGUES IN MUSIC AND THE PRESS:  CAVEAT EMPTOR!!! The specter of Charles Finnegan, who perpetuated a grand and clever fraud on social media claiming to be a concert … Continue Reading →


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A LETTER TO PROFESSIONAL MUSIC CRITICS

If you are a music critic for any publication, you should know that the pianist Valentina Listisa, who is an outspoken racist, bigot, and anti-Semite, is suing me, not only … Continue Reading →


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A Link to Another Great Article about Lisitsa

http://euromaidanpress.com/2014/12/12/when-high-culture-merges-with-terrorism/#arvlbdata  


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Lisitsa’s perverted idea of “free speech” cons her “fans” to terrify her replacement

http://www.npr.org/sections/deceptivecadence/2015/04/09/398571112/twitter-outrage-takes-toronto-canceling-two-pianists Valentina Lisitsa, best known for her bigotry and for being fired by the Toronto Symphony  for her racist hate speech (when she so naively and irresponsibly calls,  in the … Continue Reading →


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Why Lisitsa was Fired

  http://ukrainianpolicy.com/why-valentina-lisitsa-was-fired/


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OPINION: BAN LISITSA

  https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/ban-hate-monger-valentina-lisitsa-william-vasyl-pawlowsky  


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A Letter from B’nai B’rith with regard to Valentina Lisitsa

Read it and weep. LETTER FROM B’NAI B’RITH about LISITSA


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Pianist Sokolov Refuses Cremona Award, Blames Norman Lebrecht

  Cremona, Italy – The distinguished Russian pianist, Grigory Sokolov, acknowledged by critics, the public, and his peers as among the greatest pianists of the 20th century, went public today … Continue Reading →


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On Moving On: Reflections on Survival and Disembodied Existence

  ON MOVING ON:  REFLECTIONS ON SURVIVAL AND DISEMBODIED EXISTENCE by John Bell Young With regard to the number one killer in America today – death – a number of … Continue Reading →


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Scriabin Defended Against His Devotees: A Critical Examination of the Russian Composer in the Context of Russian Religion, History, and Culture

SCRIABIN DEFENDED AGAINST HIS DEVOTEES: A Critical Evaluation of the Composer and His Music in the Context of Russian History, Religion and Culture (Excerpts) By John Bell Young      “No … Continue Reading →


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The Strange Story of Charles Finnegan: The Most Elaborate Fraud Ever in Classical Music

  by John Bell Young The most astonishing thing that I have encountered in classical music this year is the remarkable story of Charles Finnegan, if that is even his … Continue Reading →


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Threads of Ava Gardner’s Life

“In London, a coincidence brought me together with the actress Ava Gardner, an unforgettable presence, an extraordinarily intelligent and musical individual, and a great dinner partner. I was about to … Continue Reading →


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Peter Klatzow: A Haunting Barcarole

With the publication of Chopin’s Barcarolle more than 170 years ago, more than an endearing piano work beguiled a public eager for more. It also inspired several generations of composers, … Continue Reading →


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In Response to a Film Review of “Seymour: An Introduction” in the New Yorker

The author of this review in the New Yorker of Ethan Hawke’s new film, “Seymour: An Introduction” Richard Brody, is light years out of his depth, at least where music … Continue Reading →


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The Perfect Con Job: The Myth of Glenn Gould

The name Glenn Gould has always been synonymous with a vision of music utterly devoid of affect and inflection, which are the sine qua non of music making in general … Continue Reading →


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A masterclass on Chopin: Prelude in E minor

with John Bell Young


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