October 4, 2015 |
So the Rachmaninoff concerto recordings continue with the Philadelphia Orchestra after all. With the wildfire acclaim for the orchestra's collaboration with pianist Daniil Trifonov in Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini (just released on Deutsche Grammophon), a follow-up this week with the same forces and same composer's Piano Concerto No. 4 seemed planned, with four concerts to record Thursday through Sunday at the Kimmel Center. When questioned, the recording company was vague.
May 11, 2013 |
If it wasn't for Ottavio Missoni, fashionistas wouldn't know how beautiful, flattering, and powerful a bunch of zigzags could be. Thanks to unconventional color combinations with patterns that were sometimes curved, sometimes sharp, but always striped, the designer's dresses, accessories, and home products are iconic. Missoni, affectionately known as Tai, died Thursday at his home in northern Italy. He was 92. "He set the standard when it came to luxury and knitwear," said Paula Hian, a women's designer based in Manayunk, who manufactures some of her knitwear line, PH Paula Hian, in the same European factory as Missoni.
August 21, 2011 |
Jose Bautista is drawing free passes faster than any player since home run king Barry Bonds . The current Sultan of Walks just isn't getting enough steady production behind him. Baseball's leader in nearly every offensive category had better expect more of the same. What a waste: Bautista walked three times to set a Blue Jays season record but was stranded each time in Toronto's 2-0 loss to Oakland on Friday night. "I take pride in going up to the plate trying to hit balls hard, but at the same time I'm trying to swing at strikes, not balls," Bautista said after running his walks total to a major-league- leading 102. "A lot of guys are going to try to come after me no matter what, but there are times when I know when they're trying to walk me. I don't think that was the case today.
June 18, 2011
Ignatius Stephen, 75, a top Bruneian journalist who reported from the oil-rich sultanate on Borneo island for about 50 years, died Thursday hours after a fall at his home in Bandar Seri Begawan. Mr. Stephen gained respect for covering pivotal events in Brunei's history since the early 1960s. The Brudirect.com website, which Mr. Stephen established, said Friday that he revealed details about a rare political rebellion against Brunei's sultan in 1962 that shaped the country's future.
June 27, 2006 |
When I recently read that back in 2004 the Sultan of Brunei gave President Bush a copy of the book I co-wrote with Joshua Piven, The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook, I felt heartened. Perhaps, I thought, there's still hope for the man (readers of our humor books don't generally take themselves too seriously). As it turns out, books are popular gifts from visiting dignitaries. According to the Federal Register, that year, Bush also received The Rumi Collection, edited by Kabir Helminski; The Palaces of Genova, by Peter Paul Rubens; Volumes 1 and 2 of the 1850 edition of Tocqueville's Democracy in America; and the runaway bestseller Treasures of the Hungarian National Library.
August 3, 2005 |
Thomas W. Lippman is an adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute The death of King Fahd of Saudi Arabia has brought forth reassuring words from Riyadh of a smooth transition to the new monarch, Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, and stability in the kingdom. The kingdom does indeed appear stable now as the terrorism of the past two years has subsided, but in a very few years, the succession issue could become potentially destabilizing. After Abdullah and his half-brother Sultan (the defense minister who now becomes crown prince)
April 6, 2005 |
Even though he has watched his older brother bounce around professional basketball like a bad pass, Pat Carroll still dreams about an NBA career. "I know it's kind of a bizarre job," Carroll said yesterday before departing for Portsmouth, Va., for this week's pre-NBA draft tournament. Matt Carroll, who like his younger brother had a superb collegiate career as a three-point gunner, had been on the rosters of the Knicks, Trail Blazers, Spurs and Warriors the last two years before an outstanding stint in the NBA's developmental league finally won him a steady job with the Bobcats late this season.
April 6, 2005 |
Matt Carroll was starting to wonder. In a little more than one year, he had been cut by the New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors. He still felt he had the ability to play in the NBA, and still was focused to reach that goal. But when would it happen? "Mentally, it can be tough," said Carroll, a former star at Hatboro-Horsham High and Notre Dame. "I was never cut from a team prior to being in the NBA. When a team doesn't want you, it doesn't feel good at first.
June 19, 2003 |
If Bill Gates and I started our own country in which we were the only residents - call it Gatesbergia - it would be racked by the worst income inequality in the world. The "haves" of the society would make hundreds of thousands of times more than the "have nots. " The disparities of wealth in our nation would be worse than those in Brazil, Nigeria or even - gasp - the United States. And, if Warren Buffet, the Sultan of Brunei and Rupert Murdoch immigrated to Gatesbergia, the problem would be even worse, for the gap would get wider and I would be "left behind.
August 19, 2001
So, you're feeling a little low. The federal tax rebate check has come and gone, and you're not even quite sure what you spent it on. Take heart. You're nowhere near as bad off as Prince Jefri Bolkiah of the tiny South China Sea nation of Brunei. In fact, no one on the face of the earth is a bigger spendthrift than the 48-year-old prince. The prince - whose brother, the Sultan of Brunei, regularly tops the "richest person in the world" list - has run through $15 billion.