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Dinu Lipatti : Prince of pianists

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Dinu Lipatti is one of the most mystical of pianists, yet over a half century after his premature death, most pianophiles know little more than the sketchy biographical information published with the frequent reissues of his critically lauded recordings. Before his death, Lipatti was already considered one of the greatest pianists and musicians to have graced the concert stage.

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Josef Hofmann’s Golden Jubilee Concert

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Josef Hofmann’s Golden Jubilee Concert

Born in 1876 near Cracow (Poland), Josef Hofmann gave his Golden Jubilee concert on November 28, 1937 at the Metropolitn Opera House., it was recorded and on the LP Columbia Masterworks  ML 4929 we can read :

“The MET filled with an audience of 4,000 assembled to pay tribute to Josef Hofmann, who appeared on the same stage where, as a boy of 11, he made his American debut on Nov.29, 1887”

Josef Hofmann  gave his first private concert in New York on November 28, 1887 at the Wallack Theater in New York City, and it was followed by a series of concerts at the Metropolitn Opera House which impresses us with the variety of works played : he was only 11 years old.

 The program of the first Metropolitn Opera House was :

Metropolitn Opera House : November 29, 1887

Berlioz  : Overture , “Carneval Romaine”

Beethoven : Concerto in C (No1)

SAINT-SAENS : “Phaeton” Symphonic Poem

Rameau : Variations

Mendelssohn : Overture, “Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Hofmann : Berceuse

Chopin : Nocturne, Waltz

Weber-Liszt : Polacca for piano and orchestra

More on this Golden Jubilee Concert by Marc Ainley.

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New feature : At the same time…

a – Which French pianists were born in the year Horowitz died?

b – Which French pianists over 18 years old were able to attend the famous duel organized on March 31, 1837 between Franz Liszt and Sigismund Thalberg by Princess Cristina Belgiojoso on the occasion of a charity concert for the benefit of Italian exiles in Paris, and which made Marie d’Agoult say: “Thalberg is the first pianist in the world. Liszt is the only one.” ?


With the “At the same time…” tool, access the list of pianists living at a given moment in history. You can filter this list by countries and age ranges. 

Answers to the questions

a – answer : This link requires prior subscription to the club

b – answer : Click this link to see the result: the display of the year 1837 is free for testing.

Interview Piotr Anderszewski – Frédéric Gaussin

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Frédéric Gaussin, a musical historian and specialist of interpretation, interviews the great pianists of our time: Piotr Anderszewski, Paul Badura-Skoda, Nelson Freire, Nelson Goerner, Evgeny Kissin, Murray Perahia, Menahem Pressler, Arcadi Volodos…

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Remembering Joseph Villa

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Remembering Joseph Villa

On the 25th anniversary of the death of the great American pianist Joseph Villa who was one of the greatest Liszt pianists ever.

“My own introduction to Villa – both as a pianist and as a person – had a huge impact on me at a formative time in my exploration of great piano playing.” Mark Ainley

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