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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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Jorge Bolet Chopin-Godowsky BBC 1988

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Jorge Bolet BBC 1988

This is the most fascinating programme of Bolet as teacher and performer. Made in the BBC Studios with a small audience, the interviewer gets Bolet to talk about Godowsky then demonstrate the difference between Chopin and Godowsky’s version of the three pieces to be played

The rarities of Pianists Corner: Mompou, Cancion i danza n°6

Mompou, Cancion i danza n°6

Frederic Mompou, like Francis Poulenc or George Enesco, is one of those musicians whose music realizes the paradox of presenting clearly identifiable influences while remaining clearly recognizable.  For this Catalan composer, the popular traditions of his country are a primary source of inspiration. The Cancion i Danza n°6 is dedicated to Arthur Rubinstein. With its intimacy and purity, the cancion is representative of what makes Mompou’s music so special, while the danza, like all the dances in the cycle, is more playful.

Discover the interpretations of the Cancion i Danza n°6 by Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Jordi Masó i Rahola, Clelia Iruzun, Gila Goldstein and Konstantin Bogino.

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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Sir András Schiff Piano Masterclass at the RCM: Martin James Bartlett

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András Schiff masterclass with Martin James Bartlett on Schubert’s Impromptus op 90 on Sunday 10 April 2016 at the Royal College of Music, London

Compare Franz Schubert performances of Impromptu (4) D 899 (1827)

2. Allegro (E-flat major)

3. Andante (G-flat major)

The rarities of Pianists Corner: Lili Boulanger, D’un vieux jardin

Lili Boulanger, D’un vieux jardin

The work of Lili Boulanger (1893 – 1918), often of mystical or religious inspiration, is probably marked by the awareness of her illness, which will kill her at the age of 25. D’un vieux jardin, composed at the beginning of the First World War, is the first piece in a trilogy comprising D’un jardin clair and Cortège. Its mysterious tone and its chiaroscuro plays are characteristic of a rich and moving harmony, which can recall Fauré and Debussy, with a deeply personal touch.

Discover the interpretation of Antonio Oyarzabal.