Lectures on pictures by Ivan Gusev
This lecture was created in 2020 for the Saint Botolph club in Boston
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.” ?
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POST BY Pianists Corner
We meet Marc-André Hamelin in Berlin, not far from the Teldec studios where he has just recorded a virtuoso programme consisting of transcriptions of operas by Liszt and Thalberg coupled with the Hexameron variations. His ease and cordiality immediately establish a warm contact, and the conversation goes well in French on subjects of a richness at least in the image of the character. It was not the late hour, it could have lasted until the early morning.
The next day we meet the pianist again to conduct an in-depth interview, focusing on two directions: his learning of the piano and the rare repertoire he defends.
This first part of the interview is devoted to the learning years, an opportunity for the pianist to recall the memory of his teachers and to tell anecdotes with remarkable detail. Between Yvonne Hubert in Montreal, Harvey Wedeen in Philadelphia and Russell Sherman in Boston, not to mention his father, an amateur pianist who played a decisive role in his life, Marc-André Hamelin reviews the characters and highlights of this decisive period.
The musical illustrations accompanying these interviews were recorded at a later meeting in Paris on a 1926 Pleyel concert piano, model A (owned by our friend Christophe Labarde).
Interview part-1 the learning years