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selfish man

Gym climber
Austin, TX
May 6, 2013 - 08:12pm PT
and another recording of comrad Stalin's favorite musician
Gary

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
May 6, 2013 - 08:46pm PT
Nice Bach
Gary

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
May 10, 2013 - 12:20am PT
Another Russian and Bach:
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
May 10, 2013 - 02:03am PT


Gary

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
May 10, 2013 - 06:53pm PT
Never enough Bach
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
May 10, 2013 - 06:56pm PT
classical in nature and study, i give one of the worlds greatest guitarists EVER. Mr Steve Howe.






just the first 4:36 of it will convince..;-)
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
May 11, 2013 - 04:46pm PT
Dennis Johnson - November
Gary

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
May 23, 2013 - 12:27am PT
Since it's Wagner's birthday, give or take, here's one Nazi conducting another:
Gary

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
May 23, 2013 - 12:30am PT
Ron, I'll see your Steve Howe and raise you Ana Vidovic:
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
May 23, 2013 - 04:14pm PT
Thanks for the Richter clip, Selfish Man. The recapitulation had the same excitement that Schnabel's recording had, and the tempi Richter used in the introduction between the adagio and the fugue were just the way I like them (Pollini is neither mysterious enough in the largo sections nor excited enough in the other sections for my taste), although I still think no one plays the fugue itself better.

More importantly, it might finally eradicate "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" theme from my mind. Yesterday, I needed to rescue my 101-year-old mother from her automatic sprinkler system, which wouldn't turn off electronically, and I've had the "Sorcerer's Apprentice" theme on my mind since.

I even played my favorite Beethoven Sonata, the Op. 111, last night on the piano, in the hope that the Arietta would replace Sorcerer. No luck. Hopefully, my mind will be churning the Hammerklavier fugue theme for awhile now. If not, I may need to resort to the nuclear weapon of mind-numbing tunes -- "It's a Small World."

John
Gary

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
May 30, 2013 - 11:34pm PT
If not, I may need to resort to the nuclear weapon of mind-numbing tunes -- "It's a Small World."

Don't do it, John! Try this:
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
May 31, 2013 - 11:28am PT
JE on Pollini:
His recording of the fugue of the Hammerklavier is the best I've heard.

Have you heard Rudolf Serkin play this? I'll leave discussion of relative technical capabilities to others, but to me the way Serkin plays it is how I imagine Beethoven hearing it in his mind as he created it. Technique is fine, but without the fire and passion, without the willingness to take chances and be sometimes wrong, technique is all that's left. And technique, by itself, conveys little of what is in the music.


JE again:
As an example, his recordings of the Brahms piano concerti are technically fabulous, but they just don't deliver the emotional punch of a Rubinstein or Rudolph Serkin.

Or Gilels. His recordings of both of the Brahms concerti were so burned into my brain that I could call them up any time. Just imagine what cruising through immaculate sparkling powder between monster granite walls on Baffin Island was like with that ringing in my head.

(I also once saved Gilels' bacon in an emergency, but that's a different story.)
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
May 31, 2013 - 12:40pm PT
Salve Regina

 Medieval Chant of the Templars. Era of the Crusades.: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=IoSuyUFiEYo

 Scarlatti: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=uF5azK7whIU

 Arvo Pärt: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=f1CNNf9iU9Y
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
May 31, 2013 - 01:54pm PT
(I also once saved Gilel's bacon in an emergency, but that's a different story.)

I'd love to hear that story, Ghost! I bought the Gilels/Szell recording of Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto in 1971, and it remains my favorite. The sophistication and clarity of his playing -- particularly of the cadenza in the first movement, but really all the way through -- was just a delight. It certainly must have amazed people to hear him say "Wait till you hear Richter!"

I also have to confess that Rudolph Serkin is really the reason I have never been able to get Beethoven out of my daily playing. In 1970, I heard his recording of the Moonlight, Pathetique and Appassionata. I had never heard the Appassionata before, and it completely mesmerized me. I doubt that a day has gone by since when I haven't played at least some Beethoven when I have access to a piano (i.e., I'm not traveling or in the mountains).

Incidentally, a year or two after that, Peter Serkin made a recording of the Hammerklavier that was sensational. Teach your children well . . .

John
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jun 3, 2013 - 10:49pm PT
(I also once saved Gilels' bacon in an emergency, but that's a different story.)

I'd love to hear that story, Ghost!

It was sometime in the late 1970s I think. Emil Gilels was playing in Vancouver, where I lived, and I had tickets. This guy was, in my mind, the best piano player in the galaxy, so I was pretty stoked. But the recital kind of sucked.

Okay, so Gilels playing badly was still better than most of what passed for classical pianism, but still...

On the other hand, it was only because of me that he was playing at all that night.

I'd made an appointment to let my dentist torture me that morning, but not long after I sat down in the waiting room Jim (the dentist) came out and said "I've got a favor to ask."

Wtf? "What? You want me to be the guinea pig for some new procedure?"

"No, but I wonder if you'd mind waiting half an hour or so while I deal with an emergency."

Of course I said that was fine. Anyone who has had a dental emergency would willingly wait half a day if that would help someone in a similar situation. And a couple of minutes later two people walked in. One sort of in charge, the other obviously in serious hell and barely functioning as a human. And the sufferer looked vaguely familiar...

It took me a minute to correlate the red hair with the B&W photos I'd seen, but then light bulb switched on and I knew who I'd given up my half hour for.

No wonder he wasn't in top form that night.
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Jun 4, 2013 - 02:28am PT
Great story, Ghost!

John
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Jun 4, 2013 - 09:18am PT
There is a fantastic classical station out of Hawthorne Nevada called KQMC....The DJ is a complete nut job , hilarious and goes by the name of the Captain...The music comes in loud and clear at Navy Beach and makes a great back drop for paddling on the goddess Mono....
Norwegian

Trad climber
dancin on the tip of god's middle finger
Jun 4, 2013 - 09:28am PT
rotten,
i had a college professor called captain.
he was a scottish sailor, a drunk sporting
a stolen soul.

he and i became good friends over the years of my studies.
he failed to pass me in my capstone class
soley on his intuition (no grades were issued in that class)
postponing my graduation and
earning potential for 365 days.
(classes were only offered every other semester)
i didn't hold it against him.

he told me, later,
that i was the best student he'd ever had the pleasure to teach.
he knew that i lived under the interstate among
transient friends.

he knew that his bottle of scotch landed me in jail
on the day of our last final exam...

he made us call him captain
because he had sailed around the world solo
with his cases of scotch and
then accidentally burned up and down his boat
in the final port....

i lost touch with professor steward.
i wouldn't be suprised if he
landed a gig spinning classical vinyl on air in rural nevada...

it's romantic to think so, anyway.
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Jun 7, 2013 - 11:20pm PT
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Jun 8, 2013 - 12:14am PT
Norwegian..This captain has no scottish accent but rumors of a mythical Walker Lake serpent , Cecil , are similar to a scottish sea monster named Lochness....The high school mascot is a Serpent and Hawthorne Nev. , like the Capt. , can be a real blast...
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