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Old 05-27-13, 09:08 PM   #201
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Default Edvard Grieg ( 1843-1907 )

Thank you strawberry ,that Rach Suite is an old favorite of mine and I have played it quite a few times..the last mvt. is a blast !!

Now on to Grieg.
Edvard Grieg is one of those composers whose works are like wax:
unless one plays with the utmost imagination and beauty of sound they will not be successful. They do not stand up by themselves as lets say a Beethoven symphony will do where even a mediocre performance will lift the spirits of the listener.

A largely forgotten German pianist was Walter Klien, who left a huge legacy of recordings.
Here,in beautiful LP sound is a selection. I am not aware that anybody played these gems more beautifully,even not the celebrated Gilels recording can beat that.
This music is very "scandinavian ", best to be followed by a Bergman movie or a book like Jens Peter Jacobsen"s "Niles Lyhne"....

I especially recommend the second item from 2.12 onwards...
the sound of that piano is glorious....and that noble melancholy...no chicken MC Nuggets here...a fingerhut full of Château d'Yquem would be suitable...

.https://www.youtube.com/watch?featur...=Ps7f3uqH8nI#!
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Thank you strawberry ,that Rach Suite is an old favorite of mine and I have played it quite a few times..the last mvt. is a blast !!
I can only imagine being that skilled at any musical instrument.. **sighs**

So we`re bringing the big guns, huh? Château d'Yquem is not for the fainted of heart indeed.


Melancholic pieces have a special place in my heart. I need to find a good book to go with it.
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Default It's bonus time

Bankers do it every year: for their amazing achievements in the service of humanity they regularly get a fat bonus.
Now here is the 3 months bonus for all the shareholders of this mighty channel here:
an ultra rare clip where you can see Gershwin perform "I got rhythm".
I am inclined to apply a quote by Robert Schumann when he became aware of Johannes Brahms for the first time: "Hut ab,meine Herren, ein Genie."
( "Hats off,gentlemen,a genius ! ")
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Gershwin plays 'I Got Rhythm' (restored original 1931 film) - YouTube

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A great clip of that era and Gershwin!
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Gershwin has rhythm, alright.
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The importance of Gershwin lies in the fact that he created a very personal style,unmatched by any other composer. It is hard to describe what exemplifies his style,as it includes Jazz,Broadway,Classical.
The crux is how to actually play his music.
Very often it is played in a sentimental way,sometimes its misunderstood as being very jazzy,but it is more complicated than that.
Gershwin himself wrote often very precise indications down how he wanted his pieces to be performed ,and they make a lot of sense.
But the trouble is that he deviates a lot from some of his own notations.
And turns around tempi and phrasings to create something quite new.
He also was not satisfied with his style ,he tried to learn and improve and even wanted to study with Maurice Ravel,who famously turned him down by saying :"why do you want to become a 2nd rate Ravel,stay being a first rate Gershwin."
His music has an irresistible charm, is staggeringly original despite using harmonics and patterns that were used by many.
I particularly adore the Concerto in F and his Songbook and the piano solo version of his Rhapsody in Blue.
Here is the essence of his style.
Watts plays Gershwin - Songbook (13 Songs) Audio + Sheet music - YouTube
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Quite simply: THE greatest Mozart pianist .And believe me I know about it...

Mozart concerto 20 in d, K.466 - 2. Romance Gulda - YouTube
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By the greatest fiddler of them all...
Jascha Heifetz - "Bess you is my woman now" (Gershwin's Porgy and Bess) - YouTube
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Quite simply: THE greatest Mozart pianist .And believe me I know about it...

Mozart concerto 20 in d, K.466 - 2. Romance Gulda - YouTube
Aaah, a wonderful piece!
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