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  1. I'm a huge Beatles fan-- so much of what they created was pure genius. George Martin was indeed "the fifth Beatle". I couldn't find the original studio recording online, but here's a live version of "Yesterday", a song that wouldn't be what it is without the addition of George's strings: "George Martin Dies: Paul McCartney Credits Producer with 'Yesterday' Success in Touching Tribute" by Lewis Dean on ibtimes.co.uk I wish I had been a fly on the wall during those recording sessions.
  2. I got a nonsensical email yesterday from one of my two big classical music friends (from Dallas) addressed to me and another guy in New York: "Now that the National Symphony has a real music director and and Citronelle has closed, when do we drink Krug?" The guy from New York replied: "Rocks help me parse this email. You are in DC." Dallas: "No just thirsty in Dallas." --- This made no sense to me until I saw this just now: "National Symphony Orchestra Names Rising Star Gianandrea Noseda as Music Director" by Anne Midgette on washingtonpost.com I know virtually nothing about Gianandrea Noseda, but I know enough about the person sending this email to be 100% sure that this must be some type of enormous coup for the NSO, so this is great news for the city of DC. Founded in in 1931, the National Symphony Orchestra will have only its eighth Music Director with the appointment of Noseda. As you can see, it has been a relatively turbulent time since 2008: 1931-1949: Hans Kindler 1949-1970: Howard Mitchell 1970-1977: Antal Doráti 1977-1994: Mstislav Rostropovich 1996-2008: Leonard Slatkin 2008-2010: Iván Fischer 2010-2017: Christoph Eschenbach 2017- Gianandrea Noseda
  3. First, either on the piano playing Bach is regrettable. Listen to Pierre Hantai play Bach on the correct instrument. It's luminous. His Golbergs are clear and correct IMO. Gould was asked why he played Mozart so fast. "Because I can". Eccentric. Yes.
  4. It's pretty amazing that one single concert from over 50 years ago has its own Wikipedia entry, but this was no ordinary concert. The New York Philharmonic Concert of Apr 6, 1962 Here's a 4-minute video with all the controversy encapsulated: And here's the whole thing: I listened to it all, and I was interested in the 3rd movement in particular. There's a good interview with Gould at about the 57:30 point that's well-worth listening to. Gould is noted for dismissing virtuoso pianists who "show off" as opposed to honoring the composer's intentions to the letter, which makes it doubly interesting. Is he having his cake and eating it too? I know experts who would answer on both sides of that question. The first minute of this video gets to the heart of the matter (after the first minute, it becomes a separate topic, and a beautiful one, to be discussed in another thread - however, at about the 3-minute mark, Gould chimes in with a comment directly relevant to this issue. He also inserts a comment at about 6:10 perhaps even more relevant - if you can stomach a slow Schubert movement (which takes patience), this is worth watching, and even studying - you know, even though this thread has nothing to do with Richter, this entire video is very much on-topic because it really gets into "why" Gould did what he did): Gould, by the way, was "eccentric" to say the least, and people have gone so far as to wonder whether or not he had Asperger's Syndrome.
  5. To Lorin Maazel In the New York Times piece on his passing, it said, "He projected an image of an analytical intellectual "” he had studied mathematics and philosophy in college, was fluent in six languages (French, German, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian, as well as English) and kept up with many subjects outside music "” and his performances could seem coolly fastidious and emotionally distant. Yet such performances were regularly offset by others that were fiery and intensely personalized." My friends, Lorin Maazel was an intellect, but did not have an intellect's mindset. Certainly, he was well-aware of his prodigious talents, but from what I could see, he chose not to exploit them in front of the audience - in other words, he was not a show-off. Our own Gary Levinson wrote me and said he played underneath him in the New York Philharmonic, and I really want Gary to chime in because the best I can really do is guess as I pay tribute. One day, I will make separate threads for both Gary and his father, each of whom deserve one. Gary, I do hope you'll give us an anecdote that won't be found anywhere else - something personal, maybe even something meaningless other than to you. Maazel had so many positions that I could not list them all - I ran out of room in the title. There is plenty else that he did with his formidable life. We're lucky to have been alive in a period that overlapped with his lifetime. "Conductor Lorin Maazel, Who Brought America To The Podium, Dies" by Anastasia Tsioulcas on npr.com "Conductor Lorin Maazel Dead At 84, Led New York Philharmonic" by Brendan O'Brien on reuters.com "Lorin Maazel Dies At 84; Legendary Conductor Began As Child Prodigy" by Lauren Raab on latimes.com "Former Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Director Lorin Maazel Dies At Age 84" by Elizabeth Bloom on post-gazette.com "Lorin Maazel, Former Music Director of the Cleveland Orchestra, Dies at 84." by Zachary Lewis on cleveland.com "Acclaimed US Classical Conductor Lorin Maazel Dies" on bbc.com "Maestro Lorin Maazel, 1930-2014" on castletonfestival.org and so-on, and so-on, and so-on.
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