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by Philip M
Fri May 29, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Perseverance of André Watts
Replies: 3
Views: 124

Re: The Perseverance of André Watts

So sad to hear that his cancer has returned. Andre is a lovely man. I tried to persuade him to come to play at the UK festival I helped organise a few years ago. He wanted to come but sadly then he developed the cancer...

I wish him a full recovery and a return to the 2 hand repertoire too.

Philip
by Philip M
Mon May 04, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mark Viner's CD "Alkan 12 Etudes, Op. 35" incredible!
Replies: 4
Views: 1653

Re: Mark Viner's CD "Alkan 12 Etudes, Op. 35" incredible!

I think it is Viner’s recital from Husum 28 Aug 2019.

Philip
by Philip M
Thu Apr 30, 2020 4:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Beatrice Rana live
Replies: 4
Views: 966

Re: Pianist Beatrice Rana live

The link is missing.... 😥
by Philip M
Mon Apr 27, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tchaikovsky: Piano Sonata #2, Op. 37(Grand Sonata)
Replies: 4
Views: 1275

Re: Tchaikovsky: Piano Sonata #2, Op. 37(Grand Sonata)

For me Richter is supreme in this sonata.

I have only heard it live once - Freddy Kempf in 2016.

Philip
by Philip M
Mon Apr 27, 2020 4:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I'd like to hear from CMGers how you are doing
Replies: 36
Views: 3741

Re: I'd like to hear from CMGers how you are doing

Hi Lance All OK in this UK household, thanks, though we like many others are housebound. Fortunately we live in the country and have a decent sized garden. It’s still very serious here. Boris in now back at No. 10 and has just spoken to the nation. Clearly his personal near death experience has made...
by Philip M
Tue Apr 21, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Cyprien Katsaris live
Replies: 6
Views: 1563

Re: Pianist Cyprien Katsaris live

And here’s the review of Nimrod Borenstein’s specially commissioned work.

https://www.midlandsmusicreviews.com/20 ... -arts.html

You may recognise Richard Bratby’s name - he is a regular reviewer of The Gramophone and The Spectator.

Philip
by Philip M
Tue Apr 21, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Cyprien Katsaris live
Replies: 6
Views: 1563

Re: Pianist Cyprien Katsaris live

Here’s the review of his concert with us

https://www.business-live.co.uk/retail- ... ty-6849646
by Philip M
Tue Apr 21, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Cyprien Katsaris live
Replies: 6
Views: 1563

Re: Pianist Cyprien Katsaris live

Cyprien is a charming man as well as a superb pianist. He came to the UK festival I helped organise the previous year, 2014. Only his 2nd UK recital in over 20 years. He was totally delightful. He was a late replacement for Konstantin Lifschitz (who had programmed the 3 Op.2 sonatas of Beethoven plu...
by Philip M
Sun Apr 19, 2020 4:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The extraordinary Richter
Replies: 4
Views: 1212

Re: The extraordinary Richter

Yes it was a very special evening.
by Philip M
Fri Apr 17, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The extraordinary Richter
Replies: 4
Views: 1212

The extraordinary Richter

Whilst you stay safe at home, set aside a couple of hours to enjoy this extraordinary all Schubert recital that Sviatoslav Richter gave at The Maltings in Snape (near Aldeburgh). https://youtu.be/pJAMZEt8FmY It was given on 27 September 1977. And I was there! But there’s an extra story to this recit...
by Philip M
Wed Apr 15, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Aix is off
Replies: 0
Views: 1469

Aix is off

As expected, the Aix-en-Provence Festival due in June/July is off.

And we were scheduled to go 😂

Philip
by Philip M
Wed Apr 15, 2020 3:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Keyboard works of Orlando Gibbons
Replies: 8
Views: 1836

Re: Keyboard works of Orlando Gibbons

Yes he was off to record the Schubert Sonatas after his Codsall recital. They have not been released yet.

He writes well too. His Schubert programme notes

http://danielbenpienaar.com/essays/Prog ... onatas.htm
by Philip M
Tue Apr 14, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Keyboard works of Orlando Gibbons
Replies: 8
Views: 1836

Re: Keyboard works of Orlando Gibbons

Daniel-Ben is a super pianist. He came to the festival I help organise a few years ago. He’s a really nice guy too. One of his pupils was Benjamin Grosvenor.

Philip
by Philip M
Tue Apr 07, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cheltenham Festival cancelled
Replies: 0
Views: 1242

Cheltenham Festival cancelled

Due to take place in July, they’ve issued the following statement “With deep regret we have taken the decision to cancel this year’s Cheltenham Music Festival. We had been optimistic that our Music Festival could still go ahead in July, but because of the continuing impact of the COVID 19 virus, we ...
by Philip M
Tue Apr 07, 2020 5:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter his best Liszt, live, Hungary 1958
Replies: 4
Views: 1066

Re: Richter his best Liszt, live, Hungary 1958

Richter was indeed the finest pianist I ever heard - and I was lucky to hear him many times from 1970 onwards, for a quarter of a century or so. As you say, virtually all his concerts from the mid 1980’s were recorded either by a radio station or someone in the audience. Thank goodness. I agree with...
by Philip M
Sat Apr 04, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What does pianist Michel Dalberto do for you?
Replies: 4
Views: 1245

Re: What does pianist Michel Dalberto do for you?

There is a broadcast of Dalberto on France Musique on Monday at 6pm GMT

https://www.francemusique.fr/emissions/ ... lyon-82759
by Philip M
Wed Apr 01, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: And now Edinburgh
Replies: 2
Views: 730

Re: And now Edinburgh

So far just Salzburg Easter Festival, but summer will go too no doubt
by Philip M
Wed Apr 01, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: And now Edinburgh
Replies: 2
Views: 730

And now Edinburgh

All 5 Edinburgh Festivals have been cancelled today, including the International Festival and Fringe.

It’s all very depressing.

Philip
by Philip M
Wed Apr 01, 2020 5:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Now it's The Barbican
Replies: 0
Views: 1225

Now it's The Barbican

Closed till at least 1st July (and probably longer?) 😥
by Philip M
Tue Mar 31, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bayreuth Festival cancelled
Replies: 2
Views: 864

Bayreuth Festival cancelled

The latest....
by Philip M
Mon Mar 30, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Domingo out of hospital
Replies: 4
Views: 1329

Domingo out of hospital

CNN Mexico reports he was discharged today after being treated for Covid-19.

He is back home in Acapulco in a stable condition.

Philip
by Philip M
Mon Mar 30, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Aldeburgh Festival cancelled
Replies: 5
Views: 1441

Aldeburgh Festival cancelled

This year’s Aldeburgh Festival (which Britten and Pears set up), due to take place in June, has been cancelled.

Philip
by Philip M
Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Wigmore Hall closed till September
Replies: 2
Views: 979

Wigmore Hall closed till September

As a reminder as to how long our lives are likely to be disrupted, Wigmore Hall, the premier chamber music hall in London has cancelled all concerts till 31 July and says it plans to reopen for its 2020/21 season on 10th September. Of course that opening date is subject to any restrictions that may ...
by Philip M
Sun Mar 29, 2020 8:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Domingo in hospital
Replies: 4
Views: 1386

Re: Domingo in hospital

Len Apparently he’s over the most critical stages and will be released in the coming days, according to dpa. We're all ok thanks. We’ve had the “stay at home” policy for 6 days here in the UK. Months more to come I suspect. We live out in the country on the Staffordshire/Shropshire border so at leas...
by Philip M
Sat Mar 28, 2020 6:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Domingo in hospital
Replies: 4
Views: 1386

Domingo in hospital

Placido Domingo, who is suffering from Coronavirus, has been hospitalised in Acapulco, Mexico. A spokesperson said his condition was stable.

The report appeared in local media in Acapulco.

We wish him a speedy and full recovery.

Philip
by Philip M
Tue Mar 24, 2020 4:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Domingo has coronavirus
Replies: 6
Views: 2221

Re: Domingo has coronavirus

“He said his father thought Kleiber the Greatest Conductor.”

Can’t argue with that! He’s certainly the greatest I have heard live (I heard Stokowski very late in his life so, amazing as he was, he was not in his prime).

Philip
by Philip M
Sun Mar 22, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Domingo has coronavirus
Replies: 6
Views: 2221

Domingo has coronavirus

I feel it is my moral duty to announce to you that I have tested positive for COVID19, the Corona virus. My Family and I are all in self isolation for as long as it is deemed medically necessary. Currently we are all in good health but I experienced fever and cough symptoms therefore deciding to get...
by Philip M
Sun Mar 15, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Emma Johnson and friends in Shrewsbury
Replies: 0
Views: 1748

Emma Johnson and friends in Shrewsbury

With concerts being cancelled all over the world (surely the UK will belatedly follow suit when Boris pronounces again on Tuesday?), I attended last night what I fear will be my last concert for 4-6 months - for that is at least how long coronavirus will be impacting (more likely till the end of 202...
by Philip M
Sat Mar 14, 2020 6:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nessun dorma
Replies: 5
Views: 1894

Re: Nessun dorma

Only in Italia! Bravo!
by Philip M
Wed Mar 11, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Ticciati Mutter et al at RFH
Replies: 0
Views: 1828

Ticciati Mutter et al at RFH

Tonight’s London Philharmonic concert at the Royal Festival Hall brought back memories for me. The first half was Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, with soloists Anne-Sophie Mutter, Pablo Ferrández and Khatia Buniatishvili. The conductor was Robin Ticciati. Memories because some 40 years ago I heard Mutt...
by Philip M
Tue Mar 10, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cancelled concerts due to coronavirus
Replies: 15
Views: 3795

Re: Cancelled concerts due to coronavirus

Don’t worry I will not be travelling to USA till there is a change at the top! I know by the way that Cleveland Orchestra have cancelled their imminent European tour. And it has just been announced in the UK that our Health Minister had tested positive for coronavirus. She was with Boris on Sunday. ...
by Philip M
Tue Mar 10, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cancelled concerts due to coronavirus
Replies: 15
Views: 3795

Cancelled concerts due to coronavirus

I am surprised there has been nothing re this on the forum. Most of mainland Europe has significant concert and opera closures. Obviously everything in Italy has been cancelled. But now Munich has cancelled the opera as has Paris and Vienna and others. Vienna affects me as I was due to go next week ...
by Philip M
Mon Mar 09, 2020 2:51 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Gabriela Montero in recital
Replies: 0
Views: 1921

Gabriela Montero in recital

Gabriela Montero gave a very impressive and enjoyable recital yesterday in Birmingham's Symphony Hall. The recital was at 4pm, Horowitz’s favoured start time. As she explained, the programme was a contrast of the innocence of childhood and the experience of later life. She began with Schumann’s Kind...
by Philip M
Sat Feb 29, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Simon Trpceski at Abbotsholme
Replies: 4
Views: 2560

Re: Simon Trpceski at Abbotsholme

Simon is 40!
by Philip M
Sat Feb 29, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Igor Levit plays live Busoni's "Fantasia contrappuntista"
Replies: 4
Views: 1781

Re: Igor Levit plays live Busoni's "Fantasia contrappuntista"

It was given in 22 July 2019 at Salzburg.
by Philip M
Sat Feb 29, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Simon Trpceski at Abbotsholme
Replies: 4
Views: 2560

Re: Simon Trpceski at Abbotsholme

Don’t think so. He has twin boys aged 3!
by Philip M
Sat Feb 29, 2020 2:31 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Stephen Hough in recital in Stoke
Replies: 2
Views: 1310

Re: Stephen Hough in recital in Stoke

The only other person I have heard play it live is André Watts in the 90s.
by Philip M
Fri Feb 28, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Stephen Hough in recital in Stoke
Replies: 2
Views: 1310

Stephen Hough in recital in Stoke

I attended my third piano recital in 5 days last night - Stephen Hough at The Repertory Theatre in Stoke-on- Trent. An interesting programme with the theme of "death". I did wonder whether I should wear a black tie but in the end stuck to a black trenchcoat! He opened with the Bach-Busoni Chaconne. ...
by Philip M
Tue Feb 25, 2020 5:03 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Simon Trpceski at Abbotsholme
Replies: 4
Views: 2560

Simon Trpceski at Abbotsholme

The Abbotsholme Arts Society started in 1968. Concerts are given in the small chapel of the Abbotsholme School, which seats c150. It is on the Staffordshire/Derbyshire border in the small town of Rocester (pronounced Roster), which rather bizarrely is the global headquarters of JCB. The Society was ...
by Philip M
Mon Feb 24, 2020 2:37 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Benjamin Grosvenor in Mold
Replies: 2
Views: 2239

Benjamin Grosvenor in Mold

I attended Benjamin Grosvenor’s recital last night at the Anthony Hopkins Hall in Theatr Clywd in Mold. For those who don’t know, Mold is in North Wales about 12 miles from Chester and hence the theatre has a Welsh spelling, with no “e”. He opened with Rameau’s Gavotte and Variations, which was play...
by Philip M
Sun Feb 23, 2020 4:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Proper pronunciation: Ketèlbey
Replies: 8
Views: 2949

Re: Proper pronunciation: Ketèlbey

Ke-TELL-bee!
by Philip M
Sun Feb 16, 2020 6:29 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Rattle LSO Beethoven 9
Replies: 0
Views: 3753

Rattle LSO Beethoven 9

After 2nd rate Beethoven last Thursday, it was back to the highest imaginable tonight - the 9th and Simon Rattle gave us a ‘Simon special’ tonight. I’ve heard Simon do Beethoven 9 quite a few times but tonight’s was exceptional. A fabulous performance that reminded us how revolutionary the piece is,...
by Philip M
Fri Feb 14, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Rattle LSO Christ on the Mount of Olives
Replies: 2
Views: 1806

Rattle LSO Christ on the Mount of Olives

At least I can now claim to be one of the few people who have heard Beethoven’s Christ on theMount of Olives live, having been at last night’s Barbican LSO concert under Sir Simon Rattle. But it is a rather empty claim as its rarity is entirely justified. The excellent performance could not hide the...
by Philip M
Wed Feb 05, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Ute Lemper “A rendezvous with Dietrich”
Replies: 0
Views: 3430

Ute Lemper “A rendezvous with Dietrich”

I first heard Ute Lemper live nearly 30 years when I attended a preview night of Chicago in London - a super cast that included Ruthie Henshall and Nigel Planer. As I left the theatre the exit door was held open for me by Sir Cliff Richard, no less, who had clearly enjoyed the evening! Since then I ...
by Philip M
Thu Jan 30, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Martin James Bartlett in recital
Replies: 0
Views: 3654

Martin James Bartlett in recital

23 year old Martin James Bartlett won the BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2014. He gave a recital tonight in the Repertory Theatre in Stoke. I heard him 2 years ago and was not impressed - I left at the interval. Bartlett has significantly matured in the intervening 2 years and I enjoyed tonight m...