24 Préludes de Chopin interprété par Sofronitsky
"Maria Yudina is remembered for her personal interpretations of Bach and Beethoven. Banned from performing in public because of her religious views, she was the favourite pianist of Joseph Stalin. One night, Stalin heard a performance of a Mozart concerto on the radio performed by Yudina and asked for a copy. It was a live broadcast so officials woke up Yudina, drove her to a recording studio where a small orchestra had quickly been assembled, and made her record the concerto in the middle of the night, a single copy was pressed from the matrix and then presented to Stalin."
(via Some Favourite Pianists: Part Three - Practising the Piano)
Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
Samuel Beckett, “Worstward Ho”
Promotional artwork for the CBC-TV broadcast The Well-Tempered Listener, 1970. Photographic print.
Antonio de La Gandara(French, 1861 - 1917)
Paderewski at piano, 1893
Galerie Mathieu Néouze, Paris, France
— Anton Rubinstein on the tonal possibilities available at the piano
— T. E. Hulme, Speculations (via an-art-gallery)
Happy Tuesday, everyone!
This morning’s pick: Janacek - Concertino for piano and chamber ensemble
This might be my new favourite piece! I love how after the two duets the whole concertante joins and the sound world opens up in the third movement.
It’s got the musical astringency of Stravinsky with the emotional immediacy of Shostakovich. Great!