January 12, 2013
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ELDAR DJANGIROV eldarmusic.com

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ELDAR DJANGIROV
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December 23, 2012
I’m reading Harold Schonberg’s The Great Pianists right now, and it’s full of anecdotes like this:

But soon, at the age of 25, Alkan left the concert life … and concentrated on teaching and composition. After 1845 he gave no concerts for twenty-five years. He taught a good deal and was nearly as fashionable a teacher as his friend Chopin. Seldom did he leave his apartment. … A hypochondriac, he purchased and cooked his own food. Only close friends could get to see him. Friedrich Niecks, … tried to see Alkan once in 1880. The concierge said that M. Alkan was not in. When, then, would he be at home? “Never!” … According to legend his death was as unusual as his life. The old man was attempting to reach for a Hebrew religious book on top of a large shelf when the entire bookcase turned over and crushed him to death.

slickwhippet:

Portrait of Charles-Valentin Alkan (n.d.)

I’m reading Harold Schonberg’s The Great Pianists right now, and it’s full of anecdotes like this:

But soon, at the age of 25, Alkan left the concert life … and concentrated on teaching and composition. After 1845 he gave no concerts for twenty-five years. He taught a good deal and was nearly as fashionable a teacher as his friend Chopin. Seldom did he leave his apartment. … A hypochondriac, he purchased and cooked his own food. Only close friends could get to see him. Friedrich Niecks, … tried to see Alkan once in 1880. The concierge said that M. Alkan was not in. When, then, would he be at home? “Never!” … According to legend his death was as unusual as his life. The old man was attempting to reach for a Hebrew religious book on top of a large shelf when the entire bookcase turned over and crushed him to death.

slickwhippet:

Portrait of Charles-Valentin Alkan (n.d.)

September 12, 2012
blastedheath:

Ketevan Magalashvili (Georgian, 1894-1973), Portrait of the Pianist Sviatoslav Richter, 1961

blastedheath:

Ketevan Magalashvili (Georgian, 1894-1973), Portrait of the Pianist Sviatoslav Richter, 1961

(via slickwhippet)

December 17, 2011
slickwhippet:

Maurice Sand, son of George Sand, “Mama is astonished listening to Liszt” (ca. 1837)

slickwhippet:

Maurice Sand, son of George Sand, “Mama is astonished listening to Liszt” (ca. 1837)

October 21, 2011

THIS!

Vladimir Horowitz Playing Scriabin 12 Etudes Op.8 No.12 (by wilsonnkwan)