Selection of the week

The great Russian pianist Sviatoslav Richter playing Beethoven’s last piano sonata, No. 32 in C minor, Op 111, which really pushed the boundaries of music at that time. Beethoven was completely deaf when he composed it. Richter was considered to be a musical genius; he was admired by Glenn Gould. Richter also insisted that American pianist Van Cliburn should be the winner of the first International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow in 1958. It was a controversial decision to say the least but Richter prevailed and that moment still resonates both musically and and geopolitically. It certainly launched Cliburn’s career and one could argue that it laid a path to the end of the cold war. Music can matter.


2 thoughts on “Selection of the week

  1. very good. i can even hear intimations of jazz piano–eg bud powell. thelonious monk, mal waldron—in there. also debussy. tempo changes are simlar to punk rock.the blind lead the blind, and the deaf lead the deaf.


  2. ps it may not interest you but see ‘john cale venus in furs’ on youtube–he was a youth prodigy on viola from nowhere in wales (uk) , didnt have a perfect upbringing, and moved to NYC to study music and then played with the velvet underground. some of my in-laws can play this music—on plays for NSO (natl sympothany orchestra)—she can play a typewriter like a piano when they do avant garde stuff.her hudband play an upright bass–he cant play in NSF since only one person from the family gets a spot.


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