Pinza, “a bass with a rich, smooth and sonorous voice, he spent 22 seasons at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, appearing in more than 750 performances of 50 operas.” (Wikipedia)
His music is so colorful, lush and opulent. He is the musical equivalent of the painter Gustave Moreau.
“I have departed from this planet and I have left behind my poor earthly ones with their occupations which are as many as they are useless; at last I am living in the scintillating splendor of the stars, each of which used to seem to me as large as millions of suns.”
“For me, art, and especially music, exist to elevate us as far as possible above everyday existence.”
“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique.”
The video below features the great ballerina Maya Plisetskaya, who passed away a few days ago at the age of 89, performing the Rose Adagio from Tchakovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty.”
“Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind.”
“There are still so many beautiful things to be said in C major.”
Casadesus was a marvelous interpreter of Bach and Mozart, but was especially renowned for his performances of French music. He was a close friend of Ravel and worked with the composer to create piano rolls of his music.This video demonstrates the special affinity Casadesus had for the music of Ravel.