“The violinist must possess the poet’s gift of piercing the protective hide which grows on propagandists, stockbrokers and slave traders, to penetrate the deeper truth which lies within.”
“Music can be all things to all men. It is like a great dynamic sun in the center of a solar system which sends out its rays and inspiration in every direction. … It is as if the heavens open and a divine voice calls. Something in our souls responds and understands. We are speaking here of the most inspired music.”
“You have to love dancing to stick to it. It gives you nothing back, no manuscripts to store away, no paintings to show on walls and maybe hang in museums, no poems to be printed and sold, nothing but that single fleeting moment when you feel alive.”
Friday night, Van Cliburn gold-medalist Stanislav Ioudenitch and London International Piano Competition winner Behzod Abduraimov will present a Van Cliburn Tribute Concert at Helzberg Hall (http://tinyurl.com/pq36b7e). One of the pieces they will perform is Rachmaninoff’s Suite No. 1 for Two Pianos. The final movement is called Russian Easter, and sounds like all the bells in Moscow are ringing. Here it is performed by Emanuel Ax and Yefim Bronfman.
“There is no-one who can do it all- to joke, to terrify, to evoke laughter and profound sentiment – and all equally well: except Joseph Haydn.” – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
“Haydn is like a child, for there is no knowing what he will do next.” – John Keats
“Can’t you read? The score demands ‘con amore,’ and what are you doing? You are playing it like married men!”
The great pianist is 86-years-old today!! Throughout much of his career, Janis suffered from severe arthritis, even requiring surgery at times. He talks about his life and shares his music in the interview below.
“You have to be good and have love in your heart.” – Beniamino Gigli’s mother
In the clip below, another great pianist, Glenn Gould, shares his thoughts about Richter and Richter also plays some Schubert. Sublime.