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Offline forgottenbooks

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Accounts/Pictures of Famous Meetings
« on: January 07, 2013, 10:08:31 AM »
All of a sudden I find myself interested in hearing of accounts of meetings between famous pianists. Arthur Rubinstein, for instance, has spoken about Vladimir Horowitz; but there aren't any accounts or pictures of their meeting.
If anyone has an account or a picture of such a meeting, I would be much obliged if he shared it.
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Re: Accounts/Pictures of Famous Meetings
«Reply #1 on: January 13, 2013, 04:06:46 AM »
Searching though the history of newspapers might reveal some of these meetings with photos.

Personally I heard a lot from Roger Woodward about famous pianists/composers he had met, eg: he told me how much he liked Claudio Arrau and how Arrau desperately worked on a circular technique to play the Liszt Etude Feux follets at faster tempo after hearing a student at a conservatory play it at a blistering speed. He also had kind words to say about Richter but I don't know if it would be appropriate to reveal many details if the famous musicians themselves don't reveal it though.

Also many photos are in peoples private collections which also would require permission to publish. Generally they always have nice things to say about one another, those that are famous do anyway. They do not tend to waste their time pulling people down or waste their breath on people they dislike.
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Re: Accounts/Pictures of Famous Meetings
«Reply #2 on: January 13, 2013, 12:59:42 PM »

Personally I heard a lot from Roger Woodward about famous pianists/composers he had met

How close are you to him?? a colleague of my teacher met him once, he gave him lots of his CDs (which supposedly where all scattered throughout his apartment, when he was teaching) and I have a copy of 2 of his Scriabin's CD's, the one with the concerto and another one with short pieces. I have to admit, I like Woodward's version a lot more than Ashkenazy's.

On topic, there's pictures of Glenn Gould with van Cliburn, Menuhin, Rubinstein, Richter, and he had a lot of contact with his contemporary composers, from letters for Ernst Krenek or Jaques Hetu to meetings with composers like Oskar Morawetz to whom he dared to say "he (OM) didn't understand his own music". He admired Richter a lot, he said he was one of the few "true artists", he talked very nice about him as a musician and IIRC he wrote an article about him too. These anecdotes can easily been found in any of his biographies.