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 Post subject: Re: Alicia de Larrocha
PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2012 7:56 pm 
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Yes that is what I meant. Time to get some Spanish music under the fingers again.
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 Post subject: Re: Alicia de Larrocha
PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2013 10:26 pm 
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Topic bump. I stumbled on this delightful photo of Sir Georg Solti and Alicia de Larrocha, two artists I hugely admire, looking as if they are thoroughly pissed off with each other :D I think this is priceless, and would love to know the story behind that photo. I guess it could be related to their recording of Mozart concertos, the only thing they recording they made together AFAIK. Photo by Suzie Maeder. Hope I don't violate some copyright by posting it here. Just could not resist sharing it.


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 Post subject: Re: Alicia de Larrocha
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 Post subject: Re: Alicia de Larrocha
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That's a great picture! Leaves one wondering about their separate and silent thoughts. Larrocha was a superb pianist, but probably few know that Solti was a highly capable pianist in his own right, having been a piano student of Dohnanyi. He was a highly successful opera repapiteur. But instead of using that experience to propel himself into the world of a touring artist, he instead used his operatic expertise to move into conducting. It might be that if he said something to Larrocha that made her a bit dour (from the looks of things), perhaps it's something she needed to hear. Solti would have known. There are many surprising stories like that. We all think of Prokofiev, for example, as a great composer and conductor. But he was also virtuoso pianist who could show almost any other pianist of his day how to play the piano.

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 Post subject: Re: Alicia de Larrocha
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Solti's statue as a pianist is well-known. He occasionally teamed up with the likes of Ashkenazy and Perahia. There are quite some conductors who are accomplished pianists, even apart from pianists-turned-conductor. Tilson Thomas, Pappano, and many more I can't think of right now.
I don't believe Solti would have interfered with Larrocha's playing. As if she needed that, and he was too professional for that. But I think he could be quite a fierce creature. Probably had a row with Alicia about some interpretative detail. I bet the ever-sweet Alicia could also show her teeth if needed. Neither of them were real Mozart specialists and perhaps wanted different things. Ah well, nice to speculate on something like this :)

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 Post subject: Re: Alicia de Larrocha
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Hi Chris,

Yes, another conductor/composer/pianist was Leonard Bernstein. He had studied piano with Vengerova, and was very able and accomplished. (He was also a Baldwin Artist.) I read an interview long ago when he mentioned that in his earlier years he thought a lot about which path he should best follow among the three main choices. As it turned out, of course, he was best known and remembered as a symphonic conductor, although occasionally he would conduct from the piano. You could tell that he enjoyed every moment of it. He did make time to compose some big works like "Age of Anxiety". For the piano he wrote what he called "anniversaries". These were very personal pieces. Some were elegies for departed friends while others were dedicated to living friends and could be humorous or witty. He also wrote the "contemporary piece" for one of the Van Cliburn Competitions.

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