Thursday, January 19, 2017
It was Jacqueline du Pre who called William Pleeth her Cello Daddy. William died in London in 1999. Next Sunday, surviving students will convene for a centenary symposium and concert. Just look at their pedigree: Participating Artists: Tony Pleeth and Tatty Theo, with Adrian Brendel, Natasha Brofsky, Colin Carr, Thomas Carroll, Robert Cohen, Rebecca Gilliver, John Heley, Frans Helmerson, Orlando Jopling, Seppo Kimanen, Joely Koos, Steve Orton, Melissa Phelps, Hannah Roberts, Chris Vandespar, Kristin von der Goltz and Jamie Walton. Special Guests: Alasdair Beatson, pianist; Lana Bode, pianist; Carolyn Gibley, Harpsichord; Catherine Bott, presenter; the Sacconi Quartet
Adrian Brendel, Henning Kraggerud and Imogen Cooper perform Beethoven Trios and Variations at Kings Place, London. Date: 25 January 2017 Venue: King’s Place Address: 90 York Way King’s Cross London N1 9AG Telephone:+44 (0)20 7520 1460 for tickets and more information
Make your plans now to attend the concert on December 11th by cellist Adrian Brendel. Adrian Brendel And Aleksandar Madzar at Wigmore Hall Date: 11 December 2016 The cellist and the pianist will perform works by Faure, Franck and Beethoven. Venue Details: Wigmore Hall, London, GB Address: 36 Wigmore Street London W1U 2BP Telephone:+44 (0)20 7935 2141 Here is Mr. Brendel and friends playing the Schubert Trio number 1:
The retired pianist, now 85, is writing arts criticism for New York Review of Books. Chalenging stuff, as you’d expect. Sample: …as a child, I had unwittingly encountered Dada in its funniest form. At home, my mother sang, to her own embarrassment, a Berlin cabaret song from the 1920s that starts with the memorable lines “I’ll tear out one of my eyelashes and stab you dead with it,” and ends with the intention to order a fried egg “and sprinkle you with spinach.” It was much later that I realized that sense and nonsense need to be partners in order to mirror the absurdity of this world. Read the full essay on Dadaism here.
Alfred Brendel (yes, the pianist): “Has there ever been a major avant-garde movement that was so closely tied to laughter and the grotesque? Laughter was the Dadaists’ favorite instrument … Traditionalists see Dadaists as silly people. To a degree, they are right. Silliness was liberating from the constraints of reason. Silliness has the potential to be funny, to provoke laughter, and make people realize that laughter is liberating.”
Sunday will be a big night for Olga Peretyatko. Jonas Kaufmann has pulled out of the Echo Klassik awards as a result of his throat bleed, leaving Olga in the live television limelight to receive the Solo Recording of the Year award. Olga last made the news when she got stabbed at the Met. Among other presentations, the German culture minister Monika Grütters will present Alfred Brendel with a lifetime achievement award.