Saturday, February 25, 2017
Shutting the file on his recent erotic turbulence, the German violinist has been awarded the Frankfurter Musikpreis for 2017, a gift worth 15,000 Euros. The prize is cross-generic, as you can see from the winners below. It has consistently bypassed the leading German violinists – Mutter, Faust, Fischer, Tetzlaff, Zimmermann. Maybe they don’t like the violin much in Frankfurt. Past winners: 2017 David Garrett, Violinist 2016 Al Jarreau, Sänger und Songautor 2015 Peter Sadlo, Schlagzeuger 2014 Ernie Watts, Saxophonist 2013 Marie-Luise Neunecker, Hornistin und Instrumentalpädagogin 2012 John McLaughlin, Gitarrist und Komponist 2011 Anne Sofie von Otter, Mezzo-Sopranistin 2010 Keith Emerson, Keyboarder und Komponist 2009 Dr. José Antonio Abreu, Dirigent, Komponist und Mentor 2008 Paquito D’Rivera, Saxophonist, Klarinettist, Komponist 2007 Peter Eötvös, Dirigent, Komponist und Lehrer 2006 Peter Gabriel, Pop-/Rockmusiker 2005 György Ligeti, Komponist 2004 Udo Lindenberg, Deutsch-Rocker und Pop-Dichter 2003 Walter Levin, Violinist 2002 – 2001 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Sänger 2000 Klaus Doldinger, Saxophonist 1999 Michael Gielen, Dirigent und Komponist 1998 Peter Herbolzheimer, Arrangeur/Interpret/Komponist 1997 Hans Zender, Komponist und Dirigent 1996 Wolfgang Niedecken, Sänger und Songwriter 1995 Tabea Zimmermann, Bratscherin 1994 Brian Eno, Musiker und Klangkünstler 1993 Harry Kupfer, Regisseur 1992 Georg Solti, Dirigent 1991 Aribert Reiman, Komponist 1990 Chick Corea, Jazz-Pianist 1989 Ludwig Güttler, Trompeter 1988 Heinz Holliger, Oboist 1987 Carl Dahlhaus, Musikwissenschaftler 1986 Albert Mangelsdorff, Jazz-Posaunist 1985 Brigitte Fassbaender, Kammersängerin 1984 Alfred Brendel, Pianist 1983 Edgar Krapp, Organist 1982 Gidon Kremer, Geiger
Schubert: Winterreise D911 Performed by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone), and Alfred Brendel (piano) Franz Schubert’s song cycle ‘Winterreise’ was written late in his life. It is regarded both as a highlight of the genre and as the stamdard by which lieder singers are judged. To succeed in interpreting Winterreise is the artistic equivalent of a patent of nobility for a singer. The song cycle certainly became one of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau’s calling cards and it is probably this work that made the baritone an international household name. Time and again his interpretation could be heard in the concert hall, at festivals, on the radio and on numerous records. In this recording we see two of the leading musicians of their day in the prime of their lives and at the very peak of their art and experience appearing together in the service of Schubert’s Winterreise. Both the experienced Schubert lieder singer and the Austrian pianist – known throughout the world for his authoritative interpretations of Schubert’s piano music – had performed Winterreise together frequently between 1975 and 1989. This recording of rehearsal and concert offer a glance into the development of a masterly interpretation of a masterwork. The Rehearsal: This 56-minute documentary offers fascinating insights into how Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Alfred Brendel rehearsed prior to their recording of this masterpiece. Here are the two artists in a brief extract from this song cycle:
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:
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
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.