Nothing is ever easy

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Nothing is ever easy

Post by Rach3 » Sun Nov 04, 2018 7:50 pm

Tonight caught pianist Charlie Albright in just the final moments of his playing of the Gershwin "Rhapsody in Blue" on local FM , a concert ( not archived) with the DesMoines,Iowa Symphony in Spring,2018, which also featured him playing the Shostakovich 2nd PC in the first half of the concert, and then heard his encore following the "Rhapsody", the pianist's own arrangement of Jerry Lee Lewis' " Great Balls of Fire":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XhH8dSF-CU


An impressive bio, including Avery Fisher and Gilmore grants :

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/ ... graphy.pdf

A 2018-2019 seemingly busy schedule with a Carnegie debut with Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra in a World premiere commissioned work , and an Asian tour , but also, 10 -12 years after his appearance on the CM scene, thru May,2019, only a couple of lesser symphony appearances, and several recitals in towns in Iowa and the upper Midwest USA ,some of which towns I know are populations less than 10000:

https://www.charliealbright.com/schedule/

But then. I heard Gary Graffman live at my college in 1970 to an audience of maybe 400 ; in Minnesota ; in February.

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Re: Nothing is ever easy

Post by jbuck919 » Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:54 pm

But with the exception of the Shostakovich, not a very impressive program.

There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.
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Re: Nothing is ever easy

Post by Rach3 » Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:20 pm

In fairness,some of the smaller towns have private colleges, university extensions, or community colleges, and the pianist may have contributed part of the " gate " to their music programs, and/or his willingness to travel to the "sticks" to bring CM there also commendable.

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Re: Nothing is ever easy

Post by jbuck919 » Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:22 pm

Rach3 wrote:
Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:20 pm
In fairness,some of the smaller towns have private colleges, university extensions, or community colleges, and the pianist may have contributed part of the " gate " to their music programs, and/or his willingness to travel to the "sticks" to bring CM there also commendable.
When I was in high school, I attended a recital by a pianist in full tails at a place you would never have heard of, Orange County Community College in Middletown, NY. He gave a stupendous performance of the Chopin preludes. At the time I did not know, and many classical fans still do not know, that some of these are not like the "famous slow ones," but are in fact virtuoso pieces of the highest order. He played one of them so stunningly that we broke every rule and applauded just that before he had finished the set.

There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.
-- Johann Sebastian Bach

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Re: Nothing is ever easy

Post by Lance » Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:25 am

Given the time frame of Shostakovich (1906-1975) and Gershwin (1898-1937), the pairing of the Shostakovich Second Piano Concerto and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue seem like a good "mix" to appeal to an audience. The Shostakovich was composed in 1957 and the Rhapsody in Blue in in 1924, about 33 years apart, and are quite different vehicles to show off a piano "concerto" or concerto-like composition. I've always loved the Shostakovich piano concertos, particularly No. 2 with it's extraordinary second movement (Andante), which is among the most "romantic" pieces of music to flow from the pen of that composer. It's a work of his of which I have many recordings and listen to it very frequently, more than any of his other compositions. Same for Rhapsody in Blue for its sheer musical appeal, tunefulness and jazz idioms. Insofar as the Des Moines Symphony, no less a pianist than the late Earl Wild performed and recorded with this ensemble [Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F Major] ... and Wild was a very hard man to please (I worked on his Baldwin concert grand piano - a story in itself.). I would have been very pleased to attend a concert with these two pieces on same- or individual bills, though I'm not familiar with Charlie Albright's pianism.
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Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:54 pm
But with the exception of the Shostakovich, not a very impressive program.
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Re: Nothing is ever easy

Post by Rach3 » Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:10 am

Lance wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:25 am
. Insofar as the Des Moines Symphony, no less a pianist than the late Earl Wild performed and recorded with this ensemble [Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F Major] ... and Wild was a very hard man to please (I worked on his Baldwin concert grand piano - a story in itself.).
I find the Gershwin Concerto the far " better " piece than the Rhapsody.Wild's RCA recording with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops a must , as , of course , is Levant's. In addition to that Concerto, and on the same cd, Wild also did the World premiere recording of Wild's own "Doo-Dah" Variations for Piano and Orchestra with the Des Moines Symphony, a Chesky cd still in the catalogue ( I do not have it ).

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