Even here in Florida, we are experiencing a cold snap…so for all the readers who are experiencing more extreme cold…get your cup of hot chocolate and sit by the fire. Enjoy the cozy times.
This music is for you from Boyer Writes.
Classical Music is a joy to listen to when it is performed by some of the world’s most gifted musicians. Boyer Writes is happy to share this great performance for your listening pleasures.
Some words about our musicians:
Joshua Bell: Bell was born in Bloomington, Indiana in the U.S.A. He began taking violin lessons at age four, using a scaled-to-size violin. He was much like any young person growing up with interests in sports and video games. He studied the violin under several teachers. At age 12, he became quite serious about his instrument, appearing with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age 14. From Indiana University, he received an Artist Diploma in Violin Performance. He was given the honor of “Indiana Living Legend”. Bell played at Carnegie Hall at age 17 and since has performed with the world’s major orchestras. Bell plays his 300-year-old Stradivarius violin made in 1713 in a number of movie scores, winning him a Grammy. (taken from Wikipedia)
Misha Maisky: Born in 1948 in Riga, Latvia, Mischa Maisky received his first music lessons there at the Children’s Music School and Conservatory. In 1962 he entered the Leningrad Conservatory. In 1965 his debut with the Leningrad Philharmonic earned him the nickname “Rostropovich of the Future”. One year later he was a prizewinner at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and began his studies with Rostropovich at the Moscow Conservatory while pursuing a concert career throughout the former Soviet Union. After being imprisoned in a labor camp near Gorky for 18 months in 1970, he emigrated from the USSR. 1973 Settles in Israel; wins the 1973 Cassadó Competition in Florence; debut at New York’s Carnegie Hall with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under William Steinberg; after the concert, an anonymous admirer gives him a 18th-century Montagnana cello on which he still performs today. 1995 Returns to Moscow for the first time in 23 years to give a concert and to record works by Prokofiev and Miaskovsky with Mikhail Pletnev and the Russian National Orchestra; CD release: Vivaldi and Boccherini concertos with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Since then, he has performed throughout the world with many musical releases. (taken from Biography)
Evgeny Kissin: Kissin was born in Moscow to a Russian Jewish family. Recognized as a child prodigy at age six, he began piano studies at the Gnessin State Musical College in Moscow. At the school, he became a student of Anna Kantor, who remained Kissin’s only piano teacher. Between ages 10 and 12, he was performing with Russian Symphony Orchestras. He went to Japan and the first Western European concert was in Berlin and he began touring throughout Europe. In September 1990, Kissin made his North American debut playing Chopin’s two piano concertos with the New York Philharmonic and also in Carnegie Hall. He has had an extensive career since then with many awards. (Wikipedia)
Enjoy this performance of Great Classical Music!
|Joshua Bell, Misha Maisky, Evgeny Kissin||Play Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A Minor, Opus 50|
For your weekend listening pleasure….from Boyer Writes.
Dearly Beloved is a film about the life of Ludwig van Beethoven who was born in 1770 in Germany. Part of his life was lived as a deaf composer who was the predominant musical figure in the transitional period between the Classical and Romantic eras.
Still loved today, I find the following video most interesting as the Japanese have also “fallen in love” with the music of Beethoven. Maybe this is an understatement as we hear over 10,000 Japanese musicians perform.
Enjoy this presentation:
Horowitz plays the passionate compositions of Rachmaninoff. For your Sunday pleasure….up close with a great pianist.
Biography of a great musician: Vladimir Horowitz was born in Kiev, Ukraine. He was the youngest of four children. His mother was a pianist and gave him lessons. He then entered a conservatory of music in Kiev, being taught by Vladimir Puchalsky. He finally began to tour in Russia where he was often paid with food rather than money because of economic hard times. His family lost all their possessions in the Russian Revolution.
His decision to go to the West came in 1925. His intension was to study with Arthur Schnabel. He had no desire to return to his homeland, so he put American dollars and British pound notes in his shoes to pay his way.
In 1925, Horowitz made his first appearance outside his country in Berlin. Later, he played in Paris, London, and New York, where he gave his first debut in Carnegie Hall.
Horowitz, who was Jewish, married Wanda who was Catholic. Wanda knew no Russian and Horowitz knew very little Italian…therefore, they spoke French. Tragedy touched their lives when their child, Sonia, died of a drug overdose.
He sought medical help for depression and seemed to have difficulty with alcohol. One Japanese critic commented that Horowitz was ” a precious antique vase that is cracked.” He stopped playing in public for about two years. In 1986, he recovered from his dependency and returned to his life in concert.
For the first time since 1925, Horowitz returned to the Soviet Union to play. The concerts were as much political as musical and no tickets were sold to the general public…only the Soviet elite. Moscow Conservatory students protested, causing quite a disruption which was caught on TV.
President Reagan presented him with the highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. After this, he continued to record his music until he died of a heart attack at the age of 86 in New York. Horowitz is buried in the Toscanini family tomb in Milan, Italy.
Enjoy your Sunday and the beginning of Fall.
A wonderful letter written by an admirer of Vladimir Horowitz..telling of the hours that he spent waiting in the cold of New York City to buy a ticket to hear the beautiful music of this genius. (Thank you, Robert, for your comment to Boyer Writes and this link:letter.html )