'Jean-Rodolphe Kars was born in India to Austrian-Jewish refugees and was building quite a career, in the 1970s when, under the influence of Olivier Messiaen, he retired from playing in 1981 and, like Liszt, entered holy orders. Kars went one further than Liszt: he joined a monastery and was never heard from again.'That is Norman Lebrecht reviewing a new Deutsche Grammophon release of Liszt's piano music and, of course, he has his facts wrong. If we overlook the fast and loose use of dates the statement that "Jean-Rodolphe Kars... joined a monastery and was never heard from again" is quite simply untrue. As my 2009 profile of Kars explained, having taken Holy Orders he continues to give occasional lecture recitals on Messiaen and in 2005 released the CD seen above of Hassidic Jewish piano music on the French Editions de l'Emmanuel label. Read the facts, as opposed to the fiction, about Jean-Rodolphe Kars here.
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