Sunday, January 08, 2012

Music-making oblivious of the world's show


A photographic memory of the pianist Alexis Weissenberg who died today aged 82. He is seen here in 1978 with my wife in Paris before playing a Beethoven Piano Concerto with Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic. Karajan's biographer Richard Osborne wrote of the cycle of Beethoven Concertos that Weissenberg and Karajan went on to record for EMI:
'The set has never been much noticed critically, which is how it should be, for this is music-making that is oblivious of the world's show, music-making among friends on terms of their own devising.'
More on the Karajan path here.

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