Grand piano hits a high note
"Our guys couldn't believe their eyes," said Nigel Hawkins, director of the John Muir Trust, which maintains the most visited stretch of the 1.3 km (4,418ft) peak near Fort William. "At first they thought it was just the wooden casing, but then they found the whole cast-iron frame complete with strings." The piano was dug out intact by 15 volunteers who were clearing an area about 200 metres from the summit. The trust is now appealing for information to unearth the piano's history - from the Guardian
Now Playing - Richard Strauss' Alpine Symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Herbert von Karajan. Strauss wrote 'I shall call my Alpine Symphony the Anti-Christian because in it there's a moral purification by mean of one's own strength, liberation through work, worship of glorious, eternal nature'. Thankfully Strauss dropped the Nietzschian sub-title, but the equally bombastic orchestral writing is ideally suited to Karajan's Berlin cohorts who revel in the music and produce quite wonderful results.
An interesting piece of trivia - the organ on the Alpine Symphony, and many other Karajan recordings, was played by David Bell. He was a senior tape editor at EMI's Abbey Road Studios and an excellent organist who was originally asked to play on one EMI recording for Karajan. The maestro was so impressed with his playing that he always asked for Bell if there was an organ part, even, as is the case with the Alpine Symphony, the recording was being made for EMI's deadly rival Deutsche Grammophon. The relationship with Karajan was so precious to EMI that they didn't dare to refuse to release Bell to play on their rival's best-selling records.Any copyrighted material on these pages is used in "fair use", for the purpose of study, review or critical analysis only, and will be removed at the request of copyright owner(s). Report broken links, missing images and other errors to - overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk
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