It must be nearly a decade since I’ve popped any of pianist Egon Petri’s recordings into the CD player. I’m very pleased to have made his reacquaintance.
Gramophone and The New York Times report that Russian-born American pianist Kirill Gerstein has won the quadrenially-granted $300,000 Gilmore Artist Award. I’ve been mightily impressed by his debut CD recording for OehmsClassics, and hopefully this award will bring the name of this mightily worthy pianist to a broader audience.
The Boston Globe and AP are reporting that conductor Seizi Ozawa has been diagnosed with esophageal cancer — the same disease that claimed ny dad’s life — and has cancelled all of his scheduled appearances for the next six months to undergo treatment. Esophageal cancer is tough and persistent, but judging from the news reports it was caught early, a factor that is likely to greatly improve Maestro Ozawa’s prognosis.
Here’s one for the pianophiles: Bach‘s Prelude and Fugue in b-flat minor from Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1. Who is the pianist?