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    Default Roll of Honour

    The aim of this thread is to collect links to obituaries of people.involved in the classical music world. They can be performers, conductors, composers, teachers, instrument makers - whatever.

    One of the problems of posting such links is that sometimes they will be hidden behind paywalls. We subscribe to The Telegraph print edition and get a pass to their main site so don't always notice the problem.
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    Default Blandine Verlet

    This came up on the For love of the Baroque... thread - RICK RIEKERT. There is a simple obit in English here - https://slippedisc.com/2018/12/a-gre...lays-her-last/ and a better one (in French) here https://www.francemusique.fr/actuali...e-verlet-68451

    Here's a sample of her latest work



    Which is reviewed here (in French) https://www.francemusique.fr/eveneme...-et-18e-ordres
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    Default David Evans

    From a harpsichord player to a harpsichord maker. Here is an extract from an interview



    and the obituary - https://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituari...l-instruments/ - this is a premium item and you need to register to read it. (sorry)
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    Default Raven Wilkinson

    American ballerina Raven Wilkinson danced in the face of prejudice.

    Two obits - the Telegraph (paywall) - https://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituari...lerina-danced/ and the NY Times (free) https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/20/o...nson-dead.html
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    I am saddened to hear the news of the death of harpsichordist Blandine Verlet. I own many of her recordings of the music of J.S. Bach & the Couperin family, & I've long treasured her 'classic' recordings of the complete solo keyboard music of François Couperin.

    Three deaths in the classical music world effected me deeply this past year--one, most of all, a dear friend, the American composer Alan Stout, and the other two, close friends of Alan's--the British composer Oliver Knussen and Russian conductor, Gennady Rozhdestvensky:

    http://www.bruceduffie.com/stout.html
    http://www.bruceduffie.com/knussen.html

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/enter...205-story.html
    https://www.theguardian.com/music/20...ussen-obituary
    https://www.theguardian.com/music/20...ensky-obituary

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isKE...xftw_E&index=4
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCP_...GMg6b7y-VRtbHy
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ciy_sigKvYc
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnol0WRWt6A

    Alan was the opposite of a 'self-promoter', & I hope that his neglected major works will finally receive recordings. Back in the 1960s, Sir Georg Solti premiered four of Alan's symphonies with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and I recall Alan once told me that Dmitri Shostakovich, with whom he corresponded, had expressed an admiration for his 4th Symphony. Alan was also a winner of the Lydian String Quartet's annual prize/commission, and yet the recording the Lydians made of his quartets has never been released.

    Alan was a polymath with an astonishing photographic memory. He could look at something once, and never forget it. As a result, he was fluent in some 15 or 16 languages. One of his composition students told me that they used to play games with Alan in class, by randomly asking him about one of Haydn's 104+ Symphonies, and he said that Alan was always able to write out the passages in question on the black board from memory, no matter which Haydn symphony they chose!

    I'll miss Alan's mischievous sense of humor & wit, his vast understanding of music and love of recordings (he gave wonderful CD recommendations), his goodness, and something that I don't find enough of in the world today, his civility. (Oliver Knussen used to say that Alan was "more British than the British".)

    Earlier this year, after Alan's passing, Knussen revised a 1972 work for solo bassoon, entitled "Metamorphosis", and dedicated it "to the memory of my dear friend of 40 years, the composer Alan Stout (26.11.1932 - 1.2.2018)".

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    Catalan composer and pianist Joan Guinjoan died January 1st. I have a couple of CD's of his work, including an interesting percussion concerto.
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    British-South African composer John Joubert died January 7th
    Source: https://www.prestomusic.com/classica...bert-1927-2019
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Joubert_(composer)
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    The great Theo Adam has passed away at 92 years old

    https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/201...obit-adam.html
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    RIP Michel Legrand (24 February 1932 – 26 January 2019) . One of the best soundtrack composers, he also composed classical music (including a piano concerto and a cello concerto).
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    The great soprano Wilma Lipp died at 93 .
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    Two days ago, French composer and organist Jean Guillou passed away, aged 88. I have a number of his organ CD's. RIP.
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    Hildegard Zadek (15 December 1917 – 21 February 2019) was a German operatic soprano. She was Kammersängerin at the Vienna State Opera.
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    Andre Previn died this morning, aged 89.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-17342940

    Sorry, just noticed Art Rock already posted this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LezLee View Post
    Andre Previn died this morning, aged 89.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-17342940

    Sorry, just noticed Art Rock already posted this.
    So did :
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    Jacques Loussier (84) passed away yesterday. Famous for his jazzy interpretation of Bach, he also composed classical musichimself. RIP.
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