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    Well, the hair's somewhat less flamboyant these days, but he's still got those very recognisable eyes!

    I had a few of his DGG recordings on LP, and loved them. Here was a young lively pianist, great to listen to, and who avoided the sort of money-making "Pogorelic Plays Kitsch" labelling. His Gaspard de la Nuit is a desert island disc for me. Some of his recordings are a bit eccentric, and I don't listen to some of them any more.

    I still don't really know how and why he fell from grace, and it "all went wrong", and hope he's back for real.

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    Interesting news, thanks. As regards the degree of eccentricity, we'll find out
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    Quote Originally Posted by joen_cph View Post
    Interesting news, thanks. As regards the degree of eccentricity, we'll find out
    Yes. I hope is producer will force him to use normal tempos; otherwise, that will need to be a 2 or 3 CD set! (He has a nearly hour long Liszt Sonata on YouTube--surely he has tempered his glacial tempos these days.)
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    Great news! He is one of the first pianists I ever grew fond of, after hearing his Pictures at an Exhibition when I was 14 or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CnC Bartok View Post
    Well, the hair's somewhat less flamboyant these days, but he's still got those very recognisable eyes!

    I had a few of his DGG recordings on LP, and loved them. Here was a young lively pianist, great to listen to, and who avoided the sort of money-making "Pogorelic Plays Kitsch" labelling. His Gaspard de la Nuit is a desert island disc for me. Some of his recordings are a bit eccentric, and I don't listen to some of them any more.

    I still don't really know how and why he fell from grace, and it "all went wrong", and hope he's back for real.
    He went into a psychological tailspin after his wife died from liver cancer (she coughed black blood in his face as she died), then his father died. He withdrew from concerts and recording for a while, and when he emerged neither he nor his playing were recognizable. (Shaved head, glacial tempos, extreme dynamics, just loud banging, etc.) From what I gather he's slowly returning to form. We shall see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kontrapunctus View Post
    He went into a psychological tailspin after his wife died from liver cancer (she coughed black blood in his face as she died), then his father died. He withdrew from concerts and recording for a while, and when he emerged neither he nor his playing were recognizable. (Shaved head, glacial tempos, extreme dynamics, just loud banging, etc.) From what I gather he's slowly returning to form. We shall see.

    The extreme slow tempos are there in the DG recording of the Ravel Valses Nobles et Sentimentales.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kontrapunctus View Post
    Shaved head, glacial tempos, extreme dynamics, just loud banging, etc.



    Quote Originally Posted by Kontrapunctus View Post
    From what I gather he's slowly returning to form. We shall see.
    Hmmmmmmmmm
    Last edited by Mandryka; Apr-17-2019 at 07:16.

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    Great pianist!
    I have not yet had the opportunity to listen to his Ravel recording, but I really like his piano playing.
    I recently download on iTunes his Mozart / Sonatas for piano Kv 283 and 331 (Deutsche Grammophon, 1995).

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    I've just found Talk Classical! What a piece of Gold to stumble over!! Now.. Ivo.. I lived in London for 20 years starting in 1980 and one night went to hear him play at the RFH. From memory had never heard of him before that night. Tchaikovsky 1 with Claudio on the podium. What I clearly remember was being emotionally stopped during the slow movement, he seemed to not only have extreme control of his tempo but of my breathing at the same time. It was the biggest moment for me in live music performance I had ever experienced at that point. What I didn't know was that the following morning he, the orchestra & Claudio went up to north London and cut the disc. Which I still have nearly 40 years later. I'm thrilled to hear he has returned and would travel a long distance to hear him live once again.. PabloJB

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    Quote Originally Posted by PabloJB View Post
    I've just found Talk Classical! What a piece of Gold to stumble over!! Now.. Ivo.. I lived in London for 20 years starting in 1980 and one night went to hear him play at the RFH. From memory had never heard of him before that night. Tchaikovsky 1 with Claudio on the podium. What I clearly remember was being emotionally stopped during the slow movement, he seemed to not only have extreme control of his tempo but of my breathing at the same time. It was the biggest moment for me in live music performance I had ever experienced at that point. What I didn't know was that the following morning he, the orchestra & Claudio went up to north London and cut the disc. Which I still have nearly 40 years later. I'm thrilled to hear he has returned and would travel a long distance to hear him live once again.. PabloJB
    Pablo, welcome to TC!

    If you want to listen to Pogorelich, you can start booking your trips based on this agenda:
    http://ivopogorelich.com/schedule/

    I am most curious to find out about his upcoming Sony recordings. Am also a fan of many of his old DG recordings. Beethoven sonata 32 is still my number one to go to and Ravels Gaspard. I also have an obscure release of Chopin's music from the Warsaw Chopin competition he didn't win, causing former winner Martha Argerich to quit the jury. Great playing. But if he is still upto it, I don't know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandryka View Post





    Hmmmmmmmmm
    Not very promising...

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    This however is of interest, be it from 2001. It's Rachmaninov, which composer will also be on his first Sony release. This fits his personal style of his earlier DG recorded work:

    https://youtu.be/PPaJyfDP7JQ

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