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Concert pianists who have passed on in 2014 and 2015

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    FYI, here is a list of the concert pianists who have passed on during 2014 and 2015:

    Here are pianists who passed in 2014 and 2015 to date:

    2014

    Jan Ekier
    Claude Frank
    Howard Karp
    Andre Lavagne

    2015

    Aldo Ciccolini
    Frank Glazer
    Peter Katin
    John McCabe
    Ronald Stevenson

    This list seems long, but even at that it's probably incomplete.

    R.I.P.

    David
     
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    Some familiar and less familiar names here. Jan Ekier introduced me to Chopin's Ballades on one of these old Telefunken LP's. Ciccolini introduced me to a lot of different stuff, he was such a prolific and consummate pianist. John McCabe and Ronald Stevenson were both marvellous composer/pianists though McCabe's music, being darker and more abstract, never attained the popular appeal of Stevenson's. McCabe, more so than Stevenson, was also an acclaimed performer of other composer's works (Haydn and Nielsen, off the top of my head). Their passing away is a true loss to the musical world, they will be missed by many a connoisseur.
     
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    Thank you David for these (even sad) news. I missed the info about Aldo Ciccolini, a pianist for which I have a special admiration. Among many other memorable recordings, he recorded the complete works of Erik Satie. I remember my old piano teacher listening and admiring those records, and this pushed me to pay attention to this beautiful music, and to play some Satie's pieces. I heard Ciccolini at the French radio some years ago. In spite of his age - he was more than 85 at this time - he played with a perfect technical mastery, and of course more musically than ever (privilege of the age)...
     
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    Hi Francois,

    It seems that Ciccolini and another on the list, Frank Glazer, both recorded the complete piano music of Satie. Glazer's CDs for that series were made by VoxBox. Most recently he was still playing concerts and was Artist in Residence and Professor of Piano at Bates College here in Maine. Had he lived one more month, he would have hit 100! I think it was his love of music and piano that enabled him to be so involved and enthusiastic despite his age.

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    Hi Chris,

    Telefunken is a very old company and recordings were just one part of their electronics businesses. Oftentimes old recordings can be very inspirational. I remember when I was a kid, I came across a Victor recording of Paderewski playing Chopin's "Revolutionary Etude". I was captivated by it. But I had to be careful, as the record was very brittle, and that's an understatement. Even with careful handling, pieces would fall of the edges of the record. So when I played it, I had to guide the needle so that it would land on what was left of the recording and not the turntable. When I was done and playing the etude well, there was only about an inch left of the record out past the label. It served it's purpose but it's ironic in one sense too. Nowadays I don't listen to recordings at all when I'm learning new pieces.

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    Hi Andrew,

    I moved him onto the roll. Katin was one of the UK's finest performing artists and teachers. I'm sure he'll be greatly missed.

    David
     

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