Pulitzer Prize–winning critic and author Harold C. Schonberg presents vivid Bolet, Gutierrez, and Watts, The Great Pianists is a comprehensive and fascinating. LibraryThing Review. User Review – dorotheabaker – LibraryThing. this book is absolutely FANTASTIC. I found it really readable and also incredibly informative. The Great Pianists brings to life the brilliant, stylish, and sometimes eccentric personalities, methods, and technical peculiarities of history’s.
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On the whole, he has succeeded factually, but the book is not at all the sort to haro,d the reader who might happen to have taken a new piano lessons or enjoy an occasional concert. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Another indispensable work by Schonberg. Great overview – has helped me identify individual pianists!
More Salonists and the Revolutionary in Octaves. I enjoyed the consequential history that emerged of how piano performance and interpretation styles shifted over the centuries, and of the varying ways people in different decades “received” or “conceived of” composers and their best works.
A harild overview of some of the most talented musicians, pianists, and composers of treat post-Bach, post-harpsichord era. Many pianists played “with clarity,” or possessed “glorious” tone, or demonstrated superb fluency because of their “brilliant” technical skills. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Sadly, the author has passed away, or I’d be calling for a new edition.
Very good, fascinating book. Great greaat to any musical library. Including profiles of Horowitz and Van Cliburn, among others, and chapters detailing the playing and careers of such modern pianists as de Larrocha, Ashkenazy, Gilels, Gould, Brendel, Bolet, Gutierrez, and Watts, The Great Pianists is a comprehensive and fascinating look at legendary performers past and present.
Including profiles of Horowitz and Van Cliburn, among others, and chapters detailing schonbberg playing and careers of such modern pianists as de Larrocha, Ashkenazy, Gilels, Gould, Brendel, Bolet, Gutierrez, and Watts, The Great Pianists is a comprehensive and fascinating look at legendary performers past and present.
I’m looking forward to developing my ear first by trying to hear what Schonberg heard, and uarold to see if I agree with his assessment.
That is difficult to sustain for pages and over 50 significant profiles and he should be commended. Who were some of the great performers and teachers whose work caused revolutions in their day, but those names are now all but forgotten?
THE GREAT PIANISTS by Harold C. Schonberg | Kirkus Reviews
While a bit “outdated” in the sense that the book no longer writes to the “present,” I loved how Schonberg encompassed all known virtuosity since the very beginning of the instrument. What was the ellspring of Paderewski’s attraction, of Horowitz’s, freat Rubinstein’s? From The Schonnerg Times critic, who took kept detailed comments in the scores of pieces heard at concerts he reviewed comes a splashing history of pianists.
Feb 04, Joseph Bourque rated it it was amazing.
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Brilliant book for anyone who loves the piano. It wasn’t obvious for this reader. It also was the product of a past era–references to people as “mental defectives” or descriptions of someone having a “noble head” have gone out of fashion.
Nov 01, Jenny rated it liked it Shelves: Feb 25, Barbara rated it really liked it Recommends it for: A beautiful connectedness of music Now that we have that garden of endless delights known as YouTube and the Google search, I have written down several recordings I plan to search for, notably the collaborations caught on disc between Sergei Rachmaninov and Fritz Kreisler!
This book was both entertaining and educational. Trivia About The Great Pianists. This book schlnberg geared more toward specialists than a general readership, and it was undoubtedly a stupendous undertaking to compile. The interesting book I’d like to read again. Eventually, Schonberg runs out of adjectives. From Ireland to Bohemia.
After reading, I now have a richer language for describing piano performance, a lengthy list of discs to pianistss to my music library, and access points into those recordings. A WONDERFUL read for the serious pianist or piano teacher, it had me laughing and running off to read quotes to my family about the eccentricities and recommendations of people like Liszt, Moscheles, and lots of people whose names I won’t attempt to spell.
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