KASS Music Gem: The KASSest Ever!

Lindsay Perigo's picture
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2013-12-14 09:23

I've recently re-read a biography of Tchaikovsky I first read when it came out, in 1995, by Anthony Holden. I'm now re-opening others by Michael Hoffmann and John Warrack. In the process, I've become acquainted for the first time with a work that is now my favourite ever by anyone: the Piano Trio in A minor. The version here is not the best: the best is by Kissin, Maisky and Bell, which I view every day—but to post it would be a breach of copyright. This will have to do. As I've just been trying to explain to a young part-Objectivist, the reason Oism is failing is that Oists, The Romantic Manifesto notwithstanding, don't grasp or begin to appreciate—as a rule they're belligerent philistines—the import of cosmic beauty such as this. Oh, and it's my birthday—92nd—so I'm allowing myself the indulgence of saying so:


Oh yes...

Olivia's picture

I hope you find the Kissin/Maisky/Bell version I sent you even more orgasmic.

It is. Incredibly so. Bell and Kissin are wonderful, as per usual, but that Maisky with his dramatic grey locks is an amazing cellist - could watch him all day!

I have not come across this

Matthew Humphreys's picture

I have not come across this piece before either - and what a beautiful piece it is.

Happy (belated) Birthday Linz. See it as marking another year of life affirming success and productivity!

Lady Slapper

Lindsay Perigo's picture

Glad you ecstasised. I'd expect nothing less. I hope you find the Kissin/Maisky/Bell version I sent you even more orgasmic. I've just watched it yet again. I love the way the hairs start to come off Joshua's bow from the intensity of his playing. And *what* a titanic trio!!

I should have mentioned this was written by Tchaikovsky as a tribute to his friend and mentor Nikolai Rubinstein—hence the death strains at the end.

Happy 92nd to you Lord Whopper Flopper for Saturday. It seems we all forget each other's birthdays now and we shouldn't, especially as they'll all run out soon enough anyway.

Birthdays ought to be forgotten: why should one celebrate catastrophes? That said, I intend to have a hundred all up—and that's just the first half!

Holy Heaven on Earth!

Olivia's picture

Now that is what I call a climax!

What an exquisite melody. I'm listening to it again from the beginning, as it is also a new one for me. It is very full from beginning to end, excruciatingly so at times. "Favourite ever by anyone" ? I'm glad I know that now, I've often wondered. Smiling

Happy 92nd to you Lord Whopper Flopper for Saturday. It seems we all forget each other's birthdays now and we shouldn't, especially as they'll all run out soon enough anyway. Sad

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