Marc-André Hamelin: Liszt & Thalberg [Hyperion]

September 1960. Kensington Odeon. A clandestine afternoon watching Dirk Bogarde’s Song Without End biopic, a travesty redeemed only by an unknown off-the-shelf tinkler playing the soundtrack. Jorge Bolet. (Hollywood music men, Abram Chasins on call, knew their pianists in those days – think of Nyiregyházi’s lot a generation before.) In no time at all, Bayswater way, I […]

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