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Pianos and Pianists - Consultant Editor Ates Orga

Royal Philharmonic Society Awards for 1998

Tenth Anniversary Celebration

'For nearly two hundred years the Royal Philharmonic Society has been associated with classical music of the very highest standard. With its continued support for musicians, and in particular for young performers and for music education, the Royal Philharmonic Society is helping to ensure the future of British music making'

The Rt Hon Chris Smith, MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport


The 1998 RPS Music Awards were presented by
HRH The Duke of Kent KG
at the Dorchester Hotel, London, Wednesday 12th May,
the Citations read by The Lord Birkett.


Radio, TV, Video Award

Richter, The Enigma

'a revelatory documentary that gave unique access to one of the greatest and most mysterious performers of the century and through him to a whole segment of Soviet history. The film is available as a commercial video, but the jury urges UK broadcasters to allow the general television public the chance to see it'


Chamber Ensemble Award

Pianist: William Howard

'for their enterprising programming of piano-based chamber music, the encouragement and commissioning of new work, and the combination of scrupulous musicianship'


Book Award

Liszt - the Final Years 1861-1886
(London: Faber & Faber)

'the culmination of a life's work, [combining] scholarship and a vivacious prose style. It tells the story of the composer's difficult final years - including his complex relationship with his daughter Cosima and her husband, Richard Wagner - and offers much critical commentary on the later controversial compositions'


Instrumentalist Award


'for playing of a high order of sophistication and sensitivity, a lyrical pianist who sings with his singers. His enthusiasm and encouragement for singers and players extends from the newest to the most experienced. His ensemble, The Songmakers Almanac, demonstrates his devotion to the entire literature of song. He explores the repertoire with a passion and scholarship that have brought new life to the song recital. Everything flows from his artistry and musicianship'

Royal Philharmonic Society


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