a Rubinstein miscellany
'For every possible mistake he may have made, he gave, in return, ideas
and musical tone pictures that would have made up for a million mistakes.
When Rubinsten was over-exact his playing lost something of its wonderful
charm' - Sergei Rachmaninov
'Rubinstein's [elemental] temperament is of such compelling force that
exhausted Europe yields submissive to his will' - Eduard
'... the Christians thought he was a Jew; the Jews thought he was a Christian;
the Germans thought he was a Russian; and the Russians took him for a German;
the critic said he was a charlatan when he knew that he was a perfectly
genuine pianist; pianists said he was a good composer but an indifferent
pianist, and composers averred that he was a fine pianist but a bad composer.
So he faily to satisfy anybody' - Hermann Wolff
(reported by Mark Hambourg)
'... a world-stormer, with a sovereign disregard for conventionality
...' - Josef Hofmann
'... his curious, shambling walk, looking like an old animal ... his
downcast, shaggy head ... the shape of his limbs and back. He was like a
bear led along on a chain ... until he touched the piano. Then, everything
altered. His head was held high in the air, and he assumed a magnificent
leonine presence. As soon as his fingers touched the notes, the transition
came over his whole personality. His first attack was famous and unforgettable'
- Sacheverell Sitwell (who never heard
'The Michelangelo of the Piano' - Hans von Bülow
'THE FIRST AMERICAN PIANIST'
LOUIS MOREAU GOTTSCHALK
continues next month
Friday February 4th
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