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LEGENDARY ARTIST

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GORDON RUMSON investigates the
pianist, composer, teacher, activist and organiser
GUNNAR JOHANSEN

 

Gunnar Johansen portrait (seated with book) by Edgar Obma.

 

Gunnar Johansen is a legend. That is, his existence is of fable and myth.

His gigantic recording output is occasionally recalled. His association with Egon Petri and Busoni is sometimes remembered. His compositions are not more than distant tales dimly heard.

It is most apt that he heralded from the Scandinavian north -- home of deep fogs, obscure tales, mighty feats and acts of magic power now lost in the mists of time. And from those mists comes the occasional flash of lightening.

He was a pianist, composer, teacher, activist and organiser filling his life with enough creativity and achievement for several people.

What rational comment can be made of this list of his recordings?

The Complete Keyboard Works of J.S. Bach 43 records/cassettes  
The Piano Music of Ferruccio Busoni 7 records/cassettes  
The Piano Music of Franz Liszt 51 records/cassettes  
The Keyboard Works of Gunnar Johansen 20 cassettes  
Historical Recital Series 12 cassettes*  
The Complete Piano Music of Ignaz Friedman 7 cassettes* ($80.00 for set)

(These series, referred to by Johansen as 'Monuments to Music', are available through Artist Direct, Blue Mounds, Wisconsin 53517, USA. Records/cassettes $10.00, *90 minute cassettes $15.00).

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Copyright © 14 January 2001 Gordon Rumson, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

 

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