GORDON RUMSON investigates the
pianist, composer, teacher, activist and organiser
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
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
|The Piano Music of Ferruccio Busoni
|The Piano Music of Franz Liszt
|The Keyboard Works of Gunnar Johansen
|Historical Recital Series
|The Complete Piano Music of Ignaz Friedman
||($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).
Copyright © 14 January 2001
Gordon Rumson, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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