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#1945381 - 08/19/12 08:21 AM Another sensastional but barely mentioned pianist  
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I heard Nikita Magaloff for the first time yesterday. Anyone heard him in recordings or live?

A few YouTube videos:

Weber/Tausig:Invitation to the Dance
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MVEPJt224M

Haydn: Sonata in C No.48
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXAlzGwpf14

Levitzki:Arabesque Valsante(i like this better tha Levitzki's own recording)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJ3hxdg8qJQ

Chopin:Waltz Op.18
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laKofNLGOFc&feature=relmfu

Chopin:Mazurkas Op.41
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgCi5h70tn4&feature=relmfu

Liszt:La Chasse, Arpeggio Etudes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laKofNLGOFc&feature=relmfu
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-mvqeIWy1A

Strauss/Grunfeld: Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gup1...99135963C3965D9&feature=results_main

What do you think?

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#1945523 - 08/19/12 12:08 PM Re: Another sensastional but barely mentioned pianist [Re: pianoloverus]  
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You're right -- I've never heard of him before, although pretty clearly he was a contemporary of Arrau, Schnabel, Brailowsky, and other pianists who were better known at that time. I liked everything I heard, although I was most taken by "La Chasse" -- nice to hear Liszt sound charming! His presentations are clean as a whistle, aristocratic, rich -- from the European old-school, loaded with wisdom and grace. Thanks for sharing these!

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Thanks for posting these, pianoloverus.

(A great start to my morning.)

Ditto to everything Tim posted.....


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#1947337 - 08/22/12 03:27 PM Re: Another sensastional but barely mentioned pianist [Re: pianoloverus]  
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He slaughtered some etudes from Scriabin Op. 8 but I guess I'll have a listen.

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#1947650 - 08/23/12 04:31 AM Re: Another sensastional but barely mentioned pianist [Re: pianoloverus]  
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Originally Posted by pianoloverus


I know I've been listening to a lot of Chopin and Liszt as of late, but is it just me, or do these two pieces sound startlingly similar wink


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Originally Posted by babama
He slaughtered some etudes from Scriabin Op. 8 but I guess I'll have a listen.
I'm sure he'd be thrilled by your generosity.

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Around 15 years ago I was browsing through Chopin CDs in a store and came across a Philips collection of Nikita Magaloff playing the Preludes and Impromptus, recorded in the mid-1970s. I remembered the name from a Lipatti biography, where Lipatti had described Magaloff as a "very talented young pianist" in a letter to a friend. (According to Wikipedia, Magaloff took over Lipatti's teaching post at the Geneva Conservatory when Lipatti died.)

While I get more from Cortot than Magaloff in the preludes, Magaloff's playing is always tasteful and charming, and I love the spontaneity of his Impromptu in F sharp major (#2, Opus 36), which in my opinion is a magical performance worth the price of the whole CD. Thanks for posting these; I'll listen this evening.


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#1947767 - 08/23/12 09:46 AM Re: Another sensastional but barely mentioned pianist [Re: Bobpickle]  
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Originally Posted by Bobpickle
Originally Posted by pianoloverus


I know I've been listening to a lot of Chopin and Liszt as of late, but is it just me, or do these two pieces sound startlingly similar wink


I guess, with a little imagination, one could see some vague similarities between the two, don't you think? smile


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#1947784 - 08/23/12 10:22 AM Re: Another sensastional but barely mentioned pianist [Re: pianoloverus]  
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I liked the Levitzki piece. It would have been nice to watch his natural movements playing....his sound and touch are clean.

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Originally Posted by Bobpickle
Originally Posted by pianoloverus


I know I've been listening to a lot of Chopin and Liszt as of late, but is it just me, or do these two pieces sound startlingly similar
I think the only similarity is in the rhythm...two eighths followed by a quarter being prevalent in both.

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Originally Posted by pianoloverus
Originally Posted by Bobpickle
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I know I've been listening to a lot of Chopin and Liszt as of late, but is it just me, or do these two pieces sound startlingly similar
I think the only similarity is in the rhythm...two eighths followed by a quarter being prevalent in both.


b.p. was having some fun... click on the Chopin link in your OP. smile

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Originally Posted by pianoloverus
Originally Posted by babama
He slaughtered some etudes from Scriabin Op. 8 but I guess I'll have a listen.
I'm sure he'd be thrilled by your generosity.


I see my comment annoyed you. When I was discovering the Op. 8 set I happened to listen to his recordings (among other pianists) and No. 4 and especially No. 5 are so terribly played that I couldn't believe it was recorded by a professional pianist. So yes, I'm being quite generous when I give this pianist another chance.

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Originally Posted by babama
Originally Posted by pianoloverus
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He slaughtered some etudes from Scriabin Op. 8 but I guess I'll have a listen.
I'm sure he'd be thrilled by your generosity.


I see my comment annoyed you. When I was discovering the Op. 8 set I happened to listen to his recordings (among other pianists) and No. 4 and especially No. 5 are so terribly played that I couldn't believe it was recorded by a professional pianist. So yes, I'm being quite generous when I give this pianist another chance.
Your thoughts about his slaughtering some Etudes are only your opinion although you state them as fact. I listened to those two etudes and while I didn't love his performances, I would hardly use the words you did and certainly not follow them up with the contemptuous "I guess I'll have a listen."

I assume pianists with world wide careers usually have something to say and don't write them off if I find a few of their recordings are unappealing. From Wikipedia(with some parts in bold to compare with your own pianistic achievement/knowledge):

Nikita Magaloff (Russian: Никита Магалов) (21 February [O.S. 8 February] 1912 – 26 December 1992) was a Georgian-Russian pianist.

He was born in Saint Petersburg to a Georgian noble family named Maghalashvili. Magaloff and his family left Russia in 1918 for Finland. His musical interest first stimulated by family friend Serge Prokofiev, he studied with Alexander Siloti [/i]before going to Paris, where [b]he studied with Isidor Philipp, chair of the piano department at the Paris Conservatory. He numbered Ravel among his friends there, who, when he graduated in 1929, said 'In Magaloff a great, a truly extraordinary musician is born.'

He was best known for his espousal of the music of Chopin, and was accustomed to perform the complete piano works in series of six recitals.[2] He recorded the complete works - the first time anyone had done so. While these recordings have been criticised for their failure to plumb the depths of Chopin's works, they were innovative for their textual fidelity and unsentimentality. Magaloff, for example, preferred and recorded Chopin's own manuscript versions of the waltzes rather than the familiar versions published posthumously by Julian Fontana.

His interpretations of Mendelssohn are also striking, finding a vein of melancholy that is often missed.

Magaloff's playing carried the hallmarks of Philipp's elegant, refined style, though he himself rejected the sentimental interpretations of Philipp's generation (he was especially critical of Paderewski whom he believed had "falsified Chopin"). He once described himself to the critic and writer Piero Rattalino as 'a vieux style pianist'.

His playing, however, underwent a change in his later years, becoming more passionate, daring and challenging. He remarked, in an interview with Eugenio Scalfari "at the age of seventy, I have come to the conclusion that only the sentiment and fear of death can induce an immoderate passion for life." His last recordings bear eloquent tribute to this 'immoderate passion for life'.

In 1949 he took over his friend and colleague Dinu Lipatti's master class at the Geneva Conservatory after Lipatti's premature death. He continued regular teaching until 1960, when the demands of his concert career took priority, and he toured in the United States, South America, Japan, Israel, South Africa, and throughout Europe including Russia and Scandinavia. He still gave occasional master-classes, and took part in juries at international piano concours.[3] Among his many pupils were the pianists Martha Argerich, Maria Tipo, Ingrid Haebler and Valery Sigalevitch, and the organist Lionel Rogg.

Nikita Magaloff was married to Irene, the daughter of the violinist Joseph Szigeti with whom he had established his international reputation in concerts before the war interrupted his career.[4] He died in Vevey, Switzerland on 26 December 1992.

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I recently acquired the Complete Piano Works of Chopin as performed by Magaloff. I'm beyond thrilled listening to them. The piano sounds rich, full and well balanced. Magaloff has a lithe touch when needed and forceful when called for. I enjoy his playing immensely. I'm listening to the Mazurkas, Op. 17 as we speak. Charming, indeed.


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Love the Levitzki. I've always had a strange obsession with waltzes and I love the Levitzki waltzes as much as the Chopin waltzes.


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I saw/heard him perform Gaspard de la nuit/Liszt sonata/Schubert impromtus, I was 14, one of the deepest impacts a concert made on me, ever. I cherish his influence on me wanting to do the same.


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