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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 14, 2012 1:29:24 PM PDT
John Ruggeri says:
D. M. Ohara says:

Solomon was due to record all the Beethoven sonatas, and the Chopin 2nd and 3rd. A great loss

Without a doubt as Solomon was IMO was one of the supreme pianists in Beethoven, Chopin and whatever else I heard him play.


In reply to an earlier post on Jun 14, 2012 5:29:06 PM PDT
carnola says:
One of Clift's early movies that I always liked was "The Search."

Laurence Harvey was another actor who died at age 45, but his prime was only about 5-10 years. He was especially memorable in "The Manchurian Candidate" (in which Angela Lansbury had a delicious role as a villain).

Back to music:
Not sure that Dennis Brain has been mentioned--a terrific horn player.

Posted on Jun 14, 2012 5:31:58 PM PDT
Probably the genre that has the record on early deaths by musical geniuses is jazz. Man, it would be really cool if someone like Eric Dolphy had lived a few years more.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 14, 2012 5:37:52 PM PDT
carnola says:
... or Bix Beiderbecke, Charlie Christian, Herschel Evans, Jimmie Blanton, Clifford Brown, Bubber Miley, Art Tatum, John Coltrane, ...

So many great jazz players that died young.

Posted on Jun 14, 2012 5:54:29 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 14, 2012 5:59:26 PM PDT
Yeah... and Charlie Parker of course, who apparently looked like a sixty year old when he died (he was 34 I think).

By the way, Bix was moving toward a classical modernist language when he passed away. There's a famous piano composition that proves it beautifully. I think Parker took some lessons from Edgar Varèse in his last year.


In reply to an earlier post on Jun 14, 2012 6:52:46 PM PDT
John Ruggeri says:
I regard it as a Crime against Music that these Titans did not make Complete Opera Recordings

Caruso, Ruffo, Melba, Galli- Curci for starters.

Posted on Jun 14, 2012 7:16:38 PM PDT
Pistol Pete Reiser & Tony Conigliaro the baseball players. Both had the talent to be hall of famers but their carreers were cut short by injuries. I think baseball players are artists of sorts. Both were great players for a short period of time and were very young when they reached stardom. If somebody can introduce actors into the discussion why not ballplayers?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 14, 2012 7:19:29 PM PDT
KenOC says:
Juan Crisóstomo Jacobo Antonio de Arriaga y Balzola...

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 14, 2012 8:10:26 PM PDT
Omar, agreed. I'm not a musician---but it seems to me that the connection between musicians and athletes is very strong. Their bodies have to work for them. And yes, baseball has an artistic (and mystical) dimension to it, which makes baseball players artists of sorts, as you note.

I saw Ted Williams play in 1948. I have a single clear memory of him standing in left field in Fenway Park. I was eight. Years later (I was 25) I saw the Budapest String Quartet in Symphony Hall, a few blocks away from Fenway. I have a clear memory of how they looked and sounded. I'm not primarily a sports fan, but in this case it's impossible not to cherish that memory of Ted---alongside my memory of Messrs Schneider, Roisman, and Kroyt. Heroes are where you find them. I'm glad of mine...

Posted on Jun 15, 2012 7:36:19 AM PDT
HB says:
M.R. Simpson mentioned Michael Rabin early on. There is a 6CD set on NML. I have been listening to this set and I must say Mr. Rabin had to be one of the greatest violinists ever. His tone is huge and his technique flawless. And his interpretations are just perfect to my ears. Dying at the age of 35 was a real trajedy.

Posted on Jun 15, 2012 8:06:13 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 15, 2012 9:03:03 AM PDT
When George Szell heard Michael Rabin play the violin, he declared that Rabin was the greatest violinist he had encountered over the previous three decades. Mitropolous called him a genius violinist. There was also a story about David Oistrakh inviting Rabin to his hotel room in London to play chamber music, and when Rabin arrived he found Oistrakh sitting in the 2nd violin chair. I have never heard a violinist play the Meditation by Massenet more beautifully:

The Testament label has recently released two box sets, one of the "published" recordings, and the other of "unpublished" recordings. I've got the unpublished set on order, but it hasn't arrived. If people are interested, I can let you know about the sound quality, etc., when I receive it; though from my experience Testament usually does excellent remasters. There was also a large EMI set released back in the 1990s, numerous individual issues, and recently an EMI Icon 'bargain' set:

The Studio Recordings 1954-1960
The Unpublished Recordings

Michael Rabin 1936-1972--note that this set has nothing less than 5 star reviews (20).
Icon: Young Genius of the Violin
Violin Concerto--Berlin RIAS recordings.
Paganini: 24 Caprices

If I were to name my ten favorite fiddlers ever, Rabin would be on the list.

Posted on Jun 15, 2012 8:20:33 AM PDT
Christopher Hogwood

I haven't seen any new recordings from him for a long time. What's up? Actually I thought he died, but then I checked his wiki and he seems to be alive and kicking - or at least trying to. His Haydn symphonies cycle was left unfisnished - same thing with the Robert Levin Mozart concertos on Decca.


has almost been forgotten because he died too young to really become a part of the Golden Age of Stereo (march's term I think).

Posted on Jun 15, 2012 8:55:21 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 15, 2012 8:56:20 AM PDT
Rasmus--Hogwood has been making recordings of the music of Martinu in recent years. He has also been occupied with creating performing editions. Still going strong at 70. Here's a link to his website:

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 15, 2012 9:32:53 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 15, 2012 9:33:29 AM PDT

-- Thank you! I didn't know that - I primarily listen to Baroque and Classical, so I don't even notice when a new Martinu recording comes out. Funny how these Baroque specialists have branched out and now even play 20th century music.

Did you see my post the other day about Lubimov doing a period recording of Debussy - well, you probably know about it already, but here is the link anyway:
Debussy: Preludes

Posted on Jun 15, 2012 9:46:39 AM PDT
Rasmus--No, I didn't know about the Lubimov's new Debussy recording. Thanks. There have been some period Prelude recordings in the past, from Immerseel, Planes, & Cassard. But I expect Lubimov's will be very interesting.

Posted on Jun 15, 2012 3:36:08 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 15, 2012 3:38:11 PM PDT
Ruskin, FL. says:
Did any of you ever hear Esther Glazer, violinist? She was performed as a soloist a lot in the 50s, 60s, 70s, and on into the 80s. Not as much in the 90s. I don't know of any commercial recordings. She was a wonderful violinist with a first rate mind. Seems strange that she wasn't a big name.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 16, 2012 3:25:30 AM PDT
D. M. Ohara says:
Was she a member of the famous Jewish-American family which included Frank Glazer [piano] and David Glazer [clarinet]?

Posted on Jun 16, 2012 11:33:36 AM PDT
Thomas Linley the Younger, dead at 22. From what little they left, he and Arriaga could have rivaled anyone.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2012 8:14:02 AM PDT
Ruskin, FL. says:
Ohara says: Was she a member of the famous Jewish-American family which included Frank Glazer [piano] and David Glazer [clarinet]?

No, I don't think so. She had a sister, a cellist with the Chicago orchestra. Esther Glazer was married to Irwin Hoffman, who conducted in Vancouver, Chicago, Tampa area, and now in South America. She has children, Toby Hoffman--violist, Deborah Hoffman--harpist with Met Orch, Gary Hoffman--cellist, and Joel Hoffman--composer/pianist. They performed as a family for many years.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2012 9:27:08 AM PDT
D. M. Ohara says:
Thanks for that. Frank Glazer was still playing well just last year at the age of 96!
I have long cherished a VOX LP of Frank and David playing the Brahms clarinet sonatas. Frank was, I think, the first to record the complete Satie piano music.

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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2012 2:57:56 PM PDT
John Ruggeri says:
donna_elvira says:


ArkivMusic has just come out with Joan in Verdi: I Masnadieri from Decca in their reprint edition.

Thank you so much for the information.

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