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Re: [F_MINOR] The Song Beneath the Ice

Hi everybody

I allow myself to break in at this point because the
Pictures are one of my favourite piano works.

I would simply recommend a few interpretations:

* above all, Byron Janis, who is technically great,
inspired, always of superior taste, although like most
people he doesn't respect the written rhythm in the
Great Gate of Kiev.

*then Horowitz (who, by the way, would have been 100
years old this year), who "improved" the score by
doubling some octaves and even worse. The sound is a
bit crackling since it's from the 40s, but it is so
full of might!

*Then a few others: Brigitte Engerer and Ivo
Pogorelich, the latter being very slow and personal,
but it works somehow.

I hope you can listen to some of these and I would be
glad to hear some other opinions about this great


 --- Peter Lyon <petermlyon@HOTMAIL.COM> a écrit : >
>From: Jim Morrison <jim_morrison@SPRYNET.COM>
> >Reply-To: Jim Morrison <jim_morrison@SPRYNET.COM>
> >Subject: Re: [F_MINOR] The Song Beneath the Ice
> >Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2003 15:22:10 -0500
> >
> >Hi,
> >
> >I read the book a few months ago and was very
> pleased with the first half
> >of
> >it. The second half the end last few chapters were
> unexpected for me and
> >less than pleasing, but I'd certainly recommend the
> book to anyone who'd
> >read something about it and felt like it would be
> something they were
> >interested in. The book is kind of tricky in that
> there are a few narrative
> >voices interwoven throughout the text. Some of it
> in the form of journal
> >entries, some in transcribed audio tapes, other in
> plain old regular first
> >person.
> >
> >Also, Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition plays
> a significant role in
> >the
> >novel. It's the work that the pianist is most
> famous for, ala Gould and the
> >Goldbergs.  I was constantly listening to Pictures
> during the time I was
> >reading the book.
> >
> >And there's much more of the real Glenn Gould in
> this novel than in the
> >Loser.
> >
> >Anything else I can help you with concerning the
> novel, just ask.
> >
> >Jim
> Dear Jim
> I don't know of this book but can you recommend a
> version of Pictures At An
> Exhibition? I don't think Gould played it.
> Thanks
> Peter Lyon
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