Click on the link here for Audio Player – Menahem Pressler and Friends – 90th Birthday Concert – December 16, 2013 – Radio France Musique – Part 1
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Menahem Pressler and Friends – 90th Birthday Concert – December 16, 2013 – Radio France Musique – Part 2
A special concert this week – legendary pianist Menahem Pressler turns 90. And to celebrate that milestone event, Radio France held a concert/get-together featuring the iconic Pianist and many of his friends, taking turns accompanying him or having him accompany them.
Here’s a rundown of what happened:
Part 1 (top player)
1. Anton Dvorak
Quintet No. 2 in A Major Op.81 B 155 (1887) *
2. Franz Schubert
Lieder extracts ** Winterreise
– Der Lindenbaum The Lime – Frühlingstraum Dream of Spring – Die Krähe The Crow– Der Leiermann Player Vielle
Part 2 (bottom player)
1. Franz Schubert
Quintet in A Major Op Posth 114 D 667, Trout (1819) ****
2. bis quatuor Ebene – Claude Debussy Quartet in G minor – 3rd movement Andantino gently expressive *
3. bis Menahem Pressler Frédéric Chopin Nocturne No. 20 in C sharp minor op posthumous Quintet in A Major Op Posth 114 D 667, Trout (1819) **** Menahem Pressler , Piano Christoph Prégardien , Tenor ** Quatuor Ebene * Benjamin Berlioz , bass ***
And a rousing chorus of “happy birthday”.
90 and still going strong. Apparently, the Birthday Tour is going on in several places, including streaming video. Check out the Menahem Pressler website for details.
In the meantime, enjoy – and, if you aren’t familiar with him, check out the vast number of albums Menahem Pressler has recorded since the beginning of lp’s. A fascinating collection with some of the best performances of some rare and out-of-the-way repertoire you are likely to find. A remarkable and enduring talent and an icon who has no intention of quitting any time soon.