Michel Beroff – Lynn Harrell In Recital – 1979 Salzburg Soloists Recital – Gordon Skene Sound Collection
With the very sudden and sad news of the passing of Lynn Harrell, it only seems fitting that the concert for this Mid-Week be a recital featuring Lynn Harrell as way of tribute to a supremely gifted artist. He will be missed.
Historic recitals this week. From the 1979 Salzburg Festival, a recital by Michel Beroff and Lynn Harrell in music by Bartok, Webern, Schubert and Brahms.
Beginning the concert with Bartok’s Rhapsody No. 1 for cello and Piano. After that; Webern’s Three Little Pieces for Piano and Cello. Followed by Schubert: Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano in A minor D. 821. Closing the official program is Brahms: Sonata in E Minor op. 38. Encores follow. Fauré: Elegy op. 24 and ending with Mendelssohn’s Songs Without Words for cello and Piano op. 109.
The French pianist and conductor, Michel Béroff, was trained at the Nancy Conservatory, winning the 1st prize in 1962 and the prize of excellence in 1963. He completed his studies at the Paris Conservatory (CNSM) with Yvonne Loriod, where he immediately stood out as one of the best pianists, winning the 1st prize in 1966. In 1967 he made his Paris recital debut and won the 1st prize at the first international Olivier Messiaen Piano Competition in Royan . He has been since considered one of the most outstanding interpreter of Messiaen’s music .
During the next years Michel Béroff played with the most prestigious orchestras around the world and as a recitalist. He has played under the direction of such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Christoph von Dohnányi, Antal Doráti, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Michael Gielen, Inbal, Eugen Jochum, Erich Leinsdorf, Kurt Masur, Seiji Ozawa, Andre Previn, Mstislav Rostropovich, Yutaka Sado, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Georg Solti, Tennsted, Michael Tilson Thomas, David Zinman, and many others.
The American cellist, Lynn Harrell, was born to musician parents: his father was the baritone Mack Harrell and his mother, Marjorie McAlister Fulton (1909-1962), was a violinist. At the age of 8, he decided to learn to play the cello, taking initial lessons with Heinrich Joachim of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. When he was 12, his family moved to Dallas, Texas, where he studied with excellent teacher in Lev Aronson (1912-1988), the first to recognize his talent. Harrell says that Aronson “showed me passion, for the instrument, for music and for life.” After attending Denton High School, Harrell studied at the Juilliard School in New York, studying with the renowned Leonard Rose. Harrell then went to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia for further studies with Orlando Cole, who recommended that he join an orchestra as preparation for his desired solo career. He made his debut in 1961 playing with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.
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