Monday, July 27, 2009

Two French Giants in Music Not to be Forgotten

May I respectfully nudge History's recent artistic past into activity by reminding the reader of two great musicians from France?
Robert Casadesus came from a brilliant musical family and became one of the 20th century's most highly regarded pianists, primarily due to his elegance and sophistication, especially in the music of Mozart. He was also recognized as a composer and dedicated teacher, a combination not seen very often in a world-renown performer.
He and his wife Gaby performed often in the halls of Europe and America, along with Robert's son Jean, primarily in the works by Mozart for more than one piano.
A contemporary genius from France was the brilliant violinist Zino Francescatti, who actually collaborated with Casadesus in recording the sonatas for violin and piano by Beethoven, which I believe one can still purchase. In actuality, Francescatti was Columbia Record's most successful violinist in the mid - century, and was known for his fluidic, yet brilliant sound and evocative stylism. There were those who felt that Francescatti was as great a violinist as any during his reign of performance.
For those of you who may not have heard these two wonderful musicians, may I unconditionally support your doing so?

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