Friday, January 22, 2010

How Many of Us Remember the Young Fou T'song?

When I was just beginning my work in both musicology and education, one of my heroes was a young Chinese pianist, Fou T'song. What I remember most clearly about his playing was the remarkable interpretive grasp he possessed of the piano music of the 18th and 19th centuries, especially the music of Chopin. I have, from time to time, been in wonder of why this truly powerful musician did not climb to the top of the ladder.
Of all of the musicians of Eastern traditions I have known of throughout my career, I am of the opinion that Fou is the most 'westernized' pianist in the playing of the Romantic period. I am aware that the young sensation Lang Lang is among the most recognized pianists of the day; however, for me, the poetic views that Fou gave to my ears remain among the most beautiful and intelligent contributions to the history of piano performances.
I believe he was born around 1934, and has been a master teacher these days. I noticed his name connected with master classes in Lake Como, for instance. I believe that he does continue to perform from time to time - I should love to hear him now.

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Blogger pigeon toes said...

I do agree with your comments regarding Fou Tsong. I have a very old album of his. I think his interpretation of Chopin's Berceuse is stop in your tracks beautiful. I was trying to remember his name after hearing Valentina Lisitsa play this piece on Youtube. Her interpretation is so similar, very, very tender.

November 27, 2010 at 1:38 AM  

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