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Classical Notes: September 14, 2011 Archive

Marvelous Spanish pianist Javier Perianes on today at 10:00

Posted at 9:31 AM on September 14, 2011 by Alison Young

Javier Perianes has just recorded music of Manuel de Falla with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, but he tells an interviewer that he hasn't decided yet whether he even wants to be a concert pianist!

He's a stellar musician, and says that he's on a 'musical journey' now to find his voice and that competitions (which he has won many) sometimes don't find the best musicians even if they find the best technician. Read the article here.

What a gorgeous piece Javier Perianes plays at 10:00 - Falla's " Nights in the Gardens of Spain." Don't miss it!

Mindy Ratner spends the day at Pere Lachaise

Posted at 1:42 PM on September 14, 2011 by ClassicalMPR (2 Comments)

Père Lachaise Cemetery

Mindy Ratner

Not long ago, I took off for a couple of weeks for what was a vacation in the very best sense - time spent far away, in the company of friends. No plans, other than making sure that I was in the right place at the right time to catch a train, or a good night's sleep.

Paris was at its beautiful best, and I spent the better part of a day wandering around the Père Lachaise Cemetery in the 20th Arrondissement (that's the fancy French word for "district"). Turns out it was just a few yards — or meters, I suppose — from the place where I was staying. If you like looking for famous people, chances are you'll find many in Père Lachaise.

And I did.

It felt like a pilgrimage, wandering here and there on a quest to find the burial places of Frederic Chopin and Georges Bizet and Edouard Lalo. Gioacchino Rossini was buried there as well, having spent his later years in the City of Lights, although his remains were repatriated to Italy a long time ago. I forget how many others I saw, although the search for Poulenc's grave was a bit amusing. A French friend and I were a bit turned around, and we were approached by a plump elderly woman who heard us speaking English; she asked helpfully "Are you looking for Jim Morrison (of The Doors)?" I guess she pegged my age group in an instant!

Ah, Père Lachaise, the final resting place of so many great composers and artists and dancers and playwrights and philosophers. The list goes on, and there's so much I missed this time around. The empty urn of Maria Callas, Alphonse Daudet of L'Arlesienne fame (with Bizet's lovely score), Liszt's lover Marie d'Agoult, and the great jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli of the Quintet of the Hot Club of France are just a few who come to mind.

Guess I'll have to get back there one of these days...

Mindy Ratner, Classical MPR host

More Info: List of those buried at Père Lachaise

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