Honoring Oscar Levant : pianist, wit, and possible genius

I first heard of Oscar Levant (December 27, 1906 – August 14, 1972) when I was probably 12 or 13 and becoming aware of music as a growing obsession.  I had recently discovered George Gershwin, thanks to my sister who had a LP of piano rolls of Gershwin playing Rhapsody in Blue.  I would hang out … Continue reading Honoring Oscar Levant : pianist, wit, and possible genius

R.I.P. Ivan Moravec (1930-2015)

I just heard of the passing of the great pianist Ivan Moravec.  Not only was Moravic a supreme musician, his recordings of Debussy, Chopin and Ravel are especially noteworthy, but he was also known as a perfectionist when it came to piano mechanics. Mr. Moravec, 71, is renowned for his gentle, unhurried touch in Chopin, … Continue reading R.I.P. Ivan Moravec (1930-2015)