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Pianist Eric Parkin 1924-2020
« on: October 28, 2020, 02:24:16 PM »
The English pianist Eric Parkin, much favoured by the BBC for his championship of British composers, has died at a great age. From his radio debut in 1948 to his very late years he was hardly ever off the radio, whether in studio, at the Proms or with his highly successful recordings on the Chandos label.

Parkin, who came from Stevenage in Hertfordshire, won renown as the leading champion of the music of John Ireland. He also played works by Arnold Bax, Geoffrey Bush, Peter Dickinson, David Gow, Kenneth Leighton, E J Moeran and Richard Stoker.

Eric Parkin’s musical sympathies were wide, ranging from J.S. Bach through the Classical and Romantic repertoire to much 20th century repertoire. He had a great affection for French and American music and was increasingly recording this. A number of English composers have either written for him or asked for first performances, including Geoffrey Bush, Peter Dickinson, David Gow, Kenneth Leighton and Richard Stoker.

Source: Slipped disc & https://www.bach-cantatas.com/Bio/Parkin-Eric.htm

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Arnold Cooke - pianoconcerto 1940 : https://youtu.be/V3TbBFROofQ
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Re: Pianist Eric Parkin 1924-2020
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2020, 02:57:59 PM »
Damn, rest in peace; I have his complete Poulenc set which is quite good. I had no idea he was in his late 90s.

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Re: Pianist Eric Parkin 1924-2020
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2020, 03:48:01 PM »
A sad loss: RIP

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"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

'The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good' (Stanley Kubrick).

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Re: Pianist Eric Parkin 1924-2020
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2020, 05:09:01 PM »
I was just listening to him playing Bax Piano Sonatas in the car earlier this morning.

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« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2020, 02:09:37 AM »
Had no idea he was that old. RIP.
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Re: Pianist Eric Parkin 1924-2020
« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2020, 02:11:09 AM »
Had no idea he was that old. RIP.
Nor me.
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

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« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2020, 11:00:50 AM »
A trusted guide for much music......

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« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2020, 04:01:54 PM »
A trusted guide for much music......
Indeed. I got to know so much of the neglected repertoire (and sometimes composers) because of him.
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« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2020, 05:17:00 PM »
These two off top of my head - may have more.

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Re: Pianist Eric Parkin 1924-2020
« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2020, 08:34:10 PM »
John Ireland, Arnold Bax, Billy Mayerl, Dyson, Roussel, Delius, Baines, Moeran, Chaminade...
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Re: Pianist Eric Parkin 1924-2020
« Reply #10 on: Today at 01:31:21 AM »
Playing the Legend in memoriam now. As I live near the South Downs and walk there often this music has special connotations for me.

Here's Harrow Hill on the South Downs - an area which inspired the 'Legend' (photo from Internet):
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"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

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« Reply #11 on: Today at 04:53:29 AM »
He recorded Ireland's complete piano music twice, once for Lyrita and once for Chandos and the two versions are slightly different, go figure!
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