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Quote from: AnotherSpin on September 18, 2023, 04:50:15 AMNo problem. Given how massively popular Russian/Soviet music and performing art is here on the GMG, Gavrilov's book may be a must read, an eye-opener at least. It's written very vividly and reads interestingly. What he writes about Richter in detail, or Gilels to a much lesser extent, would sure enrage fans of the former and the latter. I was fb friends with Gavrilov for several years some time ago. It was interesting to talk to him. One day he banned me after I told I found Stewart Goodyear's performance of Rachmaninoff's 3rd concerto interesting. Gavrilov is not the right person to speak favourably of other musicians to.
Quote from: Florestan on September 18, 2023, 05:10:52 AMWell, professional jealousy and harsh judgments about fellow artists are only too frequent in the artistic world, particularly in the musical field. Gavrilov is not alone in this respect. Actually, if I had the opportunity to talk to a famous musician, be they pianist, violinist, conductor, singer or whatever, I would bring up any topic but music.
Quote from: AnotherSpin on September 18, 2023, 05:35:21 AMI don't remember what we talked about. The question about Goodyear arose in connection with the scandalous story when Valentina Lisitsa's performance was cancelled in Canada and Goodyear replaced her.
Quote from: AnotherSpin on September 19, 2023, 05:51:30 AMThanks to everyone who mentioned it earlier. It's a terrific book. Just finished.
Quote from: AnotherSpin on September 21, 2023, 09:58:16 PMSomewhere in the middle
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Quote from: vers la flamme on September 25, 2023, 05:49:52 AMVery very good writer. Read The Makioka Sisters if you haven't, and if you have time for a fairly long book. (DBK, one of our other Tanizaki fans, doesn't like it, but I thought it was a beautiful book.) I haven't read that one, but may head back to Kinokuniya to get a copy, if you say it's worth it
Quote from: Dry Brett Kavanaugh on September 25, 2023, 06:11:37 AMI will get the Japanese edition of Makioka sisters next year. I tend to prefer his early short stories to the later works. As I mentioned before, I think the book below is vg. "Secret" is about a cross-dresser in Tokyo before WWI, and "Children" is about a sado-masochistic play by children. https://www.nytimes.com/2001/08/19/books/sensation.htmlhttps://www.complete-review.com/reviews/tanizaki/gourmet_club.htm
Quote from: AnotherSpin on September 25, 2023, 06:47:38 AMThank you. I've read this book many years ago, in Russian translation it's titled The Fine Snow, I think it's closer to the original. I've been a fan of Tanizaki for decades (he and Kawabata are very dear for me from 70s), and have read almost all translated into Russian and many books translated to English. Diary of a Mad Old Man is the last one I read. My favourite book of his is In Praise of Shadows. It had a decisive influence on my ideas about design and decoration and my attitude to things.Edit: Oh yes, definitely worth a read. But I'm biased :-)
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