Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Featuring writer Nicholas Jubber as well as music, old and new, from Iran.

The third program of the month to feature Karishmeh Felfeli in conversation with a writer, this edition of Offbeat is set in Iran. British-born writer Nicholas Jubber, author of "Drinking Arak off an Ayatollah's Beard" talks to Karishmeh about his travels in Iran (and Afghanistan), Zoroastrianism, modern-day Iran as compared to pre-revolution Iran, as well as Jubber's interest in the Persian poet Ferdowsi, whoseShahnameh, provides much of the inspiration in the travel writer's own book. The program also features music from Iran, some of which is inspired by sections of the Shahnameh, while a lot of it spans a wide variety of genres and eras - from western classical and symphonic, to popular and rap. 

Fereydoon Faroughi - Zendoon e dil (archive recording)
Behzad Ranjbaran - The Blood of Seyavash - Introduction

Loris Tjeknavorian - Rostam and Sohrab - Extract 
Erfan ft. Morvarid - Dobareh 
Arash Labaf  ft Aneela Mirza  - Chori Chori
Aminoullah Hussein - Persian Legend for Piano  
Siavash Ghomayshi and Erfan Hajrasuliha - Ghabe Shishei

Listen to Kevin Bazzana talk about maverick pianists and Ervin Nyiregyhazi

In this edition of the program, Karishmeh introduces the Hungarian 
Ervin Nyiregyhazi, a forgotten pianist who was once hailed as a young Liszt, but a man who spent most of his life living in seedy Los Angeles neighbourhoods, too poor to own a piano! One of the last in a tradition of improvising, old-fashioned, romantic pianists, Nyiregyhazi is also the subject of Kevin Bazzana's second biography, "Lost Genius". The program features Karishmeh's conversation with Kevin Bazzana, as they discuss this now forgotten musical maverick. Bazzana also talks about the motivation behind both biographies, and his career as a non-academic writer (despite having a PhD, the subject of his dissertation being Glenn Gould), and his interest in talking about classical music to people from all walks of life. 

PLAYLISTLiszt - Legend #2, St Francis of Paulo, Walking on the Waves, Ervin Nyiregyhazi, Piano
Tchaikovsky - Waltz in A flat major, Ervin Nyiregyhazi, Piano
Liszt - En Reve, Ervin Nyiregyhazi, Piano
Bela Bartok - An Evening in the Village, Bela Bartok, Piano
Bela Bartok - An Evening in the Village, Ervin Nyiregyhazi, Piano
Debussy - Pagodes, from Estampes, Ervin Nyiregyhazi, Piano
Liszt - Au lac de Wallenstadt, Ervin Nyiregyhazi, Piano

In the first of two consecutive programs about maverick pianists and piano music, Canadian Music Historian and Biographer Kevin Bazzanatalks to Karishmeh about the end of the golden age of piano playing, improvising and maverick pianists, as well as the subjects of his first biography - Glenn Gould. Bazzana is the author of the award-winning, definitive biography of Glenn Gould "Wondrous Strange", and Karishmeh Felfeli, who blogs about Glenn Gould on her own Glenn Gould Project website, discusses some of the Canadian pianist's most interesting interpretations.

Grieg - Nocturne - Ervin Nyiregyhazi *

Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No.2, Movement 2 - Sergei Rachmaninoff *
Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring (conducted by Stravinsky)*
Scriabin - Prelude, op 11, no. 13 - Alexander Scriabin*
Chopin - Minute Waltz - Vladimir de Pachmann 

Chopin - Minute Waltz - Ignaz Friedman
Chopin - Minute Waltz - Sergei Rachmaninoff 
J.S. Bach - Sarabande from English Suite No. 4 - Sviatoslav Richter *
J.S. Bach - Sarabande from English Suite No. 4 - Glenn Gould
J.S. Bach - Fugue in G Major, The Well Tempered Clavier Book 2 - Rosalyn Tureck
J.S. Bach - Fugue in G Major, The Well Tempered Clavier Book 2 - Glenn Gould
W.A.Mozart - Sonata in F Major, K. 332, Movt 1 - Mitsuko Uchida*
W.A.Mozart - Sonata in F Major, K. 332, Movt 1 - Glenn Gould*
Glenn Gould plays Bach, Beethoven, Brahms - Leonard Bernstein and Glenn Gould talk about their so called "controversial" Brahms collaboration *
Richard Strauss -  Piano Sonata in B Minor, Movt 2 - Glenn Gould*
Brahms - Intermezzo, op. 119, No. 1 - Glenn Gould
All works marked with * are extracts, the rest of the musical examples are complete recordings. 

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