Handful of Keys

Score: Remembering François Rilhac.
Boston Globe, September 1, 2017.

I first found out about Rilhac through YouTube; here’s a couple excerpts from a concert he gave with Louis Mazatier in June of 1987. First, Rilhac’s version of Donald Lambert’s version of Wagner’s “Pilgrim’s Chorus”:

And here he is—somehow efficient and yearning at the same time—playing Jerome Kern’s “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”:

The ancient castle would again rise

Score: Remembering (and selectively remembering) Jāzeps Vītols.
Boston Globe, July 21, 2017.

This year’s Globe column birthday buddy (following Erskine Hawkins and Justin Holland) is the father of Latvian classical music—and, for much of the 20th century, a bit of a prisoner of historiography.

Because the author has his boneheaded moments, the print version of this article (and, briefly, the online version) erroneously put Latvia on the banks of the Black Sea, rather than the Baltic. As penance (pretty pleasurable penance, actually), here’s an iPhone recording of me playing Vītols’ op. 8 Berceuse.