Original Title: Tschaikowski, Fira und ich
Hardcover with jacket,
13.5 x 21.5 cm,
5.3 x 8.5 Inches
€ 24.99 [D] | € 25.70 [A] | CHF 35.50 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price
Publishing House: Diederichs
Date of publication:
November 3, 2014
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The autobiography of one of the greatest pianists of our time
Andrei Gavrilov looks back at the ridiculously absurd odyssey of a piano child prodigy that wins the most important competition in the music world and becomes an exceptional artist in the power of Soviet music brokers and party functionaries. He encounters both good and evil – in his companions and in himself –, experiences at first hand the dark side of Sviatoslav Richter ("Fira") and time after time survives love, hate and betrayal.
This is the autobiography of an artist set against the backcloth of the Cold War and with all the ingredients of a spy thriller; and it is also the report of an insider of the business of classical music which makes nonsense of many romantic ideas we may have.
Exclusively for this book, Andrei Gavrilov has recorded nine Chopin nocturnes on CD.
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