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#498921 - 02/26/06 10:59 PM Blumenthal, Daniel
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Registered: 01/26/06
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Loc: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Has anyone listen anything of him? I have some of his Clementis works....I really liked him ^^ what can you tell me about him? I nos very famous i guess....but no really a big idea of him....his repertoire es only Classical? or also some Romantic?

If somoane can give me some info of him it would be great ^^

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#498922 - 03/06/06 05:36 AM Re: Blumenthal, Daniel
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Registered: 01/30/06
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Loc: Belgium
He is an American, Juliard trained, currently Professor of piano at the Brussels Conservatory. He was one of teh prize winners at the Queen Elizabeth competition a few years ago. He is pretty active in the Belgian music circuit. I've heard him a few times both as a soloist and in chamber music. He tends to play a good deal of the lesser known repertory and has made many recordings (for obscure labels however).

http://www.iconportal.com/blumenthal.htm

On the subject of Belgian based pianists who should be better known, check out the Brazilian Eliane Rodrigues. She teaches at the conservatory here in Antwerp. A very different style but equally interesting. www.ElianeRodrigues.com

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#498923 - 03/09/06 08:55 AM Re: Blumenthal, Daniel
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Registered: 04/06/05
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Loc: Berlin, Germany
I hear Blumenthal regularly in Berlin. He has a light and fluid style and does a lot of chamber music. Not the most exciting player. A first-rate player of second-rate repertory (and vice versa).
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#498924 - 03/09/06 09:29 AM Re: Blumenthal, Daniel
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Registered: 01/30/06
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wk,

Accurate summary, although a little unkind!

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#1988783 - 11/20/12 02:21 AM Re: Blumenthal, Daniel [Re: Monsieur_Pichon]
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I recently came across a recording of Felicien David's Les Brises d'Orient, a collection of piano pieces performed by Blumenthal. I must say I am impressed. Chopin is all over this music in terms of style and approach. I'll admit that, melodically, David is not as tuneful as Chopin, but that's really not a fair assessment. How many writers of piano music are as tuneful as Chopin, Beethoven or Mozart? I enjoy the album immensely and rank it up there with recordings I have of Liszt, Rachmaninov and Scriabin.
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