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#2168578 - 10/19/13 04:11 PM a touching and sad occurrence yesterday
beet31425 Offline
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Canadian Pianist Anton Kuerti in Miami Hospital After Abrupt Halt to Solo Performance

"He kept repeating the same thing over and over, like he was stuck in some sort of loop..."

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#2168582 - 10/19/13 04:26 PM Re: a touching and sad occurrence yesterday [Re: beet31425]
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Is it possible that he was just having a bad memory lapse and coudn recover? I certainly hope so, because I hope he's indeed NOT sick..

"The eyes can mislead, the smile can lie, but the shoes always tell the truth."

#2168584 - 10/19/13 04:39 PM Re: a touching and sad occurrence yesterday [Re: beet31425]
Nikolas Online   content
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Angelina: I don't know... From the article it did seem that he was having a stroke, though people in the audience (doctors?) mentioned that it didn't look like it...

Who knows...

In any case I hope he's ok.

and on the side note: Stories like this remind me the one thing that my father was telling me about the difference between a professional and an amateur: The professional won't stop playing! :-/

#2168590 - 10/19/13 04:47 PM Re: a touching and sad occurrence yesterday [Re: beet31425]
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Well, it certainly gives the impression of a significant stroke, if not a massive one -- certainly a sad event, since he may never be able to perform again. Can only hope for the best. Coincidentally, I noted only a couple of days ago that the American composer Stephen Paulus suffered a truly massive stroke on July 4, at only age 63, and has been unresponsive since. Tough stuff to deal with.

#2168594 - 10/19/13 04:51 PM Re: a touching and sad occurrence yesterday [Re: beet31425]
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This is sad news.

I saw him perform many years ago when he came to my hometown (a very small town in the interior of B.C.). Like Richter he made a point of bringing music to the places and people that do not and cannot boast large concert halls or sophisticated audiences.
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#2168604 - 10/19/13 05:15 PM Re: a touching and sad occurrence yesterday [Re: beet31425]
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I think he is a very great pianist. I have heard him at Mannes a few years ago and at Columbia's Miller Theater a much longer time ago. I hope it's nothing too serious.

Edited by pianoloverus (10/19/13 05:15 PM)

#2168625 - 10/19/13 06:03 PM Re: a touching and sad occurrence yesterday [Re: beet31425]
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I'd not heard this and truly hope for the best possible outcome. He is a phenomenal musician.

"And if we look at the works of J.S. Bach — a benevolent god to which all musicians should offer a prayer to defend themselves against mediocrity... -Debussy

"It's ok if you disagree with me. I can't force you to be right."

♪ ≠ $

#2168633 - 10/19/13 06:16 PM Re: a touching and sad occurrence yesterday [Re: beet31425]
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Very sad indeed. I wish him all the best.

Music is my best friend.

#2168715 - 10/19/13 11:13 PM Re: a touching and sad occurrence yesterday [Re: beet31425]
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Very sad. Hope he will recover well.
(For sure it was more than just a memory lapse, in view of the whole of what was reported.)
It does sound like a stroke. Often people can recover very well, often fully. Hopefully it will be so for him.

We heard him play the complete Beethoven concerti one New Year's Eve at the 92nd St. Y. It was a great feat, and a great concert.

#2168729 - 10/20/13 12:17 AM Re: a touching and sad occurrence yesterday [Re: beet31425]
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Mark, thanks for the memory jog. Years ago I was going to hear Kuerti play two of the Beethoven concerti (#4 and #5) in Toronto, at the old Massey Hall. I think the orchestra was the Kitchener-Waterloo SO. It was winter, and snowing up a storm. Howling winds, and you could hardly see.

I parked my car in a nearby surface lot, and guess who pulls in next to me in his little Honda Civic hatchback, and steps out in his green velour artist attire, heading toward the stage door?

A great artist, in the Serkin/Schnabel tradition.

#2168798 - 10/20/13 06:56 AM Re: a touching and sad occurrence yesterday [Re: beet31425]
wr Offline
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I hope he can make a full recovery and resume performing. He's quite an extraordinary musician and pianist, and human being.


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