Monday, November 14, 2011

The greatest

Go Pennario!

Leonard Pennario is represented in the new Penguin Guide To The 1000 Finest Classical Recordings.

No thinking person should be surprised. I mean, seeing that the book includes a thousand recordings, you would assume Pennario would easily make the cut. But so many of his records are out of print that I am surprised when he turns up.

Pennario is in the book for a record he made with the cellist Gregor Piatigorsky. They recorded sonatas by Mendelssohn and Richard Strauss which have been released on Testament.

There is a cool Piatigorsky site I just found where you may read all about this great cellist. Piatigorsky's autobiography is reprinted online, chapter by chapter.

Supposedly there are photos too. I eagerly clicked on a couple thinking maybe Pennario might turn up in one or two of them. But I could not get the photos to show up.

Ha, ha! What did show up was a pop-up ad: "Date a Russian Beauty. Get Scores of Replies."

The Internet kills me sometimes!

That is a famous picture up above of Pennario, right, smiling with his colleagues who are, left to right, William Primrose, the world's greatest violist, Jascha Heifetz, the world's greatest violinist and Piatigorsky, the world's greatest cellist.

An all-star team!

Here is a great clip where you can hear Heifetz and Piatigorsky accompanying Pennario in a trio by Dvorak.

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