Label: His Masters Voice - ALP 1995 • Format: Vinyl LP, Mono • Country: UK • Genre: Classical • Style: Romantic
His tutor there was Claud Biggs. He began his career while still a student, premiering works by Alexander Goehr and Peter Maxwell Davies. Following an acclaimed series of concerts in the north of England, he made his sensational London debut as soloist inplaying Ferruccio Busoni 's rarely-heard Piano Concerto under the baton of Sir Henry Wood.
InOgdon married pianist Brenda Lucas inand the two often appeared in recital together. He won first prize at the Budapest Liszt Competition inand consolidated his growing international reputation by winning another first prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow injointly with the young Vladimir Ashkenazyanother rapidly emerging artist. A hectic career followed, in which John Ogdon played acclaimed concerts and recitals around the world, and recorded extensively.
His life and career might be summed up as prodigious. His size was impressive. Tall and with a tendency toward obesity, Ogdon brought power and strength to his performances, with critics often resorting to words like "thunderous" in their assessments.
Yet Ogdon was always sensitive to the demands of musical architecture. An affable and approachable artist among his more aloof colleagues, his primary concern was to communicate music's essence through clear delineation of its form. A player of great strength and protean technique, Ogdon was unafraid, and in fact preferred, to tackle the biggest scores, including F. Busoni 's mammoth Piano Concerto, L. He also was capable of sensitive intimacy with his repertoire. When he was at the height of his powers, it was his concentration and unrelenting but plastic control that impressed audiences.
His repertoire was also massive: more than 80 composers were represented, with literally hundreds of scores. He was able to play most pieces at sight and had committed a huge range of pieces to memory. He enjoyed stretching his vast talents to their limit and attempted such monumental tasks as a complete recording of Sergei John Ogdon - A Recital By John Ogdon 's works for piano, which was released in He recorded all ten Scriabin sonatas early in his career.
In more familiar repertoire, he revealed deep John Ogdon - A Recital By John Ogdon sensibilities, always buttressed by a colossal technique.
More than works in his playing preserved in recordings. He composed nearly works in many forms, including a symphony, piano works, chamber music, a string quartet and a piano concerto. A planned symphony based on the works of Herman Melville and a comic opera were left unfinished. He wrote extensively on music, including a number of well-received treatises, La Vie En Rose - Hugo Strasser Und Sein Tanzorchester - Erfolge Sorabji and MelvilleLiszt's Later Piano Music and The Romantic Tradition John Ogdon's health was never good, and his physical constitution was not strong enough to carry the burden of his enormous talent.
A gentle giant, known and loved for his kindness and generosity, he found it hard to say no and was pushed beyond his strength. InOgdon suffered a breakdown which, given the pace of his career, might not have Headtrick (Original Mix) - Various - Tecktonik ★ Vol.5 unexpected, but a more serious cause was at the heart of it.
Like his father before him, Ogdon was diagnosed with schizophrenia and hospitalised for several years at the Maudley Hospital John Ogdon - A Recital By John Ogdon London, where he was nevertheless reported to maintain a practice schedule of three hours a day on the hospital's Steinway.
In general he needed more nursing than it was possible to provide while touring. Inhe made a comeback in the concert hall, but critics found that his technique had suffered from the years of institutionalisation and the medication he took to maintain his inner balance. Inafter emerging from hospital, he played at the opening of the Royal Concert Hall Sylvester - Dance (Disco Heat) Nottingham.
Still, there were moments of great inspiration People Of The Lie - KMFDM - Blitz the brilliance of his conceptions overshadowed any diminution of his keyboard powers, and his recording of K. Sorabji 's Opus Clavicembalisticum Altarus is an astonishing achievement.
Shortly after, at the age of 52, he died of pneumonia, brought on by undiagnosed diabetes. His death was mourned by a multitude of friends and admirers.
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