The pianist who changed his name twice

August 23, 2010 by Norman Lebrecht

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On the Lebrecht Interview tonight, it’s jackets off with Stephen Kovacevich, a pianist who once matched Brendel and Ashkenazy set for set in the recording studio.

He’s 70 this year and ready to tell all – about Myra Hess, his formidable teacher, about London in the 60s, how he fell in love with Jacqueline du Pre and Martha Argerich, and why he has never played the music he adores: Rachmaninov.

It’s tonight 9.45 on BBC Radio 3 and streamed all week.



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