Alexis Weissenberg, the one Karajan never knew

Alexis Weissenberg, the one Karajan never knew


norman lebrecht

January 09, 2012

Scott Rose has dug up for us a little-seen youtube video of Charles Aznavour appearing on the Nana Mouskouri in one of his darkest songs, Hier encore (Yesterday, when I was young). Aznavour is a master of his art. But just watch that piano man.

And here, below, is the more conventional accompaniment.

And here he is again with a Mozart-style accompaniment for Nana in ‘Plaisir d’amour’.

Oh, and here’s how not to sing it:


  • Tommy Vichev says:

    Amazing videos! Thanks, Norman!

  • Janis says:

    I liked these links Norman.An extremely vesatile pianist!
    Apparently,Weissenberg and Karajan were very close indeed, so wouldn’t be surprised if he knew about this side of his artistry.

  • Dafydd Llywelyn. Composer in Munich. says:

    Norman,what an amazing accompaniment of Weissenberg with Aznavour ! What is the title of that song, & do you know if that accompaniment is printed & published ? – Details would be appreciated ! Thanks, & Greetings.

  • Alberto Martínez says:

    Wow fantastic videos !!!

  • Scott Rose says:

    J’adore la Schwartzkopf, malgré moi et sans chagrin

  • Musician says:

    05:44 of this documentary shows Weissberg in some rather startling costumes
    I have to say,i think he brings this off rather stylishly,unlike Glenn Gould’s ventures in the same area!