I have been wanting to write for a while about why we feel the way we do towards Menahem Pressler. He’s 90 this month and has two solo releases out, so that seems a good moment to explore our collective responses to him.
Menahem was, for 55 years, pianist of the Beaux Arts Trio, the most prolific chamber ensemble on record. He was – is – an inspirational teacher at Bloomington, Indiana, and is now in hot demand at the world’s top conservatories and orchestra.
Others may share an equal eminence, but Menahem is unmatched in the affection he arouses wherever he goes.
How does he do that? I have one or two thoughts…. Read Standpoint magazine here.