The Slipped Disc Daily comfort zone (37): Paganini under the Nazis

I’ve loved these variations ever since Andrzej Panufnik told me how he and Witold Lutoslawski used to play them in occupied Warsaw, in pop-up cafes in private homes.

I doubt there has ever been a better performance that Argerich and Kissin.


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  • ‘…since Andrzej Panufnik told me…’. Norman does like a good name drop! Really we should have a photo of him with either composer.

    Anyway, good piece. I’d forgotten it.

  • Don’t listen to them Norman. Keep these interesting snippets coming to us music-hungry masses.

    BTW: I love the idea of a critic being criticized, makes a nice loop, very zen.

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