AOW asked for an antidote to yesterday’s graphic evidence of the cultural pollution and degeneracy passing for musical art that has poisoned the minds and perverted the souls of far too many in the past fifty-odd years. Many thousands of pieces from the classical repertoire could have filled the bill, but Rosina Lhevinne, who may be best known as the teacher of Van Cliburn, performing Mozart in celebration of her eightieth birthday stood out as especially inspirational. Try not to think. Please don't plan counter arguments. Just LISTEN.
Madame Lhevinne celebrated her 80th birthday in March,1960. To commemorate the occasion Mrs. Lhevinne was invited to perform the Mozart Piano Concerto No. 21 K467 with the Juilliard Orchestra conducted by Jean Morel. In this performance we hear a brilliant interpretation of the third movement from this concerto.
Her playing is as young, fresh, crisp, clean, bright and brilliant as as a child prodigy just beginning a legendary career. How did she do it at age EIGHTY? More importantly, why did she not share her tremendous ability by giving concerts and recording all those decades when she was absent from the concert stage?
Yesterday, we subjected ourselves to deadly disease. Today, thanks to the miracle that is Mozart, we restore ourselves to health, hope, vitality,
and good cheer.