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 Subject: Dmitri Sgouros
Author: Prof. 10 Sep, 2004 18:48 GMT
Message:
Does anybody remember this chap? What happened to him? Has he disappeared from the music scene?
 
Subject: RE: Dmitri Sgouros
Author: amplectulus 18 Sep, 2004 21:09 GMT
Message:
Hi there, Prof! Sgouros?? - you bet!! Terrific pianist. I wouldn't be without his Rach.3 & Tchaik. 1 CD, re-issued on Royal Classics. He made both recordings as a young teenager - an amazing feat. I also value (on LP) his Brahms Paganini Varns. and Liszt Transcendental Etudes. If I recall correctly, he was also a mathematical genius and finally opted for an academic career in that sphere. However, for a while there was a 2 CD set available of him playing the two Brahms Concertos. I don't remember any reviews of that issue. [Click here to read a review by Harold Schonberg] Cheers!
 
Subject: RE: Dimitris Sgouros
Author: amplectulus 18 Sep, 2004 21:45 GMT
Message:
Hello again, Prof! Straight after sending you my earlier e-mail, I typed into the web the name DIMITRIS SGOUROS - note the spelling, with 3 'i's in the first name. I got a whole wealth of up-to-date info. about him which I commend to you. In brief, it appears that D.S. is well back on the concert circuit and carving out a brilliant career as a concert-pianist once more. It surely won't be long before we hear of him again in the UK - especially given his London Royal College connections. Bye for now.
 
Subject: RE: Dimitris Sgouros
Author: KKY 22 Sep, 2004 03:20 GMT
Message:
Yes I remember him. He came out to Australia a number of years ago but I only heard him in a recital while holidaying in Singapore. A memorable account of the Bach-Busoni Chaconne.

 


 

Dimitris Sgouros featured in Gramophone Magazine (June 2012)

 
The Insider's Guide
Gramophone selects June's unmissable musical events
Top picks - Dimitris Sgouros, Pinchas Zukerman, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Maria Joao Pires, New York Philharmonic

 

 "UNMISSABLE!" 

 The Athens State Orchestra performs works by Beethoven, Prokofiev and Stravinsky with piano soloist Dimitris Sgouros under conductor Vassilis Christopoulos 


Performance of the Brahms Piano Quintet

".. the Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor was given a poised and coherent reading that showed all parties concerned to be on the same wavelength. Sgouros must be commended for highlighting the inner lines of the score. The concert ended with a brilliant rendition of the Scherzo from Dvorak's Piano Quintet Op 81. The audience applauded warmly."

 

Clavier Magazine - "Sgouros, on the basis of this performance, seems to have the makings of one of the century's great pianists"


 

Dimitris Sgouros with distinguished Austrian-Greek conductor Karolos Trikolidis (TV interview)

"We are just very good friends, and my activities in Thessaloniki besides being chief conductor of the State Orchestra in Thessaloniki, I founded a Conservatoire, the New Conservatory of Thessaloniki which became the most attractive conservatoire now in Greece, and we have the great honour that Dimitris is coming to Thessaloniki several times and giving piano seminars, and he is teaching the most talented, select students and for long days - last one was 10 days - very intensive, very interesting seminar, and he's giving also lectures. He gave an excellent lecture about Franz Liszt in Thessaloniki 2 weeks ago, and he is an extremely good pedagogue. He's also young, he's very near to the young people, and he is kind, how he speaks, how he is explaining, how he's helping, getting the best out of the children which is very, very interesting and he has also I can say a great talent for pedagogy work..."

- Maestro Karolos Trikolidis on Sgouros




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From the Great Pianists mailing list - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/greatpianists

From:  "Peter Heinrich" <jpheinrich76@a...>
Date:  Tue Jun 20, 2000  01:17:54
Subject:  Re: [Great Pianists] Re: Sgouros

 

I first heard a broadcast performance of Sgouros' Rachmaninoff 3rd several
years ago. To be sure I was impressed -- especially since he played the
massive cadenza. And he plays it WELL, keeping it up to considerable speed
and power, not slowing down as some do. I went out and bought the recording,
and that is the one I listen to most often. It remains among my favorites,
with Rachmaninoff's own performance reigning supreme. I also remember Earl
Wild's performance was quite thrilling. Argerich's performance, in my
opinion, doesn't stand up to Sgouros' in terms of sheer bravura. However, her
performance of the Tchaikovsky #1 remains superb. I also have a recording of
Sgouros playing Tchaikovsky's first piano concerto, and Tchaikovsky's Fantasy
for piano & orchestra, which is a stupendous performance. BTW, Arthur
Rubinstein once remarked that Sgouros was the best pianist he had ever heard.

Peter Heinrich
 


From:  "mediaone" <jonyungk@m...>
Date:  Fri Nov 3, 2000  7:01 pm
Subject:  Re: [Great Pianists] Sgouros

 


[...]
> Sgouros recorded several works in 1983/4 for EMI including the Rach 3(1984
> when he was 14 or 15). The only recordings I know of from the 90's are both
> Brahms Concertos with Tabakov and the Sofia PO on Capriccio.
>
> Robert Y
>


I looked up the recording at the Tower website and found the Brahms
(Capriccio 10650 -- two discs (but no fillers), on sale for $13.99, if
anyone's interested), which actually sounds pretty good, and noticed their
quoting an ARG review of the Brahms from Nov.-Dec. 1997. In case anyone is
interested, HS's complete review of the Brahms is below.

Jonathan
 

[ American Record Guide review of Sgouros' Brahms Piano Concertos by Harold Schonberg ]

The Greek pianist Dimitris Sgouros was 12 years old when, in 1982, he played
the Rach 3 in Carnegie Hall with the National Symphony under Rostropovich.
With a beaming Rostropovich watching from the podium, the boy then played
four encores, ending with the Liszt Feux Follets.

Now it is 1997 and Sgouros, an old man of 28, has recorded two of the
biggest pianistic challenges, the two Brahms concertos. And they are very
good. Sgouros plays with technical command, rich piano sound, strong
rhythm, power, and musical authority. They don't come much better than
this. His approach is something on the Backhaus order, which means clarity
and constant forward motion. Like Backhaus, Sgouros has no fancy ideas
about the "philosophy" of the music, and he does not try to make a Big
Statement in the slow movements. He merely maintains the melodic flow,
making almost chamber music out of his dialog with the orchestra. Very
impressive.

One peculiar thing. In the last movement of the B-flat, where those fast
double-note scales in both hands come, he has worked out something that
sounds like a simplification. I have played it a dozen times or so, gone to
my piano, and still can't figure out what he has done.

The Sofia Philharmonic is not one of the world's great ensembles, and its
strings sound rather dry. But the horns and winds are good, the director
knows his business, and the first cellist makes a handsome sound in his
solos with the piano in 2:II.

 


From:  "mediaone" <jonyungk@m...>
Date:  Wed Dec 6, 2000  6:47 am
Subject:  Re: [Great Pianists] Sgouros Brahms Concertos

 
> I couldn't believe the quote in the liner notes attributed to
> Rubinstein, calling Sgouros the best pianist he had ever heard, or
> some hyperbole like that. Nevertheless, I'm still curious about how
> his Brahms piano concertos turned out . . .
>
> A

 

Actually, Sgouros's Brahms concertos aren't bad. There's a chamber-music
quality to the performances, with more interplay and dovetailing of dynamics
between soloist and orchestra than one normally hears in these pieces, and
an especially hushed atmosphere in the slow movement of the D minor that
emphasizes Brahms's original inscription for this movement, "Benedictus qui
venit in nomine domine" ("Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord").

Sgouros articulates many details normally rushed through, and he does not
treat these concertos as virtuoso works at all. That does not mean he is
dull or pedantic; on the contrary, he keeps you listening and the music
fresh. His interpretive ideas are generally very mature and solid, though
his left-hand work did get a little intrusive in a couple of spots, most
noticeably in the Rondo of the D minor.

The Sofia Philharmonic isn't a first-rate orchestra -- the strings sound a
bit thin at times -- but it has a crack wind section that does very well
here, and Emil Tabakov is an excellent accompanist.

Jonathan
 


From the Martha Argerich mailing list - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/martha_argerich

From:  "Björn Östlund" <pianisten@p...>
Date:  Sun Oct 7, 2001  8:07 pm
Subject:  Argerich and Sgouros
 


Dear list,

I do not remember if I have posted this earlier:
http://www.sgouros-pianist.com/images_bio/sg3a.jpg

[Picture of Sgouros with Martha Argerich]

- Björn
 


From:  GerriCollins@p...
Date:  Tue Oct 9, 2001  2:26 pm
Subject:  Re: Argerich and Sgouros

 


--- In martha_argerich@y..., wookyoon@n... wrote:
> Sgouros looks like a little kid. How old was he in this picture ?
> Fourteen ?


Having heard him in a recital when he was 12-13 and taken personal
photos at the time, he looks at least 3 - 4 years older in this
picture.


> It really is astonishing that he could play the Rach 3 at 14.

I have the recording and yes, it IS astounding! As we used to say at
the University, "It's all there."

Gerrie
 


From:  Carlos Gardels <cgardels@e...>
Date:  Wed Dec 12, 2001  2:49 pm
Subject:  Sgouros

 


I must say that after hearing some of Sgouro's performances, I think he
is a genius, Even more than
Martha(no offence). He does a heroic thing-to do what others are afraid
to do-and perhaps he
"over interprets the music."

Please understand that I am not trying to be offensive in any way
against Martha Argerich, but ,its
just that I think I have found a new favourite pianists.
Regards,
Carlos
 


From: KandemirBasmacýoðlu  <kandemirb@y...>
Date: Thu Jan 30, 2003 2:53pm
Subject:
RE: Chopin's Ballad
 
 I like Dimitris Sgouros' performing of the first and the fourths Ballades. I remember I downloaded them at http://www.sgourosmp3.com. Anyway you can listen to it using stream playback. He is a genius pianist. Rubinstein said that he is the best pianist he'd ever heard!
Kandemir Basmacioglu


-----Original Message-----
From: wupohan <wupohan@y...> [mailto:wupohan@y...]
Sent: Wednesday, January 29, 2003 5:59 PM
To: martha_argerich@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [martha_argerich] Chopin's Ballad

I have currently restarted listening to Chopin's Ballads.  I've
listened to Zimerman, Perahia, Pollini, Michelangeli, Kissin,
Ashkenazy, Gulda, Francois and Horowitz's recordings.  I adore
Kissin's sensitivity and warmth (and you can really see the maturity
of his technique through them).  Horowitz's 1982 recording is
refreshingly powerful and passionate (some finger slips, though).  I
am curious about Rubinstein (I never like his Chopin, though.  I find
his Chopin too dull) and Lipatti's recordings.  Has anyone heard them
or does anyone recommend any other recordings?  Martha, will you
please play them, too (I think you all agree that Martha should play
more Chopin, especially his Mazurkas and Nocturnes.  Martha is
probably the most sensitive Chopin pianist I have heard--besides
Kissin)?  Anyone? :)  Thanks!

Pohan


    

From the Classical Pianists mailing list - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/classical-pianists

From:  Arri Bachrach <abachrach@w...>
Date:  Sun Nov 18, 2001  11:01 am
Subject:  Re: [cl-pianists] Sgouros Mephisto Waltz MP3 free download
 


just listened to it- not "squeaky clean" but a very interesting
performance- he has a very fine ear for colors and the middle slower
section is played with quite a bit of sensitivity, especially for one so
young- there is a lot of talent there---

BTW- the sound is terrific- gorgeous acoustics and piano-

AB

SGOUROSMP3 WROTE:
>Greek pianist Dimitris Sgouros performed Liszt's Mephisto Waltz for
>a recital given at the Melbourne Concert Hall in 1987. Here's an MP3
>of that performance -
>

 


From:  "Barny" <barny@s...>
Date:  Mon Nov 19, 2001  1:00 pm
Subject:  Re: [cl-pianists] Re: Sgouros Chopin Ballade, Liszt Rigoletto MP3 free download

 


Obviously, I was quick enough. Great performance indeed!
 


From:  "Barny" <barny@s...>
Date:  Sun Nov 25, 2001  6:13 am
Subject:  Re: [cl-pianists] VISIT NEW MP3 SITE sgourosmp3.com

 


Thank you very much for making us aware of Sgouros' great performances. I
remember when he was introduced in a TV talkshow as the century's greatest
piano talent. Maybe it wasn't too good for him to be exposed so early to the
media. But one thing is obvious, he is equivalent to Kissin.


----- Original Message -----
From: SGOUROSMP3
To: classical-pianists@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Saturday, November 24, 2001 5:12 AM
Subject: [cl-pianists] VISIT NEW MP3 SITE sgourosmp3.com


NEW MP3 WEBSITE ANNOUNCEMENT!

I would like to invite all list members to come and visit a newly
established website featuring MP3s of live performances by Greek
pianist Dimitris Sgouros:

http://www.sgourosmp3.com

(if this URL doesn't work for you, try again in a day or so - the
domain name is new and may not have propagated all over the WWW yet)

The following MP3s are currently available for download (all are
live performances):

Solo works:

Albeniz Cordoba
Beethoven 32 Variations in C minor
Chopin Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise
Chopin Ballade No 1
Chopin Etude in Ab major Op 25 No 1
Chopin Etude in A minor Op 25 No 11
Chopin Fantasy in F minor Op 49
Chopin Nocturne in C minor Op 48 No 1
Chopin Preludes Nos 1-4
Chopin Scherzo No 2 in Bb minor Op 31
Chopin Waltz in Ab major Op 42
Liszt Mephisto Waltz No 1
Liszt Piano Sonata in B minor
Liszt Rigoletto Paraphrase
Liszt Transcendental Etude No 5 "Feux follets"
Liszt Valse-Impromptu S213
Liszt Venice and Naples I. Gondoliera II. Canzone III. Tarantella
Ravel Gaspard de la nuit
Scarlatti Piano Sonata L104
Scarlatti Piano Sonata L384
Schumann Symphonic Etudes Op 13

Concertos:

Mozart Piano Concerto K466 No 20 in D minor
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 3, 1st Movement


Please feel free to add any comments about Sgouros' playing to the
guestbook.

Enjoy!
 


From:  TMB <tblan@t...>
Date:  Sun Dec 2, 2001  4:43 am
Subject:  Sgouros

 


There was some recent commentary on this discussion group about Dimitris
Sgouros, maybe a little while back. The take on him today is that he
was an extraordinary child/teen phenomenon... I do know there was a
review of his recent Carnegie Hall recital, which was very
positive. And there is a site up, www.sgourosmp3.com with some
interesting performances mostly around 1989. Many here may want to check
it out. Maybe an MP3.com page will be put together, too. Who knows?

There is a review of Sgouros' more recent playing on the page mentioned
above. Here's a quote from that review, by Harris Goldsmith from the
American Record Guide:

"His recital made it plain enough that much of his music making is
emotionally warm and communicative, and he certainly has kept his virtuoso
pianism in tip-top working condition. Not only that, his admirably
self-effacing interpretations of Schubert's B-flat Impromptu, D 935:3;
Schumann's C-major Fantasy, Op. 17; and Brahms's F-minor Sonata, Op. 5 had
an admirable structural clarity, accurate as a blueprint."

That's a far cry from the take on Sgouros some seem to have. The current
perception of him appears to be due to at least two factor which would not
reflect his playing: 1, that, as a child prodigy, one almost expects the
performer to somehow flounder or fail to live up to potential as a mature
player, and 2, that Sgouros performs more in Greece and related areas, and
less in the US. Of course, one must judge for oneself, and one still can
listen to his older recordings, some of which I personally find to exhibit
a nearly unparalleled playing (e.g., the Symphonic Etudes record). Given
these tendencies and their power to color one's listening, I'd say he
deserves a fair chance as a mature performer and might need some repeated
listenings to see what's going on in his playing today.

I've just given the site a preliminary listen. Some things sounded pretty
interesting, such as the Rigoletto Paraphrase. I heard some interesting
things in his Gaspard, too. I'm still unsure how I feel about the Grande
Polonaise Brilliant. The Liszt Sonata I'm in the dark on so far. The
G Minor Ballade has a lot of good things in it, I think.

Tom Blancato
 


From:  "gerricollins2001" <gerricollins2001@y...>
Date:  Wed Apr 10, 2002  4:29 am
Subject:  Re: Dimitris Sgouros

 

--- In classical-pianists@y..., "ferrari_63074" <ferrari_63074@y...>
wrote:

> Rubinstein and Martha were probably awestruck by his virtuosity
> only, which true, is amazing for someone his age.


I was also awestruck when I heard him at age 12 in a recital at the
Maryland Festival (now Kapell) in 1982, and not just by his
virtuosity. The 'kid' played with much musical understanding and
sensitivity and I was overwhelmed at the precision, tonal colors and
bravura of his Schumann Symphonic Etudes (which I was teaching to a
21-year-old college Junior at the time). Some Scarlatti sonatas were
done with taste and his 'closer', the Mephisto Waltz #1, remains in
my memory as a fantastic experience. I thought at the time that it
was rather unfortunate that Jorge Bolet programmed the same Mephisto
at his recital the next night. Of course, it was 'all there,' but
the fiery dynamism of Sgouros's performance was still fresh in the
audience's ears, and Bolet's was rather 'tame' by comparison.

> However, I'm sure they
> realized that at the time he was undeveloped musically. What I didn't
> sense was a distinct musical personality. Other prodigies such as
> Kissin, Pollini, Argerich, even in their teens, one can sense a
> distinct (almost overpowering) musical personality emerging.


I don't know that he was so "undeveloped musically." If some of the
great mathematicians expounded theorems at tender ages (teens and
below, I think) that affected the course of science, why is it so hard
to believe that musical prodigies can be eloquent?

Time magazine ran an article on Sgouros in 1982 or '83, citing his
meteoric presence on the musical scene, and his performance of the
Rach 3 with the National Symphony at age 12, which it was stated that
he learned in two weeks!! I have that recording on cassette and it
IS amazing. (Even plays the 'big' cadenza!) The fact that he
hasn't 'caught on' as big as an adult as he did as a child could be
due to many factors, but certainly not ability and talent.

Gerrie

 


From:  "vicky_chambers2000" <vicky_chambers2000@y...>
Date:  Wed Apr 10, 2002  9:33 am
Subject:  Re: Dimitris Sgouros

 

> --- In classical-pianists@y..., "gerricollins2001"
> <gerricollins2001@y...> wrote:
>
> > The 'kid' played with much musical understanding and
> > sensitivity and I was overwhelmed at the precision, tonal colors
> > and bravura of his Schumann Symphonic Etudes (which I was teaching
> > to a 21-year-old college Junior at the time


I too was awestruck by this performance! His Symphonic Etudes is
very fluent and musical, something very special indeed!
Unfortunately, the 128k MP3 does not do justice to the full range of
his "tonal colors" in this work.

[...]

> His playing style may be spectacular in a concert hall, where
> projection is paramount. But under the scrutiny of the microphone,
> shortcomings become apparent. I have listened to artists who sound
> spectacular in a concert hall because of their playing style, but
> their playing doesn't record well because of lack of musicianship.
>
> Maybe Sgouros just got ahead of himself with all the "big" pieces
> when he should have been developing himself musically with Bach,
> Beethoven, Chopin, etc. and this may have been detrimental. Maybe
> he'll surprise us and do just that.


[...]

Have you heard Sgouros' Chopin Fantasy, or Chopin Ballade? There is
a lot more in these interpretations than just spectacular
showmanship.


And I actually prefer Sgouros' Chopin Nocturne Op 48 No 1 to
Argerich's. To hear this performance in the best sound, download
or stream from here (streaming doesn't require you to register) -

http://soundclick.com/share?songid=3601604



[...]

 


From:  "Andrys" <andrys@p...>
Date:  Wed Apr 10, 2002  11:07 am
Subject:  Re: [cl-pianists] Re: Dimitris Sgouros

 

ferrari_63074 wrote, on Tuesday, April 09, 2002, at 19:21:

> His playing style may be spectacular in a concert hall, where
> projection is paramount. But under the scrutiny of the microphone,
> shortcomings become apparent. I have listened to artists who sound
> spectacular in a concert hall because of their playing style, but
> their playing doesn't record well because of lack of musicianship.


Lack of musicianship? in this case? :-) I don't think so.

Try his Scarlatti L 384
http://soundclick.com/share?songid=1554906
(live from performance)
played with fine technique, panache and immense musicianship

Few pianists are able to play something like this piece quite this well.

I agree that seasoning and guidance is important for any performer,
especially one who seems to have been so isolated in later years from
that, but the general characterization of Sgouros's flaws is just a bit
overdone, in my view. There are things in his playing of several
pieces I might 'disagree with' or not like a lot, but the guy is really
talented and musical, both.

- Andrys
 

From:  "gerricollins2001" <gerricollins2001@y...>
Date:  Wed Apr 10, 2002  11:14 am
Subject:  Sgouros' Chopin Nocturne 48/1

 

[ re: Sgouros' interpretation of Chopin's Nocturne Op 48 No 1 ]

Just listened to this on Mp3 and it is, as Vickie, says, a very fine,
thoughtful performance...  it certainly does hold its own.
Some little things he does in the first section are better, to my ears,
than MA's, such as the lush effects in MS 10.
Argerich's performance was in 1978 and I am presuming Sgouros'
was at least in the last year or two, so it is interesting to
ponder that they were in the same age 'neighborhood' when
recording this.

Gerrie

 


From:  Varda <vunovick@p...>
Date:  Wed Apr 10, 2002  11:18 am
Subject:  Re: [cl-pianists] Sgouros' Chopin Nocturne 48/1

 

The Sgouros recording was made in 1987.

Varda
 

From:  "gerricollins2001" <gerricollins2001@y...>
Date:  Wed Apr 10, 2002  11:38 am
Subject:  Re: [cl-pianists] Sgouros' Chopin Nocturne 48/1

 

Thanks! How negligent of me not to have checked his main Mp3 site.
So he was approximately 18 or 19
[ NB: he was 17 ] when he recorded this whereas
Argerich was 36 - 37. (?) All the more impressive!

 

From:  "Anne Smith" <ksmith13@c...> 
Date:  Thu Aug 28, 2003 10:11 am
Subject: 
Re: Sgouros
 

I downloaded some of his piano concertos. I have a passion for Mozart. I
am listening to Sgouros play K.467. Remarkable playing.

Anne
 

From The Piano mailing list - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ThePiano

From:  "Kandemir Basmacioglu" <kandemirb@y...>
Date:  Mon Sep 1, 2003 12:32 am
Subject: 
Re: Repertoire Recommendations
 

[...]

Also what do you think about Dimitris Sgouros? I had a masterclass
with him on March/2003 and think that while being an excellent
pianist, he also is an excellent teacher. I studied with him the
13th Rhapsody of Liszt and the things he told me changed my whole
playing.
 


From:  Peter <pchk@...>
Date:  Thu Feb 15, 2007 4:35 am
Subject:  Re: [ThePiano] Re: How I'm doing with Liszt's Norma
 
I once heard the young lad Dimitris Sgouros play it [Liszt's Norma] live in Hong Kong back in the 1990s.
Perfectly, with much bravura.

Peter
Hong Kong


> ferrari_827 wrote:

> --- In ThePiano@yahoogroups.com <mailto:ThePiano%40yahoogroups.com>,
> "virtuosafatale" <LaVirtuosa@...>
> wrote:
> >
> > Finally getting somewhere with this.
> > I have the technique
> > and can now apply my sense of daring
> > and creativity.
>
> I'm going to have to hand over the silver platter, or trophy, to you
> if only temporarily (lol). Looked at the score, cringed (felt a bit of
> bowel movement), and put it back on the shelf.
>
> If you can even play the notes decently, it's quite an accomplishment.
>

 

 



 

 


From the Sviatoslav Richter mailing list

From:  "Ross Williams" <ross.w@v...>
Date:  Mon May 10, 1999 11:52 am
Subject:  [Sviatoslav Richter]

 

I must confess to being somewhat baffled by some of Richter's comments and
piano partners. I heard a report that he called Dimitris Sgouros a "genius"

I used to have my piano lesson immediately after Dimitris Sgouros. It was
intimidating to say the least. Having said that, I should say that if one
takes into account his unbelievable facilities for sight-reading and memory
then he was certainly a genius in that respect. I was witness to a genuine
sight-reading of the Liszt Transcendental Etudes. Our mutual teacher would
point out corrections as he went along. Sgouros didn't stop playing but
memorised all the points made and reproduced them on his second playing. It
was truly astonishing. And he refused to wear socks.

and I frankly do not believe that he could have meant that Andrei Gavrilov
was king of all he surveyed (didn't someone mention that on this list).

For me, Gavrilov really did have the world at his feet. I think he had (has)
everything going for him except possibly some aspects of his temperament.
Any news of him recently? Gavrilov at his best is sorely missed! There have
been some rather strange bitchy remarks from Gavrilov regarding SR. He has
said, for example, that SR had enormous problems with Chopin Op.10/2. Other
things too....make of that what you will....
 

From the Homage to Arthur Rubinstein mailing list

From:  "Jonathan Cahill"
Date:  Fri Aug 13, 2004  3:41 am
Subject:  Thank you Sandro and Peter! (New Photos)


Interesting group of photos, which we could (but WON'T) put into a
folder entitled "Dying Pianists" (I admit to having a weird sense of
humor!).

[Dimitris Sgouros and his parents with Arthur Rubinstein at his Geneva apartment, two months before his death]


The photographs of Rubinstein with Sgouros are especially wonderful
but sad! Such an intimate setting, with the dying Rubinstein (age
95 -not too bad!!) seemingly "passing the baton" to a much younger
generation. Well, I don't need to oversentimentalize the setting - as
Rubinstein would say about playing Chopin: sentiment, not
sentimentality!

Heinrich Neuhaus (1888-1964) was, as most of you know, an outstanding
pianist and teacher, his most famous student being Sviatoslav Richter!

They are great photos, and a most welcome addition to the group!

Thanks again!

Jon



From:  Peter <pchk@...>
Date:  Thu Aug 23, 2007 11:23 pm
Subject:  Re: Digest Number 455



I think the Greek (then boy) Dimitris Sgouros was Artur's favourite pianist.

Peter
Hong Kong




From:  "Jonathan Cahill"
Date:  Fri Aug 24, 2007 12:49 am
Subject:  Re: "Agogics" and "Dimitris Sgouros"


Peter,

[...]

As to Dimitris Sgouros - Many of the group members are, no doubt,
familiar with the quote attributed to Rubinstein:

"I thank God for keeping me alive so that I would be able to hear
with my own ears Sgouros play. He is the best pianist I have ever
heard, including myself".


Sgouros certainly is a talented pianist. I wonder, however, if
Rubinstein really meant that ("best pianist") or was it his typical
kindness, especially as a 95-year old man not long for this world.
Rubinstein had the highest praise for many pianists, as evidenced by
the well-known stories about Pollini, Richter, Gilels, and others.
Still, I would be very surprised if, indeed, he really did hold a
single pianist above all others. One of Rubinstein's "analogies"
about choosing favorites was about going to a world-class museum and
deciding which painter (Rembrandt, Picasso, Goya, whoever) was the
GREATEST of all. Of course, they're all great in their own ways!
Same with musicians.

The Sgouros comment reminds me about about a story I read somewhere
regarding Rubinstein performing the Brahms 2nd piano concerto. The
Third Movement, of course, has a significant part for cello solo
throughout. Rubinstein would "heap praise" upon the cellist, telling
him that his (the cellist's) performance was the "most heartfelt"(or
words to that effect) that he had EVER heard! The story continues
that Rubinstein did this quite often with different orchestras and
different cellists! Perhaps somewhat exaggerated, but you get the
idea!
 




From:  "Jonathan Cahill"
Date:  Fri Aug 24, 2007 4:34 am
Subject:  Re: Digest Number 455 (Sgouros)



I know that Rubinstein was quite impressed by the young Dimitris
Sgouros who had visited Rubinstein during the last few months of his
(AR's)life. Indeed, "pack-rat" that I am, I have "hidden away"
within the PHOTOS section of this Group two photos of the young
pianist with his parents and AR (PHOTOS - "Colleagues") as well as
two photos showing the front/back views of the Van Cleef and Arpels
watch AR gave to him, inscribed "For Dimitri, With Love, Arthur
Rubinstein" (PHOTOS - MISC.("Odds & Ends")). Of course, Lady
Weidenfeld herself may have been instrumental in obtaining this
watch! I'm just wondering if Rubinstein actually believed that
Sgouros was the BEST pianist he had EVER heard or, rather, was being
quite generous to this up-and-coming genuine talent!
(I, of course, really do NOT know...!)

Jon



From:  AWeidenfel@...
Date:  Fri Aug 24, 2007 6:34 am
Subject:  Re: [HomageToArthurRubinstein] Re: Digest Number 455 (Sgouros)



Just had a look at those photos with Sgouros - I took them and sent them later to Sgouros so they must have originally come from him or his family.


Annabelle Weidenfeld  [NB: Lady Weidenfeld was Rubinstein's girlfriend in the final decade of his life]


From:  Jonathan Cahill
Date:  Fri Aug 24, 2007 6:57 am
Subject:  Re: "Agogics" and " Dimitri Sgouros " (Lady Weidenfeld / Peter)


...
of course, it really does not matter, especially in
the spirit of our recent discussions. Even if Rubinstein DID say it,
we could/would still "debate" forever if he really "meant" it! His
comment, however attributed, does pay high homage to Mr. Sgouros!

Peter - your "tongue-in-cheek" comment (I assume) about Rubinstein
being his own favorite pianist illustrates a "paradox" of sorts!
Rubinstein often commented that, after making a recording and hearing
it a few times, he would often grow weary of it, seeing new
opportunities of approach and so on. If "Rubinstein" quickly tires
of "Rubinstein" then is it the newer "Rubinstein" that "Rubinstein"
likes most or is the future "Rubinstein-to-be" that "Rubinstein" really
likes the most??? Maybe Professor Feinberg can develop the
mathematical/analytical tools needed to sort this out! Sorta like
calculating "pi" to a million decimal places or something...

A Very Tired Jon



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From: Antonis Kyriazis (antonis@intranet.gr)
Subject: Re: Information On Dimitris Sgouros
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Date: 1994-02-17 02:47:07 PST
 

Jokes, jokes!  D.Sgouros performs wherever he gets paid enough, that's for
sure!  He learns fast (30 pages in a night!) although he's not as
experienced as S. Richter for example, but he's for many a fascinating
pianist...
 
From: Nikos Tavridis (nt051069@cip.bwl.uni-muenchen.de)
Subject: Re: Variations...Paganini
Newsgroups: rec.music.classical.recordings
 
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Date: 1995-03-15 15:54:27 PST
 

[ re: Brahms Paganini Variations ]
For sheer power, the piano pendant to the feared 24 caprice, nothing beats, 
imho, the recording by Dimitri Sgouros. He manages to untangle all the musical 
strands in this piece with such ease, you'd be thinking he is playing "Für 
Elise"! A fast and extremely accurate playing, which reveals the mastery and 
rich texture of Brahms work. Worth a try...

cu

Nikos
 
From: Y M Smejkal (Y.M.Smejkal@durham.ac.uk)
Subject: Re: Spyros Skourus?
Newsgroups: rec.music.classical.recordings
 
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Date: 1997/05/15
 

I rather liked all the recordings I have of Sgouros.  His Rachmaninoff 3rd
is tremendous - one of the few pianists who can play the long cadenza up
to speed!!  His Schumann Symphonic Studies is very impressive as are the
Brahms Paganini variations.  I should be interested to hear what his
Brahms concerti are like - a critic's dismissal is not the end of the
world!

His Mephisto Waltz is also very good.

Every good wish,

Yenda. 

Sam Schleman (bigfish@pond.com) wrote:
: Just out of curiosity, does anyone know what happened to this young pianist? 
: Supposedly Rubinstein in his waning years said he thought he was an 
: outstanding young prodigy. He recorded the Rach3 on EMI a few years back, at 
: age 14 (now discontinued), which was IMHO a pretty good rendition. Since 
: then, he seems to have just disappeared as far as I can tell. 
: -------------------------------------
: Sam Schleman
 
From: SGOUROSMP3
Subject: New Piano Music on MP3.COM !! (Sgouros)
Newsgroups: rec.music.classical.performing, rec.music.classical.recordings, rec.music.classical, japan.music.classical, tw.bbs.music.classical
 
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Date: 2001-12-20 21:50:41 PST
 

I would like to invite everyone to visit a newly established site on
MP3.COM featuring live concert performances by Greek pianist Dimitris
Sgouros in STREAMING AUDIO format:

   http://soundclick.com/share?songid=3601604

(Alternate site: http://www.sgourosmp3.com )

Currently, the following music is available for free listening and
download-

Solo works:

[...]

 

Message 2 in thread

From: Matthew Silverstein (msilverz@umich.edu)
Subject: Re: New Piano Music on MP3.COM !! (Sgouros)
Newsgroups: rec.music.classical.performing, rec.music.classical.recordings, rec.music.classical, japan.music.classical, tw.bbs.music.classical
 

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SGOUROSMP3 wrote:

> Currently, the following music is available for free listening and
> download- [snip]
> Chopin Scherzo No 2 in Bb minor Op 31

This seems quite promising, based on the snippet I just heard. Anyone agree?

Matty
 
Message 5 in thread

From: John Grant (dohertygrant@sympatico.ca)
Subject: Re: New Piano Music on MP3.COM !! (Sgouros)
Newsgroups: rec.music.classical.performing, rec.music.classical.recordings, rec.music.classical, japan.music.classical, tw.bbs.music.classical
 

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Date: 2001-12-29 19:51:09 PST
 

Yes, some very good stuff.   (There is SO much crap at mp3 classical, the
wading can be difficult.)

John Grant
http://www.mp3.com/stations/bach_wtc_1_part1
http://www.mp3.com/stations/wtc2

"Matthew Silverstein" <msilverz@umich.edu> wrote in message
news:UsAU7.7480$b7.142480@news.itd.umich.edu...
> Vicky wrote:
>
> > Currently, the following music is available for free listening and
> > download- [snip]
> > Chopin Scherzo No 2 in Bb minor Op 31
>
> This seems quite promising, based on the snippet I just heard. Anyone agree?
>
> Matty
>
From: Musician (music@mytempo.com)
Subject: Artur Rubinstein said about this pianist:
Newsgroups: rec.music.classical, rec.music.makers.piano
 
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Date: 2001-12-26 20:19:00 PST
 

"he is the best Pianist I have ever heard".

About the young Greek Pianist Dimitris Sgouros. Hear his artistry free at

http://www.sgourosmp3.com


cheers,

David Blumberg

 

Message 2 in thread

From: Steven Van Impe (svanimpe@antwerpen.be)
Subject: Re: Artur Rubinstein said about this pianist:
Newsgroups: rec.music.classical, rec.music.makers.piano
 

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Date: 2001-12-27 02:41:38 PST
 

> "he is the best Pianist I have ever heard".

<snip>

Well, Franz Liszt said that about some 3500 composers he met.


Steven

 

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From: Musician (music@mytempo.com)
Subject: Re: Artur Rubinstein said about this pianist:
Newsgroups: rec.music.classical, rec.music.makers.piano
 

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Date: 2001-12-27 11:06:12 PST
 

ok fine. Here's another couple of comments:

"This boy is playing piano like the God..." - Martha Argerich "A
genius of Sgouros' scope is born only once in a century..." - Claudio
Abbado

I don't think that Abbado doles out compliments lightly (or as lightly
as Artur).

Anyway - it's worth listening to if inclined :)

 

Message 4 in thread

From: Verne Foster MacKinnon (fm4054@attglobal.net)
Subject: Re: Artur Rubinstein said about this pianist:
Newsgroups: rec.music.classical, rec.music.makers.piano
 

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Date: 2001-12-27 11:17:48 PST
 

Musician wrote:
> 
> "he is the best Pianist I have ever heard".

(if true) When AR was ninety-five years of age and about to leave us.

> About the young Greek Pianist Dimitri Sgouros.

B. 1969, "young" could be dropped (IMO); in .this. arena, 30s is not.

> cheers,
> 
> David Blumberg

V.
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From: Ertugrul iNANC (ertugrulinanc@netscape.net)
Subject: Re: Artur Rubinstein said about this pianist:
Newsgroups: rec.music.classical
 

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Date: 2001-12-27 11:43:39 PST
 

I listened to Sgouros playing Grieg's Piano Concerto, live in Istanbul, a
few months ago. He was remarkably good...
[...]

Btw, I don't believe any "best pianist I have ever heard" ever exists. I
don't believe in the existence of an ever best but I do know lots of ever
worsts. 
[...]
Ertugrul


--
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From: Charles Milton Ling (cmling@teleweb.at)
Subject: was: Prokofiev piano concertos? / Sgouros in Liszt's Norma Fantasy
Newsgroups: rec.music.classical.recordings
 

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Date: 2002-03-27 13:57:26 PST
 

[ re: Liszt Norma Fantasy as performed by Dimitris Sgouros ]

... I am utterly dumbfounded.  I have not heard anything 
like this since Cziffra.

-- 
Charles Milton Ling
Vienna, Austria
 
Message 1 in thread

From: Sonarrat Citalis (sonarrat@postmark.net)
Subject: Re: Prokofiev piano concertos? / Sgouros in Liszt's Norma Fantasy
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"Charles Milton Ling" <cmling@teleweb.at> wrote:

> ...  I am utterly dumbfounded.  I have not heard anything
> like this since Cziffra.

I'm with you.  What energy!

--
-Sonarrat Citalis.

 

Message 2 in thread

From: Gerrie Collins (gerriecollins@cox.net)
Subject: Re: Prokofiev piano concertos? / Sgouros in Liszt's Norma Fantasy
Newsgroups: rec.music.classical.recordings
 

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Date: 2002-03-27 19:27:42 PST
 

"Sonarrat Citalis" <sonarrat@postmark.net> wrote:
> "Charles Milton Ling" <cmling@teleweb.at> wrote in message
> > ...  I am utterly dumbfounded.  I have not heard anything
> > like this since Cziffra.
> 
> I'm with you.  What energy!

I listened and yes, he IS a terrific pianist.  I had the pleasure of
hearing him in a recital in 1982 when he was 12-13 years old and he
absolutely 'blew my mind' with his artistry and unbelievable technical
command (Schumann Symphonic Etudes, Scarlatti Sonatas, Liszt Mephisto
#1, and more).  I also have his Rach 3 recorded when he was 12 with
the National Symphony (and reputedly learned in TWO WEEKS!!!). 
AMAZING!!  I can't understand why Sgouros has not 'caught on' more
than he has.  I think one reason might be is that he was such a
fabulous child prodigy that it is hard for him to surpass his early
monumental prowess now as an adult.  So far as "not hearing anything
like this since Cziffra,"  have you heard one or more of Argerich's
terrific, exciting versions?

Gerrie
 
Message 4 in thread

From: Henk van Tuijl (h.vantuijl@home.nl)
Subject: Re: Prokofiev piano concertos? / Sgouros in Liszt's Norma Fantasy
Newsgroups: rec.music.classical.recordings
 

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Date: 2002-03-28 01:01:11 PST
 

Sgouros a Cziffra? His interpretations remind me of Tzimon Barto, not of
Cziffra...

Henk
Message 5 in thread

From: Sonarrat Citalis (sonarrat@postmark.net)
Subject: Re: Prokofiev piano concertos? / Sgouros in Liszt's Norma Fantasy
Newsgroups: rec.music.classical.recordings
 

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Date: 2002-03-28 01:15:34 PST
 

"Henk van Tuijl" <h.vantuijl@home.nl> wrote:

> Sgouros a Cziffra? His interpretations remind me of Tzimon Barto, not of
> Cziffra...

Sgouros reminded me more than a little bit of Argerich as far as his Prok 3rd
went, but it has more energy than either of the Argerichs I have heard.  It's
free, lighthearted.

--
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Message 6 in thread

From: Charles Milton Ling (cmling@teleweb.at)
Subject: Re: Prokofiev piano concertos? / Sgouros in Liszt's Norma Fantasy
Newsgroups: rec.music.classical.recordings
 

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Date: 2002-03-28 13:15:34 PST
 

Henk van Tuijl wrote:

> Sgouros a Cziffra? His interpretations remind me of Tzimon Barto, not of
> Cziffra...
> 
> Henk


Ah, I never said he was a Cziffra; there will never be another.  I 
compared the excitement his "Norma" afforded me to some Liszt 
transcriptions played by Cziffra it has been my great pleasure to hear, 
no more, but no less, either.

Charley

-- 
Charles Milton Ling
Vienna, Austria
 
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From: RX-01 (kons500@yahoo.com)
Subject: Dimitris Sgouros: Recording information needed
Newsgroups: rec.music.classical.recordings
 

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Date: 2002-03-28 08:40:13 PST
 

After reading a recent thread by Sonarrat Citalis praising pianist
Dimitris Sgouros, I visited the recommended website
(http://www.sgourosmp3.com)

I was so astonished by the playing of the pianist. I know that he
performed the Rach 3 when he was 12, with Rostropovich conducting, at
Carnegie Hall and  listening to the mp3 of his Rachmaninov 3rd
concerto (found on the above website) I thought it was one of the
finest interpretations I've ever heard!

Does anyone know why this pianist has been neglected? I've only
managed to find a couple of CDs by him on Amazon.com, none of them
recorded with any of the "big" companies (i.e. Warner and Universal).
How is this possible? Perhaps it is the pianist's decision not to
record so much but to perform? Can someone please give me some more
information on Sgouros's recordings?

Thanks!


RX-01
 
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From: Matthew B. Tepper (oy?earthlink.net)
Subject: Re: Dimitris Sgouros: Recording information needed
Newsgroups: rec.music.classical.recordings
 

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Date: 2002-03-28 14:50:28 PST
 

I was under the impression that he had made a CD or two for EMI years 
ago.  As to why there isn't much more, perhaps it wasn't his decision, 
but that of the geniuses at the record companies.  After all, they have 
this knack for spotting great performers such as Olli Mustonen, Susan 
Graham, and Pamela Frank, and then brushing them off like lint.

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From: Rajeev Aloysius (rajeev@starmail.com)
Subject: Re: Greek Pianist played Rach 3 at age 11?
Newsgroups: rec.music.classical
 

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Date: 2002-04-21 23:45:16 PST
 

"Lars Peder Kallar Devold" <lars_world@hotmail.com> wrote in message news:<xexw8.3376$ph2.70790@news4.ulv.nextra.no>...
> My physiotherapist told me about a child prodigy who played Rachmaninoffs
> 3rd Piano Concerto at the tender age of 11 [NB: he was 12], supposedly learnt it in 6 days!
> Is this true, if so, then who is it, and what has he done later on?


I think it was Dimitris Sgouros

Regards
Rajeev Aloysius
rajeev@nospam.starmail.com
 
From: Gerrie Collins (gerriecollins@cox.net)
Subject: Re: What happened to Santiago Rodriguez?
Newsgroups: rec.music.classical.recordings
Date: 2004-04-10 15:57:54 PST
 
"Lecter" <guitar1@hotmail.com> wrote in message http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=37Wdc...


> Dimitris Sgouros? As a 14 year old, he played a mean Rach 3!! 

Plus a 'mean' Brahms-Paganini Variations and other 'smaller' works. 
His Chopin Nocturne in c minor 48/1 is a gem, one of the best I've
heard.  His Mephisto Waltz (#1) which I heard him play in 1982 at age
13(Maryland/Kapell Int. Piano Fest. & Comp.)put Bolet's (the *next*
night)almost to shame


>He made a few other CDs, then disappeared.

He has quite a presence on mp3 at his website.  


> > What happened to Andre Watts and Tzimon Barto?


For some reason, I am not curious.  :-)

Gerrie C

From the De.Rec.Musik.Klassik newsgroup -

http://groups.google.com/groups?hl=en&group=de.rec.musik.klassik

[In German]

From: SGOUROSMP3
Subject: Freie MP3s - Dimitris Sgouros (Klavier)
Newsgroups: de.rec.musik.klassik, de.rec.music.klassik
 
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Date: 2001-11-30 22:29:48 PST
 

Besuchen Sie diese Seite:

  http://www.sgourosmp3.com

MP3 Files von Sgouros die man herunterladen kann:

[...]

 

Message 4 in thread

From: Peter Lemken (peter@strg-alt-entf.org)
Subject: Re: Freie MP3s - Dimitris Sgouros (Klavier)
Newsgroups: de.rec.musik.klassik, de.rec.music.klassik
 

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SGOUROSMP3 wrote:
> Besuchen Sie diese Seite:
> 
>  http://www.sgourosmp3.com
> 
> MP3 Files von Sgouros die man herunterladen kann:

[...]

> Ravel Gaspard de la nuit

[...]

Kann ich nur empfehlen: eine der besten Karrikaturen der vergangenen 15
Jahre.
[ English translation of Mr Lemken's comments re: Sgouros' Ravel Gaspard - 
"Recommended: one of the best interpretations of the last 15 years" ]
Peter Lemken
Berlin

-- 
Das Priester-Zoelibat ist das erfolgreichste Eugenik-Projekt der 
Menschheit. Es besticht auch in Momenten scheinbaren Versagens mit der
Eleganz seines Entwurfs.
	-- Mirko Liss in d.a.s.r

 

Comments  (re: video of Dimitris Sgouros playing the Liszt Sonata at the 2000 Montpellier Festival, France)

richterfreak

This is one of the most moving, beautiful performances of the Liszt Sonata I've heard in a long while and overall it ranks with the very best (Arrau, Gilels and Richter). The Andante Sostenuto in particular shines with deep, heartfelt emotion. Sgouros downplays - rightly in my mind - the virtuosic parts of the outer movements, refusing to trivialize the music and keeping the greater message in mind. Bravo!
 

I totally agree, I see him as one of the best and most mature pianists around today, it's just a shame that he's not that well known.
 
I have an mp3 of Sgouros playing Ravel's Gaspard. His Scarbo has to be heard to be believed...simply leaves everyone else in the dust...it's as menacing and sinister and thrilling as anything I've heard. Not sure why he is not better known either.
 
i could kick his ...(wakes up)...wow! he is something else..
 
When I watch performances like this, I remember why I need to quit playing piano before I make a fool of myself on stage trying to half-ass a performance of a piece like this. Why should I try anymore when this guy could entertain the world 200 times over what I could ever do.

He is way too talented. It makes me throw up a little.
 

Comments  (re: Dimitris Sgouros playing Chopin Ballade No 1)

DoctorGradus
I downloaded sgouros's performance of this ballade in a live appearence from www.sgourosmp3.com ......it is by far the greatest of all i have ever heard....it is flawless and when he gets at the presto section,he gives me the chills....it is even better than richter's own live performance,to my opinion...

 

Comments  (re: Dimitris Sgouros playing Ravel Gaspard de la nuit)

shilloshillos
Those "trills" in the opening of the piece are impossible. They are so clear here...astonishing......

 


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diese liste hat nur mit musik und nichts mit HIFI zum tun:

meine liste ist ein auszug aus meiner sammlung, sie ist rein LP und rein klavier: diese platten gibt es nicht (mehr) zum kaufen sind aber, meiner meinung nach, das beste klavierspiel das je aufgenommen wurde. die tonqualität der lipatti aufnahmen ist leider ziemlich schlecht:

1. dinu lipatti 7, electrola EMI , C049-01 811:
- franz liszt - petrarca-sonett
- maurice ravel - alborada del gracioso
- george enescu - sonate für klavier
2. dinu lipatti, EMI, 1C 037 1001671:
- frederic chopin, 14 walzer
3. dinu lipatti 5, electrola EMI, C 047-00 770:
- robert schumann, konzert für klavier und orchester
- edvard grieg, konzert für klavier und orchester (solopart im ersten teil ist unglaublich!)
4. dinu lipatti 2, EMI, C047-01 282:
- chopin, sonate, mazurka, nocturne
5. svjatoslav richter, deutsche grammophon, lpm 18 597, 1959
- schumann konzert für klavier und orchester, novellette, toccata (dynamik pur!)
6. dimitris sgouros, EMI, 1985
- franz liszt, etudes d'execution transcendante, mephisto waltz no.1 (alsob der teufel himself spielt)


kurzes kommentar:
wer lipatti's einspielungen gehört hat, weiß dass andere interpreten nur noch peinlich zum anhören sind (vergleich sogar richters einspielung von ravel mit lipatti's). wer den mephisto waltzer mal richtig hören will kommt an sgouros' nicht vorbei. ich habe ziemlich viel von richter - auch die bach einspielungen sind empfehlenswert.

[ English translation of driesvds' comments - "If you want to hear the Mephisto Waltz played properly, look no further than Sgouros." ]


 
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1. Richard Clayderman (ja, es gibt ihn noch, den Komponisten und unübertroffenen Interpreten der Ballade pour Adeline; vgl.: www.clayderman.co.uk/home_page.htm)

2. Helmut Schmidt (geniale Aufnahme des Konzerts für 4 Klaviere zusammen mit Justus Frantz, Christoph Eschenbach und Gerhard Oppitz bei der DGG - gibt's die eigentlich noch?)

3. Alfred Schnittke (zu hören in der Einspielung von Arvo Pärts "Tabula rasa" zusammen mit G. Kremer und T. Grindenko bei ECM; ein Klavierspiel, das kaum noch von dieser Welt ist)

4. Sir Simon Rattle (hat sich in der Berliner Philharmonie als Pianist im Endzeit-Quartett Messiaens engagiert und bewährt - wir empfehlen die umgekehrte Karriere der Herren Ashkenazy und Barenboim)

5. Dimitris Sgouros (jener unvergessliche Wunderjüngling, der schon in zartem Alter mit hartem Repertoire zu hören war; sogar Rachmaninoffs Elefantenkonzert hat er der andächtig lauschenden Welt offeriert und in manchem Mutterherz die Pianistenberufung ihres Sohnes erweckt)

6. Lang Lang (Kommentar inzwischen überflüssig)

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dimitris sgouros // Islamey

> klavigen [1984 | oper frankfurt]
 

 

klavigen
[1984 | oper frankfurt]

im Fernsehen war ich auf einen jungen griechischen pianisten aufmerksam geworden. als ich dann erfuhr, dass er einen klavierabend in der alten oper Frankfurt geben würde, musste ich mit meinen freunden hingehen. gerade das stück "Islamey" von d. Balakirev machte auf uns einen geradezu unheimlichen eindruck. es war uns rätselhaft, wieso eine so junger Mensch - er war vielleicht nur 16 jahre alt - ein solch schwieriges und komplexes Klavierstück derart virtuos interpretieren konnte. seitdem hat dieses stück immer wieder eine besonders aufwühlende wirkung auf mich und auch anderen jungen leuten, denen ich es vorstelle geht es ähnlich

 


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[Picture of Sgouros and link to MP3 Website]

Artur Rubinstein was quoted as saying "he doesn't suck at all". Some other very high accolades too from some giant names.
"he plays like the baby jesus" (hype - kidding, but he is really good)
have a hear of the Liszt "Feux Follets" Etude - it doesn't get any harder then that really.


 

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Dec 26, 2001 at 20:51:21
Re: Check out this new (classic) talent on Mp3.com  
True talent...this guy knows what he is doing that's for sure

uN-sUB..........was here !!!


 
softsong
Dec 26, 2001 at 20:54:23
Re: Check out this new (classic) talent on Mp3.com  
Just what I need to relax me while working on a page here

very GOOD !

Thanks ...


 
andrys
Dec 26, 2001 at 20:55:11
Re: Check out this new (classic) talent on Mp3.com  
Thanks for changing the subject title, David.

Anyway, while people are enjoying really-good classical of the Sgouros type, also visit this same piece and other ones played by Fiorentino who is mic'd further away but gives it a bit more shading, lilt, character and tension, while Sgouros is extremely clear and constant. Both versions are really fine.

Another version of this is the first piece by young Mei-Ting Sun at Mei-ting's Liszt station. Just goes to show how much talent goes unheard, at least until now at mp3.com. Neat stuff, folks.

- Andrys

 
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Dec 26, 2001 at 21:22:44
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Thanks for the new one, David. Sgouros was an amazing prodigy. Glad he's making a comeback.

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 posted June 30, 2002 06:28 AM      

How about back in 1982 or so when 12 year old Greek Pianist Dimitris Sgouros performed Rachmaninoff's 3rd at Carnegie Hall!

Pretty amazing! [Wink] !

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 posted June 30, 2002 04:35 PM                   

A 12 year old playing R's 3rd????????

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 posted June 30, 2002 09:06 PM      

Yup, believe it or not. And apparently he played it very well.
Here is a link to the site with the newspaper articles about the performance etc. Click here

Also here are some of his MP3s on MP3.com

Quite amazing. Although he is close to thirty by now i would suspect. Funny how i never heard of him until i saw this website. But his recording of chopin included on the site (also played at 12 years old) is breathtaking.
[Razz] [Razz] What i wouldn't give to see that performance!! [Wink]

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 posted July 01, 2002 03:17 PM      

WOW! That kid is fantastic, especially for only 12 years old. I just can't imagine a 12 year old playing this well! I'm listening to it right now, and it is just amazing. I would have loved to have seen this in person.

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by the way compare these 2 feux follets recordings and tell me which is more beautiful the fast Dimitris Sgouros version
or the Alberto Cobo ultra slow boring version

http://www.sgourosmp3.com/ -->sgouros version
look in the links for the feux follet mp3

http://www.superopera.com/Liszt/liszt.htm
--> Alberto Cobo version 2 real player files
some time speed helps if u use it wisely

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 posted September 07, 2002 10:55 AM      

before criticizing Dimitris sgouros
did u hear his left hand and how he sounds great he makes a musical melody with his left hands and
right hand thumbs that other pianist can't make
feux follets is supposed to be played fast
if u wan't to taste all the hidden music
by the way Alberto Cobo version is good but still boring compared to others it last 4min30
like a movement from a sonata i find this weird
but as u said tastes are differents

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 posted September 07, 2002 11:31 AM      

you're right but
returning to feux follets

do u know why i prefer the fast version
i think before performing any music one must return to the sources of music that inspired the
composer behind every liszt etude or chopin etude there is a story
concerning feux follets it's a kind of rare
meteorological phenomena that occures rarely it's a kind of flash of thunder that comes in the form
of a ball of fire in old times people thought of it as small flames dancing or spirits of fire
so the feux follets suggest the dance of these spirits (like gnome etude from concert etudes)
and the propagation of fire

the second reason is because sgouros managed to give hidden sound compare left hand of sgouros and alberto cobo u will find more [...] in sgouros version and more rythmical dynamics which make it exciting and sound control is better in fact if alberto cobo had enough technique to perform it like him he would not hesitate but he lacks it that's all
so he played slow and hesitating to avoid wrong notes but i would agree with what's been said about horowitz op10n°4
and i don't praise virtuosity
but lhevine said :
technique is just a mean of achieving a musical aim
which cannot be achieved only by hard training

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 posted September 09, 2002 07:01 AM      

Okay, I've only just listened to the two versions of Feux Follets because I tangled myself up downloading that player thing.

I like the Sgouros version, not because it's faster but because I like the sound better. Cobo uses too much pedal in this piece for my taste. I think Sgouros's playing is much more even, clearer and more delicate. Put it this way, if Sgouros played it at Cobo's speed I'd still prefer his playing. Speed isn't the reason I like it.

The only thing I noticed about Sgouros was that he empasised the upper notes of the double note passages so much I had a job hearing the lower notes of the pairs. I like the sound of them played with equal emphasis.

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Felipe Izcaray posted on Wed August 10, 2005
  I was very pleased to listen to the Chopin Piano Concerto 3rd. movement. I was the conductor at that 1982 performance (Felipe Izcaray), that was with the Simon Bolivar National Youth Orchestra of Venezuela. Dimitris was a very energetic 12-year old boy then, and a superb pianist, comparable only to Martha Argerich in poise and stamina. I am sure he has kept up his artistry.
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 ".. I still just love that Sgouros recording - it's become the definitive recording for me, with just the right tempos (Argerich is known to play a little fast), my preferred cadenza (which most don't perform), great accents, and overall sound."   - "rubrub" (Chicago, December 21, 2006)

 


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 Re: BRAHMS - Concertos pour piano n°1 et 2
Auteur: zibouni 
Date:   23-09-03 23:43

J'ai la vidéo de la version Zimerman/Bernstein et je confirme le jugement de Loïc.
J'y ajouterai une superbe version hyper éco des 2 concertos , disponible chez Capriccio (2 CD au prix d'un Naxos ou pas loin) Emil Tabakov et l'orchestre philharmonique de Sofia accompagnent Dimitris Sgouros. Ce pianiste grec né en 69 a été médaille d'or au conservatoire d'Athènes à 13 ans, a démarré une carrière internationale à 12, a été dirigé par Bernstein, Karajan, Rostropovitch, Solti et Mehta entre autres. Son répertoire comprend 45 concertos, de Scarlatti (???) à Cage. Il parle 6 langues et étudie aussi les mathématiques, après des études de littérature espagnole...(extrait de la notice). Ses concertos sont brillants, virtuoses, dramatiques quand il le faut et extrêmement poétiques dans les mouvements lents. L'orchestre me paraît un peu plus pâteux que Vienne avec Bernstein, mais quel piano !!!

[ English translation of Zibouni's comments re: Brahms Piano Concertos Nos 1&2 - "His concertos are brilliant, virtuosic, dramatic when needed and extremely poetic in the slow movements..." ]


Un forumiste aurait-il plus de renseignements, et notamment une discographie? Ce musicien, bien que n'ayant pas signé chez Universal et ne bénéficiant donc pas du marketing habituel, me semble tout à fait à suivre...
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 Re: BRAHMS - Concertos pour piano n°1 et 2
Auteur: Loïc Serrurier 
Date:   26-01-04 15:04

Sgouros a fait quelques disques plus récemment.

Il m'a envoyé quelques-uns de ses nouveaux disques alors qu'il nous avait contacté pour venir jouer dans le cadre de Clef de Soleil.

Figurait sur un disque une troisième sonate de Brahms plus qu'honorable.

Les nombreuses vidéos sont également très intéressantes.

Loïc.
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    >Sergei于2000-01-25,21:43:57
    >在大作《Re: 我认为的RACHMANINOV PC的最好版本》中提到:
    >我以为,听Rachmaninov就要听那种冲劲。至少我喜欢那种弹Rach好像砸钢琴一样的动静。
     

    十几年前听过的一张LP可能会合你的意:
    Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30. Dimitris Sgouros (pf) Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Yuri Simonov
    EMI 1984(CD) CDC7 47031-2

    当时听了甚觉受用. 希腊小子Sgouros录这个时年仅14. 当时在对他的采访报道中, Sgouros说他想成为Richter
    那样的钢琴家, 而Richter则任为他已经有那等水平了. 最近读到评论, 说其锋芒过露. 查近十来年他没有多少
    录音面世. 是不是应了a chinese saying:"小时了了, 大未必佳"?

    >我要推荐English Philharmonic Festival Orchestra 1998年由Jansug Kakhidze指挥,Jurgos Karnavichius钢琴的版本.或许不是很著名,但我以为那是最好的.尤其是PC3第一乐章后部的华彩,真是闻所未闻的处理!如果你也喜欢豪放型的Rachmaninov,不妨试一试.
    请问这是哪家出的?

    >听过Ashkenazy指挥Concertgebouw Orchestra的拉氏交响全集了吗.大约还不错.
    有穷人用的D版吗?

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  “小星星變奏曲”的原題為 “啊!媽媽,我要告訴你(Ah, vousdirai-je, Maman)的十二段變奏曲”,是一七七八年初夏,莫扎特停留巴黎時,為一位女弟子作曲的。音樂主題出自一首古老的歐洲民謠,有好幾個國家,用不同的語言歌唱過它。在中國就有那首歌一閃一閃亮晶晶,滿天都是小星星星星眨著小眼楮,閃閃爍爍到天明一閃一閃亮晶晶,滿天都是小星星。。這個主題的節奏與旋律單純質樸,莫扎特為它配上十二段可愛又富有魅力的變奏,使得音樂一直自然而愉快的流淌著。

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OSSIA(上の質問に対する答えをご参照ください)のレコードで自作自演盤と同じ位のテンポで演奏しているお奨めのアルバムを教えてください。ヘルフゴット氏のもあれはあれでいいとは思うのですが....。どなたかご教示下さい!それではお願いします![tama さん]

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うむ。大分御質問が込み入ってきましたね(笑)。テンポ設定はカデンツァ部分のみで、ということでしょうか?
自演はオリジナルなので、これと同じテンポでossiaってのはチョット難しいと思いますが、ossiaカデンツァのテンポ設定で
「これはたまげた!」と思ったのは、前にも書いた
ディミトリ・スゴロスの14歳での録音。
ROYAL CLASSICS ROY6459)(←海外廉価盤で比較的入手は容易)
圧倒的なスピード感がカデンツァを征しています。この録音、1楽章をossia版(カット無し)で16:19で演奏する
のは脅威的なことです。普通の録音ならばカット無しで17分はかかっていますので。。。

また、「自演を意識した」という観点で言えば、カデンツァはオリジナルですが、文句無くコチシュの演奏をお奨めします。
これは所有の中でも5指に入る名演で、どこのお店でも大抵売ってますし、あまねく聴いていただきたい演奏ですね。
全体を通して、これほどの速いテンポ設定で、しかも完全全曲版なのは称賛に値すると思います。
(演奏の素晴らしさは言うまでもありません)

それから、うっかりしてたのですが、アビー・サイモン/スラトキン盤のカデンツァ演奏は、ホロヴィッツと同じと思ってましたが、
最後の2小節カットが無いので、別のパターンがもう1種類あるということになります。
(う?む、まだまだ修行が足りない・・・(^_^;))


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最高のプロコフィエフ、ディミトリス・スグロス

YouTube でディミトリス・スグロス(Dimitris Sgouros、1969年生まれ)の快演、凄演、激演を観て聴いて、その才能を改めて確信した。何はともあれ、まず、プロコフィエフのピアノ協奏曲第3番の1楽章を。

このプロコフィエフの3番は僕の大好きな曲で、これまでアルゲリッチの旧盤、アシュケナージ、ヴァン・クライバーンあたりを好んで聴いていた。どれも甲乙付け難く素晴らしい。が、どの演奏もちょっとばかし不満足なところがあったりする。

しかしスグロスは、これこれ、こういうプロコフィエフが聴きたかったんだ! という達演を見事に披露してくれる。至難な技巧をこれでもかと見せ付けてくれる。テンポ、ダイナミック、強靭な打鍵──どれをとっても一級のヴィルトゥオジティを発揮して、迫力ある音楽を聴かせてくれる。しかもライブ演奏なのに、ミスタッチなんてものは、そこにはまったく存在しないかのようだ──驚異的だ、ミラクルだ!

こんな凄いピアニストなのに、CDショップには彼のディスクがまったく置いていなかった……これは問題だ!

というわけで、ディミトリス・スグロスの演奏を紹介しておきたい。スグロスのピアニズムがもっと知られ、その音楽が再・評価され、かつて出ていた録音が再発売され、未発売の音源がCD化されることを願いつつ(やはりCDの「良い録音」で、PCではなくオーディオ装置で聴きたい)。
↓は、かつてEMIから出ていたリストの『超絶技巧練習曲』&《メフィストワルツ》。1984年にアビー・ロード・スタジオNo.1で録音されたもので、このときスグロスはまだ14歳だった。

 

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In questa pagina diverse composizioni di Chopin da poter ascoltare gratuitamente.
Il pianista é Dimitris Sgouros, é un pianista greco, altro non so.
In questo momento sto ascoltando, da questa pagina la Ballata n°1.


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Se me olvidaba Zorgky, lo que comentabas de recopilar versiones de obras de Chopin, igual te puedo ayudar, tengo varias, los preludios por Pollini, Argerich, de Larrocha, Estudios por Sequera Costa, Ashkenazy, Pollini, Valses por Lipatti (para mi gusto la mejor version), etc. tu diras. Pues nose a mi Rachmaninov me encanta, te recomendaria sus estudios Op. 33 y 39, preludios Op. 23 y 32, sus 4 conciertos, la rapsodia sobre tema de paganini, sus momentos musicales, uff la verdad que no pararia... de Mompou sus 'impressions intimes' son preciosas, su 'Musica Callada' genial, de Liszt su 'Mephisto waltz nº 1' (arreglo para piano) interpretado por Dimitris Sgouros, de Nikolai Medtner conoces algo? sus conciertos una pasada, y sus sonatas hay que escucharlas, es una pena que este 'olvidado' (y digo olvidado entre comillas), nose te podria decir tantas...

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« Reply #38 on: March 08, 2005, 10:59:16 AM »

I don't know any Hollywood types.

I did meet the Placido Domingo (the opera singer). I sang with him (as part of a 50+ person choir Cheesy) but I did get to shake his hand and he said I have a beautiful name  Bow

I was also penpals with Dimitris Sgouros, a greek pianist. We were both teens and he was one of these genius kid musicians back then.

I've also met some scientists but they're even less famous than classical musicians  lol

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Philosophy "I didn't learn the piano just to have a go. I wanted to become a great pianist."

How do you get to the Sydney Opera House? Practise, practise, practise, goes the old joke, but Aaron McMillan has some more daring advice. His rented city apartment, where he does practise for seven hours a day, looks down on the white shells of the concert hall, where he will stage his own solo piano concert on February 25, just two weeks after his 26th birthday.

"It's the thing you dream about when you're a little fellow," he says. "But so many things go against an Australian pianist putting on a concert at the Opera House." Box-office records show that only Roger Woodward and David Helfgott have given solo recitals in the concert hall to full audiences.

McMillan went there as a 12-year-old to see the brilliant young Greek pianist Dimitris Sgouros. "I had terrible seats behind the lid, where I couldn't even see him, but it was this incredible sound. I came away feeling really elated, as though I could get out and do anything."

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  What are your greatest influences?  
   

"When I was young I saw Dimitris Sgouros perform Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto at the  Sydney Opera House. I was captivated. Needless to say the romantics were a great influence for me, particularly Chopin and all things in C minor. In fact, every piece I wrote at that time was dramatic and in C minor, without exception."

 

 


Best musical experience...  "By far the concert by Steinway and Sons for its 150-year anniversary where Demetris Sgouros performed..."

                  - Cypriot musician Gregoris Loizou


 

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Australian Broadcasting Corporation Experts Forum: THE BRAIN

From: Sandra Gale 25/06/2004 12:09:20 PM
Subject: re: Forum on the brain post id: 647
I've heard about a man who was imprisoned in a hole each day. He occupied himself by imagining he was playing a round of golf with his mates, walking around their favourite course. He visualized each shot together with the complete emotional experience. After his rescue, he was back home and found that his golf had considerably improved. This illustrates the power of mental rehearsal. Perhaps VFL footballers could help you with that? A lot of them would be used to scans anyway?


From: Frederick Mendelsohn (expert) 25/06/2004 12:15:55 PM
Subject: re: Forum on the brain post id: 665
Yes, mental rehearsal does seem to be able to improve performance at least in some tasks. I remember the young pianist - I think it was Dimitris Sgouros who said that most of his practice was mental rehearsal of the music and the minority was at the keyboard

From: Max Coltheart (expert) 25/06/2004 12:21:00 PM
Subject: re: Forum on the brain post id: 679
Expert pianists have told me the same thing. And sometimes they may spend an hour or so AFTER the performance replaying it in their heads and improving the (mental) performance. This must be producing changes in the brain, changes which will make them perform better next time. So purely mental work can clearly make important changes in the brain.

Max

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