A giant who has aided me and followed me in my discovery of Bach since my late teens His B minor Mass recording is definitive, for me.
(I did find his dogmatic, hard-line approach to Bach on the piano in the recent interview on R3 hard to agree with, but forgave him on the basis that he couldn't have done what he did without an almost obsessive and single-minded commitment)
"The isle is full of noises... Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not"
The Tempest, Act III scene 2 ll 148-9
Christopher Hogwood reflects on the life and work of Gustav Leonhardt
In Tune yesterday.
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Shocked and deeply saddened to hear this news today. I feel grateful that I was in London during the 80s to attend some of his rare appearances there.. I particularly remember a sublime recital at the QEH of Forqueray, Duphly etc. I also recall being 19 and spending all my hard-earned cash on his box of all the Bach harpsichord concertos...I was a fan forever after.
I gather the Bott/Leonhardt interview is being repeated in place of today's EMS.
I have listened a lot to the 2008 80th birthday jubilee edition with a mixture of well-known works and less familiar items. A must-have, I would have thought. He seemed to be one those figures that would always be there. Looking back over his huge contribution over the years he must have died a happy man.