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John Ogdon

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John Ogdon’s lifestyle and career may be summed up as prodigious. A new player of great power and protean technique, Ogdon was unafraid, and actually preferred, to deal with the biggest ratings, including Busoni’s mammoth Piano Concerto, Beethoven’s “Hammerklavier” Sonata, the Concerto for single piano (in the Op. 39 Etudes) of Charles-Valentin Alkan, as well as the four-hour Opus Clavicembalisticum by Kaikhosru Sorabji, which he first performed in personal recital at age 22. His repertoire was also substantial: a lot more than 80 composers had been represented, with actually hundreds of ratings, most of them focused on his unparalleled storage and a lot more than 260 of these maintained in recordings. Ogdon was also a author of almost 200 works in lots of forms, a symphony and piano concerto included in this, and he trained and wrote thoroughly on music. Actually his size was amazing. Tall along with a inclination toward weight problems, Ogdon brought power and power to his shows, with critics frequently resorting to terms like “thunderous” within their assessments. However John Ogdon was usually delicate to the needs of musical structures. An affable and approachable designer among his even more aloof co-workers, Ogdon’s main concern was to connect music’s substance through obvious delineation of its type. He also was with the capacity of delicate intimacy along with his repertoire. When he was at the elevation of his capabilities, it had been Ogdon’s focus and unrelenting but plastic material control that impressed viewers. Given birth to in Manchester in 1937, Ogdon in early stages showed such skill that he was used on by such renowned educators as Iso Elinson, Egon Petri, and Ilona Kabos. Pursuing an acclaimed group of concerts within the north of Britain, Ogdon produced his sensational London debut at age 21, playing Busoni’s hardly ever noticed Piano Concerto. Two essential prizes in the first 1960s founded his international status: the Budapest Liszt Reward in 1961 and First Reward within the 1962 Moscow Tchaikovsky Competition, the second option distributed to another rapidly growing artist, the youthful Vladimir Ashkenazy. A chaotic career followed, where Ogdon performed acclaimed concerts and recitals all over the world, documented extensively, and composed several well-received treatises, including Sorabji and Melville (1960), Liszt’s Afterwards Piano Music (1970), as well as the Romantic Custom (1972). He also began monitoring structure with Richard Hall, Thomas Pittfield, and George Lloyd. Ogdon wedded pianist Brenda Lucas in 1960, and both often made an appearance in recital jointly. In 1973, Ogdon experienced a break down, which, provided the speed of his profession, might possibly not have been unforeseen, but a far more critical cause was in the centre from it. Like his dad before him, Ogdon was identified as having schizophrenia and hospitalized for quite some time in the Maudley Medical center in London, where he was however reported to keep up a practice plan of three hours each day within the hospital’s Steinway. In 1980, he enjoyed a resurgence within the concert hall, but critics discovered that his technique got experienced the years of institutionalization as well as the medicine he took to keep up his inner stability. Still, there have been occasions of great motivation once the brilliance of his conceptions overshadowed any diminution of his key pad forces, and his 1988 documenting of Sorabji’s Opus Clavicembalisticum (Altarus Compact disc 9075, four discs) can be an astonishing accomplishment. Between 1975 and 1980, Ogdon trained at Indiana College or university. His loss of life in London from pneumonia at age group 52 prematurely finished a dramatic profession.

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Full Name John Ogdon
Died August 1, 1989, London, United Kingdom
Profession Pianist
Education Manchester Grammar School
Music Songs Fur Elise, Piano Sonata no. 5 in F-sharp major, op. 53, Prelude in C-sharp minor, Op. 3 No.2, Turandots Frauengemach, Sonatina No.6, Concert Allegro, Op. 46, Sheep May Safely Graze, Barcarolle No. 6 Op. 39, Nocturne No. 2 in E flat Op. 9 No. 2, Fantasia contrappuntistica, Three Nocturnes : No. 2 in F, Liebestraum No. 3 in A flat, 24 Variations on Vincenzo Righini's arietta 'Venni amore', WoO65 : Variation XXIV, Allegro - Allegro stringendo - Presto assai, The Carnival of the Animals - A zoological fantasy: The Aquarium, Barcarolle, Op. 39, No. 6, Pavane Pour une Infante Defunte, La Fille Aux Cheveux De Lin, Sonata No.3 In B Minor, Op.58, 3rd Movement: Largo, Piano Sonata no. 23 in F minor, op. 57 "Appassionata": III. Allegro ma non troppo, Jamaican Rhumba, 3 Nocturnes, Op. 9: No. 2 in E-Flat Major, The Carnival of the Animals - A zoological fantasy: The Swan, Chaconne, Op. 32, Gymnopedie No. 1, Etude in E major Op. 10 No. 3, Vers la flamme, op. 72, The Carnival of the Animals - A zoological fantasy: Finale, Piano Concerto: II. Molto lento e tranquillo, Piano Concerto: III. Vivace, Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major: I. Allegro maestoso, Piano Sonata in E flat Minor: I. Moderément vite, Liszt: Concerto Pathétique in E minor - 1. Allegro
Albums Opus Clavicembalisticum, Scriabin: Piano Music, Suites for 2 Pianos, Popular Piano Favourites, Mendelssohn: String Symphonies Nos. 9, 10, 12; Concerto for Piano & Strings in A, Visions de l'Amen, Tippett: Piano Concerto . Piano Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2, Rachmaninov: Etudes-Tableaux, Busoni: Piano Works, Busoni: Piano Concerto; Turandot Suite Etc, Vingt regards sur l'enfant-Jésus, Virtuoso, Piano Music by Twentieth Century British Composers, John Ogdon Plays Chopin, John Odgon: Beethoven Hammerklavier Sonata & Piano Music of Carl Nielsen (Remastered), Ferruccio Busoni: Fantasia Contrappuntistica, Fantasia after J.S. Bach and Toccata, Alwyn: Fantasy-Waltzes - 12 Preludes, Shostakovich & Bartok:Piano Concertos/Sonata for 2 pianos & percussion, Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Piano Sonatas "Moonlight", "Pathétique", Appassionata", Transcriptions after J. S. Bach, Busoni - Piano Concerto, Rachmaninoff: Concerto pour piano No. 2 & 3 Préludes (Mono Version), Piano Concerto no. 1 / Piano Concerto no. 2 / Mephisto Waltz / Fantasy on La Clochette / Transcendental Study no. 11, A Busoni Recital, Piano Works, Rachmaninov Piano Works, Scott: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2, Early One Morning, Beethoven: Piano Variations, John Ogdon - The Complete RCA Album Collection, Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos (2 CDs), Symphony no. 5 / Piano Concerto no. 1, Works for Two Pianos (disc 1), Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli / Concerto for Double String Orchestra / Piano concerto, Peer Gynt / Piano Concerto / etc., Favourites For Two Pianos, Piano Concertos / Variations Symphonique, String Symphonies / Concerto for Piano and Strings, Great Pianists of the 20th Century, Volume 72: John Ogdon I, Beethoven: Fur Elise - Ravel: Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte, Great Pianists of the 20th Century, Volume 73: John Ogdon II (disc 1), Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1, Tamas Vasary vs. John Ogdon (Compare 2 Versions), Requiem / Cantique de Jean Racine / Ballade, John Ogdon - 70th Anniversary Edition, John Ogdon Plays Popular Chopin, Variations for Piano


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Screen Two 1989 TV Series music - 1 episode
Masterworks 1966 TV Series performer - 1 episode

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Masterworks 1966 TV Series

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Song of Norway 1970 musician: piano solo

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The South Bank Show 1989 TV Series documentary Himself
Aquarius 1973 TV Series Himself - Pianist, 'George Gershwin'
Gala Performance 1964 TV Series Himself
Music for You 1961 TV Series Himself

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John Ogdon: Living with Genius 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself

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