Terence Judd was on the verge of bursting into the firmament of great pianists when he took his own life, and the world has been a poorer place for it. It is said that his poor showing at the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1978 was a contributing cause. If you listen to his playing, you can't help wonder what might have been going on with the judges behind the scenes. I'm not saying that Pletnev did not desrve the first prize. He is a wonderful pianist and musician, and based on what I have heard, I suspect he did. But playing of this kind must have been worthy of a close second. Well, maybe.
I must confess that while my wholehearted enthusiasm for what I have heard knows no bounds, I have heard nothing upon which to base an estimation of the subtlety, delicacy, and depth of Terence Judd's playing. Everything on this page is chosen to display his phenomenal technique, his bravura style of playing. But where are the Chopin minor key mazurkas, a nocturne here, a Kreisleriana there. My kingdom for a Brahms intermezzo and a Bach prelude and fugue. I know Mikhail Pletnev's playing and musicianship, and it is superlative across the entire range. I do not yet know that about Terence Judd's playing.
Having said this, there certainly are moments such as in the Shostakovich that give me a good idea of what he might be capable of. but these are very brief passages. I would need to hear more
Liszt Totentanz for piano and orchestra, S 126
Erich Bergel conducting the BBC Welsh Orchestra
recorded live in 1977
Liszt Piano Sonata in B minor
recorded in 1978
Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody 11
Liszt from "Venezia e Napoli"
Années de pèlerinage, "Deuxième année: Italie"
recorded live at the 1978 international Tchaikovsky Competition
Scriabin Etude in C♯ minor, Op 42~5
recorded live in 1978
Prokofiev Piano Concerto 1 in D major, Op 10
Janos Furst conducting the BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra
i Allegro brioso
ii Andante assai
iii Allegro scherzando
recorded live in 1979
Prokofiev Piano Concerto 3 in D major, Op 10
Alexander Lazarev conducting the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
recorded live at the 1978 international Tchaikovsky Piano Competition
(4th, 5th, 6th place ?!? the year Pletnev won)
i Andante. Allegro
ii Tema con variazioni (Andantino)
iii Allegro ma non troppo
Prokofiev "Suggestion Diabolique"
Shostakovich Prelude & Fugue in D♭ major, Op 87~15
recorded live in 1978
Barber Piano Sonata in E♭ minor, Op 26 (1949)
i Allegro energico
07:14 ➢ ii Allegro vivace e leggero
09:17 ➢ iii Adagio mesto
14:19 ➢ iv Fuga: Allegro con spirito
recorded in 1977
Ginastera Piano Sonata 1, Op 22 (1952)
i Allegro marcato
04:03 ➢ ii Presto misterioso
06:29 ➢ iii Adagio molto appassionato
13:00 ➢ iv Ruvido ed ostinato
For those of you who enjoy murder mysteries, here is my first with a strong musical polemic as background
which is also available as an audiobook.
And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series:
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