Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 8, 14, 15

"The eminent French-Cypriot pianist Cyprien Katsaris had serious business on his mind when he took the stage on Monday night at Mannes College the New School for Music and signaled to the audience that he wanted to speak. After greeting everyone Mr. Katsaris said that he wanted to 'address the pirates' in the audience. He sternly asked concertgoers to switch off 'your little recording devices,' adding that he knew full well that some in the audience would not do so. He asked that those determined to record his performance anyway 'please consider' that this act is 'almost like stealing or raping.' The audience seemed stunned into silence. A few people applauded. Then Mr. Katsaris began his program. ... In principle Mr. Katsaris was on solid ground. The illicit recording of a performance is a violation of an artist’s rights. And smartphones have made this piracy easier than ever. Mr. Katsaris’s large discography includes many live performances, including the complete Mozart piano concertos with the Salzburger Kammerphilharmonie. So it must be especially frustrating for him to see illegal recordings of his performances end up of the Web ..." (Anthony Tommasini, "Getting the Audience's Attention, and Keeping It," New York Times, 7/17/12).

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