Saturday, October 19, 2013

Terence Judd, Shine gone wrong...


Darn...! WiFi connection on my macbook is broken :-( There goes the portable Spotify player... 
But at the same time, being the optimist I am, it's also an oppertunity. In the days before Spotify (heck, in the stone age time before Youtube!) I swapped live bootleg files from all over the world. After about 11 gig of unplayed files I stopped, but kept it stored for apocalyptic times... So, confronted with Wifilossity, I randomly picked a file unplayed since august 3rd 2005; Tchaikovski's piano concerto played by one Terence Judd. Wow. Maybe not perfect, but thrilling, exciting and exploding in the finale. Who is this guy, and why don't we hear more from him?? Well that is... becouse he comitted suicide at the age of 22... 

Terence Judd won the 1978 Tchaikovski Piano competition in Moskow (where the bootleg came from) and fell in to depression. Electro shock therapy (fashionable those days) made things worse, and after frying his brain Terence was convinced he was Jesus and should find some planets to live on for him and his sister, as can be read in this interview Jessica Duchen had with Diana Judd. In 1979 he bought a one way train ticket and was found later near the cliff's of Beachy Head, Sussex. Shine gone wrong, as Jessica writes...

I went to my "big" computer and found that Chandos has issued a better sounding "official bootleg" of the Tchaikovski and equal exciting Prokofiev 3 concerto with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Alexander Lazarev that can be found on Spotify. 
What could have been doesn't count here, what's left is rewarding enough to be heard and enjoyed...




(fifty-eight minutes of excitement…) 



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