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The news of Cyprien Katsaris is that he is recovering in hospital in Berlin. Fears that he suffered a stroke or heart attack may be exaggerated.

After being taken ill in the middle of his own arrangement of a Liszt concerto, Katsaris is reported to have said:  ‘Es war eines meiner besten Konzerte, etwas Besonderes passierte, ich habe mit meiner ganzen Seele für Griechenland und Zypern gespielt.  (This was one of my best concerts. Something special happened. I played with my entire soul for Greece and Cyprus.)’

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  1. But I’m sure, despite his national pride playing for Greece and Cyprus, he is happy to be treated in a German hospital in these times…

    • Fergus Johnston says:

      ouch! Realist must be a German…

      • Well, imagine a world famous artist who is holding a German passport would state after a concert in Greece: “I played with my entire soul for Germany”. How do you think it would be received there?
        Don’t get me wrong. I don’t see the point of underlining one’s nationality, meaning who issues your passport for being a member of the human race, in musical performance. I think anyone who drags politics and nationalism into music is acting against music’s interest. Music unites people, it should not separate them.
        What’s the point of saying you play for a certain nationality in hour mind, thus excluding others?

        • Petros Linardos says:

          I see empathy, not nationalism, in Katsaris’ statement. Greece is in the midst of economic depression with no end in sight.

          • The comment of Katsaris was referring to the fact that the recital was co-hosted by the Cypriot Embassy of Berlin to celebrate the Cypriot presidency of the Council of the European Union on their National Holiday (1st Oct, the day of the concert). His quote was mentioned in an email (which was send around to update some “fans” on his well-being) simply to express his feelings for the occasion of the concert (he himself was born in France but his parents came from Cyprus) … Let’s not read too much into it and simply wish him all the best for a full recovery.

  2. Walter Brewster says:

    I can’t see that Katsaris was doing anything other than express his empathy with the Greek people. Nothing to do with nationalism.

  3. No disrespect to Maestro Katsaris and I wish him well, but over the years his playing has become more and more vulgar.

    • What has that got to do with the poor guy being unwell?

      • Nothing whatsoever. I stated that I wished him well. However, the youtube clip of him performing Liszt’s Csaridis obstine is another example of his self-aggrandizing, vulgar approach to his craft. It’s simply my aesthetic judgement. Once again, to reiterate, I wish him well and hope he fully recovers and lives a happy, full life. I just wish he didn’t waste his tremendous gifts with such vulgar displays of empty virtuosity and superficial musicality.

  4. Stephen Carpenter says:

    General comment: We all can be so smart by half. I wish the maestro well as a fellow human being would. I wish him maor years of making music; there are too few musicians of any natioality or culture and in the current climate, we should hold on to everyone we have. I wish us all to have a outwardness more in keeping with what is at the core of music and art that we participate in be it as performer or audience.

  5. Michael P Scott says:

    Norman, any update on Mr. Katsaris’ condition?

    He’s too absent from the US circuit, but I’d like nothing more than to hear him live in recital.

    MPS

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