Charles Rosen – pianist, philosopher, polymath – has died in New York.
He was 85. The cause was connected to prostate cancer, his publicist said.
A pupil of Moritz Rosenthal and, spiritually at least, of Josef Hofmann, Charles held an unassailable authority on the music of Schoenberg and Elliott Carter and spoke with equal authority on the rest of the canon – and, indeed, on French literature, in which he had a doctorate, and French cuisine, in which he did not.
We once crossed swords on a BBC radio programme, discussing declining attendances at classical recitals. Charles said: ‘I remember a concert where I played for an audience of 15.’ He paused for moment, then added: ‘Of course, 12 of them held Nobel Prizes…’
May he rest in bliss.
With composer Colin Matthews and Haydn biographer H C Robbins Landon (c) Lebrecht Music&Arts
And incredible Scarlatti…