Repertoires of success
Just read this article on Eugene Fodor, kinda interesting to read that some think his career didn't really last because he did not have the "repertoires of success", which concertos and sonatas would you include in these ? (Beethoven and Brahms of course)
The other big concertos like Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, Dvorak etc
And also sonatas such as Franck, Brahms 1-3, Strauss, Debussy, Ravel
Fodor had the repertoire -- i.e. he
I heard Fodor sometime in the late 70s with the Cleveland Orchestra, I believe at Severance Hall. The article says he only played outdoors with them at Blossom, but I distinctly remember being inside at Severance.
Eugene Fodor soloed with the Colorado Philharmonic (summer training orchestra now called the National Repertory Orchestra) when I was in it in the early 80's. At the time, the CPO was based in Evergreen, Colorado, which was essentially Fodor's home town. I remember very little about the performance except that Fodor clearly seemed to think he was above playing with a student orchestra. I don't know whether the drugs caused his professional slide or the slide encouraged the drugs, but it's also possible that his professional struggles were at least as much a function of deficits in his interpersonal skills as deficits in his repertoire.
Thanks for all your replies so far guys. Besides hearing what you might have seen or heard conductors and managers frequently ask as repertoires these days, it's also informative, to hear what you think makes a great artist and an enduring successful career as a musician/soloist.
On thought, when a given artist has recorded works in relative youth (say in their 20s or 30s), I often prefer those older recordings to the later recordings. Perhaps I just like youthful exuberance?
EF would have just been a nameless second prize winner if it were not for the Cold War.
The Times article pretty much analyzes what went wrong with Fodor. Repertoire was only a part of it, but you have to keep in mind that this was a different era.
His story makes me so sad. :-( He was the hot young violinist when I was a geeky kid, and we all adored him. I had his albums and met him when he played with the local orchestra, thanks to my teacher who was in the orchestra. He was very sweet to us. It's a real shame.
None of this psychoanalysis when Bill Evans wrecked his life with drugs. He played and hung with guys who were shooting heroin and snorting cocaine, and he ended up doing it too, until his liver and the rest of his internal organs were totally shot. Nobody wondering about his "repertoire" and such. Phew.
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