A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young ManBy Jed Distler
"André Watts' complete recordings for Columbia Masterworks could easily be titled after James Joyce's first novel, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. They essentially cover his formative years, from his celebrated debut with the New York Philharmonic at sixteen up through the youthful maturity of the thirty-four-year-old pianist's 1980 Tokyo concerts."
André Watts was born in Germany on June 20, 1944. Sony Records has compiled this box set of 12 CDs in honor of his 70th birthday this month. This reviewer was born two years earlier, and was in the first year of college when Watts performed on the New York Philharmonic Young People's Concert. The Music Room of the Library was my favorite place to study during the hours I was on campus, but I commuted home to a rural village after classes. In my early years of college, the only orchestral concerts to which I had access were the televised Young People's Concerts, which were great favorites of mine.
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I have to get this. Sergio [Sergio A. Mims]