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Joyce Hatto — The Ultimate Recording Hoax February 22, 2007

Filed under: Music — Jung @ 9:43 pm

Joyce HattoIt seems like Joyce Hatto is all what people (at least pianists) are talking about these days. As I was telling my former teacher about my wish of early retirement from the stage (before I actually made any mark…) to focus on leaving a recorded legacy (did I say legacy? ha, and I thought I have little ambition in life… Wink ,) the name Joyce Hatto popped up once again.

We all heard of plagiarism, but nothing has ever been done in such scale! Ms. Hatto had been bed ridden since the 70s due to serious illness until her death last year, yet her husband has released more than a hundred of her recordings that made her into the most neglected virtuosic pianist ever cheap kamagra jelly uk! She recorded the entire Chopin-Godowski Transcriptions amongst all other major works and major concertos including the flawlessly performed Rachmaninoff 3rd Concerto. She recorded exclusively with the National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra with René Kohler conducting. Interesting enough, no instrumentalist has come forward claiming to ever worked for such orchestra, and no record of such conductor could ever be found!

The stolen tracks include recordings by Browning, Nojima, Hamelin, Bronfman, Ashkenazy… to name a few, makes one wonder how they could have thought they would get away with such major piracy without ever being discovered? What kind of ambition drives one to such dishonesty? Quite unimaginable!

Here is the link to the Times article Harold from WQXR sent me, and also the link to Pristine Records where you may find all stolen tracks listed with details of sound wave comparison — this ought to keep you busy for a few hours this evening…

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