Trap Chamber Group
Artist By Last
Father was Simon Barere: Interview of Boris Barere (by Jacques
Leiser) and selected performances
"You are a pianistic genius", said the legendary Sergei Rachmaninoff to Simon Barere. "Barere is an Anton Rubinstein in one hand and a Liszt in the other" said the famous composer Alexander Glazunov. But if you mention Simon Barere (1896-1951) to most people today, their response is “Simon Who”? Just a small group of passionate piano connoisseurs and historians will tell you that he was a freak virtuoso who stunned his audiences and those of them and others who bought his few and now very rare recordings. They placed him alongside icons of piano history such as Josef Hofmann, Ignaz Friedman, Vladimir Horowitz and Sergei Rachmaninoff.
The life and career of Simon Barere is illuminated in an interview with his son, Boris Barere, conducted by impresario and piano expert Jacques Leiser. The result: a wealth of information about Barere as well as first hand recollections and anecdotes of the greatest musicians of the time who knew him and visited him at Barere’s homes. This is no sentimental family memoir – it is a deeply informative, highly colorful and uncommonly entertaining cameo of a unique figure in piano history as well as some of the most famous piano legends in memory. Interspersed are some of Simon Barere’s most extraordinary recordings, both from the studio and privately taken in the concert hall, made available by the APR company that has reissued on CD all known audio documents of Barere.