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Figure Charles Cooper Pianist MANAGEMENT UNIVERSAL CONCERT BUREAU, Inc. Ralph J. MacFadyen, Manager 17 East 42nd Street, New York City AMPICO RECORDINGS A Tribute to Charles Cooper by a Distinguished New York Critic PIANISTS possessing a technical mastery of their instrument and a musicianly grasp of its literature are comparatively plentiful nowadays. Pianists of individuality, with something more than good routine and a well studied repertoire, are as rare as ever. Charles Cooper is a pianist of the latter class. His individuality is not of the kind which comes as the result of conscious effort, of a deliberate intention to be different. Rather is it due to that indefinable touch of personality which asserts itself naturally and poetically, without ever straining the form or the spirit of the music. The significance of Charles Cooper's piano playing lies in the subtle addition of a strong personal appeal to an unerring correctness of interpretation. The presence of this marked individuality, combined with a taste for the more elusive types of modern composition, at one time gave Mr. Cooper the reputation of being a specialist. With the consistent broadening and maturing of his art, however, he has proved his right to a commanding place as one of the many-sided and truly great pianists of the day. The spontaneous and unanimous recognition of this fact, by the press as well as the public, has been strikingly evident at every recent appearance of Mr. Cooper in New York, Boston and other musical centers. The uniform success of his recitals in America has confirmed the high regard in which he has long been held abroad. Real Individuality Charles Cooper has been known both here and abroad as a pianist of real individuality. He has broadened his art and enlarged his horizon so that he may well claim a place among the significant pianists of the day.— Sigmund Spaeth, New York Evening Mail. Unusual Gifts Mr. Cooper proved himself to be an artist of unusual gifts, of much charm, of much poetic feeling.— H. F. Krehbiel in New York Tribune. Genuine Musical Insight The audience applauded Mr. Cooper heartily, not because his performance was highly polished, but rather because it showed such genuine musical insight and sympathy.— Boston Journal. Beauty of Touch He plays with beauty of touch and with great clarity in finger work, with artistic sincerity and intelligent grasp of his music.— New York Times. Charles Cooper, a pianist of highly sensitive quality, one of few so young who yet find in the pianoforte an expression of personality.— New York Times. The Piano and the Individual (Reprinted in full from the New York Evening Sun) There's a dewy freshness which clings to Charles Cooper's playing which gives it, at his every successive recital, a new morning charm. When he was heard yesterday afternoon in Aeolian Hall he was able to recreate the same illusion—if illusion it be. The reason lies no doubt in Cooper's individuality, which carries him quite beyond conscious effort and deliberate routine. That this poetic feeling has not hindered Mr. Cooper's maturing into a well rounded, many-sided musician, was evident from the manner in which he played the Beethoven C sharp Sonata yesterday. He exhibited an unerring rightness of interpretation in this as well as in the Scarlatti-Taussig Sonata. Most effective was his playing of the F minor ballade of Chopin, included by request. Other Chopin and Chopin-Liszt pieces were the Chants Polonais and Favorite Etude. Debussy's 'Reflections in the Water' had a soft lakeside shimmer and shadow, the whole mounting up to Moszkowski's 'Spanish Caprice' for a whirlwind finish.— Signed The Listener. Charles Cooper records his playing exclusively for The AMPICO Concerning the reproduction of his playing on this marvelous instrument he writes as follows: NOT until I heard the Ampico did I feel a genuine desire to play for a recording piano. The results achieved were truly wonderful. Not only was the entire range of dynamics from the most delicate pianissimo to the most powerful fortissimo attained, but the subtle inner voices and accents—the delicate shading in tone color were all reproduced with unfailing precision. Very cordially yours (Signed) Charles Cooper.
|Topical Subject (LCSH)||Pianists|
|Personal Name Subject||Cooper, Charles|
|Digital Collection||Traveling Culture: Circuit Chautauqua in the Twentieth Century|
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