David Fray: A Frenchman Makes His Mark on German Classics

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Since he emerged on the scene five years ago, the French pianist David Fray has particularly made his mark through recitals and recordings of German composers like Schubert and Bach. As he tells Jeff Spurgeon, "I'm French because my passport is French but my main love, in terms of music and culture, is German."

The 29-year-old Fray not only resists the typcasting applied to French pianists -- that their only concern is elegance and refinement -- but he also insists that he's nothing like Glenn Gould.

Critics and fans have often compared Fray with Gould, the late Canadian pianist known for his personal, eccentric style. They say he echoes some of Gould's signature mannerisms -- bending low over the piano, adding facial gestures, occasionally humming along as he plays. Fray maintains that such comparisons are "superficial," and that his real passions involve juxtaposing disparate composers and styles, as in his 2007 album of Bach and Boulez.

Fray also discusses his formative influences (including seeing Disney's Fantasia at age three); his marriage to actress Chiara Muti, daughter of conductor Riccardo Muti; and what needs to be done to ensure the future of classical music.

Hosted by:

Jeff Spurgeon

Produced by:

Brian Wise


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Comments [2]

Mike Gill from Kingston,NY

Thanks for playing La Valse. It reminds me so much of music from, "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World". I wonder if Ernest Gold did any borrowing?


Nov. 17 2010 07:53 AM
Michael Meltzer

Anyone who is seriously worried about being compared to Glenn Gould may need a shot of Thorazine, so be careful.
To think of comparing someone with Gould is to not have really heard very much of Gould.

Nov. 17 2010 02:04 AM

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