Simon Rattle about Ivo Kahánek
For me it’s a particular pleasure to be playing for the first time with Ivo Kahánek who I’ve always known as really a great pianist...
For me it’s a particular pleasure to be playing for the first time with Ivo Kahánek who I’ve always known as really a great pianist and to come and play this extraordinary concerto of Martinů No. 4 Incantation that Firkušný told me about all these years ago.
Ivo Kahánek is great pianist, we’ve enjoyed him enormously. He is very special type of personality and you feel it. You feel he is in his own particular world, very beautiful world and you feel the complete honesty and integrity of his playing. He has absolutely “non modern” piano sound, bless him, very warm, very singing sound, that is what we all noticed immediately. It’s been really a pleasure and honour to make the first work with him. He made a lot of friends in orchestra quickly.