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Friday December 3, 2010

This year marks the 125th anniversary of the birth of Russian composer Thomas de Hartmann.  De Hartmann was considered a prodigy in his time, and by his early 20s, one of his ballets was performed for the Tsar of Russia. But after his death in 1956, de Hartmann’s work was largely forgotten.

Now, as part of a larger effort to revive the artist’s work, pianist Elan Sicroff is releasing a new cd that includes performances of Thomas de Hartmann’s music.

  • http://jgbennett.net/ Cynthia Bennett

    Thank you for the interview with Elan Sicroff. Beautiful. He is a friend, and more information concerning Gurdjieff and Elan’s spiritual teacher JG Bennett can be found on our website.
    I am so happy that Elan has been motivated to bring DeHartmann out of obscurity, and into the general music world.

  • http://www.sicroff.com/ Nick Ware

    Join Elan for a special Holiday piano concert in Harvard Square on Dec 17!

    The Gurdjieff-Bennett Group of Boston Presents…

    “More Than a Remarkable Collaboration”

    A Special Holiday Concert by World-renowed Pianist Elan Sicroff

    December 17, 2010
    7:15 PM – 9:00 PM
    The Cambridge Center for Adult Education
    42 Brattle Street
    Cambridge, MA 02138

  • Harry Bennett

    Elan’s most recent recording, that includes some of de Hartmann’s own compositions and selections from the Gurdjieff-de Hartmann repertoire, is exquisite. This sacred music with Eastern roots is a powerful indication of the potential for music to transcend cultural boundaries and affect inner states corresponding to our deepest wishes and common humanity. It is worth a listen.

  • Trisha Craig

    Thanks for the tip on the 12/17 concert in Cambridge. I will absolutely be there!!

  • Rosemary Christoph

    I find De Hartmann’s music to be deeply evocative of Gurdjieff’s teachings as well as standing in its own right (like Bartok’s music), bringing Eastern and Western traditions together in a kind of synthesis that is constantly surprising… His music has the ability to evoke the dormant spiritual centers in one’s being.. A week is not complete for me without listening to De Hartmann, whose music nourishes the soul each and every time…

  • http://www.myspace.com/jamesfarrelly James Farrelly

    Elan’s labor of love is a gift to us all.

    All of us who have had the good fortune to hear Elan play know that it comes from persistent and sincere effort to recreate the yearning and questioning that live inside the Gurdjieff / DeHartmann canon.

    And I can also attest that he brought Beethoven’s work alive for me again after it had faded from ‘false education’ in my younger years.

    Bravo, Here and Now.

  • Keith and Marlena Buzzell

    We have had the pleasure of attending two of Elan’s concerts – one in Portland, ME and one in Toronto, CA.
    Not only is Mr. Sicroff an accomplished pianist but he is a very fine interpreter of the Gurdjieff/de Hartmann collaboration as well as of de Hartmann’s personal creative efforts. We have several of his CD’s and highly recommend them.

  • http://www.sicroff.com/ Nick Ware
  • Elizabeth Brown

    Thomas de Hartmann was already considered a first rate composer in his native Russia when he left at age 23 to study conducting with Felix Mottl in Munich. There he was caught up in “der Blaue Reiter” art movement, collaborating with his close friend, the painter Vasily Kandinsky. Later, he collaborated with Gurdjieff for a decade, but his independent work, championed by musicians such as Pablo Casals, reflects the experimental nature of composers before and after WWII. Bravo to Elan Sicroff for uncovering this world class composer, once performed by the world’s great symphony orchestras worldwide, including our own BSO. Thank you for this treat, Robin Young!

  • Betty Gibbs

    Can’t wait for the concert! I know it will be splendid.

  • Mavra Simon Iano

    Thank you for my introduction to DeHartmann. I heard your interview on NPR and that is how I found out about you and DeHartmann’s music. A wonderful gift.

  • Nina Sybil Stehr

    Thank you for the fascinating and inspiring interview with Elan Sicroff. It felt like a glimpse into another world! Elan was articulate, informed, and yet down-to-earth. The music was beautiful. An interview of this cultural importance is much appreciated.

  • Nick Ware

    Hi Everyone,

    Elan will play a concert next Friday, February 18th at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education! Hope to see you there.

    ‘Deciphering de Hartmann’s Message’
    A Mid-Winter Concert by Elan Sicroff
    7:15 PM – 9:00 PM
    The Cambridge Center for Adult Education
    42 Brattle Street
    Cambridge, MA 02138

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