The Soviet refugee pianist Anatol Ugorsky died this morning at the age of 80.
Settling on Germanh, he was vastly resoected as a B eethoven pianist, despite – perhaps because of – a tendency to take extremely slow tempi.
His daughter Dina Ugorskaja acquired even greater authority in Beethoven. Her last recordings, stricken with cancer, are legends among Beethoven interpreters.Dina died 17 years ago this month, aged 46. Both earned a perpetual place in the pantheon.