Wasted Talent

Here’s a couple of classical music’s A-listers, Artur Rubenstein and Eugene Ormandy, unsuccessfully expending their considerable efforts justfying Leith Stevens’ Piano Concerto in C minor in the movie Night Song.

In a review of this film, Bosley Crowther said, “But the music, the prize concerto –  well, that is really the thing which puts Night Song in the spotlight as baldfaced and absolute sham. For this scrappy and meaningless jangle by Leith Stevens is good for nothing more than an excuse for filming the fiddles, the drums and the batteries of horns. And if Mr. Rubinstein and Mr. Ormandy can swallow it, along with their pride, they must have pretty strong stomachs.”

 

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