So Ted is gone. Died a few days ago. I can hardly believe it. Two things have happened this week that recalled musical epiphanies. One was reading a review in the November 1962 Gramophone about the first ‘Heifetz-Piatigorsky’ concerts box – Denis Stevens was the critic and I was moved to the core by his wise words and the power of his enthusiasm – and the other was Ted’s death. Years ago I’d wait impatiently for the special monthly editions of the Third Programme’s Music Magazine (on a Sunday morning, as I recall), introduced by John Lade, when Ted’s voice would have me glued to the speaker, the sheer relish with which he expressed everything he said, his sentences warm, engaging, vocally inimitable, rather like the records he was reviewing. Already a fan of ‘the Third’, I was soon an avid Gramophone reader and enjoyed Ted on the page just as much as listening to him. Later on, when I edged into the reviewing business myself, he was always very supportive and I was never shy about telling him how much of an influence he’d been over the years. I’m glad I did at least that.
Regarding that Heifetz set by the way, Duncan Druce and I are exchanging views about it in a forthcoming issue of Gramophone.
But regarding Ted .. when did you first read him and how did you react?