We’ve learned that music critic and pianist Harris Goldsmith died earlier this month in a Manhattan hospital. He was 78.
Goldsmith, who set aside a pianistic career to write for “High Fidelity” magazine in the heyday of the classical LP, became a familiar and influential critical voice for music lovers in the 50s and 60s, and could be spotted almost any night of the week in the press section of one or another of the New York concert halls, listening intently and then expounding to his colleagues on the music. Later he did finally have a pianistic debut in Town Hall.
He was a charming and wonderfully eccentric gentleman who traveled to WNYC in blizzard conditions, years ago, to be interviewed for a profile, “The Critic,” on the occasion of the release of some of his piano performances on CD. Sometime earlier, we recorded his thoughts on the pianist Sviatoslav Richter. In both pieces he is entertaining, erudite –and you can feel his intense enthusiasm threatening to overflow at every moment.
We are sad to see him go.
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