Genuine Joyce Hatto Recordings

Just before Christmas I published a post about pianist Joyce Hatto which focused on the drama documentary broadcast on BBC 1, Loving Miss Hatto. You can read my post here.

For those who haven’t been following her story, Joyce was a concert pianist whose husband constructed many of her late recordings by using those of other pianists. This was supposedly done without Joyce’s knowledge however, this is now proving to be not the case as Joyce was probably aware of what was going on.

I thought it might be a good idea to listen to some ‘real’ Hatto recordings proving that she did in fact have some credibility and was a concert pianist who had a career before she became ill.


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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Calisto says:

    Thank you for posting that, Mel! She’s extremely pwoerful in the Rachmaninoff, isn’t she?I hadn’t realised that there was now some doubt that she didn’t know about the deception – can you point us to some more information?

    1. I think there will be info posted over the internet…many think she did know what was going on…..she could certainly play when she was younger as these clips demonstrate.

  2. Calisto says:

    If it’s worth saying, it’s worth saying twice LOL – I’m sure you’ll edit out my duplicity (spelling mistake in the first attempt, looks like phwooarr 😀 )

  3. Jon W says:

    Thanks for sharing this. I watched “Loving Miss Hatto” last night, having never heard of her. Hearing her play so beautifully and powerfully in these authentic recordings touched me, as did her story. I am glad to know that the fraud was least built on a genuine foundation.

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