Wednesday, November 28, 2012
As good a gentleman as the emperor
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Superb playing. Clarity of rhythm; an understanding of what rubato is and what it is not (at least in Beethoven's era); a nice leisurely tempo without ever dying on the vine. The lady knows how to play this literature.
In my childhood there were still many recordings of old piano masters floating around, some available even to a poor kid through the public library. My good fortune was to hear them, then hear all the transformations wrought on this music over the intervening years (not by any means all bad; don't get me wrong), and finally hear new masters revivifying the essence.
W.r.t. Beethoven's music... it's been a great time to be alive.
Posted by: Steve Bates | Nov 29, 2012 9:45:49 PM
Are you familiar with the website "Classical Piano Trios"? http://www.sky.fm/classicalpianotrios Speaking of a great time to be alive...It still astonishes me that there could be such a thing! Or there would be much of an audience for it. I have heard some pieces I never would have heard (or listened to), such as the two stunning piano trios by Camille Saint-Saëns. You can fool people with those two works, who would never guess the composer, such as a brother and nephew of mine who play in string quartets/quintets. They guessed and guessed. Nope. Those trios are not very "French"-sounding, more reminiscent of Dvorak, to my ears.
Actually, the main site, sky.fm, has a huge list of musical genres, mostly NOT classical. But I like the piano trios.
Posted by: lea-p | Nov 29, 2012 11:49:10 PM