Tag Archives: Bartok

The Big Bang Theory

Back in the noughties, piano cognoscenti liked to trash the Chinese piano phenom Lang Lang.  The late, lamented Earl Wild once called him “the J. Lo of the piano,” and then there’s his nickname, “Bang Bang.”  Critics slammed him for … Continue reading

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Musical chairs: a review of Iván Fischer, András Schiff, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, 10/28/11

One of the most marvelous things about Iván Fischer and this orchestra is that you get the sense that nothing is taken for granted; these musicians carefully consider every phrase and gesture, every aspect of their music making.  This quality … Continue reading

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The gift to be simple?

Not long ago a violist friend of ours was visiting, and we were listening to a 1960s recording of Walter Trampler and Mieczysław Horszowski , two midcentury greats, playing the Brahms viola sonatas.  What our friend liked about Trampler’s playing … Continue reading

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