Saturday, July 21, 2012

Variations on Pictures at an Exhibition

Variations on the piano version of Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" :

Vladimir Ashkenazy: lush, informal, delicate, open, frolicsome, edgy, adventurous.

Awadagin Pratt: formal, icy, imperial, geometric, pure, crystalline. Pratt is the emperor of the night, each keystroke the fall of a single meteor, and if they sometimes fall in showers, they lose no precision for having done so.

Sviatoslav Richter: two carnivorous hands devouring notes in ornate swaths of flavor.

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