Thursday, January 19, 2012

Who'd be a pianist?

From Jeremy Nicholas's review in Gramophone a few months ago of a recital by Francesco Piemontesi on Avanti:
[the Bach/Liszt Fantasia and Fugue is] efficiently executed, cogently voiced but pallid compared with Percy Grainger's exuberance and sonority in 1931.
Who would want a job where, every so often when you've completed some work, someone leans over your shoulder and says, "Not bad, but this other person did a much better job eighty years ago"?

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