This is not so much a criticism as it is an observation, and a perusal of music history will always result in the need for a gentle wake-up call for remembrance, in the cases of musical legends that need a prod of recall:
Take the attainments of, say, one Geza Anda, a Hungarian pianist.
His patrician views of Brahms or vocalizing of the language of Mozart constitute lessons to be learned. From my perch, I cannot imagine a higher bar of artistic endeavor and result.
And his Chopin is, to me, a revelation surpassed in a form of intensity, by no other.
And a technique that lends such a unique level of sophistication to Liszt that is not expected -
Or, what about that lady from Romania, Clara Haskil?
Whenever I hear her Mozart, it's almost as if she had been performing before actually starting - the feeling that the music had already started before the first note was heard by the rest of us. I have never experienced such a seamless approach to that master's piano music. Haskil's view of the Romantic is, as well, a case for a personal side of communication that makes for an image of a pianist performing for one human being, rather than an audience.
And, thanks to a happy course of events, one can hear a recording of Anda and Haskil performing a Bach two-keyboard Concerto.
I know that many of you are familiar, at least to a degree, with these two titans.
But, for those who are not, why not enhance the beauty of indelible Truth always lying in wait for discovery, by listening to names having receded into the shadows?
There are so many ways to enhance our day...
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