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  •  Back in the '50's (1+ / 0-)
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    A teacher of mine commented that he was much criticized; I remember she said he was criticized as effeminate. She said, nevertheless he makes people happy.
    I am mainly a classical buff, so I am not really acquainted with him. I once saw him on TV and thought the way his hands hit the keys was very hammish.
    Did he ever record Hungarian Rhapsodies or Beethoven piano sonatas? How about Chopin? Those are pieces where I could gauge him as a pianist.
    I once saw him quoted: "I am no Rubinstein, but Rubinstein was no Liberace." Anton or Artur?

    Censorship is rogue government.

    by scott5js on Sat Jun 01, 2013 at 02:19:08 PM PDT

    •  His largest Concerto success with the (1+ / 0-)
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      Liszt Second (which I have also played in the past) which is a hell of a Concerto. He got good reviews. But he was young. He couldn't have gone on playing Liszt. Neither could I. I've played the Transcendental Etudes and the Etudes de Concert. Just about knocked my fingers off.

      I resent that. I demand snark, and overly so -- Markos Moulitsas.

      by commonmass on Sat Jun 01, 2013 at 02:21:58 PM PDT

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    •  The 6th Rhapsody (1+ / 0-)
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      I once looked at the score and was surprised to see so many 64th notes maybe 128th.
      I tried playing the piano a few years, did not try Liszt.
      I wonder whether Wladziu Valentino ever tried Scriabin.

      Censorship is rogue government.

      by scott5js on Sat Jun 01, 2013 at 02:37:33 PM PDT

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