Sunday, April 1, 2018

The Art of Piano (1999)

Beautiful Music

“Einstein said that ‘the most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious.’ So why do so many of us try to explain the beauty of music, thus depriving it of its mystery?”
Leonard Bernstein, The Unanswered Question
1973 Norton Lecture Series at Harvard University

The Art of Piano (1999): A good compilation of the pianists of the 20th century who gave audiences what they wanted to hear in their artistic interpretations of the classical great pieces.

No one artist can please everyone, which is why we have so many from which to choose. The great artists, however, share something: in their performances they are able to “capture the audience,” leaving it enraptured“ and lifted up to a higher place—from the mundane to the sublime. Apart from the critics, most people can enjoy beautiful music without having a need to describe why. This speaks about mystery; this speaks about artistry, both of which carry with them a number of definitions primarily dedicated to heart and soul; simply put, beautiful music is more than technique and skill, which is why people today still want to listen to Horowitz or Gould or Rubinstein. And, of course, there is Evgeny Kissin, who takes his place among these men of the piano, an equal among equals, an artist among artists, who all bear a poetic soul, a sharer of the musical mystery.