Saturday, May 15, 2010

Perhaps flawless virtuosity is, after all, a trap. It does not preclude being a thoughtful artist of great stature but it may be confusing to both critics and audience.

I am stunned by the excitement I have heard audiences express for virtuoso performances of the most vapid music. I am even more stunned by the failure of the New York press to cover one of the most significant musical events of recent years even though (?) or because (?) presented by one of the foremost virtuoso pianists of our time, Piotr Anderszewski.