Thursday, June 20, 2013

regarding Gourari...

...and Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3.

Ten years ago, I bought this CD. I just listened to it again. Anna Gourari with the Staatskapelle Dresden (my favorite orchestra). The performance and recording are exceptional.

Rubinstein, in his 1944 broadcast recording with the NBC Symphony, found absolute poetry in those moments of the first movement when the orchestra breathes back in just before the conclusion. Those moments when the piano's gnomic, distant arpeggios conjure an aural mystic.

Ms. Gourari, like most others, misses the importance of those moments, moving through them prosaically. Otherwise, this is a worthy performance. One of the best. Looks like it's out-of-print. That's absurd.

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