Archive for March 27th, 2009

For correctly guessing the first one set by Tony, Alexander gets lumbered with the choice for today’s question, and in true cryptic fashion, it’s a real (expletive deleted).



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by Sam Juliano

Pianist Vladimir Feltsman bolted out onto the stage six times after Monday night’s all-Prokofiev venue at Avery Fisher Hall to acknowledge a cheering sold-out throng, who were wildly enthusiastic over his work on the”Piano Concerto No. 2.”  The rhapsodic and galvanizing  virtuoso turn dazzled concert goers with it’s breathtaking perpetual motion and march-like intensity in a work that is probably three times as difficult to negotiate as Sergei Rachmaninoff’s beloved “Second Piano Concerto,” a perennial concert favorite.  Feltsman, who left Russia in 1987, and became an American citizen in 1987, beamed as he was handed a bouquet of flowers, while being flanked by London Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra conductor Valery Gergiev, the world’s foremost Prokofiev interpreter.  It is purportedly a rule that any pianist who successfully negotiates this (one of most difficult of all piano concertos) is entitled to win delirious applause.      (more…)

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