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In Reply to: RE: BTW, who would you rather see perform the Hammerklavier: Yuja or Danny Boy? [nt] posted by Chris from Lafayette on April 10, 2017 at 18:00:11
OK, I think I get that one, Daniel Barenboim. If not, well, yet another gaffe, feel free to make fun of me.
I had an old Sine Qua Non LP of the Hammerklavier recorded by Danny Boy when he was in his early 20s. It sucked. But many years later, I found the original Command Classics LP in the bins. The sound quality was so much better you could actually hear what the pianist was trying to do. A very good Hammerklavier, it turns out. But still far from one of the greatest renditions of all time, imvho. There is just too much tough competition. And I feel about the same about Yuja's, though that is very good too.
Barenboim the pianist on the whole is not one of my very top faves. To me, Barenboim the conductor is more successful.
. . . I even more agree that sound quality can influence our perceptions of performances to a surprising degree - sometimes, even decisively - as your story about the Sine Qua Non LP vs. the original Command issue illustrates. So I guess my question is, your experience of Yuja's performance - was that just from uTube or some other low-rez source?
You asked whom I would rather SEE perform the Hammerklavier, not hear. Surely high or low rez makes no difference, I'd rather see Yuja in any rez.
Senioritis, Chris. ;-)
Maybe during a Jerry Lee Lewis Medley.
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