(Sept 2, 2019)
Famous for 168 years…
La Campanella means “The Bell”. It is named for the continuously repeated upper notes and is one of the most famous pieces of music ever written for piano, by Liszt. This pianist, Youri Egorov, is someone I’ve never heard of. I was looking for an exceptionally musical performance, and this one struck me as most interesting.
In contrast, here is a typical virtuoso performance that is all about playing faster than anyone else. I LOATHE this performance. It is a perfect example of everything I hate in playing today, making speed the only goal and completely masking anything interesting in the music.