(Apr 19, 2019)
The composer himself…
This is by Rachmaninov, and it’s frightening to think that he recorded it in 1940, about three years before his death.
He still possessed a frightening technique. It’s typical of how it is usually played, and probably the best version played in the standard way.
Now something utterly different…
This is the same piece, but it sounds completely different. I don’t know if the composer would have been shocked and insulted to hear it so changed, or fascinated with a new interpretation.
I find it fascinating, with a whole different set of tonal colors. Although this was written about 123 years ago, it might have been in the film score of “The Sixth Sense”, one of the weirdest ghost movies ever made.
Pogorelich has always been one of the strangest performers in history, with critics who loathe what he does and fans who love it. My take: if 50% of your listeners think you are horrible, and the other 50% think you are the best on the planet, you are probably doing something great by shaking things up. You are making people think.