Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Nadia Reisenberg

NY Times notes the release of a recording of Chopin works by the late pianist and teacher Nadia Reisenberg:

The four-CD set from the Bridge label, “Nadia Reisenberg: A Chopin Treasury,” Reisenberg may come to the attention of a generation of listeners who have heard little if anything about her. This reissue of recordings made by Westminster Records in the mid-1950s includes Chopin’s complete nocturnes and mazurkas, the Barcarolle, the Berceuse and the Allegro de Concert. It also offers a live recording of Chopin’s Piano Sonata No. 3, taken from a 1947 recital at Carnegie Hall and issued here for the first time

But, Tommasini not withstanding, you're likely to agree with Schonberg's original assessment of the recording from mid-50s:

rold C. Schonberg of The New York Times, while praising Reisenberg for her accuracy, clarity, musicianship and style, nevertheless found the performances “too perfect and hence lifeless.”

“Seldom does one feel that the pianist is being carried away,” Schonberg wrote, adding that he almost longed “for a touch of disarray.”

A little disarray now and then isn't a bad thing.. Chopin can use it more than some, no?

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