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Piano Concertos / Handel Variations / Waltzes op.3&hellip ~ Leon Fleisher
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I owned the piano concertos on LP's (yes, black vinyl records) back when there were no CDs or even cassettes. I grew to love these pieces through those recordings. In hearing many artists perform them since since, I've found nothing to surpass these recordings. Fleisher's rendition of the first concerto, in particular, is "electric" in intensity. That same approach works great in the scherzo of #2, where the piano and orchestra conduct a fiery duel melodies and rhythms.
Having recently heard a concert performance that viewed Brahms through the lens of a Chopin Nocturne, I much prefer the straight-ahead, powerful, no-nonsense and no-"preciousness" interpretatino of… Read more
Complete Piano Music Vol. 19 ~ Liszt
It is amazing how masterfully Liszt arranged Beethoven's symphonies for piano, and at quite a young age too. I've now heard 1, 3, 4, and 6. True, there are times when I miss the color of the different orchestral instruments, but at other times the virtuosity of the piano arrangements makes up for it.
Scherbakov's interpretations are brilliantly played, though the Pastoral symphony is not nearly as lyrical on the piano as it is in the orchestra. That's not surprising, since the piano is a percussive instead of a stringed or wind instrument! The Achilles heel of the piano is its inability to sustain long chords without resorting to tricks like tremolos or arpeggios which aren't there… Read more
Safely Home by Randy Alcorn
Safely Home by Randy Alcorn
This novel grabbed me from the beginning and never let me go. It communicates so many deep truths in such a passionate story, and really caused me to reflect upon my life. I certainly felt that my thinking was closer to Ben's than Li Quan's, but I longed for the deep faith that sustained Quan through sufferings.
Being Chinese myself, I found the little details about the culture and the conversation to be very true to life. The thought that this kind of story could really be happening was both inspiring and convicting, to me as I enjoy the seductive comforts of the USA.
There are a few times when Li Quan's parts of the dialogue come across as too much like a sermon rather than a… Read more