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    Quote Originally Posted by Neo Romanza View Post
    I find Yuja Wang to be an outstanding technician on the piano, but nothing more. I’ve never listened to one of her performances and thought “Now, that was fantastic!” Like I remember people raving about her recording of the Ravel Piano Concertos and just shaking my head in disbelief. She is rarely a penetrating or emotionally searching pianist --- superficial is how I would describe her.
    I hear you. The video of Prokofiev PC#3 I watched had all kinds of comments about her being the best ever and such. I thought she was a great player. Anyone who can play a piece like that has to be at least that IMO. People use different words to rank but I think for my own use, great is a fair word to use for anyone who can play a Prokofiev 3. That said, she is nowhere near an Argerich or a Graffman IMO. And then the orchestral performance was nothing like Abbado or Szell either. But it's always fun to watch a performance of such a thrilling piece, even if she's not in danger of being the greatest of all time.
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    For an end to today's listening:

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    Quote Originally Posted by The3Bs View Post
    I tend to like Lili Kraus or "early" Maria Joāo Pires on these .....
    I am not sure why but never managed like Uchida on Mozart or Schubert... but that was many years ago... oh boy!!! Time for another attempt ....
    I'll have to give Kraus a try. I thought Pires was a great player, but her recordings weren't what I was looking for.
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    Rodrigo, guitar pieces, Yepes
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    The first of many this week.

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