Btw the other two recitals I watched there were equally disappointing: recitals of Berezovsky and Lugansky. Berezovsky was not in a good condition (and now I ask myself why he is so often disappointing, while he could play much better)
I find Berezovksy, who seems to have limitless power and play even the most demanding music apparently without any effort, for the very same reason often lacking in emotional involvement.
and Lugansky did his best, but after many slips in the 12nd piece of the trancendendal studies his playing started to wobble and he finally messed with all the other from T. S. I dislike his mechanical playing he showed with Liszt and Rachmaninov. And his Prokofiev was tolerable but really incomparable with the fantastic rendition of Lise de la Salle which I watched on German tv.
At 19, Lugansky recorded one of the best Etudes Tableaux set I am aware of. Also the Moments Musicaux and the Preludes op.23 ten years later were very good, but not impressive as the ET. Now Lugansky is just one of the many virtuosos around and IMO doesn't have anymore a personal voice in the piano music panorama.
I was looking forward to watch verbier, but so far disappointing. I'll try as the next things the recital of Rafal Blechaz and the Dvorak's piano concert played by Schiff and Rattle in Aix-en-Provence. Did you hear them, Alfonso?
Nope, I discovered them too late and they were put offline at the end of July. Dvorak Concerto is a beast! Richter took years to master it (he said), I would be curious to see how Schiff plays it.