Post by Dan Koren Post by LaVirtuosa
Back to Watts, I would gather that he's not a
*natural* pianist, from an old interview I read,
as well as something that was said just before a
televised Rach 2, where the announcer said something
about how hard Watts works.
Your disconnection from reality is something to
behold. Andre Watts has one of the most natural
pianistic mechanisms that has ever been observed.
Not according to Andre Watts who has said that very little came
naturally and easily to him. He's had to work hard for everything
that he's accomplished.
Regarding Watts in general, I've seen him several times in recital -
he has always struck me as someone whose forte was projecting power
and bravura over depth or poetry. He's had a successful career as a
concert pianist which is saying alot, yet you can't help but wonder if
he's distinguished himself in a truly unique way. If you sift through
this site's archives you will notice that his name rarely comes up in
discussions of the best recorded versions of anything. Thinking back
on his discography, there were all-Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Liszt
and Gershwin recordings, but as far as I can tell, few of any at all
have survived, either on the shelves or in the minds of listeners.
If there is any single composer that is associated with Watts, it's
probably Liszt - so I'll ask the experts - is any of his Liszt
comparable with Cziffra's, Bolet's, Berman's? Do a search on Liszt
piano threads, and you'll see that Watts never comes up. Maybe it's
that curse of the American pianist, that was discussed earlier - no
lack of talent, yet a failure to make it into the ranks of the