On 10/23/04 2:23 PM, in article
Post by Tony
I picked up a used copy of Cohen's new BIS disc this morning (long
live London CD shops). For me it's a disappointment. Well played,
lovely tone, complete understanding throughout; however the B minor
dangerously lacks imagination and excitement and consequently is
pretty boring. I think Vallee d'Obermann comes out best but even that
isn't up with the big names (Arrau, Berman) and some parts are oddly
wilful and overly emphatic. TD wins this one with 'generic'.
Didn't know we were in a race.
But I have not heard this CD, as I have said repeatedly. My comments are
only based on previous experience of this pianist. And I would doubt that he
was capable of altering his style so quickly and in music he had already put
on record so as to alter my previous perceptions of his abilities as an
interpreter of Liszt's music.
That said, I don't quite understand how the lack of imagination and
excitement can possibly "dangerous". Dangerous to whom, I wonder, or to
what. Liszt's sonata? Have no fear. The score survives quite nicely, thank
you. A simple reading of it will provide you all the excitement you could
ask for and trigger lots of imagination at the same time.