"From Mozart s "fabulous legato that flowed like oil to Beethoven s oceanlike surge, from Clara Schumann s touch sharp as a pencil sketch to Rubinstein s volcanic and sensual playing, "The Great Pianists "brings to life the brilliant, stylish, and sometimes eccentric personalities, methods, and technical peculiarities of history s greatest ...Read More"From Mozart s "fabulous legato that flowed like oil to Beethoven s oceanlike surge, from Clara Schumann s touch sharp as a pencil sketch to Rubinstein s volcanic and sensual playing, "The Great Pianists "brings to life the brilliant, stylish, and sometimes eccentric personalities, methods, and technical peculiarities of history s greatest pianists. Pulitzer Prize winning critic and author Harold C. Schonberg presents vivid accounts of the artists performances, styles, and even their personal lives and quirky characteristics such as Mozart s intense competition with Clementi, Lizst s magnetic effect on women (when he played, ladies flung their jewels on stage), and Gottschalk s persistent nailbiting, which left the keys covered with blood. Including profiles of Horowitz and Van Cliburn, among others, and chapters detailing the playing and careers of such modern pianists as de Larrocha, Ashkenazy, Gilels, Gould, Brendel, Bolet, Gutierrez, and Watts, "The Great Pianists "is a comprehensive and fascinating look at legendary performers past and present.Read Less
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A superb work of art on the history of piano players for the past 300 years. Thoughtful and personal delving into the lives of all the great pianists. My third reading of this work and relishing more and more appreciating these masters.
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