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(attn MB, if you haven't seen this)

the playing's gorgeous, but the photos!!!
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this is the most freakishly virtuosic playing i've ever heard. and it's a trumpet. yes, a trumpet. playing paganini. like a god. (well, this looks like a flugelhorn to me, but he's mostly a trumpet player.)
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doesn't get any better.

piano keys4, originally uploaded by spiralflmz.

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Mar. 14th, 2009 09:51 pm
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two of my favorite section of the 'great pianists' PBS series..the first, showing gilels performing for russian fighter pilots during WW2 and richter powering his way through the "revolutionary" etude (where's the revolutionary SPIRIT gone to? fascinating how they choose kissin and kocsis, both of whom seem (literally) lispy and (spiritually) anemic, to comment....

then, the truly scary vid of an ancient Cortot speaking and playing schumann- he looks like the phantom of the opera in the original silent movie, but he's almost moved to tears playing something he's probably played literally thousands of times before.

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