Louis Lortie in Rome

Louis Lortie in Rome
Another wonderful Brahms F minor Sonata from Louis Lortie in Rome at the Sapienza University.
Deciding at the last minute to use the Steinway instead of Fazioli …I bet he would have indeed have preferred the Bosendorfer he had in London. His Brahms is so magnificent he is easily on a par with the most memorable performances that I have heard of Annie Fischer,Curzon,Rubinstein,Kempff,Lupu ,Cherkassky . A remarkable sense of grandiose architecture combined with an almost unlimited sense of freedom. A Gilels like pianissimo that carried to the back of the hall with such a melting sensitivity .Only with Rubinstein have I heard such a magical Andante espressivo. A performance of Grieg’s Sonata op 7 made one want to re look at the score such was the admiration for his intellectually passionate musicianship.
The study op 25 n.1 offered as an encore was another example of what a real musician can do in allowing the music to unfold and speak for itself in such a seemingly simple way . Aeolian harp indeed had us all shouting for more.

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