Wonderful musicality, harsh toneJune 7, 2012By Boaz D Heilman (West newton, MA)See All My Reviews"Far be it from me to criticize one of the great lions of the 20th century pianists. His musicality is amazing. The phrasing is impeccable. Original ideas abound, and it always sounds as though you are hearing the piece played for the first time. However, the engineering on this CD is lousy. I had to turn the volume way up to hear the playing. This doesn't help the worst fact of all--in this recording, Serkin's tone is unusually harsh. He pushes the sound of the piano beyond its capacity, creating sounds that are painful to the ear. It isn't just the sound engineering, it's the playing itself. Sad, considering the beautiful program. "Report Abuse
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