romanticism

Consolation

Mayhaps my words about Silver medalist George Li possessing

more technique than sensitivity sank in.

And it is my sincere hope that these word of mine

have not been considered as rude and crude.

He now included in his repertoire the piece that I specified :

the Consolation No. 3 by Franz Liszt.

I did this because this composition was virtually played

better by Chopin than by Liszt.

During those times, Chopin was anemic and therefore

plays with less virtuosity but more romanticism.

A good friend of Chopin, Liszt did accept this comparison

as a challenge, and eventually rebounded with his Un Suspiro.

Both compositions, however, require feelings flowing thru the fingertips.

Consolation No.3.mp4

George Li

To either Chopin or Liszt, George Li comes close.

No cigar, of course, and this is not only because he does not smoke cigars.

I admit he has the ability to play with virtuosity,

but this piece requires no controlled temerity,

and much less, a subdued dexterity.

This piece is made to console,

not to caress.

I must say, though, that he has succeeded in

putting even finger pressure on the keyboard.

This is the essential item if one

wants the piano to spin stories to the listeners.

But goodness,what am I saying now—

George Li is one exceptional concert pianist

who probably only need maturity to be romantic.

That is a fact!

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