Seeing that getting the notes right is only the beginning, a means rather than an end
I think that's a good way of putting it (the end in this case I'm assuming to be the interpretation). Wrong notes just are what they are, a mathematical reality like errors in binary code. But when someone starts tampering with interpretation, it's like they're not even playing any more but rather adjusting how they'd like to be playing. A fine line maybe, but a dangerous one IMO. Just given modern expectations, I find myself often overly concerned about accuracy, a wrong note sometimes seeming to be an unfortunate blot on an otherwise decent performance, which prompts me to resort to editing. Still, I have to reiterate that I admire David's approach (with the exception of the obtrusively noticeable page turns
). It's what I really hope to do with future stuff, no editing except the reverb and other post-processing tweaking of course, even if that means working extra hard, doing more than just a couple of takes, or putting up with a wrong note or two.
Many people pull faces or make arcane movements while playing. Nothing bad here
Well I know I seem to be in the minority on this issue nowadays, but why, I still wonder... Why, in other words, do anything that's obviously unnecessary and doesn't directly serve the music? As if to say, "Look at me, look at how into this I am!" Well if someone really is into it and doing something interesting, it will come across naturally without that. And if it really isn't self-serving, I stand corrected, but then it just seems like a bad habit of which one should disabuse oneself. To me, it's a bit akin to a ballet dancer who starts flailing her arms for no apparent reason. In art, I believe economy of motion should be the rule. Call me old-fashioned, but I'd say a pianist should look like a gentleman, not a circus freak, during a performance.
I side with you on this one. Joe does give the impression, though he may not mean it quite like that, of having no truck with any composers outside the top league. I see the point but I'm glad I (like so many others) don't subscribe to it. I say hail to those who bring us unknown and lesser stuff and not just more Bach, Chopin, Schubert and Mozart.
Well I did and I didn't mean it like that
It is true that here I was really only referring to this specific piece. And I would also agree that those who want to revive lesser-known works, all power to them. That said, however, Chris has hit the nail on the head that I don't often find much merit in such composers' oeuvres. My reasoning is this: why play rather unsatisfying (to me of course
), even if somewhat superficially appealing, music when life is short and there are still so many fabulous pieces in the primary repertoire that I have only read through, learned cursorily, or not learned at all (Moscheles for me is one exception; I've always liked his work and can see why Chopin did too). To be frank, I must say that I suspect one reason why some people tend to play minor composers' work is to try to avoid the criticism that is more likely with playing more standard repertoire, even though I doubt, even if I'm right, that such people would admit it. It's akin to the academician who writes a dissertation on a fifth-rate poet simply for the sake of putting on the emperor's new clothes and carving out a "niche," even though, if critics often weren't so spinelessly imitative of their peers, they would realize there are still a virtually unlimited number of things to say about Shakespeare or Milton. The wonderful thing about Bach, Chopin, Schubert, and Mozart, it seems to me, is their depth: they lend themselves to a richness and variation in interpretation that the more minor ones don't. But again, only my two cents, and admittedly perhaps it's that I haven't discovered the wonders of Zipoli, knowing effectively nothing about him. It was just a gut reaction on my part to this one short piece that I'd never heard before.
Anyway, I didn't mean to offend, Bruce, and despite my opinionated artistic reservations, I don't think anyone could say this isn't very capable playing.