I heard him play a recital about 20 years ago, he played Schubert's Wanderer Fantasy
of Liszt. One of the worst recitals by a prominent pianist I've ever attended. Bashing, overpedaling, UGLY SOUND
. Don't remember how accurate he was, I was too focused on the ugliness of the whole thing. Don't remember what else he played, I've blocked it out.
That said I like some of his recordings (particularly Schubert Impromptus for Vox Turnabout, 1972 or 73) but I would rather hear Richter, Schnabel or Arrau play Beethoven and Schubert on record. But I guess he's doing something right, a lot of people love him. I guess at the core he's "musical", but his exterior could use some grooming imo. Maybe I heard him on a bad day, or he has improved. Or perhaps he is a product of brilliant recording engineering.