Why were those recordings removed,they are still on youtube?
Now,now,you ve got me laughing there,techneut. Although much slower tempo and less pedal would be definitely beneficial, he doesn't have to "learn" anything, but judging from his Prokofiev he could actually "teach" a few things. It is a stunning ,in my sense , and at least absolutely unique recording that deserves to be considered.(Ravel is not his cup of tea and he should re-think his repertoire choices although I found it reminiscent of Ravel's own no-nonsense,straightforward and occasionally rushed ( as in Les Valses nobles et sentimentales
) playing with some interesting sonorities as well as there was this hint of a painful legierezza
so typical of early Richter, but,to me once again, those are not good recordings). There is an unbiased and contradictory discussion on Prokofiev on:http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/418387/1.html
Definitely a pianist of exceptionnal gift that he might be using not in a right, or at least, a wise way.
And yes,dzinn, de gustibus disputandum EST by all means, since pass the 1840's the pair reception over a given amount of time is what makes an artistic proposal valid or not and stirring up a public controversy is getting a one way ticket to the wastebasket.