“You cannot lose your control physically and be precise as to what your hands do. Can you imagine a surgeon operating on somebody, and swooning and looking up at the ceiling and being very excited about it? The patient would die. That is what happens in music too. The patient dies, because there’s too much going on besides the actual performance.” -Alexis Weissenberg, pianistThis amazing Bulgarian pianist died on Sunday at the age of 82. Click here for the New York Times article.
And to judge his playing and stage presence for yourself:
Alexis Weissenberg plays Chopin
Alexis Weissenberg plays Schumann
Alexis Weissenberg plays Bach