Saturday, January 22, 2011
Bruno Walter playing the piano
He plays the piano the way he conducts, with a naturalness which no musician is supposed to have. Walter 'speaks' the music in ways that no other conductor of his generation does (maybe Beecham...), because he knows the exact pressure points of every piece, where to make an emphasis, where to relax, where to bend the rhythm, where to speed up and where to slow down. But in every on of those cases, it's so subtle as to be almost unnoticeable.
That said, couldn't one of the greatest conductors in history afford a piano tuner?