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Author Topic: 2014-01-19: Phoenix, AZ, USA - Kimiko Ishizaka at the Arizona Bach Festival  (Read 1780 times)
opengoldberg
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« on: January 09, 2014, 07:06:37 PM »

Kimiko Ishizaka, the pianist who in 2012 recorded the Open Goldberg Variations, will be performing a selection of J.S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, and the Goldberg Variations, as part of the Arizona Bach Festival. The concert will be held in the Central United Methodist Church in Phoenix, AZ, on January 19, 3:00 pm. Here's a sample of Kimiko playing the WTC in the Manifold Recording Studio:
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« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2014, 09:07:09 PM »

I have to agree with the other poster that it sounds lifeless; it's very dry and there's no legato.  If she added pedal, it would definitely improve the tone.  If she played legato, it would sound smoother.  The tempo could also be more flexible so it's not like a metronome.  Since you're her husband, I'll leave it to you to tell her my criticisms. Wink
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« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2014, 10:09:28 PM »

This sounds mountains better than the one with the new Bosendorfer.

However, compare it to Glenn Gould:



Life is pouring out of what Gould is doing.

Kimiko-san is by very large amounts a better pianist than I am, so don't take my opinion to strong lengths; it's just what my ears hear.

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