Igor Levit’s Goldberg Variations (hear the Aria) - is a hot new release. Now he confirms his appetite for the big entrance with three monuments to variation form, each rooted in its own century, yet all united by the harnessing of maximum variety, maximum discipline, so writes astonished David Fanning in ‘Gramaphone’. (I won’t be matching these ‘monuments’ up but this all gets deep and all dat).
Like darts and fishing, also comes down to competition. How about the 20 million Chinese youngsters said to be learning the piano (10 mill. the violin)? This particular flood in a history of skill and interpretations to gobsmack.
The skipping, whippy Haydn Concerto from Igor, might bore the pants off all but those who swim these waters. Excuse the obvious suggestion: Best listen to one piece and a lot for breakthrough.
Update: Please take a look on 'Beginner Guitar HQ' and their comprehensive guide on how to choose a digital piano - 10 factors to consider according to science. It is more than 7,000 words and packed with practical tips and advice.