A couple of really strong concerts this week. Mark-Andre Hamelin, who seems to have become one of my favorite pianists, offered a refreshingly intriguing program of Chopin and Alkan for Pro Musica Hebraica on Monday night. If I were going to carp, my one reservation was that his playing of the Nocturne in D-flat Major was a little more earthbound than Leon Fleisher’s, but that’s not really a fair criticism, particularly given my vulnerability to the charge of personal bias.
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