Album: A Lorin Hollander Concert

Lorin Hollander. A Lorin Hollander Concert. RCA LSC-2912, 1966. (on vinyl, from a thrift store)

Includes Beethoven’s “Tempest” Sonata, a Brahms Intermezzo, Schumann’s Arabeske Op. 18, and a piano arrangement of Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.” If this was actually a live recording as the title implies, that piece selection would have made sense. It’s just a mess as an album.

I’d never heard of Hollander before. The liner notes boast that he’s “the leading pianist of his generation.” Which isn’t actually saying anything, as they also mention that he’s only 22. The guy can play, but his style is extremely Romantic and not well suited to recording.

There’s that recurring theme: good performances, but crap as an album.  Yet another record in which the Concert Music world refuses to recognize that a recording demands a fundamentally different kind of performance than a concert. When Beethoven wrote “pianissimo,” I’m pretty sure he didn’t mean “inaudible unless you have high end stereo equipment with the volume cranked.” In fact, if you had suggested such to him, I think he might have been confused, even if you said it in German.

5/10 (Indifferent)


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