D. E. Potts

Helpful votes received on reviews: 83% (333 of 402)


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Schubert: Piano Sonatas ~ Daniel Barenboim
Schubert: Piano Sonatas ~ Daniel Barenboim
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Early days but I'm finding it hard to find any fault. In fact, these new recordings could be up there with the very best. No joke! His touch is remarkable in its gentleness and force - a very good balance, rather than stroking the keys one moment and then trying to smash them the next (as quite a few Schubert interpreters do). Schubert packs so much mixed emotion in small passages its hard not to get carried away but easy to fall into exaggeration. Barenboim has turned to the Schubert's Sonatas late in his career but you can tell that he knows them well. These are elegant performances from a wise old master. Nowhere does he attempt to hide any of the genuine sadness in the late works and… Read more
Prokofiev: The Piano Concertos 1-5 ~ Vladimir Ashkenazy
Prokofiev: The Piano Concertos 1-5 ~ Vladimir Ashkenazy
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a great recording., 12 April 2014
Having read the above reviews the first thing that struck me as a little off were the complaints about the recording. It is actually very good! And it is less 'warm' than most good modern recordings. To say that prokofiev requires cold/bright recorded sound is absurd. The sound should reflect accuracy in timbre and acoustic. In all seriousness, if it sounds dodgy or too warm then you need to upgrade your hi-fi.. Those with good ears will enjoy the balance I'm sure!
Anyways, just to add to the compliments - this is still an old fave of mine after many years and there is not a dull moment. It's not perfect by any means, but the atmosphere and synergy with piano and orchestra is still… Read more
Kissin Plays Chopin - The Verbier Festival Recital ~ Evgeny Kissin
3.0 out of 5 stars Chopin or Kissin?, 5 April 2014
Just a quick note as I've only listened to this twice. But I do love my Chopin and I have heard most of the best recordings.

There are some brilliant moments here, but you do have to wade through this to get to them. I appreciate his playing rather than enjoy it. He is an amazing player - full stop. But for me he has a tendency to turn Chopin into Rachmaninov. His 'quirks' almost mock some of the intelligence of these pieces. Chopin simply doesn't require these kind of exaggerations or as much dynamic. It would be naive to say that he is bored with playing these pieces and so he has to play with the notes/phrases for his own fulfilment. But I am quite naive in that respect… Read more