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5.0 out of 5 stars
genius pianist, 15 Feb. 2010
I saw Benjamin live yesterday and he played some of the pieces on this cd. I have had to think hard before writing this for fear of exaggeration. But for me (and this must always be personal) he is among the greatest pianists I have ever heard either recorded or live.I saw Rubinstein live in the 80's. And I have always loved Brendel. He is already (at 17) of this stature. The cd is breathtakingly accomplished; his technique seems flawless and there is no greater musicality than you will find here. He seems most at home with Romantic music, particularly Chopin; the melodies are crisp and sonorous, the tones from the piano are remarkably beautiful. The Kapustin (which I didn't know) is performed playfully, excitingly, brilliantly -- mixing ragtime, jazz, broadway etc in an inextricable mix. I like the Scarlatti least but it is still rewarding listening. He is only 17 but has the musical sensibility of mature genius.