La Campanella

(Sept 2, 2019)

Famous for 168 years…

La Campanella means “The Bell”. It is named for the continuously repeated upper notes and is one of the most famous pieces of music ever written for piano, by Liszt. This pianist, Youri Egorov, is someone I’ve never heard of. I was looking for an exceptionally musical performance, and this one struck me as most interesting.

In contrast, here is a typical virtuoso performance that is all about playing faster than anyone else. I LOATHE this performance. It is a perfect example of everything I hate in playing today, making speed the only goal and completely masking anything interesting in the music.

4 thoughts on “La Campanella

  1. Egorov’s playing is magnificent; I love what he brings out in the music. I also found Alicia De Larrocha’s playing of this piece.

    When I saw the title, I first pictured violin, which is where I first saw La Campanella mentioned. I looked it up. Wikki says “… the third of Franz Liszt’s six Grandes études de Paganini, … The étude is famous for being one of the most difficult pieces ever written for piano.” (So I guess many people are too engrossed in showing how impressively they can play difficult music, more than bringing out the music like Egorov did.

    For the original violin piece that inspired Liszt, look up Milstein + Campanella. It’s almost the same story: many try to show off their virtuoso playing of something very difficult; Milstein brings out the music.

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