Karelia Suite Opus 11 (2) Jean Sibelius
27 November 2015, 11:13
Innovative, revolutionary, inspiring or just plain crackers? Fast playing, epic beard - with Lubomyr Melnyk there’s a lot going on…
Apparently it’s physically impossible to hear all the notes Melnyk is playing. The Ukrainian-born pianist claims his fingers are hammering out a staggering 19.5 notes per second. We'll have to take your word for it, Lubomyr.
He says "the sound is another dimension" as if you’re "floating on a river".
Apparently in continuous music you can’t make a mistake because you are living the music with the piano. The super-beardy maestro claims to have even fallen asleep while playing.
Hammerklavier Sonata? Pah! Gloss over Liszt, who revolutionised the world of piano performance. Oh and John Cage who literally took the piano apart and put it back together again for his works for prepared piano.