Slippedisc daily comfort zone (22): Unprompted

Slippedisc daily comfort zone (22): Unprompted


norman lebrecht

May 05, 2021

How to let the music breathe.


  • Greg Bottini says:

    *You are feeling relaxed…. you are feeling drowsy…. you are drifting off to sleep…. when I snap my fingers, you will wake up and flap your arms like a chicken….*

    • Marfisa says:

      The Impromptus themselves? or Uchida’s performance? (I prefer Pires, Anyway, thank you for the image, which I will try not to let get in the way of my enjoyment of these pieces, which I have loved ever since I first began to learn them eons ago!

      • Greg Bottini says:

        I was strictly referring to the performance, Marfisa.
        I have always liked these lovely pieces by Schubert.

    • Marfisa says:

      On second thoughts, I think I see what you mean. Although beautiful, they are not exactly … interesting … to listen to. But they are physically enormously satisfying for to play; they feel so good under the hands – sort of like comfort food for a pianist.

  • Elizabeth Owen says:

    Wonderful lady, wonderful pianist.

  • E says:

    Beautiful photo of her and (as always) an admirable
    interpretation. Thank you for the invitation to
    listen to this.

  • Edgar Self says:

    The gem of the set is the Impromptu No. 3 in G-flat said to be the longest continuous melody in music, a cavatina. Horowitz recorded it ideally for DGG on film at one of his last recitals in Europe. Not to be confused with his earlier RCA recording of the facilitation in G major. Horowitz didn’t need facilitating and probably learned that edition by mistake. Pires, Zimerman, Edwin Fischer, Schnabel are memorable, but Horowitz is unforgettable, fingers extended straight, barely moving.