Nathan Milstein - between early 20th Century and mid 20th Century
I should say that any interpretation by Rachmaninoff of any piece of music by another composer amounted to a kind of transcription, because he changed so much. And he was seldom criticised for it, because he did it so powerfully.
For instance, he played Beethoven in a very Russian way, but it didn’t shock anyone. Even that notorious purist, Artur Schnabel would say, “The only one who plays Beethoven well – after me, naturally – is Rachmaninoff.” Rachmaninoff’s Beethoven was muscular – a bit crude, with a pockmarked face and dressed in mussed work clothing.
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Originally submitted by tlisboa on Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:17:07 +0100
Approved on Tue, 02 Feb 2016 17:14:03 +0000