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Nordlinger Versus Ivo, The Genius

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a gorgeous recital hall called the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium. It is a small space—seats just over seven hundred, I believe—but heaven knows it sounds better than anything at Lincoln Center, and the programming at the Metropolitan Museum, unlike that at Lincoln Center, is hardly stodgy. Many famous and wonderful pianists have played at the Metropolitan Museum. (The 2005-2006 Piano Forte series was really magnificent, with Steinway & Sons loaning two of its finest New York Concert-D pianos to the room, and Schiff, Biss, and others using them to great effect.)

Also, many strange pianists have played there. So did it go last Thursday evening, when Ivo Pogorelich, the Croatian who is always late to his own concerts, came to play.

And now I leave you to Jay Nordlinger, who was there, and who was not impressed.

OH, OH: Also, do read this comment after you have read Jay’s account.


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