Its useful for Jazz and other music which I may listen to maybe 10% of the time.
Maybe IDAGIO sounds better because of fewer listeners.
Patricia Kopatchinskaja: Take Two
It’s hard to put into words what a fantastic and creative talent this woman is.
Mark Swed, classical music critic of the Los Angeles Times, wrote a very entertaining (and accurate) review:
Rachmaninov, Ireland, Yuja Wang, Hofman
Interesting article praising Rachmaninov, describing his snail paced practice. Also praises Yuja Wang's performance.
"Rachmaninov wrote the Third Concerto for Hofmann and dedicated it to him. The composer played the work for Hofmann in 1911, and the response was negative: “A short melody which is constantly interrupted with difficult passages; more a fantaisie than a concerto. Not enough form.”
Hofmann, who had other works by Rachmaninov in his repertoire, never played the Third Concerto."https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/music/the-rachmaninov-method-practise-like-a-snail-play-like-a-ga...
Re: Yuja Wang, not mentioned much on these pages, has the potential to be a great one. Right now, though with incredible technique, she can be a little glib in performance. As she is maturing (in looks, clothing and taste,) she’s beginning to play with more depth and understanding.
Check out this performance of the Brahms D minor Concerto.