So though I may be far removed from such things physically this morning, the music is very near. The CD covers Kholodenko's performances of Stravinsky's Trois Mouvements de Petrouchka and the 12 movements from Liszt's Transcendental Etudes.
And judging from this spectacular disk, they chose very well indeed. Kholodenko in every way fits the bill of a thrilling virtuoso pianist in the Van Cliburn tradition. He shows us the Transcendental Etudes in all their symphonic pyrotechnical glory.
And then, my special favorite, he puts us into Stravinsky's effervescent world of Petrouchka (in the solo piano version) with rousing spirit.
Here is a pianist of phenomenal technique recording live, without a safety net, at the very recital that helped catapult him into world virtuoso stardom--in incredible detail, with superb dynamism, beautiful energy and zest.
It is one of those experiences one no doubt would not forget if he or she was there. We have the next best thing, front row seats to a virtual recreation of the performance that we can experience as many times as we like.
Very much recommended.