10.22.13 | Bipolarity

by Raymond

Iago takes on multiple personalities throughout the course of Shakespeare’s Othello, therefore it is difficult to discern his true character, as his actions are mainly shaped by his motives. I find a resemblance in the music of Sergei Rachmaninoff. Even though he writes beautiful phrase transitions, one may find himself/herself questioning how the transition was done so seamlessly, but slightly episodically.

A fine example of this is his third Piano Concerto, the apex of Romantic piano literature. Alexis Weissenberg presents a most convincing interpretation. It is a shame that the recording is discontinued.

– Raymond