Rave review Menahem Pressler

November 6th 2012 Le Figaro
by Christian Merlin
Nobody plays like legends of the piano such as Menahem Pressler or Aldo Ciccolini

What happened the other night to make the audience of Salle Pleyel stand up, with their eyes wet, showing gratitude and love to Menahem Pressler who had just played Mozart\'s Concerto No.27 ? Oh, I can hear your scepticism: you think we were touched to see a man of 89 y.o., towards the end of his career. Sorry to disappoint you. If we had tears in our eyes it is because nobody plays the piano like this today. That\'s all. Maybe we can think of one exception with Aldo Ciccolini, 87 yo, who just published a new Mozart CD on the label Dolce Vita.
What do they have that others don\'t? One has the impression, when hearing them, that we are transported in a lost paradise, something resembling the world of the past described by Stefan Zweig, This is obvious with Menahem Pressler. Maybe there was a few missing notes in a fast runs of notes but name one who is capable of putting so much music in one bar, in one single note?

Our piano stars, from Kissin to Lang Lang or Lugansky and Volodos, will not play Mozart before the public. They are expected in Liszt or Rachmaninov where one will admire a nice mechanical ability.In Mozart, it impossible to find a refuge behind virtuosity: only the soul remains. And the sound. Both are actually connected. And when Menahem Pressler, like Ciccolini, sets his hands on the keyboard, one has to realize that he is playing on the same instrument as the one heard in other concerts given at Pleyel, but it doesn\"t have the same sound.

There are very few pianists in our era of uniformization who shape their sonority to the point of making it resemble the tone of a voice. The sound of Pressler the other night was endlessly warm, pure and tender. With an infinite delicacy and yet projecting in the entire hall: a confidence (in German \"Geständnis\") must be heard. This is the secret of great actors whose whisper can be heard through the last row. And when comes the slow movement, which almost announces Schubert in its art of reaching the nudity of emotion through simplicity, one knows that we are not only hearing a soul but a culture.

His secret: an entire life
Pressler grew up in the german speaking Mitteleuropa which was showing its last lights of civilization before being swallowed by the volcano. His masters? Eduard Steuremann, who premiered Schönberg\'s Pierrot lunaire, and Egon Petri, a student of Busoni. Interestingly, the teacher of Ciccolini, Paolo Denza, also studied with Busoni. This is a school of relaxation of the wrist, legato, naturalness, far from any tension and exageration of sound. This is why these men play as they do when approaching their ninetieth birthday. They would not play Rachmaninov\'s 3rd piano concerto, of course. So what? there are enough pianist who can do so very well. But they carry out a cultural heritage which they have received first hand.

For the full French version, please follow this link: : http://www.lefigaro.fr/musique/2012/10/30/03006-20121030ARTFIG00249-avec-pressler-mozart-est-entre-de-bonnes-mains.php
Ydeleine Berntsen joins the Interartists Amsterdam Team
Interartists Amsterdam has moved!
Deborah Cachet joins Interartists Amsterdam for general management
Roberta Alexander receives the Edison Oeuvre Prize 2020 and joins Interartists Amsterdam for general management
Soprano Judith van Wanroij joins Interartists Amsterdam for general management
Baritone Orhan Yildiz joins Interartists Amsterdam for worldwide management
Soprano Channa Malkin joins Interartists Amsterdam for worldwide management
Rozemarijn Tiben joins the Interartists Amsterdam team as an artist manager
Otto Tausk Chief Conductor Phion
Pieter-Jelle de Boer Music Director
Lisa Jacobs joins Interartists Amsterdam
Bomsori Kim joins Interartists Amsterdam
Anna Fedorova joins Interartists Amsterdam
Nicolò Foron joins Interartists Amsterdam
Alexander Warenberg joins Interartists Amsterdam
Nikolai Lugansky receives the highest award from the Russian State
Ella van Poucke joins Interartists Amsterdam
Amatis Piano Trio joins Interartists Amsterdam
Michael Foyle and Maksim Štšura commemorate The Great War
Camille Thomas joins Interartists Amsterdam
Benjamin Levy conducts Pelléas et Mélisande by Claude Debussy in concert version
Rosanne Philippens: BBC Music Magazine Concerto Choice January 2018!
Raving Review Michael Foyle
Sander Teepen joins Interartists Amsterdam
Michael Foyle joins Interartists Amsterdam
Alma Quartet joins Interartists Amsterdam
Moving Office
Zoltan Kocsis dies aged 64
New CD Rosanne Philippens
International acclaim for Rosanne Philippens Szymanowski CD
Rosanne Philippens joins Interartists Amsterdam
Raving review Maja Bogdanovic Tonhalle Zürich
Raving Review Maja Bogdanovic Sawyers Cello Concerto
Marijke Klinkhamer passed away.
Esther Yoo named BBC Young Generation Artist 2014-2016
Storioni Trio: small documentary
Interartists resumes local management for Maestro Mariss Jansons
Esther Yoo plays Tchaikovsky with Gelders Orchestra and Augustin Dumay
Recording Bacewicz with Polish Orkestra Iuventus conducted by George Tchitchinadze wins Supersonic award
Kristian Bezuidenhout in TV show Vrije Geluiden
Storioni Trio awarded a four star review
Esther Yoo enchants Dutch audiences with Glazunov Concerto
Matthew Rowe appointed as chief conductor
Nino Gvetadze makes her debut at Lucerne Festival!
Rave review Menahem Pressler
Interartists welcomes Maja Bogdanovic
Esther Yoo wins at Queen Elisabeth Competition 2012
Esther Yoo and Artiom Shishkov in the finals QEC
Gela Megrelidze makes wonderful photos of musicians.
Charles Olivieri-Munroe Chief Conductor Philharmonie Südwestfalen
Benjamin Levy in general management
Esther Yoo wins 3rd prize in 10th International Sibelius Violin Competition
Interartists Amsterdam
Kleine Wittenburgstraat 1
1018 LS Amsterdam
T +31 20 845 36 04
P.O. Box 94359
1090 GJ Amsterdam