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Christopher Taylor

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W. Bolcom, Twelve New Etudes, C. Taylor
(JDR, 2000)
Charles T. Downey, Pianist Christopher Taylor cranks the bombast dial a little too high (Washington Post, January 12)
Christopher Taylor is a concert showman of virtuosic excess. At the last solo recital he gave in Washington, in 2009, he played on a special two-manual Steinway for double the effect. This time around, on Sunday evening at Dumbarton Oaks, he had only a single keyboard, but in many ways he seemed to strive for sounds that were more massive and more complicated than the instrument could achieve.

The high point was a bombastic rendition of the first opus of Johannes Brahms, one of the early piano sonatas that many pianists avoid in favor of the composer’s later variations and character pieces... [Continue reading]
Christopher Taylor, piano
Friends of Music
Dumbarton Oaks

Charles T. Downey, Christopher Taylor Doubles His Trouble (Ionarts, October 16, 2009)

1 comment:

Martin said...

Disappointing. I've heard him play a number of times and found him to be an enlightening performer. However, I have never seen a pianist sweat like he does. I mean, literally, sweating like a boxer. Dripping off his nose - and about 10 minutes in. Still happening?