Classics of the Phonograph

Two Eccentric Pianists

Man at the piano from 1960

Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli By Unknown (Mondadori Publishers) -, Public Domain,

Great performing artists are expected to be temperamental; it goes with the territory. It is that high strung personality that results in daring interpretations which in turn attracts a legion of adoring fans. One such pianist was Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, who could give unforgettable performances, if the level of his inspiration were just at the right pitch. Another was Ivo Pogorelich, who’s daring playing of the standard repertory can wander into eccentricity.

On this week's Classics of the Phonograph, Saturday at 11 am on WILL-FM, we will hear some memorable performance by these two pianists.