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Schumann's "Les Papillons"

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Oh that Tchaikovsky! ... I wonder where the original original is from. Thanks for the cite, Cristian.

Arrau is interesting, he gets certain lines in sideways, almost on top of each other, with strange changes of rhythm; maybe he's the Borges – or more properly the Huidobro – of the piano. I once heard Arrau at UCLA's Royce Hall, but I don't remember much as if his playing effaced memory it was creating, or maybe he was for consideration later in life.

Here's Sviatoslav Richter for comparison. Richter studied to conduct opera before piano, so maybe the architecture of vocal massing shows through. His contrasts between big and small, rough and smooth are quite amazing. The quote in question is at 12:20 –

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