In a piano-stool radio interview in Boston this week, the Chinese pianist demonstrates how he changes colours at the keyboard to calibrate the emotional impact of the music. Every performance, he says, must differ. ‘Glenn Gould never played what people expected,’ he declares.
He goes on to say that artists must carry in their heads the whole of recorded history in order to produce a relevant, contemporary interpretation. There are further interesting insights in his conversation with Meghna Charkrabarti at Boston Symphony Hall. Listen here.
photo: Jesse Costa/WBUR
And here’s video of his Boston rehearsal.