April 13, 2014

Sturm und Drang: Louis Lortie at Kennedy Center

Louis Lortie seemed to have the goal of setting a world record for the piano's dynamic range Friday night. I had really looked forward to the performance, but I left disappointed. Lortie's playing seemed evocative and expressive when he let things quiet down, but he spent most of the evening at aggressive, excessive, and unpleasant volume. Here's what I tweeted on my way home

and [here's the local review](http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/music/in-chopin-and-liszt-recital-pianist-louis-lortie-forgoes-musical-expression-for-showmanship/2014/04/12/2cc693b6-c270-11e3-9ee7-02c1e10a03f0_allComments.html?ctab=all_&).