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Andrew Patner on Arts and Culture

Critical Thinking: Jeremy Denk (Pianist/Writer)

Andrew’s guest is pianist and writer Jeremy Denk, who was in town this past week for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Keys to the City Piano Festival.  Jeremy’s new album Ligeti/Beethoven is out now on the Nonesuch label.

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  • Cyril Blair

    Thank you for this program – it was wonderful. I didn’t realize there were mp3s that could be downloaded, so I’m definitely going to save this.

    Any program where you can hear a musician talking about how they choose repertoire and how they collaborate with other musicians is most welcome, and Jeremy is so intelligent and articulate it was really a pleasure to hear him talk, and play. I was in the audience for the free Sunday program where he played the Ligeti etudes and for me, he was the most impressive pianist who played that day. Perhaps there is an assumption that because an event is free, the audience will be less sophisticated than a paying audience. Judging from the people around me, I wouldn’t make that assumption. While I wouldn’t necessarily assume that these people had heard Ligeti played before, they seemed to be people who had studied piano and knew a fair amount about it, and that may account for why they appreciated Denk’s playing so much.

  • Jocelyn Thomas

    I understand Bach being like non-fiction. I think that is because I find Bach to have scientific, almost scientifically meticulous precision about it. Almost a technical quality. That is different from most classical music of his time.