Pianist Aaron Pilsan

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Pianist Aaron Pilsan

Post by Rach3 » Thu Oct 04, 2018 12:46 pm

Pilsan is a 23-year old Austrian pianist, student of Lars Vogt . I’ve had mixed reactions to his playing before, but was attracted by the Enescu work I’d not heard. The Enescu was a bit longish, I did not warm to it much, but probably needs re-hearings to be fair. The D.958 here certainly not over-wrought .


Bach - Suite française Suite No. 1 en ré mineur, BWV 812.

Enescu - Suite pour piano No. 3, op. 18 ('Pièces impromptues')
Schubert - Sonate pour piano No. 19 en do mineur, D. 958
Schubert - Danses allemandes, D. 783.

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Re: Pianist Aaron Pilsan

Post by Lance » Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:05 pm

Wow, another pianist's work I do not know. But I have discovered another young Russian pianist that is supreme. More about that later!
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Re: Pianist Aaron Pilsan

Post by Rach3 » Thu Oct 04, 2018 4:17 pm

Rach3 wrote:
Thu Oct 04, 2018 12:46 pm
The Enescu was a bit longish, I did not warm to it much, but probably needs re-hearings to be fair. The D.958 here certainly not over-wrought .

As is often the case, enjoyed the Enescu more on second hearing, although it will not be a frequent future listen. Was also more impressed with Pilsan’s characterful, nuanced playing,which belies the pianist’s age. The Enescu remains longish to my ear, and by design is very episodic, but Pilsan did a great job of maintaining a sense of momentum and coherency, nonetheless, keeping my interest. Pilsan’s playing in Schubert D.958 again bellies the pianist’s age. I suspect Pilsan does not believe this Sonata was intended as a valedictory work , his playing here almost “Wanderer” -like at times. Again , Pilsan kept my interest in the Sonata, which is not my fav of the Schubert sonatas.

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Re: Pianist Aaron Pilsan

Post by Rach3 » Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:03 pm

More from Enescu:

Samples, if interested, from my Naxos cd by Romanian pianist Matei Varga:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGKyFyX6ndo ( 3rd mov.,Piano Sonata #1 , Op.24 )

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqUFFdTC0DQ (Final mov. , 3rd Piano Suite,Op.18 )

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXvmRAC1-S0 ( Final mov., 2nd Piano Suite, Op.10 )

Varga does bring more depth in the final mov. ,above, of the 3rd Suite than does Pilsan in the live Pilsan I posted earlier here, but the Naxos cd has only 2 of the 7 movs. of the 3rd Suite. ( Forgot I had the Naxos ; advantages of my increasing dotage are I get to make new friends often, and get to hear items in my recording collection for the first time, repeatedly ! ) The Naxos cd was recorded in 2008 at Patrych Studios,NYC,engineer Joseph Patrych, producer Max Wilcox ( enough said !) .

From the Naxos liner notes , about Enescu:

"The most amazing musician since Mozart " : Pablo Casals

"The greatest musician and the most formative influence I have ever received." Yehudi Menuhin

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