Music: Close the Eyes

Paul Badura-Skoda's music had been spinning off phonographs for two years before he decided to take a personal whirl at a U.S. concert tour. Last week, after performances in 16 other cities, the young (25) Viennese pianist made his Manhattan debut.

The audience came close to breaking all records for a debut; some 1,500 listeners crowded into Town Hall. Most of them were there because they had heard some of the pianist's 26 recordings (Westminster) of classical concertos, sonatas and ensemble music. Badura-Skoda gave them some honest, sensitive musicmaking, too conscious of European piano...

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