Pianists: Rescued from Limbo

As they watched Pianist Alexis Weissenberg play Chopin with the New York Philharmonic, the audience at Manhattan's Lincoln Center last week could eas ily have felt a twinge of memory. Weissenberg bore a strong resemblance to a younger pianist named Sigi Weissenberg, who had made his U.S. debut playing Chopin with the New York Philharmonic 20 years earlier. Alexis even had some of Sigi's pianistic traits—triphammer virtuosity, brilliant tone, a briskly commanding approach to a score—but they were tempered with subtler shading and a surer sense of structure.

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