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¬ótriphammer virtuosity, brilliant tone, a briskly commanding approach to a score¬óbut they were tempered with subtler shading and a surer sense of structure.

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