Music: Unromantic Romantic

Many a concert pianist spends years and a small fortune developing a distinctive personal presence. England's John Ogdon, 34, comes by his without effort. A huge, goateed, bespectacled, ambling hulk of a man, he is virtually impossible to ignore. It is not just his looks, though, that have made him the leading figure among Britain's younger pianists. Even in an age when glittering technique is almost taken for granted, Ogdon's facility for both the finespun and the fantastic is prodigious. Says Stephen Bishop, 30, a London-based American, and a friendly keyboard rival of...

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