Would imitating a Golden Age recording/interpretation be a worthwhile endeavour?

Hypothetical question here - but there are some really incredible piano recordings from the era before sound recording really advanced.

Let’s say a pianist could technically match a golden age legend - and let’s say he could study a recording so thoroughly that he could recreate an almost identical interpretation with his fingers - and then subsequently record it using crystal clear modern technology or perform it live for you…

Would you have ANY interest in hearing it? Would it be worthwhile at all?

Not an imitation, but a second take on what they were trying to do - absolutely. In fact, I think it’s coming…

(and with “they” I mean the artists and virtuosos of the period. Hofmann, Busoni, Friedman, etc. Schnabel for instance of course tried to do about what the 2nd half of the century was about).

Incidentally… somewhat relating to the topic, according to ARRAU, pianists before WW1 were all about finding and bringing out the “true intentions” of the composer. He says it was only after WW1 this artistic & individualistic cult began which was to dominate over the coming decades.

I don’t know if he had the right idea or not - Arrau was still in his early teens during WW1 - but it does make sense to me if it was true. These things always go in waves, I don’t believe for a second you’ll learn anything at all about how Chopin played in 1840 by listening to Friedman in 1910. I mean just as you won’t learn anything about how Friedman sounded in 1910 by listening to Zimerman in 1980.

ahahahaha zo which goldenage legend iz da COMME plannin to imitate? :sunglasses:


That’s right. Over the past 10-12 years, I haven’t stopped practising, I’ve tried to play more like d’Albert.

Pozzibly da…

Pacman :sunglasses:

Hahaha imitate diz:


ahahahaha a GOLDENAGE MOFO wiz DIZ level of tech

we haff zum FIZHY-nezz on our HANDz


ahahah daiiiiiiim

wiz da COMME 10/1 twuz at leazt a cuntroverzial lozz to da CANADIAN

if u inztead unleazhed a PACMOFO 10/1, da rezult wud not haff been in dizpute tru :sunglasses:

Hahaha fuck

No. Because there are certain important imponderabilia that are the product of that particular time & individual personality only, impossible to copy.

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