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Walter Hautzig plays
dances for the piano -
reviewed by JOHN BELL YOUNG

'... a musician's musician, one who harvests a composition for its intimacy and expressive nuance.'

Walter Hautzig - dances for the piano. (c) 2001 Americus Records Inc

 

In moments of reflection, musicians have sometimes posed this question: Where would dancers be without music? Quick to counter, dancers have responded in kind: Where would musicians be without muscle?

The distinguished Vienna-born American pianist, Walter Hautzig, now eighty, gives ample voice to both concerns in his elegant new survey of musical dance forms. Mr Hautzig's brand of virtuosity, even in the most straightforward composition, bears little in common with the firebrand pyrotechnics favored by his younger colleagues. Rather, he is a musician's musician, one who harvests a composition for its intimacy and expressive nuance. Rather than drawing attention to his piano playing, Mr Hautzig instead pulls the listener into the orbit of the music itself, thus giving way to its immanent power.

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Copyright © 4 November 2001 John Bell Young, Tampa, Florida, USA

 

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