What is Happening?


After-recital discussion last night was on my favorite subject (and I was not the one who steered it in that direction):   What has happened to tone?
The prevailing tone in New York concerts is thin, colorless, without what I call traction.
One person said it is as if soloists are playing to themselves.
Another said that one of the nation's top orchestras sounded more and more like a good music school ensemble.
Both of the people discussing are long-time performers on major stages in different musical art forms, not the piano.
Do you agree that something terrible is happening?


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