Recital review weak
To the Editors:
As an experienced musician and avid classical music listener, I was disappointed with the lack of professionalism of Lisa Peterson's review of Tamara Poddubnaya's piano recital, published February 6 ("Russian pianist rewards Super Bowl-skipping listeners"). Though it was both enthusiastic and informative, her article was damaged by three major blunders.
First, Peterson wrote that Poddubnaya opened the recital with "Fantasy in D minor and C minor by Mozart." Mozart wrote two distinct Fantasies, one in D minor and another in C minor, and Poddubnaya performed both.
Second, Peterson stated that "[Poddubnaya] was able to maintain a seamless melody on one hand while playing a completely different tempo on the other." Besides the fact that one does not play a melody "on" the hand but with the hand, a melody of Beethoven or Mozart may soar above an accompaniment that is different in rhythm, but not tempo.
Finally, and most embarrassing, was Peterson's misspelling late Romantic/early Modern Russian composer Alexander Scriabin as "Scribiabin." Whether oversights of Peterson's, the editors', or both, these errors betray a disappointing carelessness, and I believe I do not speak alone when I say that the music community would appreciate a more accurate and careful review in the future.
Sincerely, Andrew King '04
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