Favorite Comments:

  1. I've always been a "Russo-phile" but you turned me on to Debussy tonight. Bravo!!

  2. I had expected to be "all Debussy" but your playing has won me over to Prokofiev

  3. I suggest serving cognac to feel Debussy better, but to be fair Vodka should be served for Prokofiev.

  4. I found myself riveted to the Prokofiev pieces - Loved the challenge (it's not Bach v. Beethoven) almost as much as I loved watching you play. Thank you - what a thrilling unique evening.

All Comments:

  1. I drew on the back of this :) I liked the Prokofiev because it kept me awake (I’m really tired...)

  2. I find Prokofiev more engaging/exciting and Debussy not as engaging.

  3. Prokofiev - passion, energizing

  4. My husband was raised playing cello. I mostly listen to rock and roll. I've danced the Romeo and Juliet so of course it's a favorite. In the end, I like them both. Just different moods.

  5. Loved Passepied and Montagues. Understanding of Debussy amazing! The amazing performance was a real treat.

  6. I loved the contrast in dynamics for the Montagues. I enjoyed it a lot. Round 2 Debussy made me imagine more things, it was beautiful. I love how the right hand sings out.

  7. Round 3 close! I am suffering from academic angst as I complete my PhD, Thus, Prokofiev presently completes me! I will request the Montagues and Capulets when I receive my diploma.

  8. The Prokofiev was so interesting! Debussy always beautiful. The toccata was so a drum solo. Your playing is incredible.

  9. It's an interesting way to involve the audience, but it's hard to choose between these two geniuses! I can see why you also love Philip Glass - these composers all express the "is-ness" of being.

  10. Excellent Excellent performance, full of fire.

  11. I have great admiration for Debussy. Love his 3 late chamber music works! However not often moved by his music when it relies more on colors and effects. Perhaps at the expense of "singing" and/or "dancing", 2 elements I find very important in music.

  12. Prokofiev wins! More virtuosic, exciting and biting. While I enjoyed some Debussy, sometime I nodded off. Never nodded off with Prokofiev!

  13. Your incredible talent pushes us! To favor Prokofiev! So I'll give the edge to Debussy. What a night!! I am not a fan of contests among the greats!

  14. Excellent performance. Really top of the pianists at present.

  15. Superb Performance

  16. Unique approach to programming, fascinating, informative.

  17. Comparisons are odious

  18. I like the technique and dynamics of the Prokofiev quite a lot, but like the music by Debussy more. Maybe on a different day this would be reversed. One of the first LPs I bought in the 1960s was Prokofiev piano music by Sviatoslav Richter. I have loved Prokofiev since then.

  19. Thank you for an extraordinary musical evening!

  20. I had expected to be "all Debussy" but your playing has won me over to Prokofiev

  21. It was a close match for sure! I loved the intensity of Prokofiev, but I feel like Debussy's aimless, sometimes keyless, ambiguity is more my style. Thank you so much!

  22. I loved the melodies in R&J. Cloches a travers les feuilles was beautiful. But the hardest round to choose was round 4. Writing this, I still have not decided over all. It's so hard! If given more time, I might make a different choice. But because I can't spend all night thinking, Prokofiev. Your playing is outstanding. Thank you so much for playing I also want to mention your masterclass was very unique and interesting. Today was the best I've had in a while. Thanks!

  23. I preferred Prokofiev because the pieces seemed to have more character and story to them. They spoke to me in a way art should.

  24. I rated each piece based on a 5 pt scale and they were tied many times :(. When they tied I went by gut instinct. Circles denote my favorite pieces.

  25. Prokofiev for drama, Debussy for beauty!

  26. The program is very well organized. It is put together in such a way that you must really think about each piece. It is well thought out.

  27. I've always been a "Russo-phile" but you turned me on to Debussy tonight. Bravo!!

  28. I don't know Prokofiev, but do know some of Debussy. While Prokofiev is intellectually engaging, Debussy is emotionally moving, and I prefer his approach to harmony and unusual scales. I saw you play Ravel's Miroir in Des Moines, and that performance has influenced my taste in piano music. Thank you!

  29. It's the listening to the instrument, that you mentioned, why Debussy wins. Your focus, economy of energy and clarity are very inspiring. Why do you use a chair with a back? Do you have days when you don't want to play? What do you do in those situations? What if you have a headache? How do you keep up your focus? Amazing!

  30. I felt I connected to Debussy better.

  31. Although my preference is for Debussy, your playing of Prokofiev makes me appreciate his work.

  32. What a brilliant recital! Even though Prokofiev didn't win, it was great to be reintroduced to all those pieces.

  33. I think the Clair de Lune was really beautiful. And I like the way you step the pedal, I can feel the rhythm of the music.

  34. Outstanding performance! Was not familiar with most of Prokofiev's works.

  35. I suggest serving cognac to feel Debussy better, but to be fair Vodka should be served for Prokofiev. Debussy: Poetic, music, right side keyboard, treble, subtle, subdued, introvert. Prokofiev Martial music, right and left side, bass, impressive, showy/brilliant, extrovert.

  36. I'm much more drawn to the introspective pieces of Debussy than the more bombastic of Prokofiev. But thanks, great concert.

  37. Prokofiev has harder edges. Round 2 Debussy uses far less of the low end of the keyboard. Round 3 Debussy's muscular music is still melodic

  38. Tonight you revealed more of the composer Prokofiev than I even imagined. And your Romeo & Juliet pieces were the most powerful (emotionally) I've heard.

  39. I found myself riveted to the Prokofiev pieces - Loved the challenge (it's not Bach v. Beethoven) almost as much as I loved watching you play. Thank you - what a thrilling unique evening.