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Comparison: Not all pianistic fireworks are created equal

By John Terauds on May 21, 2012

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall will see the Ashbridges Bay fireworks tonight (Brian Henry photo).

In honour of Victoria Day and the many different types of fireworks thousands will enjoy tonight, here are three different ways of playing Claude Debussy’s Feux d’artifice, the 12th from Vol. II of his Préludes.

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John Terauds, the founder of Musical Toronto, is currently a Divinity student at University of Toronto and a church music director. He joined the Toronto Star in 1988, was the classical music critic from 2005 to 2012, and continues as a freelance critic for the paper. He is the co-author of Roy Thomson Hall: A Portrait, a book written with Toronto Star Colleague, William Littler.
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The first is Canadian-born Marc André Hamelin, performing in New York City in 2007. The second is Italian Maurizio Pollini, in Japan  year earlier (with apologies for the out-of sync video). The third is the legendary French pianist Robert Casadesus, who died in 1972:

John Terauds

John Terauds

John Terauds

John Terauds, the founder of Musical Toronto, is currently a Divinity student at University of Toronto and a church music director. He joined the Toronto Star in 1988, was the classical music critic from 2005 to 2012, and continues as a freelance critic for the paper. He is the co-author of Roy Thomson Hall: A Portrait, a book written with Toronto Star Colleague, William Littler.
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