!THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Thursday, July 1$, 1968
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By R. A. PERRY
A music critic gets in the
habit, for better or for worse,
of, making comparisons, and a
good performance may be be-
rated because it does not come
up to the Great Performance
that the critic carries in his
head. Making such compari-
sons is necessary and valid for
it forces the writer to con-
sider quality in an age 'of quan-
tity, and, for the reader, it can
teach asensitivity to aural ex-
perience that mere listening-
with-the-ears often forgets.
Yet, the, habit of compari-
son can be unfair. First, one
must always remember that
the artist gives us, the au-
d~ence, the ,gift of his talents;
we must be thankful to him for
the simple deed of bringing to
life the printed score, not to
mention for his work, for his,
feeling. Applause not only sig-
nals reward for accomplished
feats, but also simple apprecia-
tion for allowing us to listen.
It is easy to forget that mu-
sicians, like painters, have dif-
ferent styles, regardless of~
technical abilities and intel-
lectual insights. Beyond the
blatant fact that there are
many ways to play Beethoven,
there are many different ar-
tistic sensibilities as well; what
a drag if everyone were to play
as Dinu Lipatti. To validate
the practice of comparing per-
formahces, the critic must
first try to point out the cen-
ter of gravity of the artist's
All this is as a preface to a
y consideration of the young Is-'
raeli pianist David Bar-Illan,
who gave the second summer
concert Tuesday evening in
Rackham Aud. His recital was
not an uiqualified success, and
for each piece he played, I
could recall far more . revela-
tory performances from past
concerts or discs. At the same
time, Bar-Illan is a thorough-
ly accomplished, virtuoso pi-
anist; he plays with technical
brilliance, great strength, and
Perhaps the explanation for
this discrepancy lies in the
fact that Bar-Illan eschews
poetry for power, and insight
for rhetoric. In quiet, medi-
tative, lyrical moments, Bar-
Illan does not convince as he
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Chairman Emanuel Celler (D-
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into state crimes.
Celler was joined in opposition
by Rep. William M. McCulloch of
Ohio, the ranking Republican on
the Judiciary Committee.
Celler and McCulloch were to-
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include owner registration and li-
censing of firearms in the pend-'
The two senior members of the
Judiciary Committee promised
last week to fight any such effort
on the House floor or in a confer-
ence with the Senate in an effort
to get a favorable report from.
the House Rules Committee.
does in koud, extroverted proc-
lamations. Even in this, his
forte, the level of musical
meaning that he finds sits at
the surface of the keyboard
and seems not to lie in the or-
ganic heart of the !music it-
self. Bar-Illan can thus excite
the listener's passions but it
seems, from his Rackham re-
cital at least, that he will in-
frequently move the listener's
. In Debussy's "Feux d'arti-
fice" it should be possible to
close one's eyes and see explo-
sions of colorful fireworks; the
dark sky quietly closes in only
to be reillumined with another
burst of sound. In Ivan Mora-
vec's performance on the Con-
noisseur Society label, you can
visualize the music with won-
derful reality; 'under Bar--
Illan's hands, the July 4th
sky was as reflected in a rip-
pling pool of water, muted and
The thickness of sound that
the pianist yieldd a10s o
vitiated the pungency of Ra-
meau's "Gavotte and Varia-
tions." Written originally for
harpsichord, the work, if it is
to be played on the piano, re-
quires the precision and icy
clarity of Glenn Gould to pull
it off. In the theme and six
ensuing variations of increas-
ing complexity, Bar-fllan did
not successfully separate the
right and left hand lines nor
overcome- a certain rhythmic
muddiness; what be did do was
impress the audience with the
difficulty of the work itself.
Paul Ben-Haim is a living
Israeli composer whose "Pieces
for Piano, Op. 34" reveal a
Ravel - cum - Gershwin style,
especially in the pastorale and
capriccio. Except for the clos-
ing toccata; the pieces were
pleasant and personally ex-
pressive, and they were played
with obvious respect by the
The two major works on the
program were the "Eroica"
Variations by Beethoven and
the "Dante" Sonata by Liszt.
I enjoyed Bar-Illan's per-
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immensely. It was played with
much gusto and especially with
wit-it is always something to
be thankful for when a. mu-
sician discovers and conveys
humor in music. He was - best
in those variations which
called for awesome technical
bravura, less effective in the
quieter, s i m p 1 e r variations
where, again, -poetry often
turned to rhetoric. Somehow,
Bar-Ilhan did not allow the
listener to participate in these
Liszt as composer is ana-
thema to some, a joy to others.
He can be in terrible taste and
can be magnetically fascinat-
ing. He is not a composer of
long lyrical theme; his sub-
jects cluster, break off,-change,
and fight for dominance. His
technical control is absolute
and subsumes the poetic imag-
ination. yet how close to anar-
chy (and Ives!) he is, which
is one source of the excite-
ment he can generate. As Rob-
ert Schumann wrote, "Within
a few seconds, 'tenderness,
boldness, exquisiteness, wild-
ness suceed one another."
The "Dante" Sonata is one
of Liszt's longest and grand-
est works. Here Bar-Ilian was,
in his element, for he was re-
quired to make no cantabile
gestures. He did not build the
monumental structure that
Brendel has on his Vox disc,
but he brought out with brood-
ing power the quixotic nature
of the sometimes gentle, most
often granitic episodes of this
Bar-Illan chose a program
demanding endurance and he
brought it off true to his style.
If I was not often moved by
his playing, I certainly did
wonder at his powers, and
maybe understood a little bet-
ter how Israel won the war.
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