Radu Lupu, who just celebrated his 70th birthday on Nov. 30, “is far more than a great pianist,” writes Kirill Gerstein, appearing through Dec. 5 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, in the current issue of the New York Review of Books. “Listening to him, my attention slips away from the beauty and mastery of his piano playing, deeply impressive though it is, with a rich palette of sound and resonance, control over chordal voicing fueled by an exceptionally refined harmonic sense, and a muscular apparatus that accurately plots into reality his imagination of the shape and timing of musical events. Soon, I find I am taken deep below and far above the surface.”

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