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September 7, 2012
Ran Dank again
Ran Dank's musicianship and instrumental craft continue to elicit my undiminished admiration. Everything about Dank's music-making strikes me as remarkably natural: his seemingly effortless but never showy technique, unobtrusively beautiful tone, intelligent but not studied approach to phrasing and dynamics, and pervasive yet restrained lyricism that never ventures toward sentimentality. These qualities are also evident in Dank's performance of Bach's Fourth Partita, a live recording from the 2009 Van Cliburn Competition, which is new to my blog. I also include Dank's performance of two preludes and fugues from the Well-Tempererd Clavier (E flat minor from Book 1 and C major from Book 2) recorded live at the 2007 Cleveland Piano Competition (where Dank received 4th Prize).