At the end of the day, whom do we take more seriously, Rubinstein or Lang Lang?To which I answer:
Ask me when Lang Lang turns 75.Then there's this:
So, is this a veiled assertion that, for example, Leonard Bernstein didn't care about music?
The television program I happened to come across was produced by or for (probably both) a major American piano competition, and the young people I saw on it were part of that process. The program also offered commentary by an eminent conductor talking about the differences between Apollonian and Dionysian approaches to art. The Apollonian refers (and I paraphrase) to symmetry, invention and elegance; the Dionysian, to art more from the gut, more spontaneous.
More personal too. Dionysus had the stage when I was watching: two ambitious young people were taking part in a system that asks them to use Beethoven and Schumann as ways to sell themselves. Maybe our eminent conductor could have added another distinction to his two-sided debate: that Dionysian pianists care about Dionysian pianists, whereas Apollonian pianists care about music.
[Thanks to rootlesscosmo for calling out this bit of Hollandish nonsense.]