A Conversation with Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet

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“I think it’s one of Bernstein’s great, really great pieces of music,” said Jean-Yves Thibaudet. “A lot of people only know the lighter side of Bernstein, what they’ve seen in West Side Story. But when they hear this music – because it is an experience to sit through – I think they realize he was some kind of real genius, a great musician.
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Jean-Yves Thibaudet. For FFS











“I’ve probably played it thirty times. It needs that. It’s like a very complex meal – you don’t just do it in one go. It’s lots of bites, big bites. You need to live with it and get used to it. And you discover and understand more and more every time. Between the text, the poem, what’s going on with the music – and everything Michael has told me about Bernstein – I’m really happy to be doing it again.”

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