Before the close of 2009, I'm more than happy to re-tread the highly enjoyable paths left open by the recordings of Clara Haskil and Dinu Lipatti. If I'm forgiven to exaggerate a little, I'd say Lipatti's music is God-like and Haskil's angel-like.
Lipatti's rendition of Schumann Piano Concerto here has always given me the feeling of being definitive. The colour and perfection he instilled into his playing is something we can only marvel at. An awesome achievement. Simply out of reach of mere mortals.
Haskil is an apt reminder to those who revel only in the external appearance and manners of a pianist, that music as elegant as angels singing can only be found from the pianist with grace in the heart. This is music that plucks your heart strings.