P0531. MORDECAI SHEHORI: Chopin Recital. Cembal d’Amour 170, recorded 2012. - 978167129213
“Shehori attributes much of his piano mastery to skills learned form his long-time teacher in Israel, Mindru Katz. ‘Only twice in my life’, he wrote in Record Collector magazine in 2008, ‘it happened that when I met a person for the first time it was apparent that I was in the company of an awe-inspiring genius’. Once was his initial encounter the Katz. The other was his meeting with Horowitz later in New York.
Katz taught Shehori how to activate the last finger joints without creating tension in any other part of the arms; how to make the arms ‘float in the air, like a drop of oil in water’, by employing the large muscles in the back; ‘how to play the piano with these light and soft arms as flexible whips and not as rigid sticks’.
This method allows a wide range of tone – from whispering pianissimi to thundering fortissimi. No harsh sounds resulted, nor did injuries result. ‘Historically, most pianists who have a beautiful sonorous tone, especially in the higher registers of the piano, never develop carpal tunnel syndrome’, he wrote.”
- Michael Johnson, FACTS & ARTS, 18 Aug., 2014
“The resounding cheers at the end of the piece attested to…a program of opposites, emotional and technical, a proof of the Camus proposition that the true genius does not cater to one extreme or the other, but embraces both extremes at once.”
- Gary Lemco, STEINWAY SOCIETY, San Jose, 16 Nov., 2013
“The pianist Mordecai Shehori…had an extraordinary presence at the keyboard, a fine sense of color and line, and the unusual ability to hold one's attention through music's silences as well as its sounds….He was attentive and thoughtful and provocative; he produced a warm tone, and lyrical gifts were much in evidence. His ideas were sometimes convincing, sometimes distracting, but never careless….Mr. Shehori's playing may actually be a specialized taste. He does not aim for the grand public statement, for the objectively reasoned discourse or for the exciting flourish. The results can be diffuse…but they can also be haunting….”
- EDWARD ROTHSTEIN, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 21 May, 1992
“Mordecai Shehori is a musician's musician - that is, the sort of pianist whom it will profit other pianists to study. But there is no reason why the general public shouldn't know of him, too, for he brings unity, proportion, intelligence and sensitivity to all that he plays.”
- New York Newsday