Yannick, on this album, is not a natural accompanist

From the Lebrecht Album of the Week:

….The pianist in all 16 tracks is Yannick Nézet-Séguin, music director of the Metropolitan Opera, the Philadelphia Orchestra and another in Montreal, altogether too busy a man to spare much time for piano practise.

Yannick, whom Renée Fleming thanks “for his gifts as an artist, colleague and friend”, is a pianist of no discernible merit except the maintenance of steady tempo. His playing lacks subtlety or surprise. Worse, it lacks colour to the point of mortal pallor. Every shade of beauty released by the singer’s larynx is met by plodding fingers on a monochrome keyboard. Some conductors — Barenboim, Pappano, Levine, Previn — are natural partners in a song recital, a skill acquired in teenaged rehearsal contact with singers. Yannick, fine orchestral leader that he is, is not on this evidence much use as a piano partner….

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