What makes a "good" piano performance

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What makes a "good" piano performance

Postby Dr. John Zeigler - PEP Ed » Mon Aug 27, 2012 10:13 am

In another thread in the Music Talk section of the Forums, [url]http://pianoeducation.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=491]What is good music?[/url], we have discussed at some length what qualities differentiate good music in any genre from music that will be forgotten. However, performance, even if it can't be a criterion for good music by itself, plays a critical role in helping us appreciate good music. With that in mind, what aspects of performance differentiate a "good" piano performance from "poor" performance? Without wishing to bias the discussion too much, one could imagine several possibilities: conformance to the score, musicality generally, knowledge and application of the composer's intent, or, even, at the beginning level, just playing the notes correctly. What makes you say a performance is good or prefer one performance over another?
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