I saw Vladismir Feltsman play solo piano version of Schumann and Pictures, this occured at the Martin Theatre, Ravinia Chicago.
The Schumann was first, music was OK but i have to be honest the sound was uselss, i was sat in Row B but it was to low and it was like i was hearing a distant sound.
Well at the intermission i moved to a higher seat, the second peice was Pictures, as the regulars know this is easily my favourite peice. Well i have been very vocal about how hifi sucks and live is the only way to go, i dont know how to put this without sounding like an asshole but my hifi at home playing the Horowitz version of Pictures absolutely blew Feltsman away. I felt no emotion or connection whatsoever. The music was cold and unemotional. wether this was a function of his playing or the acoustics of the hall i dont know but either way it was a major disappointment. It was not helped be coming off the Beethoven flight with Haitink who seems to have fantastic connection with the music