Dynaphyrun wrote:richter learned the prokofiev 6th sonata in 2 days, 12 hrs/day and debuted it w/ him in attendence
source gramophone magazine 1997
Didn't he also learn the Brahms 2nd in 2 days, and then performed it a week later? And also the entire WTK in a month or something?
Here's one from "Cannons and Flowers": Cziffra once improvised a piece that combined the American and Russian national anthems, each in its own key and time signature, simultaneously, one in either hand, with accompaniment. He also learned and debuted (I think?) the Bartok 2nd concerto within something like 3 weeks or...6 weeks or...I dunno. Whatever it was, it was crazy, especially considering that two or three other pianists had taken the challenge before him and dropped out.
Ok, maybe not as insane as the Brahms 2nd in two days, but still...gotta put in a word for da Ziff.