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1. a consummate master of musical technique and artistry
2. a connoisseur, dilettante, or collector of art objects



a musician, performer, or artist who brilliantly overcomes considerable technical difficulties. The term “virtuoso” is applied primarily to music performers—instrumentalists and vocalists. The art of the virtuoso is inextricably linked with artistic inspiration, which captivates the audience and facilitates a brilliant and memorable interpretation of a work. Virtuosity allows the substance of a musical work to reach the listener with maximum completeness. However, when the performer is preoccupied with virtuosity in a one-sided manner, substance is relegated to the background and even falls victim to a demonstration of technical mastery in playing.


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The scarifyin' title track adds interesting shades of noir, and the whole package feels cutting edge and virtuosically traditional with every flash-picked chord.
Some scenes seem almost virtuosically elaborated: A relatively well dressed guy wanders into view from the right; it looks like he's trying to reach the left edge of the far-right screen (he actually gets there a couple of times) but he always ends up back near the center of the frame as if drawn by some invisible force; finally he disappears off to the right where he came from.
A Jean Langlais trio excitingly puts player and organ (the superb and almost tonally unchanged 1887 Father Willis) through their paces, the virtuosically brilliant Incantation pour un jour Saint and Fete framing the quietly timeless Chant de Paix.
Here as elsewhere, the flowers are virtuosically rendered, and the landscape as a whole is majestic.