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#1971079 - 10/09/12 11:37 PM Carnegie Hall overdoses on adjectives :-)  
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Get a load of this thing they say in their e-mail blurb about an upcoming "Keyboard Virtuosos" series:

....It’s not to be missed, with the distinctive Murray Perahia and the inquisitive Jeremy Denk, the charismatic Piotr Anderszewski and profound Maurizio Pollini, and last but not least, the pyrotechnic Yuja Wang.

I wonder how many hours of committee meetings it took for them to come up with those. Or maybe they just entrusted it to some intern who's an English major.... ha

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#1971083 - 10/09/12 11:43 PM Re: Carnegie Hall overdoses on adjectives :-) [Re: Mark_C]  
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Question is, which of those artists is most annoyed with his/her adjective? I'm guessing Murray and Yuja. Denk's is all right; Pollini's is the best.

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#1971086 - 10/09/12 11:46 PM Re: Carnegie Hall overdoses on adjectives :-) [Re: beet31425]  
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Originally Posted by beet31425
Question is, which of those artists is most annoyed with his/her adjective? I'm guessing Murray and Yuja. Denk's is all right; Pollini's is the best.

Well said!
And Pollini is probably thinking that somehow they confused him with Schnabel or somebody. grin

#1971093 - 10/09/12 11:56 PM Re: Carnegie Hall overdoses on adjectives :-) [Re: Mark_C]  
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I don't know, I'd be pretty pleased with being described as "pyrotechnic"! tiki

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#1971097 - 10/10/12 12:01 AM Re: Carnegie Hall overdoses on adjectives :-) [Re: LadyChen]  
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Originally Posted by LadyChen
I don't know, I'd be pretty pleased with being described as "pyrotechnic"! tiki

Me too... But I bet that if we really were pyrotechnic concert artists, we wouldn't be. smile

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#1971099 - 10/10/12 12:03 AM Re: Carnegie Hall overdoses on adjectives :-) [Re: beet31425]  
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Originally Posted by beet31425
Me too... But I bet that if we really were pyrotechnic concert artists, we wouldn't be. smile

Absolutely!

If you're pyrotechnic, you want to be thought of as....uh......profound! ha

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Better profound than prolost! smirk I mean, obviously deep is not deep enough. It is so... ummm... ordinary... bah



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#1971141 - 10/10/12 02:16 AM Re: Carnegie Hall overdoses on adjectives :-) [Re: Mark_C]  
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WOW,

I'm Greek but I can honestly say that this is the best, most awesome, pyrotechnic, with elaborate meanings and distinctive language email blurb ever!

Well done Carnegie Hall people! Very well done!

#1971259 - 10/10/12 11:01 AM Re: Carnegie Hall overdoses on adjectives :-) [Re: Mark_C]  
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Miss Wang certainly set off some firewworks at the Hollywood Bowl last year.


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#1971282 - 10/10/12 11:57 AM Re: Carnegie Hall overdoses on adjectives :-) [Re: beet31425]  
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Y'know, I was so into laughing at the adjectives that something sort of escaped my notice at first: Pollini is playing in New York this season (yeah, the same Pollini who for a few minutes according to the 'breaking news' on our site last spring was no longer with us). Anyway I immediately went and got tickets for it.

So, stupid adjectives or no stupid adjectives, their e-mail worked.

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Last time I heard the pyrotechnic Pollini play in London, he was profound in Beethoven's Op.111, inquisitive in Nono, charismatic in Chopin and distinctive in Stockhausen.

I think that's everything covered...


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#1971337 - 10/10/12 01:53 PM Re: Carnegie Hall overdoses on adjectives :-) [Re: Mark_C]  
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Sounds like a used car salesman trying to distract you from noticing the brakes don't work... laugh

I will say, however, that from what I have heard, Yuja Wang is spectacular. I posted in a recently closed thread (on an entirely unrelated and offensive subject) that I wish she took requests..


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Does that mean Yuja Wang will spontaneously combust on stage?


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Originally Posted by BDB
Does that mean Yuja Wang will spontaneously combust on stage?

Or that Jeremy Denk will start randomly asking questions?


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Originally Posted by Derulux
Originally Posted by BDB
Does that mean Yuja Wang will spontaneously combust on stage?

Or that Jeremy Denk will start randomly asking questions?

...or that Piotr Anderszewski will win an election... grin

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It means the alliterative Lang Lang, the hirsute Garrick Ohlsson, and the unpronounceable Leif Ove Andsnes will be disconsolate at not being mentioned in the same company as these distinguished other artists. Meanwhile, unreliable Yundi Li will be deeply saddened at not even being invited to appear at illustrious and legendary Carnegie Hall.

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Originally Posted by Mark_C
Y'know, I was so into laughing at the adjectives that something sort of escaped my notice at first: Pollini is playing in New York this season (yeah, the same Pollini who for a few minutes according to the 'breaking news' on our site last spring was no longer with us). Anyway I immediately went and got tickets for it....

6 months later, finally today's the day. smile

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CHOPIN Ballade in F Major, Op. 38
CHOPIN Ballade in A-flat Major, Op. 47
CHOPIN Four Mazurkas, Op. 33
CHOPIN Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 39
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Originally Posted by Mark_C
6 months later, finally today's the day. smile


Enjoy!! Though he is not among the few pianists closest to my heart, I nevertheless have deep respect and admiration for him and would never miss the chance to hear him play. I attended two of his recitals in Switzerland in recent years, in Basel with Beethoven/Chopin and in Lucerne with Chopin & Boulez 2nd sonata. In Lucerne we got stuck in a horrible traffic jam and were a couple of minutes late, so we had to watch the first half of his recital, the Chopin 24 Préludes, from the little movie theater they have outside for people with poor time management skills like us...what painful experience not to be in the hall. But the Boulez sonata was simply awesome (and btw, believe me, that page turner was a hero, too smile ). Boulez was present, and Pollini, after the recital, in a wonderfully modest gesture, called him up on stage, first stood next to him in the applause, and then -- went a couple of steps back to leave Boulez in the front. What a wonderful gesture! My girlfriend at that time had him sign 8 or 9 CDs after the recital, and he was very patient and smiling when she handed over the pile of CDs to him smile

In German, there is the word "altersmilde" of which I don't know a translation. It roughly means people getting less fierce at higher age, conveying a feeling of being reconciled with the whole universe, no more tensions, etc... I got that impression a bit with Brendel at the last recital of his that I saw. With Pollini, my impression is quite the opposite, at age 70 he seems to have quite some fierce energy...after the Basel program I thought he would give some slow/quiet encore, but instead he played a number of etudes (including 10/4 and 10/12) and Prélude 24...very memorable!

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Originally Posted by Mark_C
[...] Or maybe they just entrusted it to some intern who's an English major.... ha


... or, perhaps, a psychology major! (double- ha )

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Many people are happy to see Pollini back on stage after a year of many cancellations. I am seeing his Beethoven recital in May at CH.


Speaking of superlatives, Mitsuko Uchida gave probably one of the most exquisite Waldszenen ever, juxtaposed to Schoenberg's Op 19; at Carnegie Hall earlier this week .

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Mark, please tell us about the recital!! How was it? He is an unbelievable pianist and musician!

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Originally Posted by Orange Soda King
....please tell us about the recital!! How was it? He is an unbelievable pianist and musician!

Thanks for asking, OSK! We're talking about it in detail on another thread. This is my main post on it but there's lots more there.


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