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Re: 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Megathread [Re: Brendan] #2090947 05/28/13 09:11 PM
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What I thought of Lindsay: after this recital I don't see how she advances. Not that it was horrible, just that the competition is too good.

A few bobbles in the Mozart, which overall I thought was well done. Majorly smudged passagework at the end of the Ballade.

Her tone in the jeux d'eaux à la Villa d'Este was too hard-edged and antiseptic; there was no warmth. This is a religious piece of music, based on John 4:14. "But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." I didn't get any of that from her performance.

When I watch her I feel like I'm at a swim meet rather than a concert. I'm all for women wearing beautiful dresses, but I don't think that much back should be on display. I did like the skirt of the dress, though. If I've said something offensive here by critiquing her appearance, please feel free to say so. You won't offend me. If I were a newspaper critic, I wouldn't write those things in a newspaper. Those are my semiprivate thoughts only.

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Re: 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Megathread [Re: Brendan] #2090951 05/28/13 09:18 PM
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Again, I'd have to agree. The whole recital seemed to go steadily downhill from that slight LH slip in the first movement of the Mozart. It looks like she was the first victim of the "endurance test" portion of the competition, i.e. having to prepare different programs with just a few days' notice. I'll swap her out and Greco in.

Re: 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Megathread [Re: Piano Doug] #2090954 05/28/13 09:22 PM
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BTW, I really don't get what exactly they mean by that last sentence.....
I believe that this means that each competitor with a juror relationship will get a vote from that juror equal to his or her proportion of votes received from the remaining jurors.....

Yes -- I'm sure you're right. That's what I figured out too, on a second look later on.

And by the way, assuming I'm understanding it right (which I might not!), it means that unless the juror is pissed off or something against his/her own student, he/she BETTER vote for the student, because that way, the contestant is at least credited with a fractional vote from the teacher. If the teacher doesn't list that student and just lists 12 + 3 other candidates, then this contestant gets ZERO from this ballot.

Does this amount to something unfair, one way or the other? (I mean in addition to having teachers of contestants on the jury at all.) I don't know. It might take me longer to process all that's involved, like maybe never. grin

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Re: 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Megathread [Re: Brendan] #2090955 05/28/13 09:23 PM
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Oh yeah, I forgot about Wilde Jagd. Again it certainly wasn't wretched, but it gave off a vibe of "trying to get through this." It wasn't a particularly special performance.

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Okay, Kholodenko's just started his Bach.


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Re: 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Megathread [Re: Brendan] #2090958 05/28/13 09:29 PM
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Damn! Another signal loss. And right near the beginning of the Bach-Siloti Prelude! So frustrating.


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Nothing wrong on my end. Perhaps your Internet?


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Okay, this is one of my favorite Beethoven sonatas. Let's see if he gets it.


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Re: 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Megathread [Re: Brendan] #2090962 05/28/13 09:31 PM
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Lovely Bach-Siloti. I do enjoy it when a contestant sticks in such a short piece.

Re: 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Megathread [Re: Brendan] #2090963 05/28/13 09:32 PM
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This is the Hamburg piano, right?

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yes, good Bach-Siloti, but i still prefer Kunz's from the last Cliburn.

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I think he's missing the "dolce" aspect of the Beethoven. A great performance of this piece brings me to tears, and his isn't doing that.


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Re: 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Megathread [Re: BZ4] #2090966 05/28/13 09:34 PM
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Originally Posted by BZ4
Damn! Another signal loss. And right near the beginning of the Bach-Siloti Prelude! So frustrating.


Try a different browser.

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ARGH! He missed the first note of the Prestissimo! Must be kicking himself.


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Re: 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Megathread [Re: Polyphonist] #2090968 05/28/13 09:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Polyphonist
I think he's missing the "dolce" aspect of the Beethoven. A great performance of this piece brings me to tears, and his isn't doing that.


It brings you to tears this early?

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His tempo is dragging a little. It doesn't really have the driving energy it needs.


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I think he's missing the "dolce" aspect of the Beethoven. A great performance of this piece brings me to tears, and his isn't doing that.


It brings you to tears this early?

...Meaning what? The first and third movements both do. It's such wonderful music.


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He's rushing now. It doesn't do anything for me.


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Re: 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Megathread [Re: Polyphonist] #2090976 05/28/13 09:39 PM
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there's nothing special about Garritson's play, i feel, with kind of boring Mozart especially.

Maybe people would take you more seriously if you took a little time to correct your grammar before posting...

don't take me seriously then... i am not that serious playing piano anyway.

but i corrected my typo for you here... there.

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I'm a big fan of his demeanor. Calm, humble, the worst thing that ever happens with his face is that he bites his lip.

Hang on, I may have spoken too soon. He has his stomach pressed into the keyboard now.

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