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Re: 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Megathread
Eduard Hanslick #2650494 06/04/17 08:40 PM
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Man these brass players sound great.


The orchestra in general sounds much better than I remember them from 4 years ago.

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Oh man, the orchestra at the last Cliburn was egregious. I'm fairly certain it was their lack of cohesiveness that threw Sean Chen off during his Emperor concerto.

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Yeah, it's noticeably better.

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Brendan #2650503 06/04/17 08:53 PM
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I am loving Sun's K. 466.


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The dynamic contrasts within the Beethoven cadenza were too wide for me.

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Brendan #2650506 06/04/17 08:59 PM
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Is the flautist standing up? ha

Orchestras seem to play "heavier" or crescendo faster for bare-handed conductors. This orchestra seems a little large for Mozart (cut a few strings stands).


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Re: 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Megathread
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Not to my taste, honestly; very safe, overall on the slow side, and not really keyed into the spirit of the piece.

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The 2nd movement was a little too precious.

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To me it's coming across as insecure and rhythmically clunky on the part of the pianist and the orchestra.

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Brendan #2650513 06/04/17 09:09 PM
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Hmmmm, the audience didn't seem to feel it, either.

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An absolutely LOVELY Mozart from Kim! I can't stop smiling.

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Originally Posted by Brendan
An absolutely LOVELY Mozart from Kim! I can't stop smiling.


Since the 2nd mvt. grin


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Re: 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Megathread
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It was the orchestra's fault in the first movement smile

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I missed last night's broadcast so this is the first time I'm hearing the orchestra and I'm just not crazy about them. They don't sound tight and feel like they are dragging the players behind. Like here in the third movement it feels like Honggi is trying to inject some liveliness to the proceedings but they just refuse to respond in kind.

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Well at least they ended together!

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Again, the first person set up the second for success, and wow, was it realized.

Excited for Favorin!

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Yongi Kim does not look happy backstage. Too bad the orchestra was not in synch with him in the latter part of the 1st movement. Poignant 2nd movement, but 3rd movement could have used more sparkle. Of course I keep hearing Alfred Brendel in my head, so not too fair.


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Re: 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Megathread
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I wonder what the on-stage acoustics are like at Bass Hall? Sometimes orchestra players can't hear much of anything, have to rely on watching the conductor too much (instead of listening to each other), and ensemble suffers.

This is essentially an opera house with a shell.


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Hmm, once again feels like our Russian is a little out of his element. Not offensive though.

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I'm loving his Mozart. Just pure and unpretentious, gorgeous tone.

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