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Re: 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Megathread
Brendan #2651975 06/09/17 12:45 PM
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Another blog about the Cliburn ( https://www.fwweekly.com/blotch/around-fort-worth/ ). He is quite on the negative side laugh but for some reason seemed to like Han Chen's last performance:

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And then Han Chen throws me a silk cord and pulls me along into his version of the 21st Piano Concerto. His interpretation is intelligent, with just the right amount of tension and resplendent in its beauty. He writes his own cadenzas, and they’re my favorite of the whole round, bursting with ideas and riotous colors. I feel refreshed by his performance. I don’t know that anybody has had a better semifinal round than this young man.
https://www.fwweekly.com/2017/06/05/blogging-the-cliburn-semifinals-day-5/

Re: 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Megathread
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Here we goooooooooo!

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Meh. Very heavy and at times muddy cadenza. So much pedal and so little structure. Disappointing!

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Orchestra sounds like it's dragging.

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Again, a very slow and heavy second movement when a lighter touch à la Yuja would have worked better. He was also rushing those sixteenths in the middle of the movement.

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It's definitely rocking as of the second movement. First was good, and the cadenza was acceptably messy. laugh

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Brendan #2652098 06/09/17 08:56 PM
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Messy cadenza and no mystery or lyricism in the first, heavy slow joyless second, boring third, at least this fourth movement sounds ok.

Not a fan. frown I had high hopes

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How much of the issue is with the orchestra, though? To me they sound curiously muted and diffused throughout.

I'm wondering if it might be a mic placement issue.

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Messy cadenza and no mystery or lyricism in the first, heavy slow joyless second, boring third, at least this fourth movement sounds ok.

Not a fan. frown I had high hopes


Couldn't have said it better myself.

Favorin reminds me again just how astoundingly good the Yuja/Dudamel (live!) recording is.

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Damn it seems like they aren't moderating the comments tonight. People are going in on him tough

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Wow. Couldn't sync the G octave at the end either. I don't see a medal for Favorin. Very disappointing performance.

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I have to disagree and say that this was a great performance totally worth the finals of this competition. Its easy to point out messy the cadenza is, but having worked on this piece, it's impossible to get everything to come out cleanly (I even heard Bronfman clusterbomb it). I admired his extreme control in every movement, especially in this most stressful of situations!

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I've heard many live performances of this (Haochen Zhang, Boris Berezovsky, among other high profile pianists), and none have sounded so mechanical and devoid of shape the way Favorin played it tonight.

Also it doesn't require working on the piece to know how it could or should sound like. All one needs is a score and good ears.

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Originally Posted by Brendan
I have to disagree and say that this was a great performance totally worth the finals of this competition. Its easy to point out messy the cadenza is, but having worked on this piece, it's impossible to get everything to come out cleanly (I even heard Bronfman clusterbomb it). I admired his extreme control in every movement, especially in this most stressful of situations!


And Bronfman is the guy who says you have to play all the notes right!

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I have to admit that I didn't find it particularly successful either, but again, I wonder how much of the issue was with the orchestra. For Favorin's part, I felt that he was keeping time very squarely and a shade on the slow side (perhaps as a concession?) and the orchestra still kept falling behind.

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And...we're back to making music again. Broberg for the win.

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Broberg off to a great start so far, very extroverted.

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Man, this whole "performer 1/performer 2" thing is fairly ridiculous....

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Such sensitivity to tone colour and the orchestral parts. This is great.

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Pretty amazing cadenza variation! This is a top 2 performance.

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