I never would have guessed
that the Turkish public do not approve
of what their government is doing
as regards Syria and NATO.
It appears that Erdogan’s regime is the one that needs toppling
and not Assad’s!
Along came this tall Texan with the curly hair and the Nordic name
who wowed the judges of the International Piano Competition.
Here he plays Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 2,
Composer Rachmaninoff traditionally writes the favorite variation
in the last movement, and so here is the
more popular “Full Moon and Empty Arms” variation.
Mayhaps my words about Silver medalist George Li possessing
more technique than sensitivity sank in.
And it is my sincere hope that these word of mine
have not been considered as rude and crude.
He now included in his repertoire the piece that I specified :
the Consolation No. 3 by Franz Liszt.
I did this because this composition was virtually played
better by Chopin than by Liszt.
During those times, Chopin was anemic and therefore
plays with less virtuosity but more romanticism.
A good friend of Chopin, Liszt did accept this comparison
as a challenge, and eventually rebounded with his Un Suspiro.
Both compositions, however, require feelings flowing thru the fingertips.
To either Chopin or Liszt, George Li comes close.
No cigar, of course, and this is not only because he does not smoke cigars.
I admit he has the ability to play with virtuosity,
but this piece requires no controlled temerity,
and much less, a subdued dexterity.
This piece is made to console,
not to caress.
I must say, though, that he has succeeded in
putting even finger pressure on the keyboard.
This is the essential item if one
wants the piano to spin stories to the listeners.
But goodness,what am I saying now—
George Li is one exceptional concert pianist
who probably only need maturity to be romantic.
That is a fact!
These posts are not possible without the excellent video resolution by medici tv.
And then of course, the First prize Piano
from the XV Tchaikovsky International Competition
comes Dmitry Masleev,
fast, furious, hyperactive,
plays the piano as if he was driving a car
running on jet fuel.
But I did say that speed plus versatility with the keyboard
compromises one’s romantic rendition of the piece being played.
Not unless the pianist is one like Franz Liszt,
who can play the “La Campanella” with zip,
and the “Consolation No. 3” with fervor.
With comparable speed and precision to Trinfonov (2011),
he still must show, however, that he can feel the music.
But I must be asking too much from Dmitry.
Perhaps he has yet to mature with the music.
After all, he won First Place, didn’t he?
Listen to Danse Macabre.mp4
This one was composed for the orchestra by Saint-Saens,
transcribed for the piano by Franz Liszt,
and then arranged by Horowitz.
Walt Disney made a video translation of this.
19 years old
wins second prize piano
from the XV Tchaikovsky International Competition.
This video shows he is playing the
Hungarian Rhapsody no.2
and the Etude No. 3
These pieces would be extra difficuilt for him.
because of the short span between his thumb and pinky.
But he has his fingering technique and adaptation to solve this.
He has also succeeded in imposing
the Hungarian accent to the music
of Franz Liszt.
XV Tchaikovsky International Competition
plays Concerto in D major.
It should be remembered that Peter Tchaikovsky
was a pianist by profession
and he composed this violin concerto to expound
on the technical limits of the violin,
A fast tempo from a virtuoso is required
to give justice to this piece.
Yu-Chien played this with noticeable slowness.
The effect, however, more than enhanced the sentimentality
in the music, giving this piece a notably different
but enraptured version,
just like a Hungarian Rhapsody
played ala Chopin Nocturne.
Yu-Chien played the first two movements passionately,
with less pyrotechnics, of course, but still technically correct.
The demanding Third Movement in this video did not have that
appearance of “beating the violin black and blue”
with technical prowess, but the tonal quality
more than made the violin conversational.
This probably comes from applying
gentle pressures on the strings at the precise moments.
If he can make a violin like this talk
imagine what he can do with a strad!
Father Albert San Jose
of the Diocese of San Pablo, Laguna,
was relieved for using a hover board
I opine that this act was ahead of the times
since hover boards are not in common use yet.
What he has done is actually sell the hover board
and not Christ.
But what I see is an exceptionally clean church,