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#1213420 - 06/07/09 04:29 PM Re: 2009 Van Cliburn Competition Megathread [Re: Axtremus]
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Theres real sincerity here, I think it comes out clearly.

- Eric Zuber at June 7th, 2009, 2:16 PM
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#1213423 - 06/07/09 04:35 PM Re: 2009 Van Cliburn Competition Megathread [Re: newport]
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That was wonderful.
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#1213424 - 06/07/09 04:35 PM Re: 2009 Van Cliburn Competition Megathread [Re: newport]
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Now we hear Di Wu play the Rach 3. What a way to end such a fantastic competition!
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#1213435 - 06/07/09 04:56 PM Re: 2009 Van Cliburn Competition Megathread [Re: jon-nyc]
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One more hour and my life can get back to normal. I'm kinda music-ed out...

haha
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#1213441 - 06/07/09 05:08 PM Re: 2009 Van Cliburn Competition Megathread [Re: Ridicolosamente]
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I am LOVING Di Wu's Rachmaninoff 3rd Cadenza! Very fiery and unique!
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#1213442 - 06/07/09 05:08 PM Re: 2009 Van Cliburn Competition Megathread [Re: Ridicolosamente]
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Yeah, I love Ravel but I'm full up on Gaspard for a while...


Its quite a commitment to listen to this competition.
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#1213443 - 06/07/09 05:09 PM Re: 2009 Van Cliburn Competition Megathread [Re: Ridicolosamente]
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Zhang's Prok 2 was great! But I am loving Di Wu's Rach 3. Interesting she chose the same cadenza Horowitz performed.


Edited by Horowitzian (06/07/09 05:09 PM)
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#1213447 - 06/07/09 05:11 PM Re: 2009 Van Cliburn Competition Megathread [Re: Horowitzian]
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Sadly .. DW is out of medal contention (Not all her own fault)
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#1213448 - 06/07/09 05:13 PM Re: 2009 Van Cliburn Competition Megathread [Re: newport]
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How do you figure?
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#1213450 - 06/07/09 05:13 PM Re: 2009 Van Cliburn Competition Megathread [Re: newport]
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i don't really like her Rach 3 so far, lack of imagination at least. she's just too confined into an academic mode that she can never get out. she's a good pianist, but that's about it for her.

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#1213451 - 06/07/09 05:14 PM Re: 2009 Van Cliburn Competition Megathread [Re: Horowitzian]
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She has too much a task on her hands. Not surmountable at this poinrt ... (I would like to be proved wrong!)
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#1213452 - 06/07/09 05:18 PM Re: 2009 Van Cliburn Competition Megathread [Re: Axtremus]
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Originally Posted By: Axtremus
Originally Posted By: jon-nyc
FYI - this is one of the better sites blogging the competition.

http://startelegram.typepad.com/notes_from_the_cliburn/

Is that an "official" blog?
I couldn't find any criticism in there.




No, the official blog is here:

http://www.cliburn.org/blog/
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#1213453 - 06/07/09 05:19 PM Re: 2009 Van Cliburn Competition Megathread [Re: signa]
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While I don't think Wu's performance is always the cleanest, I find her a much more interesting pianist than both Zhang and Tsujii, and would opt for her over either of them any day.
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#1213454 - 06/07/09 05:20 PM Re: 2009 Van Cliburn Competition Megathread [Re: newport]
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Originally Posted By: newport
She has too much a task on her hands. Not surmountable at this poinrt ... (I would like to be proved wrong!)


She'll definitely need to knock the house down in the third movement. smile
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#1213456 - 06/07/09 05:21 PM Re: 2009 Van Cliburn Competition Megathread [Re: Horowitzian]
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Originally Posted By: Horowitzian
Originally Posted By: newport
She has too much a task on her hands. Not surmountable at this poinrt ... (I would like to be proved wrong!)


She'll definitely need to knock the house down in the third movement. smile

I am keeping my fingers crossed for her!
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#1213458 - 06/07/09 05:23 PM Re: 2009 Van Cliburn Competition Megathread [Re: Ridicolosamente]
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Originally Posted By: Ridicolosamente
While I don't think Wu's performance is always the cleanest, I find her a much more interesting pianist than both Zhang and Tsujii, and would opt for her over either of them any day.


I agree, she won me over in the prelims. Her Miroirs was fantastic.
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#1213460 - 06/07/09 05:24 PM Re: 2009 Van Cliburn Competition Megathread [Re: signa]
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Hmm.. Di Wu should have started the end of the 2nd movement with a constant crescendo instead of blurting out those keys at fortissimo.
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#1213462 - 06/07/09 05:27 PM Re: 2009 Van Cliburn Competition Megathread [Re: Drunk3nFist]
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Does anyone else have an opinion on her choice of cadenza? I missed her rehearsal, and I was quite expecting to hear the "big" cadenza. IMHO, it was a pleasant surprise to hear the "small" cadenza, which I think is the more effective of the two.
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#1213463 - 06/07/09 05:29 PM Re: 2009 Van Cliburn Competition Megathread [Re: Horowitzian]
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Yeah H, I liked the idea of her performing the small cadenza. I'm more accustomed to listening to this one anyway smile. I especially liked the way she performed it, I don't know any other pianist that performs this cadenza the way she did.
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#1213464 - 06/07/09 05:29 PM Re: 2009 Van Cliburn Competition Megathread [Re: Horowitzian]
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Originally Posted By: Horowitzian
Does anyone else have an opinion on her choice of cadenza?

As long as you do a good job with it, I guess? smile
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#1213467 - 06/07/09 05:32 PM Re: 2009 Van Cliburn Competition Megathread [Re: newport]
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I can't play either, so I don't know. frown
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#1213470 - 06/07/09 05:34 PM Re: 2009 Van Cliburn Competition Megathread [Re: newport]
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Yeah I really liked where she was going with the cadenza, but again, I think she got sloppy. New approaches are great, but you need to be able to execute them when it matters.
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#1213471 - 06/07/09 05:34 PM Re: 2009 Van Cliburn Competition Megathread [Re: Horowitzian]
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Originally Posted By: Horowitzian
I can't play either, so I don't know. frown

Since when?

Hahaha .. don't hit me (I am worse) laugh
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#1213472 - 06/07/09 05:34 PM Re: 2009 Van Cliburn Competition Megathread [Re: Drunk3nFist]
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Originally Posted By: Drunk3nFist
Yeah H, I liked the idea of her performing the small cadenza. I'm more accustomed to listening to this one anyway smile. I especially liked the way she performed it, I don't know any other pianist that performs this cadenza the way she did.


It was slightly of reminiscent of Horowitz's 1978 performance with Zubin Mehta and the NY Philharmonic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5mxU_7BTRA

My, oh, my. She is really doing well now!
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#1213473 - 06/07/09 05:35 PM Re: 2009 Van Cliburn Competition Megathread [Re: Horowitzian]
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Wow .. she has a first rate finale!!! I am happy for her!!
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#1213474 - 06/07/09 05:36 PM Re: 2009 Van Cliburn Competition Megathread [Re: Horowitzian]
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She did a fantastic job.
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#1213475 - 06/07/09 05:36 PM Re: 2009 Van Cliburn Competition Megathread [Re: newport]
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Originally Posted By: newport
Wow .. she has a first rate finale!!! I am happy for her!!


YES!! yippie
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#1213476 - 06/07/09 05:37 PM Re: 2009 Van Cliburn Competition Megathread [Re: newport]
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Indeed. Like newport, I have my fingers crossed for her. I think she was overshadowed by some of the other competitors, but she can make great music.
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#1213477 - 06/07/09 05:38 PM Re: 2009 Van Cliburn Competition Megathread [Re: Axtremus]
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Di Wu's Rach 3...

Another damned fine performance. A bit of sync problem in the first minute or two, the piano rushes the orchestra sometimes, and orchestra rushed the piano sometimes. After that, she rocked all the way through.

I heard her rehearsing the Rach 3 with Conlon (sans orchestra), then heard her rehearsed with the orchestra, then this final performance. She's just very consistent with Rach 3 and she performs it very well. It's her piece.

A rockin' Rach 3. thumb
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#1213478 - 06/07/09 05:38 PM Re: 2009 Van Cliburn Competition Megathread [Re: jon-nyc]
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Originally Posted By: jon-nyc
Yeah, the 'Conlon isn't really an arrogant jerk, he just plays one for the Cliburn' theory doesn't convince me either.


That's not the theory so much as it's the "we don't want a non-assertive non-entity on the podium who will always make nice with the precious and oh-so-fragile competitors" theory. It's not as if Conlon is an unknown quantity to the Cliburn powers that be, since he's being doing these for some time now. Hence my thought that he's a deliberate choice precisely because he poses a challenge for the competitors. Of course, maybe he's just got a lock on the position for some other reason, like for example, he's the only well-known conductor they can find who will do it.

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