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#1219850 - 06/19/09 10:00 PM Re: 2009 Van Cliburn Competition Megathread [Re: pianozuki]
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Registered: 06/12/09
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Originally Posted By: pianozuki

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#1220901 - 06/22/09 08:59 AM Re: 2009 Van Cliburn Competition Megathread [Re: beet31425]
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Vacatello playing an encore(not at the Cliburn)

Gershwin(arranged by Gershwin): The Man I Love

For those of you familiar with the score, notice how she plays the dotted the dotted 8ts as basically straight 8ths. I actually like it much better this way.


Edited by pianoloverus (06/22/09 10:13 AM)

#1220912 - 06/22/09 09:47 AM Re: 2009 Van Cliburn Competition Megathread [Re: pianoloverus]
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Originally Posted By: pianoloverus
Vacatello playing an encore(not at the Cliburn)

Gershwin(arranged by Gershwin): The Man I Love

For those of you familiar with the score, notice how she plays the dotted 16ths as basically straight 8ths. I actually like it much better this way.


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#1221517 - 06/23/09 11:46 AM Re: 2009 Van Cliburn Competition Megathread [Re: Ridicolosamente]
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When I voted, I saw that Vacatello was the most popular with the blind pianist lagging behind by less than a tenth of a percent... I guess she was more popular with the audience than with the judges.
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#1246646 - 08/10/09 10:37 AM Re: 2009 Van Cliburn Competition Megathread [Re: Drunk3nFist]
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Hi, I am brand new to this forum.

I have read carefully your posts about the Van Cliburn 2009 and in particular about Nobu Tsujii.

I have read so many things, most of them absolutly amazing but a lot of them incredibly wrong.

1 - I would like to start with the suspect that Nobu could be "autistic". Well, since I am a doctor and a amateur pianist, I find this hypothesis incredibly wrong. I even read the critics in which there is the so sure approach to the handicapped pianist ! Well, an autistic is amimic, unable to feel emotions and above all to joke ! So enjoy the video in here (2008) so you could understand how far is the truth about Nobu.


2 - About the technique and the way he learndt to play piano. Who said he plays by ear ? This is a incredible lie ! He learndt to play piano according with the Brail method. So another big lie.

3 - I read about his problems to the incipit of a piano concerto or something like this in ensamble. Well, listening to how he playes in quintet at van Cliburn the Schumann E-flat Major Op 44 I could say exaclty the opposite !!!


When I listen to him for the very first time I didnt know he was blind and I said: "GOSH !!!! HE IS SUPERB ! Who is ?"

He is a 20 yold guy that got already the tech skill and interpretation more than older competitors attendin the Cliburn.

So put apart the enviness because he stay there not because is blind !!!

A last thing: I never listen a "Campanella" played as Nobu did !!!!! Just listen over and over to that interpretation !!! Over and over.

Thanks so much for reading me.

Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.
Leonard Bernstein

#1382473 - 02/25/10 06:01 AM Re: 2009 Van Cliburn Competition Megathread [Re: Drunk3nFist]
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I had my tickets for the competition from TicketFront.com . They were quite inexpensive . I really enjoyed it a lot with my friends

#1514040 - 09/12/10 10:39 PM Re: 2009 Van Cliburn Competition Megathread [Re: 710md68]
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Registered: 09/11/10
Posts: 16
Loc: California, U.S.
I know it's been a while since the Cliburn Competition, which I didn't follow due to other commitments. But the documentary "A Surprise in Texas" was shown earlier this month and I was captivated by it, especially the portrayal of Nobuyuki Tsujii. I am not as learned as some who posted on this thread apparent are, but I know good music when I hear it, and it takes a stout heart not to be moved by Tsujii's accomplishment.
If you admire Nobuyuki Tsujii, please allow me to invite you to visit this site that I put together as a repository of information on him and on his work: https://sites.google.com/site/nobufans/
You might just find a comment that you posted to this thread included (anonymously) in the "quotes" section on that site.

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