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#2242251 - 03/06/14 02:45 PM Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast [Re: fnork]
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Woot!!!! CONGRATULATIONS MARTIN! WELL DONE!
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#2242280 - 03/06/14 04:18 PM Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast [Re: Nikolas]
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#2242300 - 03/06/14 05:12 PM Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast [Re: fnork]
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Sorry I wasn't able to catch the competition. Congratulations on your win.
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#2242314 - 03/06/14 05:51 PM Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast [Re: fnork]
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SENSATIONAL! Congratulations.

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#2242374 - 03/06/14 08:12 PM Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast [Re: TwoSnowflakes]
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Originally Posted By: TwoSnowflakes
Fourth place: Miikka Taipale
Third place: Anni Collan
Second place: Jan-Paul Roozeman
First place: Martin Malmgren (fnork)

WONDERFUL RESULT! WELL DONE!

We have a winner!

Emphasis on we. grin
just kidding

Big congrats, Martin!!!

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#2242391 - 03/06/14 08:47 PM Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast [Re: Mark_C]
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Originally Posted By: TwoSnowflakes
Fourth place: Miikka Taipale
Third place: Anni Collan
Second place: Jan-Paul Roozeman
First place: Martin Malmgren (fnork)

WONDERFUL RESULT! WELL DONE!

We have a winner!

Emphasis on we. grin
just kidding

Big congrats, Martin!!!


I know, right?

I feel unreasonably proud of his accomplishment. Like I had anything to do with it. But, somehow, I feel a small amount of ownership, like we're family. Does anybody remember that Simpson's episode where Barney and Homer are competing to be chosen as the next NASA astronaut? At the end of the competition, the director says, "In a way, you're both winners. In another more accurate way, only one of you won." LOL!

The best part was watching him win. The only thing more striking than all that spectacular hair was his enormous smile. Just fanTAStic.
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#2242433 - 03/06/14 11:00 PM Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast [Re: fnork]
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Congratulations!!
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#2242439 - 03/06/14 11:12 PM Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast [Re: fnork]
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So happy to see this! Congratulations smile
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#2242454 - 03/06/14 11:47 PM Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast [Re: TwoSnowflakes]
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Originally Posted By: TwoSnowflakes
Originally Posted By: Mark_C
We have a winner!

Emphasis on we. grin
just kidding

Big congrats, Martin!!!

I know, right?

I feel unreasonably proud of his accomplishment. Like I had anything to do with it. But, somehow, I feel a small amount of ownership, like we're family....

Yes!!
Exactly what I meant too. smile

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#2242456 - 03/07/14 12:01 AM Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast [Re: fnork]
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We all share in the accomplishments of our members. When one of "us" has a major achievement, we can't help but feel a part of it.

Congratulations!

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#2242465 - 03/07/14 12:33 AM Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast [Re: fnork]
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Of course! and I feel the same way when I share something big here... smile It's only natural. I mean we've spent SO much time together on line (and soon in Lisbon, for those getting there (perhaps me as well)...
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#2242484 - 03/07/14 02:33 AM Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast [Re: fnork]
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Congratulations for winning a major competition in Finland!

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#2242492 - 03/07/14 03:01 AM Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast [Re: fnork]
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Congratulations!

I missed the broadcast. Can we still see it somewhere?
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#2242515 - 03/07/14 06:00 AM Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast [Re: wouter79]
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Originally Posted By: wouter79
Congratulations!

I missed the broadcast. Can we still see it somewhere?


Exactly what I was going to say.

Having heard some of the competitors play, I know that the level of the competition must have been high.
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#2242534 - 03/07/14 07:20 AM Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast [Re: fnork]
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Congratulations!

Your intuition that it might be a rare chance to do the Prokofiev turned out to be not only right but very successful!

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#2242570 - 03/07/14 09:55 AM Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast [Re: fnork]
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Congratulations!
Prok 5 is nice indeed, (although I really like that Englund is played as well)

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#2242586 - 03/07/14 10:48 AM Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast [Re: fnork]
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Congratulations!!

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#2242590 - 03/07/14 11:04 AM Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast [Re: fnork]
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Way to go, Martin!
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#2242625 - 03/07/14 12:21 PM Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast [Re: fnork]
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Thank you everyone!!! Was so much fun playing this piece, though I was very nervous throughout the first two movements. The radio broadcast is now in the archives for a month or so, and its possible to hear it from outside of Finland too.

Day 1

http://areena.yle.fi/radio/2129364

(Beethoven 3 plus two Liszt 1)

Day 2

http://areena.yle.fi/radio/2130653

(Englund 1, Prok 5, Liszt 1)

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#2242626 - 03/07/14 12:21 PM Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast [Re: fnork]
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the video will be up later,too

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#2242631 - 03/07/14 12:28 PM Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast [Re: fnork]
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I clicked on the "sarja" to get the music to, but there are 3 hours - what times are you at?

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#2242716 - 03/07/14 03:55 PM Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast [Re: fnork]
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The first link works fine here !
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#2243001 - 03/08/14 05:27 AM Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast [Re: fnork]
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Congratulations on your winning the first prize at the competition !!!

And thanks for the links.
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#2246420 - 03/14/14 09:28 AM Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast [Re: fnork]
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#2251302 - 03/24/14 08:32 AM Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast [Re: fnork]
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Last week, I did a phone interview for a classical radio station, which is supposed to be broadcasted in less than two hours from now, after 4:15PM finnish time, here:

http://www.radioclassic.fi/


Should be up in the archives later too. Was a bit nervous, no idea how it turned out in the end!

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#2251305 - 03/24/14 08:44 AM Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast [Re: wouter79]
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Originally Posted By: wouter79
>be aware that we were all given ONE rehearsal, lasting less than an hour

Wow. I spend hundreds of hours on getting all things right, I can even spend a full hour with my teacher on the interpretation of a simple piece . And now you have to do this in less than an hour with a complete orchestra. How exactly does that work?

Forgot to answer - basically this scenario is surprisingly normal in piano competitions. Just imagine - six highly different (well, hopefully!) pianists are supposed to play six concerti within two days. Even having selected an 'often performed' concerto can prove difficult if another finalist has chosen it and plays it completely differently - will it confuse the orchestra or not? With a completely unknown piece like Prokofiev 5th, it's a real gamble - what if the conductor hasn't studied the concerto properly, what if the players haven't prepared it? (mind you, they were told who the finalists were - and thus which concerti would be performed - the evening before the rehearsals started) It's enough to put any orchestra, conductor and soloist under some amount of stress, and the fact that things never click everywhere under all of that stress is the reason for why a lot of concerti finals in competitions tend to be somewhat mediocre, in my very personal opinion. Typically, I'd much rather hear a pianists solo recital in the first or second round. However, this turned out to be a very successful gamble for me in all ways - though many in the orchestra was hoping the Prokofiev wouldn't be in the finals, they quickly became enthusiastic about the piece, and the conductor, who is also a pianist (and composer) was super easy to work with, very flexible and incredibly alert the whole time, especially when I was lost. Check the ending of the second movement! I forgot that the sort of Q&A between piano and woodwinds (towards the very last bars) was initiated by the piano, I thought it was the other way around...a somewhat odd silence for anyone that knows the piece, and he stopped conducting, until I realized what was going on and came in, too late. EVERYONE in the orchestra followed. That surely doesn't happen in every competition...

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#2251370 - 03/24/14 12:01 PM Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast [Re: fnork]
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Here's a link to the interview that got broadcasted today:

https://soundcloud.com/radioclassicfi/pianist-martin-malmgren-in

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#2256236 - 04/03/14 07:34 AM Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast [Re: fnork]
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Originally Posted By: fnork
Originally Posted By: wouter79
>be aware that we were all given ONE rehearsal, lasting less than an hour

Wow. I spend hundreds of hours on getting all things right, I can even spend a full hour with my teacher on the interpretation of a simple piece . And now you have to do this in less than an hour with a complete orchestra. How exactly does that work?

Forgot to answer - basically this scenario is surprisingly normal in piano competitions. Just imagine - six highly different (well, hopefully!) pianists are supposed to play six concerti within two days. Even having selected an 'often performed' concerto can prove difficult if another finalist has chosen it and plays it completely differently - will it confuse the orchestra or not? With a completely unknown piece like Prokofiev 5th, it's a real gamble - what if the conductor hasn't studied the concerto properly, what if the players haven't prepared it? (mind you, they were told who the finalists were - and thus which concerti would be performed - the evening before the rehearsals started) It's enough to put any orchestra, conductor and soloist under some amount of stress, and the fact that things never click everywhere under all of that stress is the reason for why a lot of concerti finals in competitions tend to be somewhat mediocre, in my very personal opinion. Typically, I'd much rather hear a pianists solo recital in the first or second round. However, this turned out to be a very successful gamble for me in all ways - though many in the orchestra was hoping the Prokofiev wouldn't be in the finals, they quickly became enthusiastic about the piece, and the conductor, who is also a pianist (and composer) was super easy to work with, very flexible and incredibly alert the whole time, especially when I was lost. Check the ending of the second movement! I forgot that the sort of Q&A between piano and woodwinds (towards the very last bars) was initiated by the piano, I thought it was the other way around...a somewhat odd silence for anyone that knows the piece, and he stopped conducting, until I realized what was going on and came in, too late. EVERYONE in the orchestra followed. That surely doesn't happen in every competition...


Your other thread about your website (which is very nice) reminded me that I wanted to catch this performance of the Prokofiev and had let it slide.

Considering the circumstances, it is amazing, to put it mildly! Actually, simply playing the thing amazes me, it's so challenging. Overall, I quite enjoyed it, even that moment when you got lost and everyone still held it together.

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#2256685 - 04/04/14 08:24 AM Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast [Re: fnork]
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thanks for the kind words, wr! Ah, you must refer to this spot towards the end of the first movement...? That particular passage four-bar passage comes like 4-5 times throughout the movement, and its not just in a different key each time but it is also slightly altered almost every time - I knew I was going to mix things up sooner or later wink Luckily I was back on track quite fast!

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#2257058 - 04/05/14 07:00 AM Re: I'm in the finals in a piano competition - live broadcast [Re: fnork]
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Originally Posted By: fnork
thanks for the kind words, wr! Ah, you must refer to this spot towards the end of the first movement...? That particular passage four-bar passage comes like 4-5 times throughout the movement, and its not just in a different key each time but it is also slightly altered almost every time - I knew I was going to mix things up sooner or later wink Luckily I was back on track quite fast!


I was thinking of the spot at the end of the second movement that you mentioned a couple of posts up. The call-and-answer thing with the winds that the piano starts, but you said you got it turned around and thought for a moment that the winds were supposed to play first.

Like you said, a listener needs to know the piece pretty well in order to even hear that little glitch, it was handled so well by everyone. I also noticed it because the conductor quickly turned towards you in a way that sort of said "What are you doing?"

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