He was such a joy to watch at Skate Canada. I am starting an altar to Brian Orser and praying that all my favorite skaters go to him!
Adelina Sotnikova is the 2014 Olympic champion!
I love Orser but even Rippon was happy and had an excellent season debut when he went to him. Hold off on any altars I think with Brian the personalities have to mesh although I got the impression from a recent article he is willing to look at new ideas so that's a positive.
Tessa and Scott: Thank you
I'm delighted about Fernandez's success! However at the moment this free program does nothing for me. The music is very beautiful, but he isn't quick enough in the fast parts or sttrong enough in the dramatic parts. The music overpowers his skating. Lambiel previously skated to Verdi's music and totally owned it, even when the skates weren't clean. I'm not too sure about this choice for ernandez.
dinakt, I don't agree with your assessment of the parts of the program. If he is trying to play the Duke of Mantova, this will never do. He doesn't look or act the part of the seductive villain. IMO he should just use the score as a pretty piece of music. The parts are not put together in the correct order anyway.
That is not exactly "Possente amor mi chiama". The duke muses about his abducted "love" in the two-part aria "Ella mi fu rapita ... Parmi veder le lagrime". Then he is told that people from his own court had abducted Gilda and that she is currently locked in a room in his palace, which obviously changes the whole picture. That is the point at which he sings the joyful cabaletta "Possente amor mi chiama", where he says he shall ... errr... "console" his love, of which we see proof when Gilda soon bursts onto the stage in a nightie.Part 4- "Possente Amor Mi Chiama"- theoretically, a Duke determined to retrieve his abducted love.
Of course Fernandez or Brian Orser are probably not privy to the feelings of a scoundrel who doesn't mind ruining other people's lives for some short-lived pleasure. Maybe Javier should have worked with his previous coach on this free program.
so far a good move, but i wonder if he remember whata morozov taught him while he was with him.
Thanks for the videos! / End of uberness.
A propos your Opera post-
I never said the choreo follows the plot. Of course it does not, nor can it ( and yes, I am closely familiar with it).
I said that emotions of the Duke arias correspond to the way the middle sections are choreographed, and by that I stand. Duke's motivations, his courtiers' motivations here are not the point. The body movements change as the emotions of the music/emotions of the particular character change( broad, general emotions, where "in love", "seductive" or "horny, suave and trying hard to get under somebody's skirt" might be interchangeable). I stand by my thinking that if Javier plays the character stronger, with more clear divisions between moods in the sections, it will project better. It will not make it a little theatre drama following the plot, but will highlight the music and reach out to the audience. Now he does not play the character, and as you see, the reaction to his FD is mixed.
PS. You are right in that "Possente" can be described more precise than "determination". Let's say excitement My point that faster spins are better not only in general, but better for that msuical section, applies.
Last edited by dinakt; 11-02-2011 at 05:30 PM.
improving my ballad- like lines