What little we saw of the first performer - Claire Huangci - was quite good. Will have to review the rest of her performance. And, also, this year's competition allows for 2 preliminary round recitals so that we can get more than 1 look at a contestant.
Scipione - the 2nd performer - was... meh.
Beatrice - currently up - is looking very good, although she's doing a relatively easy Clementi piece. We'll see how she does with the Schumann.
Steven Linn is quite dramatic with +3 GOE facial expressions.
If you want to be creative, get out there and do it. It's not a waste of time" - Michael Giacchino, UP
Didn't catch Lin.
Koziak was merely OK. Muddled reading of the Rachmaninov.
Alex McDonald. Mmmmm.
Too bad he's engaged.
I'm missing the blog and listener participation commentary that they offered in 2009.
See the Twitter feed down below. There's also a blog elsewhere on the website that started this morning but have not checked it yet.
McDonald had a few technical errors in the Haydn and in the Liszt so far, but his Liszt interpretation is quite exquisite, which is to be expected as Jade said he did his doctoral dissertation on it.
And he's .
And the obligatory home crowd standing ovation, Canuckistani Texas style.
I checked the message board/forum suggested on Facebook; but, they were arguing about lack of difficulty in the repertoire of some contestants.
Listened to Mndoyants in the background; while Beethoven's final sonata is always a pleasure to listen to, Mndoyants's interpretation probably won't cut it.
This Buratto hipster who's on right now has some pretty OTT expressions playing a relatively simple (but beautiful) Haydn sonata. We'll see if he can hold up to more challenging pieces.
Edited to add: Buratto is really a quite good performer. Too bad the expressions are a bit OTT for the genteel classical music world. He's really more suited to playing double bass at a hipster cafe on Valencia in the Mission or at the Village Vanguard.
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I enjoyed the Hipster Buratto's playing of the Schumann Fantasy.
Reviews are in from day 1 of the Cliburn!
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Dallas Morning News
My $0.02 below, on top of, or summarizing, all my previous posts. Archived video can be seen at the Cliburn's on-demand page.
Giuseppe Greco, Italy. Rocked the house. Every minute of his performance is worth watching. The Beethoven sonata was absolutely riveting, particularly the 2nd and 4th movements, and his interpretation of the Debussy L'isle joyeuse warhorse is my favorite yet.
Claire Huangci, USA. Stylish, lucid, dynamic performer. In the "on-demand" link, the last 5 minutes (starting at about 30.00) are exactly the kind of footage that will make the PBS special this fall.
Luca Buratto, Italy. Yes, he's over the top in his mannerisms, and he looks more suited to playing double bass in a hipster quartet in a cafe on Valencia in the Mission, or in a jazz band at the Village Vanguard, but much of his music-making was quite exquisite.
Steven Lin, USA. Demonstrated technical competence and lots of flashiness, but I'll have to listen further to gauge the artistic depth.
Alex McDonald, USA. Seemed like he had a few technical errors here and there, but the interpretation of the Liszt sonata was quite compelling, which is no surprise as he did his doctoral dissertation on it.
Beatrice Rana, Italy. Very, very competent technically, and quite a bit of depth in her musicality. But she's rather young, at 20, and plays like a competition "robot," with zero panache. Let's hope she continues maturing. After all, Olga Kern was unmemorable in her first Cliburn apperance before emerging renewed and taking Fort Worth by storm in 2001.
Marcin Koziak (Poland) / Nikita Mndoyants (Russia) / Scipione Sangiovanni (Italy). Didn't really care for, or warm up to, their interpretations of what they played.
The newspaper reviewers had some divergent opinions!
I missed Greco; and definitely want to hear him.
Thank heaven for "on demand" video.
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The above link is to the TSL interview with Jeremy Abbott, skatesindreams.
Did you have a different link re the meaning of The Cliburn comp to pianists?
I'll find it, and fix the link!
That's what I get for trying to do two things at once.
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^^ Thanks skatesindreams for both links. Sylvia posted another link to the Abbott interview in GSD, and I opened a new thread with the link so people can find it more easily. Thanks again.
It's so great that we have unfettered access to The Cliburn competition performances!
Bit busy yesterday and today and have not tuned in until now.
Sean Chen, who's up now, has movie-star-handsome good looks, and lots of hair... that is seriously in need of a cut and some styling. He'd really look with just a little more TLC.