June 02, 2007

Videos from Cliburn Competition at YouTube

The Van Cliburn Foundation is now offering, on YouTube, content from its DVD, Encore!  -  in six 9-minute chunks  (YouTube 10 min. max).
James Conlon explores the relationship between the concert pianist's internal world and the composer's score - with the finalists of the Twelfth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition as his examples - and examines what makes one interpretation so different from another..
    I just found them and so far have most enjoyed, #5 with Roberto Plano playing the Dvorak Quintet in A with the Takacs Quartet (3 minutes in) and #6 with Kobrin, especially at 07:15.

The Cliburn International Competition for Outstanding Amateurs is being more or less documented via YouTube this week.  The finalists will be chosen tonight and will play tomorrow.
  Our hometown guy, Ken Iisaka, got a nice review in the Star Telegram this morning:

Berg's ravishing Sonata No. 1 was poignantly interpreted (by memory!) by California investment analyst Ken Iisaka.
While we're on the subject of DVDs and piano music, Argerich fans might want to take a look at newly available DVDs by Martha Argerich
    And for those who enjoy chamber music, here's a very highly recommended (10/10) Archduke and Ghost CD by the Freddy Kempf Trio while I'm at it.   Click to see more on Argerich and Kempf.


Blogger luisa said...


I moderate the comments over at the cliburn blog.

I saw that you have a blogspot, too.

wow, it's really beautiful. i love your blog. and you're in berkeley -- how cool. i am going to monterrey in a few weeks for a vacation.

i think that I misunderstood the intent of your comments maybe. Andrys, my apologies if that's true.

are you a friend of ken's? he's really fun!

well, all the best wishes....
fort worth, texas

you are always welcome over at our blog -- heraclea!

5:25 PM  
Blogger Andrys said...

Emily, no problem. I explained at Cliburn blog in the 2nd note that you could scratch the other note written the same night because I had written on YouTube and thought I had written on the Cliburn blog but figured it out later. I think you missed my explanation.

The blog, though, was fun, and so is watching all those videos! Good work, y'all. Also, a Cliburn video rep responded to me on YouTube the first night really quickly so I thanked them for that (it was about no Iisaka in the prelim videos). Was that you too?

I haven't talked with Ken for about 3 years but used to go to his house to improvise on his 2 pianos and to try to play a bit when he had duo piano Sundays. Piano is pure joy for the guy. No fears.

Thanks for dropping by. I am going over to your blogspace now :-)

5:58 PM  
Blogger luisa said...

ken just posted all of his photos if you're interested.

they're pretty cute.!


12:33 PM  
Blogger Andrys said...

Thanks, Emily. Will go check those out. Appreciated.

6:02 PM  

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