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Laurie Niles

Queen Elisabeth Competition 2012: Round 1 Performances

May 1, 2012 at 7:51 PM

This is from the first round of the Queen Elisabeth Competition, which began today in Belgium:

Here is the link for the podcast of all performances from the first round:
http://www.rtbf.be/musiq3/podcast


From Simon Streuff
Posted on May 1, 2012 at 11:25 PM
So interesting, that they chose the Schumann Violinconcerto first movement as required for first round! Maybe it will help that awesome Concerto to get recognition... Good Choice!!
From Bram Heemskerk
Posted on May 2, 2012 at 11:38 AM
Indeed, a good Schumann-promotion. I have been the 1st day, but I missed this 1st candidate. In the book of this copetition everybody choose the 3th Ysaye Sonate (of the 6)and nearly everybody choose 5th Mozart (of the 5). The same in the final. A lot of safe standardrepertoire 1 time Paganini1 (of the 6 he wrote) and 1 time Walton!! vc. I hope this person will reach the final, only for her repertoirechoice. In the last edition of 2009 Ray Chen played the 6th Ysaye, a good reason to get the 1st price later.
From Christian Vachon
Posted on May 2, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Hi,

Bram, unless things have changed at QE, the choice of Ysa├┐e Sonata is made by the competition and imposed to the candidates and runs in cycle with all candidates playing the same sonata. The year Ray Chen won, no. 6 was the imposed sonata.

It is interesting that they have chosen the Schumann for this year which seems to be quite a departure from previous competition choices.

Cheers!

From jean dubuisson
Posted on May 2, 2012 at 2:18 PM
I attended yesterday's afternoon session; heard 7 candidates play their first round. What was striking to me (not having been to competitions before) is that the candidates sounded quite different from each other, also interpreted the same piece often quite differently. One often hears the complaint that everybody sounds the same these days, but that was not my experience yesterday.
From Simon Streuff
Posted on May 2, 2012 at 2:49 PM
are you all there live? I donT even know where it takes place :)
From Laurie Niles
Posted on May 2, 2012 at 4:42 PM
It's in Brussels, Belgium.
From Simon Streuff
Posted on May 2, 2012 at 6:52 PM
ah yes I remember.. had a blackout...
From Yixi Zhang
Posted on May 3, 2012 at 6:16 AM
is there a live stream we can watch? All I can get so far is the sound.

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