Menuhin Competition Masterclasses
Just to share that the Menuhin Competition Channel in Youtube has uploades this year's masterclasses by
They are fantastic, so gratitude to the Channel and I think it will be of interest to most.
Thanks - and they're in 1080P too!
I'm listening and viewing all the 8 hours of these masterclasses. Just have the Vengerov one to go.
I really liked Vengerov's ideas on Carmen and Bach's sonata no.2
Yes, the Pamela Frank masterclass was outstanding and I intend to listen to that one again.
I watched the masterclasses with great interest and think it's wonderful the Menuhin Competition made them accessible. I've always loved Vengerov as a teacher as well as a performer, so I enjoyed his masterclass very much. I gained the most insight from watching Pamela Frank and Henning Kraggerud go back to the score and work on structure and harmonies - with remarkable results, I find. That was inspiring and fun to watch.
She certainly was - what a heroic attitude, even when confronted with near sight reading. She oozed charm and musicianship and made everything sparkle. I've just heard the first of the Vengarov players, and just about everything V said had also crossed my mind, especially the overplaying and killing of his sound by too much bow pressure. He had plenty of technique but wrongly directed, and being young can get away with it, but wait till he's 40 plus!
"but in a few cases a dreadful lack of musicianship, phrasing and colour, and in one or two examples awful sound. "
IF you read my post properly you will see I said "in a few cases" and went on the praise some of the excellent young musicians. Please re-read the posts.
I quoted you saying "the general trend was for flashy playing and little else".
Yeah I kind of read it the same way as Tammuz. But it doesn't matter, I'll make my own judgement on that score. And remember that many of us have always argued that technique has to be there to provide a foundation for musicality.
That "little else" comment applied to one or two players and NOT to everyone. Maybe I wasn't clear. But I think you are trying to split hairs (of which I have many!)
@Peter Charles: The Junior section finishes at 15 years. The young player in question, Nurie Chung, didn't make it past the 1st round. (Here is his performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBEfuArGPlU)
Thanks Katarina - that surprises me! In my opinion he was many times better than the two winners. But obviously the judges felt differently - but maybe Mr V wanted to make up for that in the masterclass, having spotted his potential. (There are a lot of judges so maybe it led to compromise winners - but I'm only guessing, as this happens).
Well, Katarina, I listened to some of the first round in the link you gave. In my opinion he was excellent and made a lovely sound with musical phrasing - and was streets ahead of the winners. But what can one say? I bet Mr V was impressed enough to want him in the masterclass. But then this is just my opinion. What did you think? (Maybe ten year olds impress more than thirteen year olds and the expectation is that they will get good by thirteen?)
"Maybe ten year olds impress more than thirteen year olds and the expectation is that they will get good by thirteen?"
I'm not alluding to this competition but I have heard some horror stories where certain favours were given to certain players - some Russian examples may come to mind. Anyway, they are just competitions and the important thing is that they draw attention to some non winners in a good way. Sometimes the winners don't go on to lasting fame and disappear from the scene, whereas a non winner might succeed in the end and become quite well known.
Some really marvelous coaching!!!!!!!!!
I total agree all of you: 3years later, at 13 will be better and fatanstic coaching!!!! Tone productoon, hard scraching sounds, unclear Bowing in tone, wobbly and Intonationetc, all will get improve. . Interpretation very superficial.