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Program for Queen Elisabeth Competition final + Stefan Terara

May 19, 2012 at 11:27 AM

You cannot find it on the website, but here the program of the final for the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium:


Monday May 21, 2012:
Josef Spacek: Sibelius + sonata Prokofiev1
Ermir Abeshi: Tsjaikovsky + sonata Prokofiev2

Tuesday May 22, 2012:
SHIN Hyun: Su Sibelius son. Brahms3
NARITA Tatsuki: Paganini1 + sonata Brahms nr.?

Wednesday May 23, 2012:
Marc Bouchkov: Sibelius son.7 Beethoven
Nikki Chooi: Tsjaikovsky + sonata Ravel

Thursday May 24, 2012:
Andrey Baranov: Shos1 + sonata Prokofiev
Kim Dami: Paganini1 + sonata2 Bartok

Friday May 25, 2012:
Artiom Shishkov: Tsjaikovsky + sonata Brahms 3
Nancy Zhou: Sibelius + sonata Prokofiev1

Saturday May 26, 2012:
Esther Yoo: Beethoven sonata Handelssohn
Tseng Yu-Chien: Brahms sonata Ravel

Find audio and video archives here.

I have been 3 times to the 1st round to hear the Paganini Caprices + the 1st movement of the violin concerto of Schumann, 3 times to the semi's and will go 1 time to the final. The violin concerto was free to choose, but the only rarity I found in the Competitionbook was the violin concerto of Walton, but that person did not play in the final. 2 times the 1st Paganini (why not the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th? of Paganini), but too much safe choices, so the final will be less interesting than the semi's, where specially Stefan Terara had the best program, with a rare piece of Paganini and a solopiece of Bartok. But he is not in the final because his Mozart was not perfect enough in this field of extreme good players.
Recital Stefan Terara
Béla Bartók : Tempo di ciaccona (Sonata for solo violin in G minor op. 115 Sz. 117)
Victor Kissine : Caprice
Eugène Ysaÿe : Sonata in D minor op. 27/3 Ballade
Massimo Lauricella : Kairòs for solo violin
Nicolò Paganini : Introduction and variations on "Nel cor più non mi sento" from Paisiello's "La molinara"

Also this violinist plays a "rarity", Nigun of Bloch:

A lot candidates were sniffing and breathing loud (you even hear that on cd's although you did not need much air to play violin compared to rowing of cycle racing) and make faces and grimaces and also make a lot of moves with the violin (dancing with the violin) during playing instead of holding the violin in 1 position on the shoulder with a fixed hull and standing on 2 fixed feet. Also 1 girl stamps hard several times with her right foot in the semi's and she is also in the final,

Nancy Zhou recital semi's

There were a lot of broken bowhairs during the powerplaying and Maria Milstein hit her bridge hard after 8.22 minutes during her recital with the lower part of her bow .
First I thought her eing was broken, but she could play on with a bridge which was not on the same place.

From jean dubuisson
Posted on May 20, 2012 at 8:09 PM
I was present at one session of the semifinals and can second the remark about "snoring" and "dancing". During Richard Lin's Mozart I was definitely under the impression that someone in the audience was sleeping and snoring aloud with that. Only to realize in the end that it was Richard himself who was breathing so loud and regularly that it sounded like someone was sleeping and snoring. Bizarre for sure. I second the disappointment that Stefan Tarara was not chosen by the jury to be in the final. He simply blew the audience away with his recital and will surely be a successful performing artist. Finally big cheers for Marc Bouchkov, a truly classy violinist in the grand classical tradition.
From Hugo De Pril
Posted on May 21, 2012 at 5:57 AM
The COMPLETE programme is on the website of the competition:

From Delmar Williams
Posted on May 21, 2012 at 5:55 PM
You can WATCH the FINALS LIVE NOW here at 1:55pm ET on Monday here:
copy and paste this link into your browser:
Look for: "VOIR & ECOUTER" on the far right center of the screen. Click on it. Then, click on the TINY "watch the video" in the center of the screen.

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