Indianapolis Competition Love
I don't know who has been following the Indianapolis Violin Competition, or as we call it, The Indy 39. I've been slowly making my way through the preliminary round, and I just listened to such an amazing performance of Mozart that I wanted to share it.
I don't think I can embed the videos in this case, but I highly recommend you listen to KayCee Galano's preliminary round performance, specifically for her playing of a Mozart Sonata; she plays with a really beautiful sound, but the phrasing and nuance throughout are next level.
If you are following, are there any performances you've heard so far that blew you away?
That's not Mozart (assuming you're talking about the work that opens her semi-final). It's Beethoven No. 8 (op. 30 no. 3), which is not especially Mozartian in its character. :-)
Lydia, I mean Mozart K301 in the preliminary round, not the current round. I haven't made it out of the prelims yet. I am looking forward to hearing the Beethoven!
Another fine student of Kurt Sassmannshaus. I found her Mozart K301 about half-way through her preliminary-round video (look under "Monday September 12" in the site that Christian linked). Nice playing. My teacher would probably advise her not to waste so much energy bending and moving her body around, but I suppose that is the shtick of modern violin performance. I enjoyed the following piece, the Tchaikovsky Melodie very much; nice replacement-shift slides (36:57 and 37:07). Glad to see such an "easy" piece (defined by me being able to play it tolerably) performed in a top-level competition. Jansen uses it as an encore.
(I wanted to spread some) Indianapolis Competition Love, I suppose. I wasn't watching the screen, so I missed out on the dance portion, but I guess if it works for the violinist, then maybe it's a part of her whole process.
not only Mozart's sonata.all she plays is fantastic. top player interpretation ,musically and tecnically
Not so taken with her Beethoven. It seems a bit mechanical ...
We've been enjoying watching it quite a bit. There are 5 recent grads from my son's precollege program in it (all 4-6 years after finishing the program), including two who made semis. Besides them, I'm also rooting for Nathan Meltzer (the sweater!) and Sirena Huang. My son pretty much grew up watching Nathan's videos, as they did basically the same rep at the same age, almost all the way through. Plus, my son will likely enter this competition the next time around, so it is really interesting to watch it from that perspective.
I'm listening to Meltzer right now. I guess this is Beethoven? Well, it's a sonata so one expects the piano part to be on an equal footing with the violin (etc. etc. and all that), so I'm not offended but this is a violin competition, so I can see where Frieda is coming from. Still, the composers have to take some of the blame for this issue. Writing for a two-pound instrument being accompanied by a 800-pound instrument can't be easy. I can't see mic placement changing between performers. I'm enjoying this violinist, he's a fine musician. I didn't see which video had him wearing a sweater but that would be very retro. I wish the videos included a text overlay saying what the pieces are. I don't think that would take too much additional effort.
@ Paul, maybe the pianos of Beethoven's day weren't quite so loud/dominant?
on the competition website, where can we see the current standings of the competition, i.e., in which round are we, who progressed to the next round, etc? I don't seem to be able to find any of this kind of information.
Paul, he wasn't wearing a sweater, he sweats a lot while playing! LOL
It also is announced on Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/story.php/?story_fbid=pfbid0w7AqrFugHkbzgGXfciF6GSzPVJgGVFTZiziRVdMd2u1MFTDnMR3nXM2kjgV5mnewl&id=100063708513299
USA! USA! USA!
Spicy results! I'm trying to catch up as fast as I can, but now I haven't even started The Empire Strikes Back and I already know Darth Vader is Luke's father.
Luke's father . . . couldn't have said it better myself.
Katie that's true but even when I listen to pro recordings or recitals of Beethoven violin sonatas the piano is quite strong. I wonder if the violins of Beethoven's time were as powerful too. The antiques of that time have mostly undergone structural overhauls and are fitted with better strings than would have been available then.
Maybe the pianist was playing out of tune?
Christian, in the manuscript there is a wavy line above the third quarter of that measure; in the my Bärenreiter edition it is below the notes. As far as I know, nobody knows what Bach meant by it. So everyone interprets it in her or his own way.
My daughter's piano teacher would say, at the end of the day, you have to give the best performance you can give with the instrument you are playing on.
Good to know, Bart! Maybe when I'm playing in the next Indianapolis Competition, I'll play it double harmonic pizz...
Indianapolis has been the first real competition I've followed closely. I'm just an ametuer player but let's see if my ears and opinions are even remotely close to the judges' (though I'm sure being hearing the performances in the hall is a completely different experience than watching the livestream)
Anonymous Joe, I haven't watched all of tonight but based on earlier rounds my list is pretty similar.
The results are:
I remember my daughter being very inspired by Sirena Huang's TED talk from 15 years? when she was 11. Look it up on YouTube if you haven't seen it.
I posted this before going back and listening.
First carbon viola I have seen in an orchestra (haven’t seen a carbon violin yet as well)
(I just realized I posted this after the classical round and not taking into account the actual final round). The results agree pretty well with my ears. Julian Rhee and Sirena Huang were pretty close.
OK, I made it all the way through.
Sirena Huang's awesome TED talk from years ago:
Her Zigeunerweisen isn't as polished as I thought it'd be. It's actually nice to know that you don't have to be "perfect" at age 11 to succeed later in life. Same goes for James Ehnes. There is a video of him playing Zigeunerweisen around age 11-12 and it's good but it's not marvelous. He's definitely marvelous now.
Kiki, it's really interesting to watch old videos. Itzhak Perlman wasn't really that great as a kid. Joshua Bell sounds pretty awful up until about age 14. But there are some, like Hilary Hahn, who sound like full formed violinists at age 10. And others, like Sarah Chang, who were clear prodigies and never got beyond that in terms of musicality.
Yes, I found it encouraging to hear the problems and strengths at 11, yet see how far she has come. And as I said, how much my ability as a parent to hear has changed. I remember being amazed the first time I saw the TED talk. Still impressive....
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