Concours Long-Thibaud-Crespin 2019-Piano

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Concours Long-Thibaud-Crespin 2019-Piano

Post by Rach3 » Sat Nov 23, 2019 11:17 am

Videos of piano concertos from the finals in Paris recently,Nov.15 I believe , 2 Beethoven # 1, Rach # 1, Chopin # 2 , Bartok # 3, Saint-Saens # 5. I listened to all except one of the LvB. None of the pianists previously known to me.

List of very distinguished jury and competitors,winners:

http://www.long-thibaud-crespin.org/en/ ... -2019.html

The Rach #1 here , excellent performance by the 3rd Prize winner of an under-presented work I may actually prefer over the Rach # 2,#4 :

https://www.francemusique.fr/concert/in ... ndeg1-op-1

Bartok # 3 by the 4th Prize winner, one of my fav PC’s period:

https://www.francemusique.fr/concert/in ... 119-bb-127

Chopin # 2 I heard only because the pianist was the “ winner “ :

https://www.francemusique.fr/concert/in ... neur-op-21

Saint-Saens # 5 by the 2nd Prize winner :

https://www.francemusique.fr/concert/in ... egyptien-0

Beethoven # 1, 5th Prize winner, a first mov. cadenza not sure I’d heard before :

https://www.francemusique.fr/concert/in ... neur-k-491

(Yes, link is to the Beethoven , 491 a site misprint )

I enjoyed most the playing in the Rach and Saint-Saens,especially S-S, but must admit the winner was perhaps more effortless, polished in the Chopin.

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Re: Concours Long-Thibaud-Crespin 2019-Piano

Post by John F » Sat Nov 23, 2019 3:10 pm

The name of this competition struck me as odd; Marguerite Long and Jacues Thibaud were contemporaries, though I don't know how often they played together if at all, but Régine Crespin was born a half-century later. It turns out that the competition was originally run by the Long-Thibaud Foundation (merged from the Marguerite Long Foundation and the Jacques Thibaud Foundation), but in 2011 it was decided to add a vocal competition to those for piano and violin, and Crespin's name was added not because of some historic connection but solely because she was the finest French singer in living memory.
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Re: Concours Long-Thibaud-Crespin 2019-Piano

Post by Belle » Sat Nov 23, 2019 4:47 pm

Completely agree, Rach3, about the Piano Concerto #1 by Rachmaninov. I grew up with this piece played by Richter. Last week we were at a friend's house for lunch and as we walked in the door I noticed he had playing the Rachmaninov #1. (He would have done this deliberately because I was coming!! :D) That slow movement is something else!! The only criticism I could make - if I had to - is that the orchestration is often quite dense (like Symphony No. 1 when it gets up a full head of steam) and lacking the 'transparency' of the subsequent Concertos.

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Re: Concours Long-Thibaud-Crespin 2019-Piano

Post by Belle » Sat Nov 23, 2019 4:52 pm

John F wrote:
Sat Nov 23, 2019 3:10 pm
The name of this competition struck me as odd; Marguerite Long and Jacues Thibaud were contemporaries, though I don't know how often they played together if at all, but Régine Crespin was born a half-century later. It turns out that the competition was originally run by the Long-Thibaud Foundation (merged from the Marguerite Long Foundation and the Jacques Thibaud Foundation), but in 2011 it was decided to add a vocal competition to those for piano and violin, and Crespin's name was added not because of some historic connection but solely because she was the finest French singer in living memory.
Agree about Regine Crespin: absolutely magnificent.

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