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Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition

Post by Rach3 » Thu May 06, 2021 9:36 am

The competitions are now underway. Podcasts if interested in following some:

https://www.rtbf.be/musiq3/emissions/de ... 0#livearea

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Re: Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition

Post by maestrob » Thu May 06, 2021 12:58 pm

Rach3 wrote:
Thu May 06, 2021 9:36 am
The competitions are now underway. Podcasts if interested in following some:

https://www.rtbf.be/musiq3/emissions/de ... 0#livearea
So, you got the email too! :wink:

I'll be checking this out in the near future.

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Re: Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition

Post by maestrob » Thu May 06, 2021 1:50 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZvakOb7xYk

Jonathan Plowright plays Stojowski's Rhapsodie Symphonique above.

Am currently listening to his recording of the same composer's Piano Concerto, Op. 17. Stojowski studied composition with Leo Delibes, composer of "Lakme" and much ballet music.

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Re: Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition

Post by Rach3 » Fri May 07, 2021 8:03 pm

maestrob wrote:
Thu May 06, 2021 1:50 pm
Jonathan Plowright plays Stojowski's Rhapsodie Symphonique above.
Thanks, the Stojowski a new work for me. If I recall, Ignance Friedman played some Stojowski solo works as may have Rosenthal and Hoffman and Rachmaninoff.

In any event, the Paderewski Op.17 PC is a wonderful work, a mystery to me why not played today rather than trotting out the tired warhorses for the umpteenth time.My recording is Earl Wild.

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Re: Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition

Post by Rach3 » Sat May 08, 2021 6:30 pm

I heard only about 9 of the 64 so obviously in no position to judge the other 10. Of the 9 I did hear, I did hear Redkin and Kim and would not have picked them. From RTBF:

Vu le contexte de la pandémie qui a reporté à 2021, l’édition 2020, le règlement du concours a été modifié : il n’y aura que 12 demi-finalistes, et dès le lundi 10 mai, ils joueront leur concerto et leur récital lors de la même séance.

Voici les 12 demi-finalistes retenus après la première épreuve, d’après l’ordre de passage qui a été tiré au sort le samedi 1er mai.

Mr Daumants Liepins (Lettonie, 26 ans)

Mr Vitaly Starikov (Russie, 26 ans)

Ms Su Yeon Kim (Corée, 26 ans)

Mr Xiaolu Zang (Chine, 21 ans)

Mr Tomoki Sakata (Japon, 27 ans)

Mr Keigo Mukawa (Japon, 28 ans)

Mr Sergei Redkin (Russie, 29 ans)

Mr Aidan Mikdad (Pays-Bas, 20 ans)

Mr Dmitry Sin (Russie, 26 ans)

Mr Jonathan Fournel (France, 27 ans)

Mr Yuki Yoshimi (Japon, 21 ans)

Mr Marcel Tadokoro (France, 27 ans)

Rendez-vous lundi à 16h en direct de Flagey pour la demi-finale du Concours.

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Re: Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition

Post by maestrob » Sun May 09, 2021 8:42 am

Of course I missed the first round. :oops:

So much music, so little time. Been concentrating on some Carnegie Hall performances with Horowitz in the 1960's instead! 😉

Thanks for all the French. That may be a CMG first. Did you get that the winners will begin their concerto performances on May 10, Monday?

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Re: Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition

Post by Rach3 » Sun May 09, 2021 10:39 am

maestrob wrote:
Sun May 09, 2021 8:42 am
Thanks for all the French. That may be a CMG first. Did you get that the winners will begin their concerto performances on May 10, Monday?
My French is almost non-existent so I was afraid to leave out anything important.Yes, the next Round does start Monday,May 10 at 4pm Paris time.

What a marathon. As the First Round mini-recitals went thru Saturday,May 8, it would appear all 12 semi-finalists now get only about 30 minutes each today,May 9, with the Orchestra to rehearse their Mozart concerto ( each can pick their own ), and then right after they play the concerto, on same day, they must present a recital, including the required piece commissioned for the Competition.The chosen concertos can be found at the website, but I could not find a listing, yet,of the recital programs. One wonders if it would have been better to delay until 2022 even though this piano was already delayed from 2020. And if one of the 12 gets COVID ? Bon chance to them all.

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Re: Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition

Post by maestrob » Sun May 09, 2021 10:43 am

I would think it would behoove the competition organizers to provide vaccines for all the contestants so they could perform safely.

So yes, bonne chance a tout le monde!

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Re: Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition

Post by Rach3 » Tue May 11, 2021 7:10 pm

I have heard/watched 4 of the semis now. Certainly not close to a Tyson Foods processing line or an Amazon warehouse, but still dehumanizing.Not sure what if any alternatives there are to any of these endeavors,but I feel a bit guilty partaking in all.

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Re: Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition

Post by maestrob » Wed May 12, 2021 9:03 am

Rach3 wrote:
Tue May 11, 2021 7:10 pm
I have heard/watched 4 of the semis now. Certainly not close to a Tyson Foods processing line or an Amazon warehouse, but still dehumanizing.Not sure what if any alternatives there are to any of these endeavors,but I feel a bit guilty partaking in all.
I decided that I couldn't take the pressure during the past couple of days. Has there been any single standout?

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Re: Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition

Post by Rach3 » Wed May 12, 2021 11:25 am

maestrob wrote:
Wed May 12, 2021 9:03 am
Has there been any single standout?
Vasily Stratikov's Brahms 2nd Piano Sonata , at about 18:30 here:

https://www.rtbf.be/auvio/detail_queen- ... id=2767835

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Re: Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition

Post by maestrob » Wed May 12, 2021 11:55 am

Rach3 wrote:
Wed May 12, 2021 11:25 am
maestrob wrote:
Wed May 12, 2021 9:03 am
Has there been any single standout?
Vasily Stratikov's Brahms 2nd Piano Sonata , at about 18:30 here:

https://www.rtbf.be/auvio/detail_queen- ... id=2767835
Thanks! I'll check that one out.

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Re: Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition

Post by Rach3 » Wed May 12, 2021 2:14 pm

maestrob wrote:
Wed May 12, 2021 11:55 am
Rach3 wrote:
Wed May 12, 2021 11:25 am
maestrob wrote:
Wed May 12, 2021 9:03 am
Has there been any single standout?
Vasily Stratikov's Brahms 2nd Piano Sonata , at about 18:30 here:

https://www.rtbf.be/auvio/detail_queen- ... id=2767835
Thanks! I'll check that one out.

Sorry, correct spelling is “ Starikov.”

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Re: Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition

Post by maestrob » Thu May 13, 2021 11:22 am

Rach3 wrote:
Wed May 12, 2021 11:25 am
maestrob wrote:
Wed May 12, 2021 9:03 am
Has there been any single standout?
Vasily Stratikov's Brahms 2nd Piano Sonata , at about 18:30 here:

https://www.rtbf.be/auvio/detail_queen- ... id=2767835
Thanks for that, Rach3. I thought the Brahms was quite good, but the preceding Bach was a bit bland. Still, I was disappointed by the tepid applause. I thought he deserved better.

If you've heard anything else, I would be glad to listen if you're willing to share it here.

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Re: Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition

Post by Rach3 » Thu May 13, 2021 11:57 am

maestrob wrote:
Thu May 13, 2021 11:22 am
Thanks for that, Rach3. I thought the Brahms was quite good, but the preceding Bach was a bit bland. Still, I was disappointed by the tepid applause. I thought he deserved better.
If you've heard anything else, I would be glad to listen if you're willing to share it here.
Agree with you about Starikov's Bach.

I have heard others, but not all.

Here is the best so far , is a potential winner,IMHO,but juries rarely agree with me !

Keigo Mukawa

https://www.rtbf.be/auvio/detail_queen- ... id=2769009

Mozart PC # 27,K.595

https://www.rtbf.be/auvio/detail_queen- ... id=2769018

Pierre Jodlowski - Nocturne ( the "impose" work )
Jean-Philippe Rameau - Gavotte et six doubles.
Sergey Rachmaninov - Variations sur un thème de Corelli op.42.
Dmitry Shostakovich - Prélude et Fugue en ré bémol Majeur op.87/15.

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Re: Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition

Post by maestrob » Thu May 13, 2021 12:35 pm

Many thanks! I'll get to these soon. :wink:

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Re: Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition

Post by Rach3 » Thu May 13, 2021 4:58 pm

Rach3 wrote:
Thu May 13, 2021 11:57 am

I have heard others, but not all.

Here is the best so far , is a potential winner,IMHO,but juries rarely agree with me !

Keigo Mukawa

Here is his 20-minute Prelim as well:

https://www.rtbf.be/auvio/detail_queen- ... id=2766010

JOSEPH HAYDN Allegro (Sonate en mi bémol majeur Hob. XVI:49) FRANZ LISZT Etude d''exécution transcendante n. 10 SERGEY PROKOFIEV Etude en ré mineur op. 2/1 CLAUDE DEBUSSY Feux d''artifice

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Re: Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition

Post by maestrob » Sat May 15, 2021 1:42 pm

Keigo Mukawa is indeed very special, both in the Mozart Concerto and in the Rachmaninoff Corelli Variations. The knuckle-buster Rachmaninoff easily stands comparison with my other favorites by Howard Shelley, Melnikov & Giltburg. Mukawa sounds like he's totally enthralled by the music and plays as if his life depended on it. Maybe it does!

Both performances should be made commercially available, IMHO.

Many thanks, as always, for sharing. A great way to spend an afternoon. :D

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Re: Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition

Post by Rach3 » Sun May 16, 2021 7:23 am

maestrob wrote:
Sat May 15, 2021 1:42 pm
Keigo Mukawa is indeed very special, both in the Mozart Concerto and in the Rachmaninoff Corelli Variations.
Mukawa was selected as one of the 6 Finalists.

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Re: Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition

Post by maestrob » Sun May 16, 2021 8:20 am

Rach3 wrote:
Sun May 16, 2021 7:23 am
maestrob wrote:
Sat May 15, 2021 1:42 pm
Keigo Mukawa is indeed very special, both in the Mozart Concerto and in the Rachmaninoff Corelli Variations.
Mukawa was selected as one of the 6 Finalists.
Excellent news! :D

Any more you'd be willing to share? You've been batting 1.000 so far. :wink:

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Re: Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition

Post by Rach3 » Sun May 16, 2021 8:43 am

maestrob wrote:
Sun May 16, 2021 8:20 am
Any more you'd be willing to share? You've been batting 1.000 so far. 😉
The other 5 Finalists are Starikov,Fournel,Sakata,Sin,and Redkin. Starikov , to some degree, was the only of those 5 who impressed me. Sin played Mozart PC 15, Fournel Mozart PC 18, both rarely heard live, in fact probably my first 18.Quite something to hear Fournel’s technique blaze thru the Brahms Handel Variations, especially the final fugue , but musically he steamrolled over the piece.

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Re: Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition

Post by maestrob » Sun May 16, 2021 9:10 am

Rach3 wrote:
Sun May 16, 2021 8:43 am
maestrob wrote:
Sun May 16, 2021 8:20 am
Any more you'd be willing to share? You've been batting 1.000 so far. 😉
The other 5 Finalists are Starikov,Fournel,Sakata,Sin,and Redkin. Starikov , to some degree, was the only of those 5 who impressed me. Sin played Mozart PC 15, Fournel Mozart PC 18, both rarely heard live, in fact probably my first 18.Quite something to hear Fournel’s technique blaze thru the Brahms Handel Variations, especially the final fugue , but musically he steamrolled over the piece.
OK, so let's both vote for Mukawa when they email us :wink: !

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Re: Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition

Post by Rach3 » Tue May 18, 2021 12:15 pm

Rach3 wrote:
Sun May 16, 2021 8:43 am
The other 5 Finalists are Starikov,Fournel,Sakata,Sin,and Redkin. Starikov , to some degree, was the only of those 5 who impressed me. Sin played Mozart PC 15, Fournel Mozart PC 18, both rarely heard live, in fact probably my first 18.Quite something to hear Fournel’s technique blaze thru the Brahms Handel Variations, especially the final fugue , but musically he steamrolled over the piece.
Here are the concertos the 6 will play starting next Monday,May 24:

https://queenelisabethcompetition.be/en ... iano-2021/

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Re: Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition

Post by maestrob » Tue May 18, 2021 12:29 pm

Rach3 wrote:
Tue May 18, 2021 12:15 pm
Rach3 wrote:
Sun May 16, 2021 8:43 am
The other 5 Finalists are Starikov,Fournel,Sakata,Sin,and Redkin. Starikov , to some degree, was the only of those 5 who impressed me. Sin played Mozart PC 15, Fournel Mozart PC 18, both rarely heard live, in fact probably my first 18.Quite something to hear Fournel’s technique blaze thru the Brahms Handel Variations, especially the final fugue , but musically he steamrolled over the piece.
Here are the concertos the 6 will play starting next Monday,May 24:

https://queenelisabethcompetition.be/en ... iano-2021/
Sounds exciting, Rach3! I hope to hear everyone as soon as they are available.

Hugh Wolff is an excellent and underrated conductor. He led the New Jersey Symphony for quite some time, and I have admired the few recordings I've heard with him, including this one from 2000 with Hilary Hahn that can still be streamed on amazon:

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Re: Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition

Post by Rach3 » Tue May 25, 2021 7:50 pm

Tokomi Sakata , excellent Brahms 2nd today.Starikov's PIT # 1 yesterday ok, but not this level:

https://www.rtbf.be/culture/musique/con ... d=10768900

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Re: Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition

Post by Rach3 » Thu May 27, 2021 8:36 pm

While I would differ on interpretation , Sergei Redkin nonetheless gives a commanding reading of the Rach 3 today. Starts about 29:00 in here:

https://www.rtbf.be/culture/musique/con ... d=10770539

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