On Place of Music in Tradition, 2024


On Place of Music in Tradition, 2024

This Week in Classical Music: June 10, 2024.  On Place of Music in Tradition, once more.  Edvard Grieg and Richard Strauss have been born this week, the Norwegian on June 15th of 1843, and the Richard StraussGerman – on June 11th of 1864, however this isn’t what we wish to write about this week.  The pianist Bruce Liu performed a recital in Chicago on Sunday per week in the past.  Mr. Liu is 27, he was born in Paris and raised in Montreal.  Three years in the past, he received the Chopin Piano Competitors and since then his profession has taken off.  We heard good issues about him, and his YouTube movies sounded fascinating; we thought of going to the live performance however then circumstances intervened and we missed it.  A few days later, all for studying how Mr. Liu had performed, we went on-line searching for a evaluate.  It turned out that not a single Chicago media outlet despatched a reviewer to the live performance: not the Chicago Tribune, not the Solar-Occasions, not even Larry Johnson’s Chicago Classical Evaluation.  We don’t know if Mr. Lui performed properly; what we do know is that the viewers was very pleased with him: he performed six encores, all of them listed within the CSO up to date program.  Bruce Liu, pianoIn fact, the variety of encores relies upon not solely on the general public’s enthusiasm but additionally on the performer – some choose to not play any, as, for instance, Sviatoslav Richter or Claudio Arrau later of their careers, others, likeEvgeny Kissin, take pleasure in taking part in them.  Nonetheless, six encores at Orchestra Corridor is a considerable quantity, which very possible displays the viewers’s appreciation, whether or not of the pianist’s approach or musicianship, that we don’t know (that the approach is there may be sure: hear to this half-minute Etude by Alkan). 

And right here’s one other factor: whereas searching for a evaluate, we got here throughout one from the Stanford Day by day.  Musicians typically carry out on campuses, and it appears that evidently pupil newspapers are higher at masking classical music than the mainstream media (we noticed a number of extra of these).  The evaluate was enthusiastic if not very skilled, however that was a minor downside.  What caught our eye was a disclaimer that preceded the evaluate itself.  It stated, “This text is a evaluate and contains subjective ideas, opinions and critiques.”  Simply give it some thought for a second: the readers, largely college students, have been warned (or, in fashionable parlance, trigger-warned) that the article they’re about to learn could embody such scary issues as “opinion and critique.”  It’s just like the warning TV information packages give their thin-skinned viewer when masking wars, that some disagreeable issues could also be seen, most likely as a result of they don’t belief their viewers to know what a struggle is.  These warnings about ideas, opinions and critiques are a direct consequence of the cultural metamorphosis on our campuses that additionally produced “protected areas” and the notion of microaggression, and which, within the final years, unfold out to society at massive.  It would take a minimum of a era to eliminate this inanity.  

If something, this system Bruce Liu performed in Chicago was very imaginative: a sonata by Haydn, Chopin’s sonata no. 2, a chunk by Kapustin, a number of items by Rameau, with Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata no 7 concluding the introduced a part of this system (the encores have been by Bach, Chopin, Tchaikovsky and Liszt)Right here’s one piece he performed in the course of the live performance: Rameau’s Gavotte with six doubles from Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin. We expect it’s very well-played, nuanced and in good style. 

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