The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music news clips: UW piano student wins Chopin prize; China lags in Baroque music; classical fans hurt classical music; and Barenboim signs with DG-Decca

November 6, 2010
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By Jacob Stockinger

Readers seem to like my weekly weekend news roundup, so here goes a fourth week.

Let me know what you think.

Do you have stories (and links to them) to suggest for next week or for coming weeks?

ITEM:

University of Wisconsin doctoral student Chaoyin Cai (below) takes top Chopin Prize from Polish Cultural Institute (not to be confused with the big Chopin International Competition, held by the Chopin Institute of Warsaw, which was won controversially a couple of weeks ago by Russian pianist Yulianna Avdeeva:

http://music.wisc.edu/media/PR_20101027_CaiChopinWinner.pdf

ITEM:

What do minor thirds convey in both speech and music?

http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/post.cfm?id=music-and-speech-share-a-code-for-c-2010-06-17&sc=emailfriend

ITEM:
Early music legend Christopher Hogwood (Below) goes to China and see it is much less proficient at performing Baroque music than the music of other eras, especially big Romantic works:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/28/arts/28iht-baroque.html?_r=1

ITEM:

Brit Nigel Rogers (below) wins a piano in YouTube Chopin e-competition:

http://www.hertsad.co.uk/what-s-on/st_albans_pianist_s_youtube_performance_leads_to_victory_1_708354

You can also hear other contexts if you got o YouTube and plug in: “Kemble Piano Competition”

It is clear from this news and last week’s news of another YouTube Symphony that that the Internet and YouTube are playing a bigger and bigger role in the growth of classical music. I guess I like that, especially the populist angle of having amateurs perform. But I worry about live performance giving way to on-line performance. Does anyone else share that concern? Or is it silly?

And: Are Americans eligible?

ITEM:

Decca-DG signs Daniel Barenboim (below) for conducting and piano playing:

http://www.gramophone.co.uk/classical-music-news/barenboim-joins-deutsche-grammophon-and-decca-cla

He says the labels share his values for fostering classical music in the future:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20101103/music_nm/us_classical_barenboim

ITEM:

Classical music fans and defenders may be hurting it more than its detractors and competitors, says a critic in The New Republic:

http://www.tnr.com/article/books-and-arts/books-the-musical-mystique

Here’s a summary:

http://blogs.wsj.com/informedreader/2007/10/25/classical-music-fans-are-killing-classical-music/


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