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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

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?


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:


What do minor thirds convey in both speech and music?

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:


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

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?


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

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


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

Here’s a summary:

Posted in Classical music


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  2. The New Republic’s commentary may have been right concerning the fact that so few recognized Joshua Bell playing his Strad because he was sited near a busy entrance to the subway rather than on a train platform where such buskers have frequently made money. But I think I saw a photo of Josh playing that day and I thought he WAS on a train platform.

    That aside, I commend Prokofiev’s son for trying to mix the classical musical genre with hard rock, metal, punk, whatever. I’m aware of a female violinist who has done something similar and is apparently very commercially successful. More power to them both. But would I pay to hear the results? Probably not.

    Comment by Larry Retzack — November 6, 2010 @ 10:26 am

    • HI Larry,
      I think i agree with you about the mixing of genres. But like you, knowing it is happening and supporting it is different from hearing it.
      I tend to like my classic straight up with no mixer.

      Comment by welltemperedear — November 6, 2010 @ 11:19 am

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