What Font grade would this get if there were a Font grade for music ?
Hugely impressive. Compelling more for technical brilliance than for inherent musicality, although the section from about 9 mins or so was pretty mindblowing technical wizardry. Thank you for sharing the link.
I'm not sure you can give Font grades to jazz noodling
Quite right. It's very long and sustained and it looks awfully pumpy. Clearly ought to be graded as a route.
Thanks for the heads-up on this artist, and to the other suppliers of impressive videos. Hard to know how to grade any of these performances - they look to be at the limit of ability but how can a non-player judge?
Climbing/bouldering probably does not look that hard to a non-climbing pianist...
PS have a look on youTube for Richard Hills playing Tiger Rag on the theatre organ sometime.
Thanks for sharing-she can play! (and then some)
Adept but a little self congratulatory,and mechanical.
> Adept but a little self congratulatory,and mechanical.
Liszt is certainly self-congratulatory. But wouldn't you be if you were the best pianist who ever lived? I've also heard his music described as mechanical before, but I don't really get it. It's certainly very tightly structured, but I don't find the effect at all mechanical. To me, the 12 Transcendental Etudes are music from another realm, and no.5 (Gordon's link) is my favourite. It's like a little gang of impish spirits have sneaked into our material reality and are running amuck.
As for Trivinof's interpretation, well, he's clearly possessed by the spirit of Liszt. I think to hear him play is to witness the supernatural. And he's not all manic bashing, he can do exquisite heartbreaking beauty as well:
If the Liszt was some fierce, dynamic roof; then the Chopin is a entirely holdless friction slab. Who's to say which is more difficult?
Agreed. Liszt is really over-the-top, so a bit like a multi-pitch rock climb with each pitch taking outrageous lines.
Thanks for posting the link to the Chopin Nocturne. Sublime.
Sounds like a load of cats fighting on a piano
While it might be very difficult and hard work, it's equally both to have to listen to.
I draw an analogy with special effects in films. They can be jaw-droppingly spectacular but if the special effects (the musical virtuosity) are a major part of the film then it's unlikely that the storyline or the dialogue (the melody or the lyrics) will be truly memorable.
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