Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Nosè: Santander Piano Competition

And (via La Idea del Norte) happy to hear that congratulations are due Italian pianist
Alberto Nosè, who has taken first prize at the recently concluded Santander International Piano Competition in Spain. Other prize winners are Herbert Schuch (Germany) and Ji Chen (China). Details here. Nosè is no stranger to the competition circuit (although he apparently did not pass the preliminary screening for this year's Van Cliburn), he has taken prizes at other major piano competitions. There's a lively discussion afoot (see the comments section here) on his choice of Granados "Maiden and the Nightengale" from the Goyescas:

La tarde que le dieron el premio tocó "Quejas o La Maja y el Ruiseñor", una de las Goyescas de Enrique Granados y fue comentario general que la elección de dicha obra fue "inadecuada" para un momento así. (The evening they gave the award he played "The Maiden and the Nightengale", one of the Goyescas of Enrique Granados, and it was generally remarked that the selection was the work was less than adequate to the moment. I was very much surprised..)[trans mine].

Indeed that is very surprising. And probably, yes, it is owing more to the tendency to favor pianistic pryotechnics --all to often at the expense of other muses.

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