Monday, June 01, 2009
Cliburn Chatter: Final Stretch
Evgeni Bozhanov (*)
Yeol Eum Son
Mariangela Vacatello (*)
Haochen Zhan (*)
(*indicates a WTB pick)
Of the 5 pianists that I liked going into the competition, three have made it to the final stretch. Not bad. I'm still bullish on them, particularly Bozhanov. I am very surprised Kunz did not advance. Both Son and Tsuji surprise me in having advanced this far.
By and large, this seems to me the most unexciting crop of Cliburn competitors that I can recall. Most of the playing strikes me as fairly uninteresting and uninspired. I've not heard many sparks of originality and imagination. Upper-tier conservatory-grade recital playing (with the usual slips here and there) seems the norm. I'm hoping things get turbo charged in the final stretch.
On the upside, just 1 Rach 3 to hear.
at 9:50 am
Posted by - Bart Collins - The Well Tempered Blog