2009 Van Cliburn competition

I have a somewhat tentative and suspicious relationship with technology, but there are times when it really makes me happy. Today is the first day of the 2009 Van Cliburn competition in Fort Worth, Texas. All the performances are being stremed live at www.cliburn.tv. The schedule of concerts (sadly without a listing of the performers and works) is available on the Van Cliburn Foundation Website. The highlight of the afternoon performance was Ran Dank’s performance of Douze Notations by Pierre Boulez which segued immediately without a pause into Beethoven’s Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 27, No. 1, “Quasi una Fantasia.” That was followed by Scriabin’s Sonata No. 9 in F major, Op. 68, “Black Mass” and he concluded with Liszt’s Réminiscences de Norma. More to come at 8:30 pm ET, and for the next two weeks, so don’t miss it.

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~ by severalfourmany on May 22, 2009.

One Response to “2009 Van Cliburn competition”

  1. The evening concert included a great program by Eduard Kunz. Instead of the usual overdone virtuosity with Liszt and Rachmaninoff he chose a more understated and beautiful program of Scarlatti, Haydn and Bach. He programed the works as a sequence of related keys (D minor, B minor, A major, D minor, B minor) which the entire performance an overall structure and surprising continuity across a range of styles and periods.

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