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The Cliburn: Encore! with James Conlon (1/6)

Apollo or Dionysus – featuring finalist Davide Cabassi and the Takács Quartet

The Cliburn: Encore! with James Conlon (1/6) Apollo or Dionysus – featuring finalist Davide Cabassi and the Takács Quartet

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James Conlon describes two facets of the stage personality of pianists based on features of the ancient Greek gods: Apollo and Dionysus.

Some can be closer to Apollo in their fluid easy looking playing, whereas some evoke a Dionysian spirit which characterizes itself by wildness and an excess of passion. Beethoven was one composer to equally combine both sides: where as his compositions were "defiant to the gods" they also sounded perfectly clear and neat. Menahem Pressler, the German pianist, comes to confirm this duality of musical expression which is also to be found in the expectations of the audience: they come to the concert not only to hear a smooth and virtuoso piece but they also look for an emotional experience.

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Details

  • Directed by:
    • Andy Sommer
  • Production date: 2005
  • Duration: 30 min
  • Production: © Bel Air Media / the Van Cliburn Foundation / KERA.
  • Available version(s): EN

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  • Hosted by:
  • James Conlon

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