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The Cliburn: Encore! with James Conlon (2/6)

Plato or Aristotle – featuring gold medalist Alexander Kobrin and the Takács Quartet

The Cliburn: Encore! with James Conlon (2/6) Plato or Aristotle – featuring gold medalist Alexander Kobrin and the Takács Quartet

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James Conlon develops his typology of the musical concepts, referring this time to two Greek philosophers, Plato and Aristotle.

Plato's vision of the world as a reflection of the absolute world of ideas finds its application in music interpretation with the belief that the perfect performance of a piece is immutable and exists on the page or existed in the composer's mind. Every action is thus an attempt to get close to its essence. Aristotle had a more pragmatic vision and estimates, on the contrary that the physical sound matter comes first and determines the true nature of music. Plato in the piano gives way a more cerebral interpretation where as Aristotle allows a more spontaneous one.

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  • 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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  • James Conlon

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