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The Cliburn: Encore! with James Conlon (4/6)

Beauty or Truth – featuring finalist Chu-Fang Huang and the Takács Quartet

The Cliburn: Encore! with James Conlon (4/6) Beauty or Truth – featuring finalist Chu-Fang Huang and the Takács Quartet

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James Conlon and Menahem Pressler discuss the concepts of beauty and truth applied to music, illustrated by Chu-Fang Huang's interpretations accompanied by the Takács Quartet.

For centuries, the classical music tradition has put an emphasis on its capacity to produce sounds which are pleasing to the ear of the listener. But there is more than Beauty to an interpretation and the musicians have to be in constant search for the truth of the piece, in other words, they have to look for the feelings it seeks to express: drama, despair, torment or love? The genius of the composers, according to Conlon is that they presented those deep and harsh emotions in a beautiful way from the outside. Accordingly, the contesters of the Van Cliburn competition have to find this balance between beauty and truth.

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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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  • Hosted by:
  • James Conlon

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