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The Cliburn: Encore! with James Conlon (5/6)

Technique or Spirit – featuring Crystal Award winner Sa Chen and the Takács Quartet

The Cliburn: Encore! with James Conlon (5/6) Technique or Spirit – featuring Crystal Award winner Sa Chen and the Takács Quartet

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James Conlon and Menahem Pressler discuss an important theme in music appreciation: is a perfect technique sufficient in an interpretation?

In music, technique measures the aptitudes of a player to interpret a piece and the "savoir-faire" he acquired during his training. It is often associated with virtuosity: the quality of a player who can tackle difficult pieces, sometimes reputed impossible. It is both a challenge and pleasure for the artist and also for the audience, who enjoys the performance in the same way they are thrilled by trapeze artists. According to Menahem Pressler, the future of an artist depends upon his technique but rather on his ability to use it in order to express deep feelings.

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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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