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

Tradition or Innovation – featuring finalist Roberto Plano, Crystal Award winner Sa Chen, and the Takács Quartet

The Cliburn: Encore! with James Conlon (6/6) Tradition or Innovation – featuring finalist Roberto Plano, Crystal Award winner Sa Chen, and the Takács Quartet

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Classical music has often been associated with the past and traditions. James Conlon speaks about the importance of renewing this tradition and giving back modernity to ancient creations.

According to James Conlon, classical music performance is in constant relation with the past, but has to be situated in the present. Consequently, interpreters have to get rid of the routine or the blind repetition, which constitute the bad side of tradition, but use what was passed orally or in written forms in order to bring innovation to pieces which were written centuries before. The player can sometimes give the sense that the piece was just created when he succeeds in innovating and creating a sense of immediacy.

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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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