In this series of programmes, James Conlon explores various aspects of playing classical music: is this about beauty or is it about truth? Is it about technique or is it about spirit? Is it about tradition or innovation? Is it more like Plato or is it more like Aristotle? Is it more like Apollo or is it more like Dionysus? And finally, are you going to be the music or are you gonna play the music? Filmed during the 12th edition of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Texas, these 6 programmes discuss those aspects with the finalists of the competition, and include footages of their performances on stage during the semifinals.
Apollo or Dionysus – featuring finalist Davide Cabassi and the Takács Quartet
Plato or Aristotle – featuring gold medalist Alexander Kobrin and the Takács Quartet
Beauty or Truth – featuring finalist Chu-Fang Huang and the Takács Quartet
Technique or Spirit – featuring Crystal Award winner Sa Chen and the Takács Quartet