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In Reply to: RE: Sayaka Shoji would be a draw on the St Petersburg PO concert posted by Chris from Lafayette on March 14, 2017 at 13:20:41
I have to check if her playing has recovered..... I thought it diminished greatly over the past two years..... (See John Marks' comment about the "drooped scroll".) She just doesn't play with the same intensity and enthusiasm that initially drew me in.
I think she may have been burned out from heavy touring..... I don't know.
For those familiar with Sayaka in her early years, this is depressing to watch..... She once had a beaming presence and eye contact with the audience...... It's totally gone.... She looked as if she wished she were either someplace else or doing something else.......
The playing has greatly diminished..... The phrasing is gone..... The intonation has deteriorated..... The "polish" and "explosiveness" are also gone. (If I heard just the audio, I wouldn't have thought it was Sayaka.)
Tchaik Violin Concerto.
You'd think someone would point that out to her.
OTOH, maybe when you heard her before, she was using autotune! ;-)
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