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Not just ANY piano, a FORTE piano!
Thanks! for sharing-
The place of key banger babe is already taken by a lady from Georgia, named Khatia.
Yep, Khatia Buniatishvili is one beautiful woman, even if she could play a note.
But she can.
Her Rachmaninoff (two 'f's) 3rd, above, is one of my favorites as modern recordings go.
She's that good.
What a GREAT performance! I love it! Those gear shifts in the first movement cadenza and near the end of the third movement are so imaginative and exciting!
I'm assuming it's the same performance that's available on blu-ray and DVD. I never got the blu-ray, because it was in Dolby Atmos, so I would have needed another sub-woofer and another four or five regular speakers (beyond what I have now) to do it justice. My equipment was just not worthy! So I'm glad someone put the DVD up on uTube.
Thanks again! (And I know you don't really mean that Khatia's a "key banger"!) ;-)
I read some reviews before I listened to a few of her performances (but not those that were reviewed). The critics labeled her as heavy handed. I didn't catch the subtleties you did, but I enjoyed the energy and timing in the performances I did listen to.
If you read reviewers and critics lambasting a performance or recording before you've had a chance to hear it for yourself, make sure you take the advice in the thread down below on this forum. . . TRUST NO ONE! ;-)
I read a lot of the comments on the uTube link you provided, and the usual trolls were out in force, with a couple of them pasting negative reviews from Khatia's recitals from three or four years ago - as if that invalidates everything else she's done. And indeed, I've heard her when she's gone off the rails. So what? The main thing is. . .
When she's good, she's very, VERY good!
The Betty Boop of the piano? Whatever. . . In any case some listeners just can't deal with it.
I just played the darn Blu-Ray on my two channel system, and it sounded great!
Is there a regular BD disc along with the UHD disc in the package?
It is a regular Blu-Ray disc. The special part is the "revolutionary" sound technology--Dolby Atmos. The disc case says that there is PCM 24/48 Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 (which doesn't show up as an option on my Oppo 205) and Dolby Atmos 7.1.
The PCM sound is very good. The camerawork is okay. The performances are electric. The fact that Khatia can be convincing on both the Liszt 2nd and the Beethoven 1st says a lot about her talent.
Maybe the Dolby 5.1 is embedded on the Dolby Atmos track? Apparently it is available in 4K - there are references to this here http://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/r/Sony/88985369679 where I bought it, and elsewhere on the internet. Odd with a niche product like this that Sony wouldn't put both discs in the same package - when they're doing it with movies.
I don't have 4K yet - yet another instance where my system is not worthy!
This is the 4K release:
Good luck finding a musical pre-pro that could do HDR, Atmos and proper video switching at the same time. By the time I find one - and a non-buggy UHD disc player to go with it - I'm sure everything will be HDMI 2.1 and all of my gear will be obsolete again.
and focus on getting the best sound. Less to contend with.
Sure Kal, but I like to point out that the industry that promotes on the basis of convergence, interoperability and ergonomics largely (and largely cynically) delivers quite the opposite. And Atmos - at least for now, is very much a convergent feature - although I expect that it could become the standard for orchestral surround music.
is important to me only in that it sets standards and not because of the general merchandise. Within those standards, specialist companies make special products and it is among those I find relevant products.
So, all I am saying is that I, personally, pay minimal attention to video issues and I get whatever video accompanies my audio choices. As a result, I use a multichannel ATMOS-enabled preamp-processor in one of my systems but there is no AVR, pre-pro or display (except for the PC monitor) in the other. Whatever works.
Nothing wrong with a great performance in plain old PCM 2.0 24/48....
I find all of this HIP argument stuff fun. I am getting old and it is amusing to be catapulted back 40 years to when these arguments were hot in Europe.
I heard a review of all available recordings of the Monteverdi Vespers 1610 a couple of weeks ago on the radio when some amusement was gained from the mere fact that one of the earliest recordings said " authentic instruments" on the cover. As the reviewer said, these days it is just how it is done.
I think that, with a little searching, you'll be able to find the greatest performance of this work ever given: by the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra and Oratorio Society, conducted by. . . Leopold Stokowski! ;-)
You know this UIL Stokowski Monteverdi was taped in experimental stereo by Bert Whyte way back in 1952? No one will admit to finding or having the tapes, however...
I'm a great admirer of Stokowski and I am pleased for you if you like his performance. Whether it was the greatest performance of the work ever given is something that I am unable to comment upon having been unable to be present at all of the others. Glad that you found the time :-)
Anyway I'm just finishing my breakfast, then off the the station get get a train up to town and thence to my first live Prom of the season. It is this lunchtime at Cadogan Hall which is where the chamber music part of the Proms is mostly performed. Coincidentally it is Monteverdi performed by I Fagiolini. Ever so HIP but that's how it's done these days!
As it should be! :-)
and so far I've listened to Les Adieux. It sounded wonderful! :)
Just got it from Tidal, you just cannot love it, the recording is so good and the Piano forte sounds wonderful, much better than the Brautigam recordings.
Certainly a more 'FORTE' piano. ;-)
Details of the instrument played:
Fortepiano by Conrad Graf (1782-1851), manufacturer's series number 875,
Vienna 1824 displayed at the Beethoven House, Bonn: on permanent loan by the Hummel family.
Range: Six octaves, f1 to f4; three strings to a note. five pedals, from
left to right, as follows: soft pedal (or 'due corde'), bassoon pedal,
moderator pedal, sustaining pedal, and janissary stop.
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