I bet in bygone years people found a certain Mr Liszt equally irritating. I am just thankful that kids are taking up the piano because of artists like Lang Lang, even those he's not musically PC
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Lang Lang (or say someone like Yuja Wang) could be the starting point for many of the non classical music listening public and that in turn could lead them into a deeper love and respect for classical music.
Everyone needs a starting point and I'm sure many people (including myself) here didn't start off with the best recordings and best performers. But just be thankful classical music isn't dead and that there are young people studying and performing the works we all love.
A somewhat analogous situation: Carl Sagan was turned down for membership in the National Academy of Sciences because he was deemed too much a "popularizer" of science, and hence was not really a serious scientist. This action on the part of the NAS was denounced in the harshest terms by Jared Diamond (a member) as being idiotically myopic, in that interest in and support of science on the part of the larger public was an obvious and desirable goal of the scientific community. I remind my fellow elitists that, back in the day, even Liberace playing the Ritual Dance of Fire from El Amor Brujo, candelabra and all, brought people into classical music. There is altogether far too much whining, sniffling, hand-wringing over various sorts of popular music or popularizers of music on the part of some TC members for my refined and delicate taste.
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Regardless of performers' talent or musicianship, I think we should all have carte blanche to make fun of them on the forum if their yearly income seems unreasonable to us.
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Barenboim, Rattle, Gergiev, Mehta, Harnoncourt, Eschenbach, just to mention some directors who has performed and recorded with Lang Lang. Obviously he´s not my favorite pianist but... is he really that bad as some people say? Does he really lacks of any artistry? It would be nice to know that people opinions as well, in despite of that of our experts here.
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