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    Default Gorgeous Russian Pianist-Lola Astanova

    I've recently heard such a wonderful piano recital! Rarely you get to hear such passion and emotion combined with fiery energy! I could not be indifferent and had to share with fellow music lovers! I really love Romantic music and the way she played Chopin and Scriabin really touched me! I am definitely going to be on a look out for more shows by this artist!

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    Very interesting. Lola Astanova surely is beautiful (see attached picture ). But of course from a musical perspective what matters is her musicality, interpretations and skill. I have to admit I have never heard her play. Any recordings you can recommend?

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    I heard little selections from her upcoming album on the radio. I think it was Beethoven's Tempest which I loved, but I don't think the album is out yet.

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    Let's hope Lola's career takes off. Should it be a failure I can't imagine what else she might do. I'm stuck for ideas.

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    Well, don't let her looks mislead you. I think she is an incredibly profound artist. Knowing how things are in the classical music, looking young and pretty can actually be a disadvantage for an up and coming musician. I think if she keeps up the good work she is going to become what Anna Netrebko is in the Opera world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toughcritic View Post
    Well, don't let her looks mislead you. I think she is an incredibly profound artist. Knowing how things are in the classical music, looking young and pretty can actually be a disadvantage for an up and coming musician. I think if she keeps up the good work she is going to become what Anna Netrebko is in the Opera world.
    Or Hillary (Hot) Hann.

    Or what Anne-Sophie Mutter once was.

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    Hann hot? Not so much IMO

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    With the pace with which she plays, her violin might be.

    (My comment's basis lies in a sample clip I heard, which made me rip my headphones off of my head. It was Bach's violin concerto)
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    Rip your headphones off your head? Was it too fast? Then, you should definitely hear Lola. In general I think younger artists have passionate hearts and virtuoso ambitions and are a lot more exciting to listen to and look at!

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    Quote Originally Posted by toughcritic View Post
    Rip your headphones off your head? Was it too fast?
    Fast, soulless/emotionless... Bach's first violin concerto was something I loved when I started listening to classical music. And while sampling CD's at amazon, I came across Hahn's disk. After hearing Perlman play, Hahn certainly made me take the headphones off.
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    she's stunning huh! Hope her playing is just as high a quality as her looks!! Damn

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    Wow, I read today that Lola Astanova and Valery Gergiev are performing a Tchaikowsky concerto No. 1 as a part of the Fantasy Gift that will cost $1,590,000!!! I should start saving haha! I finally found her records on Itunes though! I knew she is really going to make it big! Bravo Lola!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by captaintim View Post
    she's stunning huh! Hope her playing is just as high a quality as her looks!! Damn
    Well, here is what I found on youtube. She is too good and seems so down to earth. Does anyone know when is she performing with Gergiev?
    http://www.youtube.com/results?searc...&search=Search

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    Frederik,

    One item that matters that's not on your list (musicality, interpretations and skill), repertoire.

    Monica Timofticiuc is also young, also pretty, also plays Mozart and Beethoven and Chopin.

    But Monica plays music by people who are still alive, too, like Iancu Dumitrescu. (And she scores very high on your three items, too.)

    Michael

    (http://festivalspectrum21.tripod.com...mofticiuc.html) This is not a very good picture of her, and her repertoire is much broader (and more current) than the list on this page. I think she's just being diffident.

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    Quote Originally Posted by some guy View Post
    Frederik,


    But Monica plays music by people who are still alive, too, like Iancu Dumitrescu.
    Hallelujah! Finally, my prayers have been answered and no longer do I have to live in misery without being able to find a pianist who would play the music of Iancu Dumitrescu! So all those letters I wrote to Santa since early childhood begging him to supply me with this music actually got to him! I think I know what I am going to find under my X-mas tree this year!
    LOL....

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