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    Quote Originally Posted by Allerius View Post
    I don't get the idea that we have to make performances vulgar in order to get audience. This was never needed before, and I still think that it's not needed today. I think that people are attacking this problem in a wrong way.

    In my opinion, the vision that a great deal of the public has of classical nowadays is biased to something bad because of how the media handles it. People are bombarded by it on ads, on elevator and gas music, on second rate movies and bad media. Would you take seriously the music that you listen to when you have to wait while on the phone or on the elevator? Or that which appears on a beer ad? I wouldn't. This persistent misuse of classical in the media has been conditioning people to think badly of it in my view.

    The problem for me is not because it appears, but how it appears. The music just doesn't fit in the way that many people are using it in my opinion. When it does, it's a success. Look at Amadeus, Fantasia or, more recently, The King's Speech. Or at the old cartoons of Bugs Bunny, Woody Woodpecker and Tom & Jerry. People loved this kind of media, and by associating the music with it, we had an active public for classical.
    I don't think Yuja us dressing as she does to get an audience. She's doing it because she has an audience and wants to dress that way to wow them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    I don't think Yuja us dressing as she does to get an audience. She's doing it because she has an audience and wants to dress that way to wow them.
    I think it’s both. I doubt she would have the following she has if she was just pleasantly looking and dressed likewise. I’m not diminishing her talent -I find it to be excellent- but while she would still likely be popular, she wouldn’t be the rock star she is. I admire the way she has ‘packaged’ herself. There was a 60 Minutes (or something similar) on her not long ago. Her life was going from hotel to hotel and practicing a good part of the time. Her repertoire is astounding and she must have a phenomenal memory.

    She doesn’t always wear the ultra-sexy outfits. I love this performance of the Mozart 2-Piano Concerto #10. This is one of the few times she is reading the music. I’m even surprised by her skill at turning her own pages!


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    There's nothing wrong with dressing to impress, especially if you have the talent to match. Those who are more musically focused can watch the piano keys, conductor, or close their eyes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcnog11 View Post
    Both Lang Lang and Yuja crossed the line of being an artist in classical into superstar status of the younger generations. Maybe there is a market for it. Personally, I hate how Yuja dress when she goes on stage.

    Please see this YouTube. I think it is disgusiting on how she is dressed. The venue is Carnegie Hall, she dressed like a "street walker" - no offence.

    I'm getting tired of hearing "purist" listeners trying to divorce the performance aspect from the music.

    That's old-school thinking, where the composer is elevated to the top of the hierarchy, as a disembodied "God" figure, and the music is "the holy gospel" which is to be abstracted-away from all performances, as a sort of Platonic ideal.

    The living, breathing "being" of humanity is what makes all music come alive.

    I would welcome the day when there are completely nude female pianists.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pcnog11 View Post
    I wonder how Tchaikovsky feel when he learn Yuja is playing his concerto in that dress. He could be rolling his eyes in his grave!
    Yes, no doubt Tchaikovsky would have preferred seeing a young Van Cliburn in a jock strap!
    "The way out is through the door. Why is it that no one will use this method?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by millionrainbows View Post
    Yes, no doubt Tchaikovsky would have preferred seeing a young Van Cliburn in a jock strap!
    That would give new meaning to an artist packaging oneself.

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