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    Default Anyone familiar with this pianist?

    Honestly, she's probably the prettiest female Classical musician I've ever seen, but let's focus on the music, if we may?


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    I'm sure 99% of the men on this forum are familiar with Lola and her videos. She's not the greatest of pianists but she still has plenty of admirers. Can't understand why!

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    She might as well bang the keys with her posterior.
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    A pretty crappy pianist, but looks can get you far.

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    Strange as it may seem, there are excellent pianists and violinists out there who aren't female, young and very attractive ... although one might not realize that given some of the recent threads on this site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pianoville View Post
    A pretty crappy pianist, but looks can get you far.
    Looks aside, I think she does fine; why not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Becca View Post
    Strange as it may seem, there are excellent pianists and violinists out there who aren't female, young and very attractive ... although one might not realize that given some of the recent threads on this site.
    Daniel Barenboim is male, not young and I'm not attracted to guys, yet he's great and I have some of his CDs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pianoville View Post
    A pretty crappy pianist, but looks can get you far.
    Maybe it's just me, but when I see a musician attired like Ms. Astanova, my assumption is that they're at best a second or third rate talent, who dresses provocatively to attract attention that she can't get via her playing. So when someone similarly dressed has actual first-class talent, that attire is actually counterproductive, at least for a listener like me.

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    Yeah, she’s a pretty “crappy” pianist playing with Hauser, one of the greatest cellists in the world. Listen to them play together; she’s listening to every note that he’s playing and sensitively blending in with him. She’s probably playing up her sexuality because that’s what it sometimes takes to get the attention of the public obsessed with physical appearance, but she’s a trained and talented musician who’s highly capable: https://youtu.be/uEBcct5tnUA
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    Sounds good to me. But then again they all do since I have not a shred of musical ability and only half a shred of musical knowledge. Heck, I even like Lang Lang.
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    Oncoming trend based on profit opportunities: performances in bikini or trunks.

    Gulda (who could perform naked) considered too awkward, however.
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    Well good on her for making the most of her body and fashion sense!

    Apparently Eileen Joyce used to perform wearing colourful, elaborate outfits. If anything, this enhanced the experience of her music.
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    I wanna see Alfred Brendel play Beethoven in jockey shorts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brucknerian View Post
    Well good on her for making the most of her body and fashion sense!

    Apparently Eileen Joyce used to perform wearing colourful, elaborate outfits. If anything, this enhanced the experience of her music.
    At least Eileen was wearing something!

    It seems since Yuja Wang started wearing mini-skirts and sometimes hardly anything that other female pianists who consider themselves to have attractions (I don't like the look of this particular Barbie) want to copy. I would point out that Yuja made her career as a performer (as did Eileen Joyce incidentally) then added the dresses (or lack of them) later when the career was established. They didn't use it as a gimmick like this somewhat pretentious young woman appears to be doing. It gets tiresome. Just play woman!

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    This is deeply sexist and objectifying, and discriminates against men. Why is the cellist forced to cover himself? Can't he be naked and comfortable too? Are men nothing but clothes horses? Is Hauser being used to sell a line of fashions? Why does our culture approve of beauty and freedom in female attire - including freedom from attire - while men are kept in drab uniforms of shirts and pants?

    That's (semi)satirical, of course. What isn't satire is that the people who salivate and grin while looking at a nearly-naked woman playing the piano are apt to be the same people who would sneer or sweat with discomfort (repressed urges?) looking at a nearly-naked man playing the cello - namely, straight men, who remain more or less the arbiters of culture (and everything else).

    Behold classical music as patriarchal neurosis, in which both men and women continue to play their exaggerated, stereotypical roles as if they were natural and normal.

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