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 Nielsen 2019 Competition live
Author: Peter B 
Date:   2019-03-21 18:46

Live stream on https://nielsen2019.medici.tv/. First round clarinet today and tomorrow.



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 Re: Nielsen 2019 Competition live
Author: Roxann 
Date:   2019-03-21 21:10

Thank you for posting this. Makes for some wonderful morning music!

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 Re: Nielsen 2019 Competition live
Author: DavidBlumberg 
Date:   2019-03-21 21:47

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 Re: Nielsen 2019 Competition live
Author: DaphnisetChloe 
Date:   2019-03-22 20:44

Spectacular playing from all the candidates. Wow! After watching days 1 and 2 live-streamed I thought it would be fun to take a guess at which 12 will make it to the next round and see if I predict any correctly (!)

Here goes:
Li-Ling Lee, Han Kim, Cristina Mateo Sáez, Julija Vrabec, Andrea Caputo, Wooyun Kim, Gerbrich Francine Meijer, Aron Chiesa, Víctor Díaz Guerra, Jonas Lyskjær Frølund, Anton Maiseyenka and Andrzej Cieplinski

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 Re: Nielsen 2019 Competition live
Author: seabreeze 
Date:   2019-03-23 00:12

We'll all have our favorites. Mine include the aforementioned Julija Vrabec (deep compelling tone and confident playing), Cristina Mateo Saez (all around technical facility), Jonas Lyskjaer Frolund (smooth, sure, and natural with great memory), and one other I especially like--Ann LePage (joyful ringing sound consistent in all registers, a real update on the French school of playing). Except for a couple of German clarinets, everyone seems to be playing Buffet clarinets with dark wood barrels--no fat boy barrels, exotic wood, hour-glass or swivel adjustables. Just the basics. Michael Collins has a revealing conversation with Paul Meyer about the demise of the old national styles and with it the use of vibrato, among other things.



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 Re: Nielsen 2019 Competition live
Author: DaphnisetChloe 
Date:   2019-03-23 04:50

And into the 2nd round go:

Andrzej Ciepliński
Han Kim
Ann Lepage
Aron Chiesa
Cristina Mateo Sáez
Víctor Díaz Guerra
Yuhsin Galaxy Su
Wooyun Kim
Jonas Lyskjær Frølund
Blaz Sparovec
Ivan Tikhonov
Gerbrich Francine Meijer

I correctly predicted 8 of the 12 who got through :) Excited to hear their performances in this next round!

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 Re: Nielsen 2019 Competition live
Author: seabreeze 
Date:   2019-03-23 05:49

Glad that Ann Lepage made it. What a joy to hear her play! And so did Cristina Mateo Saez and Jonas Lyskjaer Frolund. Three very different and very excellent approaches to the clarinet! Too bad the judges didn't like Julija Vrabec as much as we did.



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 Re: Nielsen 2019 Competition live
Author: DaphnisetChloe 
Date:   2019-03-23 06:58

Yes I am glad that those three progressed. I also really enjoyed the performance of Aron Chiesa and am excited for his playing later in the competition!

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 Re: Nielsen 2019 Competition live
Author: ceeslaw 
Date:   2019-03-24 21:59

Second round happening now for those who'd care to listen!

Edit: I LOVED Ann Lepage's Boulez/Domaines. I don't know the piece and so don't know how it's "supposed" to sound, but it was nasty in the best way.



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 Re: Nielsen 2019 Competition live
Author: Klose 2017
Date:   2019-03-25 10:29

To me, it is a surprise that Magdalena Faust did not make it to the second round. One reason might be that there is no German clarinet player in jury panel.

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 Re: Nielsen 2019 Competition live
Author: DaphnisetChloe 
Date:   2019-03-25 12:08

Blaz Sparovec made it through and he is playing on German system clarinets and teaches at the University of Arts in Berlin. There were many great things about Magdalena's playing; perhaps the panel was looking for different interpretations of the works than what she had to offer.

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 Re: Nielsen 2019 Competition live
Author: Klose 2017
Date:   2019-03-26 11:29

Now only 6 players left; what's your opinions regarding who will win?

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 Re: Nielsen 2019 Competition live
Author: Peter B 
Date:   2019-03-26 22:00

Semi-finals are starting now. I'm wondering whether scoring is per round or cumulative. I had a quick look but didn't find competition rules on the site.

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 Re: Nielsen 2019 Competition live
Author: Roxann 
Date:   2019-03-26 22:08

The competition sure puts the clarinetist through his/her paces! Now the clarinets are "starring" with four string players accompanying. I wonder what the finals will bring?????

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 Re: Nielsen 2019 Competition live
Author: Roxann 
Date:   2019-03-26 22:09

Do you suppose they'll also be judged on their ability to sight read?

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 Re: Nielsen 2019 Competition live
Author: Peter B 
Date:   2019-03-27 00:44

The programs for the semi-final and final are completely fixed. Final: Mozart (Allegro) and Nielsen (well, that's hardly a surprise) with orchestra. So, I guess the only choice would be basset or plain A for Mozart.

Also in the first and second round, the options were rather limited (see https://nielsen2019.medici.tv/about-the-competition/repertoire/), but overall this competition covers a lot of ground.



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 Re: Nielsen 2019 Competition live
Author: Roxann 
Date:   2019-03-27 00:55

I am truly amazed at how young the violin finalists are!

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 Re: Nielsen 2019 Competition live
Author: DaphnisetChloe 
Date:   2019-03-27 02:35

And the finalists are Aron Chiesa, Blaz Sparovec and Víctor Díaz Guerra.

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 Re: Nielsen 2019 Competition live
Author: DaphnisetChloe 
Date:   2019-03-27 02:39

I guess it depends whether the focus of the panel is musical or technical: Aron Chiesa is the only one who has played flawlessly in all rounds of the competition so far, however some of the others take more risks musically. I can't wait to hear Mozart and Nielsen!

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 Re: Nielsen 2019 Competition live
Author: GBK 
Date:   2019-03-27 02:50

I had Víctor Díaz Guerra picked as the overall winner since the opening round.

Yes, really.

...GBK



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 Re: Nielsen 2019 Competition live
Author: Klose 2017
Date:   2019-03-27 04:46

My guess is Blaz Sparovec. His SS clarinet sounds great!

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 Re: Nielsen 2019 Competition live
Author: John Peacock 
Date:   2019-03-27 13:36

I'd go for Sparovec too - there's a richness to his sound that all the others lack, incredibly talented though they are.

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 Re: Nielsen 2019 Competition live
Author: DaphnisetChloe 
Date:   2019-03-28 03:26

I honestly think Aron Chiesa will win - all the others have had minor technical slip-ups throughout the competition whereas he has played flawlessly. Ultimately though, I'm more interested in learning something from the 3 incredible finalists' interpretations of Nielsen and Mozart, which will no doubt be awe-inspiring!

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 Re: Nielsen 2019 Competition live
Author: Roxann 
Date:   2019-03-30 22:09

How can anybody who is 18 years old be SOOOOOO accomplished? I'm amazed!

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 Re: Nielsen 2019 Competition live
Author: Roxann 
Date:   2019-03-31 21:39

https://nielsen2019.medici.tv/competition-results/

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 Re: Nielsen 2019 Competition live
Author: fernie121 
Date:   2019-03-31 23:34

https://nielsen2019.medici.tv/competition-results/

Should make it easier for those of us on mobile.

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 Re: Nielsen 2019 Competition live
Author: John Peacock 
Date:   2019-03-31 23:48

So congratulations to Blaz Sparovec - he absolutely went for broke in the Nielsen concerto, and I've rarely been so captivated by a performance.

In following up his history on youtube, I found something interesting: here he is 7 years ago doing the Francaix concerto with effortless ease even when only 17. But he's playing on Boehm (Selmer Privilege), so something provoked him to change systems. But to my ears he still seems to have a distinctive sound, despite the very different equipment.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEYvVdiEZ10

Many thanks indeed to Peter B for first posting about Nielsen2019. It would have passed me by completely without him, and it's been an inspiration.

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 Re: Nielsen 2019 Competition live
Author: seabreeze 
Date:   2019-03-31 23:57

Congratulations to Blaz Sparovec, Aaron Chiesa, and Victor Diaz Guerra for their splendid performances and their placement as top three finishers. All along I was personally preferring Ann Lepage for both interpretation and the most complex, ringing sound (though Blaz's may have been deeper) and would have put her in the top three. I feel my preference still partly vindicated by her receiving the Prize for Interpretation. I'd pay to hear a performance by any of these four (and several who did not place) if they came to town. All of them give great credit to our chosen instrument. I admire Blaz for having the boldness and curiosity to try different brands of clarinet in demanding public performances and show unusual competence and versatility on Bohem and German system instruments in search of his ideal performance goals. Few players have done that, and no doubt he is a worthy first-prize winner.



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 Re: Nielsen 2019 Competition live
Author: Klose 2017
Date:   2019-04-01 01:32

I think this is the first major title awarded to a German clarinet player since Sebastian Manz who won the ARD competition in 2008. This is particular extraordinary because no jury member is from Germany or Austria. Furthermore, this not only demonstrates that German instruments can handle difficult pieces, e.g., Nielsen, as well as French ones, but only indicates that it is possible to change from French to German and also achieve the highest level.

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 Re: Nielsen 2019 Competition live
Author: DaphnisetChloe 
Date:   2019-04-01 02:33

Blaz is from Slovenia. Unless of course, by German clarinet player you meant someone who plays a German system clarinet, in which you are correct

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