Norman Lebrecht on shifting sound worlds
It’s a blogpost of national significance on the Canadian Broadcasting site.
You can’t guess the classical contender? It’s him.
The one whose Chopin Etudes are without peer, and make Richter and Argerich seem like hamfisted clods in that music.
According to a Gramaphone reviewer, October 2013, that is . . .
How many of these 10 will be (World) famous in 10 years time? Perhaps just two. It shows that the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) has almost given up on serious classical music It panders to the lowest common denominator to try to increase its listening audience. It has no regard for quality presentation of classical music When one sees how many Canadians are involved in so many ways with classical music, the new music director of the Philadelphia, a soloist at this years Proms, a producer and artist at a music festival in Italy it boggles the mind that the CBC are so out of touch. We,the Canadian tax payers, contribute over $1 billion every year to the CBC. We do not get our money’s worth. .
How many of your millions of teenage hockey players, who play one community subsidies ice rinks, become world famous? Is it acually important if these musicians become known to the world? Just like being physically active, play in a team and so on brings vital life experiences, isn’t it more important, that the many young musicians actually create, learn, play together, develop skills ….and maybe even that their music saves their lives – as a video of that Inuit beatboxer might suggest?
Hockey Players are hockey players and have nothing to do with musicians. Artists are not sportsmen.
It’s about the number of people who do something outside of school compared to the ones who are able to make that spare time activity their profession. Only few succeed..
Lists like this aren’t billed as predictors of the future, they are an account of what is notable now.
Many of these are rather unusual acts, hardly pandering to conventional tastes. Some may not endure… consider that they are all young and may gladly move on to other things… but do they have to be eternal to merit the fleeting attention of a top ten list?
Timothy Chooi is only 19. Guess he is not yet on the CBC’s (or this blogger’s) radar.
Wonder which “top ten” acts (by whatever criteria) were about when, say, Louis Lortie or Marc-Andre Hamelin or Angela Hewitt were emerging on the scene as prospective superstars. Wonder where they are now.
The blogger seems to really care about this list, as probably everybody else would have included Justin Bieber. Very interesting list I’ll explore a bit later. From bands that play ukulele and oboe and appearently “simultaneously catchy and haunting” music to a “throatboxer”, someone who combines “beatboxing and Inuit throat singing”.
Thanks for publishing this link.
I don’t know why Annie Zhou was excluded.
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