|Jan Ignacy Paderewski|
With the tremendous advances in technology in the last five years and the sterling efforts of the National Fryderyk Chopin Institute in providing live streaming of the entire competition, I feel a detailed blog of the competition as I last presented it in 2010 is now redundant.
You will be able to judge every stage of the competition for yourselves without me wittering on about performances. My opinions expressed in 2010 of Chopin, pianists, performing and competitions have scarcely changed. I may keep the blog as a type of occasional personal journal instead of writing it in longhand as I once did years ago.
I receive so little feedback or appreciation of my musical blogs apart from my closest friends I really cannot see the point of engaging in this exhausting task anymore. As a creative artist and writer I have never considered myself 'a critic' or 'journalist' and share most of the negative appraisals of those occupations. I have always attempted to give a balanced expression of my feelings that stem from a great love of music, in particular the piano and pianists. The opinions of a mélomane in short.
A true critic ought to dwell rather upon excellencies than imperfections, to discover the concealed beauties of a writer [or musician], and communicate to the world such things as are worth their observation.
Too many words to paraphrase Emperor Joseph II in the film Amadeus.
The Preliminary Rounds of the competition are now available streamed live on this link:
I expect when the Duszniki Zdroj International Chopin Festival and the Chopin and His Europe International Music Festival are inevitably live-streamed I shall stop commenting on them in detail also.