Laura's musicality and magnetism readily outshone the previous winner IMHO.
Perhaps not a vintage final but an outstanding player has surely emerged.
Regarding the final itself, how on earth did that recorder player win the woodwind section and then get through the semi final? Excrutiatingly out of tune. No evidence to me of any musicianship or musical phrasing.
Just novelty value, I suppose, but what the decision says about the judges sums up the whole contest for me.
Wanabe experts judging wanabe virtuosi.
Perhaps not until Laura figures on Sky Arts will Mr P give the huge credit surely deserved now.
HS I did not look at the rest of the panel very closely but Paul Lewis is surely one of the very best UK pianists around ?
Oh dear HS. While I respect your views about the rceorder (without necessarily sharing them) I think you're a bit harsh about the young, talented player. I personally enjoyed her playing very much. And a bit of 'note-bending' is part of the recorder player's art. The competition is called Young Musician of the year; so it is perfectly possible to be a fine musician playing something outside the 'standard' set of symphony orchestra instruments plus piano. How about an organist next year????how on earth did that recorder player win the woodwind section and then get through the semi final? Excrutiatingly out of tune. No evidence to me of any musicianship or musical phrasing.
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