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(YouTube)   One of the toughest, most brilliant and spectacular virtuoso acts for piano solo, Franz Liszt Mephisto Waltz No.1 played on a junk "saloon" upright. Jozef Kapustka at King's Cross St. Pancras Eurostar terminal, London (March 2014)   (youtube.com) divider line 25
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2014-06-08 12:01:07 PM
That must have been painful for him, as well.
 
2014-06-08 12:06:52 PM
Since the sound quality of that video is awful, and the piano also sucks, here's a cleaner recording (with score) for anyone who cares to hear what the piece is supposed to sound like:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJbg9V2KnD8
 
2014-06-08 01:07:24 PM
When does Lili Von Shtupp start singing?
 
2014-06-08 01:16:20 PM
...and recorded on a junk "camera".
 
2014-06-08 01:17:08 PM
Sometimes the instrument makes all the difference. I couldn't tell if that was excellent playing or not because the piano was indeed junk. You need a grand piano for a piece like that. For an upright you should stick to ragtime and jazz. I am sure there are few classical pieces you can play and pass but it would sound better on a grand. You can play ragtime on the most broken down piano and still sound good.

Also, this is not the first time where a virtuoso played a subway/hotel lobby/public spot and no one really paid attention. They usually played the most obscure pieces of music. Pieces that only people who routinely go to classical concerts and listen to classical music know of. I wish we could have one where the virtuoso played something popular. Still classical but popular. Like something from this list.Everyone knows these pieces. It would be great to see them performed in a public setting like the subway by someone who is a master.
 
2014-06-08 01:55:37 PM
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Stare at this and say "plinka plinka plinka" and you won't lose 8:37 minutes of your life on a bad camera recording. I was prepared to be amazed. <-----Said one unamazed man.
 
2014-06-08 02:09:18 PM
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An un-tuned piano produces cacophony. A cheap piano creates harsh metallic tones. A cheap, un-tuned piano, played on a city street and filmed with a potato produces a greenlight with probably 20 comments.
 
2014-06-08 02:25:41 PM
Well, that was one of the most horrible disjointed non harmonic "music" pieces i've ever had the misfortune to hear. If i had been one of those people walking by, i would have slapped him in the head for making such a horrible racket. "Hard to play" does not mean "nice to listen to".
 
2014-06-08 02:51:43 PM
Fark links to Youtube amazing musical performances are much like Fark links to smoking hot British women.
 
2014-06-08 03:39:41 PM
What brand of shoe was used to record this?

/oblig
 
2014-06-08 04:12:28 PM
Sounds of the gods are made on junk saloon uprights, Snobmitter. The biggest deals in history have been executed in the danks of the dankest dragon dens, inspired in many cases by the frantic noise of a junk saloon upright.
 
2014-06-08 04:27:46 PM

Keyser_Soze_Death: ...and recorded on a junk "camera".


This.  Seriously, I bet this actually sounded better live as it wasn't filtered through a shiattastic mic.
 
2014-06-08 05:23:17 PM
Ah, 240p.  We meet again.
 
2014-06-08 06:03:50 PM
Better quality recording here.
 
2014-06-08 07:03:53 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2014-06-08 07:17:56 PM

Bit'O'Gristle: Well, that was one of the most horrible disjointed non harmonic "music" pieces i've ever had the misfortune to hear. If i had been one of those people walking by, i would have slapped him in the head for making such a horrible racket. "Hard to play" does not mean "nice to listen to".


Frank Zappa seems to think so,  a friend of mine agrees and plays FZ music every time he gets the chance no matter how much I complain.  I bet he has all 60 of his albums.  He also wears the same facial hair and has for years.
 
2014-06-08 09:08:50 PM

Bit'O'Gristle: Well, that was one of the most horrible disjointed non harmonic "music" pieces i've ever had the misfortune to hear. If i had been one of those people walking by, i would have slapped him in the head for making such a horrible racket. "Hard to play" does not mean "nice to listen to".


That's just, like, your opinion, man.  Personally I liked listening to the cleaned up version of it posted above, though I'm much more into Rachmaninov and Frederic Farking Chopin piano playing than Liszt.  Just a stylistic thing, I guess.
 
2014-06-08 11:05:25 PM
mekki:
Also, this is not the first time where a virtuoso played a subway/hotel lobby/public spot and no one really paid attention. They usually played the most obscure pieces of music. Pieces that only people who routinely go to classical concerts and listen to classical music know of. I wish we could have one where the virtuoso played something popular. Still classical but popular. Like something from this list.Everyone knows these pieces. It would be great to see them performed in a public setting like the subway by someone who is a master.

Yes.  And with music, there's a time and a place.  Those candid vids with the classical maestro playing to an "unappreciative" subway entrance audience fail to account that people are on schedules and have lots on their minds while in transit.  Ain't nobody got time to listen to a fiddle over the sound of the crowds, escalators, the trains, the PA, all while mushrooming home through the throngs.
 
2014-06-08 11:46:00 PM
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just going for the surprised looks of the mundane.  failed unlike this guy.
 
2014-06-09 12:01:23 AM
Did they also use an upright piano to make the video recording?! That was terrible.
 
2014-06-09 12:25:10 AM
"Trouble is, you have what my old music teacher, Mrs. Mellonger, calls 'stupid fingers.'"

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2014-06-09 06:30:53 AM

letrole: [img.fark.net image 170x128]

An un-tuned piano produces cacophony. A cheap piano creates harsh metallic tones. A cheap, un-tuned piano, played on a city street and filmed with a potato produces a greenlight with probably 20 comments.


They do actually tune those uprights in St Pancras station from time to time.

There's 3 of them along the concourse, quite often there'll be a fairly large crowd gathered around one of them.

I always wanted to sit down at one of them, make a big show of setting myself up as if I'm going to play an impressive piece of music, then mash my face onto the keys for 30 seconds, get up, take a bow, and walk off.
 
2014-06-09 10:00:44 AM
Fark needs to set up minimum video/audio quality standards for greenies.
 
2014-06-09 11:46:53 AM
Blatant ripoff of the Super Mario ship music. I prefer the NES version myself, this one just sounds crap and unprofessional.


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2014-06-09 12:25:55 PM

Tony_Pepperoni: [i.imgur.com image 850x1163]


Wonderful.
 
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