lucy wrote:Well, I also have felt uncomfortable about the way this thread has developed. However, (it may not be my place to say this), but the OP has clearly stated the intention was to provoke a discussion about the way different people hear the same thing, not to bash the player in question, or otherwise.
I for one, think this is a really interesting question. So, can people please stop continuing to bash this player and address the question at hand. Otherwise, we may well find the thread disappears! I think that would be a shame.
Perhaps there isn't an answer, it's sufficient to say people can hear the same performance very differently. However, it is an interesting question and I would certainly appreciate a discussion. As I said, I have experienced extremely disparate reactions myself.
Fair enough Lucy. Yours (I'm not sure it was Mark's) is indeed a really interesting question. I hope folk can discuss it dispassionately, though, within this thread rather than another, that might be difficult without reference to the original performance that began this thread. Fingers crossed.
Recently my wife's church was approached by two classical guitarists who offered to play a recital without charge in order to raise funds for church repairs. They played a popular programme of pieces from Baroque through to arrangements of modern much loved tunes. They were nervous and owned up to that and the audience of 50 or so, who were very appreciative, readily accepted their occasional mistakes and applauded them warmly. Several spoke to me later to say how much they'd enjoyed the concert. So did I though I was aware of some technical issues in their playing . But for me these did not spoil the overall quality of their musical performance. However one member of the audience, a keyboard player with a doctorate in music, left at the interval and it later became clear that for him the popular nature of their programme and the technical issues detracted significantly from his enjoyment.
Different ears, different knowledge, different focus, different tastes. Vive la difference!