Stern contestants are made to play Butterfly Lovers concertomain
The 18 semi-finalists in the new Shanghai Isaac Stern Competition are being required to play the Butterfly Lovers concerto, a work that obtained vast local popularity in the late 1970s after the end of the Cultural Revolution.
Shanghai Daily reports that ‘It is the first time that a Chinese work has been listed on the designated program of an international competition, according to Yu Long, director of the Competition Committee.’
That’s as may be, but it’s hardly a work to demonstrate fine points of interpretation and technique at senior competition level.
Or is it?