That Lola…. she’s an angel

That Lola…. she’s an angel


norman lebrecht

October 28, 2019



  • John G. says:

    Oh, my! This performer is indeed “gifted” in many ways.

  • Phillipe says:

    Norman, it is a blasphemy this girl perfomimg an angel in underwear.
    Everybody knows that angels do not use any clothes.

  • Phillipe says:

    Norman, it is a blasphemy this girl performing an angel in underwear.
    Everybody knows that angels do not use any clothes.

  • Mick the Knife says:

    “particularly nice weather”

  • Mark says:

    In “Vanity Fair”, Lord Steyne tells Becky Sharp, “My wife says you have been singing like an angel,” and Thackeray remarks, “Now there are angels of two kinds, and both, it is said, are charming in their way”

  • Greg Bottini says:

    Ah, a new attachment for Norman – perhaps we’ll be hearing less about Yuja now.

  • Jean says:

    Hope that wasnt filmed in the Trump Tower…

  • schweigundtanze says:

    What is the point of this trash?

  • Nathaniel Rosen says:


  • Ricardo says:

    Geometry and theology, level -3

  • Aaron Herschel says:

    Clearly a sign of how women are used these days by mysogynistic white males, who have no shame.
    I wonder whether the Video makes a case for Lola to start proceedings against sexual harassment ?

    • What appears to make you assume that she was coerced into doing this (or indeed any of her other stunts) by “misogynistic white males” or indeed anyone else? Were she indeed to commence such proceedings – in the unlikely event that any court would try the case – mightn’t the very fact of her participation in it (which was almost certainly not at gunpoint) detract from the success of such litigation? Mightn’t it also be both interesting and pertinent to know how much money she made out of it? I suspect that Chopin will survive, though quite what he’d have thought of it I dare not even think…

    • Steven Holloway says:

      Do you jest? If not, you are certainly naive. I must think that the most intelligent women, and men, in the vanguard of the #metoo movement would agree that women do exploit women — some traffic them for sexual purposes, for God’s sake — and that there are women performers who do this sort of thing and are firmly in control of the decision-making. Observe certain pop singers, starting with Madonna. We don’t know, for we’re not given such information here, whether this is a dollop of self-promotion by this Lola whoever. I doubt if she was dragged kicking and screaming into the studio to film this bit of Playboy fodder.

    • Karl says:

      In 30 years we will hear how she was coerced or forced into doing this.

    • Fan says:

      Why only white males?

  • John Rook says:

    Hilarious. You have to love just how ‘face value’ this girl is. Keep it oop, luv.

  • Brian says:

    Well, Franz Liszt was a showman too. Looking at her Facebook page, this has received 215K views as of early Tuesday. Most of her other videos are in the 10-15K range. Tells you something.

  • LeMaitreSansMarteau says:

    I wonder who is really playing, while Lola mimes?

  • Sir David Geffen-Hall says:

    Let me make the Music of the Night…

  • I found this an interesting exercise in aesthetic choices. Would I rather look at Lola or hear her play? Is visual beauty more powerful than sonic beauty? To each his own!

  • Joel Lazar says:

    Poor thing, she’ll catch her death of a cold!

  • Peter says:

    indeed: Not being a prude but why on earth do we have to stoop to this?

  • Karl Miller says:

    Speaking of misogynistic white males…what about those pictures of her with Donald Trump…

  • Caranome says:

    Face it, people, Sex Sells! This is about sales, not musical quality/purity. Her music might be superficial, with her head swiveling, hair flowing, hips gyrating, she will sell more streams/CDs than Argerich, Uchida, Grimaud combined. Her audience is not the readers of this blog, who are horrified, but the 99% of the people out there.

  • Bruce says:

    If career success was really based on showing skin, this woman would have a bigger career than Yuja.

  • Clarrieu says:

    …not to mention the dreadful and tasteless playing…

  • JPAULO says:

    Lola Asstanova indeed !!! I forget his name, but there is a very handsome young man that played for some videos in his skivvies that was brought to attention on here a while back. I personally find it in poor taste. The amazing thing…. the entire world is constantly bombarded with sex. In advertising, in film, in art, in business. This is all fair game until someone actually tries to get some at which point it becomes a crime and a travesty. Can we really have it both ways? You tease by displaying the cheese constantly then cry bloody murder when the mice try to get a bite. This goes for both sexes, not just women. Sex sells. It always has. It probably always will. In the old days the sellers of sex had a certain name. Why hide it with angel wings??

    • Lynne says:

      Dressing in a sexy manner or using your attractiveness in your art is not an invitation to harassment or assault.

      • Geoff says:

        I am shocked that 11 do not agree with you Lynne. The modern world (2019+)knows that sexy dressing is the woman’s choice and has no reflection on her morals. Yuja knows best, and she can play the piano too.

        • Sue Sonata Form says:

          “No reflection on her morals”. Oh, that was the biggest laugh I’ve had all week!!

          Next you’ll be telling me that nuns’ habits are not a reflection of their morals. LOL

    • The View from America says:

      “I forget his name, but there is a very handsome young man that played for some videos in his skivvies that was brought to attention on here a while back.”

      It wasn’t just skivvies, but also stiffies.

  • Pedro says:

    The wings are unnecessary.

  • Ms.Melody says:

    This is my shortest post ever: CHEAP

  • FrauGeigerin says:

    Not impressed with her piano skills. I like her underwear, though. I’d definitely buy that bra.

  • Mike Schachter says:

    Curious that many comments share the assumption that a beautiful woman cannot also be a talented musician, or physicist or surgeon. An attitude common to misogynistic men and some feminists.

    • Dan says:

      Yeah, but no surgeon posts a video working in underwear with angel wings, also the patient may get some anxiety, you know…

    • Steven Holloway says:

      The discussion is not about her beauty, but about how she presents physically when performing in some sort of public venue. i.e, well toward being starkers. If you know enough, reflect and you will soon bring to mind numerous beautiful women musicians whose talent has never been questioned (putting aside those loony Youtube comments). Not a few have mighty fine careers right now, and with the greatest respect from critics and audiences. Then look at the way these fine artists present, and you may discern the difference. They wear and do nothing that might deflect attention from the music and composer toward themselves. There is no ‘win’ in this. Either the presentation of such as Lola and Yuja distracts from a good/fine performance, or it distracts from precisely the opposite.

  • Caranome says:

    “Oh honey, I am reading this magazine for the articles.”