Look away, Lola’s taking it off again

Look away, Lola’s taking it off again


norman lebrecht

January 24, 2020

The Trumpian pianist Lola Astanova, in her new video, is inappropriately attired for January.

And her touch is really heavy in Clair de Lune.


  • boringfileclerk says:

    Ah, what artistry!

  • Alexander Tarak says:

    What cr@p !!
    And the playing is, to put it kindly, pretty average.

  • Walter says:

    This pathetically un-talented creature shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near the internet…..SAD!

  • Greg Bottini says:

    She’s gorgeous – and playing for Trump doesn’t make her a “Trumpian pianist” anymore than being a chef at a Trump hotel makes her/him a “Trumpian chef”. A high-profile gig is a high-profile gig when you’re a young musician just getting established.
    Though I agree with you, Norman, about her “Clair de lune”. Listen to Albert Ferber, Hans Henkemans, or pre-war Gieseking to hear the real deal.

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    Piano porn!! That’s the key to success, for some. Others are heading in that direction but manage to, at least, appear without us seeing their underwear. But very little is left to the imagination in the super short skirts.

    Clue; this isn’t about music.

    Where are the feminists? Are they going to be screaming “he was inappropriate”? I was ‘sexually harassed”!! In short, he responded to my tease and I’m crying foul!! All the time. Always.

    Girls, put some clothes on and don’t advertize your wares if you don’t want attention.

    • Dorsa says:

      So you’re saying, sexual harassment is justified if girls wear clothing with more cleavage than usual?

    • Joyce says:

      But I call her an exhibitionist!! I don’t think she has ever played the piano in an appropriate outfit!! The deal is she knows she will get attention from men and she does!! This is why she dresses as she does!! Loves attention!! Also she is suppose to be known as a classical pianist…but she doesn’t dress that way!!! Also she is headed to 40 years old!! Don’t think she will marry and have children!!

  • Karl says:

    I wish I was that piano!

  • Guilty of looking says:

    Wow. That’s soft core porn. Very produced. I guess she’s just putting it out there more overtly than others. She definitely owns her shtick.

    I’d be interested to know if her fans consider themselves classical music lovers in general, or if she alone can satisfy them.

  • Mario Lutz says:

    Come on Norman!! in January South also exists and her costume is completely appropriately…!

  • MusicBear88 says:

    If she could play it like this, I wouldn’t care if she wore a business suit, an evening gown, or nothing at all, because her clothing or lack thereof would be the furthest thing from my mind.


  • M2N2K says:

    Well, she is not overburdened with good taste, but at least she seems to like classical music more than Russian new Minister of Culture does.

  • Bone says:

    Why am I looking away, exactly?

  • John Greenwood says:

    I think that this presentation would probably make Fragonard blush.

  • Barry Guerrero says:

    I’m sure you’ve (un)covered this ground before, but how is Lola a Trumpian pianist? BTW, I’ve certainly heard more mannered performances of “Clear The Saloon”.

  • Anon says:

    I wonder how many elderly men jerk off to this kind of content

  • Ben G. says:

    Why look away? She wants you to admire her. No matter how good she is, her visual performance style is gaining mileage with every work she presents.

    We can only imagine her next presentation, where the piano may not even be in the picture. She’ll then attract another crowd of followers who prefer eye candy to ear candy.

  • Nick says:

    May be you can explain to us how is Astanova “a Trumpian” pianist?!? As far as we know Trump is not a classical music fan and Astanova is an USSR, Tashkent-born pianist with solid education!!

  • Lingerie says:

    Personally I wish she would just fly away. There must be better soft porn than this.

  • John Borstlap says:

    Hilarious…. it looks like a self-deprecating spoof.

  • Tom Melody says:

    Nice Victoria’s Secret advert.

  • Victor says:

    This earth-shattering !!! news item would likely have delighted audiences on Entertainment Tonight, but doesn’t belong on SD.

  • Anon says:

    Stjepan Hauser playing Dvorak concerto stark naked is far more interesting to female viewers.


  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    She looks more like a Kennedy or Clinton girl to me; I wonder if, like Hilary, she calls herself a ‘feminist’ too!!??

    Yep, my man’s a serial philanderer and I put up with the public humiliation. That makes me a real feminist!!

  • Gerald Martin says:

    I’m inclined to be somewhat sympathetic. About 15 years ago my wife and I attended a sparsely attended recital by Juilliard trained young violinist, Janice Martin (No relation), just coming off a glowing review in the Washington Post and playing a Stradivarius violin.

    Now Martin performs in Branson, Missouri as the “World’s only aerial acrobatic and Juilliard trained Violinist, pianist, singer… .” In consolation I’m ordering her CD.


  • Lola found her “niche”, for better or for worse.
    Does anyone know if there is a market for ugly, balding Russian men playing the piano?
    ahem, asking for a friend

  • Piano Ztud says:

    I wonder if there is a market for fat, hairy men playing the piano competently. Um, asking for a friend.

  • Lola says:

    An atrocity.

  • Al says:

    Pathetic! Not the video or the musical performance, but the sexually repressed, neo-Victorian music snobs, criticising both the woman’s performance and her attire.

  • Stern shmuel says:

    heavely … make music looks extremely differently…

  • Sam L. Sox, Jr. says:

    I really enjoy seeing her display how the music effects her. Her body becomes an extension of the passion she is presenting.via the piano. She plays the instrument from thundering bass sounds to the very light upper registry of the instrument. Her selection her clothing gives one a beautiful visual presentation of the her outer beauty. Love her repertoire. Extraordinary musician,


  • George says:

    Amazing talent so sultry

  • Roger E Kassebaum says:

    Beautiful Angel

  • Aaron says:

    You sound jealous and petty enjoy the perfection that is Lola