Trump’s White House pianist is back

Trump’s White House pianist is back


norman lebrecht

April 23, 2021

We missed you, Lola, and we’re pleased the music is new.

It’s a reflection on a Turkish novel Çalıkuşu by Reşat Nuri Güntekin.

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  • Concertgebouw79 says:

    Lola you didn’t miss me!

  • Concertgebouw79 says:

    I didn’t miss you also!

  • christopher storey says:

    “Pleased you’re back ???” Speak for yourself, NL

    • Concertgebouw79 says:

      When it’s Lola and the more talented miss Wang… the others one like Beatrice Rana and Yeol Eum Son don’t exist here…

      • Karl says:

        Claire Huangci is really good too. She’s the winner of the first prize and the Mozart prize at the 2018 Geza Anda Competition. She wears too many clothes though.

        • BRUCEB says:

          She has a Scarlatti album out that is really good. She also played the Chopin E minor concerto with my orchestra a few seasons ago, and was wonderful.

  • John Borstlap says:

    Trump will love this.

  • Emanuele P says:

    looking forward to the Beethoven Violin Sonatas full cycle with Lola and Andre Rieu, must be thrilling

    • BRUCEB says:

      Not fair. Rieu is at least a real musician. Maybe he doesn’t play the kind of music you prefer, but he’s not a charlatan.

      (There used to be a subcategory of classical music called “Light Classics” or “Salon Music.” People who were good at it were respected for their expertise within their field. But that was a long time ago.)

  • Mystic Chord says:

    Lola A – “When less is definitely not more”

  • Greg Bottini says:

    Idiocy. She played a gig or two at the White House. So now she’s “Trump’s WH pianist”? Give her a break! She’s just trying to make a living!
    So she may not be the second coming of Argerich, but I can’t understand the negative comments surrounding her, unless they are powered by jealousy.

    • BRUCEB says:

      NL enjoys obsessing about good-looking female pianists. Doesn’t matter if they’re good or not: if there’s a picture with cleavage (and some offer more of those pictures than others), he’s all over it, so to speak.

      It brings in the clicks.

    • Karl says:

      It’s also powered by what is called TDS – Trump Derangement Syndrome. If you don’t treat Trump like the anti-Christ then you must be evil too. Then you get targeted for destruction.

    • Kurwenal says:

      When you look more like an actor trying to mimic the movements of a concert pianist, and with an Ooo-lo-la decolletage as your main selling point, you set yourself up for some ridicule. Nice pedaling, though.

  • BRUCEB says:

    As I’ve said before: I set one of these videos playing in a separate tab and then went about my business. When the piece ended, I was taken a little bit by surprised because I’d stopped noticing that there was music even playing — kind of like when your fridge turns off.

    When I did the same thing with Stephen Kovacevich’s 120th Birthday recital, his phrasing and musicianship kept distracting me from what I was doing.

    I’m certainly not interested in seeing either of them naked, but I know which one I’d rather listen to.

  • Jean says:

    I think she fits very well with the Turkish soap operas. She has finally found herself.

  • Scott says:

    Trump had a pianist in the White House? His favorite piece is Itsy Bitsy Spider.

  • David K. Nelson says:

    Do we commonly identify concert pianists primarily by way of the POTUS they performed for? I do not recall Van Cliburn being called LBJ’s pianist, Eugene List as Harry Truman’s pianist, Enrique Granados as Woodrow Wilson’s pianist (although Paderewski had as strong a claim), nor Teresa Carreño as Lincoln’s pianist (although again Louis Moreau Gottschalk had equal right to the title). Richard Nixon was his own pianist.

    • esfir ross says:

      Harry Truman was also his own pianist. First it was a book by Turkish writer and I read it in 1950th and all sentimental women cry reading. I didn’t. Lola’s not sentimental-she’s all about selling herself.

    • Petros Linardos says:

      Obviously, since the 60d we haven’t we always referred to Casals as Kennedy’s cellist?

  • henry williams says:

    if she knocked on my door. i would ask
    her to stay.

  • Dan says:

    Pure Klaviagra.