Heading for half a million Bach views in a month

Heading for half a million Bach views in a month


norman lebrecht

May 01, 2021

It’s the unstoppable Lola and she’s at it again.

You and I may find her interpretation lacking character and dynamically monotonous but clearly others see and hear what we don’t.

One of the great mysteries



  • christopher storey says:

    Can anyone tell me what piece this is please ?

    • Sue Sonata Form says:

      Some kind of modern ‘take’ on one of the Bach ’48’ with more allusions to Ennio Morricone and Michel Legrand.

      Woops; what happened? The search for a closing cadence is somewhat rickety!! Where’s Philip Glass?

      • christopher storey says:

        Quite : I play all of the 48, and the 2 part inventions , and I cannot recognise this at all : it sounds like a pastiche Cminor prelude from Book 1

    • Marfisa says:

      ”This piece is composed by Luo Ni and it’s a modification of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Prelude in C minor from The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1 (BWV 847). “ Who would have thought?

    • Marfisa says:

      All you need to know:

      “G minor Bach is the 28th stage of Piano Tiles 2. It is unlocked when the player reaches Level 10.

      This song is composed by Luo Ni (倪椤) and is a modification of Johann Sebestian [sic] Bach’s Prelude in C minor from The Well Tempered Clavier book 1 (BWV 847).

      G minor Bach is a song in Piano Tiles 2. It is notorious for an almost dominant prevalence of single tiles and an internal speed of 9/10. The current world record is 5421 by Glory YT. ”


      Anybody here ever heard of Piano Tiles? I hadn’t.

  • Alexander says:

    judging from how often you mention her in your blog I think she is not only Mr.Trump’s favourite performer 😉 … guess who is her secret admirer in the city of London named starting with “N” 😉

  • John Borstlap says:

    Why does she play the piano? It’s merely distracting.

  • Miranda Green says:

    Perhaps they should shut their eyes

  • “…others see and hear what we don’t…”

    Well, I’d say there isn’t very much left of her to see (or hear), that we haven’t yet.

  • Good God look at those … says:

    … candles on the table! Her hair could go up in flames any second!

  • Robert says:

    I think you actually – and possibly involuntarily – hit the nail on the head, when you say “views”, because that is what this is all about. I am not saying that she cannot play, because she obviously can, but why she so shamelessly has to (un)dress like that gives me the shivers (and I don’t mean positively). No wonder Trump became attached, but not to the music, I fear. There is a name for this kind of exposure…

    • Le Křenek du jour says:

      In a musical environment gone bust, this artist reveals the deep cleavage between the visual and the auditory.

      Others have focused on B-A-C; her interpretation is firmly scooping the “H” in B-A-C-H. That’s her cup (of tea, I suppose), and shouldn’t every musician hearten the bosom of her own basic musical instinct?
      We must not not skirt the issue: in the absence of a pianistic Triumph, let us offer two cheers for an ample and well-rounded sine of inspiration.

  • Edward says:

    Is this from ‘the Well-tempered brasier’?

  • Herbie G says:

    It’s not so much hearing what we don’t but seeing what we do. You say that she’s heading for half a million Bach views – but there’s no view of Bach in sight! Seems like she’s demonstrating a Two-Part Invention.

    She might be heading for millions of views – whether anyone has the sound on is another matter.

    Is this the culture vultures’ tasteful version of Page Three?

    Righto, I am now ready for zillions of downvotes and rebukes from the ‘Me Too’ lobby for being sexist, unwoke, behind the times and politically incorrect. I might even be arrested and if I am banged up I shall still have a PC in my cell so that I will be able to follow SD and listen to almost anything on YouTube.
    I guess NL might also be subject to the same fate for publishing this and if so I hope he gets the adjacent cell – seems like he’d be great company, which would make the time in custody fly past in no time!
    In the meantime I am off to visit the grave of Emmeline Pankhurst, after which I will issue a public apology – just to avoid being expelled from the Shove Ha’penny team at the local.

  • Denise Brain says:

    I just wonder, how much did they cost her and did she make sure that the implants won’t give her cancer later on in her life?

  • microview says:

    Competition for Buniatishvili in one way at least………

  • Petros Linardos says:

    She partly has to thank blogs like this for her clicks. We hear here way more about her than about, say, Grigory Sokolov.

  • Hayne says:

    What are you talking about Norman? She has
    a great pair of…hands.

  • HR says:

    Not a mystery. Sex sells.

  • Concertgebouw79 says:

    You are addicted to Lola Norman ahahahah

  • Old Man in the Midwest says:

    You should see her do double octaves!

    Anyway, I think she’s hot and she seems to be enjoying herself. Isn’t that why we make music?

    We need to support all artists who enjoy Classical music rather than rap, heavy metal and music that demeans the human spirit.

    • Marfisa says:

      You call this mush classical music? I would rather listen to heavy metal, some of which does relate meaningfully to the baroque!

  • Jeff says:

    Norman, why are you promoting this and why are you pretending to not realize why she is getting the views? Its disgusting and it makes you look really really bad.

    • OperaFan says:

      Agree with Jeff that this little post from Norman does look out of character, trying to pretend to be naive not knowing the reason. What you expect ppl to react to your “innocent” question? Maybe you just meant for having some fun and light moments…

  • msc says:

    It’s not the “hear,” just the “see.” And I see it, I just don’t give it high priority in a classical musician.

  • V.Lind says:

    I didn’t actually play that video — I am a little more particular about my Bach — but I doubt many of us do not see what it’s all about, even if we don’t hear it.

    Vulgarity trumps (verb chosen deliberately) art every time.

  • Basta says:

    who cares? is this news?

  • drummerman says:

    “Great mystery?” She’s an attractive woman, wearing a very short dress which is also low cut. No mystery at all.

  • CRWang says:

    Enough of this already. Such an easy target NL. Like whipping a wounded horse. Pick on someone else such Lang Lang Bang Bang. He’s a more suitable target.

  • caranome says:

    Poor Norman, flummoxed by Lola. There is NO mystery here re: “clearly others see and hear what we don’t.” There’s nothing to hear here!

  • Cosi fan tutti frutti says:

    She is clearly a very well-rounded musician

  • Uncle Sam says:

    Comparing Lola’s clip to that one below I came to a very odd, totally unexpected conclusion: a greater body exposure doesn’t necessary translates into better piano playing! Who would think…:-)

    • Marfisa says:

      Thank you, Uncle Sam! It was torturing me, wondering what the *** she was playing so horribly. Bach in G minor?????? Your link tells me: “”This piece is composed by Luo Ni and it’s a modification of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Prelude in C minor from The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1 (BWV 847). “

  • Anonymous says:

    Playing allegro commando, er, comodo

  • Tiffany Poon says:

    I learned so much from him!

  • Norman!! You are a star!

  • Paul Dawson says:

    My preferences for Bach’s keyboard music are (1) harpsichord, (ii) Moog synthesiser and (iii) clavichord.

    Gender, gender transition and cup size are irrelevant.

  • Greg Bottini says:

    It’s the unstoppable Norman Lebrecht and he’s at it again.

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    Classic porn. It’s such a shame for women who feel they have to do this to garner attention.

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    She’s dreaming of Michelle Pfeiffer in “The Fabulous Baker Boys”, which Michelle did to perfection without the assistance of Dow Corning and Botox.

  • I’m not Lola Astanova says:

    She certainly is not “lacking in character” and neither is her playing…

    Is he comparing the dynamic levels of Horowitz playing the Rachmaninoff Sonata No. 2 in 1968 to this piece recorded in “basic” sound in Lola’s living room?


    Hey, I worked hard playing this piece, and that hurts, Norman.

  • John G. says:

    She makes a most pert, uplifted, and well-rounded presentation. Who cares about the music? Bravo!

  • Rich Patina says:

    I probably speak for most of your readers in thanking you for keeping us abreast of her career.

  • yujafan says:

    I congratulate NL in driving up the clicks for Lola’s latest soft p*rn with a keyboard video. After this, it’s clear he has no reason at all to question Yuja Wang’s dress sense or playing ability on this blog ever again. Style and quality always speak for themselves.

  • Novagerio says:

    What’s actually wrong with boobs, legs and talent? Do you expect a female pianist to wear a nun costume when playing Classical music? Or does bare skin automatically diminish her talent?

    • Enid Coleslaw says:

      Talent? hahahahahahahahahaha*inhale*hahahahahahahahahahaha

    • John Borstlap says:

      For females playing the piano, only a burka is sufficient to prevent males in the audience to be distracted from the music. On the other hand, females in the audience have no difficulty ignoring male outfits and their contents because they never distract from the music which is always written by males. So, female amorous interest in male presence is entirely risen through the music and never in contradiction with it. Strange that nobody has ever noticed this remarkable difference in music appreciation, not even in these feminist times.

  • RW2013 says:

    Segerstam would write symphony number 345 – “What the pedals saw”.

  • Bill says:

    It appears that an oft-quoted bit of life advice needs extension. I propose:

    When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When life gives you melons, make a video…

  • Paul Carlile says:

    Pardon my dylsexier, but whopper titty evryone is scoring porn on this pinist; it all seems more than a clit bumsy.
    Lol.. ass turnover.

  • Anon says:

    It’s interesting – women can spot immediately that her boobs are fake. It doesn’t seem to matter to men.

  • Anon says:

    Just to clarify – you can tell her boobs are fake because they don’t move, even when she plays. They would be hard & plastic-y to the touch. Natural cleavage of that size would bounce around a little. Hers are perfectly rigid. You can also tell by the shininess & hardness of her exposed cleavage skin. You can practically see the silicone underneath. Not only did she have a major boob job, it’s a BAD major boob job.

    • John Borstlap says:

      You have not been informed that she is an advanced Japanese robot. You can hear it in her playing, it’s AI interpretation.

    • Ashu says:

      Why do we never hear about Yannick’s implants? Aren’t they at least as obvious?

  • Anthony Sanderson says:

    You can always try Sir András Schiff.


    5,794 views 263 likes and 6 dislikes compared to Lola’s 446,193 views, 11,000 likes and 542 dislikes.

    It’s tough out there now Sir András!

  • Eusebius says:

    Thanks Norman for keeping us abreast of classical news.

  • Harpist says:

    Awful. But I guess in a short dress and wide cleavage everything can go viral. Even the most uninspired Bach…

  • Save the MET says:

    Norman, thanks for the mammaries!