What happened? The end of PIANO BATTLE?
A solos show? On TV?
Welcome to PIANO BATTLE – Ready for TV. The second live show of the PIANO BATTLE brand is brimming with surprises and new challenges. In the first edition, the two pianists only had each other as the rival; in this instalment, they also have to deal with the various constraints and challenges in the world of broadcasting and the incessant demands of a TV director from behind the scenes. All this gives rise to fresh perspectives regarding the two artists’ repertoires, styles and attitudes. Who can cope better and adapt to the changes more quickly? Whose ideas are more entertaining and would keep the viewer’s eyes glued to the screen?
This second show is all about TV, with its facts and cliches. Several times during the battle, the two pianists take on the role of TV director and capitalise ontake advantage of the situation to corner each other. Films and film music are apparently Paul’s forte, which is why he proposes a round about film scores. Andreas sees through Paul’s plot a little too late but still manages to turn the table by prompting Paul to put on an outlandish Darth Vader costume when playing the next round. Both pianists claim to have a good understanding of the opposite. Little wonder they come up with their version of a TV dating show. Three women from the audience will reveal which of the two pianists they like better.
The final round gives the two contestants the opportunity to present an excerpt from their solo shows: Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to „Music Only“. Debussy was a master in creating atmospheres. His music follows no conventions, each pieces has its on musical languages. Imagine what a piece such a genius would write after experiencing a modern day firework…” And: Good evening, ladies and gentlemen! Have you heard it in the news? Recent studies confirmed that listening to Bach while having sex increases one’s fertility. They have also found a natural way of carrying out abortion with the music of Wagner. And if a man needs a vasectomy, they suggest Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker…
In the end, the audience has to decide how much entertainment can classical music accommodate – or is needed, and which of the two pianists is really Ready for TV.
01. September 2018 TaichungatNational Taichung Theater