Why I post so much recordings here. Because I thought it would be a good idea to have a profile here on pianosociety web. It's page which I can show to some contacts etc. So that I need there good pick of recordings.
it was said here that PS should focus on music, and not on people's behavior. well... I disagree.
this website is maintained by two people in their free time. it allows free webhosting for pianists, as long as their recordings are submitted to the audition room and approved. it also subsists due to donation and the goodwill of the community.
IDEALLY, it should only focus on music. but considering the whole thing, it's quite annoying for mainly professional pianists who arrive here, deposit their recordings and disappear forever. PianoSociety DOESN'T WORK FOR HIRE! it's not here to SERVE the pianists! it's quite unfair that pianists take advantage of it, the free hard work of the moderators, and don't even care for them or the community!
Indeed, looking at the amount of recordings and list of the artists one can see there is no shortage, on the other hand, it is quite interesting to see that MOST of them not actively posting and let's face it, the traffic on this particular board is extremely slow. Definitely, I would not blame it all on those artists and definitely there is some kind of explanation. I am afraid, the free work of moderators would not be the one--I've been on different discussion boards (from piano related, to purely technical and pro-audio stuff) for many years, and ALWAYS the moderators work for free and this is their free choice.
After a year being on this board, as I see it, something what can be a a strong point here can also be a biggest weakness. That sense of community is always a sword with two edges and inevitably tastes of the community starts dominating the forum, both musically and personally. If somebody even little bit different, then that person is automatically just does not get accepted. Only a certain circle of people with certain manners, certain ideas/way of talking and thinking can get inside. I am not saying it is bad, but it definitely limits the forum outreach. If that's the goal of the board and it wants to exist in a little, warm, and fuzzy circle of close friends then it is fine, otherwise I believe there should be at least a consciousness of those shortcomings.
Another reason, it is actually quite amazing to see, without exceptions all the interesting, or more or less interesting discussions immediately get dropped. I personally posted quite a few youtube recordings from J. Hoffmann to G. Gould, which are in my view are pinnacles of piano performance. Guess what, none of them got even one single response!
There is no one single topic (let alone serious discussion) on the aesthetics of pianism, performance, or composer. The only single serious constructive discussion on technique I can see is an excellent topic opened by Musical-MD, but it does not seem to be popular, either.
Sorry to say Felipe, if you mentioned professional pianists, I hardly could see any of them trying to get through this wall and it is very unfortunate to see them as you rightly put it, depositing the recording and go. Clearly, one cannot put entire blame on them.
I think in the past PS should beg for recordings. now it is more popular and has a lot of them, and one more of Chopin is not its ultimate need. the conclusion is: it's quite in the moderators' (or the community's) right to allow or disallow someone for extra musical reasons, even astrological reasons!
Ideally, we should be objective enough to base that decision on musical reasons alone. I think mostly we are. But it can be hard.... Sometimes, we just choose to ignore someone who rubs us (and the other PS members) the wrong way. In such a case, it does not matter one bit whether the repertoire is common or not, or whether it's a splendid performance or not. For better or worse, this is a community and people should learn to behave and fit in - same as it is in the big bad world out there.
Ah, then it explains the reason why even if authorities chose to stop by my recordings threads, then it is mostly with irrelevant, or out of topic comments.
On the other hand, I can see perfectly well how my persona does not fit in the community, so no surprises here.
P.S. Sorry for out of topic rant, but most of this thread does not belong to the topic opened by OP, anyway.