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 Post subject: Phillip Sear
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 11:28 am 
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Has anyone come across this pianist?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRHJsDWXgCY&feature=fvsr

How is it humanely possible to have posted 1,085 videos with himself playing? Or is this normal and I am the one who is slow to hit the keys?

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 Post subject: Re: Phillip Sear
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 6:42 pm 
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OMG! That is so amazing!! I've got to get crackin'....

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 Post subject: Re: Phillip Sear
PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2011 9:07 am 
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*edit*
posted by chris while erroneously logged in as LVB1770 :D

I've watched some of Sear's videos. He was recently mentioned briefly in an issue of Gramophone magazine, which says something.
He's a dependable and efficient pianist but rather mass-producing tons of mostly easy repertoire, played from sheet with fixed camera position and apparently without any editing, obnoxious page turns and all. Some interesting things to be found there, and also a lot of watery drivel. While there's seldom anything wrong with his recordings they're not exactly imaginative, in fact I find them rather drab as a rule.
Had I videotaped all of my PS recordings I'd be ahead of him 8)


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 Post subject: Re: Phillip Sear
PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2011 2:17 pm 
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LVB1770 wrote:
I've watched some of Sear's videos. He was recently mentioned briefly in an issue of Gramophone magazine, which says something.
He's a dependable and efficient pianist but rather mass-producing tons of mostly easy repertoire, played from sheet with fixed camera position and apparently without any editing, obnoxious page turns and all. Some interesting things to be found there, and also a lot of watery drivel. While there's seldom anything wrong with his recordings they're not exactly imaginative, in fact I find them rather drab as a rule.
Had I videotaped all of my PS recordings I'd be ahead of him 8)


You've got that many recordings on PS? Who are you?? :? :?

I know what you mean about Sear's videos. My first reaction was that they were not very interesting - I'm just amazed at the number of videos.

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 Post subject: Re: Phillip Sear
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If you investigate further you will see he works playing in weddings and parties, where I doubt anyone is even listening. He obviously has all the qualities of a songplugger. How many people can deliver at first reading? I certainly cannot. Now, if you look at him as an encyclopaedia rather than a musician, he is great: name a piece and lo and behold! you go to him to see how it sounds! Recently I have found him delivering pieces I thought I was alone in practising.

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 Post subject: Re: Phillip Sear
PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2011 9:00 pm 
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pianolady wrote:
You've got that many recordings on PS? Who are you?? :? :?

Ahaaaa *LOL*
I see I have posted this message while logged in as LVB1770. I needed to do that to verify his account and forgot
to log out. hehe

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 Post subject: Re: Phillip Sear
PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2011 1:50 am 
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LVB1770 wrote:
*edit*
posted by chris while erroneously logged in as LVB1770 :D
Had I videotaped all of my PS recordings I'd be ahead of him 8)


This statement did cause me some confusion. I'm glad it's been cleared up :wink:

There's some interesting stuff on the channel, though the sound quality seems questionable at times.


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 Post subject: Re: Phillip Sear
PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2011 2:20 am 
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techneut wrote:
pianolady wrote:
You've got that many recordings on PS? Who are you?? :? :?

Ahaaaa *LOL*
I see I have posted this message while logged in as LVB1770. I needed to do that to verify his account and forgot
to log out. hehe



haha - funny, funny.... :P

I bet it confused LVB1770 too! :lol: :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Phillip Sear
PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2011 8:03 am 
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Or maybe frightened him.

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 Post subject: Re: Phillip Sear
PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2011 8:07 am 
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richard66 wrote:
Or maybe frightened him.

Could well be :D Strange things happen here sometimes.

Anyway, I have to hand it to Sear, he seldom puts a foot wrong, not even in a more substantial piece like Godowsky's Vindobona.
This is no mean achievement.

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 Post subject: Re: Phillip Sear
PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2011 1:37 pm 
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My views in general were positive, so there we agree.

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