And about the concerti... the orchestra was CLEARLY incompetent. If you watch the documentaries from '05 and before, and then look around at the orch. this year though, there are a LOT of new people, so maybe that's why? Some things were completely disgusting though (coming out of the 1st mvt cadenza in Yeol Eum Son's Prokofiev 2nd, the low brass came in way late and at like... half tempo........ or the jump forward at the beginning of Tsujii's Rach 2...)
Yeah, something was amiss with the orchestra for sure. That's a good observation about there being so many new members. I respect Conlon a lot as a conductor (having done some conducting myself - on a much, much
smaller scale!); he is definitely amazing at what he does, but one can only do so much with a struggling ensemble. For the orchestra to learn a gazillion concerti accompaniments on split-second notice with brand-new folks who aren't used to the system is something like a death sentence, I feel sure. And, just so you know, the FWSO has had problems in the past with high turnover rates and quibbling orchestra members. Or so I hear.
Memory did serve you right, Sarah. And I actually liked the Bates piece... in fact, I liked it so much that I bought the score (that and the Hagen suite, which I actually wasn't too thrilled with until Lifits played it. everyone here should check out his whole semifinal recital btw... liszt sonata, hagen suite, and the best prokofiev 7th ever)
If you ever record the Bates, do post it! That would be fun.
And I'll have to listen to Lifits' semis performance - I missed that. Only heard his prelims.