"I'm looking to give everyone a wonderful musical experience, and perhaps a spiritual experience." — Janina Fialkowska
Experience internationally-celebrated pianist Janina Fialkowska live in concert, with CBC Music's exclusive videos and audio recordings from her recital at the CBC/McGill Series in Montreal on Feb. 25, 2013.
Janina Fialkowska plays Frédéric Chopin live in Montreal
Janina Fialkowska plays Franz Schubert live in Montreal
Janina Fialkowska plays Edvard Grieg live in Montreal
I was privileged to attend this thrilling recital a few months ago, and I'm pleased that others can now hear it as well. I am LESS THAN PLEASED, however, by the online posting. Having to endure 30 seconds of raucous advertising before each musical excerpt is absolutely galling, especially so when they bracket exquisite, ephemeral pieces like the Grieg miniatures. Programming like this is an insult -- to the artist, to the listener and to the music itself. Who makes these programming decisions -- 9 year-olds ??? If I were Ms. Fialkowska, I would forbid you from ever again making use of her talent in this manner.
I totally understand and accept the need for advertising, but why bludgeon us with it so repeatedly? A 30-second ad at the beginning and the end of the concert, and perhaps one at intermission, would be more than sufficient and far less disruptive. I also object to your apparent premise that CBC listeners have such fleeting attention spans that we have to be fed our music by spoonfuls. In this instance, the fragmenting of the program content (even without those intrusive ads) totally destroys the mood and trivializes the concert experience. If you think you're going to attract droves of young listeners with these tactics, think again. Even if a young listener swoops in, samples one of these pieces and transfers it to his ITunes account, what have you really accomplished? Have you made a classical music lover of him? I hardly think so. All you're doing is ticking off what remains of your adult audience.
I sincerely hope you will rethink your approach to online broadcasting of beautiful recitals like Ms. Fialkowska's. As Canada's premier on-air/online showcase for stellar Canadian artists, which is what the CBC has repeatedly said it wants to be, you can surely do better than this.
-- JRLesage, Montréal
Since posting my earlier comments, I have learned that the obnoxious ads I complained about are not visible on all viewing platforms. Why this is so, I don't know. So for you folks listening on IPads and other ad-free platforms, lucky you -- enjoy, enjoy. As for the rest of us, those ads are still there, and they are just as intrusive and disrespectful and downright wrong as they have been from Day One. Fortunately for everyone, the CBC has incorporated several of these same pieces into other content on the site, where they can be heard within the context of interviews with the artist and without disruptive publicity. A much more satisfying listening experience. I urge you to go there.
-- JRL, Montréal