Yeah, beginners and early graders during my time (when Richard Clayderman was beginning to be popular) and everyone knew how to play Ballade Pour Adeline. Those who didn't always wanted to learn.Originally posted by reny
no. but good for beginner though, cos it motivates them to learn.
Totally agree, his latest arrangements are crap at best. The originals were better to some extent. I can now identify a Clayderman piece after 3-4 bars, regardless of whether I've previously heard it.Originally posted by David
He's classic! Remember the good old days back in pri school in the early 80's. I love his older pieces. Today, I think his record company Rock Records market him by making him play Chinese pop. Very cliche and money churning thingy. Boring after some time. Even the tunes of some of his popular English pops are very predictably arranged.
But beginners and those who don't know how to play the piano will still be attracted to him. Explains why he never fails to draw the young crowds and mothers who bring their kids along for inspiration whenever he plays here? For those who play and appreciate classical music, well, they think he's playing toilet music... all simple ting ting tang tang's on the keys.
Hmm.... No one else has described Clayderman more accurately than Scriabinesque. 100% agree with him.Originally posted by Scriabinesque
somehow he just has only one way of accompanying his tunes. always that that same arpeggio pattern, almost always in the same progression. Always the same old tricks.
At the very very least, his earlier works (e.g. Ballade Pour Adeline, Lyphard Melodie, etc) aren't nearly as bad as his intepretations of pop songs, which are totally crap. Hey, those "nicer" songs aren't even written or arranged by him!Originally posted by Scriabinesque
Well all have to be credited to Richard Clayderman himself. hahaha!!
Fourteen years ago I started listening to Richard Clayderman. Then my musical knowledge isn't anything compared to now. Sometimes I really hate myself for being what I am now, but I have to be thankful too, having to have so many opportunities to learn and opportunities to know.
To the not so discerning ear, it is pleasant sounding indeed.
To the ears seasoned with the complete sound palette of the piano, RC is a mass of grey. Grey and flat.
Seriously, to those who used to like Clayderman and now feel "betrayed" and "abandoned" by him, perhaps you should try Ernesto Cortazar.Originally posted by ckiang
Seriously, he has gotten so bland, so repetitive in style, that I can identify his playing within 2-3 bars.
wah ... now then realised tat this thread first started last yr june ... :bigeyes:psyche said:Wow, this is an old post.
Yeah, I've been to his concert 2 years ago. Whatz up?
Though some say it's elevator music, I find I still like his music. It's soothing. Some, especially those who are into hard-core classical piano, claimed nah, his pieces all "ting-ting dong dong" kind. Yet when I ask some friends who got Grade 8 in piano to play, they all fumble. Guess all of them studied piano like mugging for exams. Ask anything outside the syllabus and they go blur. I haven't heard "live" someone who can play them beautifully like Clayderman himself.