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    Mao's programs this year

    Watched the vedios for Mao's SP, LP and Ex at TEB. General impression: Tarasova did something great to upgrade Mao's performance level, the Ex was something giving Mao facial expression that's finally different and visible. The arm movement was also more difined and expressive. Excellent job. However both her SP and LP had something to be desired.

    SP: The gerenal tone was right but she hasn't found the nuance of the music yet. IMHO there is a lack of the feeling of indulging in the tranqility and romance of beautiful moonlight. I dont' know if I expressed it clearly as my English is not good enough to express the very subtle thoughts. I couldn't help to go back to watch S/Z's SP again and anybody wants to see what I mean here that's it. I would think that this kind of music needs very efficient and smooth stroking and turns that keep you "floating" on the ice and the move should be concentrated on the arm and upper body as well as the eyes.
    LP: Monotoned highbeats, didn't gave Mao any chance to catch her breath and it's boring to hear the same tune ( or do people call it sentence in music?) repeated again and again. No change of tempo and rhythme throughout the program, can one call it unbalanced, that's something I'm not sure, but at least I wouldn't call it a good structure program wise nor music edition wise. IMO it was overdone.

    Although the jumps were not there at the moment, IMO Mao did improved performance wise, especially showing in the Ex, her arms moved better and with more expression, her facial express is a big leap from before and that is definitely an asset for her IMO.

    Like her costumes.

    (I was searching for Lu Chen's clair de lune and saw a yu na's clair de lune program, don't know when she did it but it is just the way I imagine a Clair de lune should be, also a Mao's when she was younger, beautiful)
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    I love the SP music choice for her. It is perfect for her smooth, light skating.
    But I felt that the program was a bit too busy. Even though her choreos are very beautiful, there are few slow moments where you can just relax and enjoy the grace.

    I think her gala program simply fantastic. Absolutely gorgeous.

    The LP music being frantically repetitive may be just a character of this music, but may not necessarily be suitable for FS performances.

    I recall that her 2006 LP music was also repetitive.
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    I didn't care for Asada's unrelenting pell-mell LP music at Trophee Eric Bompard. But there is the possibility that if she skates it up to the potential of the program, it could be a blockbuster. I am looking forward to Act II at NHK.

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    I agree, the LP is kind of a snooze. I really don't see why some are claiming it to be a masterpiece, at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shine View Post
    I agree, the LP is kind of a snooze. I really don't see why some are claiming it to be a masterpiece, at all.
    It's a matter of taste, that's all. To each his own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mirai_asada View Post
    It's a matter of taste, that's all. To each his own.
    That's true but her LP is definitely COP unfriendly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frozenhell View Post
    That's true but her LP is definitely COP unfriendly.
    So true.

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    I don't like Mao's SP nor LP this season. Her choreography in SP is too frantic and doesnt' go with that music. Her LP is just blah to me. I watched it once and never watched it again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shine View Post
    I agree, the LP is kind of a snooze. I really don't see why some are claiming it to be a masterpiece, at all.
    I'd have to agree. I didn't like her 06-07 LP either...the music was wayyy too repetitive too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KayMil01 View Post
    I'd have to agree. I didn't like her 06-07 LP either...the music was wayyy too repetitive too.
    At first I didn't like last year's long either. But I grew to love it... It may have been repetitive but it was beautiful repetitive music. However, this program's music. Maybe I'll change my mind later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KayMil01 View Post
    I'd have to agree. I didn't like her 06-07 LP either...the music was wayyy too repetitive too.
    I heard that Mao did not necessarily love this program very much, either.

    I myself did not like the repetitiveness first. But I had come to love it.


    When I first heard the original version of the Tchkovsky violin concerto, I thought it crazily repetitive, too. Somehow, I have come to feel that it is the character/essence of this music. I feel similarly about the repetitiveness of the current LP music.
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    I find Mao's programs to be of an acquired taste. Despite being a Mao fan, I wasn't too crazy about both her SP & LP at first, but after watching them for a few times, they began to grow on me

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    I actually like the LP music. If it is not disturbed by flaws, it's going to be like a large, beautiful painting.

    SP just did not give me a kind of fantastic moment that I would expect to have but would hope that she pulls it off next times.

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    Her SP didn't really impress me, but her LP did. It looks like it has such potential.

    I'll wait till NHK comes around before I make a decision. I usually can't say whether I liked it or not objectively when the program I saw was below her usual standard.

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    Mao still seems lost, or torn, between to extremes: a tranquil, mono-dramatic SP and a dynamic, theatrical, ice dance-sort-of LP. I think Tarasova intentionally chose two different kinds of music in order to mark a strikingly dramatic contrast, but it's now in Mao's hands to make the best of both worlds. And imho, the outcome is still iffy: One can say, the best is yet to come while others can say the worst is yet to come. I personally think both programs will grow on me, leaving the issues on her jump techniques aside.

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