Takashashi is really fantastic in interpreting music, that´s why he got my vote. What a feeling towards music he has!!! Plushenko performed his jumps well as usual, but the music playing in the background could have been just any music, not specifically Moonlight Sonata.
hm..a comment to the video:
" But what a haunting and stunningly beautiful program!
A modern interpretation of Beethoven's timeless music, so demure and subtle, and yet with heart-felt passion and sensitivity. It gave us glimpse of longing, bewilderment and vulnerability, combined with the loftiness and sweetness. Only the genius knows how to interpret another genius."
What a big different. Sigh! The FS is a very subjective sport, as we know...
Evgeni has changed the music, the piano sonata became guitar music. The sweet, soft music became more dramatic, fit to Plush's style. Can you imagine when Plush skates in same style like Dai ? I think when a skater will develop own style, in determining the physique and stature. Dai is a low skater, Plush is tall among the skaters.
For my taste Dai is too busy on ice, I know this isn't his fault. I don't like too much the COP. I would like to enjoy a movement, but i can't, because comes the next! and here the next!..OMG! In contrast,in Plu program is great harmony between the movements and the music, the style is more balletic. I didn't know this SP, when I found it on Youtube, I was surprised, OMG! what a beauty!
This is his first SP under the new system.. I was really curious, he received Program component scores: 39,85 + Tech 44,50
Jeff Buttle PC-36,98
Lambiel PC 36,3 + TEC 44,30
Plushy beat Lambiel with PC scores.. What a surprised! again..
They are two completely different skaters.
When Plushenko skates in his balletic classical style, his perfect posture makes every movement like frozen beautiful picture that radiant and it comes from inner. It looks so graceful and magnificent, especially when you watch it live.
In Sheffield 2012 one could hear “wow” breathless whisper from British audience during Plushenko’s skating. That “wow” factor like exchange electricity.
From recent skaters only Berezhnaya/Siharulidze could produce that kind of beauty on ice.
Takahashi’s balletic style is more busy, but beautiful in its own way.
It is hard to compare these two skaters, from two different planets.
Now it says 12hrs to vote. How can we see the final result, btw?
When this one is over, maybe I would love to see another polls, say, Carmen battle: Evan 2006 vs Evgeni 2002 or Phantom battle Patrick 2010 vs Daisuke 2007! Any other polls do you guys would love to see?
And is this vote only for men's skating? There are plenty of comparison in lady's too. (I say so many people using the same music.)
Oh, I would like to see Johnny and Misha's Swan.
And Olympia's comment sums what my intention with these polls. Younger fans will have missed many good programs, older fans for different reasons may have too, this is a way to put programs under their radar.
I'll definitely have more polls, ladies will follow, then pairs and ice-dance, to keep it diverse.
Thanks for all your comments and for voting too!
It's hard to say. I think in terms of an SP (where I usually give the nod to the more technically ambitious/clean skater), Plushenko outskated Takahashi.
However, Takahashi's musicality and interpretation was (and is) far better compared to Plushenko, but not what Takahashi himself is entirely capable of. I remember last year a lot of his fans (including myself) criticizing him for scrapping his original SP and then replacing it with this kind of meh Moonlight Sonata.
If these were freeskates, I might have gone in Takahashi's favour (I think having a build in the music would allow for better interpretation than what he gave in his his SP).
Thanks, joeperryfan! Definitely thought-provoking both to watch the programs and to hear everyone's reactions. (And it was also fun.) I have always loved comparing different interpretations of the same music or (for an actor) the same drama passages. (Imagine, for example, several splendid actors reciting the same Hamlet soliloquy, or several duos portraying Elizabeth and Darcy speaking the same words from Pride and Prejudice.) It makes you think not just of the interpreters but also of the original pieces of music or text, how they are constructed, and what different angles one can view them from.