Since I have seen up to week four’s episode 7, I am not sure this qualifies as a “first impression”.
Why oh why should it change the Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto no.2 to Grieg’s Piano Concerto? It only reminded me of the famous Morecambe and Wise’s Christmas comedy sketch.
Summing up this adaptation is the exchanges between André Previn, then the principal conductor of LSO, and Eric Morecambe, playing the inept soloist in the Grieg’s Piano Concerto. If Nodame Cantabile’s Japanese Drama had the determination and care to follow the score closely , ie. the manga, —a nod to classical music tradition— the Korean adaptation follows a different arrangement like Mr Morecambe playing the soloist part in liberal manner.
I wish the Korean adaptation was as funny as the sketch though.
Mr Previn, “You’re playing all the wrong notes.”
Mr Morecambe, “I play all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order.”