August 16, 2014

Yvonne Lefebure in full flight!

(Source: youtube.com)

August 16, 2014
covers-and-posters:

John Cage - sonatas and interludes for prepared piano • Maro Ajemian, Piano

covers-and-posters:

John Cage - sonatas and interludes for prepared piano • Maro Ajemian, Piano

August 16, 2014
(via Hemsch zangbodem | Siebe Henstra)

(via Hemsch zangbodem | Siebe Henstra)

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Filed under: harpsichord keyboard 
August 16, 2014
The Well-Tempered Clavier I no. 1 in C major

Over at the “All of Bach” project this week they’ve posted Siebe Henstra playing the C major prelude and fugue from the first book of the WTC.

He speaks very enthusiastically about the wonders of the fugue in the accompanying interview. Love music nerds!

(PS. I’ve posted about All of Bach before, but it might be news to some of you: every Friday they post one new work, and both the performances and the web presentation are beautifully done. They’re adding one work a week until they’ve done everything!)

August 14, 2014
First lesson on the Pathetique sonata tonight

Went in scared, came out inspired. And scared.

August 14, 2014

(Source: omnisound)

August 14, 2014
"

Often I don’t work on a piece at home. I know what I want to do. I look at some fragments. I work on the craftsmanship, and on the piano. And then I play the piece for the first time in the concert hall. It’s very dangerous, and I wouldn’t recommend it to anybody. But for me it keeps the music fresh. The moment I start to practise something, I kill it.

It’s like a declaration of love. If you intend to tell a person in the evening that you love her, you don’t spend the afternoon in front of the mirror watching what your lips do when you form the words, ‘I love you.’ You don’t need to. And I don’t need to play the piece at home. I will tell them that I love them in the concert hall. And that’s enough.

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— Krystian Zimerman (via alamaris)

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Filed under: really? wtf 
August 14, 2014
"One of the great challenges of a pianist is that every other instrument …, violin to double bass, piccolo down through tuba, they have three things to think about: they have to think about how they attack the note; they have to think about how they support the note; and they have to think about how they stop the note. Most pianists just think of the first of those three, how they are going to attack the note, and not even all of them think about that. If they can expand their approach, new revelations will appear. You would be amazed how seldom one comes upon somebody who thinks in those terms or makes music on the piano in those terms."

5 Questions to Leon Fleisher (Pianist and Conductor) | I CARE IF YOU LISTEN

August 14, 2014
"You know, people talk about music and math, but I think the much more relevant comparison would be music and physics, and because it is movement I find that is subject to the laws of movement in physics."

— Leon Fleisher interviewed over on “I Care If You Listen”
5 Questions to Leon Fleisher (Pianist and Conductor) | I CARE IF YOU LISTEN

August 14, 2014

Yuja Wang is candid and insightful and inspiring in this great interview with Zsolt Bognar.

(via Yuja Wang: ‘The best motivation? When guys are being assholes…’ – Slipped Disc)