August 29, 2014

amelie-moreau:

24 Préludes de Chopin interprété par Sofronitsky

August 29, 2014
"Maria Yudina is remembered for her personal interpretations of Bach and Beethoven. Banned from performing in public because of her religious views, she was the favourite pianist of Joseph Stalin. One night, Stalin heard a performance of a Mozart concerto on the radio performed by Yudina and asked for a copy. It was a live broadcast so officials woke up Yudina, drove her to a recording studio where a small orchestra had quickly been assembled, and made her record the concerto in the middle of the night, a single copy was pressed from the matrix and then presented to Stalin." 
(via Some Favourite Pianists: Part Three - Practising the Piano)

"Maria Yudina is remembered for her personal interpretations of Bach and Beethoven. Banned from performing in public because of her religious views, she was the favourite pianist of Joseph Stalin. One night, Stalin heard a performance of a Mozart concerto on the radio performed by Yudina and asked for a copy. It was a live broadcast so officials woke up Yudina, drove her to a recording studio where a small orchestra had quickly been assembled, and made her record the concerto in the middle of the night, a single copy was pressed from the matrix and then presented to Stalin."
(via Some Favourite Pianists: Part Three - Practising the Piano)

August 29, 2014

scriabinist:

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

Samuel Beckett, “Worstward Ho”

August 28, 2014
classicalliterature:

Promotional artwork for the CBC-TV broadcast The Well-Tempered Listener, 1970. Photographic print.

classicalliterature:

Promotional artwork for the CBC-TV broadcast The Well-Tempered Listener, 1970. Photographic print.

(Source: collectionscanada.gc.ca, via moralduplicity)

August 28, 2014
amare-habeo:

Antonio de La Gandara(French, 1861 - 1917)
Paderewski at piano, 1893
Galerie Mathieu Néouze, Paris, France

amare-habeo:

Antonio de La Gandara(French, 1861 - 1917)

Paderewski at piano, 1893

Galerie Mathieu Néouze, Paris, France

August 27, 2014
"You think it is one instrument? It is a hundred instruments!"

— Anton Rubinstein on the tonal possibilities available at the piano

August 26, 2014
"The artist tries to see what there is to be interested in… He has not created something, he has seen something."

— T. E. Hulme, Speculations (via an-art-gallery)

(via untouchableteenage)

August 26, 2014

keyofdflatmajor:

chopin—liszt:

Steinway & Sons Factory [New York] 

(via joghurtbrot)

August 26, 2014

maestoso-allegro:

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

This morning’s pick: Janacek - Concertino for piano and chamber ensemble

This might be my new favourite piece! I love how after the two duets the whole concertante joins and the sound world opens up in the third movement.

It’s got the musical astringency of Stravinsky with the emotional immediacy of Shostakovich. Great!

August 26, 2014

(Source: petrushkka)