July 19, 2014
Beethoven, “Das Lebewohl”
From the digital archives of the Beethoven-Haus Bonn.

Beethoven, “Das Lebewohl”

From the digital archives of the Beethoven-Haus Bonn.

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December 23, 2013

This recording of the late Beethoven sonatas is making all kinds of end of the year best-of lists. Is it audacious to record this material at the age of 26? Have a listen!

Levit on playing Op. 111:

"To be able to play a piece like this — this really repays everything. … For these experiences, I do everything."

Igor Levit - Beethoven: The Late Piano Sonatas- Making Of (by IgorLevitVEVO)

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November 3, 2013
One more Schiff post

Amazing concert.

First half, Goldberg Variations.

As it dawns on me that he’s going to play all the repeats, I feel vaguely uneasy, but in fact I never once felt bored. His ornamentation in the repeats was playful and always illuminated the structure. Then his stroke of genius: when he played the return of the Aria at the end, he strips away bits of ornamentation in the repeats, leaving just the melody to make its ultimate impact. Worked brilliantly.

The Beethoven Diabelli Variations in the last half.

Schiff sounded like a different pianist here. Where the Bach was all about illuminating structure, in the Beethoven his musical choices all amplified the drama, weird humour or emotional connections of the Diabelli’s. Amazing use of the soft pedal to really play up dynamic contrasts.

Finally, as an encore, the variations from Beethoven’s last sonata, Op. 111.

This is a piece of music that I have to be honest, I’ve always had trouble connecting to. That weird jazzy variation in the middle is so odd. But Schiff somehow delivered it in a way that it finally clicked for me. This was truly transcendent music. The tone of the piano in places was so magical. I caught myself not breathing multiple times. I was in the palm of his hand through the whole movement. Great great concert.

October 22, 2013

Arrau plays Beethoven’s Waldstein

equivalentexchange:

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October 19, 2013

meandthedevilblues:

Treated my self to some Beethoven scores since I haven’t bought any for ages!!!

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October 5, 2013

neuroimagining:

Beethoven, Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109. Murray Perahia.

You’ll have to forgive this latest iteration of my intense fangirling of this piece (or just deal with it).

Every time I hear it I feel like maybe all I want or need in life is to be able to play it, well.

(And then I’m like, well, okay, food. Wine. Probably a few other things…)

(I don’t think I had heard this one before. Anyone else feel like the variations could be a little more ethereal? Maybe I’m asking too much.)

Op. 109. Never enough.

I didn’t mind his take on the variations. A couple of the first variations had a noticeable emphasis on the downbeat that I could imagine hearing as kind of plodding. But for me it gave a very grounded character that was a nice contrast to the later variations that sort of take flight.

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June 25, 2013

I’m completely obsessed by this sonata lately. I think I’ve listened to it 6 times today.

pauluhler:

Arrau - Beethoven sonata no.27 op.90 - mov.1

February 9, 2013

How do you liven up an ordinary day in Newcastle? Play the first movement of the Moonlight Sonata in a bus station, and get commuters to play the single melodic lines. Many of the contributors had never played, and added their single-note contributions through the power of editing. The professional pianist in the video is Andy Jackson.”

via The Collaborative Piano Blog

This is so much fun, and a great way to demystify classical music. I love the “I’m doing it!” look so many of the commuters get on their faces while they plink their one note. 

Bus Station Sonata  (by antnhec)

January 15, 2013
lprnyc:

Stewart Goodyear goes hard on his piano with an all-Beethoven set over here at Le Poisson Rouge tomorrow night. Catch his set starting at 7:30 and pay some tribute to the ol’ Ludwig Van.

lprnyc:

Stewart Goodyear goes hard on his piano with an all-Beethoven set over here at Le Poisson Rouge tomorrow night. Catch his set starting at 7:30 and pay some tribute to the ol’ Ludwig Van.

January 1, 2013
"When I touch the man
I love,
I want to thank my mother for giving me
piano lessons
all those years,
keeping the memory of Beethoven,
a deaf tortured man,
in mind;
of the beauty that can come
from even an ugly
past."

— Diane Wakoski, “Thanking My Mother For Piano Lessons” (via uproarsyouronlymusic)

(Source: suhfeeyah)