Nice profile on Stephen Hough in today’s paper.
Wow, one of my fave pieces played by two of my fave musicians. They’re clearly having so much fun together.
OK, but am I the only one who finds it strange how Denk turns his pages with a kind of weird pinching/grab motion at the bottom right hand corner? I’m intrigued!
Fourth movement of César Franck’s Sonata in A major for Violin and Piano. Joshua Bell, violin. Jeremy Denk, piano.
Opening today at Bonni Benrubi Gallery, “One Steinway Place” is an exploration of the famed piano factory in Astoria, Queens, by the photographer Christopher Payne. Under the glow of fluorescent lights, raw lumber is bent, pressed, conditioned, and polished into instruments of exacting quality. With more than twelve thousand individual parts, including Canadian maple, Bavarian spruce, and Swedish steel, each piano takes nearly a year to assemble before being subjected to a final hand inspection by Wally Boot, a fifty-year veteran of the factory. Payne was allowed unfettered access to the factory, allowing him to document every step of the process. Click-through for a selection of his work, which is on view through September 19th: http://nyr.kr/LZ8NyA
The Winged Piano by Ruggero Vanni