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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Filed under: piano beethoven 
July 12, 2014
"once time is lit, it will burn
whether or not you’re breathing it in.
even after smoke becomes air
there is the memory of smoke"

David Levithan The Realm of Possibility (via themultifariousbibliophile)

This is a great description of music.

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Filed under: music piano 
July 6, 2014
A new school building for art and music in Lörrach (via Twenty panels to free up space | Architecture at Stylepark)

A new school building for art and music in Lörrach (via Twenty panels to free up space | Architecture at Stylepark)

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Filed under: piano 
June 26, 2014
"This was an exquisitely constructed programme, interlacing 12 Ligeti studies with 12 by Debussy, Chopin, Bartók and Scriabin, first paired and then heard in blocks of three. It made for spellbinding listening.
Take for granted the technical mastery and penetrating insight: this was an epic challenge going beyond physical boundaries and any notion of studies as purely didactic. Aimard instinctively found the poetry and the drama, realising infinite colours and capturing the essentials of each composer’s style as well as illuminating subtle connections in craft and principle. So Debussy had playfulness and Chopin refinement; Bartók was dynamic, Scriabin mercurial and impassioned.
Ligeti was more than their equal in all this, with Aimard allowing each piece to be seen through the prism of another.”
Rian Evans (via Pierre-Laurent Aimard review – Ligeti placed among the piano greats | Music | The Guardian)

"This was an exquisitely constructed programme, interlacing 12 Ligeti studies with 12 by Debussy, Chopin, Bartók and Scriabin, first paired and then heard in blocks of three. It made for spellbinding listening.

Take for granted the technical mastery and penetrating insight: this was an epic challenge going beyond physical boundaries and any notion of studies as purely didactic. Aimard instinctively found the poetry and the drama, realising infinite colours and capturing the essentials of each composer’s style as well as illuminating subtle connections in craft and principle. So Debussy had playfulness and Chopin refinement; Bartók was dynamic, Scriabin mercurial and impassioned.

Ligeti was more than their equal in all this, with Aimard allowing each piece to be seen through the prism of another.”

Rian Evans (via Pierre-Laurent Aimard review – Ligeti placed among the piano greats | Music | The Guardian)

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Filed under: piano review 
June 26, 2014

Sergei Babayan - Arvo Part “Für Alina”

(Source: youtube.com)

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Filed under: piano 
May 13, 2014
"The body, and the use of it, in this particular setting, is the only way to dismantle those lofty ideals of immortality created by superhuman virtuosity. The body is our reminder—to both performer and audience alike—of mortality. … I’m not interested in watching a superhuman compete in a human challenge. No one likes a rigged game."

— Andy Costello on connecting to audiences Music and The Body | NewMusicBox

April 30, 2014
Fabulous imagination … pianist Francesco Piemontesi. Photograph: Julien Mignot (via Mozart: Sonatas review – Piemontesi is thoughtful and scrupulously prepared | Culture | The Guardian)

Fabulous imagination … pianist Francesco Piemontesi. Photograph: Julien Mignot (via Mozart: Sonatas review – Piemontesi is thoughtful and scrupulously prepared | Culture | The Guardian)

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Filed under: piano mozart review 
April 28, 2014
Announcing a Survey - Performance Anxiety among Pianists « Practising The Piano with Graham Fitch

Graham Fitch is looking for pianists to participate in a short survey on performance anxiety for his next book.

April 24, 2014

Gorgeous! Malcolm Martineau is one of my all time heroes, and I clearly need to learn more about Christiane Karg. Great singing!

Richard Strauss: Ständchen, op. 17, Nr. 2 - Christiane Karg, Malcolm Martineau (by berlinclassics)

April 12, 2014
When I first start learning a new piece.

When I first start learning a new piece.

(Source: jockohomoremix)

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Filed under: piano glitch