August 17, 2013

beyondunderstanding:

Claudio Arrau playing Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata”

This will always be one of my favorite pieces…

Real performance video of Arrau. His reading of the 2nd movement is one of the first times I’ve felt like that movement has some kind of coherent relationship to the rest of the piece.

April 17, 2013
"There’s a way of playing safe, there’s a way of using tricks and there’s the way I like to play, which is dangerously, where you’re going to take a chance on making mistakes in order to create something you haven’t created before."

— Dave Brubeck (via justleanna)

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Filed under: piano music performance brave 
April 14, 2013
"Every spring the leaves of the trees re-appear with the spring, but they are different every time. How can we expect to produce a vital performance if we don’t re-create the work every time?"

— Pablo Casals

January 1, 2013
Playing by Heart, With or Without a Score

Over the years I have observed that the rigid protocol in classical music whereby solo performers, especially pianists, are expected to play from memory seems finally, thank goodness, to be loosening its hold. What matters, or should matter, is the quality of the music making, not the means by which an artist renders a fine performance.

Amen.

(via thefourthship)

December 9, 2012

I haven’t watched this yet, but I do remember posting Daria’s wonderful video of her playing Handel from the back of a truck while driving throughout Amsterdam.

cliffcrego:

WATCHING: TEDTalk from happy AMSTERDAM, talented Dutch pianist, Daria van den Bercken: A State of Wonder http://bit.ly/YRkkpp Rethinking how to share beautiful music

(Source: cs-music.com)

May 7, 2012
ianbrooks:

Suspended Piano
Ricardo de Castro Monteiro’s piano playing literally lifts him up as he him and his Grand Piano hang from wires during the annual “Virada Cultural” event, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

(photos by Yasuyoshi Chiba / Getty Images, via: photoblog.msnbc)

ianbrooks:

Suspended Piano

Ricardo de Castro Monteiro’s piano playing literally lifts him up as he him and his Grand Piano hang from wires during the annual “Virada Cultural” event, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

(photos by Yasuyoshi Chiba / Getty Images, via: photoblog.msnbc)

February 10, 2012

Yes jealous!

stevey226:

Valentina Lisitsa - Debut at the Royal Albert Hall

Jealous? You should be =D Second row in, second chair in from the left! 
I’ve always wanted to see her live and I when I got an email from the RAH that she’s performing I couldn’t turn down the offer! I bought tickets straight away! 

She’s so damn gorgeous!  

January 7, 2012
"In the regions of eternal ice, buildings are connected by safety lines so that inhabitants can find their way between living quarters, laboratory, and outhouse in extreme weather conditions.
On stage we sometimes find ourselves lost in the blinding darkness of an adrenalin blizzard. Suddenly our usual faculties are confusing us due to an glandular infused augmentation of our attention capabilities."

299 • A safety line in the blizzard « Pianist to Pianist, by Jura Margulis

November 23, 2011
livebach:

Colorless by vanarts on Flickr.

livebach:

Colorless by vanarts on Flickr.

November 20, 2011
Tips - Performance Anxiety

I’m getting ready for a class recital in December … some good solid advice here!