— Andy Costello on connecting to audiences Music and The Body | NewMusicBox
Graham Fitch is looking for pianists to participate in a short survey on performance anxiety for his next book.
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.
— Dave Brubeck (via justleanna)
— Pablo Casals
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.
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.
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
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)
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!
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."