August 24, 2014

Here’s some Sony publicity on Levit’s new record.

Look at that room!

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Filed under: piano 
August 3, 2014
"When I’m practicing a piece of Schumann (for instance), I try to find my way into rhythms and ideas that were notated in a completely different time, that originate from a set of enthusiasms that I can only dimly imagine. At first, like an organ transplant, there are rejections, mismatches — but slowly I find my way into Schumann’s skin."

— Jeremy Denk, quoted in the New York Times Book Review

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Filed under: piano 
August 2, 2014
Parts
Francesco Corsini

Parts

Francesco Corsini

(Source: francescorsini)

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Filed under: abstract piano 
July 27, 2014
stevey226:

Today wasn’t as productive as it could have been and I should feel bad.

Don’t feel bad! I just read this post today, and I think it’s true — sometimes we need to re-evaluate our notion of progress and let ourselves recharge guilt-free.

stevey226:

Today wasn’t as productive as it could have been and I should feel bad.

Don’t feel bad! I just read this post today, and I think it’s true — sometimes we need to re-evaluate our notion of progress and let ourselves recharge guilt-free.

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Filed under: piano practice 
July 26, 2014
At the University of Calgary, Saturday night with Mr. Steinway.

At the University of Calgary, Saturday night with Mr. Steinway.

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Filed under: piano 
July 26, 2014
(via don’t shoot the pianist » Blog Archive » Interdisciplinary Relations)

(via don’t shoot the pianist » Blog Archive » Interdisciplinary Relations)

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Filed under: piano music nerd 
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