February, 2015

48 Posts
“In The Zone” — How Performers Do It
You can hardly believe it when you experience that rare, perfect moment when your gestures, feelings, senses and your mind are in perfect harmony. When everything “gels” you sound like you do in your mind— like Heifetz, Rubinstein, James Galway,
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Pictures at an Exhibition
Promenade. V. Ballet of the unhatched chicks From Pictures at an Exhibition (2015) Released by Harmonia Mundi Moussorgsky: Promenade. V. Ballet of the unhatched chicksMusic is never about things. Music just is’, Leonard Bernstein once said. Perhaps that was why
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Musical Prodigies Find Plenty of Youthful Company
Recently, Yuanfan Yang has been busy preparing for his upcoming Scotland tour, learning Chopin’s Fantasie in F minor and piano sonatas by Beethoven and Rachmaninov, respectively. Then there’s Rachmaninov’s third piano concerto and Prokofiev’s first piano concerto, which he’s learning
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Where has the Music Gone?
As I settled in for my million-hour flight from Chicago to Hong Kong, I eagerly scanned the audio channels to see what was scheduled for the classical section. Hmmm, no contents list for the playlist in the magazine, so I
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Hartmann – Schnitkke – Stravinsky
HartmannConcerto for Violin and Orchestra “Funeral Concerto” SchnitkkeViolin Sonata No. 1 StravinskyItalian Suite Tango Performed by Annie Jodry, violin Hasmig Surmelian, piano Jean Thorel, conductor Ensemble Stringendo Recorded in 1990 – 2000 Stravinsky: Italian Suite – Introduction
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Der Fliegende Holländer
ROH, February 17, 2015
Richard Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman) is an opera with unusually extensive chorus segments. And Director Tim Albery’s production at the Royal Opera House puts the chorus to unusually good use. Enthusiastic, dramatically intense and vocally polished, this
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The Weird Little Industry Behind a Mesmerizing Instrument
The manufacturers of the world’s handpans don’t want to turn to mass production. The result: Super-long waiting lists to get one of these rare steel orbs.
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Jonas Chickering
“The Transformation of American Piano Making” Some inventions completely revolutionize the further development of an instrument. Take for example the 1837 worldwide patent registered by the Boston piano manufacturer Chickering & Sons. They introduced the first practical casting of a
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