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Paul Wee – Sigismond Thalberg: L’art Du Chant
A conundrum which faces all pianists – professional, student or amateur – is how to make the piano, a percussive instrument whose sounds are created by hammers hitting strings, sing. Legato, the technique for creating a joined-up, singing or “cantabile”
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Fire & Water – Ji Liu
This recently released anthology of piano music comes two years after Ji Liu’s album of the same name and offers intermediate and advanced level pianists an opportunity to explore and play some of the pieces featured on Ji Liu’s recording,
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Vida Breve (Short Life) – Stephen Hough
It seems fitting that British pianist Stephen Hough’s new album Vida Breve, featuring music on the theme of death, should be released while we are still in the thrall of the coronavirus. But this album is not a response to
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Modern and Familiar: Peter Breiner’s Romantic Concepts
Slovak composer Peter Breiner, who we interviewed in November has a follow-up album to his earlier album of calm Romantic music. A Journey, released on 1 March 2021, has both Breiner’s compositions and his arrangements of composers who often fall
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Benjamin Grosvenor’s Liszt Album – A Fine Combination of Artistry and Virtuosity
Known for his technical mastery and musicality, British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor achieved worldwide acclaim after winning in the keyboard section of BBC Young Musician of the Year 2004 at the age of 11. Recorded in London in October 2020, this
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The Aria Ballet: Reinhild Hoffmann’s Callas
The idea of Tanztheater (dance theatre) came out of Germany in the 1920s. It started as ‘expressionist dance’ and was reborn in the 1980s in the work of German choreographers such as Pina Bausch and Reinhild Hoffmann. The influences of
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Helmut Deutsch: Memoirs of an Accompanist
The glossy cover of this book features a blown-up photograph of an unassuming gentleman with a deep penetrating gaze. It is quite reasonable to surmise that the subject is an intelligent, astute and empathetic individual, exuding an air of contemplative
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Lawrence Brownlee and Michael Spyres
“Rossini: Amici e Rivali”
In the competitive operatic CD landscape, the frequent “best of” or “highlight” recordings have become a repetitive and uninspiring drag. Erato’s just released “Rossini: Amici e Rivali” featuring Lawrence Brownlee and Michael Spyres stands out not just thanks to its
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