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Víkingur Ólafsson’s Mozart & Contemporaries – Daring Yet Thoughtful
First taught by his mother, Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson studied at the Julliard School under Jerome Lowenthal and Robert McDonald. The unique persona and creative genius of the pianist account for his recent rise to fame. Currently one of the
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9/11 : 20
Memorials on the Twentieth Anniversary of September 11th
Adam Swayne, piano
British pianist Adam Swayne’s latest disc marks the twentieth anniversary of 9/11 – a date which is deeply, painfully etched on our collective modern memory – and seeks to demonstrate ways in which composers memorialise or commemorate disaster through works
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The Piano: A History in 100 Pieces
Susan Tomes
It was perhaps inevitable that pianist and writer Susan Tomes would turn her attention eventually to the extraordinarily broad repertoire of the piano – her instrument, and mine, and that of countless others, both professional and amateur players. While her
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Pizzi Party: Moïse et Pharaon at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro
Every year, especially during Covid, one must ask oneself if it is worthwhile to make the arduous trip to the poorly connected Adriatic town of Pesaro for the Rossini Opera Festival. This year, after a reduced 2020 program, the ROF
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Katia Beaugeais – Breath by Breath
The saxophone in classical and contemporary music is a much under-explored instrument. In jazz, it has gone through almost every sound and technique possibility over the past 100 years. But for saxophone music today, there is little to compare this
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One night only: I due Foscari in Aix-en-Provence
For one night only, the Festival in Aix-en-Provence put on Verdi’s early opera, I Due Foscari. Staging this lesser known work with its unlikely story devoid of much dramatic development, the choice of a concert version was a good one.
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Metro to Nowhere for Music From the Heavens
Wagner: Tristan und Isolde
Aix-en-Provence’s longstanding summer music festival commands a somewhat inconspicuous position in the European landscape of music festivals. While the Festspiele dominate Salzburg during the summer months, the performances in the arena define Verona during their season, and Bayreuth pulsates during
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Kit Armstrong’s Byrd & Bull – Lucid Yet Restrained Playing
Described as “the greatest talent he has ever encountered” by his mentor Alfred Brendel, Kit Armstrong is a British-Taiwanese pianist and one of the most versatile artists of his generation. He is a true polymath – he taught himself composition
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