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Forgotten Pianists: Sergio Fiorentino
“The only other pianist” – Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli “Recently I listened to a pianist on the radio who impressed me very much: Sergio Fiorentino, do you know him?” – Vladimir Horowitz It takes a musical genius to be such highly
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Discover Margaret Bonds
Because my mouthIs wide with laughterAnd my throatIt is deep with songYou do not thinkI suffer afterI have held my painSo long?Because my mouthIs wide with laughterYou do not hearMy inner cry?Because my feetAre gay with dancingYou do not knowI
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Xu Zhong and the Suzhou Symphony Orchestra: “A Giant’s Dream”
28 March 2021: Shanghai Grand Theatre
Once upon a time, Shanghai was a small fishing village on the Yangzi River delta. By the mid-19th century, however, the village turned into a city administered concurrently by the British, Americans and French. Each colonial presence brought its particular
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Xu Zhong and the Suzhou Symphony Orchestra: “Song of Life”
21 March 2021: Suzhou Grand Theatre
The number of symphony orchestras in China has grown exponentially over the last couple of years. One of the newest kids on the block is the Suzhou Symphony Orchestra founded in 2016. This enormous orchestral flowering has in large part
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Forgotten Cellists: Harvey Shapiro
Our popular series forgotten cellists from 2018 continues with several outstanding artists you may not know of. One-thousand students claim cellist Harvey Shapiro the “cello doctor” was the single greatest influence in their lives. The esteemed pedagogue taught at Juilliard
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Forgotten Pianists: Rafael Orozco
The winner of the 1966 Leeds International Piano Competition, Spanish pianist Rafael Orozco (1946-1996) was born into a musical family and enrolled at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Córdoba at the age of 7. He later studied at the
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The Wisdom of Alfred Brendel
It’s hard to believe Alfred Brendel turned 90 at the start of 2021. He’s been a part of my musical landscape since I was a teenager, when my mother, who was a great fan of Brendel and admired him in
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Farewell, Farewell Christopher Plummer
“Farewell, Farewell… touch her soft lips and part…” William Walton: Henry V (adapted by Christopher Palmer) – IV. Interlude: Touch her Soft Lips and Part (Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus; Westminster Cathedral Choir; Christopher Plummer, reader; Academy
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