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A Master of the Piano Whose Performances Receive No Applause
Pianos don’t cry out in pain, even when their listeners do; they go out of tune, warp and crack. Yet to watch Stefan Knüpfer delicately prod the insides of a Steinway concert grand Model D — a 990-pound, 12,000-part behemoth
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Naxos goes bold with digital-only classical music titles
With digital compilations like ‘Bleeding Chunks of Wagner’ and ‘Music for the Zombie Apocalypse,’ Naxos is aiming to connect with listeners beyond the classical crowd.
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Listening with eyes wide open
TRYING to interview Manfred Eicher is hard enough, so it beggars belief that a film has been made about the man. Arguably the world’s pre-eminent music producer, Eicher is often called ”reclusive” but that, after all, is by frustrated journalists.
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Running in the family
WITH the exquisitely beautiful Mozart’s Sister, French director Rene Feret has created the most appealing film about musical genius since — well, perhaps since Milos Forman’s Amadeus, which was about Mozart.
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Talk from TED – Eric Whitacre: A virtual choir 2,000 voices strong
In a moving and madly viral video last year, composer Eric Whitacre led a virtual choir of singers from around the world. He talks through the creative challenges of making music powered by YouTube, and unveils the first 2 minutes
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Maths often at root of creative endeavours, says professor
HUMANS ARE obsessed with structure and the search for reason in randomness. This is as true for artists and musicians as it is for mathematicians and for this reason maths often underlies creative endeavours.
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Anthony Tommasini on Counterpoint
There is a whole language of technical jargon to describe music. Though these words and concepts are very handy to musicians, they tend to mystify non-musicians. Even people who go to concerts all the time, upon being confronted with terms
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Robert Gupta: Music is Medicine, Music is Sanity
Robert Gupta, violinist with the LA Philharmonic, talks about a violin lesson he once gave to a brilliant, schizophrenic musician — and what he learned. Called back onstage later, Gupta plays his own transcription of the prelude from Bach’s Cello
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