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‘Heresy’: an Irish opera that celebrates a martyr to the truth - An interview with director and composer

Published 21.02.2018
A new “electronic opera” from Ireland, “Heresy”, broke new ground in contemporary opera a couple of years ago, bringing together Irish vocal talent and the synthesized music of much-decorated composer Roger Doyle. Now a new two-CD version of the...

Pianist Ran Jia: The next superstar rising out of China?

Published 04.02.2018
Elegant, poised and deeply musical Ran Jia has brought a new freshness to the Franz Schubert piano sonatas, a phenomenal achievement considering how often they have been performed by the greatest pianists of the past 75 years. The press in...

This Lively American has “got rhythm”

Published 31.01.2018
  American expat pianist David Lively found happiness in Paris as a teen-aged piano prodigy and got so busy performing and studying  -- with an Alfred  Cortot associate -- that he ended up making his life in France, a “different planet”...

An ethereal touch with Dumont’s Trio Elegiaque

Published 26.01.2018
  When young French pianist François Dumont appeared at the Salle Gaveau in Paris recently, the critics embraced him without reserve. One wrote that his recital “confirmed his place in the family of the best musicians in France”. Another said...

Barenboim in Bordeaux: A long, standing ovation

Published 13.01.2018
Nearly two hours of Debussy’s solo piano music at one sitting can be, for some, too much impressionistic color to digest. And indeed a woman beside me fell asleep during the twelve Préludes, Book One. But I was engulfed by the variety and the...

The Ukrainian prison massacre: more than a footnote to history

Published 09.01.2018
Two American academics who lost relatives in the liquidation of Western Ukrainian political prisoners in World War II have compiled the first exhaustive account of this little-known Soviet killing spree. What happened? As the Germans advanced...

New England trio matches colorful cultures

Published 29.11.2017
In the world of classical music trios, there are few combinations as natural as the cello, guitar and piano. Operating mostly in the same register, attacking and retreating equally, the instruments can blend beautifully if played with discipline...

An orgy of the senses: Merging the eye and the ear

Published 03.11.2017
  A California polymath has electrified the music world with his images of classical music in visual form, capturing more than 165 million hits on his Internet postings in just a few years.  Only pop singers or weird videos do better.  And the...

Australian solo piano : ambience with depth

Published 30.10.2017
Ukrainian-born Evgeny Ukhanov, based in Australia for the past 20 years, is an established performer of new music originating in his adopted homeland. Now he has teamed up with friend and Melbourne composer Alan Griffiths on a new CD of...

Why Bach makes you shiver

Published 09.09.2017
  If music makes you happy or sad, you are probably an average listener. If it leaves you indifferent, you might be considered insensitive. But if it gives you goosebumps you are in a very special group with connections in your brain anatomy...

Como Academy: Why the Chinese call it ‘piano heaven’

Published 31.08.2017
  Lake Como, known as the “magic lake” of Italy, has inspired writers and composers for centuries with natural surroundings so conducive to creative expression. Stendhal wrote The Charterhouse of Parma there, Verdi composed La Traviata, Liszt...

Piano history: The legacy of the Labèque sisters

Published 02.08.2017
Katia and Marielle Labèque -- the glamorous French keyboard siblings -- have achieved a solid legacy of exuberant performances in the two-piano repertoire, ranging from experimental contemporary works to traditional classical-romantic composers....

Piano clusters: How to frighten the old ladies of both sexes

Published 24.06.2017
I was flipping through my copy of Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No. 6 recently and spotted his two “col pugno” markings. My memory took me back many years to the day I first encountered these violent directions. At the time, I didn’t know what to...

Vengerov and Saïtkoulov wow a formal-dress Bordeaux audience

Published 21.06.2017
  One of the world’s greatest living violinists, Maxim Vengerov, accompanied by an equally accomplished pianist Roustem Saïtkoulov, dazzled a full house at the 18th century Grand Théâtre of Bordeaux Sunday night (18 June) with a faultless...

Bergmann interview: Unlocking music from the unconscious mind

Published 17.06.2017
  A classical-trained German pianist working in a range of musical disciplines has just launched his most audacious experiment yet – an original piano sonata consisting almost entirely of creations from his unconscious mind. Boris Bergmann’s...