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Chad Lawson Chopin Variations: Chopin, Jazz and Genre

Chad Lawson Chopin Variations: Chopin, Jazz and Genre

Steinway Artist Chad Lawson, who wrote multi-award winning albums ‘The Space Between’ and ‘The Piano’, is releasing a new CD centred on the nocturnes, preludes and waltzes of Chopin on 23 September 2014. Here he speaks about Chopin, jazz and his composition process. Initially influenced by the TV American Rock and Roll boy band Sha...
Jeffrey Siegel 'Keyboard Conversations': Chopin

Jeffrey Siegel ‘Keyboard Conversations’: Chopin

Jeffrey Siegel spoke and performed at Kings Place, bringing Chopin’s music alive with his anecdotes, analysis and interpretation. The second of his three-part series of ‘Keyboard Conversations’ are wonderfully designed to enhance the listener’s experience of the music, making it more focused and accessible. ‘Cat’ Waltz, op. 34 no. 3 Siegel told the charming (and...
Garsington Opera: Mozart, die Entführung and...Abramovich

Garsington Opera: Mozart, die Entführung and…Abramovich

Amidst stormy skies, ample bubbly and extremely well-spoken young scouts helping with people’s hampers, the audience assembled for Mozart’s early opera Die Entfürhung aus dem Serail. The outwardly simple set had an impressive array of cut outs in the house wall and it was clear we were going to be treated with ample revolving windows...
Alfred Brendel lecture: 'A Pianist's A to Z' in memory of Isaiah Berlin

Alfred Brendel lecture: ‘A Pianist’s A to Z’ in memory of Isaiah Berlin

Pianist Arthur Schnabel, faced with the question: ‘Do you play with feeling or in time?’ replied, ‘Why shouldn’t I be feeling in time?’ Alfred Brendel spoke at Wolfson College, Oxford, for the Isaiah Berlin memorial lecture on Thursday 30th May. Brendel’s lecture was warm, light-hearted and insightful, and brought to life central musicological and performance issues...
National Geographic London Store Cultural Calendar

National Geographic London Store Cultural Calendar

Amid the whirring of the coffee machines and the intense crowds of tourists leaving Harrods, Sunday afternoon at the National Geographic London Store saw flautist Katherine Bryan launch her new CD, featuring the first-ever British recording of American Christopher Rouse’s concerto. Bryan gave a theatrical performance of the highest calibre, including Poulenc, Debussy, Martin and...
Review: ENO Wozzeck

Review: ENO Wozzeck

Carrie Cracknell’s ENO production of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck was a mixture of immensely powerful and marginally confusing in parts – for what is essentially a very simple story line, the plot felt slightly complicated. However, the last thirty minutes, from when Wozzeck finally kills his wife Marie, are hugely intense, powerful and gripping. Imagery and psychological turmoil...
Bach Marathon Highlight

Bach Marathon Highlight

The Easter Bach Marathon took place yesterday at the Royal Albert Hall with an amazing collaboration marking Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s 70th birthday. Having tuned in throughout the day, a particular highlight was Gardiner’s explanation and analysis of Bach’s Easter Cantata Christ lag in Todesbanden which brought the work, its background and the 22-year-old Bach...
Power of the Collective in Stravinsky's Rite of Spring

Power of the Collective in Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring

Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, which has sparked countless controversies over its conception, composition and performance, is centered on the idea of the power of the collective over the individual; the haunting ritual performed before the sacrifice of a young maiden. Stravinsky’s preoccupation with rite, ritual and myth pervades many of his large-scale theatre works as...
Review: Alissa Firsova & The Cavaleri String Quartet at the Wigmore Hall PLG Concert

Review: Alissa Firsova & The Cavaleri String Quartet at the Wigmore Hall PLG Concert

The latest concert from the Park Lane Group Young Artists series at the Wigmore Hall last night, featuring Alissa Firsova and the Cavaleri String Quartet, was of an exceptional standard. Opening with Beethoven’s Serioso string quartet and his last piano sonata, the first half of the concert was of an intensity that made the Rachmaninov Corelli Variations and Brahms...
Emotion from music: real or fictional?

Emotion from music: real or fictional?

In Alan Yentob’s recent BBC programme How Music Makes Us Feel, he discusses the links between music and emotion, physical characteristics of these emotions (such as why babies move to music), and why music enters where words leave off. Whilst Yentob perhaps focuses too much on the composer’s intentions rather than how the effects of these...
Recomposed or refragmented? Baroque, Minimalist & Stravinskian sound worlds in Max Richter’s Recomposed Vivaldi

Recomposed or refragmented? Baroque, Minimalist & Stravinskian sound worlds in Max Richter’s Recomposed Vivaldi

Max Richter – a leading British composer – has just premiered his recomposed version of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons to exceptional critical acclaim. Richter describes how he sculpted his music from the original material, going back to the music itself rather than working with old recordings (as is the case with most recomposed versions), picking out...
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