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...
'On Beethoven'; interview with John Lill

‘On Beethoven’; interview with John Lill

When looking at one of Turner’s paintings, a lady asked the painter, ‘Why do you paint all those colours in the sky; when I look at the sky, I don’t see those colours’. ‘No Madam’, Turner replied, ‘but don’t you wish you could?’. The spiritual For the great pianist John...
World Online Orchestra

World Online Orchestra

The first online collaborative orchestra, the World Online Orchestra (WOO), was launched in January 2014 by the Copenhagen Philharmonic together with Helios Design Labs and Makropol. Using Beethoven’s 7th Symphony mov II for the beta launch, WOO is an interactive symphony that allows the listener to direct what they are listening to....
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...
Wagner & Nietzsche: A Gesamtkunstwerk Relationship?

Wagner & Nietzsche: A Gesamtkunstwerk Relationship?

The relationship between Wagner and Nietzsche was of a polarised intensity.  Nietzsche went from being one of Wagner’s closest friends and admirers, to being his an ardent critic and fervent enemy. In his work The Birth of Tragedy (1868), Nietzsche regards Wagner as the redeemer of Greek tragedy and a...
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...
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...
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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...

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