Category Archives: Classical

Mompou

It’s always a pleasure to develop a fascination with a new composer – in this case, the Catalan composer Federico Mompou.

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The Waltz of Sorrow

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Talking Goldberg

The new Jeremy Denk recording of the Goldberg Variations comes with a DVD on which he speaks about the work. Lovely idea! Here he is talking about the aria in a really illuminating way.

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A Prayer for Help

From an interview with Mitsuko Uchida in the Guardian: How would you entice a newcomer to listen to Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto? When you ask a pianist which of the five Beethoven concertos they prefer, they invariably say the Fourth. … Continue reading

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My Brain Isn’t Worth Much

György Kurtág (b. 1926), a great Romanian composer, is being interviewed. Asked “Are you a believer?” he replies, “I do not know. I toy with the idea. Consciously, I am certainly an atheist, but I do not say it out … Continue reading

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Brendel on the Piano

In the recent New York Review of Books, Alfred Brendel has a piece from a forthcoming work of his called “A Pianist’s A to V.” Honestly, I’m not floored by it, as I hoped to be. (For instance, his entry … Continue reading

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In Memoriam Maria Tallchief

Maria Tallchief died a few days ago. She was a truly beautiful dancer – just look at her hands alone in this video. She had few equals. Forgive me for striking a somewhat sour note at her death. I was … Continue reading

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