Here are some new releases that are sure to help you relax this summer and inspire your musical endeavors as well. Enjoy!
Christopher O’Riley has just released his new album, O’Riley’s Liszt on Oxingale Records. The album is available in a wide range of formats and includes music videos for each piece. On the “liszt” are transcriptions of pieces by Mozart, Wagner, Schumann, Schubert, along with the entire Symphonie Fantastique by Belioz.
Liszt’s Oratorio on the Life of Christ has just been released in a world premier solo piano version by pianist Nicholas Hovarth. There are 8 movements transcribed from the vocal and orchestral parts. During the transcription and recording process a second transcription by the composer of Die Gründung der Kirche for organ as well as the piano version heard here for O filii et filiæ were discovered.
Composer and pianist, Marc Isaacs, has released his Children’s Songs on Soundbrush Records. The 18 pieces were inspired by Schumann’s Kinderszenen and the “playful, adventurous, mysterious world of the child. In this modern set we have the humourous Are We There Yet?, Bunyip’s Return (a much feared mythical Australian creature), the chaotic and everchanging River, a gorgeous Abschied, and more. Like Schumann’s pieces these are not necessarily for children to play, but rather are reminiscences of childhood.
In this SuiteLinks: Piano lessons for life, Simon Rattle & Lang Lang tickle the ivories, Uchida on talent, Beware the organist’s wrath, Legnini in Beijing, and more!
Piano lessons for life
Simon Rattle & Lang Lang tickle the ivories
The Julliard Effect
Legnini in Beijing
Uchida on talent
Steinway history and design
Beware the organist’s . . . → Read More: SuiteLinks: May 12
I went to San Diego last weekend to visit family. A friend of my daughter’s, who also happens to be a world class photographer, saw that I was wearing a turquoise heart and immediately took his own necklace off and put it around my neck. He told me that the stone is sacred to the . . . → Read More: Pa Shorts: A Lesson in Perfection
In this SuiteLinks: Deserting the Piano, Rosetta Stone for Music Ed?, Creating a pop-up piano, 11 yr. old prodigy to release recording, Blind pianist leads to closed court, Banzai Oscar, and more!
Deserting the Piano
Fats Domino’s piano restored
Piano Spheres pay tribute
Creating a pop-up piano
Post-Mimimalist keyboard works
Let what you love kill . . . → Read More: SuiteLinks: May 3
Last Thursday, I was working with an adult student on a Joplin Rag and a piece by Nazareth. These are pieces that she has returned to several times and they are becoming seasoned. She is charmed by the fact that the pieces have the same form yet one is totally North American and the other South.
. . . → Read More: A Totally Healthy High
In this SuiteLinks: Say to be retried, Cadillac 1 Piano 0, Pollini at Carnegie, Modern conclusions for Taborn, Interview with Gwendolyn Mok, Investigating piano transcription, and more!
Say’s conviction cancelled, retrial ordered
Three Must Hear Piano Albums
Cadillac 1 Piano 0
Rare piano restored
Investigating piano transcription
Pollini at Carnegie Hall
Remembering Dwike Mitchell
Modern . . . → Read More: SuiteLinks: April 27
I’ve made some new finds and friends around the blogosphere lately that I would like to share with you this week. Enjoy!
A Single Noon & In a Time Lapse
For those up to their eyeballs in events driven by the standard classical repertoire (as I am at the moment), A Single Noon by Gregg . . . → Read More: Diversions from End of Year Craziness
In this SuiteLinks: Hummingbird notation system, Remembering David Burge & Dorothy Taubman, Bernstein’s Unanswered Question now free, Say convicted of insulting Islam, Music of Getty, and more!
Interview with Blechacz
Tale of 2 teachers
Moving people across the city- musically
A new notation system
Song without words
Remembering David Burge
NOT the kind of letter . . . → Read More: SuiteLinks: April 20
In this SuiteLinks: Going to war: the ultimate pianistic sacrifice, Insurance = dog = piano, Play as you bike, Pianist, Mom, quarterback?, Talking stage fright, A prodigy returns, and more!
Pianist, mom, & quarterback?
Talking about stage fright
Rhythm important in intelligence
Successful slow practice
Insurance, a dog, & a piano
A Pianists . . . → Read More: SuiteLinks: April 14
Last Thursday, film critic Roger Ebert lost his long battle with cancer. I was listening to a Fresh Air interview by Terry Gross and was struck by the following:
I went to see “La Dolce Vita” by Fellini, and that movie has been a touchstone for me, because when I saw it in 1960, there . . . → Read More: PA Shorts: As Time Goes By
In this SuiteLinks: An exhuberant spirit, Finding creativity, A life in lessons, Sherman Clay closing, An orchestra of guns, Why music can’t be free, and more!
The art of perfecting sound
An exuberant spirit
Remembering Dorothy Taubman
Biss and the Elias at Carnegie
Adventures in Beethoven
Saint Saens’ missing medical records
Finding your creativity
A . . . → Read More: SuiteLinks: April 6
Tomorrow evening is our EAC Piano Recital. We always try to do something to make the evening special for both the performers and the audience. This spring, we decided to choose quotations to project behind each pianist as they perform. There were no limits on the origin of the quotation. The only stipulation was that . . . → Read More: Matching Quiz
In this SuiteLinks: Craigslistlieder, Dinnerstein & Tifts collaborate, Childhood friendship leads to performance, Julliard to offer online courses for kids, Denk at Cargegie Hall, Chiu’s Classical Smackdown, and more!
Controversy over museum piano
Julliard to offer online courses for kids
Childhood friendship renewed
Denk at Carnegie
Paul Roberts on Ravel
Dinnerstein . . . → Read More: SuiteLinks: March 30
I was perusing a discussion on one of the social media groups I belong to and was struck by a comment on resilience. The discussion concerned judges and whether certain types of comments are appropriate. One person was adamant that students needed to develop enough resilience not to be devastated by comments—even those that might . . . → Read More: PA Shorts: Resilience
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