“amazing skill, personality and vigor” – Harold C Schonberg Percy Grainger (1882-1961), Australian pianist, composer and noted eccentric, is most famous for ‘Country Gardens’, his transcription of an English folksong, with its frolicking rustic lilt. But Grainger was much more [...] more >>
MozartPiano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K. 310 Piano Sonata No.9 in D major, K.311 SchumannCarnaval, Op. 9 Performed by Robert Cornman, piano Recorded in 1956 Schumann: Carnaval, Op. 9
Eleven days (June 17th to 27th) of complete immersion in the 2019 International Tchaikovsky Competition, enduring palm-sweating, heart-racing, and adrenalin-pumping conditions, while witnessing an array of ultra demanding repertoire mastered by especially fine musicians all day – that is my [...] more >>
In a sense, the thing furthest away from Classical music is pop music. But, in another sense, the two kinds of music are far closer than you think!
The French neo-classical painter Jean-Auguste-Domique Ingres (1780-1867) was very much a student of the academic painter Jacques-Louis David and brought David’s classical and restrained model into the nineteenth century. In addition to his considerable painting skills, he was also a [...] more >>