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Blog > Bach for the New Year
by Marco Moraes | January 28th, 2012

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Happy New Year to all! What better way to begin the New Year than listening to Bach in a concert you did not expect to be in? On the evening of the 31 December, having wondered from café to café [...] more >>

In Tune > Society > Sala Sao Paulo: travelling in music
by Marco Moraes | October 21st, 2011

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The main concert hall in Sao Paulo is housed in a converted train station. The station still works – it serves line 8, which crosses the city. As you approach it, in the decadent downtown area, Julio Prestes Station appears [...] more >>

Blog > “Thank Brazilian pianists”
by Marco Moraes | September 30th, 2011

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Recently, in Sao Paulo, I lived through a perfect example of the surreal music scene in Brazil. It was a wintry Sunday afternoon. We went to Sala Sao Paulo, the concert hall home to the Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra [...] more >>

Blog > Joao Carlos Martins II: The passion of Martins
by Marco Moraes | September 9th, 2011

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If Joao Carlos Martins’s life has been pretty eventful, as I mentioned in my last article, the same can be said of his music, and the hallmark of his piano playing as well as of his conducting work is his [...] more >>

Blog > The life of Martins
by Marco Moraes | August 11th, 2011

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The opening scenes of the Irene Langemann’s documentary Die Martins-Passion (Martins’ Passion, 2004) are exquisitely adequate in presenting the life of Brazilian pianist Joao Carlos Martins: a grand piano is hoisted up dozens of floors outside an apartment building in [...] more >>

Blog > Pinnock’s smile: baroque music at its best
by Marco Moraes | July 8th, 2011

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There is an illuminating – if difficult to verify – account that, during the French Revolution, the harpsichords of the Paris Conservatoire were dismantled and used for firewood. Such stories are, sadly, recurring themes in times of instability: proud intellectuals [...] more >>

In Tune > Society > Music, politics and the big picture: from Hammarskjold to Gaza
by Marco Moraes | May 20th, 2011

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The extraordinarily rousing power of music is a force that, as any other, can be used for good or evil. Daniel Barenboim’s recent concert in Gaza City has re-affirmed the positive impact that music can have in politics. Barenboim led [...] more >>

Blog > Les Ballets Russes: Forgetting and remembering
by Marco Moraes | April 22nd, 2011

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I have been thinking more about the relationship between music and memory (which I first explored in my previous article) in two different areas, which has led me to two brief comments. Firstly, the role that forgetting plays in improvisation, [...] more >>