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Electrifying Versatility: Nicolai Gedda (1925-2017)

Nicolai Gedda (1925-2017) was one of the most versatile lyrical tenors of the 20th century. He was rightfully called the “poet among lyric tenors,” and Luciano Pavarotti suggested “there is no tenor with a greater ease in the upper register [...] more >>

by Georg Predota
February 25th, 2017
 
The Writings on the Score

As musicians our musical scores are very personal to us, and the markings and annotations we make on our scores can be deeply associated with memories – of significant teachers, special concerts and venues, colleagues and friends, and may even [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
February 21st, 2017
 
Forgotten Pianists: Josef Lhévinne

From his very first concerts at age 14, Josef Lhévinne (1874-1944) was recognized as a pianist with a brilliant future. He studied at the Moscow Conservatory from age 11 with Vasilly Safonov, who reformed the skills of the boy who [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja
February 20th, 2017
 
Popularizing Music—Outstanding Classical Crossover Artists II

All types of music are enhanced by the artistry, dazzling technique and emotional intensity of virtuosos. Yo Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Itzhak Perlman, singers Renée Fleming, Kiri Te Kanawa and label-defying artists Audra MacDonald, Andrea Bocelli, and Bela Fleck have [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath
February 19th, 2017
 
The Pianist’s Solitude

“The loneliness doesn’t worry me……I spend most of my life alone, even backstage…….I’m there completely alone. I like the time alone….” British pianist Stephen Hough, speaking on BBC Radio 4′s Desert Island Discs programme

by Frances Wilson
February 14th, 2017
 
Forgotten Pianists: Wilhelm Backhaus

German-born pianist Wilhelm Backhaus (1884–1969) started studying the piano at age 4 with his mother and by 1891, was studying at the Leipzig Conservatory. His private study with Eugen d’Albert in Frankfort, a student of Franz Liszt, was crowned by [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja
February 13th, 2017
 
Lucia in Tel Aviv

Consider; opera based on text of XIX century with music of the same period produced and sang in Israel, a country reeling in inner battles; the ultra religious (haredim) against the institutions, the mitnahalim (settlers) against everybody, the right and [...] more >>

by Peter Hermes
February 11th, 2017
 
Maturity

I have a theory that we should spend at least a quarter of a century living with our music, studying it, absorbing it, and then only perform it when we are in our 40s or 50s. Unfortunately, this is not [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
February 11th, 2017