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Forgotten Pianists: Solomon

British pianist Solomon Cutner (1902-1988) was known professionally solely by his first name, ‘Solomon.’ He was born in London and his performing abilities were recognized by age 7. He gave his first concerts at age 10 and then, sensibly, retired [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja
January 23rd, 2017
 
Musical Giants of the 20th Century: Guitarists

One of the greatest guitarists of all time, considered the grandfather of the classical guitar, Andrés Segovia (1893-1987) hails from Spain, from a humble family that opposed his interest in a career in music, especially the guitar. Without Segovia the [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath
January 22nd, 2017
 
Forgotten Pianists: Josef Hofmann

Pianist Josef Hofmann (1876-1957) was born outside Kraków, Poland, to music parents. His father was Kazimierz Hofmann, who was a noted composer, conductor of the Kraków theatre, and professor of piano and harmony at the Warsaw Conservatory; his mother was [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja
January 16th, 2017
 
Musical Giants of the 20th Century: Double Bass Players

A conversation about giants could not leave out the double bass and we have three wonderful players to introduce you to, if you have not encountered them before. Born in Russia in 1874 Serge Koussevitzky was primarily known as the [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath
January 15th, 2017
 
Thoughts from a concert reviewer’s desk

There was a time, not so long ago and at least within my living memory, when critics were regarded as significant arbiters of taste and culture who could, seemingly, make or break a career with one well-aimed stroke of their [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
January 14th, 2017
 
“The Orchestra is my Instrument” Georges Prêtre (1924-2017)

He was described as a “sound wizard and a musician with an unparalleled intensity.” And after seven decades of working with top orchestras, high-octane performers and cutting-edge composers, the French conductor Georges Prêtre has died at the age of 92. [...] more >>

by Georg Predota
January 13th, 2017
 
Forgotten Pianists: Samuil Feinberg

The pianist Samuil Feinberg (1890-1962) was a contemporary of Heinrich Neuhaus and they both taught at the Moscow Conservatory. He’s now largely remembered for being the first pianist to play the complete Well-Tempered Clavier by J.S. Bach in Russia.

by Maureen Buja
January 9th, 2017
 
Musical Giants of the 20th Century: Spinto Tenor

The spinto is a tenor with a larger, slightly pressed voice (from spingere, Italian for push). While it is distinctly different from a light lyric tenor in a standard Mozart opera (for example a Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni), a [...] more >>

by Philip Eisenbeiss
January 8th, 2017