Cellists Klengel and Becker: Towering Figures of the 19th Century

Like many other young cellists, I encountered Julius Klengel through his books of Technical Exercises in All Keys and his Daily Exercises. I wanted to play concertos not hours fixated on scales, arpeggios, and bowing exercises. But my father insisted, [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath
May 19th, 2018
Polish sensibility: the Mazurkas of Chopin and Szymanowski

Say ‘Mazurka’ and most people will reply ‘Chopin’. Fryderyk Chopin wrote at least 69 pieces in this form: 45 published during his lifetime, 13 published posthumously, and a further 11, which are known but where the manuscripts are in private [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
May 16th, 2018
The piano tuner: the pianist’s best friend

Just as pianists develop a strong attachment to the instrument they play most regularly so they can also form a very special relationship with the person who looks after that instrument – the piano tuner / technician.

by Frances Wilson
May 13th, 2018
The Met gives Tosca the McVicar treatment

When the mighty Met does something well, it truly excels. The new production by Sir David McVicar was near perfection. Replacing the unmissed Luc Bondy production, McVicar delivered what seemed like a fresher version of a Zeffirelli view of the [...] more >>

by Philip Eisenbeiss
May 12th, 2018
Are you Practicing Your Études?

“She plays duets instead of Grützmacher,” my father grumbled. “Janet, practice your études!” My father, trained in the European tradition, knew the benefits, and difficulties, of the strict methods of Dotzauer, Piatti, Klengel, Duport, and Becker, all brilliant cellists and [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath
May 12th, 2018
Dedication and passion: the inspiring world of the adult amateur pianist

Amateurs have nothing to lose by being musically true to themselves…… professionals are sometimes too intimidated to display their individuality- Daniel Martyn Lewis, concert pianist

by Frances Wilson
May 6th, 2018
Forgotten Cellists: May Mukle

In 1909, May Mukle, one of the first female British cellists to achieve international acclaim, received rave reviews for her playing of the Viktor Herbert Concerto at the promenade concerts in London, “Her splendid command of technique and her complete [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath
May 5th, 2018
Schools of Influence

What is the Russian sound, or French style in piano playing? What differentiates a pianist who was taught in the English piano tradition from one who studied in Germany?

by Frances Wilson
April 29th, 2018