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Forgotten Cellists: Bernard Greenhouse

The acclaimed Beaux Arts Trio toured worldwide for nearly five decades, but you may not know their founding member, the magnificent cellist Bernard Greenhouse. I first heard him play in a performance with the Bach Aria Group. His luscious sound [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath
April 28th, 2018
 
Clarinet Trios – The Voice of the Wind

The clarinet as an instrument was born in the ancient past but came into its own at the time of Mozart. With the assistance of two virtuoso brothers, Anton and Johann Stadler, the clarinet took its place first in chamber [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja
April 27th, 2018
 
The Genius of Claude Debussy

Debussy at the piano! One had to have seen it to appreciate its magic. No words could describe the mysterious enchantment of his playing… – Jacques-Emile Blanche, 1932 2018 marks the centenary of the death of French composer Achille-Claude Debussy [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
April 26th, 2018
 
Forgotten Quartets: The Galimir String Quartet of Vienna (1927-36)

Civilization survived the exuberant nationalism of World War I (1914-1918), bruised but still intact. Weapons technology did not yet match military ambition, and civilians were spared.

by Guy Francis
April 23rd, 2018
 
Big music for small-handed pianists

For years I told myself I couldn’t play Liszt – or Rachmaninov for that matter – because of the relatively small size of my hands. Lugansky – Rachmaninov / Prelude in D minor Op 23/3

by Frances Wilson
April 22nd, 2018
 
Forgotten Cellists: Enrico Mainardi

Born in 1897 in Milan, the Italian cellist Enrico Mainardi had a small cello in his hands at the age of three. He astonished everyone by performing one of the Beethoven Cello Sonatas flawlessly just a few years later. Hailed [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath
April 21st, 2018
 
Piano Trios – When Fame Brings Forth Art

The idea of a trio is simple. Three people, three performers, and so on. But the musical trio is something special. We’ll start with the piano trio. At first piano trios were groups that got together and then just as [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja
April 20th, 2018
 
Capture the Moment: Musicians In the Zone

How does it feel to play that passage of Liszt or that section of Schubert beautifully? Or the grandest measures of Bach? The tenderest Chopin? The most sensitive, haunting Debussy? To plumb the profoundest, most spiritual depths of Messiaen?

by Frances Wilson
April 15th, 2018