A Salome to flummox the Salzburg glitterati

This summer’s Salzburg Festival chatter was dominated by the enthusiastic reviews of the new production of Richard Strauss’ Salome and its new star soprano Asmik Grigorian.

by Philip Eisenbeiss
August 19th, 2018
The Musician’s Vulnerability

Please don’t shoot at the pianist; he’s doing his best(attributed to Oscar Wilde) I sometimes get the feeling people think musicians are invincible… We engage in a highly complex, technical and artistic activity which requires huge physical and mental agility [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
August 19th, 2018
Schools of Cello Playing: France

Like the German school of cello playing, the French School had a centuries-long impact, which continues today. When we think of French playing, refinement, finesse, and elegance come to mind, but during the 18th Century in Northern Europe the cello [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath
August 18th, 2018
Tributes and Transcriptions

In the nineteenth century Franz Liszt probably did more than any other composer for the genre of the piano transcription. His transcriptions and paraphrases made an important contribution to the development of piano music, with their technical challenges, innovative notation, [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
August 16th, 2018
Rarities of Piano Music

Every summer a rather special piano festival takes place at Schloss vor Husum in the remote North German seaside town of Husum in Schleswig-Holstein. It is not a festival which parades its star performers. Rather, its very remoteness and its [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
August 15th, 2018
What old pianos teach us

Why play an early or “period” piano? An instrument which may have significant limitations compared to a precisely made and carefully calibrated modern instrument, and surely “better” and infinitely more sturdy and reliable than an old piano?

by Frances Wilson
August 12th, 2018
Schools of Cello Playing: Germany

Tracing one’s roots is a popular pastime today. In music, the schools of cello playing can be traced genealogically through the connection we have with our teachers, and their teachers. Just as with piano teaching traditions, the Russian school of [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath
August 11th, 2018
Encouraging evaluation, reflection and self-critique in practicing

Play always as if the presence of a master- Robert Schumann The ability to self-critique, evaluate and reflect on one’s playing during practicing is a crucial skill for musicians, and is a component of the skillset of “deliberate practice”, which [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
August 9th, 2018