If there’s one thing that divides opinions almost as equally as it divides beats per minute, it’s the metronome. Its controversy began right since its inception in the early 19th century, and remains a highly contentious topic for many musicians. [...] more >>

by Oliver Pashley
December 10th, 2013
No nerves in sight – Thomas Adès and Friends

The atmosphere was electric. A mix of current Guildhall students, teachers, professors, alumni, critics and music lovers all piled in to the intimate Milton Court concert hall – Guildhall’s new music and drama venue. To celebrate the opening of this [...] more >>

by Oliver Pashley
November 27th, 2013
20th Century Studies – Is Serialism Serially Dull?

Love it or loathe it, serialism happened, and no matter how loudly you shout ‘la la la’ with your ears covered, it’ll still be there when you stop, staring you in the face more intently than ever. A lot of [...] more >>

by Oliver Pashley
November 25th, 2013
Zoltán Kodály : Taking Children Seriously

When I walk into my music studio I see Zoltán Kodály’s Sonata for Cello and Piano. It is prominently displayed and beautifully framed with Kodály’s signature splashed across the title page. Kodály was an important figure in our house. He [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath
November 23rd, 2013
Running the Ring

On Friday, 1 November, and Saturday, 2 November, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, under Lorin Maazel performed an evening of Wagner. But, it wasn’t Wagner as most of us knew it. The evening started with the Siegfried Idyll, famously given its [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja
November 14th, 2013
Zukerman in Hong Kong

Last month, I had the chance to attend an orchestral concert directed by Pinchas Zukerman, featuring both Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra – of which he is Music Director – and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. I was apprehensive about this [...] more >>

Eustan Florebius
November 13th, 2013
Northern Lights? Boris Giltburg plays Grieg

Edvard GriegPiano Sonata in E Minor, Op. 7II. Andante molto Edvard Hagerup Grieg (1843-1907) is widely acknowledged as a central figure in the emergence of a distinctively Scandinavian tone in nineteenth century music. Even the composer, in his own words, [...] more >>

by Georg Predota
November 11th, 2013
Rags to riches – folk in the Chopin Mazurkas

Without doubt, one of the greatest and most important composers for piano was Frederic Chopin. His groundbreaking harmonies, forms and textures make him one of the most prominent names associated with piano music. With the exception of a couple of [...] more >>

by Oliver Pashley
November 9th, 2013