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Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli19 November 2009

20539_Michelangeli-Arturo-BenedettiA long time ago, I wrote few lines about Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli and my fascination for this pianist. Today I propose a short video to better understand one of the things I find very interesting in his play. When speaking about pianists, we must naturally consider the direct musical result but I think the visual aspects of their playing should not be forgotten. In Michelangeli, this component is exceptional.

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Musical analysis: a musical strategy1 May 2009

After a long debate with a student about musical analysis, I needed to write few lines on the topic. Why is musical analysis so helpful for musicians? Why do we often deny its necessity? Musical analysis: a musical strategy, I said, because it allows me to draw up a plan for each piece, each concert.

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Chopin and Sultanov24 April 2009

This video of Alexei Sultanov performing Chopin’s Grande Valse Brillante at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 1995 is a real treat for the eyes and ears.

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Ligeti – poème symphonique for 100 metronomes17 April 2009

Today, I propose you to watch and listen to Ligeti’s poème symphonique for 100 metronomes. Enjoy!

Many thanks to Ionarts for the transcription into English:

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George Gershwin – Concerto in F3 April 2009

Not much performed in Europe, this work would deserve much wider attention. George Gershwin’s Concerto in F is a work from the classical repertoire I still find neglected. Composed in 1925, this concerto will later influence Maurice Ravel to write his Concerto in G. Ravel advised Gershwin not to underestimate the importance of jazz, [...]

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Sur Incises20 March 2009

I have often talked here about the illustrious French composer Pierre Boulez, but without really going into details. So, today I’m sharing with you my favorite work by Boulez: Sur Incises for 3 pianos, 3 harps, 3 percussionists.

How I discovered Albéniz17 March 2009

… And along with him, a good part of Spanish classical music. This brings me back to a time long ago, some 17 years. At this time, I used to listen to radio a lot and at the same time, I was discovering Ravel’s works for piano. Until one day I chanced upon a public [...]

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One of my favorite concertos by one of my favorite interpreters3 March 2009

Samson François is one of the pianists from the past I especially like. He remains a constant in my musical landscape. He fascinates me, very classy, even if sometimes it is too much… Finally, a quote from Marguerite Long about Samson François: “When he plays well, no one plays better than him!”

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The art of piano playing20 February 2009

I would like to tell you about a book I own, like any other pianist I suppose: “The art of piano playing” by Heinrich Neuhaus, very enriching bible on diverse aspects of our favorite instrument. Like many others, I read it and re-read it, and according to the age I was, I understood it differently. [...]

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Happy birthday to Henri Dutilleux23 January 2009

Born on January 22, Henri Dutilleux celebrated his 93 years birthday yesterday. Henri Dutilleux’s work has a particular resonance for me, I just couldn’t pass by the Maestro’s birthday. I was introduced to his music very early on and I immediately liked it very much: Métaboles, Timbre, espace et mouvements, L’arbre des songes, Shadows of [...]

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