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Pianistic Legends from Buenos Aires Sharing Neurones

A recent article featured in Piano Street’s News Flash explains that four-hand piano duo partners share neurons dealing with spatial seizing while playing. That suggests that we give you readers a gem on the same topic.

Two legends coming from Buenos Aires and of European-Jewish origin, both have made important global careers for themselves. Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim are not only fellow countrymen; as prodigies they also both began to give concerts in their early youth, as soloists and with orchestras. In addition, they both share a particular interest in chamber music with a repertoire spanning from the classics to modernism. They now appear together as duo pianists; a summit meeting of two of the most eminent pianists of the past few decades and of the present. Watch the sample from Michael Beyer’s film production for EuroArts Music in co-production with RBB, ARTE and Unitel.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata for two pianos in D major KV 448
Franz Schubert: Variations on an Original Theme, for piano, 4 hands in A-flat Major, D. 813 (Op.35)
Igor Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps (Version for piano, 4 hands)

The album was released on October 20 2014.


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International Piano – Nov/Dec issue

A new issue of International Piano is out! Content highlights:

  • Elisabeth Leonskaja: Tales from Russia
  • Helping hands: How to play with feeling
  • Lessons from the past: Period performance practice on modern day pianos
  • Murray McLachlan: The importance of preparation
  • In harmony: Piano trios through time
  • Mexican feast: Music by Manuel Ponce
  • Jorge Bolet: Centenary tribute

Piano Street Gold members have instant online access to the digital version of the magazine.


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Live Streamed Piano Recitals at The Academy of Arts in Stockholm

A new piano recital series has been launched in Stockholm this fall. The first recital, with pianist Peter Jablonski took place on September 15 and today, October 20 at 17.00 GMT it’s time for pianist Murray McLachlan to enter the stage.

The series is run by the organisation Piano Visions. One of the sponsors and collaborators is Piano Street, which will support the series in many interesting and exciting ways, for example by arranging an online piano composition competition from which the winning pieces will be performed in the series.

Piano Street is, in collaboration with Art of Sound in Stockholm, developing and supplying the artistic and technical platform for live streaming the recitals on the Internet. The first four recitals we be test streamed in order to work out the concept and to receive feedback.
We welcome you to watch the test broadcast of today’s recital with British pianist Murray McLachlan.

Visit this link to view the broadcast or watch in the embedded player below:
EDIT October 21: The recital is over. Selected clips will be available soon)

Bach: Prelude and Fugue i C-sharp minor, book 1
Beethoven: Sonata in E major, op 109
Chopin: Berceuse
Chopin: Scherzo no 3
John McLeod: Sonata no 5
Stenhammar: Impromptu in G-flat major
Liszt: Sonata in B-minor

Read more about the recital series:

Please post your comments and feedback below!

While waiting for the recital to begin, watch a clip from the previous recital. Peter Jablonski performs Schubert’s Moment Musical no 2:


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Noriko Ogawa asks Beethoven to Leave her Alone

Noriko Ogawa seems to be comfortable in the same pea pod as Claude Debussy; she displays a similar maverick streak to the French composer. They both lament the “rules” in roughly the same way. Debussy didn’t like the composition rules of his teachers at the Paris Conservatory, while Ogawa keeps away from what she sees as the restrictive, emotional tradition of European Romanticism.      

In this video Nogawa makes her point by discussing the different aspects of Debussy’s Prelude No. 12, Book 2, Feux D’Artifice (Fireworks). As she explains the sonic meaning behind separate motives and sound clusters that simulate everything from a lit fuse to “La Marseillaise” sounding faintly in the distance, she does reinforce the lack of emotional spirit in Debussy’s music in his quest to depict his subjects as accurately as possible.

Deconstructed: Noriko Ogawa – Debussy’s Feux D’Artifice (Fireworks)’
Ogawa performs Debussy’s Feux D’Artifice

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A Major Mozart Discovery

Four pages from Mozart’s original manuscript for the Piano Sonata in A major, K 331 (whose last movement is the well-known “Turkish March”) has been found in Budapest. Hungarian music expert Balazs Mikusi was looking through hundreds of pages of handwritten copies of sheet music from Mozart’s time, when he suddenly recognized Mozart’s unique handwriting.

The major discovery starts in minor

In modern times, only the last page of the original manuscript of the work has been known. But now, we also have access to a large section consisting of variation 3 (in A minor) from the first movement until bar 10 in the second movement’s Trio section.

There are many interesting new details to consider in terms of slurs, dynamics and even some occasional notes that differs from the first published edition.

- It won’t change our view on Mozart, and it doesn’t change the character of the music, but we get a lot better sense of what Mozart wanted to achieve, said Mikusi.

Piano Sonata in A major, K 331 – piano sheet music


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