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Hear Daniil Trifonov live from Carnegie Hall!

Combining consummate technique with rare sensitivity, Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov has made a spectacular ascent to classical stardom. Today, Medici TV offers the chance to watch a streaming live performance on their website and also up to 90 days after the event.

Tuesday, December 9 at 8 PM New York time
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BACH/LISZT: Fantasy and Fugue for Organ in G Minor, BWV 542 (S. 463)

BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111

LISZT: Transcendental Etudes, S. 139

The program features masterpieces by three giants of the keyboard. Each was known in his day as a virtuoso performer, as well as a revered and influential composer. Their works not only transformed the forms in which they composed, but also impacted the works of their immediate and distant successors. Liszt’s transcription of Bach’s Fantasy and Fugue for Organ in G Minor, BWV 542, is a testament to the genius of both composers, contrasting free-form expression with highly structured musical thought. Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111 — his last sonata and one of his last works for piano—pushes the capabilities of the piano as an instrument, the compositional boundaries of the time, and the interpretive abilities of the performer. Finally, each of Liszt’s fiendishly and legendarily difficult Transcendental Etudes is a miniature tone poem, depicting a specific narrative theme and showcasing the composer’s dramatic and poetic side along with his virtuosic technique.


Murray Perahia: Not of this World

In February 1977, Murray Perahia made his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker with Mozart’s C minor piano concerto, conducted by Riccardo Muti. “A first-class soloist was introduced to us, with fantastic musicianship and a highly sensitive touch,” as the press wrote. Many wonderful performances with the Berliner Philharmoniker were to follow. And so it was only logical that the orchestra invited him, as Pianist in Residence, to give a series of joint concerts this current season. In this documentary by Holger Preusse and Claus Wischmann, you can now get to know this exceptional artist better.

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Perahia’s now legendary status means that he is often regarded as someone who is somewhat removed from normal life – which corresponds to the title of the documentary “Not of this world”. But it is only Perahia’s playing, with its otherworldly beauty, that seems to be beyond all earthly limitations. As this film shows, the artist engages in all facets of life as well as his work. In interviews on tour and in his Swiss vacation home, he talks about the works in his repertoire, and how he develops his interpretations. We experience him as an inspirational teacher, at work in the recording studio and, of course, at rehearsals and in concert. Perahia also discusses the injury to his hand, which has repeatedly forced to stop playing for periods of time – a terrible experience for a pianist. But Perahia has even come to terms with this difficult situation and has reached some surprising insights: “What seemed like a curse actually turned into a blessing, because it gave me a lot of time to think about music and to listen to it more. And so I felt I was actually growing as a musician, even though I was not playing.”


Take Your Seat: Hear Martha Argerich Play Schumann Live

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Thanks to a collaboration with the Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall, all Piano Street members can enjoy free access for 48 hours to the Digital Concert Hall. Log in to your Piano Street account to get your free voucher code which gives you instant access to the Digital Concert Hall. Take the opportunity to hear a live concert with pianist Martha Argerich on Saturday November 29 and to access all concerts in the archive during the weekend!

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LIVE from Berlin on Saturday

Sat, 29 Nov 2014 7 p.m (Berlin time)
Martha Argerich, Berliner Philharmoniker and Riccardo Chailly in Robert Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 54

Schumann’s Piano Concerto

Completed in 1845 and premiered in 1856 by Schumann’s wife Clara, the A Minor concerto is a milestone in the piano concerto repertoire. Clara Schumann complained about the rehearsal and the conductor’s inability to grasp the rhythm(s) of the last movement. The movement’s three beat is elaborately mixed with sections with a two beat feel. Known to concert pianists as a tricky memorising challenge, the last movement takes long time before reaching its coda. Some argue that Schumann’s compositional disposition of the last movement will benefit from a straight-forward oriented performance. How do you think Martha Argerich tackles this fact?

Up-coming live piano concertos at the DCH

Sat, 20 Dec 2014, 7 p.m. (Berlin time)
Yefim Bronfman
Jörg Widmann:
New Work for piano and orchestra (Première)

Sat, 28 Feb 2015, 7 p.m. (Berlin time)
Hélène Grimaud
Ludwig van Beethoven:
Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major

Sat, 16. May 2015, 7 p.m. (Berlin time)
Yuja Wang
Sergej Prokofjev:
Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor op. 16

A vast number of piano concertos with top performers are available in the DCH archive. Artists include: Pires, Vogt, Barenboim, Volodos, Uchida, Perahia, Schiff, Aimard, Grimaud, Matsuev, Bronfman, Andsnes, Ax, Pollini, Hamelin, Berezovsky, Pressler, Buchbinder and Katia and Marielle Labèque.
Browse the piano concertos archive

About the Digital Concert Hall

In 2008, the Berlin Philharmonic, in partnership with Deutsche Bank and Sony, started posting its live performances on the Internet via the Digital Concert Hall, or DCH. Seven high-definition cameras capture all the musical action within the Philharmonie. Highlighting the intriguing interpretations of principal conductor Sir Simon Rattle, the fantastic audio quality of the multimedia files is at once accurate and thrilling. The operators inside the video studio make the recordings available a few days after each performance.

More than 1.5 million people have taken advantage of the streamed offerings over the last five years. With access to a combination of almost 400 recordings that include concerts, educational programming and interviews with conductors, soloists and orchestra members, site visitors can enjoy the entire gamut of Berlin Philharmonic musical experiences.

The site also provides extensive program notes for each piece; conductors and soloists often speak about both the program in question and about their careers. Many world-renowned pianists count themselves among the interviewed, and keyboardists the world over can virtually pick their brains regarding a wide range of material. The website catalogs everything, and web surfers can use a powerful search tool to find artists, pieces and specific performances they want. After discovering each hidden gem, users can bookmark their favorites. There is even a section dedicated to documentaries and other short films.


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.


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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