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International Piano – January/February issue

International Piano Magazine

A new issue of the magazine International Piano is out!

Bertrand Chamayou explores the mystery and spirituality of Liszt, Debussy and Ravel; German manufacturer Steingraeber & Söhne puts the piano back into fortepiano; Australian pianist Piers Lane on turning 60; and is it ethical to release discarded recordings?

Plus, scaling the heights at the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht; introducing Yamaha’s AvantGrand N3X hybrid piano; Martin Helmchen explores the links between music and literature; British pianist Dominic John introduces his intriguing new album of varied and unusual preludes; intensive study meets al fresco dining in the foothills of Italy; and sheet music of Pachelbel’s Canon by Hiromi Uehara.

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French Pianist Goes Wild in German Chorale

As a combination of supreme musicianship and Seasonal Celebrations, what would be more suitable than a traditional German Lutheran Chorale in the hands of the sensational French pianist Lucas Debargue, who is also known as an outstanding improviser and composer?

Here is a video from the annual German music prizes; ECHO KLASSIK Awards in October 2017 in the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, where he received the award for Young Artist/Piano.

Debargue was discovered through his performances at the 15th International Tchaikovsky Competition held in Moscow in year 2015. Although placing only fourth in the final round, he was the only musician across all disciplines who was awarded with the coveted Moscow Music Critic’s Prize as a pianist who’s ”incredible gift, artistic vision, and creative freedom have impressed the critics as well as the audience”.

Since then his career took off and he has been heard with leading orchestras in the most prestigious concert halls of the world such as the Grand Hall of Tchaikovsky Conservatory and the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall and St Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, Theatre des Champs Elysées, Salle Gaveau and Paris Philharmonic, Conservatory of Milan, Wigmore Hall and Royal Festival Hall in London, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Prinzregententheater in Munich and the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Konserthuset in Stockholm, Carnegie Hall in New York and further prestigious concert halls in Tokyo, Osaka, Chicago, Montréal, Toronto, Seattle, Mexico, Beijing, Taipei, Shanghai, Seoul.

Debargue plays at Echo

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Trailer from Debargue’s latest album for Sony Classical featuring works by Schubert and Szymanowski:

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5 Minutes on Franz Liszt’s Funérailles

Pianist Daniel Barenboim, now celebrating 75 years, has published a series of short videos titled “5 minutes on…” in which he discusses well-known piano pieces. In this episode he talks about Franz Liszt’s Funérailles from the piano cycle Harmonies Poétiques et Religieuses.

Barenboim talks about FunéraillesLiszt built his monumental and transcendental technique on the back of Czerny’s 1,100 etudes, which, as his teacher, Czerny forced him to memorize and play incessantly. Liszt translated that incredible power to the piano. Armed with such technique, he was free to explore new directions in both composition and performance. There was, literally, nothing he couldn’t play. Because he was so gifted, he was able to break new ground by playing recitals of other composers’ music, which was unusual during the early and middle 19th century.

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International Piano – November/December Issue

International Piano Magazine nov-dec-2017

A new issue of the magazine International Piano is out!

Louis Lortie waxes lyrical about great pianists of the past while continuing to experiment with repertoire, old and new; Ivan Ilić rediscovers the music of Czech-French composer Antoine Reicha; the musical repercussions of Russia’s 1917 Revolution; and is there such a thing as a ‘Nordic style’ of piano playing?

Plus, the pros and cons of piano competitions; broken chords and why they deserve practice; revisiting Glenn Gould’s Goldberg Variations; 2018’s most prestigious piano competitions from across the world; the complex relationship between musical creativity and mental health; Víkingur Ólafsson’s stimulating Swedish Vinterfest; and free sheet music from Euan Moseley’s Piano Topography.

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The Media Lounge Debut and a World Gathering in Cremona!

Cremona again marked its presence as the world capital of instrumental music exhibitions with the 2017 edition of the Cremona Musica which combined top level artists, manufacturers, academia and pedagogy. With 180 programmed events during three days (September 29 until October 1), Cremona Musica covers every aspect of the interacting and delicate zones where the market, competence and public get to meet. In creating such a specialized meeting point for professionals in Europe, Cremona Musica not only wishes to analyze the state of the of the market but also more importantly, actively shapes culture. Therefore the object of growth and development is essential and evident.

Piano exhibition in Cremona 2017

The piano part – called Piano Experience – has an aim to pursue a commitment in promoting the acoustic piano and thus offered a rich program of top level pianists performing in concert programs organized by outstanding instrument brands such as Bösendorfer, Steinway, Yamaha, Steingraeber and Fazioli. Along with these, other brands were also presented in the grand exhibit area with an opportunity for the public to play and try out the latest model innovations. The public could also enjoy Masterclasses, this year conducted by Accademia Santa Cecilia and renowned performers. A special treat were play-along sessions with famous artists open to the public. As usual, special attention was given the recipients of the Cremona Music Awards which 2017 were violinist Ivry Gitlis, writer/author Stuart Isacoff, composer Giovanni Sollima and the institution for higher musical studies; Accademia di Santa Cecilia.

Piano exhibition in Cremona 2017

The Media Lounge Debut

An initiative from the Artistic Director pianist Roberto Prosseda and Berlin based pianist Andreas Kern, the Media Lounge with 30 journalists from the major specialized newspapers, magazines, broadcast media and web-based media saw its light. For the first time in Europe, the group met to share ideas on musical critics and journalism elaborating on common issues, differences and possible collaborations in the classical music field.

Media Lounge in Cremona 2017

As one of the invited to this group, Piano Street’s Patrick Jovell was able to elaborate on ideas and experiences from the group meetings. Each participant brought up several salient points, such as communication tools, the business of music in media, trends in research and education, and musical philosophy. All present planted the seeds of curiosity among the others who attended the forum, so it is assured that there will be continual discussions and collaborations dedicated to the promotion of classical music not only in Europe but also globally.

Journalists and Valentina Lisitsa in Cremona

For Piano Street an interesting concern is the question how to safeguard quality and publicity rights in a field which consists of both fast and slow media. Another important topic is how to share materials in specific cultural environments where language barriers limit access to journalistic coverage. For instance, today English speaking media seldom cover news and events that take place in foreign countries such as Spain, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Balkan, Russia or Asia unless producers actively promote their own activities in multiple languages. Not everything happens in English, despite a strong Anglo-centric nature of Western Culture.

We are all happy for the Media Lounge start-up and look forward to the next meeting and upcoming collaborations. We urge all visitors to enjoy all that Cremona and its beautiful surroundings have to offer. We are also happy to be a part of the creative process on all fronts.

Meet some of the Media Lounge members:

Erica Worth – Pianist Magazine, UK

“One often hears of doom and gloom in the industry. However, there are hundreds of CDs still being released every month – even more than before. So I am optimistic. Surprising changes? I have no clue! Maybe in the piano world there will be some new instrument that will double the speed you play for you! Anything is possible.”

Serhan Bali – Andante Magazine, Turkey

“Criticism has also found a secure place for itself in digital age. Professional critics, music journalists can share their opinions and every kind of stuff through their online channels because of lack of advertising. The main problem is that they can’t earn the same money as before in the printed media.”

Eric Schoones – Pianist Magazine, The Netherlands

“If a magazine can help to inspire and inform, so more people can experience things like this, I think it is a very worthwhile cause. Although we should always remember it is not really essential to ‘know’ many things about classical music in order to be able to appreciate its message and content.”

Andreas Kern – Piano City & Piano Battle, Germany
& www.imgartists.com/roster/piano-battle/

“In my early years at the University I was already combining arts: Music & Food, Music & Dance, Music & Fashion. In Cremona we were connecting music with other fields, like technology or cows. I would wait which other keyword Cremona throws to me and then we see what comes out. Stay curious!”

Patrick Jovell – Piano Street, Sweden

“Kids that are early exposed to classical music makes it easier to pursue a career, parents play and listen, provide good schooling and so on. Governments must decide what kind of society they want and thus fund it.
Kids will always identify with what they are exposed to (what there is) and classical music needs to be experienced and requires space in all forms of media.”


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