Monthly Archive for April, 2008

Chopin News, Reviews & Previews:

SWEET TRILOGY
San Diego Jewish Journal – CA, USA

An interview with Hershey Felder in the run-up to a San Diego presentation of all three of his one-man shows: “Beethoven At I Knew Him

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Chopin Video of the Day:

Woody Woodpecker: “Musical Moments from Chopin

Woody Woodpecker and Andy Panda give a piano performance for an audience of barnyard animals. Soundtrack is provided by the duo-piano team of (Thomas) Saidenberg & (Edward) Rebner

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Chopin News, Reviews & Previews:

A remarkable pianist on a curious quest
San Francisco Chronicle – CA, USA

SF Critic admires the passion, but is not enthralled with the substance of a “fascinating but frustrating demi-recital” presented by Canadian pianist

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Chopin News, Reviews & Previews:

Puzzle pieces of past fall into place when playing a baby grand
Anderson Independent Mail (subscription) – Anderson,SC,USA

“This is a story about a piano, and a middle-aged woman, and the thrill of rediscovering an

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Chopin News, Reviews & Previews:

Award-winning pianist to perform here
Vancouver Sun – British Columbia, Canada

Both a review (of a new DG CD) and a preview of the pending May 2 appearance in Vancouver by Polish pianist Rafal Blechacz..

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Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:
Piano Man on a Mission

Miami New Times – Miami,FL,USA

Fascinating story of the “self-taught classical pianist” Kristopher Hull, who’s now taking his Chopin-heavy act to the streets of Miami as a “Pianist Errant”

This …

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Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:

Pianist Born to the Colors of Chopin
New York Times – United States


Veteran New York Times critic Bernard Holland isn’t thrilled about Ingrid Fliter‘s Beethoven and Schubert, but is charmed by her Chopin:

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Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:

The master songwriter turns maestro
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia

Legendary (and remarkably durable) hitman Neil Sedaka is poised to “return to his classical roots” Down Under…

Sedaka was an acclaimed junior pianist

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Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:

‘My Young Years’: Rubinstein’s Enchanting Prelude
Washington Post – United States

Book critic and columnist Jonathan Yardley’s “Second Readings” series shines the spotlight on a long out-of-print autobiography by the Polish piano master…

It

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Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:



When Fame Can’t Cross the Atlantic
New York Times – United States

Fascinating story (and review) of Russian pianist Grigory Sokolov, lionized in Europe; barely known in America….

Classical music is supposedly universal. Language

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Chopin/Radiohead update:

The “Matchup” of a Chopin prelude with Radiohead’s Exit Music for a Film is getting noticed all over the blogosphere (see the Chopin Currency for April 15), prompting this comment from ThisIsNotALabel Computer Music Blog :


This

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Chopin News, Reviews, Previews, and Broadcasts:

BBC dedicates weekend to Chopin
BBC News – UK

BBC Radio 3 announces a blockbuster weekend dedicated to Chopin (May 17-18, 2008, including the launch of “a dedicated website, launched as part of the

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Chopin in the YouTubeoSphere:

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VideoSong 4 – Radiohead/Chopin Matchup

See it to believe it….


1. What you see is what you hear (no lip-syncing for instruments or voice).2. If you hear it, at some point you see it

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Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:

“Dear Frederic” – Complexions Contemporary Ballet
calendarlive.com – Los Angeles,CA,USA

Review of “vibrant Chopin” as part of a “sensational seven-part program,” which opens with a brief primer on the Chopin dance oeuvre…

Chopin never wrote

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Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:

Wagner without the words
The Star-Ledger – NJ.com – Newark,NJ,USA

Emanuel Ax plays “a concerto by a composer who never wrote an opera but was deeply influenced by bel canto vocalism (Chopin’s Piano Concerto …

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Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:

Finale at the Wichita Symphony
The Wichita Eagle – Wichita,KS,USA3

Three-paragraph preview of Ingrid Fliter‘s appearance in Kansas:

1) Fliter won the Gilmore Artist Award in 2006, with its top prize of $300,000. The …

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Smack-dab in the middle of Chopin’s Op. 25 Etudes lies this unique and memorable piece that is unlike any other Chopin creation. And one that has generated …

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Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:


Gach plans all-Chopin recital at Escondido arts center

North County Times – Escondido,CA,USA

Palomar College pianist Peter Gach prepares for his annual appearance….

Gach has had a lifelong love affair with the music of

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Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:

Dave Brubeck wins medal for spreading jazz abroad
Reuters – USA

The legendary jazzman comes to Washington DC to be honored by the State Department – and to explain his connection to Chopin (including a

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Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:

Though Hyde did appear, Lang Lang mostly Jekyll
Chicago Tribune – United States

Chicago critic decides there are two sides – or perhaps two personas – in the Chinese virtuoso:

More and more I am

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Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:

Symphony in home stretch

Preview of upcoming concerts by the Springfield (Mass) Symphony Orchestra, including an appearance by the 2006 the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Piano Competition winner…

Orchestral romance: On April 26, [Kevin] Rhodes

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Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:

Chopin: Piano Sonata No 3; Mazurkas Op 59; Barcarolle Op 60
Telegraph.co.uk – United Kingdom

UK paper gives Gilmore Award winner Ingrid Fliter a vigorous thumbs-up on her new All-Chopin CD:

Ingrid …

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Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:

André Laplante: Piano virtuoso and artist
Barre Montpelier Times Argus – Barre,VT,USA

Previewing his appearance in the Vermont capital, Quebec pianist shares his approach to Chopin:

André’s first point was that Chopin (1810-1849) was

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Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:

ISO hands pianist Chen the keys to Chopin piece
Springfield State Journal Register – Springfield,IL,USA

Preview of Illinois Symphony Orchestra performance featuring Chinese pianist (and “Crystal Award” winner (3rd prize) at the 2005 Van Cliburn

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Chopin Nocturnes Op. 48 Title page

“Magnificent in its breadth, it profound expression, and its tremendous sonority.” Dr. Frank Cooper‘s summation of this Chopin Nocturne, composed in 1841, just about says it all. But if you want to know more, click here. Or else

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Chopin News, Previews, and Reviews….

Answering Bach’s Call With Color and Stamina
New York Times – United States

Chinese pianist Xiayin Wang impresses at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall…

Even for the most gifted young pianist, it takes a lot to be

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Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:

Project Launch to host Autism Benefit Concert
Woodlands Online, LLC – The Woodlands,TX,USA

A preview of a benefit concert by Dariusz Pawlas for Project Launcha Texas-based organization that While the April concert centers

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Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:


Pianist Yundi Li makes his Miami debut
MiamiHerald.com – Miami,FL,USA

Preview of the April 1 debut by our headline-grabbing pianist, who discusses his continuing connection to Chopin afer wininning the Chopin competition in Warsaw…

Yet

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