Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:

Diavolo to defy the laws of physics Saturday

Preview of Telluride appearance by innovative LA Dance Troupe incorporating Chopin into their latest show: “Diavolo is comprised of dancers, gymnasts, actors and rock climbers who perform together like teammates with astonishing athleticism. Working with architectural structures and props, the company offers the audience a cinematic experience of powerful images and abstract narratives. Think Cirque du Soleil minus the glitzy production values….”
The Daily Planet – Telluride,CO,USA
“Knock-turne” is a pun on the Chopin composition. “This dance is two duets. In the first, we manipulated Chopin’s ‘Nocturne.’ For the second, we use an
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Richard Goode

Thumbs-up review from the Guardian of pianist’s much-anticipated Chopin-focused recital in London: “Yet each time Goode returned to Chopin, it was like a homecoming. He found insight in the relative simplicity of the mazurkas, and even virtuoso works such as the Op 54 Scherzo and the Op 44 Polonaise didn’t sound like tricksy showpieces.”

Guardian – UK
There are pianists who give Chopin a bad name, using his showpieces as a vehicle for flashy, brittle brilliance. Then there is Richard Goode.
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Richard Goode at the Queen Elizabeth Hall

The Times of London, on the other hand, liked the programming, but not the player: “The evening was rewardingly programmed. The spirit of dance transmigrated from Bach to Chopin in Goode’s four Mazurkas, but how I longed for clearer articulation, tauter sinew, more sense of their pungent language. By the time Goode reached the Impromptu in F sharp the loud gurgling of breath which accompanied his performances at their most ardent became not so much an ignorable mannerism as a serious distraction.”

Times Online – UK
The spirit of dance transmigrated from Bach to Chopin in Goode’s four Mazurkas, but how I longed for clearer articulation, tauter sinew, more sense of their
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Entertainment briefs
Polish-born now-Minnesotan pianist Tadeusz Majewski plays in Rochester, MN: Post-Bulletin – Rochester,MN,USA
Majewski, who began his piano studies at the Chopin Lyceum in Krakow, left Poland in 1981 and settled in Minnesota. He continued his studies and then
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Thoroughly modern Tomoko

Experimental Japanese pianist/visual/performance artist Tomoko Mukaiyama plays Prague: ” Along with changing the visual context of her performances, Mukaiyama has also changed the aural content, essentially borrowing a visual arts technique to construct “collages” of disparate pieces that take on new meanings through unusual juxtapositions. “I take small parts of pieces and make a mosaic,” she explains. “You might hear Chopin, but because I put Chopin between Thelonious Monk and Sergei Zagny, the identity of Chopin disappears.”
She will be using that technique for her Sonic Tapestry piece at Archa this week, zigzagging from Chopin and Debussy to Monk and Ligeti, with original improvisational passages serving as transitions. No visuals for this performance; instead, the centerpiece is a Fazioli piano. “I’m not making a commercial about it, but it’s a favorite of mine, a beautiful Italian instrument with singing tones and gorgeous harmonics,” Mukaiyama says.


Prague Post – Czech Republic
“You might hear Chopin, but because I put Chopin between Thelonious Monk and Sergei Zagny, the identity of Chopin disappears.
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Chopin in the Blogosphere:

Chopin

A modern-day interpretation…

By Beatrice Feo Contemporary Art
Beatrice Feo Contemporary Art has posted a doc:
Everyone’s docs – http://www.ipernity.com/explore/latest/doc

Chopin’s Birthday …
By hoa_dao(Eternal Sonata / Trusty Bell: Chopin’s Dream)
Our dear Chopinetto’s birthday is coming up (March 1) so if you want to do something special for ES, now’s the time! It can be anything, fanart, fanfiction, fanpoetry (?), or any other crazy fan stuff you can think of!
Eternal Sonata – http://community.livejournal.com/torasuti_beru/

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