Pianist 116

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6 Números

en este número

2 min.
guiding lights

Towards the end of this unusual summer I enjoyed listening to archive broadcasts of BBC Proms. One concert which had me on the edge of my seat was a 1997 Prom – the first solo piano recital in the festival’s history – given by Evgeny Kissin. It touched me to learn from the presenter’s introduction that Kissin’s teacher – Anna Kantor, of the Gnessin Academy in Moscow – had been in the audience that day. Kantor has followed her pupil ever since his feet could reach the pedals, almost as a member of the family. Her influence over him has been immense. As the beneficiary of selfless dedication, Kissin is hardly alone. Warwick Th ompson’s feature (p68) explores the history of great pianists and their teachers, beginning with Carl Czerny (pupil…

2 min.
your chance to have your say

EMAIL: editor@pianistmagazine.com WRITE TO: The Editor, Pianist, Warners Group Publications, 31-32 Park Row, Leeds, LS1 5JD. Letters may be edited. Learning to perform I was delighted to read about the EPTA Festivals project inside Pianist 113 [www.epta-uk.org]. I have been running a festival for almost 30 years based at Somerset College on the Gold Coast, with the same ethos – it is all about learning to perform – and getting a positive boost from one’s hard work, with acknowledgement of the effort. At this stage, we only run the festival on one weekend based around junior performers (up to 14 years) but use up to ten venues at times, with up to some 3,000 entries in music and speech. I am so pleased to see the turn from the overcompetitiveness which often…

4 min.
making waves

Ravel’s childhood and holiday home of St-Jean-de-Luz is in my mind’s eye as I pick up the phone to call Bertrand Chamayou. The French pianist has pitched up in the pretty Basque fishing town to take part in a one-off concert with the Labèque sisters as part of the Festival Ravel. As a going concern for over a century, the festival has hired Chamayou to give it a shot in the arm, prior to a full-scale relaunch in summer 2021. It sounds like a dream and I’m keen to hear more, but first we need to say Good Night! I have an advance copy of Chamayou’s latest album, which bears that very name, from Erato/Warner Classics. It’s a collection of lullabies old and new, borrowed and blue – and I find…

2 min.
new clavinova series from yamaha

A range of new digital instruments from Yamaha features, among other developments, a new action which should further refine the relationship of the player to their piano. Depending on the model, all pianos feature either the GrandTouch or the new GrandTouch-S keyboards. Both claim an outstanding level of authenticity and rich harmony, partly achieved by the different key lengths, counterweights and the pivot point between the white and black keys. In addition, they offer a high degree of expressive control in individually shaping the tone from pianissimo to fortissimo. GrandTouch was the first major innovation in the Clavinova action when the CLP-600 series was launched in spring of 2017; it is based around the mechanical ‘escapement’ characteristic found on acoustic instruments. There are six new models, ranging from the simplest entrylevel to…

11 min.
the unlikely viking

One small but significant side effect of Covid-19 in the UK has been the rediscovery of art music by the mainstream media. Apparently paralysed by the slow creep of cultural anxiety over the last half-century, print and broadcast outlets have steadily shrunk their classical coverage in response to fretful concerns over dread buzzwords: elitism, diversity, accessibility. Is it vain to hope that the pressures of quarantine have reversed the direction of this ever-decreasing vicious circle? Front Row is the daily shop window for the arts on BBC Radio 4, and between March and June the pianist Víkingur Ólafsson spoke and played weekly to an audience far more numerous and less specialist than devotees of the classical-centred Radio 3 (which has also enjoyed a Covid-related uptick of listeners). I can’t have been…

2 min.
víkingur ólafsson on rameau at the piano

Rameau had little money until late in life. Only in the last 20 years of his career did he start to mass-manufacture the operas that made his fortune. And yet he didn’t change a thing about the way he lived. He kept working at his harpsichord. He supposedly had a single pair of boots, one or two suits of clothing and he was a generous man. Debussy also didn’t have a comfortable life. He was doing all sorts of other things into his 40s when all he wanted to do was compose. He was a music critic, and he was a very tough one! But he wrote this about a performance of Castor et Pollux: ‘Rameau seems to be our contemporary’. And that became the seed for my album. The music…