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Pianist 120

Pianist magazine is adored internationally by those who love to play the piano. From Bach to Billy Joel, the magazine offers a wide range of music styles to learn from, as you don’t just read it – you play it too! With every issue, you’ll find 40 pages of selected sheet music (suitable for players of all levels) accompanied by specially recorded sound files. The sound files act as the perfect learning tool, so you can listen to a piece of music before you learn it. All you need to do is click on the ‘sound’ icon and turn the Scores pages with a light swipe of your finger. With Pianist magazine you can expect nothing less than the very best when it comes to playing the instrument you love. You’ll have everything you need to play like an expert, including notes on technique, pedalling and interpretation, sheet music reviews, Q&As, teaching tips, in-depth ‘How to Play’ masterclasses, readers’ letters, piano news, interviews with top concert pianists and so much more! And guess what? If you opt for the digital issue, you get FREE EXTRA Scores! From the basics of scale playing to the difficult stretches and fast runs, Pianist magazine is your top piano playing guide – giving you the confidence and expertise you need to play like a pro!

United Kingdom
Warners Group Publications Plc
6 Issues

in this issue

2 min
invitation to the dance

Our interview with Lise de la Salle brings a smile to my face. Reading about her love of dance reminded me of my own ballet classes as a girl. I longed to be a dancer: I wanted to feel the rhythm flowing through my limbs and to be in control of my movements – and of course I loved the music. I remember dancing to Schumann’s Arabesque before I even knew it was Schumann’s Arabesque! I’m in good company with fellow dance enthusiasts inside this issue. Not only de la Salle – who feels so strongly that music and dance are connected that she’s about to release an album of dance-inspired works – but Angela Hewitt, who, once upon a time, could manage 32 fouettés in one go! (Look at the…

2 min
your chance to have your say

STAR LETTER CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH ZIMERMAN I very much enjoyed the Krystian Zimerman interview in Pianist 119. I was fortunate to hear him play at Snape Maltings in Suffolk several years ago. He was the consummate professional for the concert performance. In between pieces, he regaled us with tales of his beloved Mercedes, which had broken down on the way to England, and his eye-rolling mentions of certain conductors he had worked with. I was lucky enough to be sitting in the front row where I could see his hands and as the concert drew to a close, he performed one piece from sheet music. But he had not placed the sheets fully on the stand and as he played, they began to slip, before floating down to the floor of the…

7 min
life after leeds

Fashions change for competition repertoire as in every other walk of life. Beethoven’s Fourth, Schumann and Prokofiev’s Third were once the go-to concertos for aspiring gold medallists, fitting within the time-honoured half-hour template of mingled virtuosity and lyricism, with a brief shop-window to advertise slow phrasing and no danger of one’s efforts being drowned by the orchestra. By comparison, the 50-minute span of Brahms’s Second appears absurdly unsuited to setting out a young pianist’s stall, and yet two winners of major competitions in the last six years have made it their signature piece: Anna Tsybuleva in Leeds in 2015 and Alexandre Kantorow in Moscow in 2019. Talking recently to Kantorow (for the cover story of Pianist 118) and now to Tsybuleva, it becomes clear that the lure of performing the concerto…

9 min
the rhythm of life

When the pandemic struck, the French pianist Lise de la Salle was among thousands of classical musicians who found their diaries had emptied almost overnight. It’s a terrifying prospect for most, but de la Salle is not someone accustomed to sitting about doing nothing. She decided to volunteer for the Red Cross. Four days a week for three months, she says, she woke at 5.30am to travel across Paris in a virtually deserted Metro, working to connect the neediest and most desperate people with the organisation that could help them when all else had failed. The usual resources such as soup kitchens had closed: ‘These people were left with literally nothing. The Red Cross created emergency grocery bags that we were sending to them and my job was connecting the people…

1 min
lise de la salle up close

If you could play only one piece from now on, what would it be? The Schubert/Liszt ‘Serenade’. If you could play only the music of one composer from now on, who would it be? Mozart. One pianist you’d travel long and far to hear? Richter. One concert hall you’d like to play in? Berlin Philharmonie. Any technical troubles? Fast and furious octaves are not my favourite things. What advice would you give to an amateur pianist about how to improve? Think about what you want from the emotions. Perfection is boring – and anyway it doesn’t exist! If you weren’t a pianist, what would you be? A cook. One person you’d love to play for? Mozart. A composer you’re not quite ready for? Ligeti! What other kind of music do you like listening to? Mostly jazz and rock’n’roll.…

2 min
lise de la salle on… when do we dance?

I’m a big dance fan. I’ve always adored classical ballet, ever since I was four years old. Then I discovered modern jazz and all kinds of diffierent dances. Growing up, I realised that it is similar to music and they are always connected. The idea of rhythm is important to me: I work a lot on rhythm and pulse in my interpretations and also when I teach or give masterclasses. It’s always close to the emotional state in music, like your heartbeats, and it’s primary for dancing too – to have that kind of energy from the ground, from the pulse, from the rhythm. So I decided to take my chance with a programme based around dances. Then I realised that I’d need not one album for this, but ten! I…