At the Piano: Interviews with 21st-Century Pianists by Caroline Benser

By Caroline Benser

In At the Piano: Interviews with 21st-Century Pianists, Caroline Benser explores the kaleidoscopic global of 21st-century pianism via a sequence of prolonged interviews with 8 significant pianists: Leif Ove Andsnes, Jonathan Biss, Simone Dinnerstein, Marc-André Hamelin, Stephen Hough, Steven Osborne, Yevgeny Sudbin, and Yuja Wang.

The pianists represented listed below are not just a virtuosos on their device, well known for his or her renditions of vintage works by way of Bach, Beethoven, Liszt, Debussy, and Bartók, also they are devoted to advancing pianism, commissioning and acting works by way of residing composers in addition to revisiting and re-exploring musical probabilities overlooked via their predecessors. Interviewees speak with Benser approximately such concerns as their first reviews on the piano, the severe function performed via their earliest academics, the literature they play, the tools they like, the that means of musicianship to them, and the fun and problems of a pro occupation doing what they love.

Teachers, scholars, and novice pianists alike will know about new and lesser-known piano literature; newly constructed tools that experience prolonged the variety of the keyboard; the outstanding upward thrust of pianists in such international locations as China; and new learn on pianists' accidents and fit enjoying. At the Piano is written not just for the professional and non-specialist pianist but additionally for all musicians and common track fans.

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It’s not 100 percent finalized but it should be a Mozart concerto release. It works really well because if I think about the composers who loom largest in my life I would say Mozart, Beethoven, and Schumann. Then they will all be represented in my first three records. So that’s the plan. indb 37 9/15/11 4:00 PM 38 Chapter Two And what orchestra? That’s not 100 percent firm yet. You’re playing three Mozart concertos13 next Sunday in Chicago with James Conlon and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. I caught you today as you are getting those back into your mind.

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Recorded in 2001 at Troldhaugen in Bergen on Grieg’s 1892 Steinway. EMI Classics 72435 57296 2 0. 2002. Gramophone Award in 2002. Franz Schubert. Piano Sonata in A Major, D. 959. Lieder selections. Ian Bostridge, tenor. EMI Classics 2435-57266-2. 2002. Franz J. Haydn. Concertos. # 3 in F Major; # 4 in G Major; # 11 in D Major. Andsnes, piano and conductor. Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. EMI Classics 7243 5 5690 2 1. 2000. Gramophone Award in 2000. DVD—Filmography Pictures Reframed. Modest Mussorgsky.

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