It is common for piano manufacturers to tout a list of artists with whom they enjoy some sort of connection. Sometimes that connection is rather tenuous since that artist may have affiliations with more than one company and, frequently, they have been dead for a number of years. However, artist endorsements form a sort of […]
There are many things on which to spend money. Good old Mazlow spelled them out for us. A piano is an investment in oneself, in ones striving for culture, experience and to some gods grace. Grace can be, of course, in anything. However an expensive, craft build piano is a particularly unique example. If you […]
Often, when speaking to someone about pianos and piano tone, the topic of power comes up. Frequently whether or not a piano has sufficient “power” becomes a de facto determination of whether a piano is acceptable or not. In these situations, the real question is: acceptable for what? If a piano is going to be […]
Frederic Chiu played the new Yamaha CFX concert grand in a well received recital at the Metropolitian Museum of Art in New York. The extremely positive review in the New York Times also featured something that has been very rare in the past, a photo that included the name of a non-New York based piano […]
It’s a great DVD of a large Russian babushka playing the piano and yes, I am that nerdy.
If you love music and you haven’t discovered Alex Ross, you’re in for a treat. Ross is the music critic at The New Yorker and the author of 2 wonderful books on music.
I’ve rejoined a cult that has had a huge influence on my life for years. And, I’m happy about it!
You rarely see the logo of a European piano manufacturer in photos that occasionally accompany music reviews in the New York Times. But it does occasionally happen as shown here with the relevant text. “The three musicians gave committed performances throughout the evening. Mr. Lepauw played with sparkling clarity on the bright-toned Fazioli piano … […]
I know this is classical music nerdy, but here is a master class in the conductors craft. Grainy, dull, black and white, yet riveting. The late, great, Carlos Kleiber conducting at Bayreuth. The soprano is Catarina Ligendza. Thanks for the tip, Alex Ross
Here is a really great short essay on why serious music is important.