Bartók Piano Concertos

Bartók Piano Concertos

Geoffrey Norris at Gramophone discusses the piano concertos of Bartók. Bartók – and perhaps especially the Bartók of the piano concertos – tends to divide opinion. There are those who find them arid and charmless. There are others who relish the invigorating energy of...
UPDATE: 2015 Chopin Winner

UPDATE: 2015 Chopin Winner

It’s been several months since Cho Seong-jin won the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw. What’s he been up to? SEOUL, Feb. 1 (Yonhap) — Cho Seong-jin, the first South Korean to win the prestigious International Chopin Piano Competition, said...
Two Argerich CDs

Two Argerich CDs

Two Argerich recordings for your consideration Recorded at the Lucerne Festival, August 2013, these live performances of beautifully balanced Mozart concertos bid a poignant farewell to a collaborative partnership that had begun fifty years before.  The enclosed...
Review: Hough’s CD Creates a Phantasmagoria

Review: Hough’s CD Creates a Phantasmagoria

A highly descriptive review by Tim Pfaff of Stephen Hough’s new CD of Scriabin and Janacek. If you know anything by Alexander Scriabin, it’s probably his solo-piano “poeme” “Vers la flamme” (“Into the flame”). All the...
Tom Service Looks Back at 10 Key Works by Pierre Boulez

Tom Service Looks Back at 10 Key Works by Pierre Boulez

With the loss of Pierre Boulez, Tom Service at The Guardian surveys his works and picks the ten that best It’s a terrible prospect, imagining a musical world without Pierre Boulez. And yet, thanks to his influence as composer, conductor and cultural leader; as...