In Review : Alex Weiser's "And All The Days Were Purple"

In his debut release And All The Days Were Purple, Alex Weiser couriers his dynamic approach in close proximity to the narrative arch of its underlying text, Yiddish and English poems by Anna Margolin, Edward Hirsch, Rachel Korn, and Abraham Sutzkever. A deeply personal quest submerges throughout queries within the framework of modern (American) culture and secular Jewish identity. Eliza Bagg’s strident voice leads through the song-cycle’s deft interspersing sound textures realized by Lee Dionne, piano,...
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The Goffriller cello of the legendary Pablo

Amit Peled releases recording of Bach Suites (Volume I) on the Goffriller cello of Pablo Casals  (Illustration by Avi Katz) We all love a good story told with the vivid imagination of an artist; it is even better when the story is based on life’s authentic puzzle pieces, connecting the dots to confirm an important message: that good things happen to good people. When it comes to musical storylines, Israeli-American cellist Amit Peled has...
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Pianist Shai Wosner ‘Premieres’ a Piece Each Time

New Yorkers have had ample chance to admire internationally acclaimed pianist Shai Wosner, who has partnered in concert with celebrities like Martha Argerich, Pinchas Zukerman, and Daniel Barenboim. Photo: Marco Borggreve Wosner has been a regular favorite in piano series all over town, in collaborations with musicians like Martin Fröst, Jennifer Koh and Missy Mazzoli, and as a curating contributor of consecutive programs at the 92Y. Wosner’s interest in exploring subtle connections between works...
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Pianist Ching-Yun Hu – unbiased brilliance

“The decision to make an album of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s works was made from a pure love of his music. I want to evoke from listeners the most beautiful experiences through this music that encompasses all of human emotions, of love, hope, nostalgia, loss despair…This music reminds me of my childhood struggles, and beautiful moments spent with my family. It transports me to another world.” – Ching-Yun Hu With these words from the liner notes...
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The Brandenburg Duets

“Sharing the piano bench with a partner is as intimate a musical relationship as it gets,” describes Eleonor Bindman her passion that led her to her latest project. “When I perform a composition, the orchestral aspect is always what inspires me most,” she says. And playing four-hand at the piano, in a avrupa yakasi escort partnership feels like it doubles the inspiration.” photo credit: ©Masataka Suemitsu Eleonor Bindman and Jenny Lin In 2014, Eleonor...
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Silenced – Orsolya Korcsolán’s engaging Deutsche Grammophon release of works by Sándor Kuti

A child of holocaust survivors, Hungarian born violinist Orsolya Korcsolán had always felt a deep connection to her roots, linking her Jewish heritage closely with her personal and musical identity. Crossing paths with some of classical music’s past and present iconic figures inspired a prolific career in music that now spans from performing and recording artist to cultural ambassador and pedagogue. While still a violin student at Budapest’s Franz Liszt Academy, Orsolya attended –...
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Nikita Mndoyants – Pianist, Transcriber, Composer shines in powerful US debuts

At EURASIA FESTIVAL, which launched in the fall of 2017, immediately representing an important NYC performance podium with viable space at the National Opera Center, young Mndoyants’ recital was presented among the series’ strong concentration on Russian artists, many of whom are former colleagues of the festival’s co-founder, pianist Aza Sydykov, from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. Presenting artists such as those from the former Soviet regions and showcasing their broad heritage and the...
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No Child’s Play – Joey Alexander

This article was published in German at PianoNews, 2015. Every once in a while, the established suggestion of long labored and ardent efforts behind true mastery, fall short in explaining the emergence of a true talent, (Ausnahme Talent) appearing out of seemingly nowhere. Excited by a glimpse of such true genial capacity to mastermind the most intricate challenges instantaneously, innate and with the most natural appeal, we can’t help ourselves, but to allow this...
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Kein Kinderspiel – Joey Alexander am Klavier

 Ab und zu werden wir einfach vom Hocker gerissen, vor allem dann, wenn wir es mit einem seltenen Ausnahmetalent wie dem erst 11-jährigen Jazz-Pianisten Joey Alexander zu tun haben. Für diesen Knirps scheinen die üblichen Regeln langjährig erworbener Meisterschaft einfach ausser Kraft gesetzt. Mit größter Selbstverständlichkeit setzt er sich ans Klavier und jammt mit den Besten seiner Zunft. Da kann man nur staunen und hoffen, dass das wunderbare Spiel des kleinen Künstlers nicht durch...
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Quintessentially Russian: Philippe Quint’s new Tchaikovsky/Arensky recording

This September, Avanticlassic released yet another account of Tchaikovsky’s much performed Violin Concerto in D major, Op.35, revealing the stylistic versatility and technical brilliance of Russian/American violinist Philippe Quint. In this recording, Quint, whose “lyricism, energy and devotion,” was lauded by the LA Times, pairs Tchaikovsky’s “war-horse” of the violin-repertoire, with Anton Stephanovich Arensky’s String Quartet No.2 in A minor, coincidentally his Op.35 as well. This line up makes for Quint’s first all-Russian recording,...
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