Passage from Russia to America – Pianist, composer and transcriber Vyacheslav Gryaznov delights in musical storytelling

A version of this article was published on BlogCritics (Nov.31,2017) Currently enrolled in the Artist Diploma program at Yale University, Slava, as he is called by his friends, speaks freely about the experiences that brought him to America from his native Russia. Dissatisfied with the trend in Russian politics toward entangling career with ideology, Slava was keen to follow his fascination with the “land of the free,” and search for new opportunities. Many of...
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Guest Post by Roland Colton, author of "Forever Gentleman," offering a free copy here!

WRITING MUSIC INTO FICTION By Roland Colton As an amateur pianist with a passion for classical music who also loves to read great fiction, I have often lamented the dearth of novels in this genre. Several years ago, a story began to form in my mind that centered upon a gifted young pianist in Victorian England. It took me a while to put pen to paper as the task of writing a novel seemed...
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Der Pianist Sandro Russo erkundet den berühmten Steinway CD-75

Russo nennt es “ein magisches Klavier, das jede persönliche Stimmung, die der Auftrittskünstler verspürt, wiedergeben kann und zu dem ich eine so tiefe Verbindung fand, dass ich mich sicher fühlte, meine eigene Klangwelt zu schaffen.”   Sein meisterhaft ausgeführter Auftritt auf dem Horowitz Klavier vom Februar 2010, dem Steinway Konzert CD-75, das auf DVD über seine Webseite http://www.sandrorussopianist.com diesen Sommer zu bekommen ist, bietet ein breites Spektrum eines – in seinem Kern – ‘romantischen’...
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Playing Horowitz's Concert Grand;Sandro Russo Shares Pianistic Intimacy And Historic Reverence

  Pianist Sandro Russo’s masterfully executed February, 2010 performance on the Horowitz piano, the Steinway Concert CD-75, available on DVD and obtainable through his website  this summer, features a wide span of – at its very core – ‘romantic’ repertoire, from the early 19th to the mid-20th century. The selection varies between more architectural, classically structured work, and the highly expressive and blazingly virtuosic. Russo calls the CD-75 “a magic piano that can absorb...
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