Sounds of the world rumbling: Schumann and Stockhausen

I recently finished a concert cycle at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (ISGM) in Boston focused on the music of Schumann and Stockhausen. Picking this (seemingly) odd couple resulted in a year of discovery and toil. Their music has tremendous depth and both composers are representative of their respective eras in Europe. Beyond obvious differences, the two also share much:  Continue reading

Is it ok to embellish Beethoven’s music?

The second volume of my recording of the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas is being released and I want to grab the chance to make known some interpretative principles I’ve set for myself. I won’t use this forum to talk about the core of the interpretation, what I’ve wanted to make the music sound like or […]

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Boulez rulez!

2015 marks the 90th anniversary of Pierre Boulez. The French composer-conductor-essayist, a musician with a capital M, is up for a big year. Among many laurels to come is a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award which he receives on February 7th. Even more importantly, his music will be heard in many top arenas and Boulez enthusiasts […]

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