Beautiful balance between hands, something that all pianists strive towards. In another installment of "Morning Music Walks with Andrea," I'd like to share with you another performance from Wigmore Hall. Today I listened to a beautiful performance by Kathryn Stott. Ms. Stott is an English classical pianist who performs as a concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician; she is a frequent collaborator with Yo-yo Ma. Her specialities include the English and French classical repertoire, contemporary classical music and the tango; listen to her album of Erwin Schulhoff's music called "Hot Music," especially the five "etudes de jazz!" As I walked and listened this morning I was so taken with the lovely balance between melody and accompaniment in this recent performance at Wigmore . I so enjoyed the Faure Nocturne and the Poulenc "Melancolie" (which is quite difficult to play well, by the way), but be sure to listen to the Earl Wild transcription of "Embraceable You" at the end. Let me know how you like it!
In continuation of "Morning Music Walks with Andrea", here are a few more concerts I would suggest listening to: through Carnegie Hall, New York you can look forward to a concert of Native American and African American compositions for the piano played by a pianist who has been on my radar in the past, Italian pianist Emanuele Arciuli. It will take place on Friday, April 16th at 7:00pm. Another will be a work by Olivier Messiaen, "Quartet for the End of Time", written by Messiaen during his internment in a concentration camp and first performed in that camp in 1941. My earliest recording of this work was by Tashi, made up of a favorite pianist, Peter Serkin, who passed away last year. This piece is hailed by The New Yorker as "the most ethereally beautiful music of the 20th century". Listen on Tuesday, April 20th at 7:00pm and let me know what you think!
And, have you signed up for free concerts in Wigmore Hall, London yet? I have happily watched SO many amazing concerts recorded in Wigmore over the past months....please do yourself a favor and sign on to watch! I link Wigmore here for you.....watch next Monday, April 12th when the great Imogen Cooper gives a piano recital!
Now, let me know what YOU have been listening to?!!