Sviatoslav Richter plays Schubert Sonata op. 42

Published in May, 2019 in the category Best of the Best

A surprising performance where the suspension of time is the discovery of a dreamlike and surreal dimension.

In a letter to his family written the 25th of July 1825 Schubert wrote: "The variations of my new two hands Sonata were very appreciated. I performed them alone and not without merit. Some people assured me that the piano keys became singing voices under my fingers, and that, if true, makes me very pleased …

Emil Gilels plays Grieg Lyric Pieces

Published in May, 2019 in the category Best of the Best

"No one is interested in these little pieces": Gilels didn't want to make this recording.

"No one will buy this, because no one is interested in these little pieces".

Emil Gilels didn't want to make this recording that soon became a landmark not only for Gilels but for the entire piano literature.

With the 66 pieces that form the 10 books of the Lyric Pieces, nearly all short or very short …

Rudolf Breithaupt The Natural Piano-Technic

Published in May, 2019 in the category Technique and Pedagogy

What is the Natural Manner of Playing the Piano by utilizing the Weight of the Arm? It was theorized since 1905.

This blog takes its name from a monumental treaty of piano technique written in 1905 by Rudolf Maria Breithaupt (1873-1945), The Natural Piano-Technic, that had vast echo and widespread diffusion in all Europe.

The treaty falls into the heated controversy on the analysis of the piano technique occurred at the …

Glenn Gould plays Bach Art of Fugue

Published in May, 2019 in the category Best of the Best

A canadian boy inflicts a blow to the heart of the world-renowned pianistic institution, the Moscow "Tchaikovsky" Conservatory

A shock. 

A twenty-four years old canadian boy, coming therefore from an outlying musical culture, inflicts a blow at the very heart of the world-renowned pianistic institution, the Moscow "Tchaikovsky" Conservatory, cradle of a pianistic school and a tradition that churns out on repeat worldwide famous virtuoso concert pianists.

It's the year 1957, Glenn …

Vladimir Sofronitzy plays Schubert/Liszt Der Erlkonig

Published in May, 2019 in the category Best of the Best

The total over-identification and ability to create musical images of a legendary pianist.

The Erlking

Who rides so lately through night and wind?
It's the father with his child;
He's got the boy in his arm,
He holds him safely, he keeps him warm.

"My son, why do you hide your face so anxiously?"
"Don't you see the Erlking, father?
The Erlking with crown and coat?"
"My son, it's a streak …

St Andrews Piano Tuition
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