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Franz Schubert – piano works

May 28, 2013


Schubert started to study music around the age of 7-8 years after he was selected by Antonio Salieri to sing as choirboy for the Court Chapel Choir in Vienna. Although he also started to play instruments, like violin and piano, as well as studied composition, he was from an early age accustomed to sweet melodies […]

Richard Wagner and anti-Semitism

May 28, 2013


It is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Richard Wagner. His music is celebrated and played all over the world, or almost everywhere. There is one exception, a country where playing Wagner’s music in an opera house would stir intensive reaction and protests, and this country is Israel. Wagner’s music has been recognised as […]

Richard Wagner – Tristan und Isolde – do we know everything?

May 22, 2013


Today I listened to Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde – performance of the Bayreuther Festspiele, directed and staged by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle and conducted by Daniel Barenboim. It was an overwhelming experience, music and drama brought together penetrating into the most intimate depths of human existence, a tale about light and darkness, reason and madness, I mean […]

Robert Schumann’s piano music – imagination versus discipline

May 13, 2013


It is true that the piano music explosively increased in terms of quantity and technical virtuosity during the nineteenth century, but not many musicians were able to produce works as passionate, soulful and evocative of emotions as the piano music of Robert Schumann. Schumann was one of the most cultivated and complex musical personalities of […]