Forgotten pianists Vol.1

It is always astonishing what gems are waiting to be unearthed  ! For example: Grete Scherzer, a totally obscure pianist without hardly any information on the net. But a sensational Gaspard de la Nuit  by Maurice Ravel , one of the best ! For the connoisseur : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixdE4gCTPrc Here is all that’s known about this extraordinary pianist: […]

Schumann last works

Here is an example  of the elusive late style of Robert Schumann. The Fughetten Opus 126 illustrate a desperate attempt to control the voices and onsetting confusion Schumann was struggling with . One of his last works it is clearly not a piece of music with an audience in mind ,rather a self dialogue and […]

Update

Only a few days to go until Oslo and Norway ! Preparations are in  full swing now.Departure: 1st of March ! Here is a link to my new  College: http://www.barrattdue.no/eng/ Leaving the University of Canterbury was a necessity as all of its full time performance  teachers had already  left  the University  which –in line with government […]

Gabriel Faure

I was always extremely fond of  Gabriel  Faure’s music and I am particularly interested in the evolution of his style,from the elegant romantic early pieces to the enigmatic late style. His music is extremely subtle and does not fare well unless played with the highest level of  pianism  and stylistic  awareness. A true Faure expert was the Swiss […]

Golden Age

Between roughly 1920 and 1950 was the time of the so called  Golden Age of the Crime Novel  which I have been interested for  many years now. One of its most interesting representatives was “Locked Room ” specialist John Dickson Carr. The meeting of the Internet based John Dickson Carr society in London was quite […]

Adam Summer School

Just finished a great week at beautiful Nelson at the Adam Summer School together with the New Zealand String Quartet. The final two concerts showed a very high standard of chamber music playing  and to work with these young musicians from all over New Zealand was a great privilege. The NZ String Quartet run these […]

Schubert recordings – The final instalment

In April the final instalment of my Schubert recordings will be made: after all the sonatas, dances and various other works like the Wanderer Fantasy I will be finally approaching some of the most difficult repertoire : the Impromptus opus 90 and Opus 142 together with some seldom played shorter works . After decades of playing […]