Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Elephant Plays Piano

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjsu3SGAdLs&sns=em


-B Collins

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Beethoven Sonatas

If I didn't say it before, let me say it now. Surf over to the Wigmore Hall website and check out the online lectures by A. Schiff on the Beethoven Piano Sonatas.


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Strings

Nice end to my day. Some really lovely performances of Beethoven string quartets at Wigmore Hall.


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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Roli's Seaboard - Very Cool



This looks like it would great fun to play. The inventor says, "As a keyboard player, I love the piano and think it's the most logical instrument. But I was always interested in extending its power. I'd play gigs and be slightly envious of the musicians who could bend the pitch and volume and timbre of the notes -- guitar players can be very expressive with just a few notes. You can't do that with a piano." So three years ago, he set out to create one that could"

Read more about it Here


Tune Up

Just needs a tune up.



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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Luis Fernando Perez: "Galante" by Granados



This a wonderful performance of Granados Op5 no. 1 "Galante"... The piece is a real gem and one difficult to pull off well. The score can be found in the March/April issue of International Piano and online here at the  IMSL Archive

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Welt-piano Konzertist

"A 1920s-vintage Hugo Popper 'Happy Jazzband' Orchestrion Welt-Piano Konzertist, made in Leipzig, Germany.
They were created by adding a 'jazz band percussion effect' top cabinet to a Welt coin piano model. The instrument plays music from 88 note or 88 hole rolls, of an identical size to Arburo rolls, and in addition to the piano, has percussion and trap effects such as muted cymbal, snare drum, triangle and wood block."

Check it out:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=453dO6axjp8&sns




Monday, April 15, 2013

Fazil Say: Suspended Sentence

One hardly knows where to start with news of this sort:

"Acclaimed Turkish concert pianist Fazil Say was given a suspended jail sentence in Istanbul on Monday for insulting Islam on social-media website Twitter, in a court decision that supporters say protects Islamic values but critics maintain curbs free speech."

Read the rest here:

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Colin Davis - RIP

Sad news today. The passing of the great British conductor Sir Colin Davis.

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