Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Music Boxes, Computers, and More

Today's web pick is the "Music Animation Machine" website.

Here's a little something (music of Brahms) from the site's "YouTube" channel.


I have not had time to comb through the entire site, but what I've seen already looks pretty interesting. What is it? A website offering Jazz piano lessons online.

You can find it here. Check it out.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Today's Web Pick

International Music Score Library Project

There are lots of treasures there to keep your fingers busy. The Beethoven symphonies arranged by Liszt, the on-going Bach project, and loads more good things.

The IMSL Project is available in: Deutsch · Ελληνικά · Español · Français · Italiano
Nederlands · Polski · Português · Русский · Türkçe.

It's a a "must-visit" for your daily web surf.

And Another One

And if you're not interested in Elvis' piano, there is Bruce Springsteen's (also on e-bay)

A piano once owned by Bruce Springsteenis being auctioned off on eBay to the highest bidder...The instrument was also played by music legends including Bob Dylan, Keith Richards and Patti Smith.


Sunday, August 12, 2007

Meanwhile in Cleveland

A Russian pianist takes home the gold.
Alexander Ghindin of Russia, age 30, has won the 2007 Cleveland International Piano Competition. He receives $50,000, an Alice Tully Hall recital, a compact disc recording on the Naxos label, two years of concert management, and engagements drawing up to $100,000 in income.
By all accounts a pianist to keep on your radar.


Summer of Elvis for Piano Lovers

Following on the heels of recent spate of celebrity owned pianos on the market comes news that the King's own beloved Knabe will be up for the highest bidder. And it looks to be pricey.

The starting price is $250,000 but we hope to sell it for somewhere around $2 million,” the company selling the piano on the auction website eBay, said. The online auction of the white Knabe baby grand began this week and runs until August 18.


Ebay link here.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Rocket Man and the Internet

Elton says,

"I do think it would be an incredible experiment to shut down the whole internet for five years and see what sort of art is produced over that span," he said.

Wake me when it's over, Elton.


Wednesday, August 01, 2007

David Fray

Following up on my previous raves about David Fray, along comes this.

Fray concludes with the Boulez Incises, a kind of etude after Ravel - Scarbo's personal hallucination. Three and one-half minutes in length, it keep Fray's fingers active and energies focused. As a foil to Bach, it has given us something--and someone--to think about.


Taking a walk on the wild side

Now this pricks up the ear:

Lou Reed has teamed up with the German contemporary classical music ensemble Zeitkratzer for a new CD and DVD.


File it under "Memo to Prokovief" Details .

Delinquent Delete-o: Classical Music

Or something like that.

It's been done before. And by most accounts successfully. What is it? Using classical music to scare away the young 'uns.

The Tacoma Mall Transit Center, the first bus stop to receive an upgrade, is having speakers installed and will start blasting hits by the likes of Beethoven, Mozart and Bach this week, the Tacoma News Tribune reported Tuesday.

So not surprised.


New Orleans International Piano Competition

Congrats to Konstantin Soukhovetski!

The young Russian won with the seal of two juries, earning both the $1,000 audience favorite prize and honors from a professional panel that had heard him perform three recitals in a week.

Verbier Festival Live - On Your Computer

Just a reminder.

If you haven't been following the Verbier Festial online, you are missing out.

Do yourself a favor and visit the website set up for the live concerts, films, and backstage chats. Find it here.

Bonus reason to visit: S. Richter. They are showing the film "Richter the Enigma" online in two parts. Yesterday was Part 1 and Part 2 is currently up.

It is one smartly designed site. Easy to navigate, easy to find loads of interesting broadcasts (upcoming and past of Marta Argerich,Mikhail Pletnev, Roland Pontinen, Evgeny Kissin, and many more).

Make it your "Must Click" mission for the day.