Gregg describes his awe-filled experience visiting the house where Schubert was born in Vienna.
It's so easy to find oneself attracted to the music of Franz Schubert. His unmatched gift for lyricism makes him so approachable, so comprehensible; and we feel ourselves being pulled into his musical world – in my case, at a very early age. But now, with the wisdom of my years, my appreciation for Schubert has deepened. For lying within this musical world of color and melodic beauty is a powerful undertow of mystery, of light and dark, of profundity beyond the years of a young genius who lived only until the age of 31. January 31st, 2013 marks the 215th anniversary of Schubert's birth - so I thought it was an opportune time to share my thoughts on one of my all-time favorite composers.
by Jonathan Biss (Pianist Jonathan Biss decodes the unconventional relationship between Robert Schumann and his wife Clara in this second essay for our week dedicated to this composer. Click the audio link above to hear him play Schumann and discuss his work with Performance Today host Fred Child.)
Glenn Gould was born 80 years ago today. To listeners of classical music, Gould was an iconoclastic pianist, most famous for the interpretations of Bach that, in his day, stirred controversy for their relative strangeness. To everyone else, Gould was a broadcaster and essayist.
The Knabe baby grand did a cartwheel and landed on its back, legs poking into the air. A Lester upright thudded onto its side with a final groan of strings, a death-rattling chord. After 10 pianos were dumped, a small yellow loader with a claw in front scuttled in like a vicious beetle, crushing keyboards, soundboards and cases into a pile.
The site, a trash-transfer station in this town 20 miles north of Philadelphia, is just one place where pianos go to die. This kind of scene has become increasingly common. The value of used pianos, especially uprights, has plummeted in recent years.
It is a grim vision of the classical music concert: a sea of hollow-eyed faces in the dark, shushing the slightest peep during boring evenings stifled by ritual. The antidote? Audience members should be able to laugh, to clap in midperformance and to whoop with joy, if so moved.
The Philadelphia Orchestra has filed its plan to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, in which it has agreed to pay $5.49 million to creditors. Just over a year after seeking relief in bankruptcy court, the Orchestra has realigned key financial obligations by moving from a defined benefit to defined contribution retirement plan, renegotiating its lease with the Kimmel Center, and ending its relationship with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops.
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Friday, December 16 Ludwig van Beethoven towers as one of history's greatest composers. He triumphed over a total loss of hearing to write some of the most heroic, uplifting music the world has ever known.
On December 16th from 6 am to 6 pm, tune in to hear your favorite works by Beethoven on his birthday, including the glorious Symphony No. 9 at noon, piano sonatas, violin sonatas, and less-frequently heard vocal and choral works, concertos, and overtures. It's "Lots of Ludwig" for 12 hours! Please join us.