Dude Looks Like He Likes Pianists

For a violinist who wanted to be a trombone player, Gustavo Dudamel sure does love his superstar pianists. Awhile back, I crunched the numbers on the LA Philharmonic's 2013-14 season (in terms of musical eras represented). I didn't catch it at the time, but today while perusing the upcoming season once again, I kept running … Continue reading Dude Looks Like He Likes Pianists

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Remembering Van Cliburn: “The Texan Who Conquered Russia”

  "I do not have fingers. I have ten voices and they must all sing." Van Cliburn Against the backdrop of the Cold War and the Space Race, a lanky 23-year-old classical pianist burst onto the scene as an unlikely ambassador of cultural understanding. At the inaugural International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition, Van Cliburn won the … Continue reading Remembering Van Cliburn: “The Texan Who Conquered Russia”

CD Review: David Greilsammer’s “Baroque Conversations”

At first, "conversations" seems like too hopeful of a moniker for this album. A bold juxtaposition of such disparate artists as Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Morton Feldman, Roy Lichtenstein, Arthur Rimbaud, and Gabriel García Márquez, "collision" might be a more apt description. But in the mind--and the hands--of Jerusalem-born pianist David Greilsammer, the worlds of Baroque … Continue reading CD Review: David Greilsammer’s “Baroque Conversations”