The Top 10 Contemporary Piano Concertos Written Up To 1960: #5-1

5. Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102 (1957) https://youtu.be/UAGPMGek5rI Shostakovich composed this concerto for his 19-year-old son Maxim for his graduation from Moscow Conservatory, and the father-son relationship manifests itself in some really special ways. The first movement’s twinkling mischief and soldier-marching rhythms evoke toys; the pairing of this music... Continue Reading →

Wolf-Tempered Clavier: A Pleasant Surprise

Hungarian publisher EMB has recently released a piano collection called Wolf-Temperiertes Klavier (Wolf-Tempered Clavier) by composer Peter Wolf. In a further evocation of Bach and The Well-Tempered Clavier, the cover features part of a Bach portrait. Mr. Wolf himself also gets a little photo. It’s all very mysterious. Is this a cycle of preludes and... Continue Reading →

Feeling uplifted with Karl Jenkins

Just three posts after writing about Ludovico Einaudi, I’m covering Karl Jenkins. In case you’re alarmed at my swerving into the mainstream, don’t worry. I’ll be back to investigating Scriabin deep cuts and making lofty rankings soon enough. The truth is, these classical “crossover” artists are making up a larger and larger portion of print... Continue Reading →

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑