Classical Music 101: Keeping time doesn't necessarily mean sticking to a beat
We also don’t read aloud much, if ever, so even the natural rhythms of language and speech are not really natural in a big, 21st century city.
Video: Kristian Bezuidenhout explains the differences between the fortepiano and modern piano in Toronto
Ahead of the first of four concerts with Tafelmusik in his Toronto début this week, fortepiano master Kristian Bezuidenhout eloquently answered questions about what makes his instrument different from a modern concert grand.
Classical Music 101: I will never know much, but at least I hope to learn something
Whether a person is making it or listening to it, music is like the clichéd river whose waters are different every time one steps into it.
Choosing the right instrument is much easier and much more difficult that many people believe
By John Terauds on September 29, 2013
Sherkin’s was a Steingraeber & Söhne baby grand, a high-end piano packed with goodies to raise the highest of brows. Thanks to his sponsor, Grand Piano House Inc., he will have a full concert-size instrument to work with whenever he plays at the Jane Mallett Theatre this season.
CBC Radio 2 host Paolo Pietropaolo fêted for excellent series on the keys of music
By John Terauds on September 26, 2013
CBC Radio 2 In Concert host Paolo Pietropaolo has won his second Prix Italia for the Signature Series, his compelling, accessible and entertaining ongoing series on the character of each key in Western music.
Classical Music 101: To realise or to interpret?
By John Terauds on September 22, 2013
Classical musicians are taught that, with any piece not attached to a living composer, there is a performance tradition to follow in each act of interpretation. Each composer, style and period imposes certain parameters of convention and taste — even in instances where all we have are diary entries and broad sketches to provide clues about the practices of yore.
Banff Day 1: Old speaks to new as 10 string quartets begin competing this afternoon
Torontonian Tamara Bernstein explains it all in an essay included in the competition programme, where Banff competition director Barry Schiffman recalls the day when he and fellow St Lawrence String Quartet founding violinist Geoff Nuttall listened to a recording of quartets by Joseph Haydn performed on period instruments by Austrians, the Quatuor Mosaïques.
Take a moment to smell the polyphonic roses with English Renaissance composer Thomas Tallis
Tallis’s music has had a small bump in notoriety over the past couple of years as that motet, Spem in alium, is also part of the soundtrack to amorous adventures in Fifty Shades of Grey.
Classical Music 101: A guide to the subtler charms of a string orchestra in a noisy age
A visit to Bob Shingleton’s excellent blog, On an Overgrown Path, has inspired a little ode to the charms of the string orchestra, a deceptively simple-seeming collection of violins, violas, cellos and double-basses.