The process of selecting repertoire is complex be it for myself or for others.
The selection of concerto or chamber repertoire is a decision making process based on many interests. For example Brahms' piano concerto II requires an outstanding French horn player and an excellent cellist, and of course a fantastic conductor for a successful performance. All those parameters need to be in place before conductor, orchestra board and soloist make this repertoire decision. (Of course patrons' expectations, finances and many other factors play huge additional roles).
The selection of solo repertoire on the other hand should be easy since it's just the pianist, shouldn't it?
This is my list of some of the things to consider when selecting repertoire for solo performance:
- Will I be able to do both the work and the composer justice?
- What work fits exactly into an intelligently designed concert program already containing works X, Y and Z?
- Will my audience appreciate the composition?
- Do I?
- Can I imagine exactly how the piece should sound best?
- Will I be able to make the piece sound good and structurally tight?
So I try to look carefully at a work of music and its surroundings before committing it to a concert program. Every concert and every carefully crafted program either contributes to further tire classical audiences, or it contributes to pass on the incredible spark only live music can ignite.
Intensity and focus are just some of the words that come to mind, when I play ‘Le Vent dans La Plaine’. I love how the piece paints a picture of gusting winds, slamming windows shutters and blowing leaves.
I just returned from my China Tour 2018. What a wonderful success! I loved playing there, getting involved with teaching and judging, and I was able to use my still somewhat rudimentary Mandarin all the time. It was so much fun to be able to make new friends and to see so many different things. Looking back there were so many things I truly loved about my visit. Here are four of them:
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Playing Domenico Scarlatti’s keyboard music is a great pleasure and also a big challenge. Besides the complications of playing baroque ornamentations, of mastering the rather difficult technical requirements, and of simply finding a compelling interpretation of a piece written so long ago, there’s also the huge question of truthfulness to a historic interpretation.
What a great experience to record for Spirio, Steinway’s high resolution player piano! Lots of people have asked how the process works, and it really is a bit of piano magic.
I am thrilled to announce my return to China next month! Some of you might recall my first China concert tour back in 2015. I absolutely loved my time there since it was outside of my comfort zone and way of life. Now in February 2018, it will be fantastic exploring new and familiar parts of this country.
Half a year ago I joined a gym. My main goal was to increase strength and energy levels. I had no idea how inspiring this decision would be!