March 21, 2013

On great works, great pianists, and a great number of things to do! – Interview with Kenneth Hamilton

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On great works, great pianists, and a great number of things to do! – Interview with Kenneth Hamilton

It’s slightly over two weeks to the Romantic Masterpieces! Plink, Plonk, Plunk catches up with virtuoso pianist and professor Kenneth Hamilton in an exclusive email interview ahead of his recital on the 7th of April in Singapore.  Charles Valentin Alkan(1813 – 1888) This year we celebrate the bicentenary of Alkan, a contemporary…

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January 3, 20130

“Do you know that Beethoven firmly believed that people who listened well to his music would be better people, happier people? It’s the attitude that art has moral value. Yes, I think music has a special capacity to bring harmony to all nations. Good music has a truly positive effect…

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December 10, 2012

the passing of a great pianist-scholar..

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One of the few musician-scholars and known for his intellectual interpretations of works by Bach (he recorded the Goldberg Variations and The Art of Fugue), Beethoven, Chopin, Elliot Carter and Schoenberg (!!! what a combination, just goes to show his versatility), Charles Rosen passed on yesterday, succumbing to cancer. “It…

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November 15, 2012

Opposing interpretations..

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So I decided to pick up the second English Suite in a minor by Bach again after putting it down for a little while. My teacher here heard it by me for the first time today in lesson, and oh my goodness it was a complete opposite interpretation of Miss Lim’s!He…

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