Forgotten Pianists: Josef Hofmann

Pianist Josef Hofmann (1876-1957) was born outside Kraków, Poland, to music parents. His father was Kazimierz Hofmann, who was a noted composer, conductor of the Kraków theatre, and professor of piano and harmony at the Warsaw Conservatory; his mother was [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja
January 16th, 2017
Musical Giants of the 20th Century: Double Bass Players

A conversation about giants could not leave out the double bass and we have four wonderful players to introduce you to, if you have not encountered them before. Born in Russia in 1874 Serge Koussevitzky was primarily known as the [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath
January 15th, 2017
Thoughts from a concert reviewer’s desk

There was a time, not so long ago and at least within my living memory, when critics were regarded as significant arbiters of taste and culture who could, seemingly, make or break a career with one well-aimed stroke of their [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
January 14th, 2017
Forgotten Pianists: Samuil Feinberg

The pianist Samuil Feinberg (1890-1962) was a contemporary of Heinrich Neuhaus and they both taught at the Moscow Conservatory. He’s now largely remembered for being the first pianist to play the complete Well-Tempered Clavier by J.S. Bach in Russia.

by Maureen Buja
January 9th, 2017
Musical Giants of the 20th Century: Spinto Tenor

The spinto is a tenor with a larger, slightly pressed voice (from spingere, Italian for push). While it is distinctly different from a light lyric tenor in a standard Mozart opera (for example a Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni), a [...] more >>

by Philip Eisenbeiss
January 8th, 2017
Rewiring turns “I Can’t” into “I Can”

Whenever we have a thought or physical sensation thousands of neurons are triggered and get together to form a neural network in the brain. “Experience-dependent neuroplasticity” is the scientific term for this activity of continual creation and grouping of neuron [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
January 3rd, 2017
Forgotten Pianists: Heinrich Neuhaus

The noise of the new so often pushes the old out of our sight that often it’s a good idea to go back and see what we might have missed or forgotten. Today, we’re looking at the influential Heinrich Neuhaus.

by Maureen Buja
January 2nd, 2017
Musical Giants of the 20th Century: Organists

Although we primarily associate the pipe organ with liturgical and/or religious use, the “Queen of Instruments” was originally part of the gladiatorial games in Rome! Parades and subsequent gory events were often accompanied by music, featuring curved horns and organs. [...] more >>

by Georg Predota
January 1st, 2017