Archive for the ‘Concerts’ Category

Trifonov at Edinburgh Festival

Posted by Susan Tomes on 30 August 2014 under Concerts, Inspirations  •  1 Comment

This morning I went to hear Daniil Trifonov’s piano recital at the Edinburgh Festival. Normally wild horses wouldn’t drag me to hear all twelve of Liszt’s ‘Transcendental Studies’. With very few exceptions, I’ve always found them musically rather dull,  and can never imagine why anyone would feel motivated enough to learn the torrents of arpeggios, double [...]

‘Lost arts’

Posted by Susan Tomes on 28 August 2014 under Concerts, Musings  •  1 Comment

This morning I listened to a longish discussion on Radio 4′s ‘Today’ programme about the technique of singing with a microphone.  Many singers today use headsets rather than microphones when they perform, because headsets allow them to have their hands free. To my astonishment, the technique of holding a microphone and singing into it was described [...]

Playing two instruments at once

Posted by Susan Tomes on 10 August 2014 under Concerts, Inspirations  •  2 Comments

I wrote recently about the piano duets played every night at piano camp in France – not just two people at one piano, but sometimes three people at one piano, or four people at two pianos. Famous works of music arranged for multiple hands, with one or two piano keyboards being used to their utmost, and [...]

Saturday Classics repeat, 19 July

Posted by Susan Tomes on 17 July 2014 under Concerts, Daily Life  •  2 Comments

I’ve just been alerted to the fact that on Saturday 19 July, from 2-4pm, Radio 3 is repeating my episode of ‘Saturday Classics’, in which I choose music of personal significance and talk about the reasons for my selections before they’re played. I seem to remember that when the programme first aired, in May last year, an [...]

Seeing the ball

Posted by Susan Tomes on 1 July 2014 under Concerts, Musings  •  1 Comment

Although I take no interest in tennis the rest of the year, when this time of year rolls around I suddenly get very involved in watching tennis from the Wimbledon Championships. I become so interested that I wonder why I don’t continue to follow the fortunes of these players as they move off to other [...]

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