Archive for the ‘Concerts’ Category

Life imitates Debussy

Posted by Susan Tomes on 6 August 2011 under Concerts, Musings, Travel  •  Leave a comment

The Ambialet piano course ended last night with concerts by the participants (see some of them in the photo). It never ceases to amaze me how people manage to raise their game in these circumstances, even though most of them find it a nerve-racking experience and dread it beforehand. Every single person played the best […]




Kremer’s conscience

Posted by Susan Tomes on 26 July 2011 under Concerts, Inspirations, Musings  •  2 Comments

Violinist Gidon Kremer has, I hope, set the cat among the pigeons with his decision to pull out of the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. His letter of explanation is long and somewhat rambling, but perhaps he did not have the time to make it shorter. In any case, his exasperation with today’s music world is […]




Short vs long

Posted by Susan Tomes on 20 July 2011 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  4 Comments

An interesting discussion with the NZ Trio who are visiting London this week from their native New Zealand. We were talking about the challenge of performing some of the very long works in the trio repertoire, such as the Schubert trios (40-50 minutes). Many of our standard three- or four-movement works are 30 minutes long. In […]




Looming cameras

Posted by Susan Tomes on 16 July 2011 under Concerts, Musings  •  Leave a comment

To the First Night of the Proms last night, courtesy of some kind friends who had rented a box in the Royal Albert Hall. Benjamin Grosvenor, an excellent young British pianist who has only just turned 19, played Liszt’s second piano concerto with great finesse and composure. Alas, the famously difficult acoustics of the Albert […]




‘Better sharp than out of tune’

Posted by Susan Tomes on 12 July 2011 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings, Travel  •  8 Comments

At a Gaudier Ensemble rehearsal last week my colleagues, who come from various European countries, were discussing the unstoppable rise in pitch. Here in England we still tune to A=440 Hz, which has been ‘standard pitch’ since the mid-twentieth-century, though in the rest of Europe standard pitch has gradually become somewhat higher, at A=444 or […]