Archive for the ‘Concerts’ Category


Posted by Susan Tomes on 27 August 2011 under Concerts, Musings  •  3 Comments

A friend was telling me about a piano recital he attended last year in the Wigmore Hall. During a Beethoven sonata, members of the audience were distracted by a low buzzing noise emanating from somewhere in the room, and judging by the pianist’s increasingly cross glances in the direction of the stalls, he was conscious of it too. […]

Warts-and-all recordings

Posted by Susan Tomes on 18 August 2011 under Concerts, Musings  •  5 Comments

A thoughtful letter today from a reader about recordings. He’s noticed that musicians often say they dislike the manicured, edited-to-within-an-inch-of-their-lives recordings of today, and prefer the more ‘natural’, warts-and-all approach of the earlier twentieth century, when it wasn’t possible to correct or ‘improve’ things afterwards. Record collectors, too, often cherish these less self-conscious recordings. My […]

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 […]