Archive for the ‘Concerts’ Category

Soaking up music like a sponge

Posted by Susan Tomes on 12 June 2013 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  2 Comments

I’m almost at the end of a longish period of learning the notes of a batch of works I’ll be playing over the summer in different concerts and festivals. The large pile of music on the side of my piano has loomed fearsomely over me for a while, but is now starting to look bounteous [...]

The Rite at 50

Posted by Susan Tomes on 29 May 2013 under Concerts, Inspirations  •  1 Comment

Yes, yes, I know that today is the 100th anniversary of the celebrated premiere of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. But this is my husband Bob’s recollection of the 50th anniversary in 1963. Bob was in the Upper Circle of the Royal Albert Hall with a group of students from the Royal College of Music at [...]

Classics Unwrapped on BBC Radio Scotland tonight

Posted by Susan Tomes on 28 May 2013 under Concerts, Daily Life  •  Leave a comment

Tonight, Tuesday May 28, between 9pm and 9.15pm, BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Classics Unwrapped‘ is playing a track from my new e-album with Erich Höbarth of Mozart piano and violin sonatas. It’s the first track on the recording, the ‘Allegro con Spirito’ from the D major sonata K306, and it was recorded live in Perth Concert [...]

Page-turners vs iPads

Posted by Susan Tomes on 24 May 2013 under Concerts, Musings  •  4 Comments

Since my last post, I’ve heard from a number of fellow pianists who don’t play from memory because they specialise in song recitals or chamber music, and have a vast and ever-changing repertoire. They point out that one good reason to experiment with playing from an iPad is that one could dispense with the services [...]

OK to play from music if gadget involved

Posted by Susan Tomes on 18 May 2013 under Concerts, Musings  •  Leave a comment

Yesterday BBC Music Magazine tweeted that pianist Artur Pizarro had played a concert in which he read from the music, using an iPad to display the notes. It’s one of several recent reports about classical musicians using the score, reading from an electronic gadget of some kind. In no case have I detected any kind [...]