Archive for the ‘Concerts’ Category

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 [...]

The Guardian Guide to Festivals

Posted by Susan Tomes on 11 May 2013 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  Leave a comment

“…. your ultimate companion to a summer of music”, says today’s Guardian Guide to Festivals. But is it? Not if classical music is your thing. I subscribe to the Guardian, look forward to reading it every day and love it to bits, but every year when they publish their guide to summer festivals, I could [...]