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Note By Note – The Making of Steinway L1037

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From the Dreamweaver old JTHonline site   Hmmm. Richter has played a 7 min 51 sec (or longer) piece in 5 min 54 secs? The official website can be visited HERE and it has the Pounding Room Intro, followed by a slide show of scenes and review hightlights. You can control the speed of the slideshow and make it go …

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Christmas Joy

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Christmas this year is almost upon us.  It’s next Sunday.  Once again it seems to have come around so quickly since last year, that it has sneaked up on me.   Well, that’s how it often seems to people as they get older. The featured image for this post is the CD cover of the new CD by Fiona Joy …

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Olive O4HD – Part 1

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The above is Part 1 of the video from The Last Night at the Proms at the Albert Hall in London, in 2008, with Helene Grimaud playing .  Get ready to play part 2 below, the moment that Part 1 finishes, to try to preserve the continuity. You may have noted similarities to other works by Beethoven, including his Symphony …

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Grand Pianos – 4 – Diabelli Variations

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Last week, I not only bought the DVD of Gerard Willems and Sinfonia Australis performing Beethoven’s Emperor Piano Concerto, but also the CD of Gerard Willems playing Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations.  In both performances, on the DVD and CD, Mr Willems plays a Stuart & Sons grand piano. In my post last week, about the Emperor Concerto performance, I neglected to …

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Grand Pianos – 3

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Goodness gracious me. It’s Gerard Willems playing a Steinway: On Monday I drove to Chadstone Shopping Centre and from the ABC Shop bought the bought the DVD of Gerard Willems playing Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto (see the links on my 20 January post) and the CD of him playing Beethoven’s 33 Variations to a waltz by Diabelli. Both works were played …

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Grand Pianos – 2

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Life’s synchronicities have long amazed, delighted or bemused me, depending on the circumstances.  Take this week for example.  On Wednesday night, by chance I decided to have a look at the NPR website which I haven’t visited for a while, to see if it featured any interesting classical recordings to listen to (the site is a very good source of …