Category Archives: Places

Death in Venice – and Alkan

Byron stood there. Liszt stood there. You’ve probably stood there, and now I have, too. I stood in Venice, on the Bridge of Sighs,  A palace and a prison at each hand… And as I was standing there last November, … Continue reading

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L is for Liszt, M is for Medici. Debussy meets Liszt at the Villa Medici in Rome

When in Rome, do as the Romans do. Go to the Spanish Steps in the Piazza di Spagna, where everyone gathers to socialise and to watch the world go by. And, if you’re a musician, climb up the 138 steps, … Continue reading

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What to wear to the Revolution

My wonderful Music College had many subjects on its curriculum – instrumental technique, concert programming, history, harmony, repertoire –  as you’d expect.  Perhaps its greatest lesson was to make its students go beyond the comfort zone of its four walls and to play in non-traditional venues. Which is how I … Continue reading

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D is for Danseuses de Delphes – Preludes, Book 1, No 1

375-330 BC, or thereabouts, and a supporting column is built near Apollo’s Temple at Delphi in Greece, with three sculpted dancers frozen in time at its summit. Wearing short tunics, barefoot, an arm raised in gesture or perhaps holding crotales, they were rediscovered amongst the toppled ruins in 1894 … Continue reading

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Journey’s End – and the Last Word from Liszt in 2011

  So we come to New Year’s Eve, the final day of 2011 and of the Liszt bicentenary. I set out on this online Année de Pèlerinage through Liszt’s music nearly a year ago, and it has been a fantastic experience. … Continue reading

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Duel Pianists – Liszt and Thalberg

Liszt’s 200th birthday falls this week on Saturday 22 October, and on Wednesday at Hatchlands in Surrey I’m giving a recital on an 1845 Erard piano signed by Thalberg, his greatest rival. ‘Old Arpeggio’ was the nickname given to Sigismund Thalberg because of a … Continue reading

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Concerts at Hindhead

I’m delighted to be giving the first concert in the Autumn series of recitals at the Hindhead Music Centre, with its elegant recital room and gorgeous Steinway, on Sunday 9th October at 4pm. My programme includes the seven pieces from Liszt’s Années de … Continue reading

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