Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

‘In the Beginning there was the Word’: Now What?

After finishing up the usual series of summer festivals, August is a good time to practise, rehearse with colleagues, plan programmes for the upcoming season, and to read all of the things that have been sitting on one’s nightstand since about last September or so. In January of this year I had made the resolution […]

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Monday, May 24th, 2010

Musings on Wanda Landowska

It is with a sense of great honour that I play this harpsichord of an artist who gave the world back its musical heritage.

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Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

What is a really historical approach to technique?

Universality of technique…

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Friday, April 16th, 2010

hot off the press: BBC Music Magazine May 2010 issue, with cover CD

cover CD for May 2010 issue of BBC Music Magazine

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Thursday, April 15th, 2010

The modernity of the early Baroque

In the preface to Il secondo libro di toccate…&c. (1637) [the Second Book of Toccatas…], Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643) wrote a few helpful comments to the player of his music. Amongst them we find these comments: ‘Primieramente; che non dee questo modo di sonare stare soggetto a battuta, come ueggiamo usarsi ne i Madrigali moderni, i quali quantunque difficili si ageuolano per mezzodella […]

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Friday, April 9th, 2010

The Magnificent Heads of Ife and Bach

to ‘transmute archaeology into art’

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Monday, March 29th, 2010

up next: Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ and the Wigmore Hall

preparing for exciting things…

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