If there is a message to be learned from this book it is that the enduring power of music heals the anguish of losing the one you love, which in Min Kym's case was the Stradivarius she bought at age 21 and cherished for ten years.
American violinist Rachel Barton Pine provides a no-nonsense approach to Paganini's sophisticated showpieces, infusing each with interpretative seriousness and personal conviction that brings out the best of this music.
The Noise of Time, a recent book by Julian Barnes, offers a compelling attempt to delve into the mind, emotions and soul of Dmitri Shostakovich to create the impression that one might have known him, if one already did not.
Violinist Augustin Hadelich and pianist Joyce Yang are standout talents and display superb collaboration in their recent recording of works by Cesar Franck, Andre Previn, Robert Schumann and Gyorgy Kurtag.
I recently heard Daniil Trifonov perform Rachmaninoff at Walt Disney Concert Hall and was curious about his new 2-CD release of Liszt’s complete Etudes D’ Execution Transcendante, Concert Etudes, S 144/S 145 and Grandes Etudes De Paganini – the triathlon of keyboard pieces.
Romania is a cultural powerhouse that has given the world a treasure trove of classical pianists such as Clara Haskil, Mindru Katz, Julien Musafia, Dan Grigore, Mihai Ritivoiu, Radu Lupu. MIROIRS/CA honors the centennial anniversary of legendary pianist Dinu Lipatti’s birth in 1917 with a review of the 2-CD release “Piano Music of Dinu Lipatti.”