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Beethoven cycle postponement

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It is with great regret that we announce that the entire second half of Gusztáv Fenyő’s cycle of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas in Scotland has been postponed until 2021. This is, of course, entirely due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In the early stages when programmes 5 and 6, scheduled for 24/31 May, were postponed, […]


Opera producers

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I grew up listening to opera, mainly the Italian repertoire, but also ‘Carmen’ and ‘Faust’. I love the medium and the many great works composed in the genre. Much later, as a young professional pianist, I was fortunate to work as a repetiteur for the Australian Opera company at Sydney Opera House, an invaluable learning […]


Masterclass: real or fake?

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The use of the word ‘masterclass’ (and possibly the concept) in relation to music seems to have arisen at the time of Franz Liszt, arguably the greatest of all pianists, who engaged in teaching, as well as performing and composing, for most of his life. What Liszt meant by the word was a class for […]


Beethoven’s piano sonatas

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Beethoven’s piano sonatas form one of the most important collections of works in the history of music. In celebration of the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth, Gusztáv Fenyő is performing complete cycles of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas in Scotland and Hungary, beginning in May 2019. The young Beethoven took Vienna by storm as a […]


Modern recording and quirks of interpretation

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Much has been written already concerning the revolution brought about in the twentieth-century by the advent of sound recordings, from the time of Edison’s invention of the cylinder and then that of the phonograph, the first results of which are of Caruso singing some arias into a horn in his hotel room for an exorbitant […]


Bach-Shostakovich Series finishes 22 May

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“The Preludes and Fugues of J S Bach and Dmitri Shostakovich could scarcely be more closely intertwined…An opportunity to hear the works played together, as Glasgow-domiciled Hungarian Gusztáv Fenyő is doing over a series of five recitals in the bespoke environment of the City Halls Recital Room, is not to be missed, which accounts for […]


Preludes & Fugues: Bach and Shostakovich

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Music-Makers is pleased to announce a new series taking place at Glasgow’s City Halls from 21st March 2018. This exciting venture combines two extraordinary and related cycles of solo keyboard music into a single series, perhaps for the first time in the UK. J S Bach’s ‘Well-Tempered Clavier’, a collection of 48 Preludes and Fugues, […]


Play what is written

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An easily spoken injunction to a piano student, and often well justified, given that most piano students, at least sometimes, don’t take note of dynamics, tempo markings and so on. “Why doesn’t he play what’s written?” – an outburst after a well-known virtuoso on the radio has just given an odd rendition of a well-known piece. […]


J S Bach’s ‘The Well-Tempered Clavier’ on the piano (including the infamous pedal)

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The disagreement between musicians about what instrument to use for most of Bach’s keyboard works continues. Leaving aside the works specifically written for organ (and here organists will disagree about what kind of organ is the most suitable), there is a vast body of keyboard music which can be played on a range of instruments, […]


GOOSSENS CD MARKS ANNIVERSARY

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Mention the name ‘Goossens’ in music circles today and the response is usually to recall Leon Goossens, the famous oboist, or perhaps Sidonie Goossens, the legendary harpist of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Their equally distinguished brother, Eugene Goossens, seems largely forgotten, or if remembered, it is as a conductor, rather than as a composer. Yet, […]