Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Washington Classical Review on Jonathan Biss and Brentano Quartet Performance at Shriver Hall

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The Washington Classical Review gives its take on the Jonathan Biss and Brentano String Quartet performance at Shriver Hall this past Sunday.

"Throughout all four fugues, they achieved consistent balance that allowed each voice to have clarity without the texture ever becoming crowded," writes JT Hassell of the Quartet's interpretation of Bach's Art of the Fugue. Also featured on the program was Kurtág's Játékok, which "showed Biss at his very best."

Click HERE to read the full review!


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Jonathan Biss "Late Style" Project

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Pianist Jonathan Biss has been busy touring his "Late Style" project that focuses on pieces written by composers near the end of their lives, an exploration that has  generated a lot of interest and excitement.

"The question of 'late style' has long been of interest to writers and philosophers, from Adorno to Said. What effect do years of accumulated knowledge and experience, combined with, perhaps, the realization that death is near, have on artistic creation?” asks Biss.

In an innovative concert with the Brentano String Quartet, Biss performs two late works — selections from Kurtág’s Játékok, Volume VII and Beethoven’s final Piano Sonata, No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111.

CLICK HERE to sign up for Jonathan’s “Late Style” Coursera meet-up in Baltimore on Feb 25. (Learn more about Jonathan’s Coursera class HERE).

CLICK HERE to read a recent article from The Economist on “Late Style” and Jonathan’s project.

CLICK HERE to listen to Jonathan discuss the music of Beethoven in an interview with BBC Radio 3.

CLICK HERE to read about Jonathan's "Late Style" project in The Guardian.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Jonathan Biss talks Beethoven Piano Sonatas with NPR

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In 2012, Jonathan Biss sat down with NPR to discuss recording the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas. "There's no doubt in my mind that it exists to communicate feeling. That's what it's about," said Biss on the emotional power of the music. Check out this interview and be sure to catch his performance of Beethoven's masterful final Piano Sonata in a concert with the Brentano String Quartet on Feb 26!


Monday, February 13, 2017

Post-Concert with Nicola Benedetti

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After last night's breathtaking performance with the Venice Baroque Orchestra, violinist Nicola Benedetti took a moment to sign CDs and meet with fans. Thank you for a spectacular evening of music-making!


Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Nicola Benedetti on the Cover of Strings Magazine

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Benedetti in Strings Magazine

Violinist Nicola Benedetti appears on the cover of the March issue of Strings Magazine! In a feature article, Benedetti discusses music education, her tour with the Venice Baroque Orchestra, and the music of Antonio Vivaldi. She says Vivaldi's music possesses an “emotional richness that is so often missed: how tender he could be, how intimate, how subtle, how moving…I think that’s something that’s overshadowed by this fiery, virtuosic personality.”

CLICK HERE to read the full article

And don't miss Benedetti and the Venice Baroque Orchestra perform Vivaldi's masterpiece,The Four Seasons, this Sunday at Shriver Hall!


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