Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Svetlana Smolina plays Scriabin Piano Sonata No. 4, Op. 30


This Scriabin piano sonata dates from 1903. It is written in F# major which of course has six sharps and is the same key Gustav Mahler used for his last symphony 8 years later. 

The soloist, Svetlana Smolina, has no score in front of her and is playing this incredible piece all from memory. Those out there who have perhaps not considered this, could better understand the … ineffable,beyond material reality aspect to pianism, by considering that to memorize music at this level amounts to … playing it directly from somewhere outside of oneself. This is the “spiritual” or “religious” aspect to this art that makes one dare to ask whether even this expression of the greatest human achievements stands in danger of being driven into extinction from what Eric Blair (George Orwell) described as “a boot stamping on a human face, forever.”

The place she is playing it is a fabulous small concert room with two Steinway concert grand pianos in it. You only gradually see that they have had their tops removed. The camera angles begin at the personal level and spread out to the whole space as the piece commences, The audio/visual presentation is very good; museum piece … that is forever, level presentation. The window behind the pianos, ties the place and the music to the surrounding outside. You wont believe where this is. It's in Fishtail, Montana!

Svetlana Smolina plays Scriabin: Piano Sonata No. 4, op. 30   
Tippet Rise Art Center, The Olivier Music Barn, July 9, 2016

And this is the place, this performance took place; out in the middle of nowhere! Montana! Is this where we may be driven to? Consider the ominous period through which we are passing. Meanwhile, we recognize superb talent. We recall that Scriabin's first wife was a superb pianist and played many of his works. Imagine her valiantly playing his music, even after they were irrevocably separated. Consider what this superb pianist has been able to accomplish. It is truly spectacular. Best.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Listen To, & See All The Dangerous Microwave Pulses You Are Subjected To In Our Wified World

Of course, I also placed this on the E. C. Riegel blog which I also maintain.  When I heard the sound from the detectors it reminded me of only one thing, the machine gun fire we heard on the videos from the Las Vegas shootings a few weeks back.  Draw your own conclusions as to what the powers that be are actually doing to us.  We wonder whether THEY subject THEMSELVES to this as much as THEY demand that we are subjected to it.  This will become a growing issue.  Don't get too comfortable dealing with things as they are.  They might not remain that way for much longer.  Best.  

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

MUST SEE: Dr. Tent - The Exploding Autoimmune Epidemic ...? It's Not Autoimmune

MUST SEE: Dr. Tent - The Exploding Autoimmune Epidemic ...? It's Not Autoimmune

Some things are so important that everyone must see them.  This is one of them.  PLEASE see ALL of this video and spread it as widely as possible.  This is CRITICAL information.  

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Walter Gieseking plays Debussy "Suite Bergamasque"

Walter Gieseking plays Debussy "Suite Bergamasque"
Well, he plays a great deal of the early Debussy literature here.  You know, it kind of goes without saying that if you're going to be a great pianist, that you should at least find enough interest in what you're playing to convey that to anyone happening to listen. That's what Giesking does for French composers that he played. It was almost as though the perfect fit between German precision of technique and the kind of nothing but ear worms that is Debussy manage to meet and the result is pianistic perfection. Each phrase is substantial and intended but perfectly executes the composer's intentions; the impression rather than thing itself, the memory rather than any object from the time or place, a kind of psychological music rather than a romantic music in the traditional senses of fiction and drama.  Not all of Debussy deserves to be played as if one is running off to a fire. Just listen to how he plays Clair de Lune. Make it sound as though it is pouring like oil. By the way, for those who have played him, Debussy is one of those composers that actually knew how to play the piano and so his phrasing and everything lays very comfortably under the hands. Usually. I've just decided to ditch my old edition for better because for me, much of this music deserves deeper study. I always knew that Giesking's performances of these were stellar. We'll all try to do it like this if we're anywhere half this good. Enjoy.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

The Complete Scriabin Piano Sonatas - Maria Lettberg

Naria Lettberg

Well, I had to post this here. It is enough to be able to play any of these, let alone all of them. The real Scriabin connoisseurs can get the times and proceed directly to their favorite sonatas. Mine are 4 and 5.

Of Maria Lettberg, wikipedia says she was born in 1970 and lives in Berlin. There's plenty of talent looking for a gracious enough audience.

By the way, some have asked me if since I am selling a piano, whether I'm giving up pianism. My answer is, not on your life! 


... and if you liked those and wanted to know where it all came from, here is the rest of the story, almost literally: Scriabin - Maria Lettberg: Nocturnes & Morceaux, Fantasy etc.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Standard Upright Piano for Sale

Was $850.00 US
$765.00 US   

Piano at zip code 12051 (Coxsackie, NY)
Contact David Burton at dpbmss@aol.com

UPDATE: 11/22/17 - Showed this ad around and was asked, "please do not lower your price as this is a good piano."  

An oak “arts & crafts” style 1993 vintage “Schubert” made by Belarus (Borisova piano factory) standard upright piano – 43.5” tall x 58.25” wide x 23” deep with matching bench. The action is known as a single blow action.

The owner did the following to this piano: keys are recovered, installed a Dampp-Chaser, action regulated and some slight voicing of hammers done.

The price asked for the piano is fair in that it has been improved and represents at least the value of perhaps 8 to 10 top of the line dress shirts, a decent practice piano and a good piano for beginners through those with intermediate ability.  This piano is certainly suitable for a school or church, but I would prefer it to find a good home where little fingers could be shown how to play it. 

I have been asked to add that I have learned and practiced pieces by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Debussy, Scrabin and Brahms on this piano.

This piano is built to take it and has a good scale, especially in the bass where the usual pin placement was changed by the piano's designers to enable a longer speaking length to the strings. The hammers are also good and generally the sound and feel of this piano should continue to improve with use. It has had regular though light use for most of its life and fairly regular tuning. This is actually a better than average piano for the price, certainly better than anything for twice the price coming out of Asia these days.   No piano performs at its peak unless it is regularly tuned and otherwise maintained. And the best time to tune a piano is after it has been placed in its new home and allowed to get used to its new environment. This piano is in need of a tuning and will not otherwise be prepped beyond its present condition prior to sale.

Offered with a free tuning if sold within 50 miles of zip code 12051 (Coxsackie, NY) The tuning would be scheduled a few weeks after the owner takes delivery.

Buyer will assume all responsibilities for arranging shipment and the sale will be final with no returns.

Payment will be through PayPal.

A payment of one tenth the asking price for this piano sent to PayPal with comparable identification will serve as a non refundable deposit and will prevent sale to someone else, however if you decide after seeing the piano not to accept it, the deposit is retained

This post will be removed from the blog when the piano sells. 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Carl Czerny - Listening to Piano Exercises

Carl Czerny [CHAIR-knee} 1791-1857
Czerny was born the year Mozart died and died the year Elgar was born. He fits into a unique position in terms of efforts and time. Most pianists run across him in terms of his exercises. Here's what I have to say: If you're going to play them, hear them played first and actually play them with some consciousness that these too are music. Specifically, they are piano music that shows us some of the amazing sounds and colors the piano is capable of. Is there anything particularly interesting in any of Czerny's vast output? What of his other serious compositions? They all sound like second rate Beethoven. But how second rate are they? Just because we are all very conversant with the sound and feeling of Beethoven or Schubert doesn't mean that the lesser lights of the first Vienna school aren't worthy of further attention. Through these exercises, we are given a view into the scope of emotional expression those of the times considered the pianos of their times capable of rendering. 

 We present to you, for your amusement, the following from Carl Czerny's vast output, among the composers with the most opus numbers. Imagine all the works of Beethoven reaching from the floor to the top of your chair. Czerny's would reach past the ceiling. Sometimes, just because you publish a lot, doesn't mean that you survive, but in the case of Czerny, who was able to play by heart any of Beethoven's piano sonatas, and from whom most of us can actually trace our piano teachers, he did manage to survive, which is saying quite a lot these days.

Carl Czerny - 40 Studi Op.299
Version 1  Version 2

Czerny Carl - The School of Legato and Staccato 50 Studies for Piano op. 335 complete

Czerny Carl - The Art of Finger Dexterity 50 Studies for Piano op. 740 complete

Carl Czerny - 30 Studi Op.849