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Never forget that Maurice Ravel was more Basque than French. His rhythms and harmonies belong to the borderlands. He is happiest with the smell of Rioja in his nostrils. There must be other pianists who have paired Ravel’s two piano concertos on record with De Falla’s Nights in the Garden of Spain, but I can’t call any recent releases to mind. Or maybe Steven Osborne’s account is just so thrilling that it has erased them from memory. There is never a moment in this performance when you doubt the absolute rightness of his choices. In the Ravel G major, Osborne…

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Altogether 44 pianists have been selected for the Fourth International Maj Lind Piano Competition to be held in Helsinki, Finland on August 17–31, 2017. They represent 16 nationalities: South Korea (10 competitors), Finland (6), United States (5), Russia (4), China (3), Germany (3), Indonesia (2), Israel (2), Italy (2), Spain (1), Georgia (1), Great Britain (1), Canada (1), Norway (1), Ukraine (1) and New Zealand (1). See the list of competitors below. The competition received a record 195 applications by the deadline on April 24. The participants in the first round were selected by a competition team on the basis of video…

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Attend in Person Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Bass Performance Hall Fort Worth, Texas USA May 25–June 10, 2017 It happens only every four years, and it’s almost here. Be there in person to cheer on your favorites and to experience the exhilaration of exceptional live performances. Click here to purchase single tickets, starting at just $10. Act now to ensure your spot and reserve your preferred seating! For premium keyboard seating in the orchestra section, purchase a Complete Subscription at the Platinum or Golden Circle levels. Watch the Webcast The Competition webcast will be better than ever, thanks to a major new media partnership with medici.tv—the world’s leading classical…

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Montreal, Friday, May 12, 2017 – The First Prize winner of the CMIM (Concours musical international de Montréal) 2017 piano edition, Hungarian Zoltán Fejévári, and three past First Prize winners of the CMIM—soprano Measha Brueggergosman (2002), pianist Serhiy Salov (2004) and violinist Benjamin Beilman (2010)—performed for a full house at the Maison symphonique. They were accompanied by the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) led by conductor Claus Peter Flor. The gala highlighted the competition’s 15th anniversary and Montreal’s 375th. For this occasion, several key Montréal figures were in attendance, including CMIM spokesperson Robert Charlebois, actress Anne Dorval, and musician and…

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The trouble with keeping records is that library science has yet to devise a method of telling you where any piece of music will be just when you really need it. The Schumann piano concerto, for instance. If I look under Schumann, I find two versions. But then there are four more under Grieg – that’s how the record industry likes to pair them up – and heaven knows how many more in box sets of the lifetime works of individual great pianists. Online, it’s no easier, since the same recording will crop up a dozen times under different covers…

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Hungarian pianist Zoltán Fejérvári emerged victorious in this year’s Concours Musical International de Montréal. Italian pianist Giuseppe Guarrera received the second prize, and Stefano Andreatta, also of Italy, finished third. The announcement came after the second of evening of finals on Wednesday, May 10th at the Maison Symphonique de Montréal. The last three finalists took the stage to perform some of the most iconic concertos of the piano repertoire, accompanied by the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal under Claus Peter Flor. First up was Yejin Noh of South Korea. Noh seemed nervous in her performance of Tchaikovsky’s Concerto no. 1. The…

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The first evening of the 2017 Concours Musical International de Montréal finals took place Tuesday, May 9th at 7:30 pm at the Maison Symphonique de Montréal. Three promising young pianists took the stage, accompanied by the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal under guest conductor Claus Peter Flor. All three showed thorough technical command and seemed undaunted by the magnitude of the event, yet each was also wholly distinct in their musical personality. Dutch/Spanish pianist Alberto Cano Smit opened the evening with a beautiful account of Brahms’s Concerto no. 1. Cano Smit’s performance had a truly storytelling quality due to the distinct…

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Montréal, Monday, May 8, 2017 – The semifinals of the CMIM (Concours musical international de Montréal) came to a close last night as the jury selected six pianists from five countries to compete in the finals. Each finalist will perform one of the great concertos of the repertoire at the Maison symphonique on May 9 and 10, with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) led by guest conductor Claus Peter Flor. Here is the detailed schedule: Finals I – Tuesday, May 9, 7:30 p.m. Albert Cano SMIT (Spain-Netherlands) Johannes Brahms – Concerto no. 1 in D minor, op. 15 Zoltán…

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Montréal, May 5, 2017 – The CMIM (Concours musical international de Montréal) announces the names of the 12 pianists from nine countries competing in the semifinals on May 6 and 7 at Bourgie Hall of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The only Canadian, Teo Gheorghiu, wins de facto the $5,000 Award for the best Canadian artist offered by the Bourbeau Foundation. The six finalists will be announced following the last semifinal session on Sunday, May 7. Here is the detailed schedule: SATURDAY, MAY 6 1st session 2 p.m. Jeung Beum Sohn (South Korea) David Jae-Weon Huh (South Korea) Giuseppe Guarrera (Italy) 2nd session…

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This week, many concerts are taking place in Montreal. Here are our picks! CMIM 2017 begins Don’t miss the Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM) 2017, this year being a piano edition. For more information, read our special article [mySCENA]. Plus, this year, renowned pianist Dang Thai Son will be one of the judges of the competition. Our journalist Arthur Kaptainis met him to discuss the CMIM and how contestants can perform their best. [MySCENA] Halleluja! – Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal Under the direction of Andrew McAnerney, the chamber orchestra will revive the music of Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672), Johann Hermann…

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