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Honens Piano Podcast
11 minutes | 8 days ago
Honens @ Home: Winston Choi performs Still
Today, we are excited to share Three Visions by William Grant Still, performed by 2003 Honens Laureate Winston Choi.Though he is a relatively unknown composer, Winston shares that Still is "arguably the greatest African American composer of the 20th century." Winston is most interested in rare works and champions those he believes should be better known and performed more widely. This piece is an example of exactly that—a fantastic composer with a distinct voice, colourful music, and exploration of the entire piano in his music. - Watch the video edition of this excerpt at honens.com/home.
42 minutes | 15 days ago
Honens @ Home: Henry Kramer performs Chopin
This week, we're pleased to share the complete cycle of Chopin's Preludes Op. 28, performed by 2015 Honens Finalist Henry Kramer. -Watch the video edition of this excerpt at honens.com/home.
6 minutes | 22 days ago
Honens @ Home: Roberto Plano performs Bellini
This week, we are pleased to feature a special clip from 2003 Honens Laureate Roberto Plano. In this excerpt, Roberto performs an arrangement of one of the most famous opera arias, Casta Diva from Norma by Italian composer Vincenzo Bellini.Frédéric Chopin began his arrangement of this aria in 1831. He started writing the left hand, but eventually he abandoned the project. It is speculated that Chopin had planned to write the right hand later or have the work performed with a singer. Many years later, the arrangement was reconstructed and published by Polish scholar Wojciech Nowik.Roberto has added his own touch to Chopin's arrangement, inspired by how singers sing the melody. - Watch the video edition of this excerpt at honens.com/home.
14 minutes | a month ago
Honens @ Home: Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner performs Oquin
Today we are pleased to feature Honens Finalist and winner of the 2018 Audience Award, Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner. In his Semifinals solo round, Llewellyn performed American composer Wayne Oquin's Détours. The piece, dedicated to Marc-André Hamelin, follows a set of 15 variations (or "detours"), each flowing continuously after the last. It travels between points of extremity: from delicate to solid, from fleeting to expansive. As you'll hear from Jon Kimura Parker, the piece is, at all times, extraordinary. -Watch the video edition of this excerpt at honens.com/home.
14 minutes | a month ago
Honens @ Home: Hinrich Alpers performs Ravel
Today, enjoy Maurice Ravel's Sonatine, performed by 2006 Honens Laureate Hinrich Alpers in his home in Germany. -Watch the video edition of this excerpt at honens.com/home.
8 minutes | a month ago
Honens @ Home: Adela Liculescu performs Fauré
In 2018, Honens International Piano Competition Semifinalists chose between four programs in the collaborative round. Semifinalist Adela Liculescu chose the program that included Gabriel Fauré's Violin Sonata No. 1.About the piece, Fauré's former piano teacher, Camille Saint-Saëns, said: "In this sonata you can find everything to tempt a gourmet: new forms, excellent modulations, unusual tone colours, and the use of unexpected rhythms. A magic floats above everything, encompassing the whole work, causing the crowd of usual listeners to accept the unimagined audacity as something quite normal. With this work Monsieur Fauré takes his place among the masters.”It's no wonder the piece is one of Jon Kimura Parker's favourites. -Watch the video edition of this excerpt at honens.com/home.
12 minutes | 2 months ago
Honens @ Home: Georgy Tchaidze performs Medtner and Dvořák
Let's go back a few years to hear two clips from 2009 Honens Prize Laureate Georgy Tchaidze. After listening to Georgy perform one of Medtner's Fairy Tales, known as the greatest but most neglected piano music in Medtner's repertoire, enjoy Dvořák's Finale from Piano Quintet in A Major Op. 81 with Georgy and 2010 BISQC first prize winner, the Cecilia String Quartet. - Watch the video edition of this excerpt at honens.com/home.
6 minutes | 2 months ago
Honens @ Home: Samson Tsoy performs Tchaikovsky arr. Pletnev
We're lightening things up this week with music you usually only hear around the holidays. In 2015, Semifinalist Samson Tsoy performed Tchaikovsky arr. Pletnev's Concert Suite from The Nutcracker Op. 71. We'll listen to three of the most famous character dances in this excerpt—Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Russian Trepak, and Chinese Dance recorded live at the 2015 Honens International Piano Competition in Calgary, Canada. - Watch the video edition of this excerpt at honens.com/home.
18 minutes | 2 months ago
Honens @ Home: Pavel Kolesnikov performs Beethoven
Today, we head back to the 2012 Honens International Piano Competition for a performance of Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor Op. 27 No. 2 by Prize Laureate Pavel Kolesnikov. While the piece is well known as the "Moonlight Sonata," Beethoven never knew that title. The nickname came five years after Beethoven's death from music critic and German poet Ludwig Rellstab. Upon hearing the first movement, Rellstab said it sounded like moonlight shining on Lake Lucerne in Switzerland. -Watch the video edition of this excerpt at honens.com/home.
11 minutes | 2 months ago
Honens @ Home: Nicolas Namoradze performs a trio of works
For the final week of a month dedicated to 2018 Honens Prize Laureate Nicolas Namoradze, enjoy this excerpt of him performing a trio of works, all recorded live during his Semifinals Solo Round at the 2018 Honens International Piano Competition. First, you'll hear the final movement of J.S. Bach's Partita No. 6 in E minor BWV 830; then the first movement of R. Schumann's Humoreske in B-flat Major Op. 20; and finally Godowsky's transcription of Chopin's Etude in G-sharp minor Op. 25 No. 6 “Double Thirds”. As Jon Kimura Parker says, it's hard to keep up with all of Nicolas' recent accolades! We created a list on our website to capture everything all in one place for easy reviewing. See you next week! -Watch the video edition of this excerpt at honens.com/home.
12 minutes | 3 months ago
Honens @ Home: Nicolas Namoradze's Compositions
Welcome back to Honens @ Home. This week we are pleased to feature four of 2018 Honens Prize Laureate Nicolas Namoradze's own compositions. First, enjoy Moon, Refracted, Nicolas' own arrangement of Rentarō Taki's famous Japanese song, Kojo no Tsuki (The Moon Over the Ruined Castle). Then, you'll hear Nicolas' first three Etudes—Major Scales, Mostly Triads, and Moving Mirrors—performed live at the 2018 Honens International Piano Competition. As you'll hear from Honens Artistic Director Jon Kimura Parker, scores for Nicolas' compositions in this excerpt (and more!) are now available for purchase through the highly-respected Japanese publishing company, Muse Press. -Watch the video edition of this excerpt at honens.com/home.
8 minutes | 3 months ago
Honens @ Home: Nicolas Namoradze performs Louie
We mentioned last week that 2018 Honens Prize Laureate Nicolas Namoradze is enjoying a flurry of recent success, especially with regard to his new Hyperion album, Fragments from Hans Andersen & Studies by York Bowen. As you'll hear from Artistic Director Jon Kimura Parker, among other accolades, the album was selected as the prestigious Gramophone Editor's Choice in January!In this excerpt, enjoy Nicolas' performance of Canadian composer Alexina Louie's at the Chelsea Music Festival. Based on a Zen poem, this piece shows Louie's unique personality and expressive style.-Watch the video edition of this excerpt at honens.com/home.
8 minutes | 3 months ago
Honens @ Home: Nicolas Namoradze performs Beethoven
For the month of February, we are dedicating Honens @ Home to 2018 Honens Prize Laureate Nicolas Namoradze! As you'll hear from Artistic Director Jon Kimura Parker, despite the challenging times, Nicolas has had a flurry of recent success that we are excited to share with you. In today's excerpt, enjoy the third movement of Beethoven's Quintet for piano and winds in E-flat Major Op. 16 with the Azahar Ensemble, recorded live at the 2018 Honens International Piano Competition in Calgary. Said to be modelled after Mozart's Quintet K. 452, the piece showcases Beethoven's composing and pianistic prowess ... and Nicolas Namoradze's skill as a chamber musician! -Watch the video edition of this excerpt at honens.com/home.
6 minutes | 3 months ago
Honens @ Home: Tzu-Yin Huang performs Bartók
At the 2018 Honens International Piano Competition, Semifinalist Tzu-Yin Huang performed Intermezzo interrotto, György Sándor's solo piano arrangement of the fourth movement of Béla Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra. Concerto for Orchestra is one of Bartók's best known, most popular, and most accessible works. In 1943, Bartók was in and out of the hospital, thinking his career in music was over, when the Boston Symphony conductor, Serge Koussevitzky, came to offer him the commission. He completed the Concerto in only a few months. It premiered on 1 December 1944. After his death, Bartók's son, Peter, discovered a manuscript for a piano reduction of the score. Soon after, he asked Sándor to prepare the script for publication and performance, which is the arrangement you are about to hear. Enjoy this performance from Semifinalist Tzu-Yin Huang recorded live at the 2018 Honens International Piano Competition! Watch the video edition of this excerpt at honens.com/home.
23 minutes | 4 months ago
Honens @ Home: Nicolas Namoradze performs J.S. Bach
In this episode, 2018 Honens Prize Laureate Nicolas Namoradze performs J.S. Bach's Partita No. 6 in E minor BWV 830 live at the 2018 Honens International Piano Competition.
12 minutes | 4 months ago
Honens @ Home: Henry Kramer performs a trio of works
This week, we're pleased to feature Honens Finalist Henry Kramer performing a trio of works from his Semifinals Solo Recital live at the 2015 Honens International Piano Competition. Enjoy M. Ravel's Ondine from Gaspard de la Nuit, F. Chopin's Prelude Op. 28 No. 15 “Raindrop”, and G.Ligeti's Musica Ricercata.
10 minutes | 4 months ago
Honens @ Home: Scott Cuellar performs Fauré
Happy New Year! Today, let us be nourished by a performance of Gabriel Fauré's Préludes Op. 103 by 2015 Honens Semifinalist Scott Cuellar. As you'll hear from Jon Kimura Parker, Honens Artistic Director, these are somewhat unfamiliar works. Composed by Fauré at about the same time as he was starting to lose his hearing, the preludes are known for classical restraint and understatement, and express deep, mingled emotions with a mysterious and complex simplicity.
5 minutes | 5 months ago
Ho Ho Honens @ Home: Holiday Edition with Jon Kimura Parker
This week, we are pleased to share a special Holiday Edition Honens @ Home with Jon Kimura Parker. This is the last edition of Honens @ Home for the year. After a brief pause (or, intermission, if you will) we'll be back with more music in January. On behalf of all of us at Honens, we wish you and yours a very happy holiday season filled with love, laughter, music ... and virtual gatherings.
50 minutes | 5 months ago
Open Lid: Winston Choi on Griffes' Roman Sketches
In the first episode of Open Lid, 2003 Honens Laureate Winston Choi discusses American composer Charles Tomlinson Griffes' Roman Sketches with Catherine McClelland, Honens Director, Artistic Planning.Catch up with Winston on YouTube: youtube.com/WinstonChoi
11 minutes | 5 months ago
Honens @ Home: Hinrich Alpers performs Beethoven
In this episode, enjoy the first movement of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major Op. 53 “Waldstein” performed by 2006 Honens Laureate Hinrich Alpers.
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