Rhinegold Live 2014

Thursday, 24th April, 2014

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International Piano (IP) incorporates International Piano (formally International Piano Quarterly) and Piano magazine. It is written for pianists and discerning fans of piano music.

Each bi-monthly issue includes interviews with top pianists and rising talent, performance tips, news, features, analysis and comment. You will find exclusive tutorials by concert artists, in-depth articles on piano recordings and repertoire, masterclasses on piano technique, and festival, concert and competition reports from around the globe.

Every edition includes a five-page Symposium, hosted by Jeremy Siepmann, which brings together leading experts and international pianists for a round-table debate.

Our comprehensive reviews section examines the latest recordings, books, DVDs, sheet music and concerts.

Plus, each issue includes free sheet music – often rare or newly released works – for readers to add to their collections.

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Photo by Phillip Nangle

In the foreword to his book Piano Man, Charles Beauclerk recalls John Ogdon’s extraordinary performance of Kaikhosru Sorabji’s four-hour Opus Clavicembalisticum in 1988. The work, ferociously complex and physically demanding, contains enough technical hurdles to dissuade even the virtuosic pianist, but Ogdon delivered and was rewarded with an 11-minute standing ovation. This was the tip of the iceberg of Ogdon’s piano prowess; but his gifts were accompanied by intense psychological difficulties, which contributed to his death the following year. Beauclerk’s book offers an astonishing, unflinching account of musicianship and mental illness. In this issue, Jeremy Nicholas speaks to Beauclerk and Ogdon’s widow, Brenda Lucas, in the hope of reigniting interest in this talented pianist, who died 25 years ago in August (see pp32-35).

Rhinegold Publishing, publisher of IP, has launched a new concert series near to our offices in Bloomsbury, London, and we would like invite all our readers to attend. The recitals, hosted by Conway Hall, are free of charge and include a glass of wine and a Q&A with the artist after the concert. The next event sees conductor Andrew Litton put away his baton and share a special piano recital dedicated to his jazz hero Oscar Peterson. The performance will be based on transcriptions undertaken by IP favourite Steven Osborne and promises to be a fantastic evening. I will be speaking to Litton after the concert and taking questions from the audience. Do join us for this wonderful – and free! – event. For more information, turn to page 38.

Finally, may I extend a warm welcome back to our esteemed US correspondent Stephen Wigler, who has returned to his column after a difficult year of illness. His latest letter from America is on page 68.

Claire Jackson

In The Next Issue of International Piano: July/Aug 2014


A Piano Concerto for the Left Hand


Including Ravel’s Left Hand Concerto and Britten’s Diversions

Dutch pianist Cor de Groot

Piano partnerships: piano and voice

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