Month: March 2012

Reference for Students: Famous Pianists for Recordings

March 30, 2012

For those of you who have no idea who to listen to when choosing recordings for the pieces that you are working on as reference, here are some names of famous pianists you can look for on YouTube/CD stores:


BACH
András Schiff
Murray Perahia
Angela Hewitt
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yj05JyBCbqY
Glenn Gould
Myra Hess

Alfred Brendel
Dinu Lipatti
Rosalyn Tureck
Wanda Landowska
Ivo Pogorelich
Andre Previn
Maria Tipo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m08rs5QLlAY


BEETHOVEN
Sviatoslav Richter
Rudolf Serkin
Claudio Arrau
Wilhelm Backhaus
Daniel Barenboim
Artur Schnabel
Wilhelm Kepff
Walter Gieseking
Josef & Rosina Lhévinne
Emil Gilels
Alfred Brendel
Josef Hofmann
Clifford Curzon
Edwin Fischer
Krystian Zimerman
Solomon Cutner
Arthur Rubinstein


MOZART
Mitsuko Uchida
Dinu Lipatti


CHOPIN
Alfred Cortot
Vladimir Ashkenazy
Alicia de Larrocha
Krystian Zimerman
Byron Janis
Martha Argerich
Arthur Rubinstein
Jorge Bolet
Maria Joao Pires
Mikhail Pletnev
Maurizio Pollini
Leon Fleisher
Samson Francois
Dinu Lipatti
Earl Wild


SCHUMANN
Martha Argerich
Clifford Curzon
Vladimir Horowitz
Wilhelm Kempff
Claudio Arrau
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBY0ZjyEyjU&feature=related


DEBUSSY
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
Pascal Rogé
Walter Gieseking
Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Alfred Cortot
Sviatoslav Richter
William Kapell
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2cRxvpT4x8
(“The Snow is Dancing” is particularly amazing)


BRAHMS
Radu Lupu
Andre Watts
Alexis Weissenberg
Krystian Zimerman


LISZT
Gyorgy Cziffra
Marc-Andre Hamelin
Alexis Weissenberg
Earl Wild


SCARLATTI
Vladimir Horowitz
Ivo Pogorelich
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdfZ2xjveHc&feature=fvst
Aldo Ciccolini
Maria Tipo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m08rs5QLlAY


Prokofiev
Ivo Pogorelich
Sviatoslav Richter


Rachmaninoff
Sergei Rachmaninoff
Alexis Weissenberg
Mikhail Pletnev


Scriabin
Marc-Andre Hamelin
Vladimir Horowitz



Note: This list is in no way complete. It is just a very short list of some of the great pianists for those who wants to learn to listening to great piano recordings. I will add more to this list later on with more pianists and more composers. Readers can comment and raise suggestions to whom I am missing and I should add.



Teresa Wong

文憑考試要求:視奏部分(DipABRSM)

(中文翻譯: Tsui Tik Wei)

For English: “Diploma Requirement: Quick Study (DipABRSM)”


March 24, 2012


在這部分考試中,你要在無伴奏的情況下演奏一份從沒見過的短篇樂章,程度和英國皇家音樂學院(ABRSM)第六級考試曲目相近。

視奏前,你會有五分鐘時間看看整份樂章,試彈任何部分。在這段時間裡,主考官不會給你評分。視奏部分最長為時十分鐘。

視奏考試樂章的程度近乎現時英國皇家音樂學院級別考試樂目的要求。因此參考一下你所奏樂器在這個級別的指定演奏樂曲會有幫助。因為視奏考試樂章全是特別為文憑考試而寫的,風格傾向現代,易於掌握,雖然某些樂章會以模仿風格寫成。鍵盤樂器、結他和豎琴的考試樂曲通常超過兩頁,其他樂器的通常是一頁。

考試重點並不在樂曲長短,而是你將要面對的演奏技巧和音樂方面的挑戰,在為考試作準備時你也應該集中於這兩方面。

養成試彈陌生樂曲的習慣,把這些嘗試視為視奏練習,就能累積對考試有用的經驗。

儘量利用這五分鐘準備時間是在視奏考試中取得成功的關鍵。彈奏你完全不必費心的部分就是浪費了寶貴的時間,應該直接跳到重要的小節。嘗試避免犯常見的錯誤,就是為了把每個音彈對而彈得太慢,或緊張地趕快彈過去但把音彈錯。保持恰當的速度,讓音樂能「說話」是很重要的。最後,嘗試用感情表現出音樂內容和風格,以你能彈出的最佳音質透過音樂與聆聽者溝通。


Teresa Wong 黃穎妍

Diploma Requirement: Quick Study (DipABRSM)

中文版: 文憑考試要求:視奏部分(DipABRSM)



March 19, 2012


(Quoted from “Diploma Syllabus: Music Performance from 2005” – DipABRSM Section 2.2 Quick Study, by the Associated Board of The Royal Schools of Music)

In this section of the exam you are required to perform a short piece of unaccompanied and previously unseen music of a standard similar to ABRSM grade 6 repertoire.

Before you performed the quick study, you will be given five minutes in which to look through the music and to try out any parts of it. During this time examiners will not be assessing you. It total, the Quick Study lasts up to 10 minutes.

The standard of the quick study test piece is similar to the demands of the current repertoire list for the indicated ABRSM grade. You will therefore find it helpful to look at the pieces set for your instruments at this grade. Since the quick study tests have all been composed specifically for the diploma exams and they tend to be in a modern, approachable style, although some of the tests have been written in pastiche styles. For keyboard instruments, guitar and harp, the test will normally be laid out over two pages. For all other instruments, the test will normally occupy one page.

It is not the length of the test but the technical and musical challenges with which you will be presented that you should concentrate on in preparing for the exam.

Making it a habit to explore music unknown to you, and treating the exploration as a quick study exercise, will give you useful experience for the exam.

Using the five minutes’ preparation time to full advantage is vital to your success in the Quick Study. To play through sections that do not need any attention is a waste of valuable time – go straight to the bars that matter. Try to avoid the common mistakes of either playing too slowly in order to get every note correct, or nervously hurrying and tripping over. Getting just the right tempo to allow the music to “speak” is crucial. And finally, try to project musical content and style in an expressive way, communicating the music with your best tone quality.


Teresa Wong