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Carl's Morning Quiz: Igor Stravinsky's ballet Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) had its infamous premiere on this date in 1913--102 years ago today. The performance took place in a concert hall that had just opened a few weeks before. What is the hall and in what city is it located? Answer >>
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Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff
The pianist has the rare ability to shed new light on familiar music, and discovered new relationships between the sonatas of Op 31 and Op 101
Llŷr Williams is a natural Beethovenian. It’s three years since he won a South Bank Sky award for his sonata cycle at the Edinburgh festival, but the present series, running concurrently at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and at the Wigmore Hall, suggests that an already astonishing interpretation continues to evolve and deepen.
Williams has that precious ability to shed new light on the most familiar music, and a nonchalant technical mastery and singing tone that transform the simplest of melodies into something exceptional. His adoption of a partly chronological sequence – here the three sonatas of Op 31 were balanced by the late sonata in A major, Op 101 – offers different perspectives and connections, notably in the matter of tonal relationships. In particular, the bright sunshine of the F major march, Op 101, seemed to tug the ear back to its relative, D minor, Op 31 No 2 – an emotional landscape clouded in mist.Continue reading...
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