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      Daniel Barenboim reveals radical new piano design: 'I've fallen in love with it'

      Conceived in 2011, the Barenboim piano has taken 18 months and 4,000 people hours of work to build – and may one day go into wider production

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      Daniel Barenboim unveils 'groundbreaking' new piano - video

      Argentinian pianist and conductor, Daniel Barenboim, unveils what he says is a ground-breaking new piano on Tuesday. Barenboim conceived and commissioned the instrument, which took around 4,000 working hours to build. He will perform with the new piano at London's Southbank Centre between 27 May-2 June, playing a complete cycle of Schubert's piano sonatas Continue reading...







      Les Arts Florissants/Agnew review – striking accounts of 400-year-old Monteverdi madrigals

      Milton Court, London
      The Eighth Book of Monteverdi’s madrigals, first published in 1638, was the basis for this highly articulate and well focused concert

      Since 2011, the French Baroque specialist group Les Arts Florissants has been working with its associate musical director, Paul Agnew, on a project to perform all of Monteverdi’s madrigals. Its two Milton Court concerts comprised the most substantial and arguably greatest of the composer’s collections: the Eighth Book, published in 1638, when he turned 71 (a ninth volume appeared posthumously).

      In fact, the book covers a period of 30 years. One of the pieces – the Ballo Delle Ingrate, which is not a madrigal, but rather a short opera-ballet – was first performed in Mantua as far back as 1608. The result often feels like a summation of Monteverdi’s achievements in the genre, with a couple of other substantial items thrown in.

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