Conor Hanick

Conor Hanick

new york city-based pianist

Charles Ives, sometime before his 140th birthday.

There’s only one piece in all of music that looks like this …

An oldy from December 2011; AXIOM Ensemble performing sur Incises by Pierre Boulez at Alice Tully Hall; Jeffrey Milarsky, conductor

(photo courtesy of The Juilliard School)

Craggy.

Charles Ives: Concord Sonata, ‘Emerson’

Sol LeWitt, “Silk Screens”

"Cloches d’adieu, et un sourire…" in memorium Olivier Messiaen, by Tristan Murail, performed live at the Mannes International Keyboard Institute and Festival

"Stems" by Alex Mincek, performed at The International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Mannes College

Cy Twombly

Lucerne Festival Ensemble with composers Judd Greenstein, Dai Fujikura, Ying Wang and Jagoda Szmytka / Lucerne, Switzerland; September 2014

Courtesy of the Berliner Philharmoniker, which also has a touching video-interview with Peter Sellers on his collaboration with the orchestra in Bach’s Saint Matthew’s Passion.

KKL, Luzern

Last night at the Lucerne Festival: the Lucerne Festival Academy with Matthias Pintscher performed Luciano Berio’s Concertino, Pintscher’s Songs from Solomon’s Garden, and — in an absolutely astonishing rendition of an astonishing score (above) — Helmut Lachenmann’s Concertini.

I was in the seat next to Lachenmann for the performance. He sat completely still for all 45 minutes, not shifting an inch, and at the conclusion turned and said, “okay then!”

KKL Luzern.

Heinz Holliger conducting his own Scardanelli-Zyklus at the Lucerne Festival, and probably telling the woodwinds that their quarter-tones are not in tune.

"Your ears are your instrument, the rest is just metal." - H.H.

Best responses to last night’s performance of Matthias Pintscher’s Uriel for cello and piano at The Music Academy of the West Faculty Chamber Music concert:

  • "Wait, so you learned this voluntarily?"
  • [Before the first note, woman overheard saying,] “This is already a waste of my time.”
  • "It felt like I was moving through a haunted house, peeking around every corner because I was terrified of what would come next."
  • "I never would have thought that people considered this actual music."
  • "The piece was like hearing a ballet."