Conor Hanick

Conor Hanick

new york city-based pianist
Lucerne Festival Ensemble with composers Judd Greenstein, Dai Fujikura, Ying Wang and Jagoda Szmytka / Lucerne, Switzerland; September 2014
Lucerne Festival Ensemble with composers Judd Greenstein, Dai Fujikura, Ying Wang and Jagoda Szmytka / Lucerne, Switzerland; September 2014

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
KKL, Luzern

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!”
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!”

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.
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.

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."
The New York Times, July 23, 2014
Also cool : the piano I chose is Mitsuko Uchida’s Steinway of choice, which wasn’t a surprise after hearing its 50-shades-of-pianissimo during a test-run of the Feldman.
The New York Times, July 23, 2014
Also cool : the piano I chose is Mitsuko Uchida’s Steinway of choice, which wasn’t a surprise after hearing its 50-shades-of-pianissimo during a test-run of the Feldman.

The New York Times, July 23, 2014

Also cool : the piano I chose is Mitsuko Uchida’s Steinway of choice, which wasn’t a surprise after hearing its 50-shades-of-pianissimo during a test-run of the Feldman.

Béla Bartók
Béla Bartók

Béla Bartók

alethiosaur:

The sky is falling (in the best way)!
alethiosaur:

The sky is falling (in the best way)!

alethiosaur:

The sky is falling (in the best way)!

justanothermasterpiece:

Joan Mitchell.
justanothermasterpiece:

Joan Mitchell.

justanothermasterpiece:

Joan Mitchell.

"Whose Fingers Brush The Sky"

Getting set to record the cello, percussion and piano trio (Cantantes Metallis) and a solo piano piece (Whose Fingers Brush the Sky) of David Fulmer.

He was evidently into this poem, “The Wind”, of Emily Dickinson:

Of all the sounds despatched abroad, 
There’s not a charge to me
Like that old measure in the boughs,
That phraseless melody

The wind does, working like a hand
Whose fingers brush the sky,
Then quiver down, with tufts of tune
Permitted gods and me.

When winds go round and round in bands,
And thrum upon the door,
And birds take places overhead,
To bear them orchestra,

I crave him grace, of summer boughs,
If such an outcast be,
He never heard that fleshless chant
Rise solemn in the tree,

As if some craven sound
On deserts, in the sky,
Had broken rank,
Then knit, and passed
In seamless company.