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by Shai Wosner June 26th, 2012

Reflections on Michael Hersch “Along the Ravines”

A few weeks ago, with the wonderful support of Seattle Symphony, I had the pleasure of giving the world premiere of along the ravines: fragments for piano and orchestra, a new piano concerto by Michael Hersch, which has come into being with the support of Borletti-Buitoni Trust. This piece is unusual in more than one way. Rather than a concerto, it is a series of fragments for piano and orchestra that are preceded by fragments of poems by the late Polish poet Zbigniew Herbert.  While  the inclusion of quotations of poetry as “mottos” for musical works has been in practice since at least the early 19th-century, I feel that in this piece these fragments are almost part of the music in the sense that they could almost replace the more “mundane” directions such as tempo markings and performance indications with their atmosphere and spirit. It also lends the piece a certain intimacy, as if the composer draws both the musician and the listener into the world of images that may be behind the music.

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by Shai Wosner April 27th, 2010

Eyjafjallajokull and me

Well, by now it’s old news. But although it started with a bang (literally), it must have taken sometime for most people to realize how much their life could be affected by the whims of Eyjafjallajokull, the world’s most notorious volcano for the past few days.

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by Shai Wosner April 30th, 2009

Same Program, Different Audience

Shai Wosner with Colin Currie, Christian Tetzlaff and Soovin Kim on Tour with BBT 2006 Is there a difference whether playing Debussy in Paris or in New York? The qualities in Debussy’s music transcend time and place so if there is a difference, it has more to do with the piano or the hall but not necessarily the city (although it’s always nice to have an excuse to be in Paris, of course). Recently, after having played a recital program in several American and European cities, I found myself thinking about audiences. Not that one doesn’t think of the audience during the concert – in a way, it would be unnatural to completely ignore it. Clearly not all audiences are the same. As much as one would like to avoid pop psychology it is fascinating to pause and think sometimes whether there is such a thing as a European musical sensibility or an American one. But this recent experience was also a reminder how misleading generalizations can be and that an audience can be just as likely to absorb Debussy with the concentration that his music demands and with equal intent and appreciation for his genius, whether in a small town in South Carolina or in the 7th Arrondissement.

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