A - Haydn pianoforte sonatas, Adagio in F, and Andante con variazioni was released on the Alpha Music Label in June 2014. I am wholly charmed by Philip Renaigle's cover art for the album, a contemporary of Haydn's in London in the 1790s.
B - This is one of my favorite moments from this particular performance of late Beethoven on a beautiful 1897 Bechstein piano:
C - This video of John Cage's fifth Sonata for prepared piano went viral at some point:
D - Ashley Hribar and I performing Matan Porat's 'Metropolis' as guests of the Dranoff International 2 Piano Foundation in Miami, USA:
E - Ecstacy is the only word capable of describing how it was to perform with my old friends Eugene Feygelson and Michael Dylan Ferrara at the i=u Festival in London in September 2013. Look for more happenings from this exciting organization.
F - Discussing music and life with Frederic Rzewski is always enlightening. Here are the two of us at the November Music Festival in Den Bosch, the Netherlands:
G - A compelling piece that Liszt wrote upon Richard Wagner's death in Venice: Am Grabe Richard Wagners (at Wagner's grave):
H - A chapter from Hans Otte's Büch der Klänge (Book of Sounds). The audio here was recorded in a cathedral in northern Italy, and the video filmed in suburban Holland:
I - If you are feeling introspective, you'll connect with the music of Robert Schumann - at least some of it anyway. Listen to this passage he describes as innig (introspectively) from the Humoreske, Op. 23 (composed in 1838). The piano here is a remarkable Rosenberger from Vienna, built in 1835:
J - Ok, enough about me. Isn't it fascinating that we have direct access to recordings made well over one hundred years ago? What an extreme and unique luxury. Listen to these three minutes of violinist Joseph Joachim to enjoy a true glimpse into a past era. Joachim was well acquainted with both Brahms and Schumann.
K - This year's busy schedule includes recording some ensemble music of György Kurtág with the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble with Reinbert de Leeuw conducting.
L - I spent years playing Franz Liszt's piano music before I decided to perform his b-minor Sonata (1849) in public. It's his largest scale piano work, therefore to be included in the category of most significant piano music by one of history's most significant pianists. Here is a performance of mine on an Erard 1849 piano, recorded live in Utrecht, the Netherlands (including an improvised prelude to introduce the work):
M - A deep sense of pride surged within me last Fall for being one of the many in the Mitchell diaspora - After a concert in Durban, South Africa I spent a weekend in Cape Town where I discovered the Mitchell's Brewery at the V&A Waterfont, the oldest house brewery in Africa.
N - Here's an excerpt of a performance of mine of Beethoven's Ninth arranged by Liszt for solo piano:
O - Oscar Wilde's text fills the stage in this segment of Frederic Rzewski's De Profundis for speaking pianist, a work based on text Oscar Wilde wrote while in prison:
P - This piece has become Frederic Rzewski's most famous work: The epic 36 variations on the Chilean protest song ¡El pueblo unido, jamás será vencido! - "The People Will Never Be Defeated!":
Q - pianist meets quokka, on Rottnest Island in Western Australia:
R - Rzewski Piano Piece No. IV:
S - T- U - Sometimes traveling on four continents as a freelance musician leaves one feeling utterly ubiquitous. One of the best treatments for this strange ailment is to get out in the wilderness.
Facing the Drakensberg Mountains at Tugela Falls in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa
This was taken on a rocky beach near Margaret River, Western Australia.
The best beach I found on the southern coast of Crete, Greece - Gialiskari Beach, near Paleochora on the hiking trail towards Sougia
Looking (down!) at the Rockies, standing at Electric Pass near Aspen, Colorado, USA
V - A picture of one of my favorite beverages being grown near Stellenbosch, South Africa - vino!
W - X- Y - One of the most exciting long-term projects I'm involved with involves videography by Carlin Wing, new piano études by Martin Scherzinger - sometimes somewhat xylophonic as well as pianistic in nature due to Martin's expertise in sub-Saharan African musical traditions - and the excellent recording and sound work of Ryan Streber in Yonkers, New York. Check out this demo video we've produced from the second étude in Martin's Catalogue - The Horse is Not Mine, a Hobby Horse:
Z - This is a sort of silly video I put together of Niel van Zyl and I bungee jumping to the Shostakovich piano trio that we played together ages ago: