By Brian McCreath | Friday, October 8, 2010
Till Fellner, the Austrian pianist, is returning to Boston for the Boston Conservatory's superb Piano Masters Series, and there was a mention of him as well last week in an article about his teacher, Alfred Brendel, in the Boston Globe. He's known for a pristine approach that, for many, directly channels the essence of a composer's music. In fact, that's the reaction, almost verbatim, of a friend of mine when he heard this performance by Till Fellner in our Fraser Performance Studio. Enjoy, and be sure to tune in every Thursday evening at 7pm for Live from Fraser, or just enjoy each episode on demand. (Photo: Monika Groser)
By Laura Carlo | Thursday, October 7, 2010
What a fun coincidence---my little sister (ok, she married before I did and has kids in high school and college but... she’ll always be my little sister) has a birthday tomorrow---and one that she shares with Camille Saint-Saëns. He was born October 9th, 1835 in France....she was born in 19-blah-blah here in Boston. I want to acknowledge them both...so..for you Little Sister, I’ll be playing Jean-Philippe Collard performing Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Rapsodie d’Auvergne” and “Wedding Cake.” (Saint-Saëns didn’t write “Birthday Cake” or I would have chosen that, of course). And yes, you get to have all the frosting roses....
Meantime ... check out Saint-Saëns himself playing “Rapsodie d’Auvergne” on a piano roll. Pretty amazing that we have this recording and that he was about 70 when he recorded it.