Short interview with Lithuanians

You have seen and played in the most beautiful and the biggest stages in the world. Many critics of music have a good opinion about you, moreover you have a lot of important and huge music awards. If you could go back to your childhood, did that kid would proud of nowadays Andrei Gavrilov? Did…

Mussorgsky Self Portrait from “Pictures at an exhibition”

As you remember, in one of the episodes I had an idea that it would’ve been nice to take advantage of the modern possibilities of home electronics and technology to cut out everything that had to do with physiognomy, with the self-portrait of Modest Petrovich, and to put it all together, to be able to…

Мое понимание “формулы идеального исполнителя”

По просьбе друзей. Мое понимание “формулы идеального исполнителя”. Идеальный музыкант-исполнитель – это проявление высшей формы эмпатии. Это межличностная идентификация между композитором и исполнителем. Мысленная, чувствуемая и действенная. Полная идентификация с психологической и нравственной сущностью личности композитора. Der ideale Musiker-Darsteller ist eine Manifestation der höchsten Form von Empathie. Dies ist eine zwischenmenschliche Identifikation zwischen dem Komponisten…

Reminder

Classical music is not about melodies, passages or harmonies in “different moods” for “pleasing our senses”. Serious music consists from highly compressed “sound files” in which the entire person with all its emotions and experiences locked up in combinations of tones. “Uploaded” in music as in highly advanced computer programm. The task of the performer…

Frederic Chopin (English)

Chopin is using language of XIX century middlebrow, ordinary European music lover . This musical language was used by “languorous ladies”, “cultured officers” and all other “sensual” very sentimental ladies and gentlemen. They are John Field, Oginski, Griboedov and all the others able to take a feather and to write some notes. That’s why Chopin…

Paradigm shift needed

Музыканты из ЛА откликаются на наш ФБ. Good, good. Slow but sure. Paradigm shift needed 🙂 Забавно, что это говорит известный дирижер. Т.е. он понимает, что 99% музыкантов не имеют отношение к музыке. А к чему имеют? И зачем они зовутся “музыкантами”? И что заставляет этого же дирижера акцептировать такое положение вещей? Вопросы без ответов….

“Isms” do not work In great music.

Сегодня увидел в какой-то музыкальной прессе свою “проходную заметку” из ФБ. Да, актуально. “Isms” do not work In great music. I was always confused by the fact of “attributing” Debussy and Ravel to the “Impressionists”. Even in the fine arts, where everything is subject to “currents” and “manners,” “packaging” on the shelves takes place in…

Entdeckungen für die Dauer von 20 Jahren “Abgeschiedenheit” auf Deutsch

Открытия за период 20 лет “затворничества” на английском. On the musical discoveries one must speak for himself, for the so-called. “music world” is already, even unable to determine where the true opening/discovery , and where the vulgar cynicism. Towards the two upcoming TV shows in Israel at the beginning of next month, I was asked…

95 % of Germans consider

95 % of Germans consider important or very important rapprochement between Russia and the eu”. (from today’s German press). In my conversations with the Germans, I felt it very clearly. Moreover, they are annoyed by Ukraine. They consider ukrainians ” capricious “, ” egocentric “, ” Samovlûblennymi ” and ” nedogovorosposobnymi “. heard from representatives…

Zurich, Switzerland – Berlin, Germany

Залез в самолет, включил мобильный. Работает. Всё в порядке. Связь есть. А в ленте, у одного из друзей, снова вижу неистребимое – “life without music would be a mistake”. Jeez, сколько можно тиражировать эту претенциозную глупость? Life without brain is even greater mistake. 🙂 Сколько раз я мысленно говорил об этом Нику Картеру. Наконец, прислушался….

Avant-garde composers

When I listen to work by avant-garde composers, more often than not I am overwhelmed with a sense of discontent. In these musical constructions everything is too clear, arithmetical and trivial. “Clear” not in the Mozartian sense, but petty and eclectic. In this fragment it seems that the composer is thinking, pondering, and here he…

Music is the highest spiritual and intellectual achievement of mankind.

 The main reason for the lack of proper understanding of music by so-called artists and musicians, and by the public at large is the narrowly handicraft approach of today’s performers. No-one anywhere will ever penetrate to a truly deep understanding of music if they don’t realise clearly that music is mankind’s highest spiritual and intellectual…

Pianists demonstrate proper conducting technique

Funny. For your laugh 🙂 Друзья прислали в подарок. Бритиши смонтировали. Не думал, что они смотрят наши хроники. 😎 И правда мило.

Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor, S. 178

The program for Alicante. I see Franz Liszt as Music Aesthetic and Father Philosopher of Modern Performing World. Liszt not only created the music which opened a new era of composition, but also, in a way, created us. He gave us a template that eventually lead to the foundation of contemporary Western civilization. His contribution,…