mercredi 23 avril 2014

Entering studio tomorrow !

Tomorow is THE great day i was preparing for quite a time now.

In fact for 3 days i will enter in studio to record as much as possible the Glass project.

Luckily i did the Palais de Glass some days ago, and to perform all the Glass music in a row really helps to understand his music.

Of course nothing new under the sky. The very first time i heard such a thing, i was still 18.
Gerard Frémy who was my maestro at this time, requested that i read H. Nehaus "Art of Piano". And ... in it Nehaus used to say that to be able to understand well 1 Beethoven sonata, a pianist has to play all the Beethoven Sonatas. I guess .... this is how the "complete" challenge started...

Tonight, nothing special, only piano practice, and make sure everything is just perfect in the way i see it.
Also trying to make some improvement.

I specially think about all those "avant garde" Philip Glass pieces. After all those talk with all the great composers i met this year, all the pieces i had the honor to permiere and perform... my musical vision and understanding changed quite a lot !

And .... while i was doing the Palais de Glass, i was extremely surprised to see that my understanding of all those pieces (Music in 5th, 2 pages, 600 lines ...) changed TOTALLY !

Really far away from the "very flat" rendering you can listen to my youtube page (from the 1st Glass Marathon, in Paris - Collège des Bernardins). At this time i was playing it "like the electric organ" Glass and his Ensemble are using all the time.
You have something flat, somehow nice, but .... well ... i did not got it .....

When i was performing it.... i got a strange idea .... why in earth Glass would link the notes by 2 / 3 & 4 if it was simply to perform them in the very same way (as the Glass Ensemble is doing).
Since i was on piano, i think...... and if ...... if i would do accent at the begining of each link ....
So i did ... it was quite painfull for my muscle stamina but ... ho God .... the "simple" piece got new energy , more power and something harsh .... like those ritual danses ....
And ... public was really into it as well !!!

Anyway this is what we are aiming to record for the forthcoming days (3 complete days) :

Glass Vol #2 : The Metamorphosis
(Metamorphosis + Trilogy Sonata + 2 pages ...)

Glass Vol #3 : The Love
(OST from The Hours + Modern Love Waltz + Music in 5th...)

Glass Vol #4 : The Madness
(Mad Rush + 600 lines)

+ a LaMonte Young album for SubRosa Record

+ 1 piece of Michael Vincent Waller (dedicated to me ^^ )  for the cd : The South Shore  at XI Records

+ 1 piece of Olivier Greif for a  French avant garde music album at LTM Recordings

+ 1 Jaan Rääts Sonata to use for a sampler ......

Quite a busy schedule !!!!!!!! I won't have time to make much jokes or video this time !!!!!

For those who are wondering ..... Yes yes yes the Glass Vol #1 The Opening is now finally complete !
I am really amazed by the Nikolaos Samaltanos job ! It really has NOTHING to compare with the Liszt album i did.
And ... Nikolaos was SO right . We did so well to really take our time to work on the sound to make this 1st volume as great as possible. I am extremely proud of it, and very soon i will handle the final version !
Since Nikolaos is a real maniac, we worked on both the HD Surround mix & on HD Sterero mix !
Both will be different and both are great ! (in term of Equal colors, not for the music of course ! ).

But .... yes there is a but .... Naxos won't be very happy. They requested a 62 to 68 min max for each cd. And ... the Vol #1 is .... +/- 80 minutes .......

The video is also ready ! Exept something really really great on Fall 2014 !!!!!!!!

to finish it well .... a nice picture of my best supporter ! 

lundi 21 avril 2014

Interview on National Radio Ukraine ! With sample from Pärt Lamentate & Rääts Sonata #10

My dear friends.

If you are Arvo Part or/& Jaan Raats fans, a very good new ! 
Today (21.04.2014) at 16:35 Kiev time, an interview of me will be displayed on National Radio Ukraine (first channel).

The very interesting point of it is that you will be able to listen to 2 live broadcast !
Arvo Pärt Lamentate for piano & orchestra (from the 20th Feb 2014 concert in Kiev)
and Jaan Raats Sonata #10 (from the 17th Feb concert still in Kiev ) 

a link :

Wishing you a fantastic listen, and hope you will enjoy my 2 fav Estonian Composers !!

mercredi 2 avril 2014

Palais de Glass : complete program ! And many updates !

My dear friends, let me share with you the newly updated program of the forthcoming "Palais de Glass" ( the World Premiere of GlassWorlds in Palais de Tokyo ) concert this 11th of April. 

As you will see, i choose to display the homages in alphabetical order, with the first letter a "H" . Nothing to do with my name (i am not this much pretentious), but on the other hand, i choose this letter because it follows our dear Glass own name 1st letter.

Another very "funny" thing, is that the very last homage on the list, is also the very first one that i ever received : Kyle Gann 's Going to Bed, when the project was still an ambryo 3 years ago. Also the piece name is just a perfect one to close such an event 

Another very "funny" thing, is that the very last homage on the list, is also the very first one that i ever received : Kyle Gann 's Going to Bed, when the project was still an ambryo 3 years ago. Also the piece name is just a perfect one to close such an event 

Also, i just found out that our great Francophone Piano Website "Piano Bleu" just did a very nice article about the concert : do not hesitate to visit it !

Of course : the official website of the event :      GlassWorlds Link

and a facebook event page as well :  Facebook Event Page

And to conclude it , Yes Yes Yes !!! My official webpage nicolashorvath.Com is updated !!! 
We are also building a new website to go alongside with the release of the Glass Edition @ Naxos - Grand Piano 
but meanwhile to get fresh news , i also finally open a Pro Page on Facebook : Nicolas Page on Facebook 

All the very best , and hope to see you all next Friday in Palais de Tokyo !!!!