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Chris Dench

luminous, ghosts of motion …and beyond

I have been notably absent from the blog over the last three or so weeks. This is a consequence of my being nosedown in a pair of pieces, both now provisionally finished. The first is luminous for solo vibraphone, written…

Pollini plays Chopin

February 2012 One of Thomas’ Music best-selling CD sets of recent weeks has been the Deutsche Grammophon box containing all of the magisterial pianist Maurizio Pollini’s recordings of Chopin for them. This recent release from Testament completes the picture: this…

Hector Parra: Hypermusic Prologue

June 2011 Science-fiction that centres on cutting-edge developments in physics is referred to as ‘hard’; contemporary music of the most modernist stance is also referred to as ‘hard’. Spaniard Hector Parra’s extraordinary opera Hypermusic Prologue with a libretto written by…

Ignacio Cervantes by Donna Coleman

September 2010 Donna Coleman is an Australian pianist and scholar of American origin who has, as the liner notes to this new CD describe, been engaged for years on a quest to understand how the late-nineteenth century “produced the extraordinary…

Benjamin Grosvenor—début

November 2011 Benjamin Grosvenor is unquestionably one of the rising stars of the piano circuit. Still in his teens, he was the youngest ever performer to appear at the First Night of the London Proms. Consequently there has been keen…

The Notation Game

A change in my notation occurred in about 1995. Previously I had adopted a semiotically information-rich notation that I thought conveyed a considerable amount of useful information to the perceiver. However, a couple of decades of explanations and performances seemed…