Conversations with Nikolai Kapustin. The first full biography of Maestro in English is now available via Schott Buch.
My complaint, for the handful of regular readers who read me, about the variety of debates that have sprung up about classical vs pop pedagogies is that most of those debates are intra-academic pissing contests and turf wars ... The second installment of "Liaisons: Reimagining Sondheim From the Piano" included selections by 18 composers, all receiving their New York, American or world premieres. Minsky Duo makes its Red Poppy debut with an all-Russian/Soviet program that includes the first San Francisco performance of living composer Nikolai Kapustin's rollicking "Sonata for Violin and Piano," Prokofiev's "Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor" (described by the composer as "wind whistling through a graveyard"), Tchaikovsky's beautifully lyric "Meditation," Scriabin's ... Angela Brownridge in conversation with writer and broadcaster Andrew Green and performing piano works by Chopin, Beethoven, Mozart, Debussy, Leighton, Liszt and Gershwin.