Showing posts from May, 2016

The Pocket Paderewski - The Beguiling Life of the Australian Concert Pianist Edward Cahill

London 1934. Edward Cahill seated in the front row on the left of Princess Alice at a private Mayfair piano recital at the home of the Dowager Lady Swaythling To those of you interested in this story, the progress of which has been an ongoing saga in my internet journal over the last 6 years - I have just finished correcting the First Page Proofs of the biography of my great-uncle the glamorous concert pianist Edward Cahill. It will be published  in Melbourne   Australia by Australian Scholarly Publishing in their  Arcadia imprint,  I hope in September or October 2016. If you wish to hear the playing of Edward Cahill in Liszt and Chopin or the singing of his musical partner George Brooke (up to his tragic death in 1930) click on:

Dinara Klinton - an astonishing CD Debut

It is always a beautiful thing to watch and listen to a musical talent flowering into maturity. Such is the case with the extraordinarily gifted Ukrainian/Russian pianist Dinara Klinton. She was born in Karchiv close to the Ukrainian/Russian frontier not far from a region of murderous war and cruel ideological conflict. Her mother was forced to flee. The enigmatic nature of her nationality (a child of the borderlands) and her name (so redolent of a powerful democracy) hints at a passionate existential intensity, a romantic quest for certainty and stability that powerfully expresses itself in her playing and her searching interpretations of the Romantic piano literature. I first heard her command a remarkable range of piano music at the extraordinarily demanding but rather unknown IX International Paderewski Piano Competition held in the city of Bydgoszcz in Poland in November 2013 - Scarlatti, Liszt, Paderewski, Chopin, Brahms, Schumann, Prokofiev, Bach and Tchaiko