On RTHK Radio 4 on the five Monday evenings in April David Gwilt will be hosting editions of Musical Exchange, in which he will be joined by well known personalities in the musical field. The topics cover aspects of music making, from a discussion about the king of instruments (organ, piano. . ?) to one about the repertoire of music for four hands at one piano. In between come ones about the musical education of children, the language of contemporary music, and authenticity in performance. It’s always highly enjoyable to be talking with such knowledgeable people in an atmosphere like that of a friendly chat over dinner.
Guests: Michael MacLeod & Giorgio Biancorosso Authenticity in Performance For this, to me, highly interesting topic I am joined by Michael MacLeod, CEO of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and Giorgio Biancorosso from the Music Department of Hong Kong University. How do artists set about ensuring that their performances are true to the wishes of the composers? How is it that different performances of the same work can vary so much and yet still seem authentic? These are two of the questions that we talk about in order to try to pin down what the essential ingredients of authenticity are. Obviously it can’t simply be a case of authentic instruments and the right sort of setting, since music from the Baroque and Classical eras can sound equally authentic on modern instruments as on early ones. Why? Another question I hope we address in talking about this fascinating subject.
Guests: Ping Ting Piano Duo & HK Piano Duo Music for Piano 4 hands should be better known I am a life-long lover of the piano duet repertoire, and although opportunities for playing it with a suitable partner have not been numerous in my career I have managed, starting with my younger sister, Lucy, to cover quite a range of the available material. Amongst the great composers we have such music from Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Dvorak and Rachmaninov, but there is much, much more. Many pianists have told me that they would much rather play two piano music, since that gives them control over their own instrument, as they find being confined to one half of the instrument, and perhaps losing control of the pedal, too constricting. With two local piano duet groups – the HK Piano Duo and the Ping Ting Piano Duo - I hope we can enthuse more pianists about the joys of sitting at the same keyboard in music of unsurpassed beauty from the masters and others.