Chiming in the New Year with my favorite piano performance picks!

Grigory Sokolov grabs a deserved spotlight in this bedazzling performance of Schubert’s Klavierstucke No. 1

Bruno Sainmangeon, producer and documentarian captured Sokolov in the same acoustically favorable Berlin space that Murray Perahia chose to deliver the memorable Bach Partita in E minor:

Add in Perahia’s most recent tour de force in Japan: Beethoven’s Appassionata

Irina Morozova melts hearts with this exquisite Chopin reading:

Check out the New York concert scene:

Faculty Recital – Irina Morozova, piano
Monday, February 23, 2015 at 8:00 pm
Concert Hall, Mannes College
150 West 85th Street New York, NY 10024
Faculty Recital – Irina Morozova, piano
Free, but first come first served


And two forever favorites

No longer with us, but eternally present in spirit:

The late pianist, Vitalij Margulis beautifully memorialized Chopin’s Db Nocturne, OP. 27

And Tatiana Nikoleyva offered a heart-throbbing Schumann Interlude:


Don’t miss!

Bruno Sainmangeon and Glenn Gould engaged in an amazing conversation about J.S. Bach’s genius. It opens with a playing segment from the Art of the Fugue, but continues with a generous serving of the master’s works interspersed with Gould’s treasured commentary and vocal accompaniment. (It’s a multi-dimensional exploration of the composer’s vast keyboard output, packed with theoretical and structural insights)


Another riveting conversation: Murray Perahia and Denis Forman chat about Mozart’s Concerto no. 27 in Bb

A full play through


And finally, an Alma Mater choice: George Li plays a challenging set of works at the Oberlin Conservatory Artist Recital Series.. Like old times.


I’ve shared my favorites, so what are yours?

About arioso7: Shirley Kirsten

International piano teacher by Skype, recording artist, composer, piano finder, freelance writer, film maker, story teller: Grad of the NYC HS of Performing Arts, Oberlin Conservatory, NYU (Master of Arts) Studies with Lillian Freundlich and Ena Bronstein; Master classes with Murray Perahia and Oxana Yablonskaya. Studios in BERKELEY and EL CERRITO, California; Member, Music Teachers Assoc. of California, MTAC; Distance learning and Skyped instruction with supplementary videos: SKYPE ID, shirleypiano1 Contact me at: OR or at FACEBOOK: Shirley Smith Kirsten, /shirley.kirsten TWITTER: Private fund-raising for non-profits as pianist--Public Speaking re: piano teaching and creative approaches
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8 Responses to Chiming in the New Year with my favorite piano performance picks!

  1. Larry Brown says:

    Hello Shirley, Thanks for the new year picks. I have been a fan of yours for the last 2 years and at 73 years of age I try to begin my piano playing with you as guide and inspiration. But of course I’m not going anywhere with my playing but with your rudiments my hands grow flexiable and I concentrate on a lower musical genre as a musical goal. That way there is a reward in my aging.
    Happy New Year and greetings from Amsterdam NH


  2. Edwina Evans says:

    Hello Shirley, stumbled across you by accident a matter of weeks ago, have found your blog and the posts on YouTube extremely helpful. I rediscovered my love of the piano after a 45 break. Now starting where I left off at ABRSM grade 7. Love Beethoven, Bach, Mozart and Chopin. Love listening to James Rhodes on sound cloud, plays Chopin amazingly and Beethovens Pastorale sonata ( a piece I used to play when I was 15) amongst others. New Years greetings from Bromsgrove, Worcestershire U.K


    • Thanks for sharing your love of music; favorite composers, pieces, and affinity for James Rhodes. I heard Rhodes play on the documentary about Chopin and the opera.. the many divas that influenced Frederic and befriended him. Again, thanks for being part of the piano loving family, and a very Happy New Year to you!


  3. Richard says:

    Thank you Shirley and best wishes. Due to technology we can all enjoy your passion and openness. And of course all the great YouTube video’s. Here are some I like and you might enjoy:

    Michelangeli – Chopin – Andante Spianato, Grande Polanaise Brillante Op.22

    Rudolf Serkin – Beethoven Sonata No. 31, Op. 110 – 1st Movement

    Glenn Gould – J.S. Bach, Partita no.6 in E minor, Allemande

    Glenn Gould – J.S. Bach – BWV 828 – 5 – Sarabande

    Hopefully the links work this way.
    Happy new year from Amsterdam also,

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thanks for this great list of superlatives..The Serkin reference reminds me of his extraordinary Carnegie Hall performance that I attended decades back… Was the Waldstein and it was spectacular. As for Gould, bring on a procession of his ingenious artistry.. YES to the PARTITA.And will enthusiastically check out Michelangeli’s Chopin.


  4. Robin says:

    God Gould is amazing. Having all of Bach’s keyboard works just at his command at anytime seemingly! Absolutely extraordinary and one of the most compelling characters I have ever come across.

    Liked by 2 people

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