Saturday, July 24, 2021

ArtsJournal: Arts, Culture, Ideas

Bruce Brubaker

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Recordings such as the new American piano music albums I make for ECM, InFiné, and Arabesque reach many listeners, and seem to break through some old divisions of high culture/pop, or art/entertainment. My fans are listening to Frank Ocean, Skrillex, Nicki Minaj — even the occasional Mozart track! Spotify, iTunes, Twitter, YouTube allow music lovers to discover music they could not have encountered so easily in the past.

Evidence

My introduction of Emanuel Ax in May in Boston, as he received an honorary doctorate from New England Conservatory. “For a long time the...

Filtered

As I hear my student playing the piano through Zoom, just for a moment, I think I am hearing Paderewski in 1912. The sound...

All in

During 2020, at New England Conservatory, it happened — every piano piece by Ludwig van Beethoven was performed. There was a series of 12...