Claudio Abbado, our forever conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker, referred to the importance of listening and of silence in music. Daniel Barenboim, one of the finest pianists and conductors of our time, also celebrates silence in music:
There are many types of silence. There is a silence before the note, there is a silence at the end and there is a silence in the middle.
— Daniel Barenboim
The celebrated tireless Portuguese pianist, Maria João Pires, once more shares thoughts and feelings about sound and silence. And goes beyond: teaches and shares her personal discoveries of a lifetime, after having dedicated her entire life to the piano. We have already published about her personal thoughts on technique (The Universe of Maria João Pires), and are delighted to now share her Discovering Sound documentary.
A small token of our worship for this incredible artist and human being, a couple of days in advance of her appearance in London (at Cardogan Hall), to bring us a delightful gift: Beethoven’s ultimate Piano Sonata, Op. 111, in C minor. Bravo!