Something for the weekend!

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The quotes, clips and links we like…

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What they've said…

'To be honest, at home I listen to more hip-hoppy stuff than I do contemporary classical music'
Anna Meredith, composer in residence for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, explains her recent foray into the ‘beat-box concerto’

On this day…

…in 1812, the 21-year-old virtuoso and composer Carl Czerny gave the Vienna premiere of Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto. Czerny's name might make many a piano student grimace today, thanks to the popularity of his etudes and finger exercises among teachers, but in his time he was an important figure in the musical world. A student of Beethoven, he went on to teach Liszt, who later dedicated his Transcendental Etudes to Czerny.

Questionable CD covers:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On our CD shelves this week: are we alone in thinking there's something a bit too literal about this cover for Susanne van Els's recording of Milhaud's Quatre visages?

On air

Tune into Hear and Now on Saturday at 10.30pm as Tom Service talks to the British composer and conductor George Benjamin, who celebrated his 50th birthday last week. Benjamin’s birthday concert, recorded at the Southbank centre last week, will also be broadcast on this programme.

And finally…

Pianists struggling with the big chords in Rachmaninov's Prelude in C sharp minor might want to consider this unusual technique, pioneered by the classical comic duo Igudesman & Joo…