Performing the Score
Five years after the appearance of his widely acclaimed video Knowing the Score, pianist Malcolm Bilson now teams up with violinist Elizabeth Field to consider the realization of these notations, especially in regard to works involving more than a single instrument.
This new DVD, Performing the Score, features:
- A presentation on early pianos and their music
- An examination of the baroque violin
- A discussion of various performance problems in Mozart's Sonata in Bb, K. 378, first movement
- A performance of Mozart's Sonata in Bb, K. 378, first movement
- A discussion and performance of Schumann's Sonata in A Minor, op. 105, first movement (with guests Nicholas DiEugenio, violinist, and pianists Chi-Chen Wu on an 1824 Conrad Graf and Nathan Hess on a Steinway Model D)
- An interview featuring Sir Nicholas Kenyon, director of the Barbican Centre, London, with fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout, on "Early Instrument Performances in the Context of Today's Concert and Recording World"
- Sound examples of six pre-Steinway pianos
This DVD is truly inspiring—a completely lucid and authoritative look at the connections between the great composers and the instruments that they worked with. Best of all, it opens the imagination by showing the many possibilities contained in great music." Read more
This entire DVD is a testament to the vast impact [Bilson]'s had on countless musicians, concert goers, instrument builders, restorers, and thinkers on music throughout the world. His tireless dedication to this music and these instruments brought him in touch with scores of people, and one cannot imagine the field of early music without his work as a performer, teacher, scholar, and yes, even a provocateur at times." Read more
Violinist Elizabeth Field joins pianist and scholar Malcolm Bilson on Performing the Score (Cornell University), the follow-up to Bilson's popular DVD Knowing the Score, to discuss ways in which modern players can come to truly understand and perform the notations of Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, and others, especially on works for more than a single instrument." Read more