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- Melvyn Tan has a strong association with the music of Beethoven having made pioneering recordings for EMI of the 5 Piano Concertos and the Choral Fantasia with Sir Roger Norrington and the London Classical Players. He also made several discs of the sonatas, and one very special recording on the then newly restored Broadwood piano that was Beethoven’s own instrument. On this disc Melvyn plays on a modern Steinway. The theme of the CD is Master & Pupil. Focusing on three of the great pianist composers of the 19th century who represent the beginning of a long line of masters and pupils that can be traced to the present day via Martin Krauss and Edwin Fischer to Alfred Brendel and Paul Lewis.
The young Carl Czerny (along with Ferdinand Reis) became a long term pupil and friend of Beethoven at the early age of 10, performing some of the concertos, and working with Beethoven on preparing works for their premiers – not an easy task. A brilliant virtuoso and a highly skilled (if over productive) composer, his legacy lives on to this day in his studies – every pianist will have come across these. His reputation was held in high regard by Liszt, Brahms and Debussy, and it was the young Liszt that Czerny took under his wing in 1819. Liszt later dedicated his 'Transcendental Studies' to Czerny. In 1823 Beethoven saw the 12 year-old Liszt perform and after kissed the child on the forehead. Liszt’s monumental B minor Sonata is the true heir to Beethoven’s visionary late sonatas.
BBC Radio 3 will broadcast live MT's Wigmore Hall recital of the CD programme on 13 October
Interviews: BBC Radio 4 Front Row
BBC Radio 3 In Tune
BBC MM James Naughtie interview feature
Melvyn has recently featured as one of the guests on BBC Radio 4's Midweek programme.
aiming for one major TV show
- Melvyn Tan
Melvyn Tan [piano]
- 1 CD - 1h 20mn 9s
release date. 2016-09-23