Taka Kigawa, Japanese-born pianist performs at Le Poisson Rouge on Monday night, a program that included Webern, Xenakis and Boulez. The review of the performance is on the NY Times website.
Performances are difficult works can inspire a pianist and give a challange which in tern speaks to the audience.
The most satisfying aspect of Taka Kigawas performance at Le Poisson Rouge on Monday evening was the sense of clarity and apparent ease he brought to a parade of harmonically thorny and, in some cases, texturally dense piano works. He gave himself no breaks in this short but intense recital. You get an idea of how difficult the program was once you realize that the least demanding score Mr. Kigawa played was the Webern Variations (1936), a piece that taxes both the technique and imagination of a pianist intent on winning an audience to its charms. NY Times.
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Some sight reading tips:
- look at the time signature
- look at the key signature
- check the starting note and finger number for each hand
- check for dynamics
- check any other performance directions
- dont start too fast! A steady speed is always better
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