Thursday, October 18, 2007

Denk called in for RSO anniversary

A change of casting for the Richmond Symphony’s 50th anniversary concert on Oct. 26: Jeremy Denk replaces Stephen Prutsman as the soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major.

Besides being a highly regarded concert pianist and chamber musician, Denk is also one of the funniest and most insightful bloggers on classical music. "As a performer," he wrote earlier this week, "I would like to play Every Piece Ever Written with The Most Conviction Ever so that people run weeping from the hall and change their lives and poverty ends and rainbows and leprechauns come sprouting from the earth and rivers run pink with Cosmos that never give you hangovers." He went on to discuss motivic development.

We’re seeking clarification, not so much about motivic development (for what it's worth, we're for it), but about whether, after he plays the Beethoven, it will suffice for Glinka’s "Russlan and Ludmilla" Overture to come sprouting from the orchestra.

Meanwhile, visit his blog, and be prepared to linger: