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Piers and the Goldner Quartet received the
Diapason d’Dor for their latest Hyperion CD.
   
Part Translation:
 
"This highly evocative and emotional reading [of Pierné’s Quintet] owes much to Piers Lane’s range of nuances and his use of pedalling: His subtlety, his fortissimo which is never forceful, and most of all the interaction he establishes not only with the quartet as a group, but with each individual member, make for a perfect interpretation of the work."
Diapason d’Or. (JULY 2014 edition)
   
   
 
 
The Guardian
1st August 2014
Piers Lane: "Townsville is in my blood"
From concert crawls to on-stage conversations, the Australian Festival of Chamber Music is as intimate as its setting, says longstanding artistic director
Read the Guardian Australia Culture Blog by clicking the Logo.
 
 
Piers at the CHEFS of the NORTH Dinner last night.
The photo shows violinist Tasmin Little (left), Piers
and Maggie Beer, famous Australian chef (right) co-host at the dinner at Jupiters.
Photo by Evan Morgan/Townsvillebulletin.com.au
 
Piers at the end of the AFCM Festival with Tasmin Little (left) and composer Elena Kats-Chernin (right)
at Sandra's and Michael's party 07/08/14.
Tasmin had just been created an Honorary Australian Citizen by Michael and wears her Aussi Flag hat with pride.
 
 
Wigmore Hall
Wigmore Hall, London - Tuesday, 30 December 2014 - 7:30pm
Piers Lane, piano
Schubert and Rachmaninov


Programme
:
Schubert - Moments musicaux D780: No. 6 in Ab and No. 4 in C# minor
Rachmaninov - Moment musical in B minor Op. 16 No. 3
Rachmaninov - 10 Préludes Op. 23
Schubert - Piano Sonata in A D959

More information and Box Office here
 
 
The Age Melbourne
Article in THE AGE, Melbourne, June 5th 2014
Pianist returns to pay tribute to prodigious teacher
Piers Lane finds resonance in the work of Beethoven that reminds him of teacher Nancy Weir.

To read the article, please click THE AGE logo
 
 
 

ADMISSION ONE SHILLING TOUR of AUSTRALIA
has now finished.

On May 1st, Patricia Routledge and Piers were received by the Governor of Tasmania
at Government House in Hobart.


Here are a number of Photos on the Governor of Tasmania's website you may enjoy to view .
   
Hyperion website
Hyperion, £12.99

NEW CD out now

LOUIS VIERNE | String Quartet in D minor Op 12
GABRIEL PIERNÉ | Piano Quintet in E minor Op 41
Piers Lane and the Goldner String Quartet,


"Perceptive pitching and a warmth of spirit colour this record by Piers Lane and the Goldner String Quartet, says Geoffrey Norris"
**** (Daily Telegraph)

Read the Telegraph review here.

AMAZON buying Link

A favourable review also appears in the May edition of THE STRAD magazine. Read it here.




Two excellent reviews have appeared: Music Web International and Classical Source.com

RECORDING OF THE MONTH
(Music Web International)

Malcolm Williamson (1931-2003) The Complete Piano Concertos

Piers Lane (piano) Howard Shelley (piano) (Concerto for Two Pianos)
Yoram Levy (trumpet), Mark Bain (trumpet), Martin Phillipson (trumpet) (Sinfonia concertante) Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra/Howard Shelley

Piano Concerto No. 1 in A major (1958)
Concerto for two pianos and string orchestra in A minor (1971)
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F sharp minor (1960)
Piano Concerto No. 3 in E flat major (1962)
Sinfonia concertante in F sharp major (1958-62)
Piano Concerto No. 4 in D major (1993)
HYPERION CDA68011/2


Read them here: Music Web International | www,classicalsource.com
   
Piers' AFCM 2014 Programme Launch Video
   
   
AUSTRALIAN LIMELIGHT Magazine has a review this month of the Arensky-Taneyev CD.

Read it Here.
   
   
Piers Lane Goes to Town
has been in the Top Ten recently
(next week it is CD of the Week on Essential Classics! (BBC Radio 3)

Arensky/Taneyev CD and the above received IRR recommendations

both were in the toprated discs section in the October issue of International Record Review?
   
 
Gramophone Magazine featured this CD in December 2013. "Critic's Choice"
   
 
And Australian Limelight Magazine has a Review of Piers’ disc here
   
 
   
 
New Recordings are out
   
Naxos website
LISZT, F.: Berlioz - Harold en Italie / Romance oubliee / ROGER, K.: Viola Sonata (P. Dukes, P. Lane)

Hector Berlioz’s Harold en Italie draws both on Byron’s Childe Harold and the composer’s own experiences in Italy as winner of the Prix de Rome. Franz Liszt’s rarely heard transcription admirably encapsulates this work’s narrative dramas and landscapes, while his meditative Romance oubliée derives from an earlier song, Oh pourquoi donc. Austrian-born Kurt Roger studied with Schoenberg, retaining his teacher’s contrapuntal tendencies while rejecting serial techniques for the lyricism which can be found in his Viola Sonata.

NAXOS 8.573011

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ABC Shop
New Release from the ABC shop

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat major, KV482


Piers Lane, piano
Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Johannes Fritzsch conductor
PLU 348182 - Barcode 0028948102488

Buy from ABC Classic FM (Aus$ 9.99)
   
 
ABC Classic FM
New Release from the ABC shop

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, KV491


Piers Lane, piano
Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Johannes Fritzsch conductor
PLU 348190 - Barcode 0028948102495

Buy from ABC Classic FM (Aus$ 9.99)
 
   
 
Published on 8 Sep 2013
Australian concert pianist Piers Lane met Melanie Spanswick at Steinway Hall in London last week,
to talk about his highly successful career.
 
Jamie Crick on Classic FM
August 31st 2013 - Classic FM - Piers Lane goes to Town (Album of the weekend)

New Hyperion CD

Join Jamie Crick for the perfect music for your Saturday afternoon. Saturday 31 August

Jamie Crick has the perfect music for your Saturday afternoon, including another track from the Album of the Weekend, Piers Lane Goes to Town, a delightful journey through the 20th century filled with encores and party pieces.

Click CD cover to find out more
 
BBC RADIO 3 IN TUNE, Yesterday, Wednesday 28th August, after 16:30

Pianist Piers Lane gives a taster of his new recording of encores,
party pieces and pianophile rarities.

NOW AVAILABLE on LISTEN AGAIN - IN TUNE - BBC Radio 3


Slide scroll bar forward to 02:00:30 hrs to listento until 4th September.. (sadly, UK ;listeners only)
 





BBC Radio 3 "In Tune"
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LISTEN AGAIN
on ABC Classic FM

Many broadcasts from the AFCM are available for LISTEN AGAIN on the ABC here:

ABC Classic FM Scroll down to: "IN THIS SERIES..."
   
   
Hyperion website

Presto Classical
Hyperion October 2013 release
Piers Lane and the Goldner Quartet
Arensky & Taneyev: Piano Quintets

Two chamber masterpieces from nineteenth-century Russia, performed by Piers Lane and the Goldner String Quartet. Taneyev has been known as the ‘Russian Brahms’ and this epithet is particularly apposite when considering his Piano Quintet in G minor, especially as regards both its instrumental writing and its intellectual passion. Composed in 1911, this massive work bids fair for the accolade of the greatest work in the Russian piano-chamber repertoire before Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet of 1940. Only the extravagance of its technical demands can explain its failure to establish itself in the standard repertoire. Arensky’s Piano Quintet of 1900 is less monumental and less flamboyant, though not exactly short of fireworks, especially in the piano writing. It is a deeply attractive and enjoyable work—and equally little-known on the concert platform.

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Presto Classical
Hyperion September 2013 release
Piers Lane goes to town

Composer Listing on Hyperion site here

Piers Lane gambols delightfully through the twentieth century in this album of encores, party pieces and a few pianophile rarities, ranging from Dame Myra Hess’s unforgettable arrangement of Bach’s Jesu, joy of man’s desiring to Dudley Moore’s equally unforgettable Beethoven pastiche.

This album includes first recordings of, among others, John Ireland’s Ballerina and Mark Saya’s Offenbach/Chopin conflation Barcarolles. A number of these pieces are by Australian composers who wrote for Piers himself. His unbounded virtuosity and joy in the music is clearly an inspiration, and is evident throughout the recording.

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Naxos website

Presto Classical
NAXOS July 2013 release
LISZT, F.: Berlioz - Harold en Italie / Romance oubliee / ROGER, K.: Viola Sonata
(Philip Dukes, viola, Piers Lane, piano)


Hector Berlioz’s Harold en Italie draws both on Byron’s Childe Harold and the composer’s own experiences in Italy as winner of the Prix de Rome. Franz Liszt’s rarely heard transcription admirably encapsulates this work’s narrative dramas and landscapes, while his meditative Romance oubliée derives from an earlier song, Oh pourquoi donc. Austrian-born Kurt Roger studied with Schoenberg, retaining his teacher’s contrapuntal tendencies while rejecting serial techniques for the lyricism which can be found in his Viola Sonata. Further chamber music by Kurt Roger can be heard on Naxos 8.572238


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Piers playing in Alaska last week.

View a photo from Sitka, Alaska, showing Piers playing in from of a stunning backgound.
Amazon website
CHANDOS website - British Violin Sonatas No.1 - played by Tasmin Little and Piers Lane

Available Now. (click thumbnail)

The new Violin Sonatas CD with Sonatas by Walton, Ferguson and Britten has just become available.

Learn more from the CHANDOS website here. (audio sample 2 min)
   
   

Piers and tenor Markus Schäfer gave a wonderful recital of Schubert Songs at the Wigmore Hall

yesterday, Sunday 17th. View a photo of the two from the Green Room here.

   
   
Read the review
A lovely review of Piers and cellist Zuill Bailey playing at the Wimbledon Festival recently

was published in the February edition of STRAD magazine. Read it here.
   
 
 

Limelight Magazine

AFCM website
Media Release - December 2012

The Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM) is thrilled to have won the 2012 Limelight Award for Best Event/Festival.

This is the third Limelight Award for this ten-day Festival, which sees local and international performers take over sunny Townsville every July and August.

For more information visit
the AFCM website (click logo)

Media Release
 
   

recent CD Release

CHANDOS released a new CD of Violin Sonatas by Strauss and Respighi


played by Tasmin Little and Piers Lane.

CHANDOS writes:
"Respighi is best known for his orchestral music, and Richard Strauss for both his orchestral music and operas, and therefore their chamber music has tended to take a back seat, however unfairly. On this disc we explore a few such neglected works, all of which display the full range of emotion, drama, harmonic exploration, and technical brilliance that characterised romanticism at its height."

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Review
February 2013
Both sonatas are played here with complete understanding and spontaneity, and bring moments of true musical virtuosity. Piers Lane is a first-class pianist and forms a fine partnership with Tasmin Little, whose tone is caught with great beauty, for the Chandos recording is completely real and naturally balanced. Ivan March
   
 
 
   

Listen to samples on the Hyperion site (click CD)

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Hyperion Website Hyperion CDA67927 - Release Date: April 30th 2012
Goldner String Quartet with Piers Lane
SIR HAMILTON HARTY

String Quartet No.1 in F major Op 1
and No. 2 in A minor Op 5
Piano Quintet in F major Op.12

Acclaimed pianist Piers Lane and his fellow Australians, the Goldner String Quartet, reprise their highly successful partnership in these world-premiere recordings of the two String Quartets and Piano Quintet of Irish composer Hamilton Harty.

A first review has appeared in the Guardian. Read it here.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Essay: Chopin
BBC RADIO 3 -  Home Page
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1st March - 5th March - 23:00

On BBC Radio 3, Piers Lane presented a series of essays looking at five aspects of Chopin’s life and music to celebrate two hundred years since the composer’s birth.

Piers Lane looks at five aspects of Frederic Chopin's life and music to celebrate 200 years since the composer's birth.

Drawing on extracts from Chopin's own writing, and those who have written about him over the past two centuries, Piers looks at the myths, interpretations and veneration surrounding one of the most universally adored pianist/composers.

Chopin's name is synonymous with ideas of romance and melancholy. In this first programme, Piers explores how, despite being labelled as the archetypal Romantic pianist, Chopin resisted much of what is now associated with 19th-century Romantic piano music – the overt scene painting and descriptive title of his contemporaries such as Liszt, Berlioz or Schumann.

Later in the week, Piers looks at how the composer innovated form and style on the piano, the instrument on which he focused so exclusively; Chopin's often overlooked role as one of the most sought-after teachers in Paris; his composing process and interpretations of his music; and the veneration from audiences and other composers that has always surrounded him.

Listen Again to the fifth episode this week here:
 
 
Radio (webstreaming)
RADIO
August 2014
 
 
 
August 2014 - Australian Festival of Chamber Music
ABC Classic FM


Previous LISTEN AGAIN entries
 
 
Friday 22nd July at 19:30 - IN PERFORMANCE (PAST EVENT)
Link to ABC Classic FM Broadcast Page for the day
Direct broadcast from the Federation Concert Hall, Hobart
Members of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
Piers Lane, piano
Mozart: Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat, K452
Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor, Op 34

Listen to Piers' Interval Interview (very interesting)
 
 
   
 
 
British Library

The British Library in London has made well over 1000 fine recordings
prior to 1956 available, for visitors to listen to.

Each week we'll provide a link to their piano catalogue for you to listen to while you browse.

Enjoy this wonderful facility.

This week we have Vladimir Horowitz playing

BRAHMS: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, no. 2. op. 83, B flat major
recorded: n/d - Just click the BL logo!