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26 Apr 2012
Expressing the inexpressible...?
This is not the first time I've ranted about classical radio.  I have been fortunate to live in some places with really good classical radio stations (I grew up with KUSC in Los Angeles, where I heard many great pieces and performers for the first...
21 Apr 2012
Expressing the inexpressible...?
I have to admit I love reading lists like "The Top 50 Movies of All Time," or "The 10 Most Important Inventions of the 20th Century."  It doesn't matter if I agree or disagree with the choices - it is fun to compare my choices with someone else's....
13 Apr 2012
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On Sunday, April 15, at 8pm, Max Levinson will perform in recital with cellist Allison Eldredge on the Boston Conservatory "String Masters" series.  Ms. Eldredge is Mr. Levinson's wife, and they have appeared together in concert on numerous occa...
9 Apr 2012
Expressing the inexpressible...?
Throughout my life, I have always loved Bach, but over the past few years haven't focused as much of my time or energy on playing or teaching his music. I think this is because it is less "practical" in the sense that it is less helpful in winnin...
29 Mar 2012
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Max Levinson will perform Debussy's Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra as soloist with the Boston Conservatory Orchestra, Bruce Hangen, conductor, on Sunday, April 1 at 2pm.  The concert will take place in Sanders Theatre, on the campus of Harvard Un...
16 Mar 2012
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Max Levinson will perform twice on the "Schoolhouse Concert Series" in Los Olivos, California.  On Friday, March 16, 8pm, Max Levinson will perform with violist Helen Callus , in a program to include works by Hindemith, Mendelssohn, and Bach.  ...
7 Mar 2012
Expressing the inexpressible...?
This evening I was introduced, by my friend and colleague Roberto Poli, to an unusual and wonderful performance from 1911 of the Chopin Etude in C major, op. 10#1, by the pianist Vladimir de Pachmann. I have never heard anyone else perform the pi...
3 Mar 2012
Expressing the inexpressible...?
I just saw an eye-opening video of a lecture by Sir Ken Robinson, from the "TED" series.  It is not a new video (in fact it is from 2006) but I would urge you to watch it.  One of the major points here is that our education system doesn't necessar...
2 Mar 2012
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Max Levinson will perform on a concert he organized at the Boston Conservatory featuring chamber music of Claude Debussy.  The program will include both faculty and students of Boston Conservatory.   Max Levinson will perform the Debussy Cello Son...
29 Feb 2012
Expressing the inexpressible...?
In honor of tonight's "Top Chef" finale (my favorite TV show)   I thought I would share my observations about the last two books I read: Jacques Pepin's "The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen" and Anthony Bourdain's "Kitchen Confidential: ...
29 Feb 2012
Expressing the inexpressible...?
As it is the last day of February (the 29th!) I am due to report on the progress of my Beethoven Sonata project. I am trying to learn one new Sonata each month, with the goal of having them all in my fingers in about a year-and-a-half. This mont...
20 Feb 2012
Expressing the inexpressible...?
I'm not sure if anyone else will find this interesting, but thought I'd share it: someone has compiled 20-30 different recordings (from 1952 to the present) of the Beethoven 3rd Symphony opening two chords.  Most people would probably be struck by...
18 Feb 2012
Expressing the inexpressible...?
I have mentioned before in this blog that I appreciate both the control of being able to hear whatever I want, whenever I want, thanks to my iPod; AND giving up control of my listening to the local classical stations ( WGBH 99.5 and sometimes WH...
15 Feb 2012
Expressing the inexpressible...?
In honor of Valentine's Day, a couple of my favorite love-related pieces of music - what are yours? Prokofiev "Romeo and Juliet" (here is the Balcony Scene), from the Mariinsky Theatre:  Schoenberg "Transfigured Night" (Juilliard Quartet, w...
4 Feb 2012
Expressing the inexpressible...?
I have just returned home from a trip to Dublin, Ireland, where I had the great pleasure of playing a concert with many of my fellow winners of the Dublin International Piano Competition : Phillippe Cassard , Pavel Nersessian , Davide Francesc...
31 Jan 2012
Expressing the inexpressible...?
Earlier this month I made public my goal to be able to play all of the 32 Beethoven Sonatas in about 2 years.  With that in mind, I set myself the shorter term goal of learning the last of his Sonatas, op. 111 in C minor, over the month of January...
25 Jan 2012
Expressing the inexpressible...?
I just started teaching a new course at Boston Conservatory , the first they are offering for adults via their extension division.  It is one semester class, meeting once a week, called "Getting to Know the Piano Repertoire" and when I was expl...
25 Jan 2012
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Max Levinson will perform at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, Ireland, on Thursday, February 2.  The concert features seven of the previous winners of the Dublin International Piano Competition.  Levinson was winner of this competition in 1997...
20 Jan 2012
Expressing the inexpressible...?
I just read (and recommend) this blog post by Dr. Noa Kageyama , on the subject of practicing.  About a year ago I gave a presentation to a group of Los Angeles piano teachers entitled "Making Practice Perfect" where I explored and shared vario...
19 Jan 2012
Expressing the inexpressible...?
I recently blogged, happily, about my successful project to learn the Goldberg Variations in a month, working gradually, one variation each day. A brief update: I am reviewing what I worked on and it will be a few more months certainly before I f...
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Beethoven: Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor"
Mendelssohn: Concerto for Piano no 1 in G minor, Op. 25
Barber: Concerto for Piano, Op. 38
Brahms: Variations (11) for Piano on an Original Theme, Op. 21 no 1
Schumann: Papillons, Op. 2
Schoenberg: Little Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 19
Kirchner: Pieces (5)
Bartók: Out of Doors, Sz 81/BB 89
Bartók: Romanian Folkdances (6), Sz 56/BB 68
Bartók: Sonata for Piano, Sz 80/BB 88
Bartók: Rondos (3) on Slovak folktunes for Piano, Sz 84/BB 92
Bartók: Allegro barbaro for Piano, Sz 49/BB 63
Bartók: Mikrokosmos, Sz 107/BB 105: Book 6
Bartók: Dance Suite for Piano, Sz 77/BB 86
Ravel: Concerto for Piano in G major
Beethoven: Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight"
Dvorak: Trio for Piano and Strings no 3 in F minor, Op. 65/B 130
Rachmaninov: Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18

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