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Glenn Gould’s Scribbles: The Week in Classical Music - Th... added by pedjamuzijevic on 14 Nov 2018
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Morton Feldman’s “Triadic Memories” unfold in a realm of shadows. The droplets of notes and meticulously spaced-out clusters that make up this hourlong work for solo piano range from the very quiet to the barely audible. But it’s their afterlife that the ear is drawn to, the aura of resonance that hovers below the grand piano’s wing long after a key is struck. On Thursday at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, the pianist Pedja Muzijevic offered a mesmerizing reading of the piece that deepened Feldman’s music through lighting and dance. In “Framing Time,” part of Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival, the precise and enigmatic movements of Cesc Gelabert (in his own choreography) brought out the work’s ambivalent mood, somewhere between playful curiosity and aching melancholy. Paper-lantern-glow sets and lighting by Burke Brown deepened the mystery. Feldman wanted individual notes to feel “sourceless,” so that the sound would reveal itself not in the attack but in the decay, as a “departing
CVNC: An Online Arts Journal in North Carolina | Pedja Mu... added by pedjamuzijevic on 12 Oct 2017
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Every note Mužijevic played was engaging and had a direction in which it was moving, whether it resolved in a traditional way or hung in the air in conflict. The amount of joy he has in performing is absolutely palpable, and it was an extra treat to hear more about his conceptualization and interpretation of each piece in the post-concert question and answer session. At the same time, it was charming and beautiful to be reminded that everyone can have their own opinion and receive different messages from the same music. To be given permission to sit back and enjoy the composers for who they were, rather than impose upon them an arbitrary theme or deeper meaning, was refreshing, and allowed the music to speak for itself through the lens of this brilliant performer.
Encouraging Signs of Freshness at the Mostly Mozart Festi... added by pedjamuzijevic on 18 Sep 2017
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"The previous night at the penthouse, the refined pianist Pedja Muzijevic presented a program that Mr. Langrée might look to as a template for enlivening the orchestra’s concerts. With the program “Haydn Dialogues,” Mr. Muzijevic alternated vibrant accounts of four Haydn sonatas with contemporary works by Jonathan Berger, George Crumb and Morton Feldman. Heard in the context Mr. Muzijevic devised, Feldman’s radical use of moments of silence in his moody “Two Intermissions” (1950) had surprising commonalities with Haydn’s humorous late Sonata in C, which often unfolds with impish pauses between phrases."
Review: Pedja Muzijevic's 'Haydn Dialogues' leaves room f... added by pedjamuzijevic on 3 Jun 2017
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The "Haydn Dialogues" is a testament to the idea of music as an experience that doesn't always warrant a clear explanation. The connections between Muzijevic's pairings are exactly as you hear them, and exactly as your neighbor hears them. Whether your experiences match matters less than whether or not you both enjoyed yourselves. It is possible to take "serious music" too seriously, and with the "Haydn Dialogues," Muzijevic invites us to savor. To extend the cooking metaphor: the exact ingredients matter less than their combined effect. Most of us don't spoil an invitation to dinner party by pestering our hosts with questions about what spice gives a dish its sweetness, or what technique was used to bring out the bitterness in the vegetables. Not that there's anything wrong with such questions; chefs both amateur and professional may thrill at such details. But isn't the point more often to enjoy the meal? By that measure, Muzijevic's "Haydn Dialogues" is like tapas and a julep on th
Pianist and chamber music series veteran Pedja Muzijevic ... added by pedjamuzijevic on 2 Jun 2017
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“Dialogues with Pedja Muzijevic,” scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, June 1, at the Simons Center Recital Hall, is part of an ongoing program the pianist has been performing for more than a year. He’s traveled throughout the U.S. and beyond, including Israel several times, to perform Haydn sonatas alongside contemporary works, highlighting their similarities and differences. Muzijevic’s humility also seems to be a tenet of his Haydn dialogues. The hour-long performance aims to provide a comfortable experience for an audience interested in both listening and learning, he said. He takes time between pieces to tell the audience what to listen for. “The basic idea in any concert program is to share something you love with the audience,” Muzijevic said. “But in design and cooking, when you put different things together that aren't necessarily related or thought of as if they should be together, if I'm lucky, they can shed a different light. I feel like both sides can benefit from this switch o
Mostly Mozart added by pedjamuzijevic on 28 Apr 2017
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I will be playing Haydn Dialogues solo recital at Mostly Mozart Festival in New York on August 11. More information in the link.
Pedjamuzijevic | Haydn Dialogues | CD Baby Music Store added by pedjamuzijevic on 3 Nov 2016
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My new recording, Haydn Dialogues, recorded in concert at Banff Centre is available as a free download on CD Baby. It's program of four Haydn sonatas, interspersed with works by Jonathan Berger, John Cage and Morton Feldman. Program note is at the bottom of the page.
ASO does bold take on Shostakovich; pianist Muzijevic pla... added by pedjamuzijevic on 16 Oct 2016
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Next up came a work written 200 years before the Adams piece: W.A. Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22 in E flat major, K. 482 (1785). Guest piano soloist Pedja Muzijevic took the stage to join Spano and the ASO in its performance. Muzijevic’s previous appearance with the ASO was in March 2011, also performing a Mozart piano concerto, No. 17 in G Major, K. 453 (1784) with guest conductor Gilbert Varga. Clearly Muzijevic has a particular penchant for Mozart, which showed in this evening’s performance, especially the velocity and smoothness of the prominent lines given by Mozart to the pianist’s right hand. Muzijevic’s formidable fingers made seemingly easy work of it, but also with an affecting musical insight that seemed equally at ease, without undue bombast.
Classical Concert Reviews - Toronto Concert Reviews added by pedjamuzijevic on 25 Jul 2016
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PEDJA MUZIJEVIC: understated elegance, insight and humor… Review by David Richards Toronto July 20, 2016 Home About Reviews Upcoming Concerts to be Reviewed Musical Organizations Contact PEDJA MUZIJEVIC: understated elegance, insight and humour… Pedja Muzijevic, ?Photo courtesy of Toronto Summer Music Pedja Muzijevic delighted the audience at Walter Hall last evening with a piano recital that was distinctively different from most. Instead of performing the usual repertoire of 19th and 20th century composers, he delivered a program focussed on four sonatas by Joseph Haydn interspersed with music by composers of today. The differences didn’t begin and end with the repertoire however. Muzijevic’s approach to the concert entitled Haydn Dialogues was somewhat casual in that he remained on-stage for the entire program and spoke with the audience between works. He organized the program in such a way as to expose the contrasts between Haydn’s early and late works as well as between the musi
Review: Singing high at Dock Street Theatre; the first 3 ... added by pedjamuzijevic on 9 Jun 2016
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Review from Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, SC, May 30, 2016 "That must be why Nuttall programmed the effervescent Piano Sextet, op. 110, by the precocious 15-year-old Mendelssohn. It’s sort of a piano concerto with string accompaniment, and Muzijevic played its thrillingly quick first and third movements, and its lovely middle movement, with plenty of technical mastery and musical nuance"
Spoleto Festival announces 2016 chamber music series prog... added by pedjamuzijevic on 21 May 2016
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Preview of the Spoleto USA Festival in Charleston, SC - May/June 2016
Washington Performing Arts presents Pianist Pedja Muzijev... added by pedjamuzijevic on 2 Feb 2016
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Promo video about Haydn Dialogues for Washington Performing Arts at Kennedy Center
View - Washington Performing Arts added by pedjamuzijevic on 27 Jan 2016
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Haydn Dialogues recital for Washington Performing Arts at Kennedy Center Terrace Theater on February 6 at 2pm
EventDetail added by pedjamuzijevic on 30 Oct 2015
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Coming up next week - Kurtag quasi una fantasia and Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor, op. 54, with Santa Rosa Symphony and Bruno Ferrandis
Hear Music the Way Beethoven Meant it to Be Heard - YouTube added by pedjamuzijevic on 28 Sep 2015
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Short video about Banff Centre's Rod Regier's 1830's style Viennese fortepiano and music written on it. To use my favorite parallel - food - you can cook Italian food anywhere, but when you shop for ingredients in Italy, that will inform you what to look for forever. I am a very happy and undogmatic modern piano player, but laying my hands on the piano composer wrote for and hearing the sounds they heard teaches me how to translate that music to the modern piano. And we performers are, first and foremost, translators, i.e. interpreters.
Classical Net Review - Mozart/Bartók/Higdon - Blue Cathed... added by pedjamuzijevic on 21 Sep 2015
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Review of the recording of a concert with Oberlin Symphony Orchestra with Robert Spano at Carnegie Hall. Pedja Muzijevic plays with a lovely technique and a confidence that is welcome. The Oberlin players have just as much skill with Mozart as with Higdon, a testament to artistic versatility.
Concert Report: Toronto Summer Music Midpoint - The Whole... added by pedjamuzijevic on 7 Aug 2015
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Bosnian-born, Juilliard-trained pianist Pedja Muzijevic, one of TSM's mentors, headlined the American Avant-Garde evening, yet another example of thoughtful programming. It began with Muzijevic reading John Cage's 32 Questions, which the composer originally used in a talk at Darmstadt, West Germany in 1958. An example of Cage's wit coupled with his fresh way of approaching the concepts of sound and music, the questions set his The Seasons (1948), the concert's opening piece, in a Cagian context, with the filigrees of “Spring” brightly played and sensitively nuanced, “Summer” balmy and spare, dynamically well-shaped, the harsh atonal chords of “Autumn” giving way to the stillness of “Winter's” prelude. Muzijevic, who is the artistic administrator of the Baryshnikov Arts Center in Manhattan, recently performed The Seasons in New York along with Cage's questions. In Toronto he added a welcome bonus. Between the second and third seasons, he inserted Morton Feldman's first two Intermission
Daily 5: U2, Mostly Mozart, More - July 22, 2015 - NewYor... added by pedjamuzijevic on 22 Jul 2015
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U2 at Madison Square Garden may be their top pick, but our Brahms Horn Trio for Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center is their second pick. With Ruggero Allifranchini and Lawrence DiBello
July 22 |Meet the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra |  Lin... added by pedjamuzijevic on 7 Jul 2015
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Brahms Horn Trio with Lawrence DiBello and Ruggero Allifranchini as a prelude to Mostly Mozart Festival.
2015-16 Season Series - Washington Performing Arts added by pedjamuzijevic on 30 Apr 2015
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Honored to be part of an amazing 2015/16 season at Washington Performing Arts - playing Haydn Dialogues recital on February 6, 2016 at 2pm at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater.
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