Michel Dalberto and Tingan Kuo examine musical punctuation, playing with strength, and more.
Produced by the Saline royale Academy in October, 2021 at Arc-et-Senans.
In this session, Michel Dalberto discusses how to elevate the details in Los Majos Enamorados from Granados’ Goyescas. He acknowledges the technical difficulties of the work and suggests a few adjustments to provide more clarity to the listener. He asks for more support from the left hand, as well as more strength in the fifth finger, in order to achieve a more balanced sound. Additionally, he points out several occasions where the compositional directions could be more accurately carried out. For instance, he advocates for making a bigger difference between the markings poco and molto. He also describes the origin and the meaning behind the piece, encouraging student Tingan Kuo to make exaggerated gestures and play passionately to channel the emotions of a young person in love.
If you respect what the composer wrote, you are going to understand much better the music he wants to express.
Aim for excellence! You can improve your skills with expert advice. Download the annotated sheet music of this piano masterclass. Please note that this piece has been annotated in accordance to Michel Dalberto’s feedback and comments.
Born in Paris in 1955 into a family with origins in the Dauphiné and the Italian Piedmont, Michel Dalberto began playing the piano at the age of three. He played in public for the first time at the age of five and a half, and at the early age of thirteen joined Vlado Perlemuter's class at the Paris Conservatoire.
At the age of twenty, he won the 1st Mozart Competition in Salzburg and was unanimously awarded the Clara Haskil Prize. In 1978 he was awarded the 1st Prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition. Other accolades include the Grand Prix de l'Académie Charles-Cros, the Prix de l'Académie du Disque Français, the Diapason d’Or, and the Echo Prize in Germany.
He has been invited to play in most of the European musical centers with some of the most prestigious conductors. Since the beginning of his career, Michel Dalberto has been recognized as one of the leading interpreters of Schubert and Mozart. Moreover, he is the only living pianist to have performed and recorded the complete piano works of Schubert. Recent recordings include the complete chamber music of Fauré with Renaud Capuçon and the Quatuor Ebène (winner of the German Echo Prize), the Schubert cycles 'Winter Journey' and 'Swan Song' with baritone Stephan Genz.
Additionally, Michel Dalberto is a celebrated chamber musician who has played with the world’s greatest instrumentalists. Parallel to his career as a musician, Dalberto has conducted orchestras in Asia and in Europe.
He was appointed Professor at the Paris Conservatoire in September 2011 and has a regular relationship with the Tianjin Conservatory. He has previously been invited to give masterclasses at the Accademia Pianistica in Imola, the Hochschule in Hanover, the Royal College in Manchester, and more.
In 1996 the Minister of Culture made him a Chevalier in the National Order of Merit in recognition of his artistic activity.
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