Pages

dimanche 19 avril 2015

Glass: Glassworlds, Vol. 1 : reviews

My dear friends


No show off intend with this post. I simply try to , like i did with my Liszt - Christus album , to centralise the review for a real practical reason. 
Unfortunately my website "review" section is very exaustive , but ... not very practical. 
I hope in this way, it will be then way easier for everyone 







Reviews : 


RHAPSODY - TOP 10 CLASSICAL ALBUMS, APRIL 2015
Nicolas Horvath has launched the first volume of a planned series, Glassworlds, with an album that includes a buoyant performance of Glass' Orphee Suite.
Seth Colter Walls (Rhapsody.com)

Die technische Herausforderung an den Pianisten ist gewaltig, bereitet aber dem monegassischen Pianisten Nicolas Horvath keine Probleme. Seine Virtuosität ist stupend
Remy Franck (Pizzicato.lu)

Glassworlds I promises to be a comprehensive look at the whole of Philip Glass’ piano art. Horvath takes great care in his articulation of the volume dynamics of the piece, treating the music gently were required and with muscle where appropriate. It will be a treat to hear what is on Glassworlds 2.
C. Michael Bailey (All About Jazz, April 2015)

Un disque magistral, éblouissant, fort intelligemment conçu de manière non chronologique pour présenter toute la diversité de l’œuvre de Philip Glass, ce jeune compositeur de plus de 87 ans. La rencontre d’un immense compositeur et d’un non moins immense pianiste, qu’on se le dise ! Sans oublier le piano, un Fazioli, à la musicalité exceptionnelle !!
Dionys (Inactuelles)

Glass was to embrace every genre, though as he composes at the piano, he has contributed much for keyboard. Certainly an acquired taste, but one which you have to become acquainted, the opening of Glassworks having a delicacy that reminds one of Debussy. With jazz introducing a different slant to the opening of the suite from Orphee, this too largely relies on quiet nuances. The opera, from which it is taken, points to Glass’s quite considerable and critically acclaimed contribution to the stage. The ‘hard nut’ to crack, for those just coming to Glass, will be How Now, a score that lasts for over thirty minutes, its highly repetitive nature requiring the French-born pianist, Nicolas Horvath, to breath life into it. Basically the music does not demand a prodigious technique, though the ability to shade music with an infinite number of sounds is a prime requisite. Here we have such remarkably smooth crescendos and diminuendos, you would almost construe they were electronically created. The engineering is excellent.
David Denton (David’s Review Corner)

Inutile donc de vous commenter les qualités d’interprétation de Nicolas Horvath, un pianiste qui semble ici complètement et parfaitement « chez lui » avec cette musique dans laquelle il met beaucoup de sa sensibilité personnelle.
Piano Bleu

On this all-Philip Glass album, young pianist Horvath has the honor of giving the recorded premiere of « Dreaming Awake, » a pleasant 2003 piece that breaks no new ground. Much more interesting is his take on Glass’ « How Now, » which dates from 1968. Glass himself once played this uber-minimalist opus with a brittle, buzz-saw synth — though Horvath goes in the other direction, managing to sound both nervy and graceful on a resonant grand piano. And while his teasingly languorous performance of the Orphee Suite flirts with lassitude, he keeps the work’s essential momentum going.
Seth Colter Walls (Rhapsody.com)

Nicolas Horvath brings as much care and sensitivity to the piano version of How Now…as to the much more dramatic Dreaming Awake…
Infodad.com (March 2015)

…there is no shortage of excitement in […] performances.
As a result, my greatest pleasure come from Horvath’s performance of Barnes’ suite based on Glass’ opera.
…Horvath […] bring[s] an accessibility to Glass’ music that affirms that his years of youthful provocation have long passed.
Stephen Smoliar (Examiner.com)

Top 100 Classical - Fastest Selling Classical CDs April 23, 2015 :   GlassWorlds #19
cdconnection.com

Philip Glass’ Klavierwerke sind bei Horvath also in den besten Händen, denn in seiner Persönlichkeit vereinen sich spieltechnische Könnerschaft und das gewisse Quäntchen Pop-Feeling, das man für Glass’ minimalistische Klanglandschaften eben auch benötigt.
Gramola.at 





mardi 31 mars 2015

S.A.I. Ensemble , Live in Paris (Cardew/Riley)




Last friday 27th March was the very first concert of my S.A.I. Ensemble in Paris ! 

Needless to tell you that i was very exited about it. 
For most of you that does not know S.A.I. means : Saturated and Amplified Instruments. 
To sum up a little bit , imagine saturated instruments such as guitars , synth , or even accordion performing contemporary music . 
Unfortunately, as i am pretty busy with my piano and recordings, i have few time left to really take care of this Ensemble, and yes this is a shame. 
Anyway, so far we did concerts in Brussels, Monaco, Nice and Perpignan. 

For this concert, i was in touch with Fleuve Mecanique to organise it as they really wanted to do a SAI Ensemble concert for the release party of their last Tape. Needless to tell you that i was really happy and honored about it ! 

And to complete it, they wanted to see also an electroacoustic improvisation of me. 

The program was to be like this : 



As i prepared my material, i discovered that my idea for the improvisation was not working at all ! 
So then, when i arrived to prepare everything, i asked the organiser for a little change : i will come on stage with Laurent James , my guitar player (then is was more like a SAI Ensemble than a solo improvisation). 

I guess you can't wait one more second, so this is (so far) the only vidéo that i received : 





I really hope you will like our version of Cornelius Cardew 's Treatise 

For the recording, i heard that the organiser did a recording of everything and maybe there is a longer video of the Treatise piece ! 


Now let's return to the pictures and to the concert organisation. 


this is the concert hall from the platform 
i bet you understand why it 's nammed "Les Voutes" 

This is the very nice and rich buffet for the musicians ! we could ask anything we wanted and we would get it !!! all thumb up for that !!! 

Buffet from another point of view 

backstage was a little thin, but well .... just to store some material. 
it was safely guarded and nothing at all happened 


Now we are working on the tech point of the performance ! 
Unfortunately not all the members could be here 
Again all thumbs up for the organisation ! 


Finally my friend, the wonderful composer and accordion / Eigenharp player Olivier Innocenti joined the crew !!! 

This time we performed with 5 members : 
Me on Synth (MiniBrute) , Laurent James (Guitare) , Judicael (Guitare) , Heimoth (Guitare) and Olivier Innocenti (Accordion) 

Now some concert pictures : 












lundi 23 mars 2015

New Promos video GlassWorlds 1

My dear friends


As you might have already seen it, my very first Philip Glass album is now available everywhere !

I am extremely glad that all the return i got are all excellent !

Then i really hope you will like the first volume !

So far we recorded 5 volumes , and they should be out slowly by slowly.

Anyway , i have now all the promo videos and i really hope you will like them !


First of all , you already know the "classical one" . This one was the one i "had to" do, as Naxos requested it. On my side , i like it a lot as JD Dias really did a fantastic job , and it is important for the audience to see what the pianist look like. The piece is one of Philip Glass classics : Opening from Glassworks : 




After it , i was totally free to do whatever i wanted ! And for the one who know me ... this can means a lot ! 

But so far i was nice. 

Then the second promo video is something that i had in my mind for 2 years already, and i was very happy that Nikolai really shared my point of view ! 
So you have something quite psychedelic on a piece that i love a lot : How Now ! 
About it , i am really happy as i received very good feedback from "very classic" persons saying that it was just the perfect rendition for it : ) 



After it , the third one is a fan made video that i received some days after the digital release. 
It is very poetic and beautiful , made with images from the cult Cocteau movie "Orphée" as the music chosen is from the Orphée Suite : Orphée and the Princess : 





I really hope you will like them ! We will very soon prepare videos on the second volume ! There should be quite a lot : ) 





mardi 3 mars 2015

Philip Glass album #1 Digitally Out Today !!!!



My dear friends


Today i have the EXTREME pleasure to tell you that my Philip GLASS Album #1 at Grand Piano is 
now available on download !!! 


Yes, just coming back from my retreat at the Sainte Baume mountains and taking time to finally put order in my life (you know all those things that you keep continue to say "not important at all, i can do it later" and after a decade they are so numerous that you can't even breath). And today THE new !!!! 


As you might already know , the program of the first cd is : 

Opening from Glass Works

the Orphée Suite (transcribled by Paul Barnes) 

Dreaming Awake 

How Now 


For the fans of Ipods and all mp3 player you can find it in all your favorite platforms on Cd quality and also on HD 24 bits ! 

Here the links :

Itunes

Amazon

Qobuz


I also received my very own copies (a huuuge box of 300 cds) and ... yes i am really happy with the result ! 


I really hope you will also like the way i am performing Glass' piano music. For the ones that saw me in concert...well ... you know what you will get ; )


And for the other ..... you can check the fantastic promo video Jean Lionel DIAS did for me : 



Soon 2 completely differents promo vidéos will be available !!! 



Enjoy !!!!!!



samedi 17 janvier 2015

New Website !!! Finally !!!

My dear friends


Indeed i was very inactive on my blog the last month. I had quite a lot of nice concerts :
A Minsk Tour with a GlassWorlds, the Bielarus premiere of the Tirol Concerto, a recital to present the French Avant garde (and more) and masterclasses
a Glass Recital in Bordeaux
the Recording of 4 Erik Satie album in Milan for Sheva Collection
a Glass preparation récital in South of France
a GlassWorlds XL in Kiev
and ...
the solo world premiere of all the Glass Etudes in Carnegie Hall !

That was quite something !!! Of course .... there are plenty of pictures (not from me, but thanks to facebook and their tagging system i am able to find some) and i will prepare you shortly some nice blog entry , full of details and nice quotes :)

But another great great new ... yes for years i had those request that came regularly 'when will you update your website" 'why this concert is not listed" "why no link for the cds" ........

Finally it is done !!!!! a whole new website !!!!!
and .... updatable by myself !!!!!

Here you can finally find an updated bio (and everything is in english ! no more french !!! Bon Sang!) , also all the concerts , the cds , the reviews , link to all the socials medias ....


i let you discover : NICOLASHORVATH.COM 


a little image to give you the envy , as you can see , it was made with the inspiration of glass , Philip Glass music maybe ;)


jeudi 15 janvier 2015

Shantidas - Horvath : a Video - Piano performance


Erik Satie : a Video Performance ! 







In december 2011 , i had the chance to do a very nice video performance with Shantidas Riedacker. 
It was on a Erik Satie piece that i found out by luck : The Suite Harmonique , who is supposed to be the whole piece the Satie created for the Rose + Croix Salon (in fact the complete Fils de l Etoile with the 3 Sonneries). There are extremely limited proof that the concert really happened (but there is a proof of a reh). 

For the one who folow my career since quite some time, 2011 was a crazy year, the Vexations 4 Japan tour and also the 2 Satie Marathons in Honfleur (Complete Satie including the Vexations) and in Perpignan (without the Vexations) . The first plan to record all the maestro music with Sheva Collection originated from this year as well (and as you might know, finally realised in 2014 ! but .... in a wonderful way). 

So .... At the same time i was supposed to do a "Complete Satie" in 10 recitals at the Cathédrale Sainte Croix des Arméniens in Paris. I could do only 2 concerts ...... 

Anyway, on this very special day i was able to join forces with the Light Sculptor "Shantidas Riedacker" , a friend back from the old days when i was spending most of my free time in the Paris ' Underground musical scene. I was (and i am still, but he stopped to use them) a big fan of what he was doing with his wall of TV screens , and for months we talked about doing something together. 

The concert was a huge success. The whole Cathedral was packed. But unfortunately we could not do another concert together. The only plan i could get (for the famous David Lynch place "Le Silencio" turned to be a piano solo concert) , and after with our busy career.... 

As far as i remember , Shantidas used a mic to see the audio frenquancies and so to adapt his improvisations and light movements. 
There were 2 HD projector , and we projected on all the back of the Cathedral . It was truely amazing ! 

You can discover also some nice pictures from the concert. I hope you will enjoy it ! 





the croud start to gather during the tests 
















dimanche 23 novembre 2014

Christian Marclay 's The Clock , my 24 hours impression of the whole video


Yes last july went to the Beaubourg Museum to see one of the very rare 24 hours complete display of Christian Marclay 's The Clock. 

For years i really wanted to see a complete rendition of it (how can some hours be enough if you have to think about a 24 hours developpment? ) 

I was intrudoced to this work thanks to Olivier Pliz -  the Silencio Artistic director , (you know , this Parisian very famous "David Lynch designed" private Art club, i did a recital some years ago there with work of Curran , Cage , Satie & Glass ) . 

After some talk when he knew i was able to do 24 hours in a row Vexations (i did not do the 35 hours in Palais de Tokyo yet, and was sure i could never do more than 24 hours to be honest) , he got this strange idea for the 1st Birthday of Silencio to do Vexations along side with Marclay's The Clock. 

This is who i got interest in this huge video , and ... as i was frustrated not to be able to do this project, i contacted my friend the wonderful Video Artist Laurent Fiévet and we started to work on the [Vexations]2.0 


But ... as i told in many interviews, i was still looking forward one day to be a simple public for a very long concert , i did for Alvin Curran 's Inner Cities XL twice (it was wonderful) , and ... when i saw that for July i was finally free the very day of the Complete 24 hours The Clock ... Yes i prepared myself and went ! 

As i did already for my very own exhibit , i write my comments under pictures. Yes ... i know i should not have done it , but .... i took pictures in an hour basis of The Clock . Also like that the ones that "do not" belive that i could stay 24 hours ... Well .... i can prove it ! 





So ...... For those who do not know this work , this is a small explanation : 

The CLOCK (2010)

The Clock is a major cinematic work by New York–based artist Christian Marclay. Winner of the Golden Lion award at the 2011 Venice Biennale, The Clock samples thousands of excerpts from the history of film that indicate the passage of time—from clock towers to wristwatches to buzzing alarm clocks—that the artist has edited together to unfold on the screen in real time as a 24-hour montage.
Called “an abundant, magnificent work” (Financial Times) and “utterly transfixing” (Huffington Post), The Clock is Marclay’s most ambitious moving-image project to date, garnering rave reviews from critics and the public alike since its premiere in 2010, and subsequent presentations at a host of venues worldwide.
It is in effect a clock, but it is made of a 24-hour montage of thousands of time-related scenes from movies and some TV shows, meticulously edited to be shown in "real time": each scene contains an indication of time (for instance, a timepiece, or a piece of dialogue) that is synchronized to show the actual time. The Clock debuted at London's White Cube gallery in 2010.
The Clock has been described as "addictive" and "mesmerizing". The Guardian called it "a masterpiece of our times". In The New York Review of Books, Zadie Smith stated that The Clock "is neither bad nor good, but sublime, maybe the greatest film you have ever seen, and you will need to come back in the morning, in the evening, and late at night, abandoning everything else, packing a sleeping bag, and decamping to the Paula Cooper Gallery until sunrise". Newsweek named Marclay one of the ten most important artists of today.

At the 2011 Venice Biennale, Marclay was recognized as the best artist in the official exhibition, winning the Golden Lion for The Clock. Accepting the Golden Lion, Marclay invoked Andy Warhol, thanking the jury "for giving The Clock its fifteen minutes". The film also won in the "Best Editing" category at the Boston Society of Film Critics Awards 2011.




MY VERY OWN COMMENTS : 



As every marathons, i prepared myself with many food , a pilow a blanket , some very confortable dress and some nice socks . I also had a water spray (brumisator) and many kind of drink. 
Some Red Bull
Some Water
Some Juice 
lot of chocolate bars , many candies , 3 sandwiches , some cakes ...... I was only missing a Tent for camping !!! 


Already i must start with a RED CARD to the Beaubourg Museum !!! Thanks to a fan, i was able "not to do" the very very huge queue. But ..... 

The Clock was starting RIGHT AT 11 am , and ... the museum opened door at ???? 11 am !!!!! 
Come on !!!!! You come all the way to see "all the Clock" and .... time to enter , to run for byuing tickets (yes i really ran!) and after running to go to the room .... i missed the first 3 / 4 minutes !!!! 
And .... i was only the 3rd one to enter !!!!!! 



You can see on this picture that i took when i entered , there was 2 people front of me. 
Of course i knew i was going to stay long , so ..... i took the best place possible ! 
Right in the middle of the Room ! with all my belongings aroung me

Also ... it started with technical problems : 
NO SOUNDS !!!!!! 
and .... it lasted almost 20 minutes ! 



12 AM 


The begining was really amazing , like a typhoon of images and video 
the edit was so much virtuositic 

few people were with me from 5 to 12 


1 PM 

As far as i remember you would see somtime like 15 or more clock per minute ! 

still few people , and the one front of me just left ! so .... i became the 1st one ! 


2 PM 

At this time there was still few people there 
we were ... let say .... 20 ? 


a black thing ??? Yes i even let this image. It helps me to remind that at 2 pm something i felt asleep!
i think i was asleep for 45 minutes as .... 3 o clock was so noisy that it woke pe up 


3 PM 

Every hour was very very noisy , like thunder of clock and ringing ! 
it really makes a tremendous effect ! 


4 PM 


The 4 1st hours are the hardest . As we are not used to watch a non stop movie for so long. And most of the people are leaving within this range. 
At this time you really start to enter in .... there is "no" typical story , as the main caractere is ... the Time itself ! 

Unfortunately the very nice personn who came with me and keep me some line in the queue had to left (family i suppose, only me is stupid enough to put Art front of everything) . I was very happy to see him and to have shared those moments with him and hope to see him soon !! 

As a friend told me, yes this is true that we see a very lot of "clock from train station", but ... there are so many images, so many editing that ... it's ok . It did not even shock me





5 PM 


6 PM 

at this time , more people were coming ! Maybe the end of job for some of them ? 


7 PM 

Yes no more big space. You can see from the pictures themselves ... i really had to share my huge place with 2 other people 




8 PM

At this point , the whole video start not to be "that" good anymore
Normally 8 pm is the time most of the museum and galleries are closing to public , so .... 
Maybe Marcley did not need to be "as much" virtuoso as he used to be ? 

I did not took picture of it , but at this very point, the Clock starts to dissaper for some "stupid" or useless storries . 
Here , no more clock , but on the other hand ..... classical concert ...... 
but .... why ????? 
I would not care much to see classical concerts from cult movies , even ... this is great 
but ... the main problem is that .... we see clock like ... once every 15 minutes ??? 

And ....... this will be for the whole night ! 



at 9 PM & 10 PM i forgot what was the concept , but still .... few clocks .... 
It was no more Classical music , but something .... i really did not appreciate it ! 


Another thing that you can see : Starting from this point it was really really crowded ! 
It was "free" from this point , so more and more people wanted to see the "night things" that they might have missed during the exhibit time. 



Unfortunately i had to share my bench with 3 / 4 more people , and had to get very focused 
as some lady behind me was always mad when i was streatching my muscles ( but come one ! i was the only one to stay since the begining !!! ) 



11 PM

Half the way !!!!! I stayed 12 hours !!! 

I also started to have my 2nd real meal at this point ! 
I ate 1 sandwitch alongside with some RedBull 

But .... still few clocks !!!! the concept was more and more tainted ! 




As you can see ... it is very very very crowdy !!!! 
There were many people on the floor as well , many moves in all directions 


12 PM !!! 
this was the craziest of all the ours
It was extremely noizy and impressive !!!! 
With some bombs explosions and some huge fireworks
The peak point was from the movie V as Vendetta 




many explosions 


more explosions ! 



and more people ! 


1 AM 

Well this hour was for the Movie Nostalgic a very nice gift
There were images as far as i remember from Cocteau "La Belle et la Bete"
Murnau's Nosferatu ... still few clocks .... 





At this point i could not hold anymore and ... when to the bathroom ! 
And .... so many many people were waiting outisde to enter !!!!! 
It was amazing to be in Pompidou Museum and ... no one was here .... like silent .... 
i wonder if the one that could folow until very late my 35 hours non stop Vexations in Palais de Tokyo felt the same way .... 


Fun thing : when i came back .... i .... felt on the floor !!!
There were SOOOOO many people laying down on the floor that i could not even see them and hit their legs ..... i felt bad for the injuried one .
I also still thank the guy who was shared my bench as he kept my place ! 



2 AM ..... and ..... the porn begins !!!! 

Well ... i am a little bit over exagerating

but ... from this point and until 6 am ...... there was one very stupd theme : 
dreams ! 

First legion of people leaving , but more where coming too . 
So .... not very peacefull , and many complains 


Surely erotic dreams and some barely naked women ... 





3 AM 

From here and until 5 or 6 AM the theme were crazy dreams 
almost always the same , like the Dream in Vertigo (i am sure you get what i mean) 
like you are taking drugs ..... 
First time was ok ( still a clock every 15 minutes ) but after 4 or 5 times .... 
COME ON !!!!! WE GOT IT !!!!!!!!!



4 AM 

At this point people started to leave and no one were coming  




5 AM 

Still stupid dreams and few clocks 

3 quarters of the work !!!!!! 




6 PM 

As you can see ..... less and less people ! 

I think from 3/4 we were only 2 to share the bench ! that was much better ! 

The Clock original concept came back , and it was finally more interesting 

I felt furious about this so much stupid and useless night ! 




7 PM 

People were leaving to go to job ! 
We might have been 25 in the room now 

I took there a very nice breakfast ! some biscuits and organge juice ! 


8 PM 





9 PM 

At this point it became as intense and interesting as the start ! 

So .... yes i liked it 


I went to the bathroom and .... since we were so few i did not have to run to keep my place
so ... 

i took some nice pictures of Pompidou in the morning with no one inside ! 









10 PM 
Almost the end !!!!! 
23 hours !!!!! 







And ..... the UNTHINKABLE happen : 

Security people throw everybody away at 10.50 am !!!!!

10 minutes before the end !!!! 

They were saying : we have to close , we open at 11 am 
when ... it was the very last projection ! 
How stupid they can be 









With very very few people we stayed a litte more , standed near the entrance to see the very last minutes


At 10.55 those stupid people turned out the sound !!! 






Some few minutes to go .......... please ...................


at 10.57 they turned everything off !!! 


10.58 they even turned the light on .... 



And ... we had to leave ! 
Deprived from the very very last minutes !!!!! 
HOW FRUSTRATING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Going out at 11 am , this is the queue for the Museum Entrance 


Result ? 


Yes i loved the concept , and the original idea is very good 

From "Museum Opening time' the result is gorgeous and full of virtuosity ! 

After it ? 

Not very interesting 

Trying to organise the Night with concepts such as : 
Orchestral Music 
Explosions 
Dreams 
Sex things 
Only for the sake of 'finishing the work in time" was not not good ! 

I am not a video artist but i really feel that with some 2 or 3 more years of work , the movie could become something tremendous 

But .... few people will see it entirely and in a row , so .... i am sure that i will be the only one to think in this way 

Yes ... if you see 1 or 2 hours it is GREAT , otherwise ..... well ..... i don t think i will go again if i have the chance 


When i saw the movie , in the very same time i posted those pictures on facebook 
I posted one every hour just to proove that i did it and not went away or slept a ong time during the 24 hours 

One friend did a very very interesting comment when he saw them : for him it really DOES look like some "Hour Movie Generator" from Internet , and even ... he recoginsed some pictures ! 
So .... i am quite sure that Marclay might have used this help for his research. But even if he did , it does not put away the fact that it was quite a wonderful work , but ... with ups and downs