lundi 29 septembre 2014

Therese Brenet Recording - pics & new videos

My dear friends

On a previous post (CLICK HERE) i shared some infos about my very first recording !

Therese Brenet : Le Visionnaire 

Very recently I was able to take back a lot of pictures from my "dead" Iphone (3! so it is quite old), and there were many that were made during this recording, and ... i never shared them on any social media.

But .... THE reason that gave me the will to do it , is to discover that the cd label shared on youtube a lot of tracks from this cd .

So before the funny pictures, i am sharing with you those audio files

Dans l'Or Vibrant du Désert , for piano and violin

Le Visionnaire for alto saxophone viola and piano 

and my favorite : le Boustophédron for flute clarinet violin cello and piano 

Now the pictures : 

It was my first pro classical recording , so .... do not get mad after the almost naive photos or comments :)

Arrival to the Studio 
It was in banlieu , so .... far away from Paris ! 

The outside was nice 
and pretty big. 

The studio was very well known in the 80's for some cult french bands

The studio has everything necessary !
Preparing all the equipments 
start to see how it looks like
micro are getting installed 
Dear Paul supervising 

micro tests

Scores on the piano for the "very contemporary" piece of Brenet (Boustophedron) 

First take 

Boustophedron takes 

micro improvements

last minute change
warming up the next piece

a pause, time to take coffee and some candies
we can see from the outisde it s wonderful concrete structure

a nice loby

and an even nicer listening room 
the army of mic

Now some pictures of the recording itself 

listening time 

i was lucky to do it with my good childhood frend and excellent celist Marc Zorgnoti ! 

bye bye nice piano .... 

I really hope you liked those pictures and the samples , and that they will give you the desire to deep your knowledge about Brenet, a composer really to keep an eye on (even if next year she will turn 80!)

vendredi 26 septembre 2014

The French Avant Garde of the XX century double album OUT NOW !

The French Avant Garde of the XX century double album 


Yes ! It has been released , and this time very fast ! THE cd with my very first recording of a Debussy piece ! 
Well .... i see you might think :"What ? after the recordings he did and with all the other pieces , he is stuck with Debussy?" 
You might be right on this, but ... as a frenchy (or an arogant frog as my lovely friends from Aussie used to call me for fun) Debussy is really an important composer. Also the love of his music came only some years ago, and ... i still remember Maestro Entremont mumbeling after me "loosing time" as he used to say with Liszt & Satie while Debussy was waiting for me ! 

Canope is also a very dear piano piece, as far as i remember, this is the very 1st Debussy piece i teached. 

Also Jean Catoire & Olivier Greif are World Premiere on recording ! 

But .... This is NOT the only thing why the program i play on it is so dear to me. 
In fact, beside Jean Catoire, the other pieces are pieces i have been performing since the very first recitals i did 6 years ago ! (well as you can guess reading this post, no, i am not a prodigee !) 

So let stop the crap , this is the whole program and ... it rocks !! On bold, the pieces i am perfoming ! 


Disc 1:

1. Claude Debussy Canope (1909)
2. Erik Satie Trois morceaux en forme de poire (1903)
3. Guillaume Apollinaire Le Pont Mirabeau (1913)
4. Marcel Duchamp Musical Erratum (1913)
5. Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes Le Nombril interlope (1920)
6. Jean (Hans) Arp Strassburgkonfiguration (1931)
7. Francis Picabia La Nourrice américaine (1920)
8. Arthur Honegger Pacific 231 (1923)
9. Jean Cocteau Les Voleurs d'Enfants (1929)
10. Robert Desnos Relation d'un rêve (1938)
11-16. L'Album des Six (1920)
17-20. Dane Rudhyar Tetragram #3 (Rebirth) (1927)
21. Olivier Greif 2nd Hommage à Raymond Roussel (1971)

Disc 2:

1. Olivier Messiaen Cantéyodjayâ (1949)
2-6. Pierre Schaeffer Cinq études de bruits (1948)
7. Pierre Henry La Voile d'Orphée (1953)
8. Edgard Varèse Poème électronique (1958)
9. Pierre Boulez Sonatine, pour flûte et piano (1946)
10. Jean Catoire Opus 145 (1969)
11. Philippe Hersant La lande (2001)

2xCD booklet features archive images and detailed historical notes. Also available as a digital download.

My tacks had been recorded by the fantastic Nikolaos Samaltanos , and ... he did a WONDERFUL job !!!! 

Also ..... to my greatest pleasure, Maestro Philippe HERSANT who received a copy of the cd was really really please with my performance and said : 

"Un grand merci et un grand bravo à vous ! Votre interprétation de la lande, dans ce tempo très lent, presque dilaté, est vraiment impressionnante !"

So ..... poorly translated by me, it would be ! 

A great thank and a great bravo to you! Your rendering of La Lande in this very slow tempo, almost dilated is really impressive ! 

héhé ! Yes it makes my day, as i am a huge fan of the music of Philippe Hersant (he is the very first french alive composer i choose to perform on concert) ! 

Now to make this post more complete and also a bit funny, i share with you some pictures from the recording cession. 
Nothing special you would say, but .... not so much ! 

In fact i have a little gem : 'How i did the Duchamp' 

As you might know, the Duchamp Erratum Music is a Random Piece

Here a little video of me performing it in Italy some years ago. 

I normally don't like the aproach : "i took by random the notes, put on a score and do the concert after" 

Well ... my aproach was more radical : i am writting all the piano 88 keys on 88 little papers, put on a jar and someone during my performance is puttng the papers front of me. 

But .... on recording ..... how to keep the "real random" process ? 

My idea was quite simple : 

I took a "number random generator" on internet : set up for a result of 88 numbers never repeating. 

I set them on 3 huges papers so i can see well the numbers. 

Also on the piano, i put number 1 to 88 , a sicker every 5 number 

After 2 try , Mr Samaltanos got the perfect idea : to add a "light metronome" to make it really perfect , as .... with the piece going on ... even if i kept the same touch, the tempo was not "so much" perfect. 

And .... to add a "last minute" random touch, i changed (at random) the page order 

Now you know all the little secrets about this recording session !

News !

My dear friends !

So long time i did not took care of my blog !

In fact as many might have seen, i had been more effective with the other blog, the one dedicated to the GlassWorlds.

The last 6 months had been extremely busy :

1 more cd had been relesed the French Avant Garde

5 had been recorded :

X for Henry Flynt
the French Avant Garde
and 3 more volumes of the Complete Glass

also a little track from a Waller portrait (a piece dedicated to me)

I had been working a lot , on preparing more concerts, masterclasses in Tallinn alongside with concerts everyday with ... of course different repertoire everytime !
the 5 Liszt concertos with the Monte Carlo Orchestra, concert that was postponned at the very very last minute ......

Also some great concerts with my SAI Ensemble and now i am preparing the rest.

Anyway, i will end this "return" post with a great new !

The 1st Volume of the Complete Glass at Naxos will be released

Early March for USA & UK

and End of March for the rest of the world !

Yes a new season is starting with great new projects coming ! GlassWorlds will be on tour starting in November ! Plus some orchestra concerts as well !

Some might have seen, i also took care of my Instagram acount as well , posting some fun pictures

I am very please to write to you again , and i thank you so much to be there folowing my activities !

I hope to have the pleasure to meet you numerous at my forthcoming concerts !

Yours !


mercredi 23 avril 2014

Entering studio tomorrow !

Tomorow is THE great day i was preparing for quite a time now.

In fact for 3 days i will enter in studio to record as much as possible the Glass project.

Luckily i did the Palais de Glass some days ago, and to perform all the Glass music in a row really helps to understand his music.

Of course nothing new under the sky. The very first time i heard such a thing, i was still 18.
Gerard Frémy who was my maestro at this time, requested that i read H. Nehaus "Art of Piano". And ... in it Nehaus used to say that to be able to understand well 1 Beethoven sonata, a pianist has to play all the Beethoven Sonatas. I guess .... this is how the "complete" challenge started...

Tonight, nothing special, only piano practice, and make sure everything is just perfect in the way i see it.
Also trying to make some improvement.

I specially think about all those "avant garde" Philip Glass pieces. After all those talk with all the great composers i met this year, all the pieces i had the honor to permiere and perform... my musical vision and understanding changed quite a lot !

And .... while i was doing the Palais de Glass, i was extremely surprised to see that my understanding of all those pieces (Music in 5th, 2 pages, 600 lines ...) changed TOTALLY !

Really far away from the "very flat" rendering you can listen to my youtube page (from the 1st Glass Marathon, in Paris - Collège des Bernardins). At this time i was playing it "like the electric organ" Glass and his Ensemble are using all the time.
You have something flat, somehow nice, but .... well ... i did not got it .....

When i was performing it.... i got a strange idea .... why in earth Glass would link the notes by 2 / 3 & 4 if it was simply to perform them in the very same way (as the Glass Ensemble is doing).
Since i was on piano, i think...... and if ...... if i would do accent at the begining of each link ....
So i did ... it was quite painfull for my muscle stamina but ... ho God .... the "simple" piece got new energy , more power and something harsh .... like those ritual danses ....
And ... public was really into it as well !!!

Anyway this is what we are aiming to record for the forthcoming days (3 complete days) :

Glass Vol #2 : The Metamorphosis
(Metamorphosis + Trilogy Sonata + 2 pages ...)

Glass Vol #3 : The Love
(OST from The Hours + Modern Love Waltz + Music in 5th...)

Glass Vol #4 : The Madness
(Mad Rush + 600 lines)

+ a LaMonte Young album for SubRosa Record

+ 1 piece of Michael Vincent Waller (dedicated to me ^^ )  for the cd : The South Shore  at XI Records

+ 1 piece of Olivier Greif for a  French avant garde music album at LTM Recordings

+ 1 Jaan Rääts Sonata to use for a sampler ......

Quite a busy schedule !!!!!!!! I won't have time to make much jokes or video this time !!!!!

For those who are wondering ..... Yes yes yes the Glass Vol #1 The Opening is now finally complete !
I am really amazed by the Nikolaos Samaltanos job ! It really has NOTHING to compare with the Liszt album i did.
And ... Nikolaos was SO right . We did so well to really take our time to work on the sound to make this 1st volume as great as possible. I am extremely proud of it, and very soon i will handle the final version !
Since Nikolaos is a real maniac, we worked on both the HD Surround mix & on HD Sterero mix !
Both will be different and both are great ! (in term of Equal colors, not for the music of course ! ).

But .... yes there is a but .... Naxos won't be very happy. They requested a 62 to 68 min max for each cd. And ... the Vol #1 is .... +/- 80 minutes .......

The video is also ready ! Exept something really really great on Fall 2014 !!!!!!!!

to finish it well .... a nice picture of my best supporter ! 

lundi 21 avril 2014

Interview on National Radio Ukraine ! With sample from Pärt Lamentate & Rääts Sonata #10

My dear friends.

If you are Arvo Part or/& Jaan Raats fans, a very good new ! 
Today (21.04.2014) at 16:35 Kiev time, an interview of me will be displayed on National Radio Ukraine (first channel).

The very interesting point of it is that you will be able to listen to 2 live broadcast !
Arvo Pärt Lamentate for piano & orchestra (from the 20th Feb 2014 concert in Kiev)
and Jaan Raats Sonata #10 (from the 17th Feb concert still in Kiev ) 

a link :

Wishing you a fantastic listen, and hope you will enjoy my 2 fav Estonian Composers !!

mercredi 2 avril 2014

Palais de Glass : complete program ! And many updates !

My dear friends, let me share with you the newly updated program of the forthcoming "Palais de Glass" ( the World Premiere of GlassWorlds in Palais de Tokyo ) concert this 11th of April. 

As you will see, i choose to display the homages in alphabetical order, with the first letter a "H" . Nothing to do with my name (i am not this much pretentious), but on the other hand, i choose this letter because it follows our dear Glass own name 1st letter.

Another very "funny" thing, is that the very last homage on the list, is also the very first one that i ever received : Kyle Gann 's Going to Bed, when the project was still an ambryo 3 years ago. Also the piece name is just a perfect one to close such an event 

Another very "funny" thing, is that the very last homage on the list, is also the very first one that i ever received : Kyle Gann 's Going to Bed, when the project was still an ambryo 3 years ago. Also the piece name is just a perfect one to close such an event 

Also, i just found out that our great Francophone Piano Website "Piano Bleu" just did a very nice article about the concert : do not hesitate to visit it !

Of course : the official website of the event :      GlassWorlds Link

and a facebook event page as well :  Facebook Event Page

And to conclude it , Yes Yes Yes !!! My official webpage nicolashorvath.Com is updated !!! 
We are also building a new website to go alongside with the release of the Glass Edition @ Naxos - Grand Piano 
but meanwhile to get fresh news , i also finally open a Pro Page on Facebook : Nicolas Page on Facebook 

All the very best , and hope to see you all next Friday in Palais de Tokyo !!!! 

mercredi 19 mars 2014

Kiev Febuary 2014 ... From Valentine to War ........

My dear friends

As you know last feb, i had the honor to be invited at 2 Festivals in Kiev.
Program was huge 1 complete recial , 1 Night of Minimal Piano , a Premiere of Pärt Lamentate for piano & orchestra ...
Success was incredible , and from 3 concerts , i had 6 !
And last recital was the 17th ... in Maydan Square .... some little hours before ....

But little i knew that ....

Some of my Kiev Friends did a little video about everything that was going on at this time , and asked me the permission to use some music from the recital program.

After we were able to locate a recording that made of this recital (my video cam was broken), and unfortunately it was not 'usable" as we could hear the sounds of explosions and weapons fire ..... (i still can't belive i did not hear anything when i performed !!!! i was almost shocked when i listened to the recording !!! To bad it was the best Rääts performance ....)

So we used from my archive older recordings with the very same program (Philip Glass Etudes 1 / 6 / 7 )

here the video : 

When i will have time, i will take time to write about this Kiev experience that really changed my life .... as many students who listened to my story told me that i really have to share it...