Today in El Paso all the planes are asleep on the runway. The world is in a delay. All the political consultants drinking whiskey keep their heads down, lifting them only to look at the beautiful scarred waitress who wears typewriter keys as a necklace. They jingle when she brings them drinks. Outside the giant plate glass windows the planes are completely covered in snow, it piles up on the wings. I feel like a mountain of cell phone chargers. Each of the various faiths of our various fathers keeps us only partly protected. I don’t want to talk on the phone to an angel. At night before I go to sleep I am already dreaming. Of coffee, of ancient generals, of the faces of statues each of which has the eternal expression of one of my feelings. I examine my feelings without feeling anything. I ride my blue bike on the edge of the desert. I am president of this glass of water.
Aclamado de forma entusiástica, o jovem pianista inglês Benjamin Grosvenor tornou-se, aos onze anos, o mais novo «Jovem Músico do Ano» eleito pela BBC. Passada uma década, em 2014, Grosvenor atuava nos BBC Proms, protagonizando a estreia mundial de Day Break Shadows Flee, de Judith Weir. A facilidade com que circula entre diferentes reportórios encontra-se patente no álbum Dances – em que junta peças de Bach, Chopin, Scriabin e Granados – que valeu da revista Gramophone a declaração: «poderá muito bem ser um dos pianistas mais notáveis do nosso tempo».
O programa previsto inclui Mendelssohn, Chopin, Ravel e Liszt. Encores logo se vê. Quanto ao vídeo abaixo...
Benjamin Grosvenor playing Chopin's Ballade no. 1, Mompou's Paisajes, 2 Medtner Fairy Tales, Ravel's Valses nobles et sentimentales, the Gounod-Liszt Faust Waltz, and two encores, live in 2014. Timing below. I think he's one of the most exciting young pianists playing today.
Composer Missy Mazzoliand her ensembleVictoire have teamed up with percussionist Glenn Kotche (of Wilco), synth producerLorna Duneand virtuosic vocalists Mellissa Hughes, Martha Cluver and Virginia Warnken (of Roomful of Teeth) to record Mazzoli’s expansive new work, Vespers for a New Dark Age. Over two years in the making, Vespers for a New Dark Age is a brazen interpretation of the vespers prayer service that replaces the customary sacred verses with poems by Matthew Zapruder.