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There are many collaborations I'd like to explore. One is to co-write a rap concerto with Eminem.
When you play a concerto with a small orchestra, you don't feel it is as important as Carnegie Hall. You try to work out all the little problems. Once that's all done, trust comes in.
You get more nervous in front of a lot of people. That's why, when you play a concerto, you play with a small orchestra, in some place where you don't feel that it is as important as Carnegie Hall.
The cello is a hero because of its register - its tenor voice. It is a masculine instrument, whereas the violin is feminine because of its soprano pitch. When the cello enters in the Dvorak Concerto, it is like a great orator.
In my piano concerto I developed this polyphony to much higher complexity.
The way it works: The orchestra plays a few selections of its own and I terminate the first part of the programme on piano, usually with a movement from a Mozart concerto.
Even if you're playing Brahms or a Beethoven concerto, you've got to have a different vantage point, slightly, each time.
I'd forget the piece just before I went out to do the concerto, the panic was too great. This was not anything that gave me pleasure. This was fulfilling somebody else's dream.
Harmony is pure love, for love is a concerto.
Lope de Vega
It's nice not to have the majority of the attention on me like there is when playing a concerto with an orchestra.
Do you know that my very first experience as a composer was a 'Concerto for Accordion?'
This kind of prelude was succeeded by the concerto itself which he executed with a degree of spirit and firmness that no one has ever pretended to equal.
At the end of the competition, I played the Liszt concerto and I felt my head was on the block. Well, I won.
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