Friday, April 20, 2012

Russian with a French accent?

Everyone speaks with an accent of some sort. There are those with a keen ear that can place a person with a great deal of accuracy.

Accents in speech yes, but in music? I remember hearing some recordings of one of my favorite composers Alexander Scriabin and the effect of the music was blunted somehow. It was if the accent - the idiom wasn't correct. Maybe it was because the pianist was English and all the Scriabin I had heard was by pianists born in Russia. On the Piano this Sunday two pianists with French backgrounds, Alain Lefevre and Francois-Frederic Guy,  play music of Russia - music of Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff to be precise. You can check for accent authenticity on the Piano this Sunday afternoon at 5 on KPAC and KTXI.

host, Randy Anderson

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