On Sunday afternoon, the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra presents "Entrancing Showpieces" at St. Julie Billiart Church in North Dartmouth. The concert opens with Alberto Ginastera's "Variaciones Concertantes," which features demanding solos from many of the orchestra's principal players. Featured guest artist harpsichordist Paul Cienniwa will then treat concertgoers to the elegance and profundity of Bach's Concerto No. 4 for Harpsichord. Cienniwa has a burgeoning career as a soloist, recording artist and… Read more
This October, baroque violinist Dorian Komanoff Bandy and I will be embarking on a three-concert series entitled "Bach Explored," with concerts in Boston and New Bedford. (For more information on the venues and dates, see: http://paulcienniwa.com/itinerary)
For some musicians, a recital demands more preparation than practice. When a rare instrument like the harpsichord is involved, even a certain amount of research is even required for the performance. After the harpsichord was gradually displaced by the piano in the 18th century, it remained in a state of neglect for over a hundred years--until it was rediscovered in the 20th… Read more
SouthCoastToday.com By Laurie Robertson-Lorant
February 12, 2014 12:00 AM
The first half of Saturday's program featured Suite #2 from Manuel de Falla's spirited ballet score "The Three-Cornered Hat," and Joaquin Rodrigo's soulful Concierto de Aranjuez — two works whose flirtations with the sexy harmonic minor evoke the exotic cross-cultural currents of Al Andalus. There the Spaniards, gypsies, Greeks, Moors and Jews mingled their musical DNA despite their precarious,… Read more
Boston has long been known for its important role in the modern harpsichord revival and in the world of "early music." First Church in Boston continues this revival with a series of Thursday… Read more
A number of readers have enjoyed my Breakfast with Paul blog with the Fall River Herald News. The online version of the newspaper recently underwent some changes, and, consequently, all of my previous posts disappeared. Also, the new blog writer does not allow for video embedding. If you were a regular reader, you know that embedded videos were a big part of my "guides to classical music."
Thus, I've discontinued writing for the Herald News. In the meantime, I'll be spending more time on getting my book… Read more
In the early 90's, I played with Baal Tinne, a Chicago-based Irish semi-traditional band. I came upon this review yesterday of an album we released in 1994. If I'm not mistaken, the recording came out in cassette and CD. Now, you can download it. We're gonna party like it's 1994!
When I was in Chicago in April to rehearse the Bach Violin Sonatas with Rachel Barton Pine for this month's Boston Early Music Festival, we recorded a podcast for her "Violin Adventures" series. The topic was "To Memorize or Not To Memorize, That is the Question."
As many of you know, performing solo repertoire from memory is a topic that has become very important to me. Over the past year or so, a number of audience members and colleagues have asked about how I memorize. In order to respond to this, I've created a blog, By Heart: internalizing music.
In advance of my performances last week in Sonama County, CA, I was interviewed on KRCB Radio's Curtain Call, a weeky show presented by Charles Sepos--who, I was really happy to learn, had studied harpsichord with Eiji Hashimoto at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. How fortuitous!