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Bach concerto performance with the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra in review 

published in the Standard Times (New Bedford):

The second gem was Johann Sebastian Bach’s Concerto for Cembalo No. 4 in A Major, BWV 1055. For this segment the battery of wind and percussion players left the stage, leaving two dozen string players and one harpsichord, played by Paul Cienniwa, known locally for his mastery of his instrument and for his musical leadership of the NBSO Chorus. Before the concert, I put a similar question to Cienniwa, and he was quick to respond that the Larghetto (middle)… Read more

'Entrancing Showpieces' features Cienniwa 

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

Rare harpsichord recital links music and scholarship 

From the archives:

February 1998


Rare harpsichord recital links music and scholarship

By Justin Urcis for the Yale Herald

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

Review: NBSO offers another dazzler 

SouthCoastToday.com
By Laurie Robertson-Lorant Contributing writer 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

Early Music Thursdays resumes 

The Music of First Church Boston announces Early Music Thursdays

Thursdays, 12:15-12:45pm, February 13, 20 and 27; April 24; May 1 and 8

donations accepted

First Church in Boston is handicapped accessible

For more information, visit http://www.firstchurchboston.org

 

About the series...

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

Breakfast with Paul: In Memorium 

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 bookRead more

Website update 

After much delay, I've finally rebuilt my website. Enjoy!

A review from my past life... 

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!

The Celtic Music Fan, June 1, 2013

Band: Baal Tinne
Album: The Haunting
Musicians in the album:
Noel Rice
Cathleen Rice-Halliburton
Matt Sundstrom
Paul Cienniwa

Year of release: 1994

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By Heart: internalizing music 

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

You can visit the blog here: www.internalizingmusic.blogspot.com.

If you're interested in the topic, be sure to sign up for email alerts via the "follow by email" box on the blog.

KRCB interview 

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! 

Click here to listen to the interview: http://media.krcb.org/podcasts/curtain_call/Curtain_Call_20130503.mp3

(I start at about 15', following a strange juxtaposition with YoungRead more
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