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Glenn Gould the Anniversary

D Major Tv presents: The Glenn Gould Anniversaries

20 May 2017 -From 10 am to 10 pm – we celebrate #LiveStreaming the iconic canadian pianist Glenn Gould, from D Major TV studio with The Glenn Gould Foundation.

The pianists associated that plays on a Fazioli Pianoforti F 228 model are:

Elena PiccioneAlessandro VenaLuca Truccolo pianistaGiovanni Alvinoand Alida Altemburg

The repertoires include pieces from Gould’s discography:

Bach Prelude and Fugues, Brahms Sonatas, Mozart and more…

You can also help D Major TV and support here:

2017 is Canada’s 150th birthday, and will be an occasion for all Canadians to celebrate with pride, both at home and around the world.

But 2017 is also a year of landmarks in the life and career of Canada’s most internationally celebrated artist, Glenn Gould.

You can support the events and donate to The Glenn Gould Foundation here

  • the 85th anniversary of Glenn Gould’s birth
  • the 70th anniversary of Gould’s debut with the Toronto Symphony at age 15
  • the 60th anniversary of Gould’s historic Russia tour, when he became the first major Western artist to perform in the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War, and made such a powerful impression that he changed the lives of a generation of Russian musicians
  • the 60th anniversary of Gould’s first concert with the Berlin Philharmonic under Herbert von Karajan
  • the 60th anniversary of Gould’s debut in Vienna
  • the 60th anniversary of Gould’s first concert with the New York Philharmonic under Leonard Bernstein
  • the 60th anniversary of Gould’s first concert with the San Francisco Symphony
  • the 60th anniversary of Gould’s first concert with the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell
  • the 50th anniversary of Glenn Gould’s ground-breaking experimental “contrapuntal” radio documentary, The Idea of North, created as a CBC Centennial project
  • the 40th anniversary of NASA’s launch of the Voyager I space probe (which is now 11 billion miles from earth), containing the “Golden Record” – a musical snapshot of the best of the world’s music, featuring Glenn Gould playing Bach
  • the 35th Anniversary of Glenn Gould’s death

Stay tuned on D Major Page on May 20th for celebrate the great canadian pianist Glenn Gould!

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D Major Tv presents: The Glenn Gould Anniversaries

A New York Icon: The Bandshell Naumburg Orchestral Concert

Ecco Orchestra


Hello music lovers, today I have the great pleasure to host in my website “The Naumburg Orchestral Concert” from NYC.


I was immediatly fascinated by the history beyond the BandShell as one for the most beautiful New York Icon.

I contact the Naumburg over the web, on Instagram, and I asked them some questions about the Foundation and some new project. I would like to thanks Mr. Christopher London for his willingness and kindness.

Let’s start with the history of the Bandshell, the amazing construction located in Central Park.


The outstanding Bandshell was made by Elkan Naumburg (1835–1924) a New York City, banker, philanthropist and musicologist best remembered for his sponsorship of the arts in Manhattan.


One hundred years ago, in 1905, Elkan Naumburg saw the need of presenting free symphonic concerts in Central Park. As a result, the concerts that bear his name have been performed there almost without interruption ever since. In 1924 the New York Times wrote:

Mr. Naumburg was the first, and for many years the only patron of music to give free concerts in the Parks to the people of New York, defraying all the expense and supervising all the details, including the selection of programs and soloists.

Originally the concerts did not have a board of trustees, Elkan just underwrote the costs. Initially, and for many years, concerts were principally provided on national holidays. By 1916, the New York Times began to describe the events as Naumburg Concerts. In 1922, a board was formed to run the concerts.

Tellingly, its name was the People’s Music Foundation. However, in 1958, the current title of Naumburg Orchestral Concerts was settled upon. Worries about its communist sounding name, generated by the concert’s legal counsel, long-standing board member and family friend Peter H. Weil, may have encouraged the change. Or, as a letter of January 1959 from Walter W. Naumburg states, it was merely the result of now having seven Naumburg family members on the Concerts board. In any case, after 1924, Elkan’s memory was always specifically honored in the concert program’s musical choices and notes. Each year’s series also marked his death date with a special concert. In more recent times this custom has been abandoned, along with a change to mostly weekday concerts.

The Knights A violinist silhouetted against the Naumburg Bandshell at this orchestra’s outdoor concert, broadcast live on WQXR from Central Park on Tuesday evening. Credit Joshua Bright for The New York Times

The Knights A violinist silhouetted against the Naumburg Bandshell at this orchestra’s outdoor concert, broadcast live on WQXR from Central Park on Tuesday evening. Credit Joshua Bright for The New York Times


Let’s start with the interiview with Dr. London


When and where “Naumburg Orchestral Concerts” started. I’m really fascinated about the history of the family, and especially about the founder Mr. Elkan Naumburg. Would you like to tell something more about this incredible journey?


I think you might wish to look at this link – which connects you to our 100th Anniversary History Booklet on the Naumburg Orchestral Concerts.  It was published in 2005.  The concerts began in 1905.

If you download this Booklet – it will answer many of the questions you ask.


During the Naumburg Orchestra’s history you hosted most of the major musicians all over the world ( conductors, pianists, violinists, singers…) and I would like to ask you if there is an event in particular, something ( ex. a concert)  in which you are particularly fond of, or an anecdote, which concerns a concert or an artist that moved your soul.


I have been running the concerts for 24 years now – the 100th anniversary was a very big year for us –

I was particularly moved by the twins Christina & Michelle Naughton – identical twin sisters, when they performed a few years ago – 2014- – a piano duo – as when they were interviewed by WQXR they really seemed so linked to one another, that they seemed finish each others sentences when they were interviewed.

Their performance was equally tight and connected.


I follow the Naumburg on Social Media and I discover a lot of events! So, would you like to tell to our readers what’s next in the beautiful frame of the Bandshell in Central Park this season?


Our next concert is 2 August 2016, and we shall have ECCO perform that evening – with a new composition by Pierre Jalbert – written for them – on the program.


I saw a news on the New York Times that talks about a fundraising for Central Park and for the Bandshell too ( correct me if I’m wrong) and I just wondering if is possible to support the cause and where.

Yes, the Central Park Conservancy is having another Fund Raising Campaign, and now people can restrict their gifts to be directed to the ‘restoration of the Naumburg Bandshell’ – specifically – if they wish.  They would need to write that on their donation submission form.  Its restoration will be included in this larger campaign’s efforts.


Here the great inscription directly form NYC by Dr. Christoper W.London Naumburg


Inscription for

If you visit the Big Apple, don’t forget to take a look on Naumburg Orchestral Concert in Central Park!

The Naumburg Orchestral Concerts are performed at the Naumburg Bandshell, which is located in Central Park just south of the Bethesda Terrace between 66th and 72nd streets. You can enter the park at Fifth Avenue and 72nd Street and follow Terrace Drive to the Bethesda Terrace and turn left or enter the park at Central Park West and 72nd Street and follow Terrace Drive to Bethesda Terrace and turn right.

Here you can find some interesting links:


Official Site:




You can also support the Naumburg Orchestral Concerts here:

When Vincent (Corver) meets Vincent (Van Gogh) the music beyond the painting

Vincent Corver Interview

Hello music and art lovers!

Today I have the great pleasure to host in my website the super talented composer and pianist Vincent Corver. We met on Instagram a few months ago, and we started to talk about music and arts (… How I love technology!!! You can always find “precious” people!). So here we go, just some lines of introductions and let’s start with the interview.

Vincent is an International Award-Winning Concert Pianist & Producer and he was nominated for the 2013 Grammy Awards for his Warner Music CD recording of the Steve Reich arrangement “Piano Counterpoint”, published by Boosey & Hawkes.

His recordings and performances received global, five-star acclaim from The Gramophone Magazine, BBC Music Magazine, The Guardian, The Independent, American Record Guide & many others.  His Debut CD on the CPO label received the “Diapason D’Or Record Award” in 2009. In November 2013, Corver wrote the music to the film “One Moment” by Alex Klim, winning Triple Platinum at the Marcom Film Awards, including 1 Platinum and 2 Gold Awards at the AVA Digital Digital Awards.

There is also a particular thing that fascinated me so much, about one of latest work of Vincent Corver the amazing work he made about Vincent van Gogh. The clue was in their first names. For the eyes, legendary Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh’s painting came to life on a big screen. For the ears, Grammy-nominated concert pianist Vincent Corver’s piece, unsurprisingly titled Vincent, pulled the audience into a mesmerising melody.  “Music in synergy with animated painting film projections” a commissioning project by the Dutch government on the 125th Anniversary of the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh and you can watch it on line (just click the pictures below)

Vincent and Vincent


Hello Vincent and thanks a lot for accepting this interview. We are met on Instagram, and my first question is about your relationship with Social Media.

I truly appreciate social media a lot. Perhaps more so than some of my artistic friends would dare to admit. I guess some may observe the “social media frenzy” as something that may appear as superficial, condemning the era of the “selfie” and everything that surrounds an obsessive nature of those who choose to flee from reality into an addictive, alluring façade of fictitious imagery. I personally strongly believe the strength of social media is in the introduction of something greater. A springboard which may lead to a genuine source of inspiration, if used properly. I believe Instagram has a nature that allows individuals and companies to communicate in a unique manner through visual content unlike any other social media platform.

How did you start with your passion for the piano?

I had a dream at the age of 5, winning a piano competition and receiving a grand piano as the winner’s price. It was at this moment I decided to be a concert pianist. I never deviated from the commitment to achieve this.

What advice can you give to a young person who wants to pursue concert pianist career?

The same advice I’m giving to all my students, to enjoy the journey and not to focus too much on the destination. There are no shortcuts to becoming a great musician. A lot of passion and simply the right work ethics are vital to any musician’s existence. It is all about committing to the difficulties but in the meantime finding the relaxation required to solve the complex problems without too much tension. A simultaneous two-way dedicated process of approach versus release constitutes the very ‘Art of Listening’. The moment one achieves is the moment one lets go. There is no given recipe to success nor fame, other than to persevere in sharing one’s talent and musical creations. I believe to be amazing shall always attract amazing.

Vincent Corver Interview

Click the photo and go to the Official Instagram Page of Vincent! :D



How important is, for a pianist, the technique and how important is the heart when you play?

One can play with a 100% heart, but without an excellent technique there will be no excellent piano performance. Perhaps a fine musician may also achieve for both heart and technique to melt into one. In a way where both cannot be distinguished from each other and where the artist actually ‘becomes’ the composer itself.

You favourite classical composer and a contemporary one.

I believe most musicians will always have special connections with certain pieces, but to point out a favourite composer is almost like pointing out your favourite colour. As a 6-year old boy I was most fascinated by J.S. Bach and the wonderful orchestral music by Igor Stravinsky. I have had the privilege of working with some wonderful musicians, composers and artists in my life, most importantly the composer Steve Reich, who I hold very close to my heart.

Vincent Corver Technique

Click the pictures and watch the video “The Past, Present & Future is Now” A Short Film Produced by Nyk Schmalz on the track “Levitation” by Vincent Corver & Cleemen Skillberg.


I saw on your website that you recently participated on a  project fro commemorationg the 125th Anniversary after the Death of the Dutch Painter “Vincent van Gogh”! Would you like to tell to our readers something more about this wonderful experience?

Yes, I was approached by the Dutch Government in Qatar to write a piece commemorating the 125th Anniversary after the Death of Vincent van Gogh. My mother is a professional painter and holding being a life-long admirer of Van Gogh’s work, she named me after him. I felt this artistic journey was a perfect opportunity to do something I always wanted – synergising the arts together in a single live experience in front of an audience. The piece is a part improvisation which is performed live in sync to an animated video-projection of the Van Gogh Sunflowers painting. The painting starts from scratch as an empty canvas together with the first notes of the piece and gradually develops itself into completion whereafter the piece ends. The brush–strokes are accompanied with the moving lines in the music. Vincent van Gogh’s life despair, loneliness, sickness, but also devotion to his art may be recognised in the music, starting with a single repeated G, moving up through various chord sequences in g minor versus G Major (Happy vs Sad) and the G of Van Gogh.

Vincent Corver Interview


What do you do in your  spare time?

I’m an active Music Producer and composer thus free time is limited, although I truly enjoy being outdoors in Switzerland’s beautiful nature. I’m a fencer, I love to bike and play tennis.

A book you’ve read recently read and a museum that you visited?

I’m actually a very fond writer. Earlier this month I received two official global publications of my written work, one for the European Council for High Ability — ECHA and the other as a co-author at the TESOL International Association on a book called: “New Ways in Teaching With Music”. I feel fortunate things are moving in the right direction. I’m currently in preparation of writing my upcoming book; “Facing the Music”.

Secret dreams and future projects? Where we will see you in future?

That is a very hard question as there have been so many fortunate, unexpected changes in my life over the recent years. I believe the best opportunity is always the next one. I try to work as hard as I can but I don’t always have a rigid plan or strategy. Life truly hold beautiful, unexpected surprises and by sharing one’s creations through various different creative avenues, new challenges with renewed possibility for success may appear simply in front of you. For me personally, it’s all about making a difference, keep redefining myself as an artist, keep writing and keep reaching out to those who have a willingness to exchange thoughts and ideas. “Curiosity is King!”


All best wishes, dear Alida. I hope your website and artistic sharing will be a continued success.
You can follow Vincent on his website here:
Vincent Corver Official YouTube

Alida Signature Picture


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