AUTHOR: Glenn Riddle

Viewpoint: review of Chopin’s Piano – A Journey through Romanticism

10th February, 2019

Extending our concept of Viewpoints, we present the second of two book reviews by concert reviewer and pianist Glenn Riddle.  Both relate to the instrument he plays – the piano. Paul Kildea’s previous book was the much-lauded and somewhat controversial biography Benjamin Britten: A Life in the Twentieth Century.  Chopin’s Piano – A Journey through…Read More

Book cover depicting lady in blue sitting at a piano

Viewpoint: review of A COVETED POSSESSION

10th February, 2019

Extending our concept of Viewpoints, we present the first of two book reviews by concert reviewer and pianist Glenn Riddle.  Both relate to the instrument he plays – the piano. Michael Atherton’s A Coveted Possession traces the socio-cultural history of the piano in Australia.  It is a history that began auspiciously when, in 1788, the…Read More

The Eulogy

22nd August, 2018

Janine Hosking’s documentary The Eulogy had its world premiere screening during the recent Melbourne International Film Festival. Focusing on the life of Australian concert pianist Geoffrey Tozer, whose career began as a prodigiously gifted wunderkind, it had three sold-out screenings. As so often happens, Tozer’s career in adulthood never quite fulfilled the promise of his early…Read More

Master of her craft

22nd June, 2018

When MRC CEO Euan Murdoch introduced Anne-Sophie Mutter on-stage as “music royalty” this was no mere publicist’s hyperbole. Mutter’s career began as a 13-year old wunderkindunder the mentorship of the twentieth century’s most celebrated conductor Herbert von Karajan, performing and recording with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Mutter has sustained a stellar career ever since, most…Read More

Masterclass

19th January, 2018

Throughout history there have always been stellar, distinctively inimitable, executants of various artistic disciplines. It falls however to just a small handful of performing artists to have truly transformed their art-forms: Vaslav Nijinsky, Glenn Gould, Niccolò Paganini, perhaps Marlon Brando, but most definitely the Greek-American soprano Maria Callas. Opera post-Callas was never the same, and…Read More