Welcome to the website of Brenda Bunyan GRSM ARCM

 

Welcome to my website.

On these pages you will find information and inspiration about learning the piano.

  • For information on my background and teaching history, please view the About page
  • For information on cost of lessons, please view the Teaching page
  • For information on Associated Board exams please see the Associated Board exams page
  • To contact me please see the information at the right hand side or view the Contact page

I look forward to working with you very soon!

Brenda

 

Graduate of the Royal Schools of Music (GRSM)
Associate of the Royal College of Music (ARCM)

Brenda Bunyan studied with English pianist Kathleen Long, Franz Reizenstein and composition with Patrick Hadley.

 

And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.

– William Shakespeare (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

 

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Stephen Hough: Dvorak and Schumann – Piano Concertos

Dvorak: Piano Concerto in G minor, Op. 33
Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

 

Stephen Hough is one of the best concert pianists of our generation.

A new record from the maestro includes the little played Antonín Dvořák piano concerto that is slowly making its way back into the repertoire, coupled with the more familiar Schumann piano concerto. Just a snippet of the new Hough recording below, with the full concerto played by Gerhard Oppitz in a wonderful performance of this fiendishly difficult piece of music (1999).

A different and more lyrical interpretation by the virtuoso Sviatoslav Richter follows with the German Carlos Kleiber conducting (no identification of the orchestra). One of the most formidable pianists that has ever lived… his delicacy of touch is such a joy to hear!

 

 

Dvořák and Schumann – Piano Concertos – Stephen Hough (piano), CBSO and Andris Nelsons (conductor)

Dvořák & Schumann
Piano Concertos
Stephen Hough (piano)
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons (conductor)

Featured extracts
Piano Concerto in G minor Op 33 [40’49] Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904)
1- Allegro agitato [20’13]
3- Allegro con fuoco [11’47]

Piano Concerto in A minor Op 54 [32’21] Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
4- Allegro affettuoso [15’42]
6- Allegro vivace [11’12]

 

“Although it may be something of a cliché to say that Hough makes all of the cruelly demanding writing sound effortless, it is most certainly true in this case! Hough’s passagework is a model of clarity, never overpedalled, and you can really hear all of the intricacies and rhythmic quirks of Dvořák’s writing. The contribution from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra should in no way be underestimated either: thanks to Andris Nelsons’s sensitive and sympathetic conducting, they produce a lovely hushed tone when required, with silky strings and characterful woodwind, and I constantly felt that everyone involved had exactly the same focus and artistic goals; every single bar feels just right in terms of balance and intent. The criticism I mentioned earlier about the piano being too integrated with the orchestra is here turned into a major virtue, with this sense of close collaboration coming across so marvellously at every turn.”

Anon. “Stephen Hough plays piano concertos by Dvořák and Schumann,” on Presto News 1st April 2016

 

 

Antonín DVORAK: Piano Concerto in G minor, Op.33, B.63 (1876)
0:35 / I. Allegro agitato (16:38 Cadenza)
19:20 / II. Andante sostenuto
28:24 / III. Allegro con fuoco
(38:35 applause)
Gerhard Oppitz, piano
Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI
Zdeněc Mácal, conductor
(PAL 4:3 – live, Auditorium RAI “G.Agnelli”, Torino, 27 June 1999)
HQ audio remaster: Emilio Pessina, 2015

 

 

Dvořák Piano Concerto in G minor Op.33, Sviatoslav Richter

Published on May 28, 2014

1. Allegro agitato 0:00
2. Andante sostenuto 18:27
3. Allegro con fuoco 27:18

 

“I absolutely cherish this recording, if not only because it features two of my favorite musical titans of all time – Richter and Kleiber. The two had enormous respect for each other’s music making, (which is not a daily occurrence given their individual temperament, especially Richter’s.) According to Richter’s personal journal, during the recording session, they both were rather tense and concentrated too hard on the music that the piece “suddenly lost its freshness”. Of course, that is to hold the performance against his almost impossible golden standard. To us listeners, this is every bit as revelatory as the piece can get.”

Hanzhang Liu

 

One of my favourite pianists – Solomon

One of my favourite pianists is the underrated, and often forgotten, Solomon. I am particularly impressed by his poetic rendition of the Greig Piano Concerto which, to this day, remains one of my top ten records of all time.

Brenda

 

Grieg – Piano concerto – Solomon / Philharmonia / Menges

 

“Solomon Cutner, CBE (9 August 1902 – 2 February 1988) was a British pianist known professionally simply as Solomon.

Solomon Cutner was born in the East End of London in 1902. He was a child prodigy whose talent was recognised at the age of seven when, having had no formal tuition, he performed his own arrangement of the 1812 Overture on the family piano. He gave his first concerts in 1912 at the age of ten, retired from public performance in his teens and then resumed his career as an adult performer. He began making records in 1929. As a child he was sent to live with his teacher, Mathilde Verne, who had studied with Clara Schumann.

After establishing a reputation, he toured abroad a good deal, particularly before, during and shortly after World War II, when he gave numerous much-cherished recitals in the United States and Australia. He premiered the Piano Concerto in B-flat by Arthur Bliss at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. Renowned especially for his Beethoven, which had an almost legendary status (he broadcast the entire cycle of the 32 piano sonatas for the BBC), he was in the midst of recording the complete cycle of the sonatas for EMI Records when he suffered a devastating stroke in 1956, which paralysed his right arm. He never recorded or performed in public again, but lived on for another 32 years. His recordings of Mozart, Schumann and Brahms are also highly regarded; his Debussy, Bach and Schubert recordings are likewise esteemed.”

Text from the Wikipedia website

 

The pianist Solomon

The pianist Solomon

 

“His playing as an adult was acclaimed for its clarity, brilliance, and overall poetic feeling. He was particularly respected by his fellow musicians for his immaculate pianism, and the easy, unobtrusive virtuosity of his work. His ego was virtually nonexistent in concert, and his performances were, virtually without exception, a stunningly clear expression of the composer’s intentions.

Solomon was well known for performances of the Beethoven sonatas and piano concertos, though he never did record them all. He was also renowned for his Mozart, Chopin, Brahms, and Debussy, as well as early twentieth century works such as Sir Arthur Bliss’s Piano Concerto, which he premiered at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York and later recorded for EMI…

His recordings, which date from the 1930s, were done for EMI and are all of interest; they have begun to appear on compact disc, either directly through EMI or under license to the Testament label. Despite the onset of his stroke in 1956, Solomon recorded a handful of works in stereo, but whether in stereo or mono, his recordings are all worth hearing, the clarity of his playing overcoming any seeming technical shortcomings in the recordings themselves. His performance of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, in particular, is notable for its poetic lyricism and natural, unforced passion.”

Artist Biography by Bruce Eder on the AllMusic website