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Choosing a Demanding Program
March 07, 2012 - The appearance of Tao Lin, classical pianist, at the Ross Ragland Theater this
7:30 p.m. Saturday will be his first performance in Oregon, and one to which he said he has been looking forward.
In a recent phone interview, Lin said the program he has chosen for the evening “is pretty demanding. I chose the pieces for their variety — from different time periods, styles and countries.”
He will perform Johannes Brahms’ Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Maurice Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales, and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Sonata No. 2 (1931 version). Pieces from the German, French and Russian composers include Brahms and Rachmaninoff compositions from the romantic period and Ravel’s work from the impressionistic period.
“Of composers, Brahms is one of the more difficult,” he said. “One critic said of his music that he wrote ‘against,’ not ‘for’ the piano, because it is so awkward.”
Lin’s home was always filled with music as he grew up, with two parents who were on the faculty of Shanghai Conservatory of Music. His mother, who taught music students in their home, told him when he was 3, a piece by Ludwig van Beethoven moved him to tears.
“She noticed and realized there might be a real interest in music there,” he said.
Lin entered the Shanghai Conservatory of Music at age 8, which has a full general curriculum in addition to music, and he studied there through college age.
He said he doesn’t have any favorite composers, because “I always want to make whichever composer I’m preparing to perform my favorite at the moment.”
Lin said he doesn’t pick up styles from other performers because, “everyone reads a score slightly differently, and we each have our own uniqueness. I want to be original in whatever I do.”
In listening to music for his own enjoyment, he especially likes music “from the golden era – 1920s, ’30s and ’40s, before the editing technology entered. I like to hear everything, including the mistakes. I love jazz, opera and lyrical soft rock -- the songs of Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera.”
- by Lee Beach, H&N Staff Reporter
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