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The Sydney Morning Herald from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia · Page 26

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Wednesday, October 20, 1993
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22 The Sydney Morning Herald ARTS Wednesday, October 20, 1993 Work's the key By MICHAEL DAVIE ANDRAS SCHIFF, wear-ing an open-necked shirt and and carrying a bright blue umbrella, entered a cafe in Salzburg, Austria, looking far too cherubic for a man of 40 and far too healthy for a celebrated pianist notorious for never resting. Schiff, who lives in Salzburg, had been spending a few weeks ferforming in New York, Ans-ach, Salzburg, Edinburgh, Mon-treux, Vienna and Berlin. Australia is next. Schiff has been to Australia before, to the Adelaide Festival in 1988. But, he says, he knows practically nobody in the country and saw little of it on his last visit; he wished he had seen more. Why, then, does he work so hard? "I like it. I am a Sagittarian, and they are supposed to be hard workers. But 1 don't do anything I dont enjoy." A Hungarian by birth, Schiff lived in New York and London in earlier days, but now bases himself in Salzburg, "a quiet city where I can recharge my battenes". Had he ever played on Mozart's piano which, being on show in Mozart's birthplace, must be gazed at by more tourists than any other musical instrument in the world? Yes. "I am very privileged because not many people play on it, he said. "Maybe I am the only one. I go there quite often and record every year in the room where he was composing. "You cannot re-create Mozart on a modern piano. His piano has a different sound, a different pitch, a different sonority, certainly a very different concept of pedalling, and much clearer articulation. You have to try to achieve the same articulation on a modern piano, but a concert grand has a much heavier action. Schiff described the relation between a pianist and his piano as Ma risky business. Pianos, he said, "dont travel well. He owns two .one at home and .one in Vienna, where he does most of his recording. Did Schiff think that gestures had a musical function that performers could or even should use them to draw attention to certain moments in the music? "I am not aware of my gestures," he said. "I make less as I get older and become more and more economical. Pianists should play not in order to be watched, but to be listened to. However, in a live performance, the physical appearance is vitally important "Most musicians today look like bank clerks. When I see a player who mimics the drama of the music, I get very disgusted." Was it important for a musician to pursue interests outside music? "Vitally. You cannot be one-sided. I heard Mr GySrgy Ligeti giving a lecture; he was amazingly impressive. -He is a wonderful composer, but how much else he knows. He knows everything. That's true of all the great creators. How can you play like Beethoven if all you are reading is the Daily Mail T Andras Schiff performs Brahms 's Piano Concerto No 1 tonight at the Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. 11 h. I Proud Tina keeps on turning Andras Schiff . . . "Pianists should play not in order to be watched, but to be listened to." TINA Turner is one of the seven wonders of the human world. Only a month away from her SSth birthday, she has more vitality, panache and sheer onstage personality than most performers half her age. Her appeal is a potent mixture of youthfulness, a fine and subtle sense of the absurdity of her own position, a superb voice in the soulgospel shouting tradition and a natural sense of style and attitude. Tina Turner has become one of the enduring role models of the baby-boom generation. She is the triumph of modern feminism made flesh, a woman who is sexy, feisty, amusing and talented, a person who has lived a full and complex life and remained unbowed by her personal travails. Thus a Tina Turner show is great fun and a lot of genuine rock 'n' roll excitement. She has surrounded herself with youth, and she delights in her successful attempts to match their every move. Decked out in an impossibly short dress and ridiculously high heels, she rubs herself seductively against her guitarist and ROCK TINA TURNER Sydney Entertainment Centre, October 18 BRUCE ELDER does exhausting dance routines with her youthful backing singers. The one incongruous note is' the presence of Turner's saxkeyboards player, Tim Capello. Looking like a refugee from Manpower or the Chippendales, and looking as though his rehearsals involve pumping up and applying oceans of baby oil to his sculptured pecs, he is far too serious for these proceedings. While Tina laughs and mocks, he preens and ripples. Musically, the concert is a reminder that Tina Turner's recent career has been built on a heraldic, slightly over-the-top style of catchy poprock. It is hardly surprising that when her hits are performed back-to-back We Don't Need Another Hero, What You Get is What You See. Addicted to Love, The Best, What's Love Got to do With It? -they sound like minor variations on a single theme. The new songs are, in a way, variations of her three great early hits Proud Mary, Nutbush City Limits and River Deep, Mountain High the last of which, although it is one of the half dozen greatest rock songs ever recorded, is unfortunately not included in this tour. The style of Turner's material a kind of in-your-face rock 'n' roll with enormous dance appeal matches her stage presence perfectly. The audience's familiarity with the material leads to endless sing-alongs. Not surprisingly, the sing-along with accompanied The Best was the most impressive, a full-on 12,000-voice performance. Ultimately, a Tina Turner concert is a celebration of a remarkable and wonderful human being. She has had more careers than the average cat has lives and she's done it with style, humour and resilience. Measured against the crassness of Cher and the manufactured vulgarity of Madonna, Tina Turner is a powerful demonstration that real presence and talent will always triumph, even in an industry which is driven by hype and self-promotion. COURSES AND PRIVATE TUITION ACTING Unlimited I c'ont Express Yourself! 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This classification will appear adjacent to the Motor Vehicles for Sale section and will contain sub-headings to cater for specialized areas within your industry. So if you offer inspections, supply brakes,' alarms, stereos, tyres or services such as detailing, tuning and panel beating, this is the best place to advertise. For more information call 282 4153. MASQUERADE. Jazz. Classical. PopRock. Finest Professional Musicians. 484 0321. Jeff. PROPS HIRE. Them Parties. Call Ray 31 01940 Simpson ic Singers available for church weddings. 498 6858. SYDNEY CONSERVATORIUM OF MUSIC. 230 1222. Senior students available to perform at Weddings or Functions. YOUNG SYDNEY SINGERS. Boy Soprano Choir PH. 681 3373 Best Value. Negitives Included. 95S2076. (018)22 5429. Wedding Packages from $495. Complimentn Engagement Portraits. 789 4619. ARCADIA Catering for up to 400. Six piece band included. Beautiful atmosphere, warm and friendly service. Heart of City. By bookings only. 264 5376. 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SOUNDTRACK BY POLYGRAM DAILY 1.00, 4.00, 1 7.00 SAT LATE 12.00PM mil NOW SHOWING Daily 11.00,1.05, 3.10,5.15,7.20, 9.25 HAiDtNOKPHtUM 906 4344 3 44 UNDERCOVER BLUES TICKET GIVEAWAY Herald Classifieds and United International Pictures are offering 125 lucky readers the opportunity to win a double pass to the movie - Undercover Blues. Undercover Blues is an action, comedy, romance with Kathleen Turner and Dennis Quaid starring as Jeff and Jane Blue, spies for the 90's. Jeff and Jane have given up the spy game in favour of raising "It is amusing, quirky and engaging" Tele Mirror "treats the text with integrity and respect" - Sun-Herald "solid production colourful Laaracters, bright performances" - SMH NICHOLAS GARSDEN JANE HARDERS MELISSA JAFFER ANDREA MOOR Directed by Richard Buckham Designed by Wendy Osmond 22 SEPT - 31 OCT BOOKINGS: 498 3166 BLUES a family, but when caught in the middle of an international spy ring they find themselves back on the job - with baby in tow. To enter, simply complete the coupon below and send to: Herald Classifieds Undercover Blues Ticket Giveaway PO Box 401, Broadway NSW 2007 Entries Close Spm Tuesday October 26, 1993. See public notices for terms and conditions of entry. TC 93486 1 Name: Address: Postcode: Phone: 05 Hi PI Herald llassifiecis S . wifcrwii: r THEATRE WORKSHOPS Book Now! Acting Acting forCamcra Shakespeare's Voice Dramatic Writing Production Assistance Set & Costume Design Singing Australian Theatre for Young People at The Rocks Ph(02)251 3900 An Urban Aboriginal Dreaming Story October 13-24 Wed-Sat 8pm Sun 5pm - $24.80$ 16.80 Bookings: 550 3666 or Ticketek 266 4800 i i.i i.i w.w T.i i.i T.n.r Sydney Opera House r. I Ma?' -TS fit Enquiries 250 7111 Bookings 250 7777 ANDREW GARRETT Classic Australian Wines Peter & Ellen Williams and S.O.H.T. present "A salute to an era when all dance was tap and cliches were a dime a dozen" 6 W T K J 4c iC "The Bi99est Litt,e run A iKlrJA I Musical in Town" if "Great Cast, Great Music, Wonderful Dancing and very funny" "TAP YOUR TROUBLES AWAY PHILIPS Master Series 1 Ort H 1 C Iff . o Svdnev Onera House Concert Hall A' - j r George Cleve conductor Andras Schiff piano Peter SCULTHORPE Memento mori v HAYDN Symphony No 93 BRAHMS Piano Concerto No 1 Soloist: Andras Schiff Pre-concert speaker Tony Cane at 7 15pm, Northern Foyer Tickets: from $25 to $40 with concessions. Bookings: Sydney Opera House Box Office -250 7777 & SSO Box Office, ABC Shop, QVB - 264 9466 THE AUSTRALIAN OPERA "Kerry Henderson is simply magnificent. Sun-hteraLi WORLD PREMIERE Conductor: Christopher Lyndon Gee. Cist: Lind.i Thompson, Julie Dalton, lol.mta Niiaick, Lindsay Gartney, Christipher Doig, Geoffrey Chard, Kerry Henderson, Raymond Myers, Kerry Elizabeth Brown, Tatrick Togher, Garrick Jones. Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra The Australian Opera Chorus Performance Dates: Oct. 20, 23, 26, 29. Performance Time: 7:30 p.m. (Performance lasts approx. four hours.) THE AUSTRALIAN OPERA Sbmst JsCxf "Stephen Bennett is positively sensational." The Amtrnhan 1 FINAL PERFORMANCE C.nductor: Mver Fredman. Cist: Miriam Gormley, Christine Beasley, Gillian Sullivan, John Trmgle, Michael Martin, Stephen Bennett, Richard Alexander. Bruce Martin. Australian Opera &. Ballet Orchestra The Australian Opera Chorus Performance Date: October 21. Performance Time: 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by Cm aMiBsriH Proudly sfwnsored by PHILIPS SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE 250 7777 (MON-SAX THF AUSTRALIAN OPERA 319 1088 (MONFRl.95) HCC3H32F KRILIi&: 1 it I i I li Tl 1 'i 1 ft' 1 liiiT 'iTfiT

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