Barry Douglas Twitter Interview 3rd Oct 2011

We spent an hour chatting to pianist Barry Douglas ahead of his performance with the RPO on Sunday 23rd October 2011 at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall. For full concert details please click here.

Pianist @wbarrydouglas will answer your questions here on Twitter on Monday 5-6pm. Get your questions in now using #askbarrydouglas
rpoonline
September 29, 2011
Royal Philharmonic and South Bank London have arranged a twitter session with me on Monday at 17:00 UK time. Join in! #askbarrydouglas
wbarrydouglas
September 29, 2011
Steinway Artist @wbarrydouglas will conduct a Twitter Q&A session with @rpoonline on Monday at 5pm. Get tweeting! #askbarrydouglas
SteinwayHallUK
September 30, 2011
Today from 5pm @rpoonline interview @wbarrydouglas on twitter – tweet your questions to @rpoonline #askbarrydouglas
southbankcentre
October 3, 2011
.@wbarrydouglas You’ll be performing Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 later this month; what do you like about this piece? #askbarrydouglas
rpoonline
October 3, 2011
.@rpoonline it is not just a luscious romantic piano concerto but it is so beautifully written and it is very pianistic for the performer
wbarrydouglas
October 3, 2011
Hi Barry! What are your favourite pieces to play in concert (both concerti and recital rep)? #askbarrydouglas
distella
October 3, 2011
.@distella @rpoonline I don’t r have favorites except ones I’m playing at the time – do love Brahms and the Russian 19th century composers
wbarrydouglas
October 3, 2011
.@distella I am playing a lot of Brahms and Schubert at the moment as i am recording all the solo works for Chandos
wbarrydouglas
October 3, 2011
#askbarrydouglas @rpoonline Did you know that Rachmaninov 3 has a quarter of a million notes for the pianist? Rachmaninov 2 a few less!
wbarrydouglas
October 3, 2011
.@wbarrydouglas That’s a lot of notes! Are there any particular challenges for the pianist in No.2? #askbarrydouglas
rpoonline
October 3, 2011
.@rpoonline get the emotion across to the listener. Schnabel said that if the performer enjoys it too much then the listener will not
wbarrydouglas
October 3, 2011
.@wbarrydouglas Wise words indeed. Which other valuable piece(s) of advice have you received as a musician, and who from? #askbarrydouglas
rpoonline
October 3, 2011
.@rpoonline Alfred Brendel astounded me with his total passion for music- almost like a child with a new toy- that impressed me so much
wbarrydouglas
October 3, 2011
@wbarrydouglas Who has inspired you most as a musician?
londonlimelight
October 3, 2011
.@londonlimelight @rpoonline many many people – but I learned a lot from all my teachers and also from pianists like Barenboim and Richter
wbarrydouglas
October 3, 2011
@wbarrydouglas Would you say that #2 is Rachmaninov’s best piano concerto?
crosslouis
October 3, 2011
.@crosslouis @rpoonline It is probably the most satisfying musically and pianistically/ No 4 and Paganini variations are also incredible
wbarrydouglas
October 3, 2011
.@wbarrydouglas Do you have a defining favourite moment of your musical career? What is it? #asbarrydouglas
rpoonline
October 3, 2011
.@rpoonline when I gave my first recital in my teens & also when I was awarded the gold medal in Moscow . Being on the Tonight Show was fun!
wbarrydouglas
October 3, 2011
I’m chatting about my London concert on twitter at https://twitter/#1/wbarrydouglas
wbarrydouglas
October 3, 2011
.@wbarrydouglas How did it feel to be back in Moscow [at the Tchaikovsky Competition] as a judge this year instead of a competitor?
rpoonline
October 3, 2011
.@rpoonline it all came flooding back. I knew what they were all going through and felt for them- if you do well – of course that’s great
wbarrydouglas
October 3, 2011
I’m sitting in Ireland and the sun is out again- talking about my Royal Philharmonic Orchestra concert in London 23 October on twitter!
wbarrydouglas
October 3, 2011
.@wbarrydouglas We’ll let you get back out to the sun soon! If you could choose choose to play another instrument which would it be and why?
rpoonline
October 3, 2011
.@rpoonline I was a clarinettist in my teens & it was a chance meeting with Felicatas LeWinter- pupil of a Liszt pupil that I went to piano
wbarrydouglas
October 3, 2011
#askbarrydouglas. Which Rach concerto would you recommend to perform first?
Daniel87Roberts
October 3, 2011
.@rpoonline @Daniel87Roberts any one is fine but they really need to be treated with respect- often pianists use them to glorify themselves
wbarrydouglas
October 3, 2011
@wbarrydouglas sure! They are far more than virtuoso showpieces! Thanks for the advice cos I’m gonna play the Paganini!
Daniel87Roberts
October 3, 2011
.@Daniel87Roberts @rpoonline you are so right- best of luck for that
wbarrydouglas
October 3, 2011
Do you consider performing new works, and if so, what’s involved in preparing a new work for performance #askbarrydouglas
chipmichael
October 3, 2011
.@rpoonline @chipmichael yes -often. Challenging though! I played the premier of Kevin Volans’s new concerto at the Proms this summer
wbarrydouglas
October 3, 2011
@wbarrydouglas do you think it’s hard nowadays to play Rach2 because it’s sooooooo popular?
Daniel87Roberts
October 3, 2011
@Daniel87Roberts as long as you stick to your beliefs it is OK
wbarrydouglas
October 3, 2011
@wbarrydouglas @distella Good invention- this interview! Can I ask yet- what is your opinion about Schnabel’s interpret. Schubert Son. in B?
M_Chemerenskaya
October 3, 2011
@M_Chemerenskaya @distella absolutely sublime
wbarrydouglas
October 4, 2011
That’s all folks! Thanks @wbarrydouglas for your time in answering the questions. Keep an eye on our blog for a summary #askbarrydouglas
rpoonline
October 3, 2011
.@rpoonline thanks everybody- that was great
wbarrydouglas
October 3, 2011

About Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Acknowledged as one of the UK’s most prestigious orchestras, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) enjoys an international reputation for bringing audiences worldwide first-class performances and the highest possible standards of music-making across a diverse range of musical repertoire. This was the vision of the Orchestra’s flamboyant founder Sir Thomas Beecham, whose legacy is maintained today as the Orchestra thrives under the exceptional direction of its new Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, Maestro Charles Dutoit.
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