We have been speaking with our in-house concert pianist Nurry Lee once again and this conversation is all about discussing the many different areas of her musical journey and how it has influenced her interpretation of classical music.
This interesting and intriguing subject is something that Nurry feels extremely passionate about and so, discussing this with her provides us with great insight.
Where classical music is concerned, it is not just the main priorities to consider such as improvisation, swing and presenting the music in a range of alternative forms such as jazz.
In the video, Nurry explores the importance of freedom that accompanies classical music and the way in which it seamlessly brings together the composer, the pianist and the audience.
To the untrained ear, classical music is something that can be misinterpreted but Nurry has a clear understanding of interpretation, providing examples of music that is performed and played with very little feeling or emotion. While this almost robotic approach is not something that many associate with classical music, Nurry explores the importance of performing while channelling emotion as that can enhance the performance.
She also reflects on the early work of J. S. Bach, who composed on a simple harpsichord, highlighting the fact that this early work was performed without the touch sensitivity and pedal control that are now familiar on a modern piano. What this has created is an understanding and respect for interpretation as the composer would not have understood the intricacies that can be explored through a modern instrument.
Nurry also delves into the necessity of becoming both emotionally and physically connected to the music that she plays and this links up with how it is reflected within her appearance, allowing her to deliver a flawless performance.
Finally, she plays us out with a fragment of Bach’s “Chaconne”…..