Pianist Benjamin Hochman was included in a New York Times article about classical musicians and their effort to keep creating during the days of COVID19. Read what Hocman had to say in the story under the headline: ‘Joy in the Grief’: Musicians Are Making Art in a Pandemic.
“I’m making music more than ever. It was so unexpected to have all this free time on my hands. I’ve been spending a lot with Bach and Beethoven. Bach, because everything starts and ends there, so I’ve been playing the “Goldberg” Variations; the toccatas; a beautiful Busoni piece, “Fantasia on J.S. Bach.” And Beethoven, reading through all the piano sonatas, especially spending time with the “Hammerklavier” and Opus 111. I’ve been getting to know more recent music, too: works by Rebecca Saunders, Unsuk Chin, Enno Poppe. I’m learning Berio’s Sequenza, which I’m scheduled to play at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival this summer, if it happens. I’ve also been studying the Brahms symphonies, and the Wagner operas — the “Ring,” “Tristan” — partly through the Met broadcasts. I played through the score to “Das Rheingold” at the piano. How great is that?”.