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Sunday, January 15, 2012

(photo: David Garland)

The piano, or, to use its full name, pianoforte, earned its name because it can be played both quietly (piano) and loudly (forte). Lately there seems to be a trend toward the quiet side. Maybe the trend can be traced back to Erik Satie's gentle Gymnopedies of 1888, but suddenly there are a number of young composer/pianists exploring a relaxed and alert sensibility in their music. David Garland presents an hour pianissimo pianos, featuring recent recordings by Takeo Toyama, Ólafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm, Hauschka, and Peter Broderick, as well as classic recordings by Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, Paul Bley, and others.

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Comments [4]

Tim from Brooklyn

I am also looking for a downloadable podcast of this. Anyone?

Apr. 03 2013 12:10 PM
Martin from Berlin, Germany

Why can't I listen to this episode? Usually there is a podcast for these programs, for this one not. Or am I just not looking in the right place?

Jul. 13 2012 03:01 PM
Michael Hammond from Boston, MA

Sublime! But then this program seems to traffic in sublimity more often than not. Gracias!

Jan. 16 2012 04:37 PM
David Garland

Here's the playlist, showing artist - composition - album:

Takeo Toyama - a snob and a boor - Waltz In March

Peter Broderick - Circumstantial Evidence - Music for Confluence

Motohiro Nakashima - Mom Piano - We Hum On The Way Home

Bill Evans - Peace Piece - Everybody Digs Bill Evans

Ólafur Arnalds - Þú ert sólin, Þú ert jörðin - And They Have Escaped The Weight Of Darkness

Jimmy Giuffre (with Paul Bley and Steve Swallow) - Jesus Maria - Fusion

Takeo Toyama - a wizard from Cornwall - Waltz In March

Thelonious Monk - Remember - Thelonious Alone In San Francisco

Takeo Toyama - laci - Waltz In March

Meade Lux Lewis - Whistlin' Blues - Meade Lux Lewis 1927-1939

Nils Frahm - Snippet - Felt

Peter Broderick - We Enjoyed Life Together - Music for Confluence

Hauschka - Cube - Salon des Amateurs

Hauschka - Konseiji - Foreign Landscapes

Jan. 16 2012 10:11 AM

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