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Sunday, May 20, 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.

This show first aired January 15, 2012

Comments [9]

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 03:02 PM
Christa from Queens

Can anyone post the full playlist I this episode? This is my favorite Spinning on Air and I would love to get the whole playlist if I can.


Jun. 17 2012 10:27 PM
Eric from California

would anyone happen to know which recording plays from 33:30 to 35:37? pianist/composer and the title would be awesome!

May. 31 2012 09:13 PM
Chad from South Florida

What a brilliant show. I loved every second of it. I'm so glad I found out about these podcasts.

May. 28 2012 06:54 PM
emily kirven from brooklyn

I listened to your show for the first time on Sunday evening, driving home to Brooklyn from a weekend away. My 8 year old daughter was in the back seat and we listened together. The music made our regular drive a special experience. Beautiful.

May. 25 2012 12:19 AM
JJT from Huntington, NY

Excellent show - turned the radio on as background last night to get some things done and had to just sit and listen. Thanks!

May. 21 2012 03:03 PM
Scott from Randolph from Randolph, NJ

Relaxed and Alert...just beautiful....great show David.

May. 20 2012 09:50 PM
Sudie from UWS

David, an exquisite program tonight! What a gift! Thank you for spinning and spinning into our lives...

May. 20 2012 09:06 PM
Peter O from Brooklyn


You are my radio hero. Beautiful show tonight. Perfect Sunday-evening, wind-down-the-weekend, face-the-new-week tranquility.

May. 20 2012 08:25 PM

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