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Olivier Cavé Tells the story of the Italian Pianoforte

Monday, August 25, 2014

Italian-Swiss pianist Olivier Cave tells the story of the pianoforte, the original piano, through 18th century Italian music.

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Spinning on Air

Pianissimo

Sunday, August 25, 2013

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. David Garland presents an hour of pianissimo pianos.

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Micropolis

Micropolis: Musicians Make the Noisiest Neighbors

Thursday, March 28, 2013

In this latest episode of Micropolis, we explore the not-so-harmonious side of the New York musician's life, wherein one wrong chord can result in a knock on the door, a volley of abuse, and maybe even... MURDER.

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All Ears with Terrance McKnight

The Evolving Piano

Saturday, March 16, 2013

This show is about the many moods, colors, shades and styles of piano music and the ways they have evolved over the past 300 years.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

The pianist Jeremy Denk on recording an album.

Monday, January 30, 2012

The pianist Jeremy Denk on recording an album.

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Spinning on Air

Pianissimo

Sunday, January 15, 2012

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. 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.

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WQXR Blog

Bach, Brahms and Brad

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Brad Mehldau, that is. The music of the jazz pianist/Carnegie Hall-commissioned composer entered my ipod world through his interpretation of Radiohead’s Exit Music. I was immediately struck by how lyrical and intricate his sound was and have been a fan ever since. When I heard Mehldau was presenting a solo piano recital on January 26 at Zankel hall of his own works, interspersed with repertoire by Bach, Brahms, Faure and pop and jazz transcriptions, I wondered, what was he going to do with “those” guys?

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WQXR Features

Hélène Grimaud: Dances with Pianos and Wolves

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

As WQXR celebrates Powerhouse Pianists throughout January, we spotlight a pianist known to give the keyboard a workout. Hélène Grimaud is frequently admired for her enormous technical command and her keen musical curiosity.

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WQXR Features

'If all you do is follow, you’ll always be behind'

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Malcolm Martineau, one of today’s most sought-after pianists, gave a masterclass at Weill Hall on Friday evening. The program had a mostly French theme, with six fantastic young singers and pianists presenting Debussy, Poulenc, Weill, Liszt, Chausson and Ravel.

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WQXR Blog

Accompanists: Unsung Heroes of the Concert Stage

Friday, January 21, 2011

Behind every successful man there is a woman, or so the old saying goes. In the music world, behind every brilliant soloist there is his or her accompanist. Jascha Heifetz had his Brooks Smith, Anne-Sophie Mutter has her Lambert Orkis, Midori had her Robert McDonald and among many other things, Benjamin Britten was the reliable accompanist to his Peter Pears.

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Showdown @ High Noon

Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Whose version of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 -- a.k.a. "Rocky 3" -- is your favorite? You told us you preferred the performance by Vladimir Horowitz over those of Vladimir Ashkenazy, Martha Argerich, and Leif Ove Andsnes, so we played it at 12 Noon.

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Top 5 @ 105

Top Five Piano Prodigies

Monday, January 17, 2011

As we celebrate the current class of the keyboard world this month with our series Powerhouse Pianists, here are five up-and-coming prodigies -- and recent prodigies -- who could be selling out concert halls in the years to come.

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WQXR Features

Ten Questions for Byron Janis

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Along with Van Cliburn, Leon Fleisher and Gary Graffman, Byron Janis is a leading light in the generation of American pianists who burst onto the international scene in the 1950s. Yet almost from the start he faced incredible odds.

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WQXR Features

David Fray: A Frenchman Makes His Mark on German Classics

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The young French pianist David Fray is fast gaining notice for his charismatic, sometimes eccentric performances of Bach and Schubert. Just don't compare him to Glenn Gould.

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Fishko Files

Pianist of the North

Friday, September 24, 2010

On Marc-Andre Hamelin

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