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Oh Say, Can You See? A Musical Salute

Thursday, January 09, 2014

You've heard it a thousand times, maybe 10,000. Is there any way to make "The Star-Spangled Banner" fresh? Even fascinating? There is (Jimi Hendrix aside). Here is a new one that did it for me — the Jon Batiste version.

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WQXR Features

Webcast: 2014 Gilmore Artist Award Winner Rafał Blechacz

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Watch the archived webcast of Polish pianist Rafał Blechacz, winner of the 2014 Gilmore Award, performing in The Greene Space on Tuesday.

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Showdown @ High Noon

You Choose Mitsuko Uchida's Birthday Music

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

This coming Friday, pianist Mitsuko Uchida turns 65. Today's Showdown let you choose between three of her interpretations of Mozart’s works in every major keyboard genre.

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Reflections from the Keyboard

American Solo Piano

Thursday, November 28, 2013

On this edition of Reflections from the Keyboard, David Dubal brings an All-American solo piano program to the Thanksgiving Table.

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New Sounds

New Music for Piano

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Hear new music for piano on this New Sounds program, including music from Canadian pianist/composer Heather Schmidt, as well as Canadian composer Ann Southam.   From Schmidt's solo piano album of her own works called "Nebula,", listen to the title track.  Also, hear music by George Crumb, along with Anton Batagov's alleged Letters of Sergei Rachmaninoff, music from Hauschka, and more.  

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Jeremy Denk Performs Bach's Goldberg Variations

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Acclaimed pianist and 2013 MacArthur Fellow Jeremy Denk performs some of Bach’s Goldberg Variations live in our studios. His latest album is J. S. Bach: Goldberg Variations. He’ll also talk about his writing for The New Yorker.

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New Sounds

Piano Plus...

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

For this New Sounds, hear music from the duo Moon Ate the Dark, which is Anna Rose Carter (piano) and Christopher Brett Bailey (treatments.) Carter provides soft peals of piano and Bailey weaves them together with dark washes of reverb, and other subtle electronic processing. There's also glitchy ambient music from Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto along with music from the Hilary Hahn & Hauschka release, "Silfra." And more.

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Soundcheck

Watch: Valentina Lisitsa, In The Studio

Monday, October 21, 2013

Watch the classical pianist Valentina Lisitsa perform in the Soundcheck studio.

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Soundcheck

Who Was The Music Teacher That Inspired You?; Valentina Lisitsa Plays Live

Monday, October 21, 2013

In this episode: For her recent piece in The New York Times, "Is Music The Key To Success?," journalist Joanne Lipman interviewed high achievers who credit music experience directly to their professional achievements in other fields. Lipman is also the co-author of the new book Strings Attached, about her own childhood music teacher. 

Then, pianist Valentina Lisitsa -- one of the biggest names in classical music thanks, in part, to 62 million views on YouTube -- performs the music of Liszt in the Soundcheck studio.

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Reflections from the Keyboard

Wagneriana

Thursday, October 03, 2013

This week, Reflections from the Keyboard considers Richard Wagner with piano transcriptions of his work. See if you like your Wagner piano-ized instead of vocalized and orchestrated.

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WQXR Blog

Fullback Fugue: Pianist Tackles Football Themes in New Video

Saturday, September 14, 2013

A musician named Ansel Wallenfang has created "Fantasy Football & Fugue," a video featuring a fugue built of NFL themes from the four networks that broadcast pro football games.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Geoffrey Keezer

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Jazz pianist and composer Geoffrey Keezer performed live on the Leonard Lopate Show recently. He also told us what he's been listening to lately -- and it's a lot! Find out what's on his iPod...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Jazz Pianist Geoffrey Keezer Plays Live

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Two-time Grammy nominated jazz pianist Geoffrey Keezer plays live from his album, “Heart of the Piano.”

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Reflections from the Keyboard

Debussy and the Piano: Part V

Thursday, August 29, 2013

The final installment of this series focusing on Debussy takes a deep dive into the personal life of the composer during the period he spent composing his greatest works.

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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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Reflections from the Keyboard

Debussy and the Piano: Part IV

Thursday, August 22, 2013

In this, the fourth of five installments of a series on Debussy and the piano, host David Dubal examines the composer’s life through his correspondences with patrons and colleagues.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Tributes: Marian McPartland

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Marian McPartland, the renowned jazz pianist and host of NPR’s “Piano Jazz,” had a career that spanned six decades.  And she had no intention of stopping!  “Retire? Why retire?” she asked an AP reporter in 2007. “I’ve got a job, I’m making money, and I like what I do. Why retire?”  She told of the difficulty of breaking into the jazz scene as a woman in the ‘50s in her collection of essays, You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby.  After a set, a man approached her: “You know, you can’t be a respectable woman the way you play piano,’” she wrote. “For some reason or another, this struck me as a great compliment.”  Marian McPartland’s career just ended when she died at the age of 95.  She was on the Leonard Lopate Show several times, including a live performance in our studios – and can hear them below. 

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Concerts from The Frick Collection

Pianist Janina Fialkowska Returns to New York

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Tonight at 7 pm, Canadian pianist Janina Fialkowska performs Chopin (two waltzes, two mazurkas and a scherzo), as well as Schubert's Four Impromtus, D. 935 and Grieg's Lyric Pieces.

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Reflections from the Keyboard

Debussy and the Piano: Part III

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The third of five installments of a series that takes a deep dive into Debussy and the piano.

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New Sounds

Pianist Composers

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Listen to music by pianist/composers in a nocturnal vein on this New Sounds program.  There’s music from the Berlin-based pianist and piano-builder Davide Martello, who may be best known for showing up with his hand-made grand piano during the protests in Taksim Square to "inspire politicians through music."  Also, listen to music from Italian pianist/composer Ludovico Einaudi along with music by the late Dutch composer Simeon Ten Holt. 

 

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