Thursday, January 09, 2014
By Robert Krulwich : Host, Radiolab
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
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.
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.
Saturday, September 14, 2013
By Brian Wise
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.
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.
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.