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The Romantic Piano

Robert Schumann: Dark Struggles, Poetic Sounds

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Robert Schumann became lost in insanity and was considered dangerous, notes David Dubal. Yet his personal struggles fueled his unique style.

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The Romantic Piano

Robert Schumann: Paganini of Piano

Thursday, May 16, 2013

For many, Robert Schumann is the most intimate of the Romantic troubadours and lived only 46 years.

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Fishko Files

Liberace's Very Extreme Makeover

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Think: grand piano, candelabra and sequined suit. As a new Liberace film premieres, WNYC’s Sara Fishko reminds us of his beginnings in this episode of Fishko Files…

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The McGraw Hill Financial Young Artists Showcase

A Trio of Young Pianists

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Linden String Quartet, plus pianists Sean Chen and Michael Davidman are among the guests on this week's Showcase, all recorded at the American Pianists Association competition.

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The Romantic Piano

Frédéric Chopin and George Sand: A Collaborative Union

Thursday, May 09, 2013

No one understood the dramatic and poetic powers inherent in the instrument better than Frederic Chopin. Host David Dubal features his music on this edition of The Romantic Piano.

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The Romantic Piano

Frédéric Chopin: The Poet of the Piano

Thursday, May 02, 2013

No one had understood the piano's special resources and enchantments more completely than Frederic Chopin, as David Dubal illustrates.

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Spinning on Air

Pianissimo 2

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Piano music can have a very personal touch. The piano allows a composer or performer to all alone manifest a full vision of what their music can be. David Garland presents another hour of lyrical, soulful, playful piano music, featuring recordings by Chilly Gonzales, Duke Ellington, and others.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: TransAtlantic Ensmble

Friday, April 12, 2013

Contemporary piano-clarinet duo TransAtlantic Ensemble plays Le Poisson Rouge Friday night. Download “Chiquita Blues.”

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The Romantic Piano

Franz Schubert, Party Animal?

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Host David Dubal considers Franz Schubert's songs and small piano pieces, many composed for poetry readings, charades and dancing.

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Showdown @ High Noon

You Select the András Schiff Performance

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Tonight at 7 pm, WQXR brings you a live video webcast of pianist András Schiff in The Greene Space. In the meantime, tell us which Schiff performance you would like to hear, and we’ll play the winner at noon.

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The McGraw Hill Financial Young Artists Showcase

At the 2012 Honens International Competition, Part II

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Last week the Young Artists Showcase introduced 23-year-old Russian pianist Pavel Kolesnikov, winner of the 2012 Honens International Piano Competition. This week we present more live recordings from his performances at the competition in Calgary, Canada. 

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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 McGraw Hill Financial Young Artists Showcase

At the 2012 Honens International Competition, Part I

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

This week and next, the Young Artists Showcase performances are imported from Calgary, Canada. Specifically, from the Honens International Piano Competition at the Jack Singer Concert Hall. As The New York Times reported, the competition "prides itself on awarding accomplished pianists who are complete musicians. This may seem a lofty claim, but the Honens has a long list of thoughtful awardees to back it up."

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Soundcheck

Fernando Otero on 'Romance'

Friday, March 08, 2013

Pianist and composer Fernando Otero was born in Argentina, and the sounds of tango and South American folk music echo throughout his works. The Latin Grammy winner has a new album out called Romance -- we hear some of it live. 

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Soundcheck

Van Cliburn's Triumphant Carnegie Concert

Friday, March 01, 2013

Earlier this week, classical pianist Van Cliburn died at age 78. In a piece written on the day of his death, Soundcheck host John Schaefer described him this way: 

"...one classical pianist was a larger-than-life, rock-star figure on at least two continents. He was a pop-music phenomenon, with a debut album that went triple platinum. Everyone knew who he was."

The pianist, who became a household name by winning the International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow at the height of the Cold War in 1958. WNYC's classical sister station, WQXR, recorded Van Cliburn's triumphant post-victory concert at Carnegie Hall that year -- we take a listen with WQXR host Jeff Spurgeon

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New Sounds

Unconventional Piano Works

Sunday, February 03, 2013

On this New Sounds, hear some unconventional piano works, including some amplified piano in a work by Charles Ives, “Serenity” as played by Jenny Q Chai from a collection of works, “New York Love Songs.”  Also from that same record, a work by Taiwanese composer Ashley Wang, involving digital piano.  Plus, from a new recording, listen to Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Piano and Javanese Gamelan.  The piano has been retuned to “play nicely” with the gamelan tunings in this world premiere recording featuring Gamelan Pacifica and pianist Adrienne Varner.  That and more.

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Soundcheck

Missy Higgins: A Bit of the Ol' Razzle Dazzle

Monday, January 07, 2013

Australian singer-songwriter Missy Higgins’ music first appeared in the U.S. on TV dramas like Grey’s Anatomy and Friday Night Lights. Then, as she told us, "I got a bit burnt out." For several years she stayed away from the music biz, attending college, spending time with family and friends, and traveling. 

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Spinning on Air

The Genre-Spanning Genius of Chilly Gonzales

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Chilly Gonzales joins David Garland in the WNYC Studio to perform his piano music, and for a lively conversation about the ideas behind it.

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Soundcheck

Underwhelming Tenors and Dancing Orchestras: Anne Midgette's 2012 Music Survey

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Washington Post classical music critic Anne Midgette shares some of her musical favorites from the past year -- including a dancing orchestra (seriously, watch the video). And, she takes aim at some opera crossover artists who aren't living up to their own hype. 

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New Sounds

Piano Solos and Ensembles

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Hear from Nico Muhly's "I Drink The Air Before Me," on this New Sounds.  There's also music from Jason Moran's "Ten," which features some sampled sounds as well. Plus, Michael Formanek Quartet and the new "23 Neo" along with Donnacha Dennehy's "Reservoir" for solo piano, played by Isabelle O'Connor, and more.

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