Thursday, May 09, 2013
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
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.