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Piano Solos and Ensembles

Monday, December 12, 2011

Hear from Nico Muhly's latest, "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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Studio 360

Harold O'Neal's Marvelous Fantasy

Friday, December 02, 2011

A few hundred years ago, classical pianists would impress audiences by original cadenzas in the middle of a concerto — riffing, we would say now. Now improvisation is firmly in the realm of jazz. But a new record called Marvelous Fantasy explores the connection between jazz and classical ...

Video: O'Neal performs "Marvelous Fantasy," "The Lovers," and breakdances in the studio

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Features

Live on Soundcheck: Christopher O’Riley and Matt Haimovitz

Monday, November 14, 2011

Watch a video of cellist Matt Haimovitz and pianist Christopher O'Riley playing "Empty Room" by Arcade Fire in WNYC's Soundcheck studios here.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Elizaveta

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Elizaveta brings a fairy tale sensibility to the operatic DNA of her music. Catch her at Dominion tonight and download her remix of "Dreamers" for free here.

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Studio 360

The Two Worlds of Gabriel Kahane

Friday, September 23, 2011

On a given weekend, you might find Gabriel Kahane performing a piano sonata in a concert hall ... or stumble upon him at a bar, playing with a rock band. He composes classical music for chamber groups and orchestras — but he also writes and sings his own indie pop songs. These days, those two worlds ...

Video: “Charming Disease” live in the studio

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New Sounds

Glass Bead Game

Sunday, September 04, 2011

The UK guitarist and composer James Blackshaw is a prodigious young talent who’s been seen as part of the guitar tradition of the late American John Fahey.  Now, his work has expanded to include mysticism, occasional other instruments, and long-form, almost classical structures.  He’ll play live in our studio, and we'll listen to some of his recent release, "The Glass Bead Game."  And more.

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New Sounds

Death Jazz Piano Trio

Sunday, August 14, 2011

For this New Sounds, London-based death-jazz band The Neil Cowley Trio stopped by the studio on their first US tour.  Listen to their incredibly tight and thoughtful originals like "His Nibs" and "She Eats Flies" performed live on this program.  It's some groove-based post-jazz with an Eastern edge that demands your attention.  RIYL: the Bad Plus, Shostakovich, Madness, thrash-punk, Thelonious Monk, The Sex Pistols, Philip Glass.

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New Sounds

Ambitious Solo Piano Works

Monday, June 20, 2011

For this New Sounds, we'll hear new music for solo piano, including Michael Byron's monumental work, written for the brave pianist Joseph Kubera - the exotic and long-form "Dreamers Of Pearl."  From it, we’ll hear the second part, "A Bird Revealing the Unknown to the Sky." 

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Soundcheck

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Apollo Inducts Stevie Wonder into the Hall of Fame

Monday, June 13, 2011

Monday night, the Apollo inducts one of America's most beloved keyboard players into its Hall of Fame. WNYC talked to several local musicians about Stevie Wonder and his work.

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WQXR Features

The Piano Lesson

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

9-year-old Patrick and 7-year-old Julia are brother and sister and they are both taking piano lessons from Rebbecca Rossi.

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WQXR Features

A Lifetime at the Piano

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

When Harriet Wingreen first sat down at the piano, America was repealing Prohibition and Mao Zedong was beginning the Long March. Almost 80 years later, she is still at it, as a member of the New York Philharmonic.

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New Sounds

New Music With Piano

Monday, January 24, 2011

Listen to some new music with piano on this New Sounds, including compositions from the pianist/composer Blue Gene Tyranny, who has worked with John Cage, Iggy Pop, and Carla Bley, among others.  We'll listen to the Digital Music Ensemble of the University of Michigan performing "Intermediary with a Rendition of Stardust." We'll also hear Canadian composer and pianist Lubomyr Melnyk's work, "Song of Galadriel" inspired by Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.  Plus, music from the minimalist tradition by both Terry Riley, and Belgian composer Wim Mertens.

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Albums of the Week

Marc-André Hamelin's Études

Friday, January 14, 2011

With our Album of the Week, pianist Marc-André Hamelin has composed a collection of 12 Études in all the minor keys that pushes the outer limits of virtuosity. Get a free download and tell us what you think.

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WQXR Blog

The Power of Stage Fright

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Midge Woolsey considers the career of Vladimir Horowitz, "a man who overcame great emotional challenges to bring classical music lovers some of the most thrilling performances of his day."

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Features

Roll Over Beethoven: 'Ode to Joy' Remixes Come to MoMA

Monday, December 06, 2010

This week, the artistic duo chosen to represent the U.S. at the 2011 Venice Biennale, Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, unveils their rather unusual "Stop, Repair, Prepare: Variations on 'Ode to Joy' for a Prepared Piano" at the MoMA.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes discusses his four-day Risor Festival Residency at Carnegie Hall. Leif Ove is the youngest artist to ever be given a “Perspectives” series at Carnegie Hall. He’ll be performing works by Bartok, Berg, Honegger, Stravinsky, Debussy, Mozart, Copland, Mahler, Brahms, Wagner, Liszt, Grieg, Wallin, Sørensen, among others, at Zankel Hall December 1–4. He’ll also discuss his new album of Rachmaninov’s piano concertos.

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Fishko Files

Heart and Soul

Friday, November 26, 2010

In honor of the holiday weekend, a favorite episode of The Fishko Files.  WNYC’s Sara Fishko ponders the mysteries of a popular song...

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WQXR Features

Stephen Hough on Beethoven's 'Moonlight' Sonata

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

British Pianist Stephen Hough, last heard in New York at Avery Fisher Hall in this past summer’s Mostly Mozart Festival, is back in town for a recital tonight at Carnegie Hall.

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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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WQXR Features

10 Questions for Charles Rosen

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

The iconclastic pianist, author and scholar Charles Rosen talks with us about his far-reaching career, his love of Chopin, and the future of classical music.

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