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Goldberg Variations by Bach – New Urtext Piano Sheet Music
A number of legendary performances of this monumental work have been recorded on piano as well as on harpsichord and organ, two of the most popular and highly regarded ones by Glenn Gould (piano: 1955 and 1981). Read more >>
New Recordings: Schubert – Six Moments Musicaux op 94
The Moments Musicaux were published only a few months before Schubert’s death in 1828. Most of them were composed during 1827 or 1828, with the exception of Nos. 3 and 6, dating from 1823 and 1824 respectively. Read more >>
Recommended Book: “Sviatoslav Richter – Pianist”
Sviatoslav Richter (1915-1997) is widely recognized as one of the greatest pianists of the twentieth century. In this translation of the first full-scale biography of Richter, Danish composer Karl Aage Rasmussen combines his artistic appreciation of... Read more >>
Piano Playing – A Public Health Concept?
Pianists who begin practicing in childhood have been found to have better developed nerve pathways in parts of their brains. Scientists believe this results in better fine motor coordination. Read more >>
Top Picks of 2013
We wish all readers a Happy New Year with a list of highly recommended reading – the most popular articles of 2013 from Piano Street’s Classical Piano Blog. Read more >>
The Bigger Picture: A Personal Perspective on Practicing Routines
In the third and final part of the series on building a career as a professional pianist, Alexander Buskermolen gives a personal perspective on practicing routines at the piano with practising tips by Dutch pedagogue Jan Wijn. Read more >>
The Piano Speaks!
Austrian composer Peter Ablinger transferred the frequency spectrum of the child’s voice to his computer controlled mechanical piano so that “with a little practice, or help or subtitling, we actually can hear a human voice in a piano sound” — and... Read more >>
Schimmel Pegasus – A Flying Grand Piano?
At a first glance the Schimmel Pegasus Piano doesn’t look like a piano. With those beautifully sculpted curves this piano looks more like a futuristic spaceship. Read more >>
Leonardo da Vinci’s Viola Organista comes to life after 500 years!
The instrument’s sound is unique in the world. The circular horsehair bows of the instrument are driven by the pedals, and, as long as the player continues pedaling, the sound sustains. Deft musicians can even wrest a crescendo from a single note. Read more >>
World Premiere: Piano Piece in G by Felix Mendelssohn
The first edition ever of a newly discovered piece by Mendelssohn was presented by Piano Street at the Music Education Expo in London earlier this month. The Urtext Piano Score and Autograph Manuscript are now available for download. Read more >>
The Car Industry Promotes the Idea of Piano
Volkswagen in Stockholm, Sweden, have created a campaign website featuring several videos, all dedicated to the idea that happiness is the easiest way to get people to change. The Piano staircase resulted in a 66% increase in people taking the stairs... Read more >>
Announce your Piano Recitals and Events at Piano Street
In line with Piano Street’s mission to stimulate and promote live piano music performances, we welcome all members to post announcements and invitations to their upcoming piano recitals in the new recital section of the forum. Read more >>
The Four Ballades by Chopin – New Urtext Edition
The Ballade or Ballad was originally a sung poem, recounting a myth or an historical event. The form, with its connotations of simple folkloric authenticity, became popular in literature with the rise of Romanticism; Chopin is usually credited with... Read more >>
Krystian Zimerman – An Exclusive Radio Interview with the Enigmatic Polish Pianist
Tom Service went to Basel, Switzerland, to meet up with Krystian Zimerman to talk with him about his very personal and passionate philosophy of music. In a candid discussion, Zimerman explains how the piano is like a human being to him – he owns six... Read more >>
Volodos didn’t Play a Barcarolle on the Water
Arcadi Volodos performs Liszt´s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 13 at the Prinzengracht Concert in 2001 Read more >>
Steinway & Sons Announces New Record Label
Steinway & Sons recently announced the launch of its new record label. The first release on this label, Bach On A Steinway, features keyboard masterworks by J. S. Bach as performed by pianist Jeffrey Biegel, whose extensive embellishments and... Read more >>
Another Reason to Keep the Piano Lid Open
If you are an art and music aficionado and money isn’t a problem, why not start your own grand piano art collection with Bösendorfer's new artist series? Read more >>
Chandos Records Running Complete Piano Projects
Chandos Records is presently recording the complete Chopin with Louis Lortie and the complete Brahms with Barry Douglas. From these ambitious projects we recommend two recent albums which gained critical acclaim. Read more >>
Piano Vintage – Italian Excellence Bringing Old Steinways Back to Life
One of the most interesting exhibitors at the Cremonafiere Exhibition’s piano part – the so called CremonaPianoforte – this fall was a company and and workshop called Piano Vintage. The company performs a type of restoration dictated from the work... Read more >>
Bach Project Takes Off from the Street: "Recording the 48"
Each of the two volumes of Bach’s Well-tempered Clavier contains one prelude and one fugue in every major and minor key. Often called “the 48”, or the “Old Testament” of piano music, it is perhaps the most important keyboard work of all time. The... Read more >>
Master Pianist Jorge Bolet Rehearsing and Teaching Rachmaninov
See and hear Jorge Bolet and Conductor Paavo Berglund in a preliminary rehearsal prior to a full rehearsal with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in a performance of the Rachmaninov 2nd Piano Concerto. Read more >>
Piano Lessons Can Help Children Improve Reading Skills
Children exposed to a multi-year programme of music tuition involving training in increasingly complex rhythmic, tonal, and practical skills display superior cognitive performance in reading skills compared with their non-musically trained peers,... Read more >>
The Art Of Piano: Great Pianists Of The 20th Century
This video documentary provides a survey of 18 extraordinary keyboard artists that dominated the concert world in the mid 20th century, from Ignaz Paderewski to Claudio Arrau. The program effectively blends archival film with video clips, concert... Read more >>
Valentina Lisitsa – Live at the Royal Albert Hall
Pianist and YouTube phenomenon Valentina Lisitsa is perhaps the most striking example of how the Internet and, more recently, social media has created completely new opportunities for classical artists. Read more >>
International Piano – Nov/Dec 2013
Guest editor Stephen Hough curates this special edition of International Piano. Content highlights:
The art of preluding, careers cut short by tragedy, Alkan’s bicentenary, how to practise and the Second Viennese School.
Piano Street Gold... Read more >>
Digital Piano Test with Simone Dinnerstein
Concert pianist Simone Dinnerstein shows you what to look for in a digital piano by putting a handful of models to the test. Read more >>
Rubinstein by the Rubinsteins
Hedonist and altruist at the same time, favorite of the gods and philanthropist, melancholic and sanguine serious artist, a gifted musician and brilliant pianist, egomaniac and family pet.
The recent documentary film about the life and work... Read more >>
The Fluid Piano – The world’s first multi-cultural Acoustic Piano
British composer Geoff Smith has invented a new instrument – The Fluid Piano – an acoustic piano which enables musicians to alter each note individually and separately by precise microtonal intervals per note before or during performance. Read more >>
The Art of Constructed Ecstasy – Scriabin Documentary
This documentary on the unconventional life and ground-breaking music of Russian pianist and composer Alexander Scriabin sheds light on the mystical ideas which inspired him. Read more >>
Pianist's Pianist
The Czech pianist Ivan Moravec's recordings for Connoisseur Society were notable for their audiophile quality and nearly all of them remain available, long after the LP era, on CD reissues. He is described by New Grove as one of the finest Chopin... Read more >>
New Sheet Music: Liszt – Transcriptions of Songs by Schubert
Transcriptions and paraphrases played an important part in shaping Liszt’s role as leading musical figure of his generation. Seven transcriptions of songs by Franz Schubert has been added to the sheet music library. Read more >>
FLAC — Better than MP3 for Classical Piano Music?
Piano Street talks FLAC with George Olvik, CEO at eClassical. Should you choose the FLAC-format instead of a MP3? Read more >>
Garrick Ohlsson and Chopin´s Complete Works on Hyperion
Garrick Ohlsson was the first American to win first prize in the International Frédéric Chopin Piano Competition in 1970. In recognition of the bicentenary of Chopin’s birthday Mr. Ohlsson just performed at the Chopin Birthday Concerts in Warzaw... Read more >>
Horowitz´s Master Alfred Cortot Speaks … and Plays…
Pianist Murray Perahia presents highlights of live recordings made during Cortot's 1954-60 Master Classes in Paris, featuring the pianist playing many works he never formally recorded. Read more >>
Academy Award Nominee: The Documentary “TWO HANDS – The Leon Fleisher Story”
A short documentary film by Nathaniel Kahn about Fleisher’s persistence, Two Hands, was nominated for a 2007 Academy Award. Read more >>
New Piano Piece by Mozart!
A previously unknown piece by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was performed for the first time on Friday, March 23. It was found in a 160 page handwritten notebook, thought to be written by Mozart’s father, in an attic in Tyrol, Austria. Read more >>

Piano Street's Classical Piano Blog contains over 300 posts. This page displays a random selection of 36 posts. Refresh the page for a new random selection.