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Naxos Music Library – Online Music Streaming
NAXOS Music Library (NML) is a very useful resource for music professionals, students, amateurs and collectors. The service offers more than 26,000 CDs with over 371,000 tracks of music for online listening. Read more >>
The Great Arthur Rubinstein Revisited
For decades people who were fortunate enough to see and hear esteemed pianist Artur Rubinstein (1887-1982) perform left concert halls spellbound. Biographer and music historian Sachs first heard Rubinstein play in 1959, but it was not until 1986 that... Read more >>
A Major Mozart Discovery
Four pages from Mozart's original manuscript for the Piano Sonata in A major, K 331 (whose last movement is the well-known "Turkish March") has been found in Budapest. There are many interesting details to consider in terms of slurs, dynamics and... Read more >>
The Man Who Died on Stage at Carnegie Hall
“Barere is an Anton Rubinstein in one hand and a Liszt in the other” said the famous composer Alexander Glazunov. But if you mention Simon Barere (1896-1951) to most people today, their response is “Simon Who”? Read more >>
András Schiff Teaches Bach
András Schiff works with a student on Bach’s Second Partita for Keyboard, one of a set of six and the last group of keyboard suites Bach composed. Read more >>
Views on J. S. Bach – Interview with pianist Peter Hill
A recognised authority in 20th century and contemporary music, Peter Hill turns for the first time on disc to another of his lifelong preoccupations – the music of J. S. Bach. In this exclusive interview for Piano Street, Peter shares his ideas on... Read more >>
Paul Lewis and Two Years with Schubert
Schubert’s music defined the Romantic age and Paul Lewis’s sought-after performances are coming to define the way our age hears Schubert. In barely a decade, Lewis has emerged as one of the great musical thinkers of our time, and his relationship... Read more >>
Where is the Remote Control? and a World Record!
Alek­sey Igudes­man and Hyung-ki Joo are two clas­si­cal musi­cians who have taken the world by storm with their unique and hilar­i­ous the­atri­cal shows, which com­bine com­edy with clas­si­cal music and pop­u­lar cul­ture. Their clips on YouTube,... 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 >>
Beethoven’s Complete Works for Piano and Orchestra
For the final instalment of his survey of Beethoven’s works for piano and orchestra on BIS label, Ronald Brautigam has saved ‘the final crowning glory of his concerto output’... Read more >>
Volcano Brought Chopin to Orange County
Because of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano a man sat waiting Monday afternoon in the Newark airport instead of on a plane to Berlin. Sitting there, the man got a phone call. Yuja Wang had a sore arm, it seemed, and a doctor had ordered her to rest. The... 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 >>
Barenboim’s Chopin Recital in Warzaw
Daniel Barenboim marked his new affiliation with Decca and Deutsche Grammophon labels with four releases. Two releases were devoted to Chopin: a solo recital recorded in Warsaw, with Waltzes, a Polonaise, a Fantasia, a Nocturne and the B flat minor... Read more >>
“Play Me, I’m Yours” – Street Pianos
Artist Luke Jerram has put together street pianos installations in various cities. The initiative comes as a reaction of a creative individual to the general rule, prohibiting anyone to play music in public places without special arrangement – no... Read more >>
Chopin A La Polacca!
The Polonaises, with their “cannon buried in flowers,” in Schumann’s words, have become symbolic and poignant evocations of an oppressed people. Listen to Rafal Blechacz playing the Polonaise in A-flat major Op. 53 “Heroique” in a live broadcast from... Read more >>
Happy 150th Birthday, Claude Debussy!
Great piano composers’ anniversaries don’t normally take place annually, but since the Chopin & Schumann year 2010 and the Liszt celebrations 2011, time has now come for another immensely important composer. Today, the 22nd of August 2012 marks the... Read more >>
Volodos in Vienna
“You can keep your Lang Langs, your Yuja Wangs, your Evgeny Kissins… I’d swap their collective virtuosity for one evening of Arcadi Volodos’s consummate pianism. To my mind, he has produced nothing finer on disc than this live recital, captured in... Read more >>
How will You Sound on Horowitz’s CD 503?
While many pianists who have played on Horowitz's favourite piano agree that the action is even and it is a pleasure to play the instrument, it is clearly not the only magic bullet required to reach Horowitz's level of artistic mastery. Hear the... Read more >>
The Art of Improvisation – Risky Business and Living It All at the Same Time
It’s unquestionable that Keith Jarrett is one of the most significant pianists to emerge in the second half of the 20th Century. This is a wonderful documentary portrait from 2005 of one of the world’s pianist superstars of improvisation. Classical... Read more >>
The Battle Between “Il penseroso” and “The Old Arpeggio”
Before the time of television and the internet, live music performances were a primary form of entertainment. Performances were held in private homes, as well as concert halls. Many rivalries formed among pianists and composers. This created a unique... 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 >>
Bach - Transcriptions of Baroque Concertos
During his Weimar period, Johann Sebastian Bach composed a wealth of works. Among them are the 22 solo keyboard transcriptions of concertos by his Italian and German contemporaries: six for organ (BWV 592–596) and 16 for single-manual keyboard (BWV... 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 >>
Rise and Shine
With hot summer sun, flowers and bumblebees showing up, let’s enjoy an inspirational clip from the Oscar award-winning film “Shine“. Arguably, this scene shines the brightest of them all. Read more >>
2x Marx at the Piano in a Duet
Chico Marx was known for “shooting” the keys of the piano. As part of the act he would play passages with his thumb up and index finger straight — like a gun. A charming example of his keyboard flamboyance is found in the film ”A Night at the Opera”. 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 >>
The Nocturnes by Chopin – New Urtext Edition
The Nocturnes span the whole of Frédéric Chopin’s career, and among them are some of the composer’s most beloved works. Piano Street has now published a new urtext edition of the Nocturnes by Chopin. This new edition, containing Chopin's own... Read more >>
Mr. Taylor’s Double Vision
This model D concert grand by Steinway & Sons, developed by Emanuel Moór, is the only Steinway equipped with a double keyboard. Pianist Christopher Taylor demonstrates the unique features of this special instrument. Read more >>
The Trusted Magician of the Parisian Avantgarde
Marcelle Meyer (1897-1958) was a major figure in the creation of new music from her participation in Erik Satie’s Parade in 1917 until her early death in 1958. She championed the works of Satie, Ravel, Debussy and Stravinsky, as well as the French... 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 >>
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 >>
Mitsuko Uchida: Pianist-In-Residence
“Mitsuko Uchido is one of perhaps just a handful of classical pianists whose work can justifiably be mentioned alongside the great players of the past – Rachmaninov, Schnabel, Cortot, Michelangeli.” (ABC Radio National, Australia). Enjoy an excerpt... Read more >>
Impressive Expressions! – Blechacz plays Piano Music by Debussy and Szymanowski
Hailed by critics is this new release from young Polish pianist Rafal Blechacz born in 1985. Blechacz plays Piano Music by Debussy and Szymanowski. Read more >>
Steinway & the Last Son
Henry Z. Steinway, former president of Steinway & Sons and great grandson of the firm’s founder, died on September 18, 2008 at the age of 93. He was the last Steinway to run the piano-making company his family started in 1853. Read more >>
Scriabin Mazurkas – Sheet Music
Scriabin’s unique musical vision is transformed into something striking and original: mazurka-fantasies characterised by extraordinary charm and sensuality, often assimilating the style of late night improvisations. Read more >>
Master Teacher Hans Leygraf’s Fundamental Lessons
A much longed-for documentation of the pianist and piano pedagogue Hans Leygraf’s methodology is now to be found on two DVDs. These recordings, made among a selected few of his students in Salzburg, extends from the appropriate way of touching the... Read more >>

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