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The Sweet and Not So Sweet Sound of Music
Our modern ears are now used to equal temperament, and, despite the impurities in its intervals, now prefer its sound over any other temperament. Researchers at the University of Minnesota wanted to delve more into this and studied 250 students at... 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 >>
Chopin’s 200th Anniversary
Celebrate one of the greatest piano composers in history, Frédéric Chopin, by listening to the Polish pianist Krystian Zimerman’s performance of Ballade no 2 in F-major while following along in Chopin’s autograph manuscript. Read more >>
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 >>
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 >>
Tiempo’s Revolutionary Thirds Equals Three?
One plus one equals three? Synergy is a word most of us are familiar with, but sometimes difficult to grasp. This is Tiempo’s own two Chopin études mix-arrangement of the ”Revolutionary” and the ”Thirds”. Read more >>
Pianist Lang Lang appointed UN Messenger of Peace
Ever since he founded the Lang Lang International Music Foundation in 2008, Mr. Lang has committed himself to raising the level of music education to a higher level. Capitalizing on the popularity of the pianist Lang Lang, Secretary-General Ban... Read more >>
Enter a World of Musical Sculptures
Music visualization, as a tool for multisensory learning, often occurs in pedagogical discussions. Piano Street got the chance to talk to audio visual artist Andy Fillebrown about his Musical Sculptures. 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 >>
How Can Modern Technology Contribute to a Great Piano Performance?
Why haven’t there been any fundamental changes of grand piano design since the 1870s? Some claim it is because manufacturers are afraid of getting beaten up in the marketplace if their pianos are seen as being “experimental”. Others say that... Read more >>
Leif Ove Andsnes and Robin Rhode Reframe Pictures
The project Pictures Reframed, unites two strikingly original artists – pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and visual artist Robin Rhode in a collaborative performance which centres around Mussorgsky’s epic piano suite Pictures at an Exhibition. Read more >>
Sit in on a Unique Class with Messiaen on Debussy and Colour
French composer Olivier Messiaen was a synaesthete who experienced colours when he heard or imagined music. He devised his own system of modes (scales) based on his synaesthesia and in some scores he actually notated the colours, to help the... Read more >>
Sa Chen plays Chopin
Together with Lang Lang and Yundi Li, Sa Chen (born 1979) is considered as one of today’s most important Chinese pianists and a veritable international sensation. Here we can hear her in the second movement of Chopin´s first Piano Concerto in E minor... Read more >>
New sheet music: Chopin – Four Concert Pieces
Four concert pieces by Chopin, including Variations on Mozart’s ‘La ci darem la mano’ and Andante spianato, in editions by Mikuli (solo piano part with orchestral cues) have been added to our sheet music library. Read more >>
Lang Lang “Live in Vienna” Released in Multiple Formats
Recorded and filmed live in Vienna’s legendary Musikverein concert hall, the Sony Classical debut is available on August 24 in multiple formats including vinyl and 3D video. This release represents Lang Lang’s second live recorded recital to date... Read more >>
Do We Judge Music by Sight More Than Sound?
With an increased share of classical music consumed in various audivisual formats in relation to audio only, a relevant question to ask is whether it disturbs or enhances the musical experience of a classical composition. ... Read more >>
Twelve Nocturnes and a Waltz
Critically-acclaimed American pianist Robert Henry presents his highly anticipated debut recording “Twelwe Nocturnes and a Waltz“. Released in 2010, this recording is a compilation of some of the world’s best loved melodies, featuring Nocturnes of... 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 >>
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 >>
Forty Years in Perspective – The BIS Label’s Pianists
It is always a pleasure to congratulate a person who spent forty years in business, regardless of their trade. Therefor it was a very special moment for Piano Street when we got the chance to talk to Robert von Bahr, Founder of BIS Records, about the... Read more >>
Marathon Men – Two Complete Beethoven Sonatas Projects to Achieve Completion
Daniel Barenboim is not the only one to have successfully had the complete Beethoven sonatas on his agenda lately. Read more >>
András Schiff Almost Won Grammy Without Pedal
Schiff's 2012 recording of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier was nominated for the category “Best Classical Instrumental Solo” at the Grammy Awards 2013. He did not win the Grammy this time but had there been a category for “Best Classical Piano Solo... Read more >>
Traditional Music Engraving - A Course in Magic
G. Henle Publishers employ a variety of techniques in producing their beautiful scores, including software programs like Sibelius. But very few people know just how involved the art of music engraving was in the days before modern music printing... Read more >>
New Piano Piece by Brahms Discovered in $158,500 Album - Free Piano Score
A piano score of the recently discovered piano piece by Johannes Brahms, Albumblatt in A minor, has been published in an Urtext edition.
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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 >>
Piano Played by Mozart Discovered in Germany
An early piano believed to have been played by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has surfaced in Germany and could be worth millions of euros, a radio station reported. Read more >>
Second Life – A Second Chance for Pianists?
Lang Lang played the first piano recital ever to take place on Second Life, a virtual world developed by Linden Lab. Also pianist Jeremy Denk appeared in 2009 via WGBH simulcast on Second Life. Read more >>
Books on Piano Pedaling
“The more I play, the more I am thoroughly convinced that the pedal is the soul of the piano. There are cases where the pedal is everything” Anton Rubinstein 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 >>
Beethoven Variations – New Urtext and Recordings
Variation form was a central feature of Beethoven’s piano writing in general, from his early years until the end of his life. 32 Variations in C-minor as well as the Six Variations in G-major, both based on Beethoven’s original themes, are now... Read more >>
Brendel’s A-Z for the Pianist
Multi-talented pianist legend Alfred Brendel won’t rest since retiring. His latest book A Pianist’s A–Z was officially realeased in September. ... Read more >>
Kovacevich Plays Opus 111 and Teaches Opus 90
Stephen Kovacevich performs the first movement of Beethoven Piano Sonata No.32 in C minor opus 111 at the La Roque d’Anthéron Festival in 2004. Read more >>
Piano Street on Twitter
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A High Tech Pianist for the Future?
“The Visual Recital” is an attempt to help audiences understand and enjoy the syntax of music with visualizations that are scripted and controlled by the musician – a kind of live “Fantasia”, so to speak. 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 >>
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 >>

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