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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 footage and rare artist interviews. Featured performers are Vladimir Horowitz, Artur Rubinstein, Sviatoslav Richter, Sergei Rachmaninov, Glenn Gould, Edwin Fischer, Claudio Arrau, Georges Cziffra, Wilhelm Backhaus, Alfred Cortot, Ignacy Jan Paderewski and Francis Plante performing live and on film. Read more >>

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« on: February 20, 2013, 11:43:25 AM »

Just bought an apartment sized Riga upright.  Very inexpensive.  I cannot find out any info on the brand.  It is a low end product and will do me just fine until I can leap up to a Yahama product at some later point in my life.  Anyone know much about who makes this piano and any stories about them would be fun to read. 
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« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2013, 11:51:03 AM »

Lira produces 600 to 700 pianos a year, compared with the more than 7,000 uprights and grands it annually assembled from domestic parts during Soviet times. Its bright new showroom in northern Moscow displays a sampling of its instruments, including a model named after Tchaikovsky, a $2,000 instrument advertised as an "economy" piano for the middle class.

But the bulk of pianos for sale in Russia are better-known imports, which piano experts say typically have better sound and are of higher quality. Those instruments are bought by serious musicians and well-to-do Russians who consider a piano a desirable adornment to a spacious living room.
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Piano players in Monsey, New York have relied on Charles Flaum since before 1990 for piano tuning, piano repairs and sage piano advice. Monsey, a family oriented village in Rockland County, is full of
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« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2013, 03:42:26 PM »

What is the connection between Lira and Riga pianos?
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