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Recent Articles & News
5 Minutes on Franz Liszt’s Funérailles
Pianist Daniel Barenboim, now celebrating 75 years, has published a series of short videos titled “5 minutes on…” in which he discusses well-known piano pieces. In this episode he talks about Franz Liszt’s Funérailles from the piano cycle Harmonies Poétiques et Religieuses. Read more...
The Media Lounge Debut and a World Gathering in Cremona!
Cremona again marked its presence as the world capital of instrumental music exhibitions with the 2017 edition of the Cremona Musica which combined top level artists, manufacturers, academia and pedagogy. An initiative from the Artistic Director pianist Roberto Prosseda and Berlin based pianist Andreas Kern, the Media Lounge with 30 journalists from the major specialized newspapers, magazines, broadcast media and web-based media saw its light. Read more...
The World Piano Bible
While working in a piano factory in Leipzig, East Germany, Jens Witter started cataloging pianos, inadvertently beginning what would eventually become his doctoral dissertation. The data archive grew and comprised 10 000 index cards and eventually became a massive Bible of Pianos containing some 40 000 names. Read more...
The Hidden Piano Treasure of Jean Sibelius
Strangely enough, it would be quite easy to attend piano recitals for years and never hear a note of Sibelius. Now Norwegian pianist Leif-Ove Andsnes makes an adventurous raid into Sibelius’ native Finland and want us to change that. It is not surprising that his playing is immaculately detailed and sympathetic Read more...
International Piano – September/October issue
Boris Giltburg explores how his Russian roots have deeply influenced his cultural and artistic outlook, and explains why the music of Rachmaninov never fails to move him; we catch up with pianist and conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy as he celebrates his 80th birthday; and the development of piano music and pianism in Russia in the turbulent years leading up to the October Revolution of 1917. Read more...
Ode to Joy at the Proms 2017
Hear Igor Levit’s encore at First Night of the Proms 2017. Liszt’s piano solo version of Ode to Joy from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. Read more...
Mozart Can Tell the Difference
For the first time in the history of The Cliburn Competition, semifinalists were required to perform a Mozart concerto. This was not only based on the fact that the Cliburn Foundation’s CEO Jacques Marquis is a classical concerto fan, but rather from the aim of judging how competitors show musical maturity and the delicate world of the Austrian master. Read more...
What’s New in The Cliburn 2017?
The final round of quadrennial Van Cliburn Competition kicked off on Monday. The competition has moved into the 21st century. There are simulcasts on the competition’s website and the French classical music website medici.tv. Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe host the festivities. Read more...
Piano News Flash
The 'Aha!' Moment
Daria van den Bercken is the daredevil of the piano, playing from hanging scaffolds and on the decks of barges. She is also a deep-thinking, intelligent musician. Handel, however, grabbed a hold of her psyche in a way she had never felt before. Read more at advertiser.ie
The First Lady of the Piano
Ruth Laredo, gone far too young less than a year after this interview, was as much at home with Rachmaninoff as she was with Ellington or Jobim. Her flexibility and inspired musicianship were a beacon to pianists both young and old. Even 12 years after her death, we still miss her. Read more at npr.org
Encore! Encore!
The encore is ubiquitous today. Even performances that aren't world-shattering are yielding requests for 'something extra'. Pianists, especially, prepare a short bit to delight their audiences. One might hear anything from a Chopin Mazurka to a jaunty hornpipe. Read more at wqxr.org
Nonephemeral Sales Boom
Vinyl is in. The same thing applies to compact discs, DVDs, and other 'solid' media. The lure of the MP3 is no longer as strong as it once was, largely because you can't play it except on your MP3 player. The same applies to books because young people like to feel the heft, hear the soft swish of the page, and experience the satisfaction of the 'I'm done!' snap shut. Read more at dailymail.co.uk
Tick ... Tick ... Tick ...
Maelzel and Beethoven weren't just colleagues over the former's ear trumpets. Maelzel was instrumental, pardon the pun, in developing the metronome, a device with which Beethoven was so enamored that he composed 'Wellington's Victory' to honor it. Read more at wqxr.org
Van Cliburn Winner Pays Tribute to Two Lands
Olga Kern took America by storm by winning the 2001 Van Cliburn Competition in dominating fashion. She readily took to America as her adoptive home. Now, she is an American citizen, so she is performing a new recital that honors both nationalities: Russian and American. Read more at tucson.com
Fred Hersch Did 'Coma' Into His Own
He was so sick that he almost died. He was unresponsive for more than two months during 2008. Now, he is 62 years old, fully focused, and dedicated to being a better musician than he ever was before. Read more at washingtonpost.com
Award Winner Still Looks to Develop
The trap of musical narcissism is an easy one to fall into, particularly when one wins awards. Szymon Nehring, however, is as pragmatic about his future as he is brilliant in the present. Although he has won awards and is the "talk of the town" in his native Poland, he still keeps his head about him and plans to keep developing as a musician because he knows there is always more to learn. Read more at yale.edu
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Piano Street Site Updates
19 april 2017:
New CD release by Op 111 Productions: "Alma Brasiliera" with pianist Paulo Steinberg.

25 november 2016:
13 Easy Pieces by Beethoven and Gurlitt.

29 July 2016:
New pieces added to the line of Instructive Editions.

18 February 2016:
New pieces added to the line of Instructive Editions.

18 February 2016:
Piano Street at the Music Education Expo 2016.

12 February 2016:
Six more composers added to the Audiovisual Study Tool

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