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Recent Articles & News

Performing Ligeti’s complete Etudes is a challenge for any pianist. Young pianist Han Chen has received both attention and glowing reviews for his recording of the entire set for Naxos. We had the opportunity to speak with the pianist after his impressive recital at the Piano Experience in Cremona last fall. Read more
Susan Tomes' latest book is a captivating and thought-provoking exploration of women pianists’ history, praised for its engaging storytelling, thorough research, and insightful analysis. The book combines historical narrative with Tomes' personal insights as a performing female pianist. Read more
With 50 years at the Royal Academy of Music and an international teaching career, Professor Christopher Elton has gained unique experience in how to coach accomplished artists. In this unique interview for Piano Street, Elton shares his insights and views on the big perspective. Read more
Pianist Lucas Debargue recently recorded the complete piano works of Gabriel Fauré on the Opus 102, a very special grand piano by Stephen Paulello. Eric Schoones from the German/Dutch magazine PIANIST had a conversation with him. Read more
Today, with smartwatches and everyday electronics, it is increasingly common to measure training results, heart rate, calorie consumption, and overall health. But monitoring heart rate of pianists and audience can reveal interesting insights on several other aspects within the musical field. Read more
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Piano News Flash

Size Matters - Stretto Pianos
As the industry evolves, some companies are offering smaller pianos, while others, like renowned conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim, are modifying their instruments with narrower keys for recitals, a practice previously kept under wraps in the classical music world.
Read at npr.org
DG Signs Julius Asal
Deutsche Grammophon announces the exclusive signing of Julius Asal, a 26-year-old pianist renowned for his captivating performances, marked by elemental energies, subtle mood changes, and poetic expression. He also excels in program curation and improvisation in diverse styles.
Read at deutschegrammophon.com
Vietnamese Musicians Highlighted
World-renowned classical pianist Dang Thai Sơn, the first Asian artist to win the International Chopin Piano Competition, will collaborate with his students in a Hanoi concert next month, kicking off the "Timeless Resonance" series.
Read at vietnamnews.vn
More Forgotten Piano Sonatas
To mark World Pianist Day last year, Hermione Lai's blog showcased lesser-known piano sonatas. She invited readers to contribute suggestions, resulting in a follow-up episode featuring eight more hidden gems, offering a fresh perspective on the classical music world.
Read at interlude.hk
Edelweiss' Piano Inventions
The piano's origins are in Italy, refined by the French, and perfected by the Germans. However, in the 19th century, British manufacturers like Broadwood & Sons, Welmar, Kemble, and Knight produced exceptional pianos, but the industry's decline began with competition, lack of innovation, and the rise of the gramophone during the Great Depression.
Read at ft.com
Leon Fleisher's Heroic Power
In the mid-1990s, he received a diagnosis: he had focal dystonia, a neurological condition linked to writer's cramp. The advent of Botox and Rolfing, a deep massage technique, brought new hope for treatment.
Read at gramophone.co.uk
Sviatoslav Richter - The Legend
As a complex individual, Richter was both direct and enigmatic, with a dry sense of humor. He disliked recording, calling it "torture", but his extensive repertoire, from Bach to Britten, remains largely unrevealed, with 19th-century romantics being his specialty.
Read at abc.net.au

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Latest Piano Albums


Andrey Gugnin:
Grieg – Holberg Suite, Ballade, & Lyric Pieces

Since winning the Sydney International Piano Competition in 2016, Andrey Gugnin has been steadily building his reputation as a concert and recording artist – his albums of Liszt, Scriabin, Godowsky, and Shostakovich have received great praise. This is his portrait of Grieg, with a selection of Lyric Pieces, the Holberg Suite, and the majestic Ballade.
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Alexandre Tharaud:
& Friends – Four Hands

"This was something I’d had in mind for a long time – to put together an album for the sheer pleasure of it, in collaboration with dear friends and paying tribute to the wonders of the piano duet repertoire.” Tharaud's list of friends is a roll call of household piano names, as well as some surprise appearances, including cellist Gautier Capuçon, countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, and singer-songwriter Juliette.
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Christina Petrowska Quilico:
Games of the Night Wind

Games of the Night Wind is a dreamy musical landscape featuring twelve of David Jaeger’s Nocturnes, and 20th-century works by Takemitsu, Tansman, and Górecki. The Nocturnes, written between 2020 and 2023, are all based on poetry Jaeger compiled from several authors he collaborated with: David Cameron, Seán Haldane, Bruce Whiteman, and his pianist collaborator, Christina Petrowska Quilico.
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Martin Helmchen:
Bach – Six Partitas

"One of the most thrilling moments of my life as a pianist was when I encountered the original, intact tangent piano built by Spät & Schmahl in 1790... Such colours... such a symbiosis of the characteristics of the harpsichord, clavichord and early piano..." Martin Helmchen saw possibilities opening up that weren't available anywhere else, and has now recorded Bach's 6 Partitas on this unique instrument.
Listen on NML >

Piano Street Site Updates

17 November 2023:
The sheet music library now contains the complete solo keyboard pieces by J. S. Bach.

12 September 2023:
Rachmaninoff's complete piano works are now available in our sheet music library.

26 January 2023:
The complete piano works of 12 composers are now available in our sheet music library.

1 February 2022:
We celebrate 20 years online with an updated webdesign of pianostreet.com and a special bonus package for all our memebers!

10 January 2022:
Pages about composer have a new design with additional content and the best solo piano pieces listed separately for composers such as Beethoven and Chopin.

26 November 2021:
A new issue of the magazine about the world of piano competitions is available for free download at Piano Street.

8 October 2021:
Piano Street's multimedia tool for watching the Chopin Competition has been updated.

24 September 2021:
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15 January 2021:
Urtext editions of Debussy Clair de lune, Chopin Prelude in E minor and Major Piano Scales are now available to download for free at Piano Street.

24 October 2020:
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