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Recent Articles & News
Belated London Premiere for Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel on International Women’s Day
As part of its special day of programming for International Women’s Day, BBC Radio 3 broadcasted a live performance of the Easter Sonata, a major piano work which until recently had been attributed to Felix Mendelssohn, but is now proved to be the work of his sister Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel. Read more...
Barenboim on Chopin’s Ballade no. 1
Chopin inspires musicians to greater artistry and, as Barenboim says in this video, makes them want to sound as if the music is simply emanating from them as light from a candle. In this ballade, Chopin also takes us on a leisurely stroll through his own private musical world. Read more...
Immersed in Mozart – Roberto Prosseda on Recording the Early Sonatas
The Italian pianist Roberto Prosseda has previously recorded Mendelssohn’s complete piano works. Now he is embarking on a new, slightly less encyclopedic but equally ambitious project, that of recording Mozart’s complete sonatas. Read more...
New Chopin Photo Found!
The Swiss physicist and Chopin connoisseur Alain Kohler, already known for discovering in a private German home a Pleyel piano that once belonged to Frédéric Chopin, has made another sensational find. Kohler, together with Gilles Bencimon of Radio France Internationale, recently announced that they have unearthed a new, previously unknown photograph of Chopin. Read more...
International Piano – Jan/Feb issue is out
In the January-February 2017 issue French superstar pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet brings erudition, insight and boundless energy to his complete cycle of Beethoven sonatas. Jeremy Nicholas can’t help but finding himself bowled over by the Gallic charm and boundless enthusiasm of this unique and stimulating talent. Read more...
Congratulations Maurizio Pollini 75!
On January 5th the Italian pianist celebrated his 75th birthday. Piano Street congratulates one of the great pianists of our time and shares a lovely filmed portrait on his life. Read more...
Top Picks of 2016
We wish you a Happy New Year with a list of highly recommended reading from Piano Street’s Classical Piano Blog. These are the 10 most read, discussed or shared articles of 2016. Read more...
The Audiovisual Study Tool (AST) Updated
In a significant improvement of Piano Street’s Audiovisual Study Tool (AST), Naxos Music Library is now fully integrated allowing users to conveniently stream recordings without logging in separately to a Naxos Music Library account. Read more...
Piano News Flash
Michel Legrand's Piano Concerto
You've polished three Oscars, earned for hit film scores. You've achieved myriad nominations and wins for Emmys, Golden Globes, Grammys and BAFTAs along with 200 popular musical compositions emblazoned with your name. So, what's left to do musically? Read more at ft.com
Chopin's Deceptively Tough Preludes
There is no place to hide. You can't cover your technical shortcomings in bombastic chords accentuated by the pedals. All there is is you and Chopin. Yuja Wang thinks Chopin is similar to Chinese calligraphy, and she stresses that the simplest, smallest designs are the most difficult to paint. Read more at theguardian.com
The Continous Collaboration
Martha Argerich is as mercurial as she is gifted. She cancels so often that concert organizers have to have stand-by performers. Still, when she sat down next to longtime partner Stephen Kovacevich to give an ultra-rare two-piano recital, the Zen magic was inescapable. Read more at latimes.com
Vogt's Goldberg
Lars Vogt seems to have pulled aspects of both of Gould's legendary performances of the 'Goldberg Variations'. From the 1955, he yanked out the youthful technical wizardry that screamed, 'Look what I can do!' From the 1981, he took the introspection and intense emotional connection with Bach himself. Read more at nytimes.com
BBC Music Magazine Awards Announced
The young Italian pianist Beatrice Rana scores as the Newcomer of the Year for her Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev Concertos with Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. Read more at classical-music.com
New Piano Technology
Yamaha has unveiled its newest flagship instrument: the SX. It incorporates changes in both hammer construction and wood curing techniques. Modern technology meets centuries-old standards of craftsmanship. Read more at rhinegold.co.uk
How Playing Can Benefit You
We've all heard of 'The Mozart Effect', which opined that listening to Mozart would make students smarter. Although most of the alleged effect has been debunked, the benefits of studying music are now solidly rooted in science, particularly the playing of music. The skills one learns and develops while playing transfer easily to other learning realms. Read more at theconversation.com
New Book: When the World Stopped to Listen
The book analyzes Cliburn's strengths and weaknesses in greater breadth and depth and explains more fully the particular velvet touch that produced that inimitable Cliburn tone. And the author's account of the complex and still controversial judging of the Moscow competition is more detailed. Read more at dallasnews.com
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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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