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Recent Articles & News
Igor Levit - Reaching Out, Looking Inwards
On "Encounter", Igor Levit has recorded a selection of the pieces he played in his spontaneous, live-streamed performances during this spring's lockdown. The result is an album marked by a desire for human and spiritual love and togetherness. Read more...
Ten Days, Five Concertos - Bezuidenhout's Beethoven Challenge
Kristian Bezuidenhout, Pablo Heras-Casado and the Freiburger Barockorchester have made an exciting period-instrument trilogy of Beethoven's Piano Concertos that looks likely to become a landmark recording. All five concertos were recorded during an intense ten-day session. Read more...
An Uncancelled Beethoven Celebration
In this interview with Konstantin Scherbakov, the phenomenal performer shares his experiences derived from a lifelong relationship with the composer, on stage, in the recording studio and as an influential tutor. In this first part of the interview we get to learn about Scherbakov's year of celebration and complete sonatas recording project. Read more...
Lang Lang Takes On The Goldberg
After extensive preparation and years of living with the piece, Lang Lang premiered J.S. Bach's opus magna on March 1 at the Kurhaus Wiesbaden. Follow along behind the scenes during Lang Lang's premiere of the work, his first solo recital in three years. Read more...
Argerich Performs Chopin's Sonata No. 3 Live
During Symphoniker Hamburg's Internet festival the world was fortunate to be able to enjoy Martha Argerich solo - something which is utterly sensational as the legend these days exclusively appear in concerts with orchestras and in chamber music collaborations. Read more...
Vexations - Was Igor Levit's Lonely Stroll Too Long?
In a bid to raise awareness of all musicians who have been silenced by the coronavirus pandemic, finding themselves suddenly out of work, pianist Igor Levit performed Erik Satie's piano piece Vexations in a 15-hour long virtual performance on May 30. Read more...
Talking Bach with Pianist Ramin Bahrami
Iranian pianist Ramin Bahrami is considered one of today's most interesting interpreters of Johann Sebastian Bach's music. A regular performer at Cremona Musica, Bahrami and flutist Massimo Mercelli presented works from their latest CD, "Bach Sanssouci", on the Decca label. Piano Street's Patrick Jovell was happy to get the chance to talk to the inspirational performer. Read more...
New Feature: Live Streamed Piano Recitals
With music venues on lock down across the world and many of us spending a lot more time at home, we can now enjoy the growing supply of concerts via live stream to watch from home on our TV, computer or smartphone. Piano Street has launced a new feature to help you keep track of upcoming livestreamed piano events. Watch the new ticker on our homepage! Read more...
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Piano News Flash
What Is a Pre-WWII Piano?
Pre-1920s pianos are getting rarer, and because many are considered untunable, people are throwing them out. "There are very few people who take pianos to the next level and that's because there's not very many good pianos around." Read more at abc.net.au
Beethoven's Quest for More
Beethoven constantly looked for instruments with larger capacity. The piano needed to get louder. Audiences were getting bigger and so did the orchestras and the halls. Read more at cpr.org
The Popular Einaudi
You have probably heard his name and many younger pianists cherish the Italian composer/pianist who wants to create "playable" piano music. Learn more about Ludovico Einaudi. Read more at udiscovermusic.com
John Cage's Slow Organ Piece
An organ work starting with a 17 month rest? Yes, the last sound has been the same one for the last six years and 11 month and the next chord change is scheduled for February 5th, 2022. Organizers say the performance is "one of the slowest realizations of an organ musical piece", or any piece for that sake? Read more at theguardian.com
The Everywhere Classical Stream
The mass migration of various artists, orchestras and organizations to online programming, has led to an easy-to-get classical streaming services situation and new ways of presenting live music. Read more at washingtonpost.com
Barenboim and Diabelli
Few musicians have engaged with Beethoven's music as intensively and over such a long period as Daniel Barenboim. Read more at udiscovermusic.com
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Piano Street Site Updates
15 January 2019:
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.

21 December 2018:
The premiere issue of the magazine about the world of piano competitions is available for free download at Piano Street.

10 April 2018:
Visit Piano Street at the Frankfurt Music Expo.

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.

18 February 2016:
New pieces with piano practice tips added to the line of Instructive Editions.

Upcoming livestreams
FREE livestream: 2020-09-24 12:00:00 GMT
Cedric Tiberghien, Recital
From Wigmore Hall, London. Works by Debussy, Ravel and Couperin. Listen at wigmore-hall.org.uk
FREE livestream: 2020-09-24 17:30:00 GMT
Yulianna Avdeeva, Performance
Avdeeva plays and discusses. Works by Bach and Prokofiev. Listen at facebook.com
FREE livestream: 2020-09-25 18:30:00 GMT
Kit Armstrong, Recital
From Wigmore Hall, London. Program to be announced. Listen at wigmore-hall.org.uk
FREE livestream: 2020-09-26 10:00:00 GMT
Maciej Wota, Performance
Chopin Institute presents artists performing at Chopin's birthplace Zelazowa Wola. Listen at facebook.com
FREE livestream: 2020-09-28 18:30:00 GMT
Angela Hewitt, Recital
From Wigmore Hall, London. J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue. Listen at wigmore-hall.org.uk

Latest Piano Albums
Igor Levit:

Stranded during lockdown, Igor Levit decided to take matters into his own hands and started streaming an online recital from his living room every day. His broadcasts became hugely popular, and ended up as a series of 50 "house concerts". Now, he has recorded a selection of the pieces he played during these weeks, creating an album marked by a desire for human and spiritual love and togetherness.
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Alexandre Kantorow:
Brahms, Bartók, Liszt

In 2019, Alexandre Kantorow became the first French pianist to win the gold medal at the prestigious Tchaikovsky Competition. Already before that, his recital disc with Russian music had won many awards and distinctions. The new, “Hungarian” album, is built around three Rhapsodies by Brahms, Bartók and Liszt, and includes Brahms’ majestic Second Sonata.
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Nicholas Walker:
Balakirev - Islamey and other works

This final volume in this survey of the complete solo piano music of Balakirev includes the composer’s most famous work for piano, the ultra-virtuoso Islamey. Also featured are transcriptions, miniatures and a couple of fragments, completed by Nicholas Walker. Walker also performs his own transcription of Balakirev’s symphonic poem Tamara.
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Hiroko Ishimoto:

This is a wide-ranging collection of piano works from the 18th century to the present. "The stories of how these talented women managed to express themselves through music, while at the same time struggling to meet the expectations of their family and society, inspire me. Success and tragedy touched many of them, but their music lives on, and I want to share it with the world."
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