The Romantic Piano : About
Airs Thursdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 10 pm on WQXR.
Every great composer of the Romantic era was also a great pianist.
In this 13-part series, pianist, teacher and author David Dubal explores the way the giants of the 19th century wrote for the solo piano. Each one-hour program will focus on a single composer, from Dubal’s list of six key Romantics: Franz Schubert, Felix Mendelssohn, Frederick Chopin, Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt and Johannes Brahms.
Each composer was impacted by the innovations in piano design, notably the arrival of the fortepiano, the predecessor of the modern piano and an instrument whose name literally means “loud-soft.” It was the perfect vehicle to express a wider, more intimate emotional range and capture the Sturm und Drang of the Romantic Age.
Dubal’s goal is not only to enhance our understanding of the composers and their repertoire, but also to offer some of the finest performances of their work. To that end, the program includes a healthy mix of modern recordings and historically significant performances, some dating back to the first third of the 20th century. You can also expect comparative performances, so you can hear different interpretive styles side-by-side and pick your own favorites.
The Romantic Piano marks David Dubal’s return to the weekly programming line-up for first time since 2009.