The Evolving Piano

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The piano is taught more than any other single instrument in America. And children studying piano learn to give recital programs no sooner than they can muster a few tunes.

This week, host Terrance McKnight features music written for piano. However his approach is not to cover the the mammoth works from the genre nor present works chronologically or thematically. This show is about the many moods, colors, shades and styles of piano music and the ways they have evolved over the past 300 years. And for variation, we hear a splash of clarinet and coloratura.

Playlist:

Berceuse in D-flat, Op. 57

Frederic Chopin

Marc-Andre-Hamelin

Hyperion

 

Troubled Water

Margaret Bonds

Joel Fan

Reference Recordings

 

Four Piano Blues

Aaron Copland

Alan Marks

Nimbus

 

“La vega”

Isaac Abeniz

Marc-andre Hamelin

Hyperion

 

Scherzo diabolico

Charles-Valentin alkan

Laurent Martin

Bernard Ringeissen

Naxos

 

Suggestion diabolique

Sergei Prokofiev

Andrei Gavrilov

Angel/EMI

 

The Shepard on the Rock

Franz Schubert

Kathleen Battle, soprano

James Levine, piano

Karl Leister, clarinet

DG

 

Piano sonata No. 9

Alexander Scriabin

Marcandre Hamelin

 

Ballade, Op. 46

Samuel Barber

John Browning

Music Masters

 

The Negro Speaks of Rivers

Margaret Bonds

Darryl Taylor

Naxos

 

Six Morceaux for piano

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Martha Argerich, piano

Mirabela Dina, piano

Angel/EMI

 

Metamorphosis

Phillip Glass

DBR, violin

Thirsty Ear