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Piano Inspires Podcast: Robert Weirich

Discovery homeSign up for email updatessubmit a question To celebrate the latest episode of Piano Inspires Podcast featuring Robert Weirich we are sharing an excerpted transcript of his conversation with Nicholas Phillips. Want to learn more about Weirich? Check out the latest installment of the...


Book Review: Recollections: A Pianist’s Essays on Teaching, Performing, & Living

Spring 2024; Vol. 16, No. 1

Long-time readers will recall that for many years the astute and witty observations, thought-provoking questions, personal anecdotes, and musical and philosophical musings of Robert Weirich filled a regular column in this publication, and its predecessors. The column’s name changed as it reflected his own life...


NCKP 2023: Committee Programming Previews

NCKP: The Piano Conference will be in-person at the Westin Chicago Lombard from Wednesday to Saturday, July 26–29, 2023, and online on Friday to Sunday, June 9–11, 2023. The conference has a compelling array of topics covering all aspects of piano teaching, learning, and performing....


Spring 2023: Recording Reviews

Spring 2023; Vol. 15, No. 1

Dutilleux: Complete Music for Solo Piano Vittoria Quartararo, pianoPiano Classics PCL10167[Total Time 59:14] Though she states that “…Dutilleux’s works cannot be consumed without concentration,” Vittoria Quartararo makes the listener’s job an easy and enjoyable one in her recent album featuring the composer’s complete works. Her...


Winter 2023: Recording Reviews

Winter 2023; Vol. 14, No. 4

Uncommon Voices: Women Composers from Eastern Europe Natasha Stojanovska, pianoNavona NV6440[Total Time 69:55] This album includes works by six women, including two Phantasies by the performer. In these works, Stojanovska uses rhythmic frameworks and rhapsodic filigree emanating from Macedonian music, cast in a tonal/modal pitch...


Summer 2020: Recordings

Summer 2020; Vol. 12, No. 3

Arthur Lourié (1892–1966) is, even in most pianistic circles, a barely remembered figure. A leading composer in the early years of the Soviet Union, he was exiled in 1921. After a stint in Berlin, he made his way to Paris, where he was a very...


Autumn 2022: Recording Reviews

Autumn 2022; Vol. 14. No. 3

The latest addition to the formidable Polish composer’s discography is an authoritative offering by a world-class pianist. It features the popular second sonata and 10 Concert Etudes for Piano, two of Bacewicz’s most enduring works for piano. The self-proclaimed “progressive” composer adopts the major influences...


Summer 2022: New Music and Materials, Recordings

New Music & Materials: Grade Level Descriptions DREAMS AND IMAGINATION: 10 ORIGINAL PIANO SOLOSarranged by Carolyn Miller, S 1-2 “It is my hope that students will mentally paint a picture in their minds of what the title describes before performing the pieces.” Student’s imaginations will...


Spring 2022: Discover: First Looks: Recordings

Spring 2022; Vol. 14, No. 1

PIANO FANTASIES Pavel Gintov, piano Navona NV6379. Total Time [71:05].  Though fantasies may not share compositional or stylistic similarities from one piece to the next, one common theme emerges: the fantasy represents a journey. Pavel Gintov takes us on a spectacular one in his latest album, which includes beloved favorites by...


Winter 2022: First Looks: Recordings

Winter 2022; Vol. 13, No. 4

ARCANA: ALEX SHAPIRO Adam Marks, piano Innova 041 Total Time [79.58] This album presents the collected piano works by composer Alex Shapiro. The music is perhaps best summarized in the liner notes to the pieces that give the album its title: “Arcana explores the painfully...


The Benefits of Teaching Advanced Students Remotely

COVID-19 Special Issue; Vol. 12, No. 2

A New Reality It has been remarkable to see our community of piano teachers come together to share resources and provide support to one another during this pandemic. We had to transition to online teaching very quickly—overnight for some—and mobilize what technology we had on...


Spring 2020: Recordings

Spring 2020; Vol. 12, No. 1

Tan, a longtime friend and collaborator of George Crumb, introduces Book 1 of Crumb’s first large-scale work since his monumental Makrokosmos, composed forty years ago. Based on paintings by a variety of twentieth-century artists, these ten works translate visual art into sound with Crumb’s signature...


September 2018: First Looks, Recordings

In her second recording of Haydn sonatas, American pianist Anne-Marie McDermott presents a dazzling display of scintillating articulation. The clarity of her tone is aptly suited for Haydn’s humorous style, which dances to life in the finale movements of both the Sonata in G Major,...


November 2018: Recordings

November 2018; Vol. 10, No. 6

Leif Ove Andsnes: Sibelius Leif Ove Andsnes, piano| Sony Classical 88985408502 [Total Time 67:00] In this recording of Jean Sibelius’s little-known piano works, Andsnes, the tremendous pianist from Norway, pays tribute to his fellow Nordic musician. Andsnes has handpicked twenty-four pieces, representing all parts of the composer’s creative years, from...


May 2018: Recordings

May 2018; Vol. 10, No. 3

DebussySteven Osborne, pianoHyperion CDA68161[Total Time 73:21]hyperion-records. Debussy Steven Osborne, piano Hyperion CDA68161 [Total Time 73:21] hyperion-records. Eleven years after the release of his recording of Debussy’s complete set of preludes, British pianist Steven Osborne offers a captivating rendition of other Debussy masterworks, including...

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