The Grand Piano Podcast
  • Parnassus Records / Leslie Gerber
5 episodes
A weekly podcast featuring the best piano music from across the eras. Hosted by Leslie Gerber.


Grand Piano 005 - Music for Students
2007 Oct 08
Sometimes composers' easy music for students represents some of their best efforts. This program is made up of music that may be easy to play but obviously wasn't easy to write, played by first-class pianists. JS Bach - 2 Part Inventions (3/4/5) - Glenn Gould D. Shostakovich - 3 Fantastic Dances - Dmitri Shostakovich (1956 broadcast) F. Mendelssohn - 6 Children's Pieces, Op. 72 - Daniel Barenboim B. Bartok - For Children (Volume 1) - Lili Kraus S. Prokofiev - 6 pieces from "Children's Music" - Igor Zhukov Why would a great pianist perform music written for beginners? Because sometimes it's some of the composer's best music. In this program, five major pianists (including a major composer-pianist, Shostakovich) play music that was written for students, but despite the technical simplicity of the works their musical content is still first-rate. Download The Grand Piano Podcast 005 - "Music for Students" here (128 kbps mp3 , 49.2 Mb, 53 min 44 sec) Subscribeto The Grand Piano podcast here
Grand Piano 004 - Sviatoslav Richter in Recital
2007 Oct 02
Richter at his greatest, including Schumann and Beethoven performances which seem to go beyond the limits of possibility. Also an example of Richter's Chopin--not the composer he was best known for, but outstanding playing. Schumann: Toccata op7 (Moscow - April 1958) Chopin: Andante Spianato + Grand Polonaise - Op. 22 (London 1961, Kondrashin LSO) Beethoven: Piano Sonata #23 in f minor - Op. 57 "Appassionata" - (Moscow 1960) For this program I selected three of my favorite Richter recordings that would fit into the available time. The Schumann Toccata, from a Parnassus CD, was the single performance that convinced me to start our "Richter in the 1950s" series, simply amazing playing from every aspect. The Chopin is idiomatic and lovely playing of a real showpiece; Richter didn't have a great reputation as a Chopin player but this shows he could play Chopin most convincingly. Finally, the "Appassionata" is one of the supreme moments in all of recorded pianism. Richter plays with power and concentration on the highest level, and his playing of the finale is simply the greatest I've ever heard. Sometimes this performance seems to go beyond what is humanly possible. Download Grand Piano Podcast GP 004 here (53 minutes, 49Mb, 128k mp3) Subscribe to the Grand Piano Podcast here
Grand Piano Podcast 003 - Artur Schnabel
2007 Sep 24
Artur Schnabel was one the of the greatest pianists of the 20th Century. His Beethoven and Schubert, in particular, are highly regarded to this day. Mozart - Rondo in a minor, k.511 - (1946 recording) Beethoven - Fur Elise Schubert - Trout Quintet - D.667 - Artur Schnabel, piano; Pro Arte String Quartet; Claude Hobday, double bass. Download GP003 here ( 128 kbps mp3 , 49 MB, 53:30 ) Subscribe o the Grand Piano Podcast here
Grand Piano Podcast 002 - Composers at the Piano
2007 Sep 17
Some of the most insightful piano interpretations come from the very composers who wrote the pieces. In this episode we listen to several of the 20th Century's most famous composer playing their own music. Several short interviews with the pianists accompany the music. Bela Bartok - brief comments on Mikrokosmos Bela Bartok - Mikrokosmos - Notturno #97 Aaron Copland - excerpt from interview, 1981 Aaron Copland - Piano Variations Dmitri Shostakovich - Trio #2 - with David Oistrakh, violin; Milos Sadlo, 'cello. George Gershwin - comments on the variations of "I Got Rhythm" George Gershwin - Variations on "I Got Rhythm" - Radio boadcast April 30, 1934. Louis Kaplan, conductor. Download The Grand Piano Podcast 002 - Composers at the Piano - 49Mb - 53 minutes - 128k mp3 Subscribe here
The Grand Piano Podcast 001 - History of Piano in Sound
2007 Sep 09
This show originally aired in the Fall of 1998. We explore the origins of the piano and developments through the first couple of centuries. Lodovico Giustini - Sonata #4 E min. - Mieczysław Horszowski - Bartolomeo Cristofori piano Joseph Haydn - Trio #39 G Maj. - Huguette Dreyfus (vienese fortepiano), Edward Melkus (violin), Elisabeth Vogt (cello) Ludwig Beethoven - Op. 126 #6 Bagatelle - Andras Schiff - Beethoven's own Broadwood piano Frederic Chopin - Andante Spinato & Grande Polonaise - Emanual Ax (Erhard fortepiano), Sir Charles Mackerras cond. the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment This show originally aired over WMHT-FM in Fall of 1998. 128 kB mp3 - 48 mB - 52 minutes Download The Grand Piano 001 here Subscribe to the series here