Between the Keys with Jed Distler

Tuesdays at 10 pm

Between the Keys may or may not begin at the piano but will always find Jed taking the listener on a creative, imaginative and unique musical journey as only someone of his experience could present. 

Between the Keys is supported by Steinway and Sons.

Schumann served rare? What is the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler cooking up?

“It's a simple explination," Jed says. "I'm merely talking about rare works of Robert Schumann, and rare recordings of Schumann works. This week I hope to draw attention to wonderful performances and works that our listeners may not necessarily not know about.”

This week on the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler catches up with the internationally acclaimed virtuoso Marc-André Hamelin for conversation and music, in an episode that features a wide and varied selection from the pianist’s large discography, including works by Blanchet, Alkan, Haydn, Charles Trenet, Schumann, Scriabin, Medtner, Liszt and Hamelin himself.

Between the Keys Delves into Debussy November 27th

Nov 27, 2018

This week on the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, The Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler presents his third and final program this year to mark the 100th anniversary of Claude Debussy’s death in 1918.

"When I can't think of an overall theme, or I don't have a guest planned, I simply dig into my vast collection of piano recordings, pull out one or two at random, and hope that a nice playlist will eventually evolve," says The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler, who produces, writes and hosts the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomsom Award winning program Between the Keys each Tuesday night.

Between the Keys' Bagatelle Buffet on November 13th

Nov 13, 2018

This week’s episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys is devoted to the art of the piano Bagatelle, with music by Beethoven, Ježek, Sibelius, Howard Ferguson, Dvorak, Poulenc, Edison Denisov, Saint-Saëns, Marie Jaëll, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Nikolai Kapustin and Edison Denisov. There’ll also be a Bagatelle by the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler, who is the creator, producer and host of Between the Keys.

On Tuesday November 6th at 10 PM, Episode No. 176 of Between the Keys will feature a single, solitary large scale work, the Fantasia by the Swedish composer Claude Loyola Allgén.

"Allgén lived from 1920 until 1990, " says host Jed Distler, who is the Classical Network's Artist-in Residence." He never really got recognition until the end of his life. In a way, it's understandable, because Allgén composed vast amounts of difficult  large-scale pieces, and he lived and worked in isolation from the music community at large. Apparently Allgén was also a rather prickly character."

Between the Keys goes to Italy October 30th

Oct 30, 2018

When The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler met his wife, the Italian New York-based artist Maria Scarpini, he had no idea that Italy would become a major part of his life. 

"We go at least once a year, and I sometimes play concerts, " says Jed. "Usually we're based in Milan, and I feel so much at home with the city's growing arts scene and the sense of civility that seems to prevail. Milan also is home to my favorite pizza in the universe: S.P.I.B., at Via Legnone 34!".

Unsung piano legends are the topic for this week’s episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, hosted by the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler.

“Although the pianists you’ll be hearing this hour are not necessarily household names,” says Distler, “they nevertheless count among the keyboard world’s most distinctive voices, and made significant contributions. Needless to say, hundreds of pianists share their distinction, I hasten to add, and this is only a small sample.”

Composer/Pianists on Between the Keys October 16th

Oct 16, 2018

The topic of composers at the keyboard is near and dear to The Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler, who not only hosts and produces the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, but is a veteran composer/pianist in his own right.

For this week’s episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys , the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler presents a program of piano etudes.

“Yes, I know, we recently did an all-etudes program, I confess,” says Jed. “But the genre is so vast, so diverse and so interesting that one program cannot do it justice. Nor two or three for that matter.”

This week’s episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys takes listeners on a global journey of piano music inspired by geographical hotspots, tourist destinations, bustling cities and vast landscapes.

Between the Keys Sept. 25/New Releases

Sep 25, 2018

September is a big month for new CD releases and reissues flooding the market and vying for attention. No one knows that more than The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler, whose activities as radio host and frequent CD reviewer have long put him on the receiving end of the classical CD industry. "It's both a blessing and a curse to find dozens of new releases and reissues in my mail nearly every day," says Jed. "A blessing, because I'm constantly learning about new artists and new repertoire.

Last year the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler learned about a CD debut from a pianist named Steven Spooner. What was unusual was that this release contained fifteen CDs and one DVD.

A 9/11 Tribute on Between the Keys this Tuesday

Sep 11, 2018

This week's edition of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys commemerates the 17th anniversary of the 2001 September 11th attacks with a unique work by The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence, composer/pianist Jed Distler, his 50 minute "110 for 911," for speaking pianist and electronics. Mr. Distler is both pianist and speaker in this archival recording from its world premier performance on February 16th 2003 at West-Park Presbyterian Church in New York City.

Etudes Galore on Between the Keys September 4th

Sep 4, 2018

On Tuesday's edition of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler showcases piano etudes that span from the early 19th century up until today.

"The etude genre fascinates me, not just because I have to practice them to keep my hands in shape, but also as a composer. I love to see how composers address specific challeneges of piano technique without constricting their creative urges," says Distler.

A Between the Keys "Mixtape" on August 28th

Aug 28, 2018

Most episodes of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys center around a particular topic, or feature a specific performer, composer, genre or special guest.

This week, however,  the Classical Network's Artist-In Residence Jed Distler couldn't come up with an idea. So what to do?

Two years ago The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler devoted an episode of his ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys to Leonard Bernstein's piano artistry. Originally aired on May 2016, Episode 60 "Lenny at the Keyboard" will rerun on Tuesday August 21st, to celebrate what would have been the legendary musician's 100th birthday.

Summer Languor on Between the Keys, August 14th

Aug 14, 2018

In the midst of an unusually hot summer accompanied by intense rain and humidity, even a more-or-less level headed host like The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler feels challenged to keep cool. 

The year 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of Claude Debussy’s death in 1918, and The Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler has been marking this milestone on his ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys.

“A few months back we played all twelve Debussy Preludes Book I, allotting each Prelude to a different pianist. For this week’s show, however, I thought it would be interesting to compare and contrast  how two pianists approach the same work.

The Joy of Discovery on Between the Keys, July 31st

Jul 31, 2018

It's been more than three years since the Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler launched Between the Keys. Having written, produced and hosted more than 160 episodes to date, how does he keep the show fresh?

In 2017 The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler celebrated what would have been Dinu Lipatti's 100th birthday with a special episode on his ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award Winning program Between the Keys. Fast forward to a years later, and several fresh Lipatti discoveries.

"A small yet important group of previously unknown Lipatti recordings came to light around ten years ago, and have just come out on the Marston label," says Distler. "The story about their discovery and ultimate publication is quite fascinating."

The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler is attracted to music where opposites attract and merge as one. "Think about the fusion of boldness and beauty, strength and sensitivity, or power and lyricism," says Distler. "These are contradictory elements, yet when they come together, creative sparks can truly fly."

This week's episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award winning Between the Keys is called "The Bold and the Beautiful," and Distler is particularly excited about its playlist.

Composer/pianists on Between the Keys, July 10th

Jul 10, 2018

The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler has a special affection for his fellow composer/pianists, and has frequently showcased them on his weekly ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, sponsored by Steinway and Sons.

For this week's edition of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, the Classica Network's Artist-in Residence Jed Distler focuses on the New, the Old and the Unexpected.

"Actually, 'New, Old and Unexpected' was the name of my friend and colleague Tim Page's weekday afternooon NPR radio show in the 80s and 90s, "says Distler. "When I can't think of a specific theme for the week, I simply revert to 'Mixtape Mode.' Yet somehow the selections wind up cohering and making internal sense. Surely there will be some real eye and ear openers!"

Jean-Yves Thibaudet on Between the Keys/June 19th

Jun 18, 2018

This week's edition of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys features internationally acclaimed pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet in both words and music.

The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler devotes this week's episode of Between the Keys to 24 preludes by 24 composers. 

"I don't know where this idea came from," says Distler. "But I wound up puttting an awful lot of time, effort and research into coming up with 24 preludes, one prelude per composer, and one pianist per prelude for that matter. The challenge was how to create flow, contrast, continuity and a real sense of build. Somehow everything seems to cohere, but that's for listeners to decide!"

If you've been listening to Jed Distler's weekly program Between the Keys, you've probably gathered that he has a vast library of unfamiliar, rare, and long-out-of print piano recordings at his beck and call.

Between the Keys May 22 - Varied Variations

May 22, 2018

This week's edition of the ASCAP Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys finds The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler exploring piano variations.

The four distinctly different works that Distler has chosen may not be equally familiar, yet promise stimulating listening. Chopin's youthful, seldom heard Variations on "The Carnival of Venice" start things off in a recording by Nikita Magaloff. Nielsen's Chaconne is a masterpiece waiting to be discovered, and John Ogdon's recording is considered the version of reference.

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