"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.
This week's playlist features some repertory favorites in recordings that may not be so easy to find, unless you're a seasoned and admittedly fanatical piano maven like Jed. "For instance, Clifford Curzon made splendid studio recordings of Mozart's K. 488 concerto, but I found a live version of the slow movement that finds the pianist on even more rapt and responsive form. And what about Ivan Davis' delicious 1987 Grieg recital on the Audiofon label? Now that's a highly acclaimed pianist who made way too few recordings."
Other highlights of an episode that Jed calls "Variety Pack" include Ramond Trouard - an almost unknown French pianist (unknown to Americans, that is - performing Chopin, François-René Duchable's Liszt/Berlioz, Rudolf Firkusny's Smetana, and Arthur Rubinstein on prime form in a live 1950s performance of the finale from Saint-Saëns' Piano Concerto No. 2.
Tune in this Tuesday November 20th at 10 PM for Between the Keys, only here on The Classical Network and WWFM.org.