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 Jacobs Music.

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.

Well Tempered Pianists on Between the Keys May 15th

May 15, 2018

This week's edition of the ASCAP Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys features several generations of notable Bach pianists in Preludes and Fugues from both books of the Well  Tempered Clavier.

Artists include Craig Sheppard, Angela Hewitt, Glenn Gould, Roger Woodward, Evelyne Crochet, Edwin Fischer, Wilhelm Kempff, Evgeni Koroliov, Samuel Feinberg, Harriet Cohen, Harold Samuel and Youri Egorov.

Tune in Tuesday May 15th at 10:00 PM for Between the Keys, produced and hosted by The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler, 

May 8th/Between the Keys remembers Michael Sahl

May 7, 2018

The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler remembers the multi-faceted, style-bending composer and pianist Michael Sahl (1934-2018) on Tuesday's edition of Between the Keys, at 10:00 PM May 8th. Mr. Sahl, 83, had been in poor health for some time before he passed away peacefully on March 28th in New York City.

Tuesday May 1st/Between the Keys goes Waltzing

Apr 30, 2018

This Tuesday, May 1st at 10:00 PM, the 2017 ASCAP Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award Winning program Between the Keys airs its 150th episode.

"I thought we'd mark the occasion with a show all about waltzes," says the Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence and Between the Keys producer and host Jed Distler. "We had a waltz show in 2015, and again in 2016, but somehow I forgot to do one last year. So I'm making up for lost time. In any event, I've put together a lineup of works and pianists that's got something for everyone."

Between the Keys April 24/Seriously Scherzo! Part 2

Apr 23, 2018

This week on Between the Keys, The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler concludes a two part survey of the musical Scherzo. While a scherzo is defined as "a vigorous, light or playful composition, typically comprising a movement in a symphony or sonata," the genre, in fact, embraces a wide range of moods.

Between the Keys April 17/Seriously Scherzo! Part 1

Apr 16, 2018

This week on Between the Keys, The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler launches a two part survey of the musical Scherzo. While a scherzo is defined as "a vigorous, light or playful composition, typically comprising a movement in a symphony or sonata," the genre, in fact, embraces a wide range of moods.

This first of two episodes titled "Serious Scherzo!" features music by Griffes, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Schumann, Grieg, Lukas Foss and Chopin. Performers include David Alan Wehr, Scott Dunn, Natan Brand, Andreas Staier, Eileen Joyce and Mikhail Pletnev.

Between the Keys April 10th/Nocturnal Images

Apr 10, 2018

Virko Baley's Nocturnal No. 7 is the centerpiece of a program built around music evoking images of the night, with specks of light peaking aroun, and sudden , unpredictable emotional swings. Music by Mozart, Debussy, Chopin, Respighi and Rautavaara also will be featured.

Join the Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler for Between the Keys, this Tuesday April 10th at 10:00 PM.

New concert music by the acclaimed composer and jazz pianist Fred Hersch is the focus of this week's episode of Between the Keys. Join The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler on Tuesday April 3rd at 10:00 PM for music and conversation with pianist Eunbi Kim, who has recorded Fred Hersch's music for her new solo debut CD release.

March 27th/Between the Keys: Happy 3rd Anniversary!

Mar 27, 2018

In March 2015 The Classical Network's newly named first Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler launched Between the Keys, a program that explores the keyboard world's wealth of styles, genres, eras, works, composers and performers. The program won 2017's ASCAP Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award for broadcasting excellence.

Between the Keys March 20th/Delving into Debussy

Mar 20, 2018

To mark the centenary of Claude Debussy's death, The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler will be presenting several episodes on Between the Keys this spring devoted to the innovative composer's piano music.

Between the Keys March 13th/"The Spirit of 176"

Mar 13, 2018

"The Spirit of 176" refers to 176 keys on two pianos. A wide variety of two-piano music is in store for this week's episode of Between the Keys, airing Tuesday March 13th at 10:00 PM, and hosted by The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler.  Selections include works by Ferruccio Busoni, York Bowen, Nicolai Medtner, Igor Stravinsky, James P. Johnson, J.S. Bach, Jeffrey Haas, Ned Rorem and Maurice Ravel.

Between the Keys March 6th/At the Opera

Mar 6, 2018

Join The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler on Tuesday March 6th at 10:00 PM, when Between the Keys goes to the opera. Operatic transcriptions and paraphrases for solo piano are in store, with works by Verdi/Liszt, Berg/Mikhashoff, Offenbach/Sorabji, Britten/Stevenson, Glass/Barnes, Kocsis/Wagner and Fiorentino/Strauss.

California-based pianist, writer and radio host Sarah Cahill is Jed Distler's guest this week on Between the Keys. Cahill is a leading exponent of early 20th century American maverick composers such as Ruth Crawford, Lou Harrison, Henry Cowell, Leo Ornstein, Marc Blitzstein and many others, while focusing energy on important creative figures today like John Adams, Terry Riley and Philip Glass.

Between the Keys February 20th/Songs Without Words

Feb 20, 2018

The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler explores famous songs as transcribed, arranged or even "de-ranged" by various composers on this week's edition of Between the Keys, Tuesday night February 20th at 10. Featured composers include Paul McCartney, Roger Waters, Franz Schubert, Stephen Sondheim and Robert Schumann.

"With so many new releases darting at me all over the place, and many classic piano performances that repose on my shelves for years, I've decided to take a deep breath, take a step back, and simply devote an episode to some nice things that I've been neglecting, or missing out on," says Jed Distler, the Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence and host for Between the Keys.

Emanuel Ax on Between the Keys, February 6

Feb 6, 2018

The internationally acclaimed piano virtuoso Emanuel Ax joins The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler for Between the Keys, Tuesday February 6th at 10 PM, with a rebroadcast Monday February 13th at noon.

In a lively discussion on the topic of an upcoming box set release from Sony/BMG encompassing the pianist's complete RCA Victor recordings, Mr. Ax talks about his early career, his attitude about recording, and his lessons with Arthur Rubinstein. We'll also explore Mr. Ax's wide-ranging discography with works by Liszt, Brahms, Chopin and John Adams.

For the final program this month of Between the Keys surveying Beethoven's last five piano sonatas, The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler explores the composer's final sonata No. 32 in C Minor Op. 111, with a classic recording by one of the 20th century's great keyboard legends, Claudio Arrau.  The program commences with Beethoven's very first piano sonata, No. 1 in F Minor Op. 2 No. 1, in a recording by the late Zoltan Kocsis.

Listen to Between the Keys on Tuesday January 30th at 10:00 PM, with a rebroadcast on Monday February 5th at noon

Between the Keys January 23rd/Late Beethoven

Jan 23, 2018

For the fourth of five programs this month on Between the Keys surveying Beethoven's last five piano sonatas, The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler explores the composer's lyrical masterpiece, the Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major Op. 110, featuring pianist Angela Hewitt, who has been a guest on Between the Keys.

Also featured are Beethoven performances by The Smetana Quartet, Edwin Fischer and upcoming Between the Keys guest Emanuel Ax.

Listen to Between the Keys on Tuesday January 23rd at 10:00 PM, with a rebroadcast on Monday January 29th at noon

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