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.

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

Between the Keys January 16th/All Beethoven Part 3

Jan 16, 2018

For the third of five programs this month surveying Beethoven's last five piano sonatas, The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler explores the composer's beloved Sonata No. 30 in E Major Op. 109, with a classic 1953 recording by Dame Myra Hess. Also featured are Beethoven performances by Constance Keene, Wilhelm Kempff and Stephen Kovacevich.

Listen to Between the Keys on Tuesday January 16th at 10:00 PM, with a rebroadcast on Monday January 22nd at noon

This month on the ASCAP Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler presents five programs devoted Beethoven's last five piano sonatas. Join him on Tuesday night January 9th at 10:00 as he explores Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat Major Op. 106, the mighty "Hammerklavier," a work that challenges performers and audiences alike. 

Distler discusses the work, followed by a recording he considers to be one of the finest versions of Op. 106 ever made, a rare 1986 release with pianist Peter Serkin.

Each December, Between the Keys devotes its final episode of the year to the music of Domenico Scarlatti, with the master's keyboard sonatas in both classic and rare recordings. Join Jed Distler on Tuesday December 26th at 10:00 PM for Scarlatti performances by Anthony de Bonaventura, Alicia de Larrocha, Ralph Kirkpatrick, Fou Ts’ong, Carlo Grante, Angela Hewitt, Blandine Verlet, Vladimir Horowitz, Aldo Ciccolini, Yevgeny Sudbin, Sandro Russo, Glenn Gould and Mikhail Pletnev.

Between the Keys December 19th/Overlooked

Dec 19, 2017

Jed Distler presents recordings that tend to be overlooked and underrated: Louis Kentner's Beethoven, Ruth Laredo's Scirabin, Todd Crow's Mendelssohn, Martino Tirimo's Debussy, and Falla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain featuring the great Swiss pianist Margrit Weber with Rafael Kubelik and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Tune in Tuesday December 19th at 10:00 PM.

Between the Keys December 12th/Inside and Outside

Dec 12, 2017

The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler explores unusual keyboard sonorities this week on Between the Keys, in an episode he calls "Pluck, Gliss, Strum, Bang and Chime." It features works by Cardew, Cowell, Nancarrow, Schubert, Rzewski and Chopin, and is guaranteed to stretch your ears.  Listen live at 10 PM, Tuesday December 12th.

The Birds and The Bees will be the topic for this week's edition of Between the Keys, hosted by Jed Distler, Artist in Residence for The Classical Network, including works by Amy Beach, Olivier Messaien, Maurice Ravel, Rued Langgaard, Bela Bartok, Franz Schubert and others. Listen live on Tuesday December 5th at 10:00 PM, with a rebroadcast the following Monday, December 11th at noon.

This week on Between the Keys, Jed Distler celebrates the centenary of one of America's most gifted yet least known pianists, Sidney Foster. Distler's special guest will be internationally renowned concert pianist Alberto Reyes, who studied with Foster, and has devoted much time to promoting  his mentor's legacy.

The program features live concert performances of Sidney Foster in works by Chopin, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Godowsky, Schelling, Liszt and Weber.

Between the Keys November 21st/"Leftovers?"

Nov 21, 2017

The big question on the day after Thanksgiving: What do we do with the leftovers? Answer: Simply create another great meal! And that's what Jed Distler has been up to this week.

"When I put together an episode for Between the Keys each week," Jed says, "I often wind up with more music than I'm allowed within our time frame. So I decided to search past episodes for selections that got bumped, the 'leftovers,' if you will, and from them I've created a very nice program. They're not just leftovers, they're yummy additions to any excellent musical meal!"

Between the Keys celebrates Daniel Barenboim's 75th birthday with his rare Deutsche Grammophon recording of Franz Liszt's monumental Piano Sonata in B Minor, plus other works.

Join Jed Distler, Artist in Residence for The Classical Network this Tuesday November 14th at 10:00 PM for Between the Keys, with a rebroadcast Monday afternoon November 20th at 3:00 PM.

Between the Keys November 7th- Winging It

Nov 7, 2017

Each episode of Between the Keys usually has a theme or topic, a featured composer or performer. This time, however, host Jed Distler "wings it,"  picking music spontaneously, in free form fashion. You never know what you'll hear next, but you will come away entertained and enlightened.

Listen live on Tuesday November 7th at 10:00 PM, with a rebroadcast on Monday November 13th at 3:00 PM.

The great Russian pianist Sviatoslav Richter is the featured artist this week on Between the Keys. Listen to classic Richter performances of works by Bach, Chopin, Beethoven, Debussy, Szymanowski, Wolf, Mozart and Scriabin, hosted by The Classical Network's Artist in Residence, Jed Distler, Tuesday October 31st at 10:00 PM (rebroadcast Monday November 3rd at 3:00 PM).

Join Jed Distler for Between the Keys on Tuesday October 24th at 10:00 PM (rebroadcast Monday October 30th at 3:00 PM), featuring a wide cross section of piano recordings in the form of download bargains and uploaded rarities. Works by Beethoven, Scott Joplin, Zez Confrey, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Schubert and more.

Between the Keys October 17 - Homages and Tributes

Oct 17, 2017

Join The Classical Network's Artist in Residence Jed Distler Tuesday night October 17th at 10 for the ASCAP Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, with a rebroadcast on Monday afternoon October 23rd at 3.

This episode is devoted to piano homages and tributes spanning two centuries, with a wide variety of music by Czerny, Ravel, Debussy, Robert Helps, Vladimir Dukelsky, Elton John, Queen and lots more.

Jed Distler, The Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence, has been named the 2017 recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Radio Broadcast/Internet Award for his weekly program Between the Keys, a creative, imaginative and unique journey through the keyboard repertoire. 

Between the Keys October 10 - All Tippett

Oct 10, 2017

Join Jed Distler on Tuesday night at 10 for the ASCAP Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys. The show's focus will be on Michael Tippett's epic five-movement Piano Sonata No. 4. Written in 1983 and 1984, the work runs the gamut from brilliantly virtuosic to achingly lyrical, from giddy momentum to dark introspection. The work will be heard in a recording by Steven Osborne. Also featured on this episode are keyboard works by the Elizabethan master John Bull, with pianist Alan Feinberg.

Between the Keys October 3/The Mazurking!

Oct 3, 2017

Join The Classical Network's Artist in Residence Jed Distler Tuesday October 3rd at 10 PM for Between the Keys, with a lively episode all about Mazurkas. Go "Mazurking" with piano legends like Sviatoslav Richter, Arthur Rubinstein, Ignaz Friedman, Maryla Jonas and more.

Between the Keys September 26 - Glenn Gould at 85

Sep 26, 2017

Join Jed Distler for Between the Keys Tuesday September 26th at 10:00 PM to celebrate what would have been the legendary and provocative pianist Glenn Gould's 85th birthday. Selections include works by Brahms, Beethoven, Byrd, Bizet, Hindemith, Krenek and the composer for whom Gould is best known, J.S. Bach

Join Jed Distler with special guest pianist/lecturer/educator Lisa Yui as they explore Beethoven's renown "Moonlight" Sonata on Between the Keys, Tuesday September 19th at 10:00 PM.

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