Thursday, October 12, 2006

Exploring the Piano Concerto

Those lucky Canadians!

CBC Radio is producing and broadcasting a 10 part series with pianist Emanuel Ax that explores the history of the piano concerto. It will air this fall.

In each program, Ax chats with Studio Sparks host Eric Friesen about a particular piano concerto, ranging from Mozart to Schoenberg and American composer John Adams. Ax offers an insider's look at each piece, talking about its qualities and technical challenges and its place in the composer's musical output. With a piano in the studio, Ax performs brief excerpts to illustrate his points, and he and Friesen listen to some of Ax's favourite recordings.

Read the rest here .

Visit the CBC website for the series here . You can hear some takes from the series (music and conversation) here. (note: in .ram format).

You can even submit questions for Maestro Axe via the web.

Mark your calendars the series runs Friday October 13th until December 15, 2006.

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