A short story from The Boston Channel about the making of a Mason and Hamlin piano.
The RMS Titanic was a ship orchestrated to be grander than any other. Feed your interest on Titanic‘s music: the numbers listed in the White Star Line Songbook, discussion on the identity of Titanic‘s band members, and the performance venues including the art case pianos on board.
The great Canadian jazz pianist and composer Oscar Peterson was born August 15, 1925 in Montreal Canada and passed away on December 23, 2007 in Mississauga Ontario Canada.
“The moment I began playing the Yamaha CFX piano I could tell that it had a resonance, purity of tone and an ideal action, unique among pianos. The CFX allows me to play with the utmost artistic expression, nuance and control. It is simply a superb instrument.”
Solo, Piano – N.Y.C.: On a cold winter morning, a lone piano stands curbside in New York City. Over the next 24 hours, this poetic short documentary chronicles the interactions of passers-by as the piano awaits its fate.
Kristian Bezuidenhout performed the Mozart Piano Concerto No 22 with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra in Mozart Tempest, 2011. Here, he takes us on a tour of the instrument.
Wally Boot has spent the last half-century making Steinway pianos in New York City. He says he has a very important job to do, as each instrument leaves the building.
- Hear from the people who keep New Zealand’s pianos sounding sweet, from old dingers to Steinway grands. We meet the man who tuned Paul McCartney’s family “joanna” and hear stories of the itinerant piano tuners who were much sought after in 19th century New Zealand. People interviewed in this programme include: Anthony Fry – piano tuner, Chris O’Connor – percussionist, Dr Kirstine Moffat – author of Piano Forte: Stories and Soundscapes from Colonial New Zealand, David Jenkins – tuner, Yuji Nakamura – tuner, David Salmon – tuner, Hermione Johnson – pianist. (24′19″)
Produced by Julie Hill for Radio New Zealand National.
Mowtown enthusiasts at Detroit’s Mowtown Museum (USA) are happy to welcome back their 1877 Steinway & Sons model D grand piano following a complete restoration at the Steinway & Sons New York Factory.
The piano was originally used in the museum’s recording studio (before the studio became a museum) and has been used by the likes of Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. The restoration project was started by Paul McCartney, who wanted to see the piano restored to its former glory.
You can read the full article at the Washington Times on line by clicking here.