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 Steinway and Sons.

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).

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