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.

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.