Piano Music

The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler is attracted to music where opposites attract and merge as one. "Think about the fusion of boldness and beauty, strength and sensitivity, or power and lyricism," says Distler. "These are contradictory elements, yet when they come together, creative sparks can truly fly."

This week's episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award winning Between the Keys is called "The Bold and the Beautiful," and Distler is particularly excited about its playlist.

Composer/pianists on Between the Keys, July 10th

Jul 9, 2018

The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler has a special affection for his fellow composer/pianists, and has frequently showcased them on his weekly ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, sponsored by Steinway and Sons.

"In Bloom" on Between the Keys/July 3rd

Jul 2, 2018

For this week's edition of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, the Classica Network's Artist-in Residence Jed Distler focuses on the New, the Old and the Unexpected.

"Actually, 'New, Old and Unexpected' was the name of my friend and colleague Tim Page's weekday afternooon NPR radio show in the 80s and 90s, "says Distler. "When I can't think of a specific theme for the week, I simply revert to 'Mixtape Mode.' Yet somehow the selections wind up cohering and making internal sense. Surely there will be some real eye and ear openers!"

Jean-Yves Thibaudet on Between the Keys/June 19th

Jun 18, 2018

This week's edition of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys features internationally acclaimed pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet in both words and music.

The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler devotes this week's episode of Between the Keys to 24 preludes by 24 composers. 

"I don't know where this idea came from," says Distler. "But I wound up puttting an awful lot of time, effort and research into coming up with 24 preludes, one prelude per composer, and one pianist per prelude for that matter. The challenge was how to create flow, contrast, continuity and a real sense of build. Somehow everything seems to cohere, but that's for listeners to decide!"

If you've been listening to Jed Distler's weekly program Between the Keys, you've probably gathered that he has a vast library of unfamiliar, rare, and long-out-of print piano recordings at his beck and call.

Kids on Keys: Saturday June 2nd at 1 PM

Jun 2, 2018

Every first Saturday of the month, Kids on Keys showcases live performances by emerging young piano talents from the Classical Network's immediate broadcast areas of South and Central New Jersey, as well as Philadelphia, New York and occasionally beyond.

This Saturday June 2nd at 1:00 PM, Kids on Keys features pianists Zahavi Rodriguez, Nathalie Yeh, Max Wang, Elizabeth Yang, Hsi-Yun Wu and Elias Ackerly, along with archival recordings by Daniel Barenboim and Maurizio Pollini as teenage prodigies. 

Between the Keys May 22 - Varied Variations

May 22, 2018

This week's edition of the ASCAP Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys finds The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler exploring piano variations.

The four distinctly different works that Distler has chosen may not be equally familiar, yet promise stimulating listening. Chopin's youthful, seldom heard Variations on "The Carnival of Venice" start things off in a recording by Nikita Magaloff. Nielsen's Chaconne is a masterpiece waiting to be discovered, and John Ogdon's recording is considered the version of reference.

Well Tempered Pianists on Between the Keys May 15th

May 15, 2018

This week's edition of the ASCAP Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys features several generations of notable Bach pianists in Preludes and Fugues from both books of the Well  Tempered Clavier.

Artists include Craig Sheppard, Angela Hewitt, Glenn Gould, Roger Woodward, Evelyne Crochet, Edwin Fischer, Wilhelm Kempff, Evgeni Koroliov, Samuel Feinberg, Harriet Cohen, Harold Samuel and Youri Egorov.

Tune in Tuesday May 15th at 10:00 PM for Between the Keys, produced and hosted by The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler, 

Piano Excursions Sunday May 13 with Jed Distler

May 13, 2018

Airing on the second Sunday and Wednesday of each month, Piano Excursions celebrates the broadest range of jazz piano, hosted by Jed Distler, the Classical Network's Artist-in-Resident, and host of the 2017 ASCAP Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys.

May 8th/Between the Keys remembers Michael Sahl

May 7, 2018

The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler remembers the multi-faceted, style-bending composer and pianist Michael Sahl (1934-2018) on Tuesday's edition of Between the Keys, at 10:00 PM May 8th. Mr. Sahl, 83, had been in poor health for some time before he passed away peacefully on March 28th in New York City.

Kids on Keys: Saturday May 5th at 1 PM

May 5, 2018

Every first Saturday of the month, Kids on Keys showcases live performances by emerging young piano talents from the Classical Network's immediate broadcast areas of South and Central New Jersey, as well as Philadelphia and New York. 

This Saturday May 5th at 1:00 PM, Kids on Keys features pianists Kiko Yoshihira, Jun Shimada, Sarah Li, Robert Argasinski, Chris Jung and Christopher Shin. Alexis Weissenberg (1929-2012) also will be heard in excerpts from his first recording session that took place in 1949 when the legendary pianist was 19.

Tuesday May 1st/Between the Keys goes Waltzing

Apr 30, 2018

This Tuesday, May 1st at 10:00 PM, the 2017 ASCAP Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award Winning program Between the Keys airs its 150th episode.

"I thought we'd mark the occasion with a show all about waltzes," says the Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence and Between the Keys producer and host Jed Distler. "We had a waltz show in 2015, and again in 2016, but somehow I forgot to do one last year. So I'm making up for lost time. In any event, I've put together a lineup of works and pianists that's got something for everyone."

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