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Saturday, November 1, 2014 Permalink

The Keyboard Connection

The interior of a modern grand piano.


The piano was destined for success. It gave the musical world something it had wanted for centuries—a keyboard that could express a full range of musical and emotional ideas.

But its triumph didn’t happen overnight.

In this hour, music written for — and performed on — instruments that preceded the piano, as well as the first (and quite different sounding) pianos of Mozart and Beethoven.


CD Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Beethoven – Bagatelles Steven Osborne Hyperion CDA67879 034571178790
Instruments from the Russell Collection John Kitchen Delphian DCD 34001 801918340017
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Sonatas Linda Nicholson Phoenix Edition Phoenix 451 811691014517
J.S. Bach: Orchestral Works & Concertos La Petite Bande Harmonia Mundi 886976838522 886976838522 
Handel: Water Music English Concert, Trevor Pinnock Archiv Produktion 410525 028941052520
Bach: Harpsichord Concertos Bob Van Asperen & Melante Amsterdam. Warner Classics 5099952200120
Francois Couperin Mitzi Meyerson Glossa GCD 921802 8424562218024
Mozart: Keyboard Works Guy Penson Brilliant Classics 99725 5028421997254
Couperin, Mozart, etc.  Hilbrand Borkent Attacca Babel 8843-1 [Dutch CD: No barcode]
CPE Bach: Complete Keyboard Concertos, Vol. 7  Miklos Spanyi BIS BIS-CD-857 7318590008577
Mozart - Piano Concertos Nos. 22 and 23 Robert Levin, Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood L'Oiseau-Lyre 452 052-2 028945205229
[out of print][available from Arkiv Music]
Mozart: Complete Piano Sonatas Vol 4 Ronald Brautigam BIS BIS-CD-152 789368551521
Beethoven - Piano Concertos  Steven Lubin (solo) Decca 475 7297 028947572978
Beethoven - The Piano Sonatas, Vol. IV  András Schiff ECM New Series ECM 1944 028947658757
Beethoven - The Five Piano Concertos, Murray Perahia, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink Sony S3K 44575 0886971029024

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