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Exploring the often surprising links between concepts, themes and people in classical music, from medieval to modern


Saturday, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Rebroadcast Sunday, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
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Saturday, February 4, 2017 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 allowed a full range of musical and emotional expression.

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.

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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
[only available new 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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