"MUSIC IN THE ROMANTIC AGE" AUDIO/VISUAL SERIES
"SCHUMANN AND THE ROMANTIC GENERATION"
This educators' guide features profiles, information, and film clips of Schumann, Clara Wieck, Hector Berlioz, Franz Liszt, Felix Mendelssohn, Frederic Chopin, Richard Wagner, and Giuseppe Verdi. For information on how to obtain this two-disc DVD (which is also operable on your computer), contact John C. Tibbetts/
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"PIANO PORTRAITS" AUDIO SERIES
by John C. Tibbetts
Informal Conversations about Men, Women, and Pianos
This 17-part audio series is now available for worldwide distribution.
INTRODUCING A NEW AUDIO SERIES,
Contact: John C. Tibbetts, email@example.com.
"Here is a wonderful opportunity for pianists to talk shop about our lives,
the challenges of our profession, and the glories of our favorite repertoire."
GARRICK OHLSSON. . . LEIF OVE ANDSNES. . . GEORGE SHEARING. . . RUTH
“I’m drawing upon more than 25 years of my interviews with great pianists, associated with the fields of classical music, ragtime, and jazz,” says Dr. Tibbetts, “And I’ve found that, like movie stars, the bigger they are, the more forthright and honest they are about their lives and work. I hope listeners will find that my PIANO PORTRAITS series allows these artists to speak out in their own words about the composers and repertoire they know best. And along the way, we’ll hear some of their finest performances.”
“PIANO PORTRAITS brings famous pianists and their favorite repertoire up close and personal,” says Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Stanislaus Ioudenitch. “I know most of these great keyboard artists, past and present, and it’s pleasure to hear their voices and share in their insights into the world’s greatest piano literature.”
Here is a breakdown of each of the seventeen episodes:
1. ROSALYN TURECK talks about her lifetime dedication to the keyboard
music of Johann Sebastian Bach.
2. MALCOLM BILSON discusses and demonstrates at the keyboard his
performances of Mozart on the forte-piano. Additional commentary by
conductor John Eliot Gardner, keyboard artists Paul-Badura Skoda and
Edmund Battersby, and music historian Harry Haskell.
3. THE CONTIGUGLIA BROTHERS examine the four-hand piano music of
Franz Schubert. Additional commentary by music historian Joseph
4. RICHARD GOODE AND CLAUDE FRANK talk about their performances
of the complete piano sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven. Additional
commentary by Beethoven historian Robert Winter of UCLA.
5. GARRICK OHLSSON discusses his performances and recordings of the
complete piano music of Frederic Chopin.
6. LEIF OVE ANDSNES talks about his devotion to the piano music of his
Norwegian countryman Edvard Grieg. He performs music on Grieg’s own
piano at his villa in Troldhaugen.
7. JOERG DEMUS, MISCHA DICHTER, EUGENE ISTOMIN, CHARLES
ROSEN, and other pianists talk about the piano music of Robert Schumann.
Additional commentary by biographer Peter Ostwald and music historians
Eric Sams and Alan Walker of McMaster’s University.
8. LESLIE HOWARD talks about his unprecedented project to perform and
record the complete piano works of Franz Liszt. Additional commentary by
biographer Alan Walker of McMaster’s University, whose three-volume
work is the definitive biography of the composer.
9. RUTH LAREDO discusses her performance and recordings of the complete
piano music of Sergei Rachmaninoff. Additional commentary by music
historian/critic Harold Schonberg.
10. RUDOLF FIRKUSNY discusses his long association with and advocacy of
the piano music of his homeland, the former
the music of Smetana and Dvorak and recalls his personal associations with
Leos Janacek and Bohuslav Martinu. Additional commentary by music
historian Michael Beckerman of
11. GYORGY SANDOR recalls his association with his Hungarian countryman,
Bela Bartok, and demonstrates at the keyboard Bartok’s tonal language and
his activities as a proto-ethnomusicologist. Additional commentary by
Bartok’s biographer, Elliott Antokoletz.
12. ARNALDO COHEN talks about his advocacy of the music of his Brazilian
Brazilian music specialist and record producer Paul Myers.
13. PORTRAIT OF THE STEINWAY PIANO. Franz Mohr, Chief Technician
at Steinway Pianos in
35 years working with Vladimir Horowitz, Artur Rubinstein, Van Cliburn,
and Emil Gilels. He also gives us a lesson in the mechanics and the spiritual
aspects of piano tuning. Additional commentary by John and Henry
14. JEAN-YVES THIBAUDET and ALDO CICCOLINI talk about the piano
music of Maurice Ravel and Deodat de Severac. Additional commentary by
Ravel’s biographer Arbie Orenstein of Queen’s College.
15. MAX MORATH shares a lifetime devoted to the traditions of American
ragtime music. Additional commentary by pianist Joshua Rifkin, composer
William Bolcom, and singer Joan Morris.
16. GEORGE SHEARING and AHMAD JAMAL talk about their jazz keyboard
17. TRIBUTE TO EUGENE ISTOMIN. The series concludes with this special
tribute to one of the great pianists of our time. It features conversations with
the late pianist and commentary by Columbia Masterworks producer
Thomas Frost and Marta Istomin.
Note: Dr. Tibbetts is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Film at the
“These PIANO PORTRAITS are not concert programs,” says John Tibbetts, “but informal conversations with artists about their music, illustrated with musical excerpts and commentary. In effect, these pianists step away from the concert platform and invite us into their practice rooms. They speak affectionately and frankly about their careers and the music they love.”