1000 Pound Machine

Today we explore the world of the piano, and while the pro­gramme is pri­mar­i­ly con­cerned with clas­si­cal music, there are some excep­tions, for exam­ple the track from which today’s title is derived, 1000 Pound Machine, by Kate Camp­bell, from the album of the same name.

The ref­er­ence in the title is of course to the piano itself, and the song specif­i­cal­ly deals with the dif­fer­ent ele­ments that make up the piano action — and the com­poser’s amaze­ment that all this machin­ery can pro­duce the music of the spheres.

Apart from these occa­sion­al byways, today’s pro­gramme includes all your favourite piano con­cer­tos — Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Rach­mani­nov, Gersh­win and many more; along with solo piano works by the likes of Fau­re, Poulenc, Chopin, Debussy and Rav­el… and some unusu­al pieces from less­er-known com­posers like Louis More­au Gottschalk and Erik Satie. You’ll also hear some beau­ti­ful solo piano impro­vi­sa­tions around well-known themes from Gavin Suther­land.

There are also some per­for­mances on the Fortepi­ano — an ear­li­er, sim­i­lar instru­ment to the pianoforte we know — and some pieces for Pianola and Repro­duc­ing Piano. In addi­tion, we’ve includ­ed some beau­ti­ful jazz inter­pre­ta­tions of clas­si­cal pieces by the tal­ent­ed David Rees-Williams Trio.

It’s a ver­i­ta­ble feast of clas­si­cal and neo-clas­si­cal piano music today on Radio Riel, and we do hope you enjoy it.

And don’t for­get to join us for two clas­sic radio adven­tures in The ZBS Radio Hour, where we kick off with Part 4 of The Fourth Tow­er of Inver­ness and con­tin­ue with Part 4 of Ruby the Galac­tic Gumshoe, at 11am or 7pm Pacif­ic — which is 19:00 or 03:00 British Sum­mer Time.

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin and pro­duced by Radio Riel. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme now at http://loudcity.com/stations/radio-riel/tune_in; out­side the US, tune to http://main.radioriel.org in-world, or sim­ply click here if your brows­er is con­fig­ured to launch a play­er auto­mat­i­cal­ly.

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