1000 Pound Machine

in Daily Programme, Radio Riel Main

by Elrik Merlin on Saturday, 17 August, 2013

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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