Classics on the Keys

in Daily Programme, Radio Riel Main

by Elrik Merlin on Saturday, 16 February, 2013

Henry E. Steinway, aka Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg (1797 – 1871) was born on February 15 – yesterday – in 1797. He was the founder of the piano company Steinway & Sons. To celebrate his birth and his company’s great instruments, we present a programme of classical and classical‐influenced keyboard music, featuring  a number of instruments but especially, of course, the piano.

You’ll hear a wealth of keyboard pieces — primarily on piano and harpsichord, but with other traditional keyboard instruments too — both solo and with other musical forces backing them.

The main spread of the programme encompasses the Baroque and Classical periods, but you’ll also hear some more modern pieces including treatments of classical pieces, and some engaging little 19th century pieces that are less well‐known. Most of the time, there is a classical or baroque link in there somewhere, even if it’s not immediately obvious.

Then join us at 11am or 7pm Pacific Time / 19:00/03:00 GMT — for the latest instalments in our ZBS Foundation radio adventures in The ZBS Radio Hour. See separate entry.

Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin. You can listen to the programme now at, or simply click here to start your player, if your browser is configured to do so. Listeners in the United States are encouraged to tune in using this link:

Photo by Ruud Cuypers


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