Keyboard Classics

Today on Radio Riel’s Main Stream we present a wealth of key­board pieces — pri­mar­i­ly on piano and harp­si­chord, but you’ll hear some 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.

The Black Mass

Then tune in at 11am or 7pm Pacif­ic time (19:00 or 03:00 in the UK) for anoth­er chill­ing radio dra­ma from Erik Bauers­feld, cour­tesy of Bay Area Radio Dra­ma, in the land­mark series pro­duced 50 years ago at KPFA in Berke­ley. Today it’s Erik Bauers­feld’s quite remark­able vir­tu­al­ly solo real­i­sa­tion of Diary of a Mad­man by Nico­lai Gogol, in which a mad­man saves him­self from the mad world by becom­ing the King of Spain. But the cas­tle is an insane asy­lum. He escapes in a fly­ing horse car­riage back to his moth­er and his lost child­hood in Rus­sia.

Next week at the same time, we’ll be pre­sent­ing Esme by H H Munro (Saki).

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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