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March Highlights from the Spirio Catalog

MARCH 2019

spirio SPOTLIGHT

AN ARETHA FRANKLIN TRIBUTE, TRANSCENDENTAL ETUDES, DAVID BOWIE RE-ARRANGED, AND A BIT OF BOLLYWOOD

STEINWAY & SONS SPIRIO, the world’s finest high resolution player piano, features a musical tribute to Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, from the Prince of New Orleans, Davell Crawford.

Aretha Franklin’s special place in pop music as a pioneer and an influencer is undeniable. The emotion she brought to a diverse group of signature tunes is evoked by Davell Crawford in a set of arrangements produced exclusively for SPIRIO.

SPIRIOSYNC VIDEO

Crawford also appears in this month’s SPIRIOSYNC video, a performance of “Day Dreaming” live from Steinway Hall, New York. He spoke to us about the music of Aretha Franklin.

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WHAT’S NEW

We also explore David Bowie’s music through arrangements by Meral Guneyman, scale the heights of virtuosic pianism with Konstantin Scherbakov, and get a taste of Bollywood music-making with Sunny Choi.

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Classical pianists look to Liszt’s 12 Transcendental Etudes as a career achievement, but Konstantin Scherbakov brings his formidable virtuosity not just to these works, but also to a “companion” set of Etudes Sergei Lyapunov wrote to honor Liszt and to complete the cycle, both musically and in degree of difficulty. This monumental group of 24 Transcendental Etudes marks Scherbakov’s SPIRIO debut. Scherbakov spoke to STEINWAY about his recording for SPIRIO and STEINWAY & SONS label.

Meral Guneyman’s new arrangements of classic David Bowie songs are presented on spirio for the first time. “Life on Mars,” “Let’s Dance,” “Space Oddity” and others take new shape when heard on solo piano — familiar yet different, for fans and as a discovery for the unenlightened.

Similarly, the music of Bollywood will be entirely familiar to fans of the genre (of which there are millions), while for others, Sunny Choi’s arrangements of the most popular tunes provide yet another flavor to the SPIRIO experience.

 

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FEBRUARY HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE SPIRIO CATALOG

Spirio Spotlight

FEBRUARY HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE SPIRIO CATALOG

Steinway & Sons Spirio, the world’s finest high resolution player piano, makes you King of the Oscar Party with our music from movies playlist, featuring new medleys from French pianist–composer Jean-Michel Bernard of works by John Williams, Henry Mancini, Lalo Schifrin, Ennio Morricone and others. In honor of Chinese New Year, we highlight a range of classical and folk music of China, including the recent “Pining for the Spring Breeze” (望春风) from Zhang Chi. There is also new Chinese pop music, including Warren Lee performing Teresa Teng’s “The Moon Represents My Heart” (月亮代表我的心).

SpirioSync Video

One of the truly remarkable pianists of the first half of the 20th century was the great Josef Hofmann. For the first time, Steinway bring his performances to Spirio.

A prolific composer and arranger, Hofmann was from an era of daring creativity. His arrangement of Chopin’s Minute Waltz from a 1938 performance is an excellent example. We have also been able to re-create his 1945 televised performance of Rachmaninov’s C-sharp minor Prelude — extremely rare footage of this artist — for this month’s SpirioSync video.

Whats New

More classical tracks this month come from a future star, 19-year-old Chinese pianist Wei Luo. Her expressive Mozart and Chopin are complemented by the startling virtuosity of her Prokofiev and Shchedrin. And Klara Min continues her exploration of the romantic works of Scriabin with the 2nd Piano Sonata. Antonio Pompa-Baldi brings two classical chestnuts: Paderewski’s Nocturne in B-flat major and Moszkowski’s Virtuosic Etude Op. 72 No. 6., and Natasha Paremski plays jazz great Fred Hersch’s classical work Variations on a theme by Tchaikovsky.

Finally, we have more pop music this month — including a group of vintage 1970s tracks from David Osborne.

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Spirio Spotlight

NOVEMBER HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE SPIRIO CATALOG

Steinway & Sons Spirio, the world’s finest high resolution player piano, presents jazz headliner Aaron Diehl in a tour-de-force set of short works by Dick Hyman that encompass the heritage of jazz. In just 20 minutes, Diehl (and Hyman) take us from Scott Joplin to Earl Hines, from Fats Waller to Dave Brubeck. Aaron is also featured in two SpirioSync videos:  tributes to George Shearing, and our featured Steinway Immortal, the remarkable Art Tatum.

Tatum’s heavy influence on jazz is well known. Spirio listeners have the privilege of experiencing the man himself through our re-created performances. Indeed, Tatum’s influence is not bounded by jazz — most pianists, irrespective of genre, marvel at his astonishing technique and musicianship.

New & Notable

If you have enjoyed listening to our September featured artist from, Ludovico Einaudi, you’ll want to hear our favorite Belgian pianist Jean-François Maljean, who returns this month with a new set of music that features his engaging blend of jazz and New Age improvisation.

The trailblazing pianist and composer Vijay Iyer takes us to another area of jazz that highlights his diverse creativity that is so admired.

And if you liked Piotr Anderszewski’s taste of Janáček’s On the overgrown path released in September, you will want to hear Czech pianist Ivo Kahánek, who presents the complete First Book of that seminal work.

Japanese pianist Yoko Kikuchi debuts on Spirio with some short works including Mozart’s Kleine Gigue; Jenny Lin plays Sibelius and Philip Glass; and Sunny Choi plays Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga.