tonebase presents the tonic: a podcast about music and the people who make it, delving into the hidden meanings behind great works of the past with legendary pianists of the present.
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Stealing Time | The Meanings of Rubato in Piano Playing
Tempo Rubato, Italian for “stolen time,” is an expressive device in every pianist’s toolkit. Yet how and when to use it is controversial. We explore the ways musicians have employed rubato over the centuries, and what taking time in music can teach us about freedom. Ft. Anne-Marie McDermott, Simone Dinnerstein, Andrew Tyson, Emanuel Ax, and more, with recorded excerpts from Bach and Mozart to Chopin and Rachmaninoff.
Created by Lowry Yankwich; produced by Ben Laude. Visit tonebase.co.
A Lifelong Companion | Leon Fleisher and Brahms's First Concerto
Leon Fleisher made his Carnegie Hall debut performing the Brahms D Minor Piano Concerto, and played the piece many times throughout his life. But, in a story that is now well-worn, Fleisher developed focal dystonia at the peak of his career, limiting use of his right hand. In this episode, we draw parallels between the piece that Fleisher considered his "lifelong companion," and the ways in which he responded to adversity.
Hosted and written by Lowry Yankwich. Produced by Ben Laude, tonebase.
Beginnings | Chopin's First Ballade
Frédéric Chopin's Ballade No. 1 in G Minor was revolutionary for its time, and remains a jewel of the piano repertoire today. Touching on everything from Bellini to Cole Porter, poetry to politics, this episode reveals the potency of the piece's opening measures through the eyes (and hands) of acclaimed concert pianists Garrick Ohlsson, Emanuel Ax, Rebecca Penneys, Jerome Lowenthal, Gary Graffman, and Seymour Bernstein.
Hosted and created by Lowry Yankwich. Produced by Benjamin Laude, tonebase.
The tonic: a podcast about music and the people who make it. Coming July 15!
Another absolute gem. I have been listening to this piece for decades and had read from multiple sources. Nevertheless, this podcast lend insights that came as a series of delicious epiphanies.
More Genius from Lowry.
Extremely well constructed and approachable sessions with the world’s greatest composers and musicians.
Great music, well narrated
Just listened to the first episode and loved it! Learned about aspects of Chopin’s first ballade that I definitely would not have picked up on my own. So interesting and well narrated. Looking forward to future episodes.