CD & DVD Reviews: November/December 2017

CurrentsMichael Mizrahi, pianoNew Amsterdam Records NWAM075[Total Time 60:01]www.discogs.com Whether you are an avid fan of contemporary music, a casual listener looking for something off the beaten path, or a pianist looking for new music to program, there is much to admire here. Simply put, this terrific album features solo piano music by a handf...
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Why should I consider having my piano tuned in anything but equal temperament?

Three years ago my piano technician, Robert Guenther, asked me if I wanted to try out a well-tempered tuning on my 1913 Steinway Model O. We have known each other for decades so he was aware of my interest in the science of music, including different tuning systems. He mentioned that several of his clients had been using well temperament (WT) for t...
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Winds of Change

I recall that in my undergraduate years, eons ago, the concert piano received a tuning before every senior recital. The tuning often occurred within the hour or so before the recital itself; when scheduling prevented this, a sign was placed on the piano declaring it off-limits to heavy use. Such attention to detail seemed natural in an environ...
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How Do You Prepare for a Career as a Piano Technician?

My piano tuner is also a flutist in a major symphony orchestra. During one of his first service calls to my home, I realized that the man sitting at my piano, casually dressed and listening intently, was wearing white tie and tails on stage the week before. I asked him which came first, the chicken or the egg-was he a player who tuned or a tun...
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