The voice of one piano playing is among the most ubiquitous sounds in the classical idiom. Erik Satie’s “Gymnopédies” are among my first introductions into the genre and are still a cornerstone of what I think of as chamber music. To me, there are few things as evocative as the left and the right hands working together on the keyboard.
We have a great deal of solo piano work in the catalog here at PARMA (and a new solo piano compilation out in a few days!) — this list barely scratches the surface.
From Matthew Davidson playing Brahms “7 Fantasies…” with all of its original beauty, to Gráinne Mulvey’s angular and challenging “Steel Grey Splinters,” to the aptly titled “Encore Blues” from Allen Bonde, the piano shows off it’s wide range within these pieces. You can even hear one piano played by more than a dozen hands in “New York Drones” by Stephen Scott’s Bowed Piano Ensemble. (I also threw in a beautiful interpretation of one of my favorite pop songs for solo piano.)
Enjoy the sounds of 88 keys, and (usually) ten fingers in this slice of PARMA’s piano offerings.