Friday, April 9, 2010

PianoSoft Behind the Scenes - Happy New Year!

It's time once again for a look behind the scenes of PianoSoft and Piano Radio production with our resident insider, Cathy.

Looking at the title of this post, I be you you think I’ve really lost it. It may not be New Year's to you, but here at Yamaha, our year starts April 1st!

With a new year comes a whole new twelve months of PianoSoft and Piano Radio planning and new releases. We already have several concepts and projects underway. We’re working closely with Yamaha Japan to select Classical and Jazz pieces that are beloved and not currently represented in the PianoSoft library. You can look forward to more Beethoven, Brahms, and Ravel, just to name a few. Also on the docket is a charming collection of familiar classics like “Für Elise”, the Schubert Serenade, and Rubinstein’s "Melody in F".

But wait...there’s more. One exciting development is that the "First Lady of the Disklavier", Sue Downs, has signed on to perform the songs of Cole Porter. We cannot wait to hear her treatments of his great tunes.

We are also pleased to be able to offer full albums of Billy Joel's music for the first time, and have compiled two collections that will be released soon - one for PianoSoft Solo and one for PianoSoft Plus. There's a lot more in the works, but I don’t want to spoil all of the surprises so I’ll save some for the next article.

As far as radio developments go, we'll soon be adding several new pieces to the Live Piano Concerts Station. Tune in now to hear two Hungarian Rhapsodies, the spectacular Abegg Variations, the Brahms Variations on a Theme by Paganini and many more great pieces. Much more is planned for the coming year, so check back for more updates.

As for other plans, we're always looking for the great new music to produce and learning more about what music is most relevant and popular, so we can bring it to you and your instrument. We’ve got our eyes (or I guess I should say ears!) on iTunes, Glee, American Idol, Dancing with the Stars and anywhere great music is performed. But, to help make sure we're giving you what you want, we’d love to hear from you and learn what music you would like to hear on your Disklavier pianos. Feel free to leave a comment on this post to let us know what you'd like to see us working on for the coming year.

Happy New Year!

- Cathy