Thursday, September 30, 2010

Unlock The Beauty of Your Piano With the New Chopin Channel on Piano Radio

A masterful pianist and legendarily innovative composer, Frédéric Chopin is remembered most for his engaging and emotional music, which stands as a crowning achievement of the romantic age. Chopin's work covers a range of styles, with the fiery and dramatic scherzos and mazurkas, to his many virtuosic études. He is perhaps best known, though, for his meditative nocturnes and light polonaises. Music lovers of all types claim Chopin as one of the most revered composers of all time, but Chopin's devotion to the piano means that his work is especially relevant to Yamaha keyboard Disklavier and piano players. All of his over 230 compositions feature the piano in some way, and many of his most famous polonaises, études, and nocturnes were written for solo piano. And now you can hear a wide array of performances of Chopin's most memorable piano pieces on their own exclusive Piano Radio channel.

With the new channel, you can experience real performances of Chopin's music on your piano or keyboard at any time. Plus, each song you'll hear was recorded by one of Yamaha's acclaimed PianoSoft artists, and will be reproduced on your instrument exactly as it was originally performed. Take a listen to some examples of what you can expect to hear on the new channel:

Nocturne No. 1 in C Minor (From "Chopin Recital")

Étude In Ab Major "The Shepherd Boy" Op. 25, No. 1 (From "Chopin - 'Revolutionary'")

The Chopin channel is just the latest addition to our channel lineup, which includes 18 other stations available around the clock and throughout the year. For anyone listening to radio on a CLP Clavinova or MODUS digital piano, the Chopin channel is your new channel 19.

To try out the Chopin channel now, first log in to Internet Direct Connection on your instrument and choose "Listen to Radio", or from a Disklavier Mark IV choose "Internet" from the main menu on your controller, then "Disklavier Radio".

On a Disklavier E3, you can listen to radio by pressing the "Internet" button on your remote, then choose "D-Radio". However, if you haven't created an account for Internet Direct Connection, you'll need to do that before subscribing to Piano Radio for your E3 - you can create your account here.

If you've never tried Piano Radio before, now's the perfect time. If you're not ready to subscribe and check out the Chopin channel, that's fine.  Two free channels are available right now - all you need to do is get your keyboard online and you can be enjoying streaming music within seconds. Follow this guide for help with connecting to the internet, or head here if you're ready to subscribe. For more information on Yamaha's Piano Radio, visit our Online Services site.

- Doug