Friday, January 21, 2011

Jersey Boys and Classical Legends In the Latest PianoSoft Albums

To experience the special feeling that only live music can provide, you've got a number of choices for venues: you can head to a concert hall for an elegant evening with the symphony, you can go to the theater and take in a musical, or of course, there's always the rock club. But no matter where you prefer to go for the live music experience, if you've got a Yamaha Disklavier or keyboard at home, you know that you actually don't need to go anywhere at all! This week's new PianoSoft albums bring both the Broadway stage and the concert hall to you, with original live performances of Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, as well as songs from the hit musical Jersey Boys.

The Three Bs: Bach, Beethoven and Brahms

Ever since Brahms, Beethoven and Bach were first named "the three Bs" by noted conductor and pianist Hans von Bülow in the mid 19th century, they have been widely considered to be the "holy trinity" of classical composers. In this PianoSoft album, the distinguished pianist Kevin Fitz-Gerald takes on full solo piano pieces from each of the three Bs, including Beethoven's 8th Piano Sonata (the "Sonata Pathétique"), Bach's Partita No. 2, and two of Brahms's famous Hungarian Dances. The impeccable selection of pieces and quality of playing on this album make it a must for any classical fan.

"Big Girls Don't Cry" - The Best of Jersey Boys

Thanks to Jersey Boys, the Broadway blockbuster based on the history and songs of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, songs like "Walk Like a Man" and "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You" are officially back in style. Now, just as these classic songs were adapted for the stage for Jersey Boys, pianist, arranger and PianoSoft artist Bill Cunliffe has adapted them for solo piano for this new PianoSoft album. On songs like "Sherry" and "Big Girls Don't Cry", Cunliffe has captured that rock and roll excitement of the original versions, as well as the drama that comes from the Broadway spotlight, all in a format that will play back on your instrument exactly as they were originally performed.

- Doug