Thursday, July 14, 2011

Yamaha Update: Virtuoso Performance Software Is Now Downloadable!

Virtuoso is an artist oriented production company recording original piano performances by the finest pianists and composers for today's discerning owners of Yamaha Disklavier pianos and Clavinova electronic keyboards. The company was originally an offshoot of David L. Abell Fine Pianos in Hollywood, CA (the showroom that for 50 years supplied pianos to the entertainment industry and the stars) Virtuoso has archived the unique musical talents of their "friends and customers", and they're now available for download exclusively from Yamaha MusicSoft.

This week we're releasing two outstanding collections from the Virtuoso line that were performed by two equally outstanding musicians: Alan Broadbent and Dick DeBenedictis. These collections have never been available for owners of modern Yamaha Clavinovas and Keyboards, or E3 and DKC-850 model Disklaviers! Keep reading to learn more about these amazing artists, and check back often for more updates from the Virtuoso line!


Alan Broadbent- "Labor Of Love"
Alan Broadbent is a native of New Zealand and an alumnus of Berklee College of Music. He has worked as a pianist, an arranger, conductor and composer for a list of artists that includes Chet Baker, Johnny Mandel, Henry Mancini, Lee Ritenour, Scott Hamilton, Diana Krall and Natalie Cole. Over the years he has been the recipient of numerous Grammy awards and nominations. Alan has a thoroughly unique and identifiable piano style and approach to his playing. He plays with intricacy, detail and precision. He can finesse, he can swing, he can dazzle with technical flourish but never for its own sake. In other words, Alan is easy to listen to, but the closer you choose to listen the more you're going to discover. The title, "Labor of Love" is a nod to the one thing all of the songs in this collection have in common: They all have the word "love" ensconced within their title. This marvelous collection of ballads and moderately up-tempo pieces are worthy of being considered a master class in jazz piano technique. This collection includes breathtakingly beautiful performances of "My One And Only Love", "Starcrossed Lovers", "What Is This Thing Called Love", "Everything I Love", "I've Never Been In Love Before", "Love In Vain", and many more. Preview "Labor Of Love" here!

Dick DeBenedictis- "Fascinatin' Rhythm"
Dick DeBenedictis began his musical career as a dance-music arranger and rehearsal pianist on Broadway for such musicals as "Do I Hear a Waltz?" (with Steven Sondheim and Richard Rogers,) "Bajour" and the revivals of "Annie Get Your Gun" and "Showboat." He later served as music director and arranger for such stars including Liza Minelli, Barbra Streisand, Bing Crosby, Diana Ross and Carol Burnett. Over the years since moving to the West Coast to work in television and motion pictures he has garnered nearly a dozen Emmy nominations for his scores and themes to TV shows and movies such as "Perry Mason," "Matlock," "Columbo," "Hawaii Five-O" and "Quincy." Dick's approach to playing is highly theatrical. He's a very physical pianist pulling in quotes and styles from a variety of influences including Chopin, Gershwin, Bach and Erroll Garner. He loves utilizing long, developed introductions before breaking into the main body of the song, and uses modulations to carry forth the musical momentum. It's not unusual to find him jumping in and out of several distinct styles within the same piece of music, then winding it back down and ending with the same material he used for the beginning. This is very creative arranging! Dick DeBenedictis is not just playing the music for you. Instead, he's taking you on a short, compact musical journey then bringing you back home. It's great fun! The "Fascinatin' Rhythm" collection includes wonderful solo piano renditions of "Night And Day", "Someone To Watch Over Me", "It Might As Well Be Spring", "Fascinatin' Rhythm", "Dancing In The Dark", "All The Things You Are", "I Got Rhythm", and more. Preview "Fascinatin' Rhythm" here!

Virtuoso Performance Software is available for download exclusively at Yamaha Musicsoft.

Enjoy!
~Drew