The unique mission of this quartet is to perform music written for the keyboards of the Middle Ages, on exact replicas of the Medieval clavisimbalum, organetto, and Gothic organ. Translating as “maestro of all maestros,” the title refers to Conrad Paumann, the blind-from-birth rock star composer of 15th-century Germany. The combination of academic rigor and casual listenability makes this CD both a go-to text on early keyboard music and an accessible soundtrack for afternoon tea. (Passacaille, tastosolo.com)
Star Trek solo piano improvisation in honor of Leonard Nimoy
We were saddened to learn this morning of the passing of Leonard Nimoy, as reported by the New York Times, at age 83. The actor best known for playing the half-Vulcan, half-human, Mr. Spock on Star Trek also released five albums as a recording artist, and several episodes of the original Star Trek series revealed a musical side of his character. Therefore, we find it a fitting tribute to post this incredible re-harmonization and improvisation on the original series’ theme by pianist Glen Stewart, recorded at NAMM 2012 at the exhibit room of Estonia pianos.