Pianists and the Piano
- A site devoted to the great pianist Leopold
Godowsky, subject of my (unfinished) master's thesis.
- A discography of recordings by Sviatoslav
Richter, my first pianistic love.
Piano Archives at Maryland, perhaps the world's greatest resource for
- Young Chang, manufacturers
of the grand piano I own and of Kurzweil samplers.
- The Piano Parlor,
a pretty good entryway into all things pianistic on the web (alas, sporadically
maintained these days - if maintained at all).
- Walden Hughes' site,
pianist, pedagogue, and long-time contributor to the piano-l mailing list.
- Berkshire Record Outlet,
an overstock/remainder store that's my idea of a great shopping experience.
- Arbiter Records, a boutique
company specializing in historical performers, with an emphasis on pianists.
- Marston Records, another
boutique company specializing in historical performers, with an emphasis
on singers (though their catalogue contains some piano treasures).
- Appian Publications &
Recordings, a British label devoted (mostly) to piano reissues.
- Pavilion Records, Inc.,
which produces Pearl and (sometimes) Opal CDs.
- Music & Arts Programs of
America, a wide-ranging company that has equal commitments to both
historical and modern performers. The site also contains an excellent little
essay on CD piracy (see Paradise Lost below).
a German producer of reissues, mostly dedicated to conductors. Though only
a few are piano-related, they belong in any serious pianophile's library.
- Paradise Lost,
web-site for the hard-to-find Dante HPC (Historical Piano Collection) disks.
Unlike Italian labels such as Enterprise Piano Library and Arlecchino,
which are (or were, the the latter case) purely pirate labels - that is,
they simply reissued other company's CDs, thereby chilling the entire reissue
industry - Dante is a mix of pirate and honest producer.
- Qualiton Imports,
an importer of small classical/world music labels.
- H&B Direct, a very good
online classical CD store.
- JEM Music, an importer, with
whom I've had a stormy relationship, of hard-to-find classical labels.
Unfortunately, the site is incomplete (that is, the entire catalogue isn't
listed,) is rarely updated, and lacks a functioning search feature.
Records Classical, to which I still have an irrational attachment dating
from four years in New York City. Pricey, but huge, and their browse feature
is one of the best.
Disk Connection, which has a smaller selection than Tower but generally
- GEMM, a very fine comparison-shopping
Yes, even critics have a few.
- Atomic Elroy (performance
artist, playwright, composer, all-around gadfly)
- Acoustic Projections,
owned by the amazing Doug Wilson, the only person I know who's designed
and built printed circuit boards in his house.
- Michael Shea, pianist and composer, with whom I spent countless joyful
hours playing bebop in the late 1970s.
- My favorite author is Dostoevsky, but the author I've read the most
books by - with the possible exception of the Hardy Boys - is P.G. Wodehouse.
- Mr. Boffo, one of my favorite
comic strips. Many strips archived, but be prepared for long waits.
another one of my favorites.
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