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    In 2001, Billy Joel released Fantasies & Delusions, a collection of ten classical piano pieces. All were composed by Joel and performed by Richard Joo (currently performing with the classical musical comedy duo Igudesman and Joo). The album topped the classical charts at #1.
    Joel often used bits of these songs as interludes in live performances.

    I'm really enjoying this album which can be found in playlist form on Youtube. I think Joel is a masterful piano player who excels in jazz chording (and lyric writing), but I was quite surprised at these pieces.
    "To be a musician is a curse. To NOT be one is even worse." Jack Daney

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    Today I learned that Billy Joel's half-brother, Alexander, is the current music director of Staatsorchester Braunschweig, whose conductors have included:
    Michael Praetorius
    Heinrich Schütz
    Karl Heinrich Graun
    Louis Spohr
    Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
    Hector Berlioz
    Franz Liszt
    Richard Strauss



    This is a very good article about the two brothers exploring their roots, but I will warn you that Nazis are involved.
    http://www.piano-man.de/roots/newsday.asp
    "To be a musician is a curse. To NOT be one is even worse." Jack Daney

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lunasong View Post
    In 2001, Billy Joel released Fantasies & Delusions, a collection of ten classical piano pieces. All were composed by Joel and performed by Richard Joo (currently performing with the classical musical comedy duo Igudesman and Joo). The album topped the classical charts at #1.
    Joel often used bits of these songs as interludes in live performances.

    I'm really enjoying this album which can be found in playlist form on Youtube. I think Joel is a masterful piano player who excels in jazz chording (and lyric writing), but I was quite surprised at these pieces.
    do you mean this is a Jazz recording? Because I would only consider it if it was classical music.

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    No it is not a jazz recording. That is why I was surprised.
    "To be a musician is a curse. To NOT be one is even worse." Jack Daney

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