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The Piano Society, featuring Neal O'Doan

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This week's installment of the January Pianothon will try and do two things: point out a collection of substantial, openly available piano music and highlight one of its many contributors.

The Piano Society ( “is proud to present its large collection of more than 5,000 high-quality classical keyboard recordings, produced by our artists consisting of both professionals and skilled amateurs. Visitors can find a wide range of music by famous as well as lesser-known classical composers.”

As I write these lines, the site has about 5300 recordings by almost 175 artists, covering more than 250 composers, from Albeniz to Zipoli.

As stated in the above quote, the site provides good to excellent quality tracks by professional and amateur pianists in solo, duo, chamber and even concerto settings.

I don’t know if faculty members of large American Universities count as professional or amateur, but I wanted to point you to one particular artist who has provided some (in my opinion) impressive and “keeper” type performances – his name is Neal O’Doan.

Here is the biography he posts on the Piano Society website:

Neal O'Doan studied piano at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California earning his Bachelor and Master degrees under Professor Edward Shadbolt. He attended the Juilliard School of Music in New York, studying piano with Rosina Lhevinne and Martin Canin.

As guest soloist he has performed concertos with the Chicago, Seattle, Juilliard, Victoria (Canada) [...] Symphony Orchestras. He recorded concertos with the Royal Philharmonic and English Chamber Orchestras and has been a frequent guest artist in the Seattle Chamber Music Festival.

In 1999 he retired from his professorhip at the University of Washington Music School in Seattle, Washington having taught piano there for twenty-three years. He currently teaches piano students in Seattle, Bellevue, Tacoma, and Olympia.
If you visit Mr. O’Doan’s page, here are some of the works you will find:

Moszkowski - Piano Concerto in E Major

[Complete Performance]

Chopin - Piano Concerto no. 2

[Complete Performance]

Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto no. 1

[Complete Performance]

Also available elsewehere:

Liszt – Totentanz

Good listening!

January 27, 2012, "I Think You Will Love This Music Too" will be adding a new montage "Mozart & Bartok" to its Pod-O-Matic Podcast. Read our English and French commentary January 27th on the ITYWLTMT Blogspot blog.

Updated Jan-24-2012 at 11:40 by itywltmt

Classical Music , Musicians , Recorded Music