Tune in to the Concerto According to Manny's encore presentation on Inside the Music, beginning Sunday November 4 at 12:00 pm on CBC Radio Two and Radio 1 at 8:00 p.m. The show runs every Sunday until January 6th, 2008.

The Concertos According to Manny series is now available on CD through CBC Shop!

There’s no other concert experience quite like it. A gleaming Steinway Concert Grand, sitting center stage, surrounded by the orchestra. The conductor, on this occasion, is mostly hidden by the upraised piano lid. At the keyboard, the lead actor, the pianist. He unleashes thunderbolts, he weaves delicate filigree. He battles the orchestra. He becomes one with them. Gladiator, lover, magician. Tragic, Comic, tragic-comic. The Piano Concerto is a theatre of sound that has inspired some of the greatest music ever written.

Our guide is a man who has played the lead role for more than 30 years, pianist Emanuel Ax. A true virtuoso, combining brilliant technique with poetic lyricism, and a probing intellect with a great sense of humour.

Join Manny and CBC Radio Two host Eric Friesen for 10 hours of conversation, in studio demonstrations and recordings.

The Concerto According to Manny
Producer: Jill LaForty
Recording Engineers: Chris Nelson and Michael Schweppe
(NPR Washington)
Ron Skinner and Dennis Patterson (CBC Toronto)
Shane Bryanton (CBC Ottawa)

Web Producer: Ian Cauthery

 

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