Longtime collectors of video recordings (VHS) of piano, both solo and with orchestra desire nothing more than a catalog listing only piano performances. This catalog provides the means whereby music professionals, average piano students, and piano aficionados can study piano performance in both its audio and video aspects. Part I provides information on nearly 200 piano performance videos that where personally heard by the authors. There is a brief evaluation of each video, the authors thoughts as well as the opinions of highly regarded critics in the music performance field. Part II lists supplemental video recordings containing performances by more than one pianist, as in collections, competitions, and documentaries. Part III cross-references the catalog by composer. Each composition relates to a piano performance listed in Part I or Part II. In some instances, the pianist plays only excerpts of compositions, but these musical fragments are included because they are the only VHS performances the authors could find by that particular pianist or simply because they are so representative of the pianist's style.
The video recording provides an evocative look at the pianist, how he produces his particular sound, what hand position he prefers when playing a concerto, and his rapport with both orchestra and conductor. A useful tool for piano music enthusiasts, for those looking to hear piano performance, and for skilled pianists looking for new insights.
John Gillespie is Professor Emeritus, University of California, Santa Barbara. He has authored numerous books, articles, essays, and recordings over the last 30 years. Anna Gillespie is a music researcher.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 Abbreviations Chapter 4 Selected Internet Sources Part 5 Part I Pianists Part 6 Part II Supplemental Video Recordings Part 7 Part III Composers Chapter 8 About the Authors