Gabríel Ólafs: The Lily (Orchestral Version)

Icelandic composer and multi-instrumentalist Gabríel Ólafs recently debuted three versions of his stirring new single, “The Lily,” including one solo piano composition and another lush orchestral iteration. All three represent different yet equally successful approaches to the same exquisite sonic journey. “‘The Lily’ is the most expressive piece I’ve composed,” Ólafs says in a statement. “The melody was born on the piano after I read …

Steinway & Sons’ SpirioCast Expands the Boundaries of Piano Technology

Evolving the future of the piano industry, the historic brand unveils technology that allows a piano to play itself in time with live performances from renowned pianists

When Steinway & Sons launched their 2015 Spirio R piano, a high-resolution player piano with capture and playback capabilities, they stretched the boundaries of music technology. Now, their latest edition, SpirioCast (which includes a technology that will activate in all Spirio pianos worldwide later this month, with other models available for upgrades in 2022), pushes the limits of piano capabilities to unprecedented heights. Impressively revolutionizing …

Nico Muhly: Throughline

Commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony, Nico Muhly’s 19-minute “Throughline” dazzles throughout its 13 movements. Muhly composed the masterful work to comply with COVID-19 health restrictions—meaning that no more than six orchestral players could be on stage at once during recording, and breath-based instrument were recorded separately. The San Francisco Symphony, Esa-Pekka Salonen and eight collaborative partners—including Bryce Dessner on electric guitar and Esperanza Spalding …