the tonic

tonebase presents the tonic: a podcast about music and the people who make it, delving into the hidden meanings behind great works of the past with legendary pianists of the present.

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Episode 1

Beginnings | Chopin's First Ballade

Frédéric Chopin's Ballade No. 1 in G Minor was revolutionary for its time, and remains a jewel of the piano repertoire today. Touching on everything from Bellini to Cole Porter, poetry to politics, this episode reveals the potency of the piece's opening measures through the eyes (and hands) of acclaimed concert pianists Garrick Ohlsson, Emanuel Ax, Rebecca Penneys, Jerome Lowenthal, and Seymour Bernstein.

Episode 1

Featured tonebase Artists

This episode features the voices of five world-class pianists and professors. All of the interviews in this episode come directly from their lessons on tonebase. Click below to view profiles and lessons.

Your Host

Lowry Yankwich

Lowry is a classically-trained pianist, podcast producer, and law student. He came to podcasting because he loves to tell stories, and finds audio uniquely suited to exploring music and its links to other aspects of culture. He holds an Associate Degree in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music, studied history at Stanford University, and is now in his final year at Harvard Law School, where he focuses on environmental policy and music law. In 30 Bach, his first podcast, Lowry created a composite version of J.S. Bach’s “Goldberg Variations,” through interviews with and performances by musicians across the world.

Episode 2 - August 15th

A Lifelong Companion | Brahms's First Concerto

Experience the awesome power of Johannes Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor through one of its greatest champions, the late Leon Fleisher, who lived a lifetime side-by-side with the piece.

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Dave McLellan

Concert & Chamber Musician

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