Spirio Spotlight

August 2017

For many, August brings needed relaxation. Steinway & Sons Spirio’s two featured genres this month — Latin jazz and new age — can help set your mood, and these genres offer a diverse range of styles. So along with the soothing sounds of samba and Kitaro, there is much to stimulate the senses here.

New tracks from Simon Mulligan focus on the music of Brazil and its distinctive bossa nova and samba rhythms and harmonies. From Argentina, Pablo Ziegler is a consummate performer of tango nuevo, a style that blends improvisatory jazz with the many traditional regional dance forms of his native country. Chucho Valdès and Elio Villafranca also blend contemporary jazz with traditional folk — and represent marvelous music-making from Cuba. And from Uruguay, Gustavo Casenave gives us an especially fervent and passionate Latin style.

chucho valdez
Elio Villafranca
Pablo Ziegler

New Age

You may think of new age music as gentle, atmospheric, and generally free of tension. One of our favorite artists in this area is the Belgian pianist and composer Jean-François Maljean. Some of his Spirio tracks will indeed remind you of George Winston and his ilk, but much of his music also displays jazz-improv abilities. Maljean is also our featured performer in this month’s Spirio Sync video.

A noted Spirio debut this month is the Swedish pianist and composer Martin Tingvall, an artist who avoids facile categorization. His music always sets an atmosphere and a mood and in listening to his original works, you’ll hear why he is a fine film composer as well.

Martin Tingvall
Jean-François Maljean

what’s New

Also in the broad genre of new age, Spirio welcomes the Dutch pianist and composer Iris Hond. Her music leans in yet another direction, revealing a strong influence from Classical repertoire.

iris hond
Nikita Mndoyants
Stepan Simonian

The dynamic young pianist (and composer) Nikita Mndoyants also makes his debut on spirio. The most recent winner of the Cleveland International Piano Competition, Mndoyants performs the complete Bagatelles Op. 126 by Beethoven, works that are often performed individually as encores. He also plays Prokofiev’s powerful set of short works entitled Sarcasms. And Hamburg–based Bach specialist Stepan Simonian joins the spirio roster this month with a splendid performance of Bach’s 6th Partita, BWV 830, as well as two of Bach’s Three-Part Inventions.

Buy Spirio Online

For a limited time Steinway & Sons Spirio pianos are available for convenient online purchasing. From payments, to shipping, to expert tuning our Spirio concierge services will handle every detail so you can enjoy the music.

Buy Now

explore the MUSIC

Each month we features highlights from the Spirio catalog. Learn more about the artists, the history and the music found exclusively on Spirio.

 

The new Steinway & Sons Spirio is the world's finest high resolution player piano. A masterpiece of artistry and engineering in your home, Spirio enables you to enjoy performances captured by great pianists — played with such nuance, power and passion that it is utterly indistinguishable from a live performance. Learn more about spirio.

Connect with us below to experience Spirio in person.
 

Learn More About Spirio

Visit Steinway

Find a retail location to see a Steinway piano in person.

Find a Location
Contact Us

Have all your questions answered — by phone or email.

Our Newsletter

Keep abreast of Steinway & Sons in the news and the arts.

Stay In Touch