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Jean-Nicolas Diatkine - Franz Liszt - Piano transcriptions of Schubert and Wagner (2022)

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Jean-Nicolas Diatkine - Franz Liszt - Piano transcriptions of Schubert and Wagner (2022)

Jean-Nicolas Diatkine - Franz Liszt - Piano transcriptions of Schubert and Wagner (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 1:15:13 | 207 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Solo Musica

Some of Jean-Nicolas Diatkine's singer friends have ended their careers, but their magic is irreplaceable in his eyes, or rather in his ears. He misses them, just as he misses the Schubert, Schumann and Brahms songs they sang. Well, there is only one person who can compensate for this loss, and his name is Franz Liszt. The main aim of transcriptions was to make orchestral works known to a wider audience, at a time when there were far fewer orchestras, and public access to symphony concerts was very limited. But Liszt gives transcriptions a new meaning: he puts the orchestra into the piano, since his style is particularly suited to outsized extravagance. Thus he opens up unprecedented pianistic possibilities, where virtuosity is no longer mere exhibitionism but rather transformed into the art of illusion. His arrangements of Wagner are so convincing that they become his own personal creations.Laurent Bessières, piano tuner at the Paris Philharmonic, suggested for this recording a Schiedmayer piano of 1916 made in Stuttgart, which he had completely rebuilt in collaboration with Antoine Letessier-Salmon, director of the French National Centre for Scientific Research, and Stephen Paulello, piano maker and inventor of the strings that bear his name. This instrument has almost never been used in concert, however excellent work by Laurent Bessières convinced us to try it out in this very special repertoire.

Mikhail Pletnev - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Sonatas & Rondos (2001)

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Mikhail Pletnev - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Sonatas & Rondos (2001)

Mikhail Pletnev - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Sonatas & Rondos (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 227 Mb | Total time: 78:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 459 614-2 | Recorded: 1998

Of the sons of J.S. Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel was by far the most interesting composer, as the Sonatas and Rondos played here by Mikhail Pletnev amply demonstrate. Consider Pletnev's exhilarating CD of Scarlatti sonatas: the fact that he played them anachronistically on the piano was in no way allowed to interfere with their intrinsic spirit. Here, he repeats the trick. Employing plenty of pedal and the full dynamic force of a modern concert grand, he somehow creates a quintessentially 18th-century atmosphere. And they're amazing pieces–it's a fair bet that this outstanding disc will help usher them into the mainstream repertoire, where they belong. Bach wrote them for an audience of "connoisseurs and amateurs," but that audience must have been a very superior one. To label this style "pre-classical" is to woefully shortchange it.

Zee Zee - Journey (2022)

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Zee Zee - Journey (2022)

Zee Zee - Journey (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 1:07:34 | 221 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Universal Music

In the past seasons Zee Zee performed Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich both in Zurich and at the Shanghai Arts Festival, and Ravel’s Concerto in G with the NHK Symphony Orchestra at the Hong Kong Arts Festival; both projects were led by Paavo Järvi. Besides that, she has performed with leading orchestras worldwide such as the BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Belgian National Orchestra, Sinfonieorchester Basel, Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic, Warsaw Philharmonic, Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Minnesota Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, among others.

John Williams, Yo-Yo Ma, New York Philharmonic - A Gathering of Friends (2022)

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John Williams, Yo-Yo Ma, New York Philharmonic - A Gathering of Friends (2022)

John Williams, Yo-Yo Ma, New York Philharmonic - A Gathering of Friends (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 68:28 | 309 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Sony Classical

"Famed film composer" John Williams and star cellist Yo-Yo Ma are featured on this unique album, an expression of their decades-long collaboration and friendship.

Anu Vehvilainen - Karol Szymanowski: Piano Works, Vol. 2 (2012)

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Anu Vehvilainen - Karol Szymanowski: Piano Works, Vol. 2 (2012)

Anu Vehviläinen - Karol Szymanowski: Piano Works, Vol. 2 (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 177 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 142 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Alba | # ABCD 337 | Time: 00:57:58

This Alba CD sees the second volume of Karol Szymanowski’s piano works being released. He was brought up in the Ukrainian village of Tymoszówka on the eastern border of what was then still the kingdom of Poland. The Ukraine’s culturally rich and tolerant atmosphere was the perfect mix for the composer. Top performing Finnish pianist, Anu Vehviläinen brings these delightful works to life.

Anu Vehvilainen - Karol Szymanowski: Piano Works, Vol. 1 (2008)

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Anu Vehvilainen - Karol Szymanowski: Piano Works, Vol. 1 (2008)

Anu Vehviläinen - Karol Szymanowski: Piano Works, Vol. 1 (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 170 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 148 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Alba | # ABCD 296 | Time: 01:01:41

Anu Vehviläinen gave her début recital in Helsinki in spring 2000 to excellent reviews and has been giving recitals and performing chamber music actively for several years now. She has appeared at festivals in Finland and given concerts in France, Estonia and Poland (including the Szymanowski Festival in Zakopane). As a soloist she has appeared with the Mikkeli City Orchestra and is an active member of the TampereRaw chamber music ensemble. The music of Karol Szymanowski (1882–1937)—especially the late works—must rank as some of the most overtly sensual, even sensuous, music ever written for the piano. To play this music well, one must be able to bring this quality out in the music.

Geoffrey Douglas Madge - Kaikhosru Sorabji: Opus Clavicembalisticum (1983) Remastered 1999, 5CD Box Set

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Geoffrey Douglas Madge - Kaikhosru Sorabji: Opus Clavicembalisticum (1983) Remastered 1999, 5CD Box Set

Geoffrey Douglas Madge - Kaikhosru Sorabji: Opus Clavicembalisticum (1983)
Remastered 1999, 5CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 949 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 552 Mb | Scans ~ 72 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-CD-1062/1064 | Time: 03:59:13

A work with a name like this can only be unusual. The opus in question is a three-part solo piano epic, lasting a shade under four hours and of a complexity to match. Combine an all-night raga sequence with Bach's Art of Fugue and you're getting close. Is it worth the listen? Yes, if you want to give your heart and mind–not just your brain–a real workout. For all his outsize demands, Sorabji was a front-rank pianist, who understood technique as a physical end to spiritual means. There are stretches of manic complexity here, but also passages of real poetry: try the lengthy "Interludium primum" which opens Part 2, or many of the 81(!) variations which follow the magisterial "Passacaglia" in Part 3. It's music which cries out for transcendental virtuosity, and Geoffrey Douglas Madge gives it just that. He gave four performances over six years and this Chicago one from 1983 assumed mythic status among those who heard it. Remastered for CD release, it is awe-inspiring in its grasp of what's gone into this music: the audience clearly living it with the pianist every step of the way. Hear it for yourself, then why not run the marathon or climb Everest for relaxation?

Alvaro Cendoya - Ponce: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 3 (2022)

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Alvaro Cendoya - Ponce: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 3 (2022)

Alvaro Cendoya - Ponce: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 3 (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 1:10:19 | 236 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Grand Piano

Not only was Manuel Ponce the leading figure in the emergence of Mexican nationalism but his music embodies a wide variety of influences. Nowhere is this more evident than in his writing for solo piano, and this album, the third of eight volumes, explores three specific facets. The first is his youthful concert studies, which are virtuosic, atmospheric and memorably evocative.

Jordi Masó - Frederic Mompou: Piano Music, Volume 4 (2002)

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Jordi Masó - Frederic Mompou: Piano Music, Volume 4 (2002)

Jordi Masó - Frederic Mompou: Piano Music, Volume 4 (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 227 Mb | Total time: 78:48 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.554727 | Recorded: 2000

The title of Mompou's masterpiece Música callada comes from the Cántico Espiritual of the Spanish mystic, St John of the Cross, where the expression música callada (music without sound) is complemented by soledad sonora (solitude that clamours). The poet explains 'that music is without sound as far as natural senses and capacities are concerned' but 'solitude sounds out loud through spiritual capacities'. In spite of the apparent clarity of the metaphor, its sense for Mompou was 'difficult enough to explain in a language different from Spanish'. Beyond general understanding of these words, they seem to have a personal significance for the composer, only accessible through his music.

Jordi Masó - Frederic Mompou: Piano Music, Volume 3 (2000)

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Jordi Masó - Frederic Mompou: Piano Music, Volume 3 (2000)

Jordi Masó - Frederic Mompou: Piano Music, Volume 3 (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 182 Mb | Total time: 73:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.554570 | Recorded: 1999

The Catalan composer Frederic Mompou (1893-1987) is hardly a household word (though Segovia performed his guitar pieces), probably because, unlike other Spanish composers of folkloric bent like de Falla, Albeniz and Granados he never wrote for the stage, which can be the ticket to immortality. But working in small forms doesn't make him a lightweight; miniatures don't lack drama or emotional interest – just look at what Chopin, Faurè and Schubert did. This new CD of Mompou's solo piano music joins a relatively select few by Europeans like Laurent Martin, Gustavo Romero, Stephen Hough, Alicia de Laroccha, and there's even one by the composer himself. This outing, by young Spanish pianist Jordi Masó, certainly seems to have captured Mompou's very special poetry.

Jordi Masó - Frederic Mompou: Piano Music, Volume 2 (1999)

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Jordi Masó - Frederic Mompou: Piano Music, Volume 2 (1999)

Jordi Masó - Frederic Mompou: Piano Music, Volume 2 (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 229 Mb | Total time: 78:58 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.554448 | Recorded: 1998

Vol 1 of Jordi Masó's Mompou cycle was given the warmest of welcomes and Vol 2 is no disappointment, either. Everything is presented with crystalline clarity, and if the manner is unusually robust it's never less than musicianly.
Directions such as énergiquement and très clair (Prélude No 2), the forte climax of Prélude No 6 or the sudden blaze of anger that erupts in Prélude No 7 are arguably more sympathetically conveyed than Mompou's gentler, more characteristic instructions (con lirica espressione in Prélude No 8 or un peu plus calme in the second 'Gitanes' from Suburbis).

Jordi Masó - Frederic Mompou: Piano Music, Volume 1 (1998)

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Jordi Masó - Frederic Mompou: Piano Music, Volume 1 (1998)

Jordi Masó - Frederic Mompou: Piano Music, Volume 1 (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 193 Mb | Total time: 72:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.554332 | Recorded: 1997

In many ways Jordi Masó’s excellent Naxos collection is not upstaged by the competition. Moreover this is to be the first of a continuing series. He gives us the complete Canciónes y danzas (except for No. 13, which is for guitar), plus the engagingly diverse, but at times almost mystical Charmes, and his playing is imbued with gentle poetic feeling. Masó’s pianistic sensibility is never self-aware, always at the service of the composer, and the music’s soft-hued colours are perceptively graduated. The unostentatious innocence of the Scènes d’enfants is beautifully caught. Excellent recording makes this a disc to recommend even if it cost far more than it does.

Sung-hyun Cho & Yeol Eum Son - Schumann, Reinecke, Schubert (2022)

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Sung-hyun Cho & Yeol Eum Son - Schumann, Reinecke, Schubert (2022)

Sung-hyun Cho & Yeol Eum Son - Schumann, Reinecke, Schubert (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 1:03:11 | 266 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Universal Music Ltd.

The Korean pianist Yeol Eum Son has succeeded not only in the institutional worlds of competition prizes and concert bookings, but also in the populist arena of YouTube, where her performance of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467, at the Tchaikovsky competition has amassed more than ten million views. Son was born in Wonju, South Korea, on May 2, 1986, and she remains an honorary arts ambassador of the city. Son began studying the piano at age three and made her recital debut at 12 as a Kumho Prodigy.

Richard Jenkinson, Benjamin Frith - The Moon Sails Out (2015)

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Richard Jenkinson, Benjamin Frith - The Moon Sails Out (2015)

Richard Jenkinson, Benjamin Frith - The Moon Sails Out (2015)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 287 MB | 01:10:11
Genre: Classical | Label: EM Records

This EM Records release of British cello music performed by the Jenkinson Frith Duo presents World Première recordings by Cyril Scott, Ivor Gurney and Ian Venables: Cyril Scott’s monumental Cello Sonata is recorded here for the first time alongside Ivor Gurney’s unpublished one-movement Cello Sonata in E minor.

Monique Haas plays Claude Debussy & Maurice Ravel (2007) 6CD Box Set

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Monique Haas plays Claude Debussy & Maurice Ravel (2007) 6CD Box Set

Monique Haas plays Claude Debussy & Maurice Ravel (2007) 6CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.54 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 965 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Erato/Warner Classics | # 2564 69967-2 | Time: 07:11:32

French pianist Monique Haas recorded the piano works of Debussy and Ravel twice, once in the late '50s and early '60s for Deutsche Grammophon and again in the late '60s and early '70s for Erato. The later recordings are released here in this six disc set from Warner Classics. As on the earlier set, Haas' performances are elegantly stylish, technically impeccable, consummately musical, and quintessentially French. Pick any piece by either composer at random, and you'll see. Try her bright but sensual Suite Bergamasque with its ravishing Clair de lune or her brilliant and visionary Études with their astounding concluding Pour les accords. Or try her recklessly virtuosic Gaspard de la nuit with its frightening Scarbo or her sweetly swaying Valses nobles et sentimentales with its heartrending Épilogue. There are only two meaningful differences between Haas' recordings: in the earlier performance, she is more passionate and impetuous while in the later performances she is more measured and thoughtful.