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Ksenija Sidorova - Classical Accordion: J.S.Bach; D. Scarlatti; Mozart; Berio; Schnittke; Nordheim; Takahashi; Piazzolla (2011)

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Ksenija Sidorova - Classical Accordion: J.S.Bach; D. Scarlatti; Mozart; Berio; Schnittke; Nordheim; Takahashi; Piazzolla (2011)

Ksenija Sidorova - Classical Accordion (2011)
J.S.Bach; D. Scarlatti; Mozart; Berio; Schnittke; Nordheim; Takahashi; Piazzolla

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 313 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 156 Mb | Scans ~ 98 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Champs Hill Records | # CHRCD019 | Time: 01:08:28

The winner of numerous international competitions, the brilliant young accordion player Ksenija Sidorova here presents her debut recording; a recital for solo classical accordion. A particularly accomplished artist, Ksenija has collaborated with many leading musicians (including the Belcea Quartet, and Valergy Gergiev with the CBSO), and won numerous awards and accolades. Still an underexploited resource in western classical music, the accordion has had a fast-increasing amount of music written for it since the mid-20th Century. Here, Ksenija Sidrova brings a varied recital featuring some of the best contemporary compositions for the classical accordion, alongside transcriptions of well-known works. No composer has been transcribed more often than Bach; but the accordion - heard here in Bachs Overture in the French Style - brings an advantage that few other instruments can offer; its notes do not die away as soon as they are sounded. This allows an array of colouristic possibilities, denied to other musicians.

Horowitz: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon [7CDs] (2010)

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Horowitz: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon [7CDs] (2010)

Horowitz: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon [7CDs] (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.45 Gb | Total time: 07 h 09 min | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 477 8827 | Recorded: 1985-1989

The complete set of Vladimir Horowitz’s DG recordings in a single box, including Horowitz in Hamburg from 2008 and three bonus tracks only previously available on the compilation The Magic of Horowitz.

Aline Zylberajch - Domenico Scarlatti: Sonates (2005)

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Aline Zylberajch - Domenico Scarlatti: Sonates (2005)

Aline Zylberajch - Domenico Scarlatti: Sonates (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 239 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 163 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Ambronay | # AMY002 | Time: 01:05:13

Reflecting the exceptional sound-world of Ambronay Abbey, Ambronay's CDs initiate musical experiences opening up a world of imagination and emotions. 'A new invention for Maria Barbara? The Queen of Spain and Portugal ordered from Bratolomeo Cristofori, creator of the pianoforte, five of his percious instruments for her music master, Domenico Scarlatti. Denzil Wraight, pre-eminent specialist of early Italian keyboards, has built the magnificent 56-note single-manual Cristofori-Ferrini instrument used on this recording - from which Aline Zylberajch unfolds a wealth of colours and shades hitherto unknown. An aesthetic, emotional revelation.

Nikolai Demidenko - Domenico Scarlatti: 20 Keyboard Sonatas (2005)

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Nikolai Demidenko - Domenico Scarlatti: 20 Keyboard Sonatas (2005)

Nikolai Demidenko - Domenico Scarlatti: 20 Keyboard Sonatas (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 262 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 216 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: AGPL München | # AGPL 1-009 | Time: 01:10:22

Nikolai Demidenko is a celebrated piano virtuoso, considered a leading exponent of the Russian school of playing. His blend of technical brilliance and musical vision have earned him consistent raves since he first emerged on the international scene in the mid-1980s, and he has become a musical fixture in his adopted home of Great Britain, where he gained citizenship in 1995. Demidenko began playing before the age of five, learning on his grandfather's old, beaten-up piano. By the age of six, he was a student of Anna Kantor (Evgeny Kissin's teacher) at the Gnessin School of Music. An obstinate student who disliked scales and technique, Demidenko still made swift progress, and he eventually entered the Moscow Conservatory. There, he studied with Dmitri Bashkirov, whom Demidenko credits with fostering his more individual qualities as a player, as well as ironing out the remaining wrinkles in his technique. Reaching the finals of both the 1976 Montreal competition and the 1978 Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow (where he played through an acute case of the flu) served as a final springboard to professional recognition.

Trevor Pinnock - Domenico Scarlatti: Sonatas (1987)

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Trevor Pinnock - Domenico Scarlatti: Sonatas (1987)

Trevor Pinnock - Domenico Scarlatti: Sonatas (1987)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 377 Mb | Total time: 55:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 419 632-2 | Recorded: 1986

Occasionally—very occasionally—a record appears that is so exactly right in every particular that a reviewer just sits back and gives himself up to sheer enjoyment (though making a mental note to reserve a place for it among his choices for the year). This is one such: its combination of Scarlatti's inexhaustible and unpredictable invention with Trevor Pinnock's vitality and rhythmic energy must surely lift the spirits of even the most jaded listener. Pinnock never puts a finger wrong here, literally or figuratively: he captures the atmosphere of each sonata with complete understanding, responsive to all Scarlatti's little quirks, and conveying a feeling of whole-heartedly enjoying himself.

Max Emmanuel Cencic, Aline Zylberajch, Maya Amrein, Yasunori Imamura - Domenico Scarlatti: Cantatas (2006)

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Max Emmanuel Cencic, Aline Zylberajch, Maya Amrein, Yasunori Imamura - Domenico Scarlatti: Cantatas (2006)

Max Emmanuel Cencic, Aline Zylberajch, Maya Amrein, Yasunori Imamura - Domenico Scarlatti: Cantatas (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 296 Mb | Total time: 66:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Capriccio | # 67 173 | Recorded: 2004, 2005

Domenico Scarlatti is almost exclusively associated with his 600 sonatas for keyboard. But, as with most composers of his time, he also contributed to other genres including music for instrumental ensemble and vocal music. In the early stages of his career, when he was still in Italy, he composed several operas. As there was a close connection between the opera and the chamber cantata it come as no surprise that his output includes several specimens of the latter genre, which was extremely popular throughout Europe.

Martin Fröst, Sébastien Dubé, Roland Pöntinen - Night Passages (2022)

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Martin Fröst, Sébastien Dubé, Roland Pöntinen - Night Passages (2022)

Martin Fröst, Sébastien Dubé, Roland Pöntinen - Night Passages: Scarlatti, Corea, Bach, Purcell, Rodgers, Rameau, Cesti, Handel, Alfvén (2022)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 197 Mb | Total time: 53:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 19439917402 | Recorded: 2021

With Night Passages Martin Fröst fuses a centuries-spanning selection of music, from the famous to the rare, into highly original arrangements for clarinet, bass and piano. With his unusual ensemble he touches the genre of jazz, folk and turns traditional Baroque favorites by Bach, Scarlatti, Handel and Rameau into original arrangements. He also sends greetings from his home country, Sweden, with music by Romantic composer Hugo Alfvén and the traditional Polska from Dorotea. Martin Fröst is widely recognized as an artist who constantly seeks new ways to shape, challenge and rebuild the classical music arena and, together with Miles Davis, the only wind soloist to have received one of the world's highest music honors; the Léonie Sonning Music Prize.

Daniele Boccaccio, Ensemble Seicento Italiano, Lavinia Bertotti - Domenico Scarlatti: Cantate da Camera (2008)

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Daniele Boccaccio, Ensemble Seicento Italiano,  Lavinia Bertotti - Domenico Scarlatti: Cantate da Camera (2008)

Daniele Boccaccio, Ensemble Seicento Italiano, Lavinia Bertotti - Domenico Scarlatti: Cantate da Camera (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 641 Mb | Total time: 68:56+62:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 93361 | Recorded: 2000

During his lifetime, from his Neapolitan years to his Spanish sojourn, Domenico Scarlatti cultivated the “cantata” genre, composing at least about sixty works – those of uncertain attribution and his Serenades excluded. Other cantatas are likely to emerge once the uncatalogued funds are systematically scanned. Since in those years the cantata was a genre on the wane, this high number is revealing of Scarlatti’s uninterrupted link with the baroque tradition, an age in which the cantata had reached its climax as an extremely refined genre, the place for daring experimentation, and exquisite writing, the appropriate gym for high craftsmanship, as expected by the elitist audience for which it was intended. The manuscripts date from 1699 to 1724.

Balazs Szokolay - Domenico Scarlatti: Piano Sonatas (1989)

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Balazs Szokolay - Domenico Scarlatti: Piano Sonatas (1989)

Balázs Szokolay - Domenico Scarlatti: Piano Sonatas (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 200 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 154 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.550252 | Time: 01:07:13

The Hungarian pianist Balázs Sozkolay was born in Budapest 1961, the son of a mother who is a pianist and a father who is a composer and professor at the Ferenc Liszt Academy. He started learning the piano when he was five and in 1970 entered the preparatory class of the Budapest Music Academy, where he completed his studies with Pál Kadosa and Zoltán Kocsis in 1983 .He later spent two years at the Academy of Music in Munich, with a West German government scholarship. Balázs Szokolay made an early international appearance with Péter Nagy at the Salzburg Interforum in 1979, and in 1983 substituted for Nikita Magaloff in Belgrade in a performance of the Piano Concerto No.1 of Brahms. He is now a soloist with the Hungarian State Orchestra and has given concerts in a number of countries abroad, including Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, Poland, the Soviet Union, Bulgaria and Czechoslovakia. In September, 1987, he made his recital début at the Royal Festival Hall in London.

Pierre Hantaï - Händel, Scarlatti (2021)

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Pierre Hantaï - Händel, Scarlatti (2021)

Pierre Hantaï - Händel, Scarlatti (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 452 Mb | Total time: 68:42 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Mirare | # MIR560 | Recorded: 2020

Handel and Scarlatti together? Long ago, in Rome (for a musical joust before the most eminent cardinals), in Venice (at a masked ball where Scarlatti recognised the faceless harpsichordist: “It could be no one but the famous Saxon, or the devil”), in London (where an opera by Scarlatti was staged). Together again under the pen of Charles Burney, who celebrated them as the two supreme masters of the harpsichord, the ‘heavenly twins’. And together once more in the little church in Haarlem to which Pierre Hantaï returns like a pilgrim.

Robert King, The King's Consort - Domenico Scarlatti & Hasse: Salve Regina; Alessandro Scarlatti: Cantatas & Motets (1996)

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Robert King, The King's Consort - Domenico Scarlatti & Hasse: Salve Regina; Alessandro Scarlatti: Cantatas & Motets (1996)

Robert King, The King's Consort - Domenico Scarlatti & Hasse: Salve Regina; Alessandro Scarlatti: Cantatas & Motets (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 328 Mb | Total time: 77:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA66875 | Recorded: 1996

In the eighteenth century the cantata was considered to be the supreme challenge for a composer's artistry. Here are recorded three fine examples from the enormous corpus of such works by Alessandro Scarlatti, two for solo voice with continuo, and one which includes a particularly demanding part for obbligato trumpet, faultlessly played by Crispian Steele-Perkins.

Musica Alta Ripa, Kai Wessel - La Famiglia Scarlatti: Cantatas and Sonatas (1995)

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Musica Alta Ripa, Kai Wessel - La Famiglia Scarlatti: Cantatas and Sonatas (1995)

Musica Alta Ripa, Kai Wessel - La Famiglia Scarlatti: Cantatas and Sonatas (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 372 Mb | Total time: 76:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: MDG | # MDG 309 0632-2 | Recorded: 1995

Alessandro Scarlatti’s 600-plus cantatas make him one of the more prolific exponents of a form that flourished in Italy in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Though he’s generally credited with standardising cantata form, his early essays in the genre were often imaginatively varied, as is shown by the delectable Arcadian Academy disc. Rather than the usual two or three da capo arias alternating with recitatives, the four secular cantatas here boast opening sinfonias, closing ariosos, large numbers of movements and a range of aria-types. Bella madre dei fiori, for example, experiments with a mix of poetic strophes and instrumental ritornelli. Even so, this formal ingenuity would be of limited interest were it not for Scarlatti’s gifts for attractive melody and sensitive illustration of his texts.

Great Pianists: Gulda, Backhaus, Serkin, Cherkassky, Berman, Gilels, Anda, Małcużyński, Cziffra, Canino [10CDs] (2005)

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Great Pianists: Gulda, Backhaus, Serkin, Cherkassky, Berman, Gilels, Anda, Małcużyński, Cziffra, Canino [10CDs] (2005)

Great Pianists: Gulda, Backhaus, Serkin, Cherkassky, Berman, Gilels, Anda, Małcużyński, Cziffra, Canino [10CDs] (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2,63 Gb | Total time: 12:16:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Documents | # 224095 | Recorded: 1953-1993

This 10 CD set offers 11 live recitals given by 10 famous pianists in Switzerland from 1953 to 1993. Each pianist is credited by a single CD. Only Backhaus CD contains fragments from two different programs (1953 and 1960), all the other pianists are represented by a single program.

Alexandre Tharaud - Domenico Scarlatti: 18 Sonatas (2011)

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Alexandre Tharaud - Domenico Scarlatti: 18 Sonatas (2011)

Alexandre Tharaud plays Domenico Scarlatti: 18 Sonatas (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 240 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 170 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 5099964201603 | Time: 01:08:05

The biggest surprise on this wonderfully exuberant and exhilarating disc comes with the very first notes: the piano tone is rich and full, worlds away from the slightly distant, musical-box tone that is often thought appropriate for recordings of Domenico Scarlatti's sonatas on a modern concert grand. But as the soundworld suggests, Tharaud is totally unapologetic about playing these pieces – all originally composed for harpsichord even though the earliest fortepianos were in circulation in Scarlatti's time – on a piano. In the sleevenotes, Tharaud says that of the four baroque keyboard composers that he has recorded so far – Bach, Couperin, Rameau and now Scarlatti – it's the last whose music is most suited to this treatment. His selection of sonatas is chosen for maximum variety, with a group in which the Spanish inflections of flamenco and folk music can be heard, others in which he gets a chance to show some dazzling technique, alongside those in which the playfulness is replaced by profound introspection.

Gabriela Montero - Baroque: Improvisations (2007)

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Gabriela Montero - Baroque: Improvisations (2007)

Gabriela Montero - Baroque: Improvisations (2007)
Vivaldi, Pachelbel, Handel, Albinoni, J.S. Bach, D. Scarlatti

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 144 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 120 Mb | Covers included
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI | # 50999 5 14837 2 2 | Time: 00:52:28

Gabriela’s extraordinary ability as an improviser, rare in the classical world, is fast becoming her trademark. The passion, poetic musicality and sense of structure Gabriela brings to classical works translate to her classy improvisations. And no matter how complex the variations, the original melody always emerges triumphantly from a musical tapestry that might weave blues, jazz, tango, Bach or Debussy into a multihued framework. Such a skill for improvisation – to blend a vast range of styles – makes Gabriela an extremely rare talent. In “Baroque” Gabriela takes some of the best known Baroque themes, including Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major, Albinoni’s Adagio, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Boccherini’s Minuet and Handel’s Water Music, and brings to her classy improvisations the same passion, poetic musicality and sense of structure that she brings to classical works.