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Imogen Cooper - Le temps perdu (2021)

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Imogen Cooper - Le temps perdu (2021)

Imogen Cooper - Le temps perdu (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 219 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 194 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:23:19
Classical | Label: Chandos Records

Borrowing from the title of Proust’s great novel, the latest recital by Imogen Cooper features a collection of pieces that she learnt as a teenager in Paris, or in her twenties working with Alfred Brendel in Vienna, but none of which she has performed on the concert platform, or really played at all in the intervening years. Cooper studied in Paris from 1961 to 1967 with Jacques Février (who had known Ravel well), Yvonne Lefébure (who had known Alfred Cortot), and Germaine Mounier. She started to wonder about the messages from her teachers she would find on her scores, and about the nature of memory. She was also interested to see if the repertoire she has acquired since she learnt these pieces would change her view, or shed new light on them. This highly personal recital is an exemplar of Imogen Cooper’s outstanding pianism and musicianship.

Imogen Cooper - Franz Liszt & Richard Wagner: Piano Works (2017)

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Imogen Cooper - Franz Liszt & Richard Wagner: Piano Works (2017)

Imogen Cooper - Franz Liszt & Richard Wagner: Piano Works (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 213 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 177 Mb | Artwork included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN10938 | Time: 01:14:37

After highly successful recordings of works by Brahms, the Schumanns, and Chopin, Imogen Cooper plunges into the world of another great romantic, Franz Liszt, and places him alongside that other giant, Richard Wagner. This is an evocative programme of original compositions and intimate transcriptions, ranging from poetic movements from the Années de Pèlerinage: Italie to darker and deeply elegiac pieces, including Liszt’s La lugubre gondola I and Wagner’s Elegie. It also features a transcription by Zoltán Kocsis of the intensely passionate prelude to Tristan und Isolde. The famous pianist and conductor died prematurely in November 2016. It was his work that inspired this recording to begin with, and Imogen Cooper dedicates the disc to his memory. Breathtaking music in unique interpretations: romanticism without melodrama, virtuosity without fuss.

Imogen Cooper - Robert Schumann: "Abegg" Variations; Davidsbundlertanze; Novelettes Op. 21 Nos 2 & 8; Geisternahe (2015)

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Imogen Cooper - Robert Schumann: "Abegg" Variations; Davidsbundlertanze; Novelettes Op. 21 Nos 2 & 8; Geisternahe (2015)

Imogen Cooper - Robert Schumann:
"Abegg" Variations; Davidsbündlertänze; Novelettes Op. 21 Nos 2 & 8; Geisternähe (2015)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 200 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 10874 | Time: 01:15:52

This third recording by Imogen Cooper on Chandos features some of Robert Schumann’s most characteristic and complex works for solo piano. Cooper is one of those artists who are reaching a glorious maturity in middle age; she seems to follow in the steps of her teacher Alfred Brendel, her prodigious virtuosity coexisting with lyrical and emotional wisdom. This album includes the Davidsbündlertänze which she describes as a ‘work of stirring beauty and humour that make it one of the great romantic masterpieces for the piano’. It also illustrates the journey between two sets of variations: Schumann’s first published and last composed piano pieces. While the ‘Abegg’ is ‘virtuosic, extroverted, challenging to play, and charming’, the Geistervariationen are ‘introverted and sparse, with a deep but elusive emotion’. Finally, in the two Novelletten Imogen Cooper reveals what she calls the ‘hidden narrative filaments to be discovered’ in Schumann’s music; this requires ‘a skill which is very necessary in the interpretation of scores that frequently appear disjointed and illogical’.

Imogen Cooper, Northern Sinfonia - Mozart: Piano Concerto Nos. 23 & 9 'Jeunehomme' (2006)

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Imogen Cooper, Northern Sinfonia - Mozart: Piano Concerto Nos. 23 & 9 'Jeunehomme' (2006)

Imogen Cooper, Northern Sinfonia - Mozart: Piano Concerto Nos. 23 & 9 'Jeunehomme' (2006)
dBpoweramp | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 250 Mb | Total time: 62:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Avie | # AV2100 | Recorded: 2006

Avie inaugurates a new series with the Northern Sinfonia with the first commercial recording to be made at the spectacular Sage Gateshead, the landmark waterfront venue on Tyneside. In residence at the Sage Gateshead since its opening in 2004, the award-winning Northern Sinfonia's dynamic approach to programmes, performances and recordings have earned them plaudits aplenty. The poetic pianist Imogen Cooper has a close association with Northern Sinfonia and the Sage Gateshead, having chosen the Steinway piano for the venue which she performs on this live recording.