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Kristian Bezuidenhout - Mozart: Keyboard Music, Vol. 5 & 6 (2013)

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Kristian Bezuidenhout - Mozart: Keyboard Music, Vol. 5 & 6 (2013)

Kristian Bezuidenhout - Mozart: Keyboard Music, Vol. 5 & 6 (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 520 Mb | Total time: 141:46 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMU 907529.30 | Recorded: 2012, 2013

Bezuidenhout plays Mozart on the fortepiano like no-one else. Here he performs an assortment of solo works with all the sensitivity, expressivity, flair and stylistic integrity that has marked him out as a supreme master of the early keyboard…and the genius of Mozart is brilliantly and eloquently served.

Kristian Bezuidenhout - Mozart: Keyboard Music, Vol.7 (2015)

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Kristian Bezuidenhout - Mozart: Keyboard Music, Vol.7 (2015)

Kristian Bezuidenhout - Mozart: Keyboard Music, Vol.7 (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 266 Mb | Total time: 73:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMU 907531 | Recorded: 2012, 2013

Fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout continues his multi-disc survey of Mozart's music for solo keyboard with volume seven of the series. The first six have been met with the universal critical acclaim from around the world. This program of this release explores the elegance and drama that are ever-present in Mozart's music. Most notably, Bezuidenhout performs two works influenced by the composer's 1778 stay in Paris - the grandly proportioned Sonata in A minor, K.310 and the dazzling Variations in C on ''Lison dormait'' K.264.

Denis Matsuev, St. Petersburg PO, Yuri Temirkanov - Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich: Piano Concertos (2006)

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Denis Matsuev, St. Petersburg PO, Yuri Temirkanov - Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich: Piano Concertos (2006)

Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 1, for piano, trumpet & strings, in C minor, Op. 35
Denis Matsuev, piano; St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra; Yuri Temirkanov, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 240 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 139 Mb | Scans included
Classical | Label: RCA Red Seal/Sony | # 88697002332 | Time: 00:55:08

Pianist Nikolay Rubinstein, for whom Tchaikovsky wrote his First Piano Concerto, initially remarked that the concerto was completely unplayable. How ironic that not only was he made to eat his words during his lifetime, but that the concerto has been one of the most widely performed and recorded works in the repertoire. Of course, with that kind of widespread attention, each subsequent recording has more and more difficulty distinguishing itself from its predecessors. Pianist Denis Matsuev, joined by the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, manages to succeed in making this a memorable addition. Matsuev's playing is nothing short of Herculean; he plays with all the muscularity and bravura of Yefim Bronfman and then some. He is equally comfortable in delicate and nimble passagework, with the scherzo imbedded in the second movement even more dexterous and swift than Arcadi Volodos. The Shostakovich First Concerto is equally as enjoyable. Less a showpiece than its earlier cousin, Shostakovich affords Matsuev to show off his sensitive voicing, lush sound, and exceptional musicianship. Supporting Matsuev's authoritative playing is Yuri Temirkanov and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, which matches pacing, temperament, and color with aplomb.

Peter Jablonski - Alexey Stanchinsky: Piano Works (2021)

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Peter Jablonski - Alexey Stanchinsky: Piano Works (2021)

Peter Jablonski - Alexey Stanchinsky: Piano Works (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 177 Mb | Total time: 73:46 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ondine | # ODE 1383-2 | Recorded: 2020

Pianist Peter Jablonski's second album on Ondine features a large selection of piano works by Alexey Stanchinsky (1888-1914), one of the most talented Russian composers of the early 20th Century. Stanchinsky was not only a talent but a genuine innovator who despite of his early death had a profound influence on the generation of composers to follow. Peter Jablonski is the perfect interpreter to these magnificent gems.

Cédric Pescia - Johann Sebastian Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge (2014)

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Cédric Pescia - Johann Sebastian Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge (2014)

Cédric Pescia - Johann Sebastian Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 278 Mb | Total time: 99:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: æon | # AECD 1333 | Recorded: 2013

Harpsichordist Gustav Leonhardt said that Bach had written his Art of Fugue for himself, without thought of performing it on any instrument in particular. In the presence of a speculative work, every musician is free to chisel the perfect lines of polyphony as he or she chooses. Up to the final canon, which continues to pose the question of its incompletion. It is the Franco-Swiss pianist Cédric Pescia, with his subtle, understated playing, who will make this sublime score sing. But he will do so on an untempered piano, which is hardly banal! After a first æon disc devoted to Cage, which created a tremendous stir, Cédric Pescia deploys a low-key art in Bach, a sense of rhythm combined with a rubato of extreme subtlety and an inventiveness in the phrasings and ornaments, both flowing and sharp, that have no equivalent in the discography. Such relief, such life!

Patrick Gallois, Jörg Demus - Jörg Demus: Works For Flute And Piano (La Flûte Enchantée) (2006)

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Patrick Gallois, Jörg Demus - Jörg Demus: Works For Flute And Piano (La Flûte Enchantée) (2006)

Patrick Gallois, Jörg Demus - Jörg Demus: Works For Flute And Piano (La Flûte Enchantée) (2006)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 279 MB | 01:17:33
Genre: Classical | Label: Saphir Productions

Jorg Demus is perhaps better known as a pianist than a composer– having recorded more than 350 LP's, compact discs, and videos. He has performed throughout Europe and the Americas and has played under the baton of conductors like Herbert von Karajan, Joseph Krips, Seiji Ozawa, and others. His output as a composer appears to be relatively small and confined to chamber works– but what a first-rate composer he is!

Simon Mulligan, Wen-Sinn Yang, Jose Serebrier - Rorem: Piano Concerto No. 2, Cello Concerto (2007)

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Simon Mulligan, Wen-Sinn Yang, Jose Serebrier - Rorem: Piano Concerto No. 2, Cello Concerto (2007)

Simon Mulligan, Wen-Sinn Yang, Jose Serebrier - Rorem: Piano Concerto No. 2, Cello Concerto (2007)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 237 MB | 59:12
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos

Chosen in 1988 as Composer of the Year by Musical America and now recognized as one of the finest song composers in America, Ned Rorem has also written a significant body of music for orchestra, including three Symphonies (Naxos 8.559149), a Violin Concerto and a Flute Concerto (Naxos 8.559278). When Leonard Bernstein gave the première of Rorem’s Third Symphony with the New York Philharmonic in 1959, it signaled a significant triumph for his orchestral music, written in a tonal idiom alien to the experimental practices of the day. Composed in Morocco in 1951, the Second Piano Concerto has a distinctly American character.

Peter Hill - Olivier Messiaen: Catalogue d'Oiseaux, Books 1-3 (1988)

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Peter Hill - Olivier Messiaen: Catalogue d'Oiseaux, Books 1-3 (1988)

Peter Hill - Olivier Messiaen: Catalogue d'Oiseaux, Books 1-3 (1988)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 59:02 | 217 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Unicorn-Kanchana | Catalog: DKP (CD) 9062

The seven "books" of Olivier Messiaen's enormous "Catalogue d'oiseaux (Catalogue of Birds)" were composed between 1956 and 1958. In all, they encompass two and a half hours of some of the most beautifully evocative music for solo piano ever penned. Peter Hill's epic survey of the complete piano music of Olivier Messiaen splits this particular cycle over three volumes, with the first three books being presented here. (For the other volumes see " Catalogue d'oiseaux, Books 4-6 ", " Catalogue d'oiseaux Book 7 ". This CD is also available as part of the Peter Hill's complete " Catalogue d'oiseaux " set and also within the " Messiaen - Complete Piano Works ".

Paul Crossley, London Sinfonietta, Esa-Pekka Salonen - Stravinsky: Works for Piano & Orchestra (1990)

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Paul Crossley, London Sinfonietta, Esa-Pekka Salonen - Stravinsky: Works for Piano & Orchestra (1990)

Paul Crossley, London Sinfonietta, Esa-Pekka Salonen - Stravinsky: Works for Piano & Orchestra (1990)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 59:34 | 221 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | Catalog: SK 45797

Why this superb recording has not garnered more attention is amazing: it is one of the very finest selections and performances of lesser-known but brilliant works by Stravinsky. Recorded in the terrific acoustic of the Snape Maltings Concert Hall (the home of the Aldeburgh Festival) in 1988, these delights are performed by Stravinsky specialist pianist Paul Crossley with the firm support of Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting the London Sinfonietta.

Emanuel Ax, Bernard Haitink - Brahms: Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 83 & Sonata in D Major, Op. 78 (1999)

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Emanuel Ax, Bernard Haitink - Brahms: Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 83 & Sonata in D Major, Op. 78 (1999)

Emanuel Ax, Bernard Haitink - Brahms: Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 83 & Sonata in D Major, Op. 78 (1999)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 312 MB | 01:17:59
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical

This is as fine a performance of the concerto as you are likely to hear. From the wistful opening horn solo to the sunny, cheerful finale, Ax and Haitink bring out its grandeur, power, and majesty, but also its tender, pensive lyricism and feathery playfulness. Every note is important; there is time to caress details and nuances without losing sweep and flow; rhythms are flexible, liberties poised, the orchestral sound is intense yet clear. The playing of the sonata, too, is all anyone could wish for, technically, musically, and expressively; but, among the transcriptions of Brahms's works–some of which he sanctioned or made himself–this arrangement of the First Violin Sonata for cello by an unknown hand is one of the more controversial and less felicitous.

Vladimir Ashkenazy - Essential Chopin (2003)

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Vladimir Ashkenazy - Essential Chopin (2003)

Vladimir Ashkenazy - Essential Chopin (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 478 Mb | Total time: 129:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 473 876-2 | Recorded: 1975-1985

This two-disc set, one of numerous crossover collections released by the Decca/Universal family of labels, bears the name of Russian pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy only in small print at the end of the list of pieces included. Newcomers to classical music can rest assured that they're getting a two-for-one bonus by purchasing Essential Chopin – not only an introduction to the Polish-French composer who helped elevate the small solo piano work to the pinnacle of musical art, but also a sampling of the talents of one of the great keyboard artists of our own time. Ashkenazy rumbles with power on the more extended Ballades and the "Revolutionary" Etude in C minor, Op. 10/2, while Chopin's lighter dance-rhythm pieces and lyrical Nocturnes sparkle under Ashkenazy's effortless hands.

Maria Joao Pires - Verdes Anos 1976-1985: J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Mozart (2005) 5CD Box Set

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Maria Joao Pires - Verdes Anos 1976-1985: J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Mozart (2005) 5CD Box Set

Maria João Pires - Verdes Anos 1976-1985 (2005) 5CD Box Set
J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Mozart

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.21 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 780 Mb | Scans ~ 22 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Erato/Warner Classics | # 2564612482 | Time: 05:30:10

Maria João Pires “shapes and colours every phrase, and with immaculate taste, and she makes sure the phrases end as eloquently as they begin,” wrote Gramophone in 1974. “She conveys not just the details but the relevance of every note to the whole … Best of all, she communicates everything she has discovered about the music, and it is worth having.” This Portuguese pupil of Wilhelm Kempff, Pires was one of the artists who defined the Erato label in the 1970s and 1980s. This 5-CD box gathers together the recordings she made over the period from 1976 to 1985 and it reflects the consistent focus of her repertoire, with its special emphasis on Austro-German composers of the Classical and early-Romantic periods. Embracing solo works, piano duets and concertos, it contains works by Mozart, Schumann, Beethoven, but also by Bach and Chopin.

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.

Jie Chen - Chinese Piano Favourites (2007)

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Jie Chen - Chinese Piano Favourites (2007)

Jie Chen - Chinese Piano Favourites (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 235 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 179 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.570602 | Time: 01:06:23

While the piano is a western invention, it has come to occupy a special position in Chinese musical life. The earliest Chinese piano pieces date from the first half of the twentieth century; many remain popular in the concert hall today. This latest release in Naxos' Chinese Classics focuses on piano works from the Republican period (1911-1949), featuring Jie Chen, Bronze Medal Winner of the 2005 Santander Piano Competition. The music draws on well-known ancient melodies or folk-tunes, as reflected in the titles.

Bart van Oort, Costantino Mastroprimiano, Fred Oldenburg - Chopin: His contemporaries & his instruments (2010)

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Bart van Oort, Costantino Mastroprimiano, Fred Oldenburg - Chopin: His contemporaries & his instruments (2010)

Bart van Oort, Costantino Mastroprimiano, Cor de Groot, Jan Vermeulen, Stanley Hoogland, Fred Oldenburg - Chopin: His contemporaries & his instruments (2010)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 1.3 Gb | 06:29:58
Genre: Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics

This 6CD set charts not only the development of the Nocturne as a musical form, but also the development of the piano from the closing years of the 18th and first half of the 19th centuries. Two great ‘piano schools’ had emerged, each having some of the greatest performers and composers of the day associated with them. Some of these composers were highly successful businessmen as well – Clementi and Pleyel in particular established highly successful piano manufacturing and music publishing firms. The English school, with its powerful instruments (of which the pianos of John Broadwood and Co are the best examples) enabled London based composers such as Cramer, Clementi and Dussek to write music with a singing almost bel canto quality.