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Jörg Demus - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Six Partitas, BWV 825-830 (1990)

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Jörg Demus - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Six Partitas, BWV 825-830 (1990)

Jörg Demus - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Six Partitas, BWV 825-830 (1990)
XLD | FLAC | Track (Cue & Log) ~ 486 Mb | Total time: 73:05+73:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: PLATZ | PLCC-544-5 | Recorded: 1974

Neben Alfrerd Brendel, Friedrich Gulda und Paul Badura Skoda zählt auch Jörg Demus zu den Stars in der Reihe berühmter Wiener Pianisten. Der Österreicher wurde von den Klavier-Ikonen Yves Nat, Wilhelm Kempff, Walter Gieseking und Edwin Fischer unterrichtet und geprägt. Demus hat hat sich als kongenialer Liedbegleiter Fischer-Dieskaus ebenso einen Namen gemacht wie als herausragender Schumann-Interpret. Er gehört zur ersten Generation von Pianisten, die sich intensiv mit historisch-informierter Aufführungspraxis auseinandersetzten. Seit den 1960er Jahren hat er hier Pionierarbeit geleistet. Neben dem Repertoire der Wiener Klassik und der Romantik hatte er eine starke Affinität zum Barock.

Alice Ader - Domenico Scarlatti: Piano Sonatas (2011)

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Alice Ader - Domenico Scarlatti: Piano Sonatas (2011)

Alice Ader - Domenico Scarlatti: Piano Sonatas (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 267 Mb | Total time: 74:46 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Fuga Libera | FUG574 | Recorded: 2010

“It was with Wanda Landowska on the harpsichord, on an old black record, that I first heard the sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti. My favourites were those that showed some Spanish influence: that rugged pride, those implacable rhythms, that mad vitality, what splendour! I have chosen mostly sonatas that are joyful or humorous in character, though among them I have slipped two little masterpieces of miraculous simplicity (K32, K40) as well as a few compelling meditations (K8, K69, K144). Wandering from nostalgia to sorrow, as though improvised, these last, void of any pathos, are yet bathed in the radiant beauty of the sunny climes of Italy and Spain.” Alice Ader

Mitsuko Uchida - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: 4 Piano Sonatas KV 280, 281, 282 & 283 (1988)

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Mitsuko Uchida - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: 4 Piano Sonatas KV 280, 281, 282 & 283 (1988)

Mitsuko Uchida - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: 4 Piano Sonatas KV 280, 281, 282 & 283 (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 157 Mb | Total time: 54:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | 420 186-2 | Recorded: 1987

There is no doubt that Mitsuko Uchida is one of the leading Mozart pianists. And that fact alone gives this release credibility. But if we look deeper we find that this release is a magnificent example of her ability. Full marks must go to Phillips for bringing this major project together. The recording concept and organisation by Erik Smith and Rupert Faustle at the Henry Wood Hall London give us magnificent piano sound. The recordings were made during the 1980s. The set is recorded digitally and the sound is excellent in tone and balance.

Sviatoslav Richter - Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition; Schumann: Bunte Blätter, Op. 99 (1991)

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Sviatoslav Richter - Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition; Schumann: Bunte Blätter, Op. 99 (1991)

Sviatoslav Richter - Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition; Schumann: Bunte Blätter, Op. 99 (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 213 Mb | Total time: 66:19 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Fonit Cetra | 9075 037 | Recorded: 1969

It's hard to believe that any pianist, living or dead (or, probably, yet-to-be-born) could match, much less surpass, these performances. It was Richter, after all, who made Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition almost as important an item in the standard repertory of the piano as Ravel's orchestration is in that of the orchestra. And it was Richter's performances of it, as well as his example, that have ignited the interest of subsequent generations of pianists in the Bunte Blätter, heretofore one of the most obscure works in the Schumann canon.

Vladimir Ashkenazy, London Wind Soloists - Mozart, Beethoven: Quintets for Piano and Wind Instruments (1988)

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Vladimir Ashkenazy, London Wind Soloists - Mozart, Beethoven: Quintets for Piano and Wind Instruments (1988)

Vladimir Ashkenazy, London Wind Soloists - Mozart, Beethoven: Quintets for Piano and Wind Instruments (1988)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 52:19 | 270 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | Catalog: 421 151-2

This music was recorded by Ashkenazy and the London Wind Soloists in 1966, quite early in his career outside Russia. It is outstanding in every way, not the least of which is the balance among the instruments, all of which have rewarding music to play. I have heard much more recent recordings of chamber groups that don't achieve this kind of balance. The Mozart Quintet dates from 1784, when he was at the peak of his powers, and this particular mix of instruments had not been tried before. It is a good-natured work, lively in the outer movements, with each player getting a chance to take the lead, so to speak, and the blended textures are arresting and appealing.

Marcello Gatti, Giovanni Togni - Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach: Sonatas for Flute & Fortepiano (2014)

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Marcello Gatti, Giovanni Togni - Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach: Sonatas for Flute & Fortepiano (2014)

Marcello Gatti, Giovanni Togni - Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach: Sonatas for Flute & Fortepiano (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 306 Mb | Total time: 63:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glossa | GCDC80009 | Recorded: 2004

Another reason to take a look into the Glossa Cabinet series comes with the reappearance of Marcello Gatti’s delightful interpretation of transverse flute Sonatas by Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach (son number 9 of JS), who worked in the courtly surroundings of Bückeburg in central Germany in the last part of the 18th century. These sonatas were composed around the time of JCF’s visit to see his brother Johann Christian in London in 1778 and combine the Italian galante style with the sensitivity of the Empfindsamer Stil. Elegantly performed by Gatti and Giovanni Togni, fortepiano, with cellist Giovanna Barbati joining for a Trio in D major (from the middle of the 1780s), the recording was captured in sound by Sigrid Lee and Roberto Meo.

Stephen Hough - Johannes Brahms: The Final Piano Pieces (2020)

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Stephen Hough - Johannes Brahms: The Final Piano Pieces (2020)

Stephen Hough - Johannes Brahms: The Final Piano Pieces (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 228 Mb | Total time: 69:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA68116 | Recorded: 2019

Blend imaginative yet learned interpretation, profound sensitivity and poetry, and personal charisma, and you have here one of the finest accounts of Brahms’s late piano works on record, one that stands head and shoulders above most contenders in an ever-growing catalogue…Hough reveals each miniature as a compact piece of theatre, putting an array of timbres and varied accentuation at its service.

Thomas Rajna - Enrique Granados: Complete Piano Works (2004) 6CD Box Set

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Thomas Rajna - Enrique Granados: Complete Piano Works (2004) 6CD Box Set

Thomas Rajna - Enrique Granados: Complete Piano Works (2004) 6CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.3 Gb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 92283 | Time: 06:25:10

Thomas Rajna completed his cycle of Granados’s solo piano music within a year – 1976. As if to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of their original appearance on CRD LPs Brilliant Classics has returned the cycle to the market-place. It’s in one slim box containing six nicely filled CDs and with extensive notes from Bryce Morrison. Nothing could be finer. Rajna was an expert advocate for Granados’s music and though recordings since have come – and gone – his have maintained an honoured place in the memory; and now, thankfully, in the disc drawer. And this is all the more so as so few are performed in public with any great conviction, beyond the obvious Goyescas and maybe Escenas Poeticas and Escenas Romanticas.

Marian Migdal, Arve Tellefsen, Ulf Björlin - Berwald: Piano Concerto, Violin Concerto, Orchestral works (2007)

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Marian Migdal, Arve Tellefsen, Ulf Björlin - Berwald: Piano Concerto, Violin Concerto, Orchestral works (2007)

Marian Migdal, Arve Tellefsen, Ulf Björlin - Berwald: Piano Concerto, Violin Concerto, Orchestral works (2007)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 69:07 | 355 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | Catalog: 65073

Berwald's is one of those names that lie on the fringes of our musical universe rather than in the centre: apart from the four symphonies, little of his music is much heard. I can't remember seeing either of the concertos in a public concert and his best-known orchestral piece, the Overture to Estrella de Soria, not included here, has also fallen from view in recent years. He is an unfailingly intelligent and original figure and his neglect is our loss.

Patrick Cohen - Erik Satie: Piano Pieces (2003)

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Patrick Cohen - Erik Satie: Piano Pieces (2003)

Patrick Cohen - Erik Satie: Piano Pieces (2003)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 173 MB | 01:03:40
Genre: Classical | Label: Glossa

A cult record if there ever was one, Patrick Cohen’s Satie goes far beyond any one of the many versions of this music on the market. It is simply something else. Possibly the best CD Glossa has ever produced, it has provoked controversies of all sorts since its release in 1998, not only due to the interpretation and the instrument used, an 1855 Érard piano, but also because of the polemical essay which accompanies the recording.

Emil Gilels - Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonatas (1996) 9 CD Box Set, Reissue 2006

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Emil Gilels - Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonatas (1996) 9 CD Box Set, Reissue 2006

Emil Gilels - Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonatas (1996) 9 CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 2.1 Gb | Scans included | Time: 10:55:34
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 00289 477 6360

Every man's death diminishes us all, but the death of a man so close to completing his greatest achievement and the summation of his life's work diminishes us all greatly – very, very greatly. When Emil Gilels died in 1985, he had completed recordings of most but not all of Beethoven's piano sonatas, released here in a nine-disc set. What's here is unimaginably good: superlative recordings of 27 of the 32 canonical sonatas, including the "Pathétique," "Moonlight," "Waldstein," "Appassionata," "Les Adieux," and the majestic "Hammerklavier," plus the two early "Electoral" Sonatas and the mighty Eroica Variations. What's missing is unimaginably priceless: five of the canonical sonatas, including the first and – horror vacui – the last. But still, for what there is, we must be grateful. Beyond all argument one of the great pianists of the twentieth century, Gilels the Soviet super virtuoso had slowly mellowed and ripened over his long career, and when he began recording the sonatas in 1972, his interpretations had matured and deepened while his superlative technique remained gloriously intact straight through to the last recordings of his final year.

Angela Hewitt - Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Op.10/2, Op.26, Op.27/2 'Moonlight', Op.90 (2010)

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Angela Hewitt - Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Op.10/2, Op.26, Op.27/2 'Moonlight', Op.90 (2010)

Angela Hewitt - Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Op.10/2, Op.26, Op.27/2 'Moonlight', Op.90 (2010)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 63:54 | 212 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog: CDA67797

Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt made her reputation with fine, distinctive recordings of Bach and other Baroque composers, treated pianistically but not anachronistically. Baroque specialists who record Classical and Romantic music, especially that of Beethoven, tend to generate unorthodox results; exhibit A was Hewitt's fellow Canadian Glenn Gould. Hewitt has undertaken her own Beethoven piano sonata cycle, and while her readings are not outrageous like Gould's, they're perhaps part of the same general family.

Noriko Ogawa, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Jean-Jacques Kantorow - Saint-Saëns: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Suite in D major (2000)

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Noriko Ogawa, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Jean-Jacques Kantorow - Saint-Saëns: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Suite in D major (2000)

Noriko Ogawa, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Jean-Jacques Kantorow - Saint-Saëns: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Suite in D major (2000)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 70:31 | 263 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | Catalog: BIS-CD-1040

The debt owed by French music to Saint-Saëns is often overlooked. At a time when many composers saw opera as the only way forward, Saint-Saëns took the supposedly Germanic forms of symphony, sonata and concerto, and transformed them into something idiomatically French. His five concertos for piano and orchestra demonstrate his own skills as a pianist and reflect his admiration for Liszt.

Tzimon Barto - Jean-Philippe Rameau: A Basket of Wild Strawberries (2006)

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Tzimon Barto - Jean-Philippe Rameau: A Basket of Wild Strawberries (2006)

Tzimon Barto - Jean-Philippe Rameau: A Basket of Wild Strawberries (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 228 Mb | Total time: 75:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ondine | # ODE 1067-2 | Recorded: 2005

Classical Cult potential. Since the days of Glenn Gould there has probably been no piano recording so highly charged with individualism, so radically performed, and so consistently conceived.

Menahem Pressler - Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin (2013)

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Menahem Pressler - Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin (2013)

Menahem Pressler - Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin (2013)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 70:33 | 235 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | Catalog: BIS-SACD-1999

Turning 90 in December 2013, Menahem Pressler was the pianist of the legendary Beaux Arts Trio for almost 55 years, and continues to enjoy a blossoming career as soloist and recitalist, while remaining committed to teaching. For the greater part of his life, Pressler has lived with the two great sonatas recorded here. As an epilogue to these two pillars of the piano literature, Pressler has chosen to play a particular favorite of his, Chopin's brief but exquisite Nocturne in C sharp minor, a work that he often performs at the end of his recitals.