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Sergei Kasprov - Exploring Time With My Piano (2013)  Music

Posted by Designol at March 22, 2019
Sergei Kasprov - Exploring Time With My Piano (2013)

Sergei Kasprov - Exploring Time With My Piano (2013)
Jean-Philippe Rameau, Jean-Baptiste Lully, Jean-Baptiste Loeillet
Domenico Scarlatti, Johann Sebastian Bach

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 252 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 207 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Alpha | # 606 | Time: 01:10:00

For his first recording on the Alpha label, Sergey Kasprov, a young Russian artist trained at the Moscow Conservatory, defies the laws of time. He has in fact chosen to create a dialogue between great Baroque geniuses and Russian Romantics: Rameau, Lully, Loeillet, Bach and Scarlatti revised by Tausig, Godowsky and Rachmaninov.In the tradition of Marcelle Meyer, Glenn Gould or, more recently, Alexandre Tharaud, Sergey Kasprov pulls off the tour de force of freeing himself from Baroque interpretative codes and, at the same time, from those of the 19th century, to better get back to the essential.The excellent recording quality attests ideally to the discourse, respectful of the original counterpoint as well as unfailing digital dexterity necessitated by appropriate ornamentation and the amazing sound palette required by late Romanticism, all on a Steinway contemporary with Rachmaninov.

Eero Heinonen - Jean Sibelius: Piano Works (2003)  Music

Posted by Designol at March 23, 2019
Eero Heinonen - Jean Sibelius: Piano Works (2003)

Eero Heinonen - Jean Sibelius: Piano Works (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 284 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 209 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Apex/Warner Classics | # 2564-60114-2 | Time: 01:18:43

There are two points concerning the piano music of Sibelius that I feel need to be kept in mind. One is that the piano was not a natural instrument for Sibelius to communicate his musical thoughts. The other is that his ability to write appealing music extended to his piano compositions. Merging the two points results in attractive music that does not reflect the masterful orchestral works and symphonies that Sibelius composed. Sibelius wrote most of his piano music in response to financial requirements, while his strongest concentration was saved for his large-scale works. The variable quality of the piano music is apparent in any recorded program, ranging from disjointed and rambling pieces to music of dramatic substance and pieces that delight and sparkle. However, you will not find any hidden masterpieces, as the works do not plumb deep emotional issues or offer the structural coherence found in the works of outstanding composers for the piano.
Boris Berezovsky, Swedish CO, Thomas Dausgaard - Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 2; Rondo (2001)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, op.15;
Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major, op.19; Rondo in B flat Major, WoO 6
The Complete Orchestral Works of Ludwig van Beethoven, Volume 3 (2001)
Boris Berezovsky, piano; Swedish Chamber Orchestra Örebro; Thomas Dausgaard, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 241 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 177 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Simax Classics | # PSC 1181 | Time: 01:08:19

There's a tendency on the part of some performers to play Beethoven's First and Second Piano Concertos as if they were really by Mozart–all elegance, poise, and refinement. Happily, Boris Berezovsky finds the Beethovenian fire burning beneath the Mozartian surface. Right from his vibrant entrance in Concerto No. 1, Berezovsky plays with fierce energy (despite his generally light touch) and a clearly discernible enjoyment. This is matched Thomas Dausgaard's equally electric reading of the orchestral part, which in many ways reminds me of the classic Szell/Fleisher recording. Of course the small-scale sound of the 38-member Swedish Chamber Orchestra cannot possibly equal the full sonority of the Cleveland Orchestra in its heyday, but it's remarkable how Szell's clear textures and crisp articulation match Dausgaard's, who, by the way, is using the new Barenreiter editions. Berezovsky seems to be of like mind with Fleisher, at least terms of his singing tone and mercurial style.
Van Cliburn in Moscow Vol.3 - Rachmaninoff: Piano Concertos Nos.2 & 3 (2008/1958 & 1972)

Van Cliburn in Moscow Vol.3 - Rachmaninoff: Piano Concertos Nos.2 & 3 (2008/1958 & 1972)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 4,09 Gb (DVD5) | 95 min
Classical | Video Artists International

The third volume features live performances of Rachmaninoff’s Second and Third Piano Concertos, with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Kirill Kondrashin. The Third Concerto is the legendary performance of 1958 which occurred right after Cliburn won the gold medal.
Hansheinz Schneeberger, Daniel Cholette - Charles Ives: Sonatas for Violin and Piano (1999)

Charles Ives - Sonatas for Violin and Piano (1999)
Hansheinz Schneeberger, violin; Daniel Cholette, piano

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 321 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 195 Mb | Scans included
Classical | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1605, 449 956-2 | Time: 01:15:57

Whereas most musicians seem to emphasize the music's reflective, nostalgic elements, Schneeberger and Cholette are more attuned to the abstract qualities in the music. On balance, I find that I still prefer the traditional approach, exemplified by Shannon and Fulkerson. To my ears, these artists manage to capture something wonderfully magical and mysterious that just eludes Schneeberger and Cholette. However, I should note that some critics have given high praise to this ECM disc. For example, it was awarded five stars in a BBC Music Magazine review. Another bonus: The ECM recording squeezes all four sonatas on a single disc.

Edwin Fischer - Piano Playing from the Heart (2010) (12CD Box Set)  Music

Posted by shamanicus at Sept. 5, 2018
Edwin Fischer - Piano Playing from the Heart (2010) (12CD Box Set)

Edwin Fischer - Piano Playing from the Heart (2010) (12CD Box Set)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Artwork (300dpi, png) | 2.07 Gb | MP3 CBR 320kbps | 12CD | 1.96 Gb
Classical | Label: EMI / 5099962949

Born in Basel but trained in Berlin, Edwin Fischer earned his fame as one of the great piano masters of pieces by Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. Five full CDs here are devoted to Fischer's brilliant Bach interpretations including Keyboard Concerto in A; Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D; Concerto in C for 3 Keyboards; Harpsichord Concerto; Fantasia in C Minor , and Fantasia and Fugue in D Minor . Those join selections from Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor; Piano Concerto No. 25 in C; Rondo in D , and Minuet in G ; from Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 and Piano Sonata No. 23 ; from Schubert's 4 Impromptus and 6 Moments Musicaux ; from Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2 in B Flat ; from Furtwangler's Symphonic Concerto in B Minor , and more!

Roland Pöntinen - Schoenberg & Berg: Piano Music (2005)  Music

Posted by tirexiss at March 23, 2019
Roland Pöntinen - Schoenberg & Berg: Piano Music (2005)

Roland Pöntinen - Schoenberg & Berg: Piano Music (2005)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 74:42 | 249 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | Catalog: BIS-CD-1417

Roland Pöntinen's warm, expansive tone, wide dynamic range, and steady yet flexible rhythmic sense paint Schoenberg's piano pieces in Brahmsian hues that the composer probably would have appreciated. Some of the pointillistic writing, to be sure, does not match the lightness and transluscence of Uchida in Op. 11 No. 1 or Pollini's more sharply etched Op. 25. However, Pöntinen trumps his competitors for the linear clarity with which he projects Op. 11 No. 3's gnarly polyphony.

Martin Roscoe - Carl Nielsen: Complete Piano Music (2008) 2CDs  Music

Posted by Designol at Aug. 29, 2018
Martin Roscoe - Carl Nielsen: Complete Piano Music (2008) 2CDs

Martin Roscoe - Carl Nielsen: Complete Piano Music (2008) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 313 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 269 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67591/2 | Time: 01:56:42

Apart from Grieg, no Scandinavian composer has written for the piano with more individuality and insight than Nielsen. Right from the very outset of his Five Piano Pieces, Op. 3, there is no doubt that his is an individual voice. The first emerges from a Schumannesque innocence to speak with personal accents, but all five are strong on humour and character. Nielsen’s greatest piano music is clustered into a period of four years (1916-20) with his final thoughts in the medium, the Three Pieces, Op. 59 of 1928 being composed in the immediate proximity of his Clarinet Concerto, music that already breathes the air of other planets. With the exception of Leif Ove Andsnes, no pianist of international standing has championed it on record, and apart from John Ogdon and John McCabe it has been the almost exclusive preserve of Nordic artists. True, the American scholar Mina Miller, who edited the autographs for the Hansen edition, recorded a complete survey in 1995 – also for Hyperion. But although Schnabel was the dedicatee of the Suite, Op. 45, he never broke a lance for it on the international scene. The Suite is not only Nielsen’s greatest keyboard work but arguably the mightiest ever written in Scandinavia. Martin Roscoe is right inside this music and guides us through its marvels with great subtlety and authority.

Géza Anda - Troubadour Of The Piano (2005) (5CD Box Set)  Music

Posted by shamanicus at Sept. 8, 2018
Géza Anda - Troubadour Of The Piano (2005) (5CD Box Set)

Géza Anda - Troubadour Of The Piano (2005) (5CD Box Set)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Front cover only | 1.54 Gb | MP3 CBR 320kbps | 5CD | 888 mb
Classical, Piano | Label: Deutsche Grammophon - 00289 477 5289

Anda retrospectives continue to prove salutary. Testament has devoted a number of important re-releases to him, and there is fortunately not much duplication between them and this DG boxed set of five discs – Kreisleriana and the later Symphonic Etudes. The kernel of this set is Schumann augmented by Bartók, though not one of the more well-known Anda recordings, and his famed Brahms B flat major Concerto, and a wartime record of which he was greatly proud, the Franck Symphonic Variations. There’s also the not inconsiderable pleasure of listening to him in Chopin, in the Diabelli variations, a Schubert sonata and in some Liszt recorded at various times during his career.

Sun Ra - Solo Piano at WKCR 1977 (2019)  Music

Posted by varrock at March 22, 2019
Sun Ra - Solo Piano at WKCR 1977 (2019)

Sun Ra - Solo Piano at WKCR 1977 (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 142 MB | Tracks: 9 | 35:00 min
Style: Jazz | Label: Enterplanetary Koncepts

This set of Sun Ra solo piano works was performed and broadcast at WKCR Radio, on July 8, 1977. WKCR, the largely student-run station of Columbia University, has a decades-long tradition of fine jazz programming. During Sun Ra's career, he made so many appearances at the station that he probably had a front door key. Sometimes he performed (with or without members of the Arkestra), other times he would present rare and unreleased recordings. This solo piano set was rebroadcast several times over the years, and is documented in The Earthly Recordings of Sun Ra (Robert L. Campbell and Christopher Trent, 2nd ed., 2000), entry #252.