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Mari Kodama, Kent Nagano - Beethoven: The Piano Concertos; Triple Concerto (2014) 3CD Set

Ludwig van Beethoven - The Piano Concertos; Triple Concerto (2014) 3CD Set
Mari Kodama, piano; Kolja Blacher, violin; Johannes Moser, cello
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Kent Nagano, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 804 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 497 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Berlin Classics | # 0300597BC | Time: 03:30:59

Passionate, dramatic, yet poetic and richly nuanced Mari Kodama brings all these qualities to her interpretation of Beethovens Complete Piano Concertos. This exceptional recording with the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin shines with extraordinary intensity and contrast, due in no small measure to the artistic bond between Mari Kodama and her husband, the conductor Kent Nagano. Beethovens Piano Concertos are undoubtedly amongst the most influential works in the history of music. Art demands of us that we shall not stand still, the composer once wrote, placing the idea of development at the heart of his music. His five piano concertos saw Beethoven take piano music out of the salon and into the concert hall, playing a crucial role in advancing the genre towards the symphony, whilst simultaneously creating a bridge from the First Viennese School to the Romantic period. Mari Kodama, whose virtuosic mastery of the piano made her a household name all over the world, has completed the Beethoven Piano Concerto Cycle with her husband Kent Nagano, the international star conductor.
Daniel Barenboim, Staatskapelle Berlin, Gustavo Dudamel - Johannes Brahms: The Piano Concertos (2015) 2CDs

Johannes Brahms: The Piano Concertos 1 & 2 (2015) 2CDs
Daniel Barenboim, piano; Staatskapelle Berlin; Gustavo Dudamel, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 395 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 236 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 479 4899 GH2 | Time: 01:42:06

The old model for creating a hit classical recording – big-name soloist plus big-name conductor in major repertory work – is not so common anymore, but this live Brahms recording from the Staatskapelle Berlin under Venezuela's Gustavo Dudamel, with Argentine-Israeli-Palestinian-Spanish pianist Daniel Barenboim as soloist, shows that there's life in the concept yet. One could point to the virtues of pianist and conductor separately: it's a rare septuagenarian who can combine power and clear articulation of detail the way Barenboim does, and Dudamel builds a vast sweep in, especially, the Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15. But it's the way that the two work together that really makes news. Chalk it up to shared South American heritage or to whatever the listener wants, but the way the orchestra and piano define separate spheres and work them together is extraordinary. Again, it is in the Piano Concerto No. 1 and its Beethovenian drama that their mutual understanding is most evident, but there is a sense of great variety powerfully unified throughout.
Claudio Arrau, RCO, Christoph von Dohnanyi - Edvard Grieg & Robert Schumann: Piano Concertos (1989) [Re-Up]

Edvard Grieg & Robert Schumann: Piano Concertos (1989)
Claudio Arrau, piano; Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam; Christoph von Dohnányi

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 304 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 174 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | # 426 079-2 | Time: 01:06:55

Claudio Arrau recorded these concertos twice for Philips, the present performances in 1963, and then again in 1980 with Colin Davis and the Boston Symphony. There's very little to choose between them. Tempos are almost identical, and contrary to what one might expect, the slow movement of the Schumann concerto is actually a bit faster in the later version. Arrau's way with the music is wholly characteristic of the man: serious, even reverential (at the beginning of the Schumann), and played with drop-dead gorgeous tone. The result enhances the stature of both works, but the Grieg in particular. The climax of the finale has an epic grandeur without a hint of bombast that you simply won't find in any other performance. Dohnányi's accompaniments are also distinguished: he lets Arrau lead but isn't afraid to permit the orchestra to assert itself where necessary; and of course the playing of the Concertgebouw is top-notch. If you haven't heard Arrau in this music, it really doesn't matter which of his recordings you wind up with, but do try to get at least one of them.

Bertrand Chamayou - Ravel: Complete Works for Solo Piano (2016)  Music

Posted by aasana at April 30, 2019
Bertrand Chamayou - Ravel: Complete Works for Solo Piano (2016)

Bertrand Chamayou - Ravel: Complete Works for Solo Piano (2016)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+.log) & booklet | 2:16:58 | 441 Mb
Classical | Label: Erato - Warner Classics

Bertrand Chamayou fréquente l'œuvre de Ravel depuis son plus jeune âge. Il est donc en terrains depuis longtemps mûris. Après sa monographie Schubert il y a deux ans, c'est aussi à un symbole de l'esprit français qu'il se consacre dans le cadre de sa seconde collaboration avec les disques Erato. Tout pianiste français d’envergure – Chamayou mène depuis plusieurs années maintenant une carrière internationale sans repos – doit s’y illustrer. Ici, Chamayou déploie un jeu d'une grande sérénité, toujours fluide, et qui n'a cependant pas peur d'une certaine brillance en certains passages. En réalité, de page en page, d'œuvre en œuvre (Oiseaux tristes, Ondine), Bertrand Chamayou semble vouloir avant tout se distinguer par son jeu d'une transparence inouïe, et son désir d'atmosphères intimes. Une intégrale qui fait du bien.

Alessandro Deljavan - Taneyev: Chamber Music with Piano (2019)  Music

Posted by varrock at April 28, 2019
Alessandro Deljavan - Taneyev: Chamber Music with Piano (2019)

Alessandro Deljavan - Taneyev: Chamber Music with Piano (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks+booklet) - 630 MB | Tracks: 15 | 157:34 min
Style: Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics

A major set of Russian-Romantic chamber masterpieces in powerfully compelling new recordings.
Often known as ‘the Russian Brahms’, Sergei Taneyev has inspired devoted advocacy in musicians from Igor Oistrakh to Mikhail Pletnev and Steven Isserlis. Yet his music remains under-recorded and underappreciated, which is all the more curious in the case of his output for chamber music where he most nearly lives up to that unfair nickname. Aside from the late Violin Sonata, elliptical and no less Brahmsian in its way than its companions, all these works are conceived on a grand scale, abundant in soaring melody and impassioned lyricism, playing always to the strengths of their instrumentation and demanding the utmost in energy and commitment from their performers.
John Dennis with Charles Mingus & Max Roach - New Piano Expressions (1955) {Debut OJCCD-1843-2 rel 1994}

John Dennis with Charles Mingus & Max Roach - New Piano Expressions (1955) {Debut OJCCD-1843-2 rel 1994}
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© 1955, 1994 Debut Records | OJCCD-1843-2
Jazz / Bop / Jazz Piano Trio

One of the few albums as a leader cut by pianist John Dennis – noteworthy not only for his own great work on the keys, but also for the presence of Charles Mingus and Max Roach in his trio! Their presence is a bit less surprising when you realize that the album was issued on the pair's Debut label, as part of its strong commitment to finding the best young jazz talent of the 50s – but it's still noteworthy nonetheless, as 1955 is a relatively late date for either player to be working as a sideman, especially in a trio record!
Morton Feldman - Piano - Marianne Schroeder (1990) {hat ART CD 6035}

Morton Feldman - Piano - Marianne Schroeder (1990) {hat ART CD 6035}
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© 1990 Hat Hut Records | hat ART CD 6035
Classical / Contemporary Classical / Avant-Garde / Minimalism

This first postmortem volume of the piano works of the Morton Feldman is an important one. Rather than attempt to be a complete representation of his work, it instead reveals the development of his aesthetic: From silence to silence, so to speak. The earliest work, from 1952, is "Intermission 5," where chance operation still had a small place in Feldman's work, but the notion that music is nothing but organized silence and must return to the stillness was already present. These graphic notational scores, made of blocks and lines shaded and hollow with other symbols, left much to the discernment of the musician playing the score, duration of pitch, timbre, etc.
Zvi Meniker - Dussek: Complete Piano Sonatas, Op. 47 & Op. 64, Vol. 7 (2019)

Zvi Meniker - Dussek: Complete Piano Sonatas, Op. 47 & Op. 64, Vol. 7 (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks+booklet) - 242 MB | Tracks: 9 | 59:48 min
Style: Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics

The Dussek bandwagon rolls on, and collectors of this revelatory series will not hesitate to pick up the penultimate volume, which continues to shed light on this Czech contemporary of Beethoven by playing his most dazzlingly varied music on the kind of instruments he wrote it for.
Bart van Oort - Mozart: Complete Piano Works (2006) (14CDs Box Set)

Bart van Oort - Mozart: Complete Piano Works (2006) (14CDs Box Set)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | 14 CDs, 14:49:17 min | 3,2 Gb | Scans->20 mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Brilliant Classics

This 14-CD set is really very complete (a few absences are mentioned below). Besides the solo fortepiano works, it features works for piano four-hands, two pianos, even works for organ and the adagio for glass harmonica KV 617a, though these works are performed on the fortepiano. Frankly, I can't bear listening to the glass harmonica, but I prefer the organ works played on organ and the CD with Mozart's organ works I recommend is Mozart - L'oeuvre pour orgue, Olivier Vernet, Cédric Meckler, Ligia Digital. Furthermore, this box presents some never before recorded works comprising recent authentications of Mozart's authorship; doubtful and spurious works; fragments. I name these works below.

Giorgio Farina - Cramer: 60 Études for Piano (2019)  Music

Posted by varrock at May 4, 2019
Giorgio Farina - Cramer: 60 Études for Piano (2019)

Giorgio Farina - Cramer: 60 Études for Piano (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 370 MB | Tracks: 60 | 92:54 min
Style: Classical | Label: Bongiovanni

Concerning his teaching method, Chopin held rigorously to the old legato school, the school of Clementi and of Cramer. This statement by George Mathias is in itself enough to gauge the importance of Johann Baptist Cramer in the history of piano teaching. Cramer's approach to composition retained the strong baroque influence of Bach, Händel and Scarlatti combined with the Viennese classicism of Mozart and Haydn Cramer's lasting friendship with the latter began when he played for Haydn in 1791. Cramer was also open to the new music of the time and his tours enabled him to hear it first hand in Paris, Berlin, the Low Countries, Munich and Vienna.