Novità discografiche - Settembre - 2008
Posted on September 1st, 2008 at 8:36 am by admin


Chopin : Mazurkas Nr. 18-21;Barcarolle op. 60;Fantaisie op. 49, Ballades
Alessandra Ammara


Beethoven : Complete works for solo piano Vol.6 - Piano Sonatas 21,22,23,24,25
Ronald Brautigam

Haydn : Complete Works for Solo Keyboard ( 15 CDs)
Ronald Brautigam


Grieg : Piano Sonata op.7; 13 Lyric Pieces
Elena Filonova


Nielsen : Piano Works ( 2 CDs )
Christina Björköe

5 Klavierstücke op. 3;Symphonische Suite op. 8;HumoreskeBagatellen op. 11;Festpräludium für das neue Jahrhundert; Ein Traum über “Stille Nacht”;Chaconne op. 32;Thema & Variationen op. 40;Suite op. 45;3 Klavierstücke op. 59; Klaviermusik für Jung und Alt op. 53;Klavierstück (1931)

Saygun : Piano Concertos 1 & 2
Gülsin Onay (piano), Bilkent SO, Howard Griffiths


Rarities of Piano Music at Schloss vor Husum vol. 19 from the 2007 Festival

- Hanns Eisler : Klavierstück Op.3 No.1; Alexei Stanchinsky Sketch Op. 1 No. 2; Nikolai Medtner Allegro con grazia (quasi valse)
Ekaterina Derzhavina (piano)
- Wladimir Vogel: Trepak; Robert Schumann Du bist wie eine Blume Op. 25 No. 24 (transcribed by Clara Schumann)
Kolja Lessing (piano)
- Edvard Grieg : 3 Piano pieces arranged from his own songs
Evgeny Soifertis (piano)
- Robert Schumann : Studies in the form of free variations on a theme of Beethoven; Frédéric Chopin : Valse in F sharp minor (Op. posth.)
Piers Lane (piano)
- Maurice Ravel : “La Parade” - Suite de ballet; Alexander Scriabin : Nocturne in D flat major, Op. 9 No. 2
François-Joël Thiollier (piano)
- Alexander Scriabin : Sonata No. 8, Op. 66; Jean Sibelius : Forest Lake (Waldsee), Op. 114 No. 3
Jonathan Powell (piano)
- Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco : Voce luntana (from “Piedigrotta 1924″)
Mark Bebbington (piano)
- Clément Doucet : Isoldina ; Walter Jurmann : Adieu
Alex Hassan (piano)


Bach : Keyboard works (12 CDs)
Andras Schiff (1982-1991)

Well Tempered Clavier I & II; GoldbergVariations BWV 988; Inventions & Sinfonias BWV 772- 801;
Duettos BWV 802-805; Chromatich Fantasy & Fuge BWV 903; Englische Suites BWV 806-811;
French Suites BWV 812-817; Italian Concerto BWV 971; French Ouverture BWV 831; Partitas BWV 825-830

Mendelssohn : Romanze senza parole, Fughe
Roberto Prosseda

Deutsche Grammophon

Beethoven : 32 Piano Sonatas (8 Cds)
Wihelm Kempff (1964-1965)

Beethoven : Piano Concertos (3 CDs)
Mikhail Pletnev

Chopin : Piano Concertos 1 & 2
Lang Lang, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Chopin : Sonata n.2 op.35; Ballade N°2; Mazurkas op.33 N°1-4, Improvviso N°2, Waltzes op.34 n.1-3
Maurizio Pollini


Beethoven : Piano Sonatas Vol.7 - Op.90, 101, 106
Andras Schiff

Beethoven : Piano Sonatas Vol.8 - Op.109, 110, 111
Andras Schiff


… The Master Pianist (14 CDs)
Sviatoslav Richter

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.1 in F minor, Op.2 No.1; Piano Sonata No.7 in D, Op.10 No.3; Piano Sonata No.17 in D minor, Op.31 No.2 ‘Tempest’ ;Andante favori in F, WoO.57
Schubert: Piano Sonata in A, D.664 ; Fantasy in C, D.760 ‘Wanderer’ (revised Badura-Skoda); Schumann: Fantasy in C, Op.17
Schumann: Papillons, Op.2; Piano Sonata No.2 in G minor, Op.22 ; Faschingsswank aus Wien, Op.26
Beethoven: Violin Sonata No.5 in F, Op.24 ‘Spring’ ; Schubert: Piano Quintet in A, D.667 ‘Trout’
Mozart: Violin Sonata in D, K.306; Violin Sonata in B flat, K.378; Andante & Allegretto in C, K.404/385d ; Violin Sonata in B flat, K.372 ‘Unfinished’
Handel: Keyboard Suite No.2 in F ; Keyboard Suite No.3 in D minor; Keyboard Suite No.5 in E; Keyboard Suite No.8 in F minor; Keyboard Suite No.9 in G minor; Keyboard Suite No.12 in E minor; Keyboard Suite No.14 in G; Keyboard Suite No.16 in G minor; Brahms: 15 Romanzen aus ‘Die schöne Magalone’, Op.33
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.22 in E flat, K.482
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37 ; Triple Concerto, in C, Op.56 ;Violin Sonata No.4 in A minor, Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat, Op.83 ; Mozart: Violin Sonata in G, K.379
Dvorák: Piano Concerto in G minor, Op.33
Bartók: Piano Concerto No.2, Sz.83
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16
Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No 5 in G, Op.55
Berg: Kammerkonzert


Classic Archive: Piano Virtuosos (DVD)
György Cziffra, Benno Moïseïwitsch, Jorge Bolet

MediciArts offers a new collection of music films: ”Classic Archive“ presents great performances by legendary artists, remastered using the latest digital technology and enhanced with commentary for today’s audiences. These jewels of music broadcasting have been salvaged from various archives and been made accessible for home viewing audiences - appealing and enjoyable performances, that offer a unique glimpse into our classical music heritage. This edition combines three fascinating piano virtuosi who have thus far been underrepresented on video recordings despite the sheer grandeur of their music-making: György Cziffra, Benno Moïseïwitsch and Jorge Bolet appear here in recordings made by the BBC in 1962 and 1963. The recital by György Cziffra (1921–94) opens with an improvisation inspired in particular by Chopin, whose Étude in C major Cziffra then plays at a vertiginous prestissimo. The programme builds to a thrilling climax with a high-octane performance of the Hungarian Rhapsody No.6 by the pianist’s favourite composer, Franz Liszt. Benno Moïseïwitsch (1890–1963) was famous for his impassivity at the piano even when the technical difficulties seemed insurmountable. His virtuosity and musicality were marvellously well suited to the Romantic and post-Romantic repertory. He is heard here in works by Schumann and Rachmaninov. Moiseiwitsch and Rachmaninov were close friends and the composer regarded him as one of the finest interpreters of his music. Like Cziffra, Jorge Bolet (1914–90) belonged to the Lisztian tradition, having been privileged to work with Leopold Godowsky while he was still very young. Above all, however, his mentors included two of Liszt’s most famous pupils, Moritz Rosenthal and Emil von Sauer. Capable of mastering even the most difficult scores, Bolet never sought virtuosity for its own sake, this is clear in his performances of Liszt’s Grand ‘galop chromatique’, which contrasts sharply with Cziffra’s reading of the same piece, and of Chopin’s Berceuse.

Bach/Busoni: Prélude et Fugue en ré mineur BMW 532, Sonate en la majeur K.101, Sonate en ré majeur K96 “La Chasse”; Schumann:Toccata; Liszt: Rhapsodie Hongroise No.6, Polonaise No.2, Grand Galop Chromatique; Schumann: Warum? (Fantasiestücke Op.12), Grillen (Fantasiestücke Op. 12), Träumes Wirren (Fantasiestücke Op.12), Träumerei (Kinderszenen Op.15); Rachmaninov: Rhapsodie sur un theme de Paganini Op. 43; Albeniz: Triana - Iberia, douze impressions pour piano; Chopin: Berceuse en ré bémol majeur, Op.57.

Harmonia Mundi

Brahms : Hungarian Dances
Cédric Tiberghien

Hyperion Records

Benjamin Britten : The complete works for piano and orchestra
Steven Osborne (piano), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Ilan Volkov

Piano Concerto in D major, Op 13; Piano Concerto in D major, Op 13, original 1938 version; Young Apollo, Op 16; Diversions, Op 21.
The three compositions which comprise Britten’s music for solo piano and orchestra constitute a unique, yet still little explored, part of his output. Here they are brought together in a stunning disc that pays tribute to the great artistry of all involved.
Steven Osborne’s performance of Britten’s Piano Concerto with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Ilan Volkov at the 2007 BBC Proms redefined this often undervalued work in the ears of his listeners, imbuing it with hitherto unsuspected emotional and musical weight; playing the bravura passages with glittering assurance and joie de vivre. The same musicians have put down a benchmark recording here and, as a bonus, also recorded the original third movement which Britten discarded in his 1945 revision.

Muzio Clementi : The Complete Piano Sonatas, Vol. 2 - Op.9,10,11,12
Howard Shelley

This is the second volume in a complete chronological survey of the Clementi sonatas which we hope to complete in six ’2 for the price of 1’ double CD sets released over the next three years. After the somewhat frivolous delights of Volume 1, Volume 2 displays Clementi in more serious and weighty form. The selection recorded here, particularly the Op 12 sonatas, is of pieces that begin to reveal depths of expression seldom encountered in the composer’s earlier music.


Morton Feldman : Late Piano Works Vol.1 Triadic Memories
Steffen Schleiermacher


Rachmaninov : Suite Nos. 1 & 2 for two pianos; Tchaikovsky/Rachmaninov : Sleeping Beauty
Brigitte Engerer, Boris Berezovsky

Mode Records

Chris Newman : Piano Sonatas 1,4,6,10
Michael Finnissy


… Chopin : Piano Sonata No. 2; Schumann : Kinderszenen, Carnaval
Alfred Cortot (1953)

Alfred Cortot was renowned above all as a pianist whose interpretations, especially of the works of Schumann, Debussy and Chopin, were often on a spiritual level.This 1953 performance of Chopin’s Piano Sonata No. 2 is his fifth and final commercial recording of the work (the 1928 recording is available on Naxos 8.111065; the 1927 recording is unissued). Cortot wanted to record the work again partly because he felt his interpretation would be ‘an example for the young pianists, who are so little imbued with the Romantic spirit’. His 1953 and third recording of Schumann’s Kinderszenen is notable for the familiar singing tone and poetic warmth he brings to Kind im Einschlummern (Child falling asleep) and Der Dichter spricht (The poet speaks). Cortot’s interpretation of the youthful romanticism of Carnaval is full of colour and character,far preferable to bland and uninspired subsequent accounts from lesser pianists.

Alwyn : Piano Music, Vol. 2
Ashley Wass

12 Preludes, Hunter’s Moon, 2 Irish Pieces, Contes Barbares (Homage to Paul Gaugin), Cinderella, Water Lilies, Night Thoughts, Movements

Alwyn’s approach to writing for the piano was essentially that of a romantic, born out of the tradition exemplified by Liszt and Rachmaninov, through to the impressionism inherent in the music of Debussy and Ravel. Influences aside, however, Alwyn found his own individual way in writing for the piano, as can be heard from the works presented here. His intuitive writing for the instrument resulted not just in virtuoso pieces for the concert hall, but also sensitive miniatures of a highly expressive nature, along with many educational pieces for examination purposes. As with the previous volume of piano music (8.570359) examples of all these will be found on this recording.

Lindberg : Piano Music & Music for 2 pianos
Ralph van Raat, Maarten van Veen

Klavierstuck, 3 Short Pieces, Play I, Twine, Jubilees, Etude No. 1, Etude No. 2

Magnus Lindberg is one of Finland’s most important living composers. The differences between his piano works from the late 1970s and early 1980s and those composed in the early years of the 21st century, following a break of 12 years, can seem quite stark. Whereas works such as Musik för Två Pianon (1976) and Klavierstück (1977) are based strictly on serial procedures, the emergence of a vibrant, more approachable and less extreme style can be heard in Jubilees (2000) and the two Etudes (2001/2004), which even share harmonic, textural and stylistic parallels with Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Rachmaninov, Scriabin and Messiaen.

Winkler: Piano Concerto, Elements Concerti
Alexander Panizza (piano), Anna Rabinova (piano), Cuyo National University Symphony Orchestra, French Chamber Orchestra

David Winkler has composed some two hundred works to date, including operas, symphonies, concertos, chamber music, choral music and song cycles. In recent years, he has developed a unique and powerful style which at once connects with traditional architecture while looking forward through a new kind of thematic and harmonic vocabulary. This recording is the composer’s first commercial recording for Naxos and features his first Piano Concerto and Elements Concerti, a four-movement concerto for violin and string orchestra.


... French Album
Nikolai Tokarev

Rameau: Gavotte et six doubles
Debussy: Arabesque Nr. 1; Clair de lune
Ravel: Pavane pour une infante defunte; Gaspard de la nuit
Franck: Prelude, Fugue & Variation op. 18

Novità discografiche - Agosto - 2008
Posted on August 1st, 2008 at 7:41 pm by admin

Albany Records

… Sonatas and Other Interludes : Scarlatti, Cage, Liszt, WF Bach, Schumann, R Strauss, Michalowski
Pedja Muzijevic

Bridge Classics

Beethoven : Complete Sonatas Volume 8 - No. 1; No. 23 “Appassionata”; No. 30
Garrick Ohlsson

Centaur Records

…. multiplicities: ‘38: Corigliano, Tower, Rszewski, Wuorinen, Harbison, Bolcom
Blair McMillen

John Corigliano: Chiaroscuro; Joan Tower: Vast Antique Cubes/Throbbing Still; Frederic Rzewski: Spells (Thinking of Jelly Roll Morton); Charles Wuorinen: Katz Fugue; 50-50 for 2 pianos; John Harbison: Three Montale Sketches; William Bolcom: Bird Spirits

Debussy : Children’s Corner; Images, Book II; Clair de lune; Schubert: Moments musicaux; Impromptu No.2 D. 899
Maureen Volk

Deutsche Grammophon

… The Collection Vol.1 : The solo recordings ( 8 CDs)
Martha Argerich

Works by J.S. Bach · Brahms · Chopin · Liszt · Prokofiev · Ravel · Schumann

Messiaen : 8 Préludes; 2 Études de rythme; Catalogue d’oiseaux (Excerpts)
Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Emi Classics

Beethoven : Complete Piano Concertos ( 3 CDs )
Evgeny Kissin (piano) , London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis


Johannes Brahms : Rhapsodies and Intermezzos
Yorck Kronenberg

Genuin is releasing a disc of solo works for piano by Brahms featuring the exceptional artist Yorck Kronenberg – recognized internationally for his high achievement as a composer, writer and concert pianist. This CD release appears to be an optimal blend of his analytical gifts as a composer and his innate musical qualities of compassion. His Brahms glows with consummate clarity – it is not without reason that he has been celebrated in the critical press as a great interpreter of Bach. Dedicated listeners can settle back and immerse themselves in some of the last truly Romantic works for piano “on the edge of silence” and meditate over some of the final works by Brahms. Yorck Kronenberg presents these hallmarks of the Brahms opus in movingly exquisite performances of almost unsettling intensity.

Hyperion Records

Godowsky : Strauss transcriptions & other waltzes
Marc-André Hamelin

Marc-André Hamelin’s programme is mostly devoted to Godowsky’s works based on themes by—or directly inspired by—Johann Strauss II. It is not intended to be a comprehensive survey but is, nevertheless, fully representative of Godowsky’s finest reflections on the Waltz King. In the three great Strauss transcriptions, Godowsky elevated the art of the piano paraphrase to a higher musical and pianistic plane; however their extreme technical difficulty remains a striking feature and places them out of the reach of ordinary pianists. ..
Triakontameron and Walzermasken are rarely performed examples of Godowsky’s original work, and continue the composer’s love-affair with the waltz—they are written entirely in 3/4 time.
The last work on this dazzling disc is an oddity—indeed, a rarity. Sometime prior to 1925, Godowsky made a piano roll of his arrangement of The Last Waltz by Oscar Straus (1870–1954), the Vienna-born composer. The eponymous Waltz is heard throughout the 1920 operetta. The music of Godowsky’s transcription was never published for some unknown reason—it is a uniquely appealing arrangement. In the early 1970s, Gilles Hamelin, the pianophile father of Marc-André, notated, arranged and edited The Last Waltz from Godowsky’s piano roll, which was then published in 1975. Shortly afterwards, a copy of the negative of Godowsky’s manuscript was sent to Gilles Hamelin. It was all but illegible, so Hamelin Snr. made a fair copy in his own hand: in almost every respect it tallied with the version he had transcribed from the piano roll.

Landor Records

Brahms : Piano Sonata 2, Klavierstucke, Op 76, Intermezzi, Op 117
Libor Novacek


… Vitality and Virtuosity - Sonatas by Haydn (XVI:23, XVI:32, XVI:46) & Beethoven (N°30 Op.109)
Ivan Ilic

… Powerful Miniatures by Schumann and Brahms
Ivan Ilic


Busoni : Piano Music Vol. 4 - Prelude and Fugue BWV 532, Elegien, Berceuse, Fantasia on J. S. Bach, Toccata
Wolf Harden

Performance occupied much of Busoni’s attention until the turn of the twentieth century, when composition began to assume a new importance in his career. Busoni regarded his Elegien as the point where he discovered his true identity as a composer. Even at his most radical, however, Busoni never rejected what had gone before; the Elegien alternate between new works and transcriptions of older pieces. Drawing on Bach organ pieces, Fantasia after J.S. Bach may sound backwardlooking in context, but its concept points determinedly towards the future. Toccata was completed while Busoni was engaged in earnest on his crowning achievement, the music-drama Doktor Faust, whose essence pervades this most virtuosic yet also aggressive of the composer’s later piano works.

Ries : Complete Piano Sonatas and Sonatinas (Complete) Vol. 1
Susan Kagan

Piano Sonata in F minor, Op. 11, No. 2; Piano Sonata in E flat major, Op. 11, No. 1;
Piano Sonata in A minor, Op. 45

Ferdinand Ries, Beethoven’s friend and pupil, was an exceptionally gifted composer in whose strangely prophetic piano sonatas one encounters Schubert’s poignant harmonic language, Mendelssohn’s expressive, sweet melodies and Chopin’s brilliant figuration. This recording features the magisterial Sonatas, Op.11 (Paris 1807-08) and the lovely Sonatina in A minor, Op.45 which was composed during Ries’s eventful concert tour in Russia during 1811-12.

Scarlatti : Complete Keyboard Sonatas Vol. 10
Colleen Lee

K.29/L.461/P.85; K.18/L.416/P.74; K.23/L.411/P.79; K.41/P.37; K.53/L.261/P.161; K.45/L.265/P.230; K.74/L.94/P.35; K.81/L.271/P.13; K.90/L.106/P.9; K.95/L.358; K.134/L.221/P.143; K.136/L.377/P.113; K.408/L.346/P.350; K.555/L.477/P.559

… Historical Recordings:
Josef Hofmann


… Great Norwegian Performers 1945-2000, Volume ll
Eva Knardahl (piano), Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Mariss Jansons

Chopin : Impromptu No. 1, Op. 29; Nocturne No. 5, Op. 15 No. 2; Mazurka No. 15, Op. 24 No. 2
Grieg : Ballade , Op. 24; To Spring, Op. 43 No. 6; Spring Song, Op. 28, No. 5
Rachmaninov : Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43
Scarlatti, D : Sonatas K33, K13
Sinding : Frühlingsrauschen (Rustle of Spring), Op. 32 No 3

One of the most notable musicians in post-war Norway, Eva Knardahl was a vibrant and spirited figure in the musical life of the nation, performing, participating in public debate, and involving herself in various boards and committees. She was justly referred to as a breath of fresh air, both with regard to the richness of her musical expressivity, and to the manner in which she ardently defended her views…


Giovanni Sgambati : The Complete Piano Works Vol. VI
Francesco Caramiello, Francesco Libetta

L’ultimo volume dell’integrale della musica pianistica di Sgambati è dedicato interamente a trascrizioni per pianoforte a quattro mani da opere orchestrali: dalla sua Prima Sinfonia in re maggiore op. 16, da un’opera di dubbia attribuzione (Marcia Funebre) e dal poema sinfonico Die Ideale di Liszt. Le prime importanti affermazioni di Sgambati in Europa avvennero con il Concerto per pianoforte e orchestra in sol min. op. 15, composto tra il 1878 e il 1879 e subito dopo con la Prima Sinfonia in re maggiore op. 16 composta tra il 1880 e il 1881 ed eseguita il 28 Marzo 1881 alla corte del Quirinale. Entrambi i lavori riscossero un notevole successo in tutta l’Europa. La Sinfonia entrò a far parte del repertorio di direttori quali Martucci (Comunale di Bologna, 1888) Toscanini (Scala, 1899) ed Ernst von Schuch, e ricevette apprezzamenti anche da Grieg e Saint- Saens (tres interessante et tres originale symphonie). L’inedita miscela dello stile melodico italiano e della tradizione sinfonica tedesca di questo lavoro fu subito apprezzata dalla critica. La sinfonia fu infatti salutata in Italia come “lavoro schiettamente italiano” (Valletta) ed in Germania quale “lavoro dalle spiccate bellezze, strumentato in maniera singolarmente esotica, in cui risuonano, oltre che ad accenti italiani (Verdi), moderni accenti tedeschi. L’originale, autenticamente italiana Serenata ha trovato la maggiore approvazione.”(Musikalisches Wochenblatt). O ancora “Un robusto spirito dai forti tratti drammatici soffia sull’intero lavoro, che nella splendida inventiva della sua elaborazione sembra essere il miglior lavoro della “giovane” Italia in questo genere. La strumentazione è della più alta musicalità, e non lascia mai sentire la mancanza del grande carattere polifonico. Risplende particolarmente lo Scherzo, che ricorda all’inizio i Meistersinger, per la forza inventiva della sua ardita fantasia. In ciascuno dei cinque movimenti si trova musica in abbondanza. Gran rispetto per questo spirito musicale. L’Italia può essere fiera di lui!”.


…The Berlin Concert
Simone Dinnerstein

Telarc Releases Pianist Simone Dinnerstein’s The Berlin Concert Recorded live at the Berlin Philharmonie on November 22, 2007

Bach : French Suite No. 5 in G major
Philip Lasser : Twelve Variations on a Chorale by J.S. Bach
Beethoven : Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111
Bach : Goldberg Variations, - Variation 13

V.A.I Music

… Live in Moscow Vol.3 (DVD)
Van Cliburn

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. Encores are Rachmaninoff: Prelude in E-flat, Op. 23, No. 6; Schumann-Liszt: Widmung; and Solovyov-Sedoy / Matusovsky: Moscow Nights (arr. Van Cliburn). 95 minutes, Black & White, mono, All regions.
Rachmaninoff : Prelude in E-flat, Op. 23, No. 6
Schumann-Liszt: Widmung
Solovyov-Sedoy / Matusovsky: Moscow Nights (arr. Van Cliburn)

Novità discografiche - Luglio - 2008
Posted on July 1st, 2008 at 8:17 pm by admin

Altara Music

Chopin, Szymanowki, Maciejewski : Mazurkas
Peter Jablonski

Chopin : Mazurken Nr. 1-4, 14-17, 30-32, 46-49
Szymanowski: Mazurken op. 50 Nr. 1-4 & op. 62 Nr. 1 & 2
Maciejewski: Mazurken Nr. 6, 9,10

Chandos Records

Edward Gregson : Trumpet Concerto; Concerto for Piano and Wind ‘Homages’; Saxophone Concerto
Nelson Goerner (piano), BBC Philharmonic, Clark Rundell

Edward Gregson is one of Britain’s most versatile composers, whose music has been performed, broadcast and recorded worldwide. A noted conductor of contemporary music, he has also held numerous academic posts. He retires as Principal of the Royal Northern College of Music at the end of this academic term.
Gregson’s life-long fascination for the concerto form began early but having been brought up in a Salvationist family it was inevitable that the brilliant sound of the British brass band should play an important role in the early years of his composing career. This led to a parallel universe of musical experiences. ‘On the one hand I was playing music by some fine brass band composers and on the other being absorbed in the music of Bartok, Prokofiev, Hindemith, Webern, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Tippett and others.’ This musical landscape greatly influences his compositional style to this day. ‘…my concertos use musical reference or homage, as a backbone to the work. Each uses the idea of musical tribute in a different way.’ The Concerto for Piano and Wind and Saxophone Concerto, in particular, pay tribute to those composers whose concertos Gregson loved when he was a teenager. In the slow movement of the Saxophone Concerto Gregson actually quotes the opening of the Berg Violin Concerto, ‘mainly because my own musical fabric in that movement is built on a twelve-note row with a strong reference to major and minor thirds. In my Trumpet Concerto, the slow movement uses Shostakovich’s musical cipher DSCH as the main reference point to what is an In Memoriam to the Russian master who had died not long before I started writing the work.’

John Field : Piano Concertos
Míceál O’Rourke (piano), London Mozart Players, Matthias Bamert

The popular and critically admired Chandos recordings of John Field’s expressive cycle of Piano Concertos are brought together for the first time as a limited edition 4-CD set and released at the price of only 2 CDs.

Joseph Marx: Piano Works - Six Pieces for Piano, Herbst-Legende, Carneval, Canzone, Die Flur der Engel
Tonya Lemoh

Australian pianist Tonya Lemoh has been the recipient of numerous international prizes and awards including first prize in the International Competition of Young Performers, Denmark 2003, and a Diplom d’Honneur at the 2002 International Grieg Piano Competition, Norway. She has been described as “a pianist of virtuosity and sensitivity” (Danish Music Journal) and Classical Music on the Web wrote of her commercial debut, “Lemoh is totally in command, and the music flows with great natural force. Very impressive.” She makes her debut on Chandos with the solo piano works of Austrian composer Joseph Marx.
Joseph Marx can be described as a ‘romantic impressionist’, and the compositions performed here clearly demonstrate this late romantic style, reminiscent of Richard Strauss, Korngold and Reger. A formidable figure in Austrian classical music, Marx influenced the development of Austrian music through his compositions, teaching and musical criticism. He enjoyed great success throughout his life, but has since been unjustly neglected in part due to the radical compositional style of his peers, Webern and Berg.
Of the works performed here, four of the pieces (Herbst-Legende, Carneval, Canzone and Die Flur der Engel) have never before been published or commercially recorded. Of the other six pieces, to date only one recording has been made, and is no longer commercially available, thus making the disc quite a rarity.

Deutsche Grammophon

… Chopin; Schubert (DVD)
Krystian Zimerman

Chopin: 4 Ballades, Fantaisie op. 49, Barcarolle op. 60, Nocturne op. 15 No. 2, Scherzo op. 31
Schubert: Impromptus D 899 (op. 90)

Emi Classics

Bach : Goldberg Variations
Dong-Hyek Lim

Music & Arts

Leopold Godowsky Edition Vol.6 : Renaissance, free arrangements of works by Rameau, Corelli. D. Scarlatti…
Carlo Grante


Mozart : Piano Concerto No. 27; Concerto for 2 Pianos; Rondo K511in A minor (Schnabel)
Artur Schnabel ( piano), London Symphony Orchestra, John Barbirolli (1934-1946)

Not long after his February 1934 London Queen’s Hall concert comprising three Mozart concertos, Schnabel made his first recording of a Mozart piano concerto, No. 27 in B flat major, K.595, at the recently opened and well equipped Abbey Road Studios. Completed in one session, this recording is notable not only for the excellence of its sound but for the moulding of the slow movement, taken at a slow tempo, but without any loss of the tension between successive notes or of the coherence of harmonic progressions. Schnabel’s recording of the Concerto for two pianos, with his son Karl Ulrich, is made up entirely of first takes. In the Rondo in A minor, K.511, Schnabel beautifully shapes the phrases and avoids sentimentality or overt intensity of expression.

Oehms Classics

Johann Sebastian Bach : Goldberg-Variationen BWV 988
Irma Issakadze

Phoenix Edition

Alexandre Pierre Francois Boely : Sonates et Caprices
Christine Schornsheim ( fortepiano )

hen during the first French empire lovers of music vehemently rejected any ideas of pure instrumental music out of their incurable love for the opera and programme music, Guy de Chabanon thus expressed his thoughts and advised his contemporaries to concentrate on the essential part: “music itself, looking at it for its own sake” – a thought that would pave the way for composers like Mèhul, H. Jadin, Boieldieu and, somewhat later, BOËLY. An ardent supporter of instrumental music, Boëly appears to have been born just at the right time. However! He was only four years old when the revolution broke out, and seven when the monarchy fell. And thus, he led a poor life in Paris as a private piano teacher (“the best in all of Paris” – according to Pierre Baillot), rediscovered Bach and Beethoven in France and eagerly absorbed the didactic publications by Clementi. Boëly was first and foremost a composing pianist, although remarkably few of his works have been published.
Lacking recognition by contemporary audiences, Boëly’s accomplishments only met with appropriate public interest at the time of Franck and Saint-Saëns, Meyerbeer and Ambroise Thomas, the two masters of the opera. It is hardly chance that Boëly, who died in 1858, was instrumental in the “renaissance” of French music during the 1870s. Today, as we are able to find our way with somewhat greater ease on the poorly explored paths of the past, we can very relaxedly enjoy such rare jewels, an enjoyment enhanced even more by the sound of original instruments and by Christine Schornsheim, who is known for authenticity.

Alfred Schnittke : Piano concertos nos. 1–3
Ewa Kupiec (piano), Maria Lettberg (piano), Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Frank Strobel

For those who like to pigeonhole people, the composer Alfred Schnittke (1934–1998) is a difficult case. Before his emigration to the West, he was the object of distrust, lack of recognition and repression in the Soviet Union; afterwards, some hailed him as a celebrated cult composer, others continued to view him suspiciously, as his works could not be clearly ascribed to any particular style, thus could not really be taken seriously. In the ten years since his early death at 64, it has not become easier for fans or critics. Many of Alfred Schnittke’s works are still either unknown or have never yet been performed, for example his first piano concerto, which he wrote at the age of 26 and which was forgotten until Ewa Kupiec played it in public for the first time in 2005. This SACD brings together all three piano concertos for the first time, including the third concerto for piano with four hands; here Ewa Kupiec is joined by her young Swedish colleague Maria Lettberg. The second and third piano concertos show Schnittke’s pathway to what he called polystylism; he used existing musical material – whether old or new, modern or traditional, challenging or primitive – to construct his own new tonal language. In this way, he followed the tradition of Gustav Mahler and also Dmitri Shostakovich. Alfred Schnittke shared the fate of both of these composers to call forth extreme reactions and be a thorn in the flesh, and in his case too: his music remains, it speaks for itself.

Ernst Krenek : Piano Sonatas Nos. 2 & 4, George Washington Variations, Echoes from Austria
Mikhail Korzhev

Indeed, the PIANO PIECES occupy an important position in Ernst Krenek’s compositional oeuvre. He left a large number of piano pieces, among them four concerts for piano, one concert for two pianos and orchestra, seven piano sonatas and several shorter pieces for the piano. This constitutes an extensive compositional oeuvre encompassing seventy years of his life, from the “Double Fugue for Piano” (1918) to the Sonata No. 7 that he wrote shortly before his death. And thus, the works recorded on this CD equally encompass several of Krenek’s creative periods as a composer: the “Five Pieces for Piano” as well as the “Sonata No. 2” were written during the 1920s – when Krenek still lived in Europe. The “George Washington Variations” and “Echoes from Austria”, on the other hand, were written after the composer had already moved to America.
Ernst Krenek – a traveller between the continents, underwent dramatic changes in his music as well as his life after he was obliged to escape from the National Socialists. He had completely absorbed Schönberg’s dodecaphony and developed it further, combined the latter’s technique with musical means based on tonality and thus created a very flexible, expressive and harmoniously very versatile language. MIKHAIL KORZHEV, born in Russia, is a very multifaceted personality as a musician. His great personal interest in the piano music of the 20th century took him to the “International Virginia Waring” competition that was dedicated to Ernst Krenek. As the award-winner in this competition, Korzhev gave his debut concert at the concert hall in Vienna.


Rachmaninov - Piano Concertos 1 & 3
Barry Douglas ( piano), Russian State Symphony Orchestra, Evgeny Svetlanov

Simax Classics

George Crumb : Makrokosmos I & II
Ellen Ugelvik


Live in Moscow, Vol. 3 (DVD)
Emil Gilels

This third volume of live performances presents a 1978 recital from the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory featuring works of Beethoven (Sonata No. 12 in A-flat major, Op. 26), Prokofiev (Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 28, “From Old Notebooks”; Eight pieces from Visions Fugitives, Op. 22; Prelude from Ten Pieces for Piano, Op. 12), and Rachmaninov (Daisies, Op. 38, No. 3; Vocalise, Op. 34, Prelude in C-sharp minor, Op. 2; Prelude in B-flat, Op. 23; Prelude in G-flat, Op. 23; Prelude in B major, Op. 32; and Prelude in G minor, Op. 23) and encores (Scriabin Etude in C-sharp minor, Op. 2, No. 1; Bach/Siloti: Prelude in B minor)

Live in Moscow, Vol. 4 (DVD)
Emil Gilels

This fourth volume of live performances presents a 1978 recital from the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory featuring works of Schumann (Four Piano Pieces, Op. 32), Brahms (Four Ballades, Op. 10), and Chopin (Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58; Polonaise in C minor, Op. 40; Polonaise in A-flat major, Op. 53, “Heroic”; Etude No. 26 in A-flat major, Op. posthumous.

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Posted on June 1st, 2008 at 11:08 am by admin


Beethoven : Piano Concertos 3 & 6
Arthur Schoonderwoerd

Alpha continues the musical tour of XIXth century piano music on ancient instruments with Arthur Schoonderwoerd’s recordings of Beethoven’s concerti. (see the first issue Alpha 079). This time, the programme features the Third Concerto as well as Beethoven’s own transcription of the Violin Concerto. ..

Bridge Records

… plays Haydn, Dussek and Cramer
Malcom Bilson

Dussek : Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 44 (“The Farewell”); Cramer : Variations on “Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen wünscht Papageno sich” from Mozart’s Magic Flute; Haydn : Sonata in E-flat Major, Hob. 52

Early keyboard virtuoso Malcolm Bilson’s latest recording features Dussek’s revolutionary “Farewell” Sonata, dedicated to Clementi, Haydn’s great E-flat sonata, Hob. 52 21: 10, and Johann Baptist Cramer’s delightful variations from The Magic Flute, all played on a replica of a 5 ½ octave English Pianoforte by Longman & Clementi, 1798, built by Chris Maene. London in the 1790s was a bustling industrial, cultural and musical capital. Johann Baptist Cramer, Muzio Clementi, and Jan Ladislas Dussek, all foreigners, were magnetically drawn to this city with its variegated and sophisticated musical possibilities. These are the first genuine piano virtuosos, and their brilliant pianism and compositions would become known as the London Pianoforte School.

Kindred Spirits
Quattro Mani : Susan Grace & Alice Rybak

John Novacek: Three Rags for Two Pianos (2005)
Stephen Jaffe: Cut-Time Shout (2004)
Paul Lansky: It All Adds Up (“Six Preludes for Two Pianos”) (2005)
William Bland: Kindred Spirits (2005)
Lance Hulme: Manic Music (“for two maniacal pianists”) (1995)
Jed Distler: Loose Changes (2005)

This disc presents premiere recordings of new duo-piano works, composed for the stellar Quattro Mani (Susan Grace & Alice Rybak, duo-pianists). John Novacek’s Three Rags for Two Pianos opens the disc with a bang, offering a virtuoso updated-take on the traditional rag genre. Stephen Jaffe’s Cut-Time Shout is a rhythmically taut palate cleanser before Paul Lansky’s masterful It All Adds Up, the longest and most varied piece on this disc. William Bland’s Kindred Spirits, the title work of the disc, is in two movements– an intense concert waltz, and a wild set of variations based on a tune by the rock band “Limp Bizkit”. Lance Hulme’s Manic Music is written in a hyper-intense quasi-minimalist style, and Jed Distler’s Loose Changes concludes the disc with high-spirited eclecticism.

Beethoven : Complete Piano Sonatas, Volume 6
Garrick Ohlsson

Sonata No. 29 in B-flat Major, Op. 106 (“Hammerklavier”)
Sonata No. 16 in G Major, Op. 31, No. 1

On this disc Garrick Ohlsson plays Beethoven’s towering “Hammerklavier”, a work the composer called “my greatest,” even expressing the idea that it “would make pianists work creatively.” Critic Jed Distler writes that “Garrick Ohlsson approaches Beethoven’s Hammerklavier Sonata as a harbinger of Romanticism… his rounded phrases and discreet tempo fluctuations never pull focus from the music’s linear trajectory and sudden dynamic extremes. Ohlsson pinpoints the Scherzo’s dotted rhythms so that they truly catch fire and effectively contrast with the enigmatic trio. He builds the great Adagio from the bottom up, letting the bass lines lead and allowing the highly ornamented right-hand melodic writing to speak on its own. This easily is the finest release in Ohlsson’s ongoing Beethoven cycle, and one of the best-sounding too.

Beethoven : Complete Piano Sonatas, Volume 7
Garrick Ohlsson

Sonata No. 11 in B-flat Major, Op. 22
Sonata No. 13 in E-flat Major, Op. 27, No. 1
Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110

This disc presents three wildly varied sonatas, performed by Grammy-winning (2008) pianist, Garrick Ohlsson. Beethoven’s Op. 22, composed at the turn of the century, uses traditional 18th century materials in a brand new way. Op. 27, No. 1, (Sonata Quasi una Fantasia) is an experiment in form, perhaps written in response to new sonatas by his older contemporaries Dussek and Clementi. Op. 110 is Beethoven’s penultimate sonata, a richly inspired, mesmerizing masterpiece.

Centaur Records

Joseph Jean-Baptiste Laurent Arban : Piano Music
Stacy Rodgers

Twelve Celebrated Fantaisies and Airs Varies. Fantaisie and Variations on a Cavatina from Beatrice di Tenda by V. Vellini; Fantaisie and Variations on Acteon; Fantaisie Brillante; Variations on a Tyrolean Song; Variations on a song “Vois-tu neige qui brille” (The Beautiful Snow); Cavatina and Variations; Air Varie on a Folk Song: The Little Swiss Boy; Caprice and Variations; Fantaisie and Variations on a German Theme; Variations on a favorite theme by C.M. von Weber; Fantaisie and Variations on The Carnival of Venice; Variations on a thems from Norma by V. Bellini; Charles Gates, cornet.

Rodolfo Halffter : Piano Music
Silvana Santinelli

Primera Sonata, Op. 16; Once Bagatelas; Secuencia, Op. 39; Danza de Avila; Preludio y Fuga; Tres Rojas de Album, Op. 22; Apuntes para Piano; Dos Sonatas de El Escorial, Op. 2; Homejane a Arturo Rubinstein (Nocturno), Op. 36; Segunda Sonata, Op. 20; Homenaje a Antonio Machado; Dos ensayos; Minuet de la Traviesa Molineira; Tercera Sonata, Op. 30

Col Legno

Antonio Soler : Fandango & Sonatas
Davide Cabassi


Antonio Soler : 10 Sonatas (S. R. 17, 19, 20, 71-73, 77, 87, 115, 118)
Marie Luise Hinrichs

Joseph Wölfl : Piano Concertos 1, 5,6 (opp. 20, 43, 49)
Yorck Kronenberg (piano), SWR RO Kaiserslautern, Johannes Moesus


… Piano Works by Brahms and Schubert
Henri Bonamy

Shadows and light, simplicity and virtuosity, the most profound pain and serene cheerfulness – the young pianist Henry Bonamy has moulded sonic forms containing all these qualities in his GENUIN debut CD: Schubert and Brahms, large sonatas and small forms. The Frenchman enthrals his listeners with large arches and almost alarmingly poetic intensity during every moment of the recording, practically enchaining them to the loudspeakers. Whether Brahms’s almost aphoristic Intermezzi or the sound expanses of Schubert’s Sonata, D 850 – everything breathes, speaks and sings. How old is the pianist? What has he issued where? These are questions which are no longer asked after listening to this CD: pure musical happiness…

Johannes Brahms : Fantasies, Op. 116; Rhapsodies, Op. 79
Franz Schubert : Sonata, D 850

Hyperion Records

Nielsen : The Complete Piano Music
Martin Roscoe

Nielsen’s piano works are among the most original and characteristic in the repertoire. There is no mistaking his idiosyncratic musical voice, his sense of joy of discovery and invention, and spirit of imagination and adventure. Nielsen’s complete piano music encompasses the full diversity and range of his creative output. Though he never aspired to brilliance as a performer, Nielsen’s piano works are nevertheless marked by his intimate knowledge of the instrument and his awareness of the its creative and expressive capabilities. From the symbolist-inspired music of the 1890s to the highly modernist Three Pieces, these works constantly attest to the richness of his imaginative vision.


Brahms : Passione
Lilya Zilberstein

Eight Pieces for Piano Opus 76
Eleven variations on an original theme in D major Opus 21, No. 1
Fourteen variations on a Hungarian melody in D major Opus 21, No. 2
Intermezzo No. 1 in E-flat major, Opus 117/1

Medici Arts

… Classical Archive (DVD) : Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Scriabin, Rachmaninov, Chopin, Bach, Brahms
Alexis Weissenberg

Igor Stravinsky: 3 Movements from Petrushka; Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 28; Alexander Scriabin: 2 Pieces for the left hand, Op. 9: No. 2. Nocturne; Sergei Rachmaninov: 10 Preludes, Op. 23: No. 6 in E flat major; Frederic Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58: III. Largo, Nocturne No. 21 in C minor, Op. posth. , Etude No. 19 in C sharp minor, Op. 25, No. 7; Johann Sebastian Bach: Chromatic Fantasy, BWV 903, Partita No. 6 in E minor, BWV 830: Courante, Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring; Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83*; Bonus: Alexis Weissenberg talks about Petrushka

… Classical Archive (DVD) : Mozart, Chopin, Rachmaninov
Sviatoslav Richter

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major, K. 282, Piano Sonata No. 16 in C major, K. 545, Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K. 310; Frederic Chopin: Etudes, Op. 10: Nos. 1-4, 6, 10-12, Etudes, Op. 25: Nos. 5, 6, 8, 11; Bonus: Earlier recordings on BBC Sergei Rachmaninov: Etude-Tableau in F sharp minor, Op. 39, No. 3, Frederic Chopin: Etudes, Op. 10: Nos. 4 and 12
Broadcast by BBC on 28 October 1969

… Classical Archive(DVD) : Shostakovich 24 Preludes and Fugues op.87
Tatiana Nikolayeva

Broadcast 21-30 December 1992, BBC Archives
Bonus Documentary: Tatiana Nikolayeva plays Dmitri Shostakovich


Lawrence Crane : Solo Piano Pieces
Michael Finnissy

Three Preludes; 20th Century Music; Birthday Piece for Michael Finnissy; Kierkegaard his walk around Copenhagen; Kierkegaard his prelude; Blue Blue Blue; Jacques Derrida goes to a nightclub; Jacques Derrida goes to a massage parlour; Jacques Derrida goes to the supermarket; Jacques Derrida goes to the beach; Gorm Busk; James Duke son of John Duke; Looking for Michael Bracewell; Andrew Renton becomes an international art critic; Chorale for Howard Skempton;

Laurence Crane was born in Oxford in 1961 and studied composition with Peter Nelson and Nigel Osborne at Nottingham University. He lives and works in London. His music is mainly written for the concert hall, although his list of works includes pieces initially composed for film, radio, theatre, dance and installation. He is closely associated with the British ensemble Apartment House, who have given numerous performances of his work since their formation in 1995. Laurence Crane’s music has been presented at festivals in Britain and abroad, including Bath, Brighton, Cheltenham, Huddersfield, The Cutting Edge (London), MaerzMusik (Berlin), Gaudeamus (Amsterdam), Output (Amsterdam), Borealis (Bergen) and Ultima (Oslo). Several of his works have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3. These pieces for solo piano were written between 1985 and 1999. Much of the music on this CD comes from a six year period at the start of Laurence’s compositional career, a period in which he was also often the performer of his work.


Mendelssohn : Piano Music
Bernard Chamayou

Prélude in B Minor, Op. 104a, No. 2; Rondo capriccioso in E major, Op. 14; Song without words in C Minor, Op. 38, No. 2; 3 Etudes, Op. 104b; Auf Flügeln des Gesanges, Op. 34 No. 2 transc. Liszt; Scherzo in E minor, Op. 16 No. 2; Das erste Veilchen, Op. 19 No. 2; Variations sérieuses in D minor Op. 54; Childrens Piece in A Major, Op. 102 No. 5; Caprice in E Major, Op. 33, No. 2; Caprice in B Flat Minor Op. 33, No. 3 ;Suleika (Goethe/von Willemer) Op. 34 No. 4 transc. Liszt; Song without words, Op. 67, No. 2; Song without words in B Minor, Op. 67, No. 5; A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Scherzo transc. Rachmaninov
Bertrand Chamayou (piano)

During his tragically short life, Felix Mendelssohn produced an extensive output of music covering every genre. Although he claimed that he took little pleasure in writing for the piano and felt that it was not an area of composition that he was particularly good at, the music itself has always retained a place in the affection of performers. After the sonatas of his early youth, he concentrated mostly on producing short pieces which could more readily be put together during the limited gaps in his busy professional life. The anthology selected for this recording by Bertrand Chamayou interweaves many of these shorter works with more substantial pieces, and includes some rarely performed music alongside established masterpieces like the “Songs without words


Casablancas : Piano Music
Jordi Maso, Miquel Villalba

3 Divertimenti • 2 Peces (2 Pieces) • Fulla d’album, `Variacion sobre un tema de F. Schubert` • Triptic infantil • 3 Peces (3 Pieces) • Scherzo • 3 Aforismes • Tombeau • 7 Epigrames • Preludi i fuga en do (Prelude and Fugue in C major) • 3 Bagatelles

Kabalevsky : Piano Concerto No. 3; Rimsky Korsakov : Piano Concerto
Hsin-ni Liu (piano) , Gnesin Academy Chorus,Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, Dmitry Yablonsky

Piano Concerto No. 3 in D major, Op. 50 • Piano Concerto in C sharp minor, Op. 30 • Rhapsody on the theme of the song School Years, Op. 75 • Poem of Struggle, Op. 12

Kabalevsky’s most lasting achievement was in the field of music education, notably his development in later years of a programme for music in schools. His Third Piano Concerto, ‘Dedicated to Soviet Youth’, completes the trilogy of instrumental concertos for young people, preceded by his Violin Concerto and his First Cello Concerto (Naxos 8.553788). Like the Third Piano Concerto, the Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra, based on the composer’s own song, School Years, is an optimistic, uncomplicated work depicting scenes of happy childhood. Rimsky-Korsakov’s Piano Concerto, built on a Russian folk-song collected by Balakirev, is an inventive and virtuoso work whose single unbroken movement structure is copied from Liszt’s Second Piano Concerto.

Kuhlau : Piano Sonatinas, Opp. 55, 88
Jeno Jando

Piano Sonatina in C major, Op. 55, No. 1 • Piano Sonatina in G major, Op. 55, No. 2 • Piano Sonatina in C major, Op. 55, No. 3 • Piano Sonatina in F major, Op. 55, No. 4 • Piano Sonatina in D major, Op. 55, No. 5 • Piano Sonatina in C major, Op. 55, No. 6 • Piano Sonatina in C major, Op. 88, No. 1 • Piano Sonatina in G major, Op. 88, No. 2 • Piano Sonatina in A minor, Op. 88, No. 3 • Piano Sonatina in F major, Op. 88, No. 4

Born in Germany, Friedrich Kuhlau established himself in Copenhagen as a pianist, composer and teacher. His Piano Sonatinas seem to have been intended either for teaching purposes or otherwise for the amateur market, combining a certain charm with clarity of texture and classical form. This collection forms a companion to Naxos 8.570709, which comprises the Sonatas, Op. 59, and Sonatinas, Op. 20.

Rachmaninov : Piano Concerto No. 2; Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Artur Rubinstein

Although Rubinstein did not play many works by Rachmaninov, he made four recordings of the Piano Concerto No. 2. If, in this May 1946 recording, Rubinstein’s adherence to the text is not always completely accurate, his performance is full of exhilaration and panache with fast tempos and a climax judged to have any audience jumping to its feet. The 1947 recording of the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini is remarkable, even today, for the high quality of the sound, described as ‘Stunning! The recording is almost too vivid’, by a critic in 1948. The only solo work of Rachmaninov that Rubinstein committed to disc was the famous Prelude in C sharp minor Op. 3 No. 2 which he recorded twice.

Taverner : Piano Works
Ralph van Raat

Zodiacs, Ypakoe, Palin, Mandoodles, Pratirupa, In Memory of Two Cats

John Tavener’s piano works are less well known than his large orchestral, vocal and choral works, yet at times seem to mark his stylistic and spiritual development on a more personal level. Tavener’s first piano work, Palin, foreshadows his search for a spirituality beyond the sophisticated, technical manipulation of musical material. The loss of his cats inspired Tavener to write Mandoodles, depicting short scenes from the life of his cat Mandu, and the bell-like In Memory of Two Cats. Ypakoë, with passages in Greek or Middle Eastern style, is a contemplative meditation on the passion and resurrection of Christ. Pratiru¯pa, Sanskrit for “reflection”, is the composer’s largest work so far for piano solo. In the words of the composer, in this work “a series of self-reflecting harmonies, melodies and rhythms attempt to reflect the most beautiful, the Divine Presence which resides in every human being”.

Oehms Classics

Piano Music by Icelandic Composers
Susanne Kessel

Þorkell Sigurbjoernsson, Johann G. Johannson, Atli Ingolfsson, Haukur Tómasson, Atli Heimir Sveinsson, Victor Urbancic, Arni Egilsson Jorunn Viðar, Hafliði Hallgrimsson, Páll Isolfsson, Sveinbjoern Sveinbjoernsson, Jón Leifs, Björk / Leon Milo


Beethoven : Piano Concerto No. 3; Piano Concerto in D major, arranged by the composer after the Violin Concerto, Op. 61a
Olli Mustonen (piano and conductor), Tapiola Sinfonietta

Olli Mustonen continues his acclaimed cycle of Beethoven Piano Concertos. In this second volume, the Finnish pianist and conductor turns his talent to the Third Piano Concerto and the Piano Concerto which Beethoven arranged himself from the Violin Concerto of 1806.While this is seldom played in concert, with only a handful of recordings available in the catalogue, Mustonen regularly puts it in his programmes and it has become one of his signature pieces.As on the previous disc, Mustonen performs with the Tapiola Sinfonietta, whith whom he has maintained close artistic ties for years, accompanying this Beethoven project with acclaimed tour performances in various European countries.

Signum Classics

Bach: Well Tempered Clavier Vol 2
Jill Crossland

Warner Classics

Chopin : Valses
Valentina Igoshina

Haydn : Complete Piano Sonatas (10 CDs)
Rudolph Buchbinder

Liszt : Piano sonata, Nocturnes, Transcriptions
Vahan Mardissorian

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Ildebrando Pizzetti : Concerto per pianoforte, Rondo Veneziano
Aldo Ciccolini


Scriabin : Complete Piano Sonatas ( 3 CDs)
Vladimir Stoupel

Avi Music

Schubert : Piano Sonata D960, 3 Klavierstücke D946
Lars Vogt

Avie Records

Brahms : Late Piano Pieces Op.116, 117, 118, 119
Markus Groh

Mozart : Piano Concertos No. 24 & No. 25, Fantasia K397
Imogen Cooper (Piano/Director), Northern Sinfonia, Bradley Creswick (Co-Director)

BBC Legends

Schubert: 3 Stücke D. 946; Martinu: Fantasie & Toccata; Mussorgsky: Bilder einer Ausstellung; Chopin: Mazurka Nr. 41; Smetana: Furiant, Concert etude
Rudolf Firkusny

Chandos Records

Debussy : Complete works for Piano Vol.3
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

Children’s Corner;Suite bergamasque;Danse bohemienne;
Nocturne;La plus que lent;Mazurka;Reverie;2 Arabesques;
Morceau de concours;The little nigar;Hommage a Haydn;
Berceuse heroique;Page d’album;Elegie Künstler


Chopin : Piano Sonatas 1, 2 & 3
Pietro De Maria


Beethoven : Piano Sonatas Vol.6 - N°22,23,24,25,26
Andras Schiff

Emi Classics

Music for two pianos : Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Brahms, Prokofiev, Lutoslawsky
Marta Argerich (with Mirabela Dina, Gabriela Montero, Lilya Zilberstein, Polina Leschenko, Yefim Bronfman, Giorgia Tommasi)

Endeavour Classics

Mussorgsky : Pictures at an exhibition; Debussy : Estampes, L’isle joyeuse
Davide Cabassi


Ignaz Pleyel : Piano Works
Masha Dimitrieva

Pleyel fut l’élève de Haydn,il acquit une réputation mondiale comme compositeur, éditeur, fabriquant de pianos à Paris et fondateur de salles de concerts.Mozart pensait qu’il pourrait devenir le successeur de Haydn. On redécouvre, actuellement,son oeuvre musicale.

Schubert : Piano Sonatas D664 & D845
Ingrid Marsoner

Hänssler Classic

Schubert : Klavierwerke Vol. 1 -Klaviersonate D. 894;3 Klavierstücke D. 946
Gerhard Oppitz

Harmonia Mundi

Thierry Pécou : L’Oiseau innumérable
Alexandre Tharaud ( piano) , Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Andrea Quinn

For Thierry Pécou, to live is to travel, and to travel is to write, as if to compose were at once to plunge into another universe, to take affective possession of the space, and, above all, to stand back and choose to live in the margins of one’s everyday cultural milieu. The works presented on this CD bear witness to a constantly renewed artistic standpoint; they have been entrusted here to the expert fingers of another great traveller . . .

Pécou : L’Oiseau innumérable concerto pour piano et orchestre (2006), Outre-mémoire, variances (2004), Petit Livre pour clavier (1995) Après Rameau, une sarabande ? (2001)
Rameau : Sarabande (extrait des Nouvelles Suites, 1728)

Hyperion Records

Sergei Bortkiewicz : Piano Music
Stephen Coombs

Lamentations and Consolations Op.17, Ten Preludes Op.33, Ballade Op.42, Élégie Op.46, Quatre Morceaux Op.3, Quatre Morceaux Op.65, Sonata in B major Op.9

Since the release of Stephen Coombs’s recording of the Piano Concerto No 1 (CDA66624) Borkiewicz has become something of a cult composer amongst lovers of late romantic piano music. A man after his time, Bortkiewicz became all but forgotten after the First World War. He fled communist Russia to live first in Istanbul and then Vienna but his music remained resolutely that of pre-Revolution Moscow; like Rachmaninov in style but with even more ‘tunes’ and sentiment.

These discs of solo pieces include some of Borkiewicz most imposing works. The Sonata Op 9 is his largest solo composition and the Ballade and Elegy are two of his finest. The Lamentations and Consolations set is among his most characteristic works: intensely melodic with a brooding romanticism often reminiscent of Liszt. The fairy-tale interpretations of Aus Andersens Märchen, subtitled ‘A Musical Picture Book’, come from the large corpus of pieces Bortkiewicz composed with children in mind, while the opus 33 Preludes owe much of their character to Chopin.


Scriabin : Piano Sonatas 4,5,8,9 & Poèmes Op.32, Op.69, Op.71, Op.72
Andrei Korobeinikov


Chopin : 24 Preludes, 4 Ballades, Fantaisie-Impromptu
Benno Moiseiwitsch

This second volume of Moiseiwitsch’s Chopin recordings focuses on the complete Préludes, Op. 28, which the great pianist had attempted to record, unsuccessfully, with the acoustic process, and the Four Ballades. The recording of the complete Préludes is one of the most satisfactory on disc, as Moiseiwitsch captures perfectly the mood of each of these miniature masterpieces. The slower preludes in particular show Moiseiwitsch’s understanding of musical phrasing linked to harmonic progressions. In combination with his ideal projection of the singing line, this gives the impression that the music is a living and breathing entity. In the faster preludes, particularly No. 16 and No. 24, Moiseiwitsch never loses control of tempo or dynamics and the ornaments and figuration of the last Prélude become part of the organic whole. The recording of the Ballade No. 4, his only 78rpm recording of the work, derives from a test pressing

Copland : Piano Concerto, The Tender Land Suite, Old American Songs (arr. for chorus)
Benjamin Pasternack (piano) , Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Robert Hanson (Conductor )

The 1926 Piano Concerto, like Gershwin’s Concerto of the previous year, is a 1920s “New York” piece – brassy, exuberant, ever confident in its bluesy swagger.

Domenico Scarlatti : Keyboard Sonatas Vol. 9
Francesco Nicolosi

K.52, K.77, K.79, K.111, K.139, K.170, K.176, K.277, K.344, K.340, K.388, K.398.

Kuhlau : 3 Piano Sonatas op.59, 3 Piano Sonatinas op.20
Jeno Jandó

Kuhlau wrote a copious quantity of music for the piano, including a fine Piano Concerto reminiscent of early Beethoven, salon music and other works of varied technical difficulty. The Sonatinas and Sonatas ‘non difficiles’ featured on this disc were of practical use in teaching or for domestic music-making.

Oehms Classics

Chopin : Piano Sonata No.2, Etudes op.10
Sona Shaboyan


Grieg : Holberg Suite, Poetic Tone-Pictures, Lyric Pieces (selection)
Katya Apekisheva (piano)

This recording is the solo debut disc from Katya Apekisheva for Quartz. Katya has recorded previously for Quartz with Jack Liebeck. Katya has also performed throughout Russia, Italy, Germany, Holland, Israel, Turkey, USA, South Korea, Phillipinnes and in the UK with the following orchestras, London Philharmonic, CBSO, Philharmonia, Halle, Moscow, Philharmonic, and with the following conductors, Alexander Lazarev, David Shallon, Alexander Rudin, and Sir Simon Rattle. Katya will also be playing recitals with Natalie Klein this summer.

Piano Concertos by Bach, Schnittke & Shostakovich
Ksenia Bashmet (Piano), Moscow Soloists, Yuri Bashmet

Bach : Concerto No 1 in D minor for piano and orchestra, BWV 1052
Schnittke : Concerto for piano and strings (1979)
Shostakovich : Concerto No 1 for piano, trumpet and orchestra, op. 35 (1933)

The debut disc of Ksenia Bashmet, the rising Russian pianist who performs three great piano concertos conducted by her father, the legendary viola player Yuri Bashmet with his own ensemble of virtuosi, the Moscow Soloists.


Debussy : Complete Works for Piano Vol.6
Håkon Austbø

Danse bohemienne;Mazurka;2 Arabesque;Reverie;Valse
romantique;Suite bergamasque;Ballade;Danse;Nocturne;
Pour le piano


… rediscovered : Rachmaninov, Bach, Mussorgsky, Arne, Mozart, Debussy, Chopin, Prokofiev
William Kapell

Rachmaninov : Piano Concerto No. 3
Bach : Suite for keyboard in A minor, BWV 818
Mussorgsky : Pictures at an Exhibition
Arne : God save the Queen
Mozart : Piano Sonata No. 16
Debussy : Suite bergamasque
Chopin : Barcarolle, Nocturne Op. 55/2, Scherzo for piano No. 1
Prokofiev : Piano Sonata No. 7

… five works Kapell never previously released: Debussy’s Suite bergamasque, Chopin’s Barcarolle and Scherzo
No. 1 in B Minor, Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 7, and “God Save the Queen.” These selections are taken from live performances recorded during his final three-month tour of Australia in 1953, shortly before his death.

Telos Music Records

Michael Denhoff : Klavierzyklus op. 76 “Skulpturen”
Martin Tchiba


Mozart : The Early Concerti
Adam Neiman with Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra

Mozart’s three “Salzburg Concerti” were all written in 1776 and demonstrate his growth
from an extraordinarily gifted composer to that of a truly innovative master with his E-flat major concerto. His “Prague” symphony is acknowledged as one of Mozart’s greatest symphonic statements and is one of his most popular orchestral works

Concerto No. 6 in B-Flat major, K. 238
Concerto No. 8 in C major, K. 246
Concerto No. 9 in E-flat major, K. 271 ‘Jeunehomme’
Symphony No. 38 in D major ‘Prague’

Live in Moscow, Vol. 1 (DVD) : Schumann, Brahms, Mendelssohn
Emil Gilels

Gilels (1916-1985) was one of the 20th century’s foremost pianists. Like many Russian artists of his era, he was virtually unknown in the West until the cultural thaw of the mid-’50s. Though Gilels’ repertoire was far-ranging, the music of the German Romantic era benefited particularly from his burnished tone, strong technique and unfussy yet elegant musicianship. The 1983 recital preserved on this DVD is devoted to the music of Schumann, Brahms, and Mendelssohn, including Brahms’s Paganini Variations (Book I) and Schumann’s Symphonic Etudes.

Brahms: Paganini Variations, Fantasien, Op. 116; Schumann: Vier Klavierstücke, Op. 32, Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13, Mendelssohn: Songs Without Words, Book Three, Op. 38, “Duet”, Etude in A minor, Op. 104b

Live in Moscow, Vol. 2 (DVD) : Mozart
Emil Gilels

Gilels was a superb Mozartian. His playing is stylistically scrupulous, infused with lyricism while maintaining keen attention to detail. This all-Mozart program includes two performances of the composer’s final piano concerto, the Concerto No. 27 in B-flat; seldom has the slow movement been so ravishingly presented. For the Concerto for Two Pianos in E-Flat, Gilels is joined by his daughter Elena, with whom he often performed. Concerts are from 1979 and 1983, with The USSR State Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Vyacheslav Ovchinnikov. 98 minutes, Color, All regions.

Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat major, K. 595
Piano Concerto No. 10 in E-flat major for 2 Pianos, K. 365 with Elena Gilels, piano
Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat major, K. 595

… in Moscow, Vol. 1 (DVD) : Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Liszt
Van Cliburn

Cliburn and the Moscow Philharmonic conducted by Kiril Kondrashin in Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 (Kondrashin was the conductor on Cliburn’s best selling RCA recording of the Tchaikovsky.) These 1962 performances also include encores by Chopin and Liszt.

… in Moscow, Vol. 2 (DVD) : Grieg, Brahms
Van Cliburn

1972 performances of Grieg’s Piano Concerto and Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2, with Kondrashin and the Moscow Philharmonic.

Zig Zag

Chopin : Etudes op.10, 4 Ballades + Dufourt: La ligne gravissant la chute - Hommage a Chopin
Nima Scharkechik

Novità discografiche - Aprile - 2008
Posted on April 1st, 2008 at 11:03 pm by admin

Albany Records

Syncopated Rhythms
James Adler

Pianist and composer James Adler made his debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the age of 16, the start of a varied career in the United States and Europe. He has appeared throughout the world at leading concert venues, including New York City’s Alice Tully and Carnegie Halls. He made his London debut at the famed Wigmore Hall. Known as a pianist who “can create whatever type of music he wants at the keyboard” (Chicago Sun-Times), he has had particular success with his account of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, the final work on this disc. His succinct description of the whole program perfectly sums it up: “I wanted to prepare a CD program that is fun. Has rhythm. That is danceable. That is a little jazzy with depth and lyricism, and celebrates American traditions in music. Though not necessarily in chronological order.”

Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Pasquinade (Caprice), Op. 59
Scott Joplin, composer/arr. Adler, Three Moments from Treemonisha
Leo Ornstein, Selections from Nine Miniatures for Piano, Op. 7
George Antheil, Little Shimmy
George Antheil, The Ben Hecht Valses
Gian Carlo Menotti, Ricercare and Toccata
James Adler, Prelude and Toccata
George Antheil, Toccata No. 2
Aaron Copland, Selections from Rodeo
James Adler, Two Dances in One (Calypso cum Cakewalk)
George Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue


Haydn : Piano Sonatas Hob. XVI/6, XVI/44, XVI/23, XVI/42, XVI/48, XVI/52
Anton Kuerti


.. Alla Turca (DVD)
Fazil Say

73 min, Specials: “Paganini Variations” & “Concerto ‘Silk Road’” Composed and performed by Fazil Say

Atma Classique

Orford Six Pianos
Olivier Godin, Sandra Murray, Claire Ouellet, Mariane Patenaude, Francis Perron, Lorraine Prieur

Les Cantons de l’est au Québec sont constitués de très beaux lacs et de jolis villages pittoresques. Située au sud de Montréal et juste au nord de la frontière du Vermont cette région du Québec se révèle une destination touristique de choix à la fois pour les canadiens et les américains, et ce, depuis plus d’un siècle. Le village d’Orford, dans les cantons de l’est accueille l’un des plus anciens festivals de musique au Canada en été depuis plus de 60 ans. L’un des attraits des festivals d’été est d’offrir la chance d’entendre du répertoire rare dans des combinaisons d’instruments qui sortent des sentiers battus, joué par des interprètes qui sont habituellement entendus comme solistes…. l’idée a germé dans la tête du plus jeune, Olivier Godin, qui a proposé un concert à six pianos pour le Festival Orford 2006. Après le succès de ce premier concert, une nomination aux Prix Opus et le projet de disque avec ATMA classique, le groupe est définitivement uni, heureux de présenter des œuvres uniques, transcrites pour eux, tout en offrant la musique dans toute sa splendeur avec ses couleurs Bonne écoute! Que notre plaisir soit le vôtre!

Saint-Saëns: Danse macabre Op. 40 (arr. O. Godin), Prokofiev: Trois mouvements de Roméo et Juliette (arr. O. Godin), Gounod: Valse de l’opéra Faust (arr. R. de Vilback), Rossini: Ouverture du Barbier de Séville (arr. O. Godin), Rachmaninov: Polka italienne (arr. O. Godin), Wilberg: Fantaisie sur des thèmes de Carmen de Bizet, Holst: Dämonen Tanz (Danse du Démon) (arr. O. Godin)

Audite MusikProduktion

Schubert : Klaviersonate D. 850, 3 Klavierstücke D. 946
Sergey Koudriakov

Avie Records

Fauré : Complete Nocturnes
Charles Owen


Beethoven : Piano Concertos 1 & 3
Ronald Brautigam

Mussorgsky : Pictures from an Exhibition; Ravel : Gaspard de la Nuit; Balakirev : Islamey
Freddy Kempf

Tcherepnin : Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3, Festmusik, Symphonic March
Noriko Ogawa (piano), Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Lan Shui

Bridge Records

Beethoven : Piano Sonatas, Volume 4 - No.12 op.26, No.15 op.28, No.27 op.90
Garrick Ohlsson

Garrick Ohlsson’s complete Beethoven sonata cycle continues with this new recording, hot on the heels of the American virtuoso’s 2008 Grammy triumph for Volume 3 of this series as “Best Solo Recording of the Year (2008)”. Fanfare’s review of this disc spoke of Ohlsson’s “exquisite playing wedded to a deep understanding of this music. Ohlsson’s concentration and dynamic control are mesmerizing…and it is beautifully recorded.”

George Gershwin : Complete Music for Piano and Orchestra

Anne Marie McDermott (piano), Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Justin Brown (conductor)

Rhapsody in Blue, Second Rhapsody, “I Got Rhythm” Variations, Concerto in F.
Here are red hot performances of the four Gershwin classics for piano and orchestra. Anne-Marie McDermott’s pianism is both subtle and explosive, and British conductor Justin Brown leads performances that have the bracing vitality of the Paul Whiteman originals without sacrificing the lush sound of the full orchestral versions. Recorded in Dallas’s superb Meyerson Hall by Grammy-winning Producer/Engineer Adam Abeshouse.

Centaur Records

Bach : Goldberg Variations
Beth Levin


Rimsky-Korsakov, Pabst, Scriabin : Piano Concertos
Oleg Marshev, South Jutland Symphony Orchestra,Vladimir Ziva


Chopin : Concertos without Orchestra
Joanna Michna

Emi Classics

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1, 6 Bagatelles Op. 126
Piotr Anderszewsk

Beethoven: The 5 Piano Concertos
Melvyn Tan (piano), London Classical Players, Roger Norrington

Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1, Hungarian Dances for Piano Four Hands
Nicholas Angelich, Frank Braley

Chopin : Piano Sonata 3, Barcarolle, Ballade 4, Mazurkas
Ingrid Fliter

Prokofiev : 10 Pieces from “Romeo and Juliet” , Piano Sonata No. 7 , Visions Fugitives Op. 22
Ayako Uehara

Yuri Egorov: The Master Pianist

Debussy: Préludes books 1 & 2, Estampe
Mozart: Piano Concerto #17, fantasia k475
Beethoven: Piano Concerto #5
Schumann: Carnaval, Toccata, Arabeske, Bunteblätter, Kreisleriana, Novelettes, Papillons
Bach:Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue
Chopin: 3 nocturnes, scherzo #2, 2 etudes, fantasie

Harmonia Mundi

Beethoven : Complete Piano Sonatas, Vol.4 - N°.5, 6, 7, 15, 19, 20, 26, 30, 31 32
Paul Lewis


… in a state of jazz
Marc-André Hamelin

Friedrich Gulda: Exercises No 1, 4 & 5, Prelude and Fugue ; Nikolai Kapustin: Sonata No 2, Op; Alexis Weissenberg: Sonate en état de jazz, Coin de rue, Vous oubliez votre cheval, En Avril, Boum!, Vous qui passez sans me voir, Ménilmontant; George Antheil: Jazz Sonata

Marc-André Hamelin’s technical and interpretative brilliance over an extraordinarily wide range of repertoire has placed him firmly in the top rank of living pianists. His recent recordings of Alkan and Haydn were universally acclaimed in the highest terms. In this latest recording, Hyperion presents Marc-André Hamelin ‘in a state of jazz’, as he turns his attention to the music of Kapustin, Antheil, Gulda and Weissenberg—all composers who felt keenly that there was a fundamental desire on the part of the concert-going public to hear something different. This wonderful disc is full of surprises—as Hamelin writes in his entertaining yet scholarly liner notes, ‘There is no jazz in this recording. At least not in the traditional sense … There is much to be enjoyed here, and much to be amazed by’.

Ferdinand Hiller: Piano Concertos 1, 2 & 3
Howard Shelley, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

The Romantic Piano Concerto series continues to bring undiscovered works to the listening public, performed by the greatest piano virtuosos of today. The composer Hiller was admired by Schumann, who described him as the exemplar of ‘how to combine orchestra and piano in brilliant fashion’. One of the most imposing musical personalities of the nineteenth century, close friends with the likes of Rossini, Liszt, Berlioz and particularly Mendelssohn, Hiller was nevertheless largely forgotten less than twenty years after his death as musical fashion changed. The Second Concerto is a genuine forgotten masterpiece, and Hyperion has been looking for the right opportunity to record it for many years. The First and Third concertos are both first recordings, and indeed the Third was never published. A combination of the appealing and the unknown makes this a classic RPC disc. Howard Shelley is a veteran of the Romantic Piano Concerto series. He conducts the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra here from the piano.

Robert Schumann: Piano Sonatas 1 & 3
Nikolai Demidenko

This obvious yet rare coupling brings together the larger two of Schumann’s three Piano Sonatas, their passionate intensity suiting perfectly Nikolai Demidenko’s style of playing.The disc has the added bonus of containing an additional Scherzo and two Variations from Schumann’s earlier thoughts on the Op 14 Sonata.

Live Classics

Beethoven : Piano Sonatas op.106 & op.109
Alexei Volodin

Lyrita Record

John Ireland : The Piano Music (3 Cds)
Alan Rowlands

Recorded January 1959 to March 1963, The Music Room, Burnham, Buckinghamshire
Richard Itter, Producer & Engineer

Mdg Recording

Brahms : Sonata No. 2 op. 2, Variationen über ein Thema von Robert Schumann op. 9, Ballades op. 10
Hardy Rittner

Music & Arts

Boris Goltz : Complete works for solo piano
Sergei Podobedov

Scherzo in E Minor; 24 Preludes, Op.2. A traditional late-Romantic composer in the heritage of Scriabin and Rachmaninoff, Goltz might have become as famous as these giants of Russian pianism had he not perished at just 28 during the siege of Leningrad. Russian-American pianist Sergei Podobedov unearthed his brilliant solo piano compositions from the 1930s and has recorded them for the first time on this CD. The booklet contains an extensive discussion of the forgotten composer and his work by the Russian musicologist Olga Skorbyashenskaya.


Beethoven : Complete Piano Concertos Vol.1 - No.1 & 5
Francois-Frederic Guy (Piano), Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Philippe Jordan


Liszt/Beethoven : Symphony No. 9 (arr. for 2 pianos) (Liszt Complete Piano Music, Vol. 28)
Leon McCawley, Leon, Ashley Wass

Rossini : Piano Music, Vol. 1
Alessandro Marangoni

Peches de vieillesse, Vol. 7: Album de chaumiere • Peches de vieillesse, Vol. 9: Album pour piano, violon, violoncelle, harmonium et cor (excerpts)

Saygun : Piano Music
Zeynep Ucbasaran

Anadolu’dan (From Anatolia), Op. 25 • 12 Preludes on Aksak Rhythms, Op. 45 • Inci’nin Kitabi (Inci’s Book), Op. 10 • 10 Sketches on Aksak Rhythms, Op. 58 • Sonatina, Op. 15

Nimbus Records

Carlos Guastavino : The Complete Piano Music
Martin Jones

… (In the late 19th and early 20th centuries) a number of composers of high quality remained known principally only within Argentina itself, equally inspired by European Romanticism and Argentinian traditions, working especially with a harmonic palette inspired by the guitar, and various stylizations of dance rhythms. Some of these - composers such as Carlos López Buchardo, Julián Aguirre, and Luis Gianneo - produced music of high quality that is only gradually becoming known in the wider world, and the leading creative figure among them was Carlos Guastivino, celebrated by his countrymen as probably the greatest exponent of Argentine Romantic nationalism …

Warner Classics

Chopin : 26 Préludes, 3 Impromptus, 4 Ballades, Fantasie- Impromptu, 2 Polonaises
Françoise-René Duchable

Davide Cabassi - Discografia in crescita
Posted on March 11th, 2008 at 9:31 pm by admin

“Il 2008 si annuncia come un anno discograficamente molto ricco per il pianista milanese. Prossimamente la Col Legno distibuirà un cd interamente dedicato alle, troppo spesso dimenticate dai pianisti, sonate di Soler che includerà anche il fandango. In seguito, forse però l’anno prossimo, renderà disponibili le registrazioni dei concerti per pianoforte di Brahms e Schumann in cui Davide è stato accompagnato dall’orchestra Haydn di Bolzano diretta da Gustav Kuhn. Nel frattempo la Endeavor ( ovvero Allegro Classics ) pubblicherà un cd intitolato, con non molta fantasia, “Pictures” contenente i quadri di un’esposizione di Mussorgsky e musiche di Debussy. Al catalogo della casa discografica americana si aggiungerà nel 2009 “Escaping”, per pianoforte non accompagnato, dal contenuto attualmente completamente ignoto. Per ora è in uno stato indeterminato l’idea di effettuare varie registrazioni in compagnia del La Scala String Quartet, tra le composizioni previste vi sarebbe anche il quintetto op.45 di Martucci”

profilo Davide Cabassi

Novità discografiche - Marzo - 2008
Posted on March 1st, 2008 at 11:11 pm by admin

Atma Classique

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Volume 1: N° 7, 8, 12, 23, 24, 32
Christian Leotta

Voici le premier volume d’un cycle projeté de l’intégrale des Sonate pour piano de Beethoven par le jeune pianiste italien Christian Leotta. Né à Catania, en Italie, M. Leotta a fait des Sonates pour piano de Beethoven sa spécialité. Lors d’une prestation en 2002 à Montréal, à seulement 22 ans, Christian Leotta est devenu le plus jeune pianiste depuis Daniel Barenboim à entreprendre en une série de récitals les 32 sonates pour piano de Beethoven. En Avril 2004, il a reçu la prestigieuse Médaille du Président de la République d’Italie pour souligner ses interprétations des 32 Sonates pour piano de Beethoven en Europe et dans les Amériques.

Audite MusikProduktion

Géza Anda Edition – Vol. III: Schumann, Chopin
Géza Anda

Schumann : Kreisleriana, Op. 16; Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13; Carnaval, op. 9; Romanze Fis-Dur op. 28, Nr. 2
Chopin : 24 Préludes op. 28; 12 Etüden op. 25

Bridge Records

Beethoven: Sonatas Op. 57 “Appassionata”, Op. 14, No. 1, Op. 111
Vassily Primakov

The Moscow-born pianist, Vassily Primakov brings an intensely musical, visionary quality to his performances. Winner of the Young Concert Artists first prize, Primakov is a young artist to watch.

Beethoven: Sonatas Vol. 5 - “Pathétique”, “Moonlight”, “Waldstein”
Garrick Ohlsson

This disc contains three of Beethoven’s most popular sonatas, and is part of Garrick Ohlsson’s distinguished complete Beethoven cycle. This CD is a re-issue from the cycle begun by Ohlsson for Arabesque.


Edgar Bainton
Margaret Fingerhut (piano), BBc Philharmonic, Paul Daniel

Three Pieces for Orchestra; Pavane, Idyll and Bacchanal for String Orchestra, with Flute and Tambourine ad libitum; The Golden River, Op. 16 (1908, revised Suite for Orchestra; Concerto fantasia for Piano and Orchestra

Emi Classics

Live from Lugano 2007
Martha Argerich

EMI Classics is pleased to release the latest installment of highlights from the Martha Argerich Project at the Lugano Festival. This is the fifth annual 3-CD set celebrating the musical fruits of a project in which young soloists explore wide-ranging repertoire from the classical and modern schools in partnership with world-renowned artists, including Ms. Argerich. The latest recording, taped in the summer of 2007, is being released in anticipation of the Festival’s 2008 season and includes two works that Martha Argerich has never before recorded: Beethoven’s Ghost Trio, Op. 70 No. 1 and Busoni’s arrangement of Mozart’s Fantasie für eine Orgelwalze. In addition to the brilliant Ms. Argerich, the performers include familiar names from previous Live from Lugano Festival releases, among them EMI Classics and Virgin Classics artists Gabriela Montero, Sergio Tiempo, Nicholas Angelich and Renaud Capuçon. They are joined by pianists Karin Lechner, Lilya Zilberstein, Alexander Mogilevsky, Francesco Piemontese and Mauricio Vallina, violinists Lucy Hall, Alissa Margulis and Dora Schwarzberg, violists Lida Chen and Nora Romanoff-Schwarzberg, cellist Mischa Maisky, Mark Dobrinsky and Jorge Bosso, and double bass player Enrico Fagone.


Bach: Performance on the Piano ( 2 DVD)
Angela Hewitt

DVD 1 - An illustrated lecture : Preface, Early beginnings, Bach on the modern piano, The Essentials, Phrasing, Singing Tone, Choosing an Articulation, Imitating Bowing, andante from Sonata No 2 in D major for gamba and harpsichord, BWV1028, Fingering, The Left Hand, Pedalling, Interpretation, Tempo, Dynamics, Rhythmic Alterations, Rubato, Keys, The Dance in Bach, Dance and the Music of J S Bach, Dance and Tempo, Learning a Fugue, Articulation, Fingering, Interpretation, Ornamentation, Preface, Basic Rules, Ornaments, Editions, Practising, Memorizing, In Performance
DVD2 - Partita No 4 in D major, BWV828, Italian Concerto in F major, BWV971, Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV903

Angela Hewitt shares the inspiration and experience behind her award-winning playing in an illustrated lecture that explains the technical and practical steps essential for performing Bach on the piano….for the first time she appears on a 2-DVD set. In the first disc, she conducts a ‘masterclass’, discussing all the challenges, possible pitfalls and delights in performing Bach on the piano. The second disc features Hewitt live in concert. This is an unmissable release.

Mozart Album
Stephen Hough

Mozart: Fantasia in C minor, K475, Piano Sonata in B flat major, K333, Fantasia in C minor, K396
Johann Baptist Cramer: Etude No 6: Hommage à Mozart; Ignacy Friedman Menuetto from Divertimento No 17 in D major, K334; HOugh: Three Mozart Transformations, after Poulenc; Franz Liszt & Ferruccio Busoni Fantasia on two themes from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro

We are delighted to present an eagerly awaited recital disc from Stephen Hough. This fascinating programme begins with some of Mozart’s most audacious and forward-looking piano works. Mozart’s Fantasia in C minor K475 is a wonderfully unfettered and uninhibited work, suffused with high drama and a sense of constantly shifting moods. The Piano Sonata in B flat major K333 is a similarly ground-breaking piece, developing in scale and drama from its lyrical, gentle opening.The second part of the disc features Mozart as seen by others, from the homage of a near-contemporary right up to the modern day, with Hough’s own irresistibly quirky Mozart imaginings, and from elegant miniatures to Liszt/Busoni’s virtuosic Figaro Fantasy. This disc is full of surprises, and demonstrates the full range of Hough’s extraordinary artistry.

Ivory Classics

Debut Recording : Chopin, Scriabin, Gershwin /Wild
Igor Lovchinsky

Chopin : 3 Mazurkas (Op. 59, No. 3, Op. 63, No. 3, Op. 56, No. 3), Polonaise Fantaisie; Scriabin : Sonatas No. 2, 5, 9; Gershwin / Earl Wild : Seven Virtuoso Etudes

MDG Recording

Auf Flügel des Gesanges
Claudius Tanski

Mendelssohn: Auf den Flügeln des Gesanges (arr. for piano solo by Franz Liszt, Variations sérieuses op. 54; Schumann: Fantasie op. 17; Liszt: Die Loreley
Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (transcribed for piano by Claudius Tanski)


Franz Schubert: Sonate pour piano n°23 D960, Trois Klavierstücke D946
Emmanuel Strosser

Nimbus Records

Carlos Gustavino : The complete piano music (3 CDs)
Martin Jones

(In the late 19th and early 20th centuries) a number of composers of high quality remained known principally only within Argentina itself, equally inspired by European Romanticism and Argentinian traditions, working especially with a harmonic palette inspired by the guitar, and various stylizations of dance rhythms. Some of these - composers such as Carlos López Buchardo, Julián Aguirre, and Luis Gianneo - produced music of high quality that is only gradually becoming known in the wider world, and the leading creative figure among them was Carlos Guastivino, celebrated by his countrymen as probably the greatest exponent of Argentine Romantic nationalism …


Chopin: Piano Works
Vladimir Horowitz

Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35, “Funeral March” • Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60 • Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52 • Polonaise No. 7 in A flat major, Op. 61, “Polonaise-fantasie” • Etude No. 3 in E major, Op. 10, No. 3 • Scherzo No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20 • Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52 (withdrawn 1949 recording

Dragatakis: Complete Piano Works
Lorenda Ramou

Nostalgia • Butterfly • Little Ballad • Piano Sonatina No. 1 • Piano Sonatina No. 2 • Antiques • Anadromes II (Retrospections II) • Etude I • Etude II • Inelia • Monologue No. 4

Haydn: Piano Concertos, Hob.XVIII:3,4,9,11
Sebastian Knauer (piano), Kölner Kammerorchester, Helmut Müller-Brühl

Ohzawa: Piano Concerto No. 2, Symphony No. 2
Ekaterina Saranceva (piano), Russian PO, Dmitry Yablonsky

Rzewski: The People United will never be Defeated..
Ralph van Raat

The People United will never be Defeated • 4 North American Ballads: No. 4. Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues

Oehms Classics

Gershwin: An American in Paris, Rhapsody in Blue; Ravel: Piano Concerto in D major (for the left hand)
Pascal Roge, RSO Wien, Betrand de Billy


Bach: Partitas BWV 826-828
Murray Perahia

Novità discografiche - Febbraio- 2008
Posted on February 1st, 2008 at 10:37 pm by admin


Schubert - Klavierstucke ; Rachmaninov - Études-Tableaux Op.39
Alain Lefèvre

Deux entités en apparence disparates mais preuves éclatantes du génie pur des compositeurs, deux recueils poétiques trop souvent négligés par les pianistes, deux sommes qu’Alain Lefèvre porte en lui depuis plus d’une vingtaine d’années…

Atma Classique

Shostakovich - 24 Preludes & Fugues Opus 87
David Jalbert

Débuts attendus de David Jalbert chez ATMA ! Pour sa première collaboration avec ATMA, le pianiste canadien, récemment couronné du prix Virginia Parker du Conseil des Arts du Canada, offre une interprétation magistrale des 24 Préludes et Fugues de Chostakovitch. Chef-d’œuvre pour clavier du compositeur russe, les Préludes et Fugues sont considérés comme étant parmi les plus intimes de Chostakovitch, de celles où l’artiste s’éloigne de l’establishment musical soviétique et de son patriotisme forcé. Ici, à travers une musique pure et dégagée de toute idéologie, on accède à la voix authentique du compositeur. Le disque a été enregistré par Anne-Marie Sylvestre au cours des mois d’août et septembre 2007 dans la salle Françoys-Bernier du Domaine Forget, une salle dotée d’une acoustique exceptionnelle.

Bridge Records

Debussy - Complete Piano Music, Vol. 4
Bennett Lerner

Debussy: Ballade, Mazurka, Nocturne, Valse romantique, Tombeau de Couperin, Estampes, Pagodes, La Soirée dans Grenade, Jardins sous la pluie,Préludes Book I
Bartók: Improvisation No. 7; Dukas: La Plainte au loin du faune; Falla: Homenaje; Schmitt: Et Pan, au fond des blés lunaires, s’accouda

This set completes Bennett Lerner’s distinguished survey of Debussy’s Complete Piano Music, and adds additional works written in Debussy’s memory by admirers of the great French composer– Bela Bartok, Paul Dukas, Manuel de Falla, and Florent Schmitt.


Clementi - Piano Sonatas
Leone Magiera


Paul Dukas - Intégrale de l’œuvre pour piano
Olivier Chauzu

Alors que Paul Dukas jouit d’une incroyable popularité grâce à son Apprenti Sorcier, il est en revanche mal connu et sa personnalité est environnée de mystère. Né en 1865, quasi-contemporain de Debussy, aîné de Ravel, Dukas s’inscrit dans une période brillante de la musique française et compte parmi ceux qui lui assurent valeur et rayonnement. Si le catalogue d’œuvres dont il accepte la publication semble mince, leur richesse fait déplorer l’exigence implacable qui a conduit le compositeur à ne pas mener à leur terme nombre de projets.Paul Dukas n’a composé pour le piano que quatre œuvres. La Grande Sonate en si bémol mineur peut être considérée comme une des œuvres majeures de tout le répertoire pianistique français. Elle fut dédiée à Camille Saint-Saëns et créée à la Salle Pleyel à Paris en 1901.

Camille Saint-Saëns - Concertos pour piano n° 1 et 2
Abdel Rahman El Bacha, Orchestre de Picardie

Trop souvent réduite à quelques partitions (Le Carnaval des animaux, La Danse macabre, la Troisième Symphonie avec orgue), la musique de Saint-Saëns ne mérite pas d’être méprisée. Et ce disque admirable et admirablement défendu par ses trois protagonistes en apporte une preuve irréfutable.
Pascal Verrot dirige avec une évidence, un naturel et un raffinement que beaucoup peuvent lui envier. Refusant tout excès dynamique, ne forçant jamais le trait, il cisèle, détaille, veille à l’équilibre entre les cordes et les vents de l’orchestre et se fait l’alter égo du soliste. Abdel Rahman El Bacha met sa fougue, son enthousiasme à servir les deux partitions avec autorité, panache, finesse et clarté. Mais plus encore, il livre toute la richesse expressive des deux concertos – la tension, l’émotion, le lyrisme – et établit des passerelles avec d’autres univers, celui de Ravel par exemple. Entre les deux, l’Orchestre de Picardie en grande forme, qui prend fait et cause pour la réhabilitation de Saint-Saëns.

Channel Classics

Liasons Vol.1: Scarlatti, Bartok
Dejan Lazic

Domenico Scarlatti: sonatas K. 420, K. 58, K. 82, K. 491, K. 430, K. 159, K. 9, K. 17, K. 3, K. 380, K. 135
Béla Bartók:3 Rondos on Slovak Folktunes, Sz 84, BB 92 7 Sketches, Sz 44, BB 54 (op. 9b) Funeral March from symphonic poem ‘Kossuth’, Sz 21, BB 31 (arranged for piano by the composer) Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm (from ‘Microcosmos’ - Volume 6), Sz 107, BB 105

At first sight, they appear to have nothing in common - but disregarding the stylistic elements and a difference of 2 centuries, you soon recognize that both are in a sense, musical architects, who as piano virtuosos were equally interested in miniature forms and inspired by folk music. On the one hand you have Scarlatti, who, after moving to Spain in 1729 composed almost exclusively for harpsichord and integrated elements of Spanish folklore into his compositions in an experimental way; on the other hand Bartók, who boosted the recognition of the rich native Hungarian peasant songs to an independent folk art, and was also influenced by Arabic folk music.

Deutsche Grammophon

…plays Schubert,Brahms, Liszt Bach, Gluck / Sgambati (DVD)
Yevgeny Kissin


Mozart: Piano Concertos 12 & 21, Quintet K452
Radu Lupu

Radu Lupu’s only Mozart Concerto recordings for Decca are now coupled with the one of the great chamber works in the repertory for piano and wind, the sublime Quintet in E flat major, K452, to produce a generously-filled programme lasting over 75 minutes. When the original LP of the two concertos was released in early 1975, Stephen Plaistow in his Gramophone review described the album as “… among the best records of Mozart concertos to have appeared in recent years. [Lupu’s] taste is exquisite. So is his technical polish.” … the review concludes “there is nothing here that is cold or mechanical or even merely elegant… the playing is vividly articulate: aptly weighted, justly accented, and as vocal in feeling as one might say the music is vocal in inspiration”.

EMI Classics

Bach - Variazioni Goldberg
Rosalyn Tureck

Brahms - Piano Concertos 1 & 2
Claudio Arrau

Triplo cd economico più genericamente intitolato The Orchestral Music includente anche il concerto per violino, il doppio concerto per violino e violoncello, l’overture tragica e le variazioni su tema di Haydn. Dirigono Carlo Maria Giulini, Otto Klemperer, Alceo Galliera

Chopin - Notturni
Arthur Rubinstein

Mozart - Piano Concertos No 17, 20
Leif Ove Andsnes, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra

Schubert - Late Piano Sonatas D850, D958, D959, D960
Leif Ove Andsnes

Shostakovich - Piano Concertos 1 & 2, Piano Quintet Op.57
Mikhail Rudy

Triplo cd economico più genericamente intitolato The Concerto Album includente anche i concerti per violoncello e quelli per violino eseguiti da David Oistrakh, Paul Tortelier, Truls Mork e Dmitry Sitkovetsky diretti da Paavo Berglund, Maxim Shostakovich, Andrew Davis, Mariss Jansons.

Harmonia Mundi

Chopin - Preludes, 3 Études; Mompou: Musica Callada No. 15 on the theme of Chopin Prelude No. 4,El Lago Prélude No. 9
Alexandre Tharaud

‘I like to play the cycle of Preludes without interruption, with the same tension, a certain underlying fear even in the most serene preludes.’ Two years after his CD devoted to the Waltzes, Alexandre Tharaud returns to Chopin, the composer he has played most often and who has never failed to move him deeply. In addition to the Preludes in A flat and Op.45 and the Trois nouvelles études, he has provided the cycle with a more recent echo in music by Federico Mompou. In their personality, their careers, their exclusive relationship with the piano, their attention to sonority, and their inward melody, the two composers have much in common.

Hyperion Records

Muzio Clementi - Complete Piano Sonatas Vol.1
Howard Shelley

This is the first volume in a complete chronological survey of the Clementi sonatas which we hope to complete in six ‘2 for the price of 1′ double CD sets released over the next three years. There is very little competition for this repertoire and indeed this volume appears to include the first ever recording of Clementi’s six sonatas Opus 1.


Mozart - Piano Concertos Vol.3: No.17 & 18
Christian Zacharias


Johann Christian Bach - Six Keyboard Sonatas, Op. 17
Alberto Nosè

The youngest son of Johann Sebastian Bach, Johann Christian moved to Italy and then, finally, to London, where, like Handel before him, he won early success in the opera house. Although he had been a skilled keyboard player, he wrote relatively little for the medium, in which the new fortepiano was assuming importance. His Six Keyboard Sonatas, Op. 17, were written and first published in the 1770s and show the influence his work had on Mozart.

Nikolai Kapustin - Piano Sonata No. 15, Preludes, Etudes, Bagatelles
John Salmon

Kapustin’s pianistic textures are rich, spanning the entire keyboard, with melodies in every register, sweeping arpeggios, tons of chords, and a fantastic array of runs. Such music is Kapustin’s birthright: Ukranian born and Moscow trained, he has Medtner, Rachmaninov and Scriabin in his veins. But the jazz side is equally authentic, incorporating the fleet pianism of Oscar Peterson and the harmonic volatility and technical exuberance of Art Tatum. Kapustin’s music also encompasses more modern sounds, such as McCoy Tyner’s quartal voicings and the pop-tinged stylings of Keith Jarrett.

Enrique Granados - Piano Music, Vol. 10 - In the Village
Douglas Riva

This final volume in the Naxos edition of Granados’ complete piano music begins with the composer’s final work, an impassioned and colourful transcription of the Intermezzo from the opera Goyescas. The disc also includes several youthful works dedicated to or inspired by women, as well as works inspired by Nature. The intricate Marchas militares for piano duet are among the composer’s most delightful compositions, while the brilliant transcription of Albéniz’s Triana from Iberia is his only work scored for two pianos.

New World Records

Vincent Persichetti - Complete Piano Sonatas
Geoffrey Burleson

Vincent Persichetti’s (1915–1987) twelve piano sonatas were written over a forty-three-year period. The first nine sonatas, written between 1939 and 1950, are strong, integral and varied works reflecting diverse approaches toward synthesizing a number of styles and idioms. In these pieces, the voices of Schoenberg, Hindemith, Copland, and Bartók and jazz are variously combined and distilled within Persichetti’s own developing compositional language, with an increasing emergence of an original style that reaches a kind of initial culmination in the expansive Sonata No. 4. The last three sonatas were created over a much longer span of time than the first three, appearing in 1955, 1965, and 1982, respectively. Each of these last three sonatas represents dramatic culminations of Persichetti’s musical universe. Throughout his output, Persichetti employs a very wide stylistic palette, embracing diatonic and modal tonalities, pandiatonicism, polytonality, and atonal languages, as well as other diverse musical approaches. Like all of his works, the piano sonatas are brilliantly crafted, with the opening material usually serving as a unifying element for the entire piece. There is a strong penchant for homophonic textures, a great rhythmic vitality in the fast movements, and often a sense of very affecting poignance in the slow movements. Persichetti also uses scintillating registral contrasts and juxtapositions brilliantly throughout all of his piano writing. This first-ever integral recording of these works features six world premieres and is a major addition to the Persichetti discography.

Warner Classics

Bartok - Piano Concertos 1-3
András Schiff, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer

Mozart - Complete Piano Sonatas (6 CDs)
Alexei Lubimov

Mozart - The great Piano Concertos ( 5 CDs)
Maria Joao Pires

Schubert - Grand Duo, Variations D813, Marches militaires
Daniel Barenboim, Radu Lupu

Tchaikovsky - Complete Piano Works
Victoria Postiknova

Novità discografiche - Gennaio - 2008
Posted on December 30th, 2007 at 9:35 pm by admin

Il primo mese di questo anno è stato caratterizzato da un insieme variegato di uscite. La Decca ha portato a termine la ripubblicazione delle registrazioni di Sviatoslav Richter con i volumi finali dedicati a Chopin/Liszt ed ai compositori del ventesimo secolo ( ritengo più interessante il secondo viste le caratteristiche del pianista). In casa Deutsche Grammophon, Pierre Laurent Aimard dopo essersi dedicato per lo più ad autori del secolo scorso ha deciso di cimentarsi con Bach partendo ovviamente con la più speculativa delle sue composizioni: l’arte della fuga. Pletnev ha invece portato a termine un’ottima integrale dei concerti per pianoforte. Sfortunatamente nel terzo cd ha incluso unicamente il quinto concerto senza abbinarlo alla fantasia corale. La Emi ha deciso di puntare su pianisti giovani. Ad un dubbio Chopin della Filter ha abbinato il più intrigante Trpceski alle prese con Debussy. Ricca anche l’offerta dell’Harmonia Mundi con l’emergente Melnikov impegnato negli Etudes di Rachmaninov, lo sconosciuto Perianes in Schubert, Staier in un concerto di Mozart (suppongo eseguito al fortepiano) ed il professionale Nakamatsu di supporto a Manasse nelle piacevoli sonate per clarinetto si Brahms. In casa Hyperion, Philip Martin dopo aver terminato l’integrale della musica solistica di Gottschalk è rimasto nel genere brillante con alcune prime esecuzioni di Herz, mentre Plowright ha continuato la sua indagine del repertorio polacco con due concerti di Melcer. La Mirare ha rischiato l’ennesimo clavicembalo temperato di Bach affidandolo alla poco nota specialista Zhu Xiao-Mei, e l’ennesima abbinata dei concerti di Chopin affidandosi al celebre supervirtuoso Boris Berezovsky. La Naxos ha pescato dai primi anni ‘30 i concerti di Brahms e Tchaikovsky nell’esecuzione di Rubinstein, ha inciso i rags del contemporaneo Hutter, il quinto volume dell’integrale a quattro mani di Schubert, le musiche per pianoforte solista di Stravinsky e delle trascrizioni sempre per duo pianistico dei balletti di Tchaikovsky. L’Oehms sta invece proseguendo con Korstick l’integrale delle sonate di Beethoven.

Coneisseur Society

Schumann - Piano Music
Cynthia Raim

Fantasia in C Major, Op. 17; Kreisleriana, Op. 16; Papillons, Op. 2; Fantasiestuecke, Op. 12; Humoreske, Op. 20

Decca Music

Richter – The Master Composers - Chopin & Liszt
Sviatoslav Richter

Chopin: 24 Preludes, op.28; Barcarolle, op.60; Nocturne No.4 in F, op.15 no.1; Polonaise No.7 ion A flat, op.61 Liszt: Sonata in B minor, Polonaise No.2 in E, S223 no.2, Scherzo in G minor, S153; Nuages gris, S199; Consolation No.6, S172 no.6; Hungarian Rhapsody No.17 in D minor, S244; Klavierstück in F sharp, S193; Mephisto Polka, S217; Etudes d’exécution transcendante, S139 n°1,2,35,7,8,10,11; Etudes de concert, S144
no.3 “Un sospiro”,no.2 “Gnomenreigen”

Richter – The Master Composers - 20th Century Music
Sviatoslav Richter

Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No.2 in D minor, op.14; Stravinsky: Piano Rag-music; Shostakovich: Prelude and Fugue in C minor, op.87 no.20; Webern: Variations, op.27; Bartók: 3 Burlesques, Sz47; Szymanowski: 2 Métopes, op.29; Hindemith: “1922″ Suite for Piano, op.26

Deutsche Grammophon

Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge
Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5
Mikhail Pletnev, Russian National Orchestra, Christian Gansch

EMI Classics

Chopin: Mazurkas, Barcarolle, Fantasie Impromptu
Ingrid Fliter

Debussy: Images,Arabesques,Children’s Corner,Clair de lune L’Isle joyeuse
Simon Trpceski

Harmonia Mundi

Sergej Rachmaninov: Etudes-Tableaux op. 39 Nr. 1-9, 6 Poemes op. 38, Corelli variations
Alexander Melnikov, Elena Brilova

Schubert:4 Impromptus, D899; Allegretto in C minor, D915; 3 Klavierstücke, D946
Javier Perianes (piano)

Mozart: Concerto pour piano et orchestre n°27 K.595; Concerto pour clarinette et orchestre K.622
Andreas Staier, Freiburger Barockorchester, Gottfried von der Goltz

BRAHMS: Sonatas op.120 Nos.1 & 2 for clarinet and piano
Jon Manasse, cl. ; Jon Nakamatsu, piano

Hyperion Records

Herz: Piano Music
Philip Martin Compact Disc CDA67606

Deuxième thème original avec introduction et variations Op 81; Variations on ‘Non più mesta’ from Rossini’s La Cenerentola Op 60; Trois Nocturnes caractéristiques Op 45; Première Ballade Op 117 No 1; Le mouvement perpétuel Op 91 No 3; Fantaisie dramatique Op 89; Deuxième Ballade Op 117 No 2; Fantaisie et Variations sur des Airs nationaux américains variés Op 158
This is the first recording devoted exclusively to the delightfully enjoyable solo works of Henri Herz. The Variations on ‘Non più mesta’ from Rossini’s La Cenerentola Op 60 is Herz’s best-known work. Several composers were attracted to the show-stopping aria sung by Rossini’s eponymous heroine, and Herz’s response is as dazzling and witty as the original, demanding pyrotechnical displays of agility from the pianist—here the brilliant and accomplished Philip Martin.

The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol 44 - Melcer
MELCER Piano Concerto No 1 in E minor 1892–4; Piano Concerto No 2 in C minor 1898
Compact Disc CDA67630

Hyperion’s celebrated Romantic Piano Concerto series reaches volume 44. This disc includes two prize-winning concertos written in the 1890s by the Polish composer-pianist Henryk Melcer. Contemporary critics wrote of ‘themes full of expression in Polish character that are developed so splendidly and broadly that they leave us enraptured … an unforgettable impression remains after hearing the Concerto’. The wonderful Jonathan Plowright performs this music with idiomatic brilliance.


Bach - Das Wohltemperierte Klavier 2
Zhu Xiao-Mei

Chopin - Concerti per pianoforte
Boris Berezovsky, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, John Nelson


BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No. 2 / TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto No. 1
(Rubinstein) (1929, 1932) 8.111271
Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83 • Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23

HUTTER, G.: Orchestral & Solo Piano Works (Electric Traction,The Melancholy Rags Book I)
Winston Choi

SCHUBERT: Piano Works for Four Hands, Vol. 5
Allan Schiller & John Humphreys 8.570354
Sonata for Piano 4 hands in C major, Op. 140, D. 812, “Grand Duo”, Op. 140, “”Grand Duo”" • 4 Landler, D. 814 • 8 Variations on an Original Theme in A flat major, Op. 35, D. 813, Op. 35 • 6 Grandes Marches, Op. 40, D. 819, Op. 40

STRAVINSKY: Music for Piano Solo
Victor Sangiorgio 8.570377
Piano-Rag-Music • Circus Polka • Piano Sonata (1924) • Serenade in A major • Tango • 4 Etudes, Op. 7 • Scherzo • Piano Sonata in F sharp minor

TCHAIKOVSKY: Ballet Suites (Transcriptions for Piano 4 Hands)
Aurora Duo 8.570418
The Sleeping Beauty Suite, Op. 66a (arr. S. Rachmaninov for 2 pianos) • Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20a (arr. for 2 pianos) • The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a (arr. for 2 pianos)

Oehms Classics

Beethoven: Klaviersonaten Nr. 5-8
Michael Korstick

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