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Andrey Gugnin - Homage to Godowsky (2020)

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Andrey Gugnin - Homage to Godowsky (2020)

Andrey Gugnin - Homage to Godowsky: Hofmann, Sauer, Pirani, Chasins, Friedman, Gabrilowitsch, Holbrooke, Sternberg, Leschetizky, Moszkowski, Liszt (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 255 Mb | Total time: 80:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA68310 | Recorded: 2019

An anniversary accolade with a twist: one hundred and fifty years after his birth, this is a wonderful recital of some of the many works dedicated to Leopold Godowsky. It’s difficult to imagine more persuasive performances than these by Andrey Gugnin, who makes a second appearance on Hyperion after his universally—and vociferously—acclaimed Shostakovich.

Tuija Hakkila - Haydn: Eight Early Sonatas (2020)

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Tuija Hakkila - Haydn: Eight Early Sonatas (2020)

Tuija Hakkila - Haydn: Eight Early Sonatas (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 467 Mb | Total time: 135:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ondine | ODE 1360-2D | Recorded: 2019

An album of Joseph Haydns (17321809) eight delightful early keyboard sonatas by Tuija Hakkila performed on two fortepianos. The current consensus is that there are about 60 surviving authentic Piano Sonatas by Haydn, while contemporary sources point to as many as 80. The earliest of these probably date from Haydns youth in the 1750s; the last one was completed in summer 1795. Some of the lost Sonatas are works that Haydn simply gave away as a young man, and they have never been heard of since. In mid-18th-century Vienna music was mainly distributed in the form of manuscript copies made by copyists. Haydn did not publish his first collection of six Sonatas until 1774. Of the Sonatas selected for this project, Haydn wrote all of these over a period of about 15 years before his 40th birthday.

Claude Debussy - The Composer As Pianist (2000)

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Claude Debussy - The Composer As Pianist (2000)

Claude Debussy - The Composer As Pianist (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 132 Mb | Scans included | Time: 00:49:01
Genre: Classical | Label: Pierian Recording Society | # PIR0001

This Pierian CD, advertised in the May 2012 Naxos catalog as an “also available” disc, is the label’s first issue from 2000 featuring the complete recordings of Debussy as pianist. All of his records were made in two sessions, a series of four short 78-rpm sides with soprano Mary Garden (his first Mélisande) at the Paris G&T studio in 1904 and 14 Welte-Mignon piano rolls recorded on November 11, 1913. Both are famous groups of recordings, restored and reissued over the decades, but this release is the best I’ve ever heard them.

Amir Katz - Hommage à Liszt: Études (2020)

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Amir Katz - Hommage à Liszt: Études (2020)

Amir Katz - Hommage à Liszt: Études (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 463 Mb | Total time: 73:48+62:29 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Orfeo | C 990202 | Recorded: 2018, 2019

Liszts Études represent a peak in the history of piano writing. Beyond the tremendous technical difficulties, Liszts Études are poetic works, études tableaux, suggesting programme music influenced by literature, painting, and folklore as can be identified by titles such as Mazeppa, Wilde Jagd, Gnomenreigen or Feux follets. Similar to Schumann, Liszt added those lyrical appellations as an afterthought to stimulate the fantasy of both the listener and the performer, thus paving the path to modern piano playing as we know it today.

Garrick Ohlsson - Etudes: Debussy, Bartok, Prokofiev (2015)

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Garrick Ohlsson - Etudes: Debussy, Bartok, Prokofiev (2015)

Garrick Ohlsson - Études: Debussy, Bartók, Prokofiev (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 176 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 155 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68080 | Time: 01:06:36

Études are primarily intended as exercises to train musicians in specific techniques, but since the Romantic era they have become associated with other miniature forms, such as the prelude and the intermezzo, and frequently regarded as evocative character pieces or tonal pictures. Garrick Ohlsson's album of piano études by Claude Debussy, Sergey Prokofiev, and Béla Bartók offers a brief survey of the genre in modern practice, and demonstrates the blending of pedagogy and poetry in these works. Ohlsson has become internationally known as an exquisite interpreter of the music of Frédéric Chopin, and much of the subtlety and atmosphere found in his previous recordings is present here. Ohlsson's finesse and humor are perhaps most evident in Debussy's Études, L. 143, which have a lighter character than Prokofiev's Études, Op. 2, which tend toward the sardonic side, and Bartók's Études, Op. 18, which are intensely virtuosic and mysterious. Hyperion's recording captures the nuances of Ohlsson's playing, and the piano is close enough to hear every detail, while the acoustics lend it a pleasant natural aura.

Sergio Fiorentino - Rachmaninov: Complete Solo Piano Works [6CDs] (2018)

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Sergio Fiorentino - Rachmaninov: Complete Solo Piano Works [6CDs] (2018)

Sergio Fiorentino - Rachmaninov: Complete Solo Piano Works (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.66 Gb | Total time: 07:09:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Rhine Classics | RH-006 | Recorded: 1987

Recorded live in September 1987, this release features Florentins legendary complete survey of Rachmaninoffs solo piano works. an utterly mindblowing release of the complete Rachmaninoff solo piano music by Italian master pianist Sergio Fiorentino, to whom the piano world owes a huge debt of gratitude for coaxing the master out of retirement and ensuring that his last decade of concerts was recorded. In this set, we find in absolutely stunning sound quality Fiorentinos masterful traversals of Rachmaninoffs solo works, the golden sheen of his sound and refinement of his nuancing as captivating as his passionate and intelligent interpretations. (The Piano Files)

Maria Joao Pires - Frederic Chopin: The Nocturnes, Complete Recording (1996) 2CDs

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Maria Joao Pires - Frederic Chopin: The Nocturnes, Complete Recording (1996) 2CDs

Maria João Pires - Frédéric Chopin: The Nocturnes, Complete Recording (1996) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 344 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 271 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 477 096-2 | Time: 01:49:11

Passion rather than insouciance is Pires’s keynote. Here is no soft, moonlit option but an intensity and drama that scorn all complacent salon or drawing-room expectations. How she relishes Chopin’s central storms, creating a vivid and spectacular yet unhistrionic contrast with all surrounding serenity or ‘embalmed darkness’. The con fuoco of Op. 15 No. 1 erupts in a fine fury and in the first Nocturne, Op. 9 No. 1, Pires’s sharp observance of Chopin’s appassionato marking comes like a prophecy of the coda’s sudden blaze. Such resolution and psychological awareness make you realize that Chopin, like D. H. Lawrence, may well have thought that “there must be a bit of fear, and a bit of horror in your life”. Chopin, Pires informs us in no uncertain terms, was no sentimentalist.

Alexei Sultanov - Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Scriabin: Piano Sonatas (2001)

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Alexei Sultanov - Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Scriabin: Piano Sonatas (2001)

Alexei Sultanov - Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Scriabin: Piano Sonatas (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 165 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 126 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Apex | # 0927-40830-2 | Time: 00:54:23

Winning first prize at the 1989 Van Cliburn Competition, Alexei Sultanov enjoyed a meteoric rise of epic proportions, with a major recording contract, Carnegie Hall recital, American and European tours, and TV appearances with Johnny Carson, David Letterman, and other notables. But Sultanov's star soon fell to Earth as critics would often characterize his bold style in unflattering terms, finding his interpretive manner feral and superficial, and his herculean fortes ostentatious: he broke a string during a performance of the Liszt First Mephisto Waltz at the Cliburn Competition. But the youthful pianist's health soon proved a more formidable opponent than any critic's pen, as a series of strokes sabotaged his career, eventually leaving him paralyzed on his left side after 2001. Though he died at 35, Sultanov left a memorable though controversial legacy. His Prokofiev, Chopin, Rachmaninov, and Scriabin could rivet the listener, while his Beethoven and Mozart might have been less consistently engaging. His recordings, mostly available from Warner Classics, document the enormous talent of this imaginative performer, a pianist unafraid to take interpretive chances.

Alexei Lubimov, Jana Ivanilova - Valentin Silvestrov: Stufen (Song Cycle) (1999)

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Alexei Lubimov, Jana Ivanilova - Valentin Silvestrov: Stufen (Song Cycle) (1999)

Valentin Silvestrov: Stufen (Song Cycle) (1999)
Alexei Lubimov (piano), Jana Ivanilova (Soprano), Valentin Silvestrov (piano)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 154 Mb | Covers included | Time: 01:12:42
Classical, Contemporary | Label: Megadisc | # MDC 7832

Valentin Silvestrov is not just the Ukraine’s most prominent composer but also a major voice in the music of our time: a quiet voice, to be sure, and one that some will pigeon-hole at the soft-core end of the New Spirituality. But even a first encounter should suggest the presence of deeper perspectives, and encounters with the full range of his music only serve to confirm that impression. Russian commentators have long since ranged Silvestrov alongside Schnittke, Gubaidulina and Denisov as one of the most important figures that came to maturity in the 1970s. It was then that he produced music such as the two Cantatas – the earlier one for soprano and chamber orchestra, setting words by Tyuchev and Blok, the later one for a cappella choir to verses by Ukraine’s national poet, Taras Chevchenko. Both works blend Webernian angularity with an ecstatic lyricism.

Paul Lewis - Weber, Schubert: Sonatas (2019)

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Paul Lewis - Weber, Schubert: Sonatas (2019)

Paul Lewis - Weber, Schubert: Sonatas (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 187 Mb | Total time: 57:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi ‎| HMM902324 | Recorded: 2017

Even if both of them were destined to die tragically of illness at a very early age (Weber at 39, Schubert just 31!), the two composers on this disc were healthy enough when they wrote these works, and were even beginning to taste success. Except that it was not to the piano sonata that they owed their fame: not without a twinkle in his eye, Paul Lewis has coupled their works in this genre in order to paint a different and highly elegant portrait of two musical dramatists who were emblematic figures of Austro-German Romanticism.

V.A. - 50 Golden Piano Favorites [3CD Enhanced Box Set] (1997)

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V.A. - 50 Golden Piano Favorites [3CD Enhanced Box Set] (1997)

V.A. - 50 Golden Piano Favorites [3CD Enhanced Box Set] (1997)
EAC Rip | FLAC (*image + .cue,log) | Run Time: 03:00:05 | 988 Mb | Covers 2.57 Mb
Genre: Instrumental, Easy listening, Classical | Label: Madacy Records

Instrumental music is music performed on instruments without the participation of a human voice. Distinguish between solo, ensemble and orchestral instrumental music. Widespread in classical music, jazz, electronic music, new age, post-rock, etc. Music albums by different artists often contain instrumental compositions (for example, Mind Of Karma "Yellow Submarine" Beatles, or "Autobahn" Kraftwerk).

V.A. - 50 Golden Piano Favorites [3CD Enhanced Box Set] (1997)

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V.A. - 50 Golden Piano Favorites [3CD Enhanced Box Set] (1997)

V.A. - 50 Golden Piano Favorites [3CD Enhanced Box Set] (1997)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | Run Time: 03:00:05 | 421 Mb | Covers 6.65 Mb
Genre: Instrumental, Easy listening, Classical | Label: Madacy Records

Instrumental music is music performed on instruments without the participation of a human voice. Distinguish between solo, ensemble and orchestral instrumental music. Widespread in classical music, jazz, electronic music, new age, post-rock, etc. Music albums by different artists often contain instrumental compositions (for example, Mind Of Karma "Yellow Submarine" Beatles, or "Autobahn" Kraftwerk).

V.A. - Piano Masterworks - The World's Favourite Piano Classics: Box Set 50CDs (2008) [Re-Up]

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V.A. - Piano Masterworks - The World's Favourite Piano Classics: Box Set 50CDs (2008) [Re-Up]

V.A. - Piano Masterworks - The World's Favourite Piano Classics: Box Set 50CDs (2008)
Classical | Run Time: 50:35:26 | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 7,59 Gb
Label: Decca (UMO) | Release Year: 2008

A special limited-edition 50 CD set of the world's favourite piano concertos, sonatas and other solo pieces. A host of famous pianists perform music from J.S.Bach to Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev and Gershwin. This collection of discs includes the five Beethoven Concertos, three Rachmaninov Concertos as well as concertos by Brahms, Grieg, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Schumann and Ravel as well as six Mozart Concertos.

Mitsuko Uchida - Mozart: Piano Sonatas KV. 284 & 570; Rondo KV. 485 (1987)

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Mitsuko Uchida - Mozart: Piano Sonatas KV. 284 & 570; Rondo KV. 485 (1987)

Mitsuko Uchida - Mozart: Piano Sonatas KV. 284 & 570; Rondo KV. 485 (1987)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 161 Mb | Total time: 47:42 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips ‎| 420 185-2 | Recorded: 1986

Something about the key of D major seems to trigger off Mitsuko Uchida's adrenalin. The energy level in the Rondo and the earlier of the sonatas here is accordingly high, and…she has the technique and temperament to make musical sense of her chosen tempos… It is the long variation movement concluding the D major Sonata…where Uchida achieves marvels of shading within a steadily maintained basic pulse… B flat major draws more serenity out of Uchida. In the Sonata, K570, her energy is applied in all the right places and her response to the tonal scheme of the first movement development is especially acute.

Nicolas Horvath - Philip Glass: Glassworlds (Complete Piano Music), Volume 1-6 (2015-2019) 6 CDs

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Nicolas Horvath - Philip Glass: Glassworlds (Complete Piano Music), Volume 1-6 (2015-2019) 6 CDs

Nicolas Horvath - Philip Glass: Glassworlds, Vol. 1-6 (2015-2019) 6 CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.63 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 1.14 Gb | Scans included
Classical, Minimalism | Label: Grand Piano | Time: 07:31:52

Piano is Philip Glass’ primary instrument (he also studied violin and flute); he composes at the keyboard. With its seemingly contradictory elements of lyricism and percussiveness, it is in some ways the ideal medium for Glass’ musical language. With its deep roots in tradition (spanning the Classical, Romantic and Modern eras), the instrument embodies the composer’s desire to merge new ideas with classic forms. It is perhaps via piano (and, by extension, keyboard) that performers and listeners can make the most direct and personal contact with Glass’ musical genius. Nicolas Horvath is an unusual artist with an unconventional résumé. He began his music studies at the Académie de Musique Prince Rainier III de Monaco, and at the age 16, he caught the attention of the American conductor Lawrence Foster who helped him to secure a three-year scholarship from the Princess Grace Foundation in order to further his studies. His mentors include a number of distinguished international pianists. Known for his boundary-less musical explorations, Horvath is an enthusiastic promoter of contemporary music. He has commissioned numerous works and collaborated with leading contemporary composers from around the world including Philip Glass.