Warm and ingratiating, this recording deserves a sympathetic hearing.
The Hans Rosbaud revival begins with his Wagner recordings, 1955-1959, much in the Toscanini tradition.
SCRIABIN: Preludes, Etudes, Sonatas, and other works = 6 Preludes, Op. 13; 5 Preludes, Op. 16; Sonata No. 4, Op. 30; Sonata No. 5, Op. 53; Poeme tragique, Op. 34; Poeme satanique, Op. 36; Eight Etudes, Op. 42; Vers la flamme, Op. 72 – Vadym Kholodenko, piano – Harmonia mundi HMM 902255, 72:01 (7/13/18) [Dist. […]
“The Unbroken Line” = DEBUSSY: Images; Preludes; RAMEAU: Castor et Pollux; Nouvelles Suites – Jeffrey LaDeur, piano – MSR Classics
“The Unbroken Line” = DEBUSSY: Images I; Preludes II; RAMEAU: Selection from Castor et Pollux; Selection from Nouvelles Suites – Jeffrey LaDeur, piano – MSR Classics MS 1654, 69:39 [Distr. by Albany] ****: An interesting concept that rings quite true. Jeffrey LaDeur is a widely performing artist who is also the founder of the noted […]
Sir Charles Villiers STANFORD: 38 Preludes from the Two Sets of 24 Preludes in all the keys for pianoforte, Opp. 163 and 179 – Sam Haywood, piano – Hyperion CDA68183, 69:41 (6/2/17) [Distr. by Harmonia mundi/PIAS] ****: Irish composer and organ pedagogue Stanford has some effective statements in his extended homage to Bach, his 48 […]
Noble and commanding, the Gutierrez renditions of two Romantic staples should bring repeated delights. CHOPIN: 24 Preludes, Op. 28; SCHUMANN: Fantasie in C Major, Op. 17 – Horacio Gutierrez, p. – Bridge 9479, 65:56 (10/7/16) [Distr. by Albany] ****: Horatio Gutierrez (b. 1948) addresses (rec. 26-28 March 2015) two of the Romantic pillars of keyboard […]
CHOPIN: Works [TrackList follows] – David Fray, p. – Erato LC 02822, 68:32 (2/3/17) *****: A carefully-designed Chopin recital weighted towards crepuscular reverie. As midnight approached and the crowd sorted itself into the right kind of people receptive to genius, Chopin, (according to the famous account by Berlioz), would make his way to the piano. […]
Praga presents a cross-section of Hans Rosbaud, a conductor who explores and experiments with all music. Tribute to Hans Rosbaud – BERG: Three Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 6; WEBERN: Six Pieces for Large Orch., Op. 6; SIBELIUS: Valse Triste, Op. 44; Tapiola, Op. 112; BARTOK: Sonata for Two Pianos & Percussion – Maria Bergman & […]
Yundi Li plays Chopin with vigor and poetry, but we wish DGG had augmented the program.
*KALEVI AHO: Nineteen Preludes; Three Small Pieces; Two Easy Pieces for Children; Sonatina; Solo II; Sonata – Sonja Fraki, piano – BIS
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An outstanding recital of Aho’s most important piano music, enthusiastically urged upon all.
Preludes [TrackList follows] – John Roney, solo piano (live at the historic chapel Bon Pasteur) – Effendi
An amazing recital of generally non-jazz improvisations.
An amazing collection of his complete works, in mostly excellent versions.
Doremi extends the legacy of the youthful Martha Argerich with excerpts of her Chopin Competition efforts, and a firestorm of talent they witness.
1914 – Music for Strings and Piano = KOECHLIN: Violin Sonata; VIERNE: Preludes for Piano; Quintet for piano and string quartet – Gramola
A lovely disc of French chamber music written during World War I.
CHOPIN: 24 Preludes; 5 Mazurkas; Nocturne No. 3 in B Major; Nocturne in D-flat Major – Ingrid Fliter, piano – Linn
Ingrid Fliter imaginative and poetically realizes the Rosetta Stone of Chopin’s Preludes, along with lucid mazurkas and two nocturnes.
The Transcendentalist = SCRIABIN: 5 Preludes; Reverie; Guirlandes; Poeme languide; CAGE: Dream; In a Landscape; FELDMAN: Palais de Mari; WOLLSCHLEGER: Music Without Metaphor – Ivan Ilic, p. – Heresy
Pianist Ivan Ilic explores the notion of “transcendentalism” through a distinctly non-Lisztian perspective, avoiding the colossal bravura for intuitive poetics.
Preludes, from Bach to the 21st century, are toasted by a fine marimba-flute duo.
Hristo Kazakov concludes a brace of fine Debussy Preludes albums.
SCRIABIN: Piano Sonata No. 3 in F-sharp Minor; 4 Preludes; 2 Impromptus; 3 Morceaux; 2 Poemes; Piano Sonata No. 10; 6 Preludes; 2 Poemes; 3 Etudes – Pervez Mody, p. – Thorofon
An audacious collection of music by the “inspired” Alexander Scriabin, including some rare repertory, brilliantly executed.
ALKAN: Huits Prieres for Solo Piano; Neuf Preludes for Piano, Four Hands; Benediction Pedal Piano or Piano 3 Hands – Vincenzo Maltempo & Emanuele Delucchi, pianos – Toccata Classics
For the collector of rare keyboard repertory, this Alkan disc provides powerful and original materials.
The combination CD+DVD from Javier Perianes illustrates sonorous parallels between Debussy and Chopin.
GALINA USTVOLSKAYA: Complete Piano Music = Piano Sonatas 1–6; 12 Preludes – Ivan Sokolov, p. – Piano Classics (2 CDs)
Piano works of a Shostakovich student who blazed her own unique musical path.