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Image Piano works - Noveletten, Gesänge der Frühe, Fanta
Dutch pianist Ronald Brautigam is one of the most respected pianists of his generation. He built his excellent reputation as a player equally at home on the Steinway as on the fortepiano. His many CD recordings of works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Mendelssohn received several record awards, and rave reviews in the international press. On this CD he plays lesser known piano works by a composer who is close to his heart: Robert Schumann. We hear the youthful and passionate Noveletten Op. 21, the unjustly neglected Allegro Op. 8 and two cycles from Schumann's later years, Gesänge der Frühe and Fantasiestücke Op. 111, music of a strange and haunting simplicity and beauty. Recorded in the early 90s.



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Image Janácek & Kodály
For her 4th album for Piano Classics Klára Würtz chose music from the heart of Europe, by Janácek and Kódaly, music closely related to the country of its origin, its landscape, its folklore and its soul. Janácek’s suites “In the Mist” and “On an overgrown path” contain miniatures of the most hearbreaking intimacy, from deep sorrow and melancholy to utter bliss and joy. In the works by Hungarian Zoltán Kodály there is a direct and palpable connection with the folk music of Hungary and Transsylvania. This beautiful program concludes with an exciting rendition of the Marosszek Dances. Klára Würtz, Hungarian by birth, knows the secret language of this music, her musical intuition finding the most telling melodic inflections in this speaking music. Klára Würtz made over 35 CD’s. Her Schubert Impromptus recording for Piano Classics (PCL0013) received rave reviews from the press: Fanfare: “There are just a handful of great recordings of these 8 pieces: Schnabel, Brendel, Lupu, Zimerman, Uchida, Perahia…I believe that Klára Würtz belongs to this exalted company…this is very natural and distinctive music-making at a very high level..”” (Charles Timbrell, Fanfare). “Klára Würtz’ intelligence, technical finesse and innate musicality serve the Schubert Impromptus well” (Jed Distler, Classicstoday.com).

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Image Piano Works
For worldwide attention ... Made ... the young Italian pianist Vincenzo Padua cities with his recording of the piano works of Charles Valentin Alkan. The published as a 3-CD series on Piano Classics recordings have received numerous 5-star reviews in the trade press: From the gramophones over Diapason to Paino News. The Guardian even cheered: "Exhilarating, a real revelation". Maltempos new project has its deep nature relationship and his great musical empathy for the musical world of Robert Schumann. With its almost improvisational style succeeds Maltempo the ideal of free association and subtle passion in Schumann's music masterfully capture. On the album there are two lesser-known compositions: Firstly, the Piano Sonata in F minor - also known as "Concerto without Orchestra" - in the classical sonata form is interwoven with Schumann's romantic excesses. Secondly, the tale, the last work in which Schumann's musical alter ego - the passionate Florestan and Eusebius of dreamy - have their performance.


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Image Early Piano Works
Hubert Rutkowski, piano

This recording contains some of the most popular, endearing and affectionate piano works by Claude Debussy, early works, written while still under the influence of Chopin and French romantic symbolism.

Included are the Suite Bergamasque (including the popular Clair de lune), the Ballade, Danse, the early set of Images, 2 Arabesques, Danse bohémienne, Nocturne, Rêverie and others. Played on a gorgeous Érard grand piano of 1880, the period of composition, lending an authentic character to these beautiful performances, presenting the colours and sonorities Debussy had in mind.

Polish pianist Hubert Rutkowski is a prize-holder of many international and national piano competitions, including the Main Prize of the Chopin Competition in Hannover (2007); distinction "Medalla per Unanimitat" at the 52nd International Maria Canals Piano Competition in Barcelona (2006) amongst many others. He studied at the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw and later the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg in the class of professor Evgeni Koroliov. Since April 2010 he has served as a professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg as one of the youngest professors in this university. Since November 2011, Hubert Rutkowski has been leading also his piano class at the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen.


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Image Piano Works
This new recording brings together three pianistic masterpieces which share a stylistic unity: Schubert's Wanderer Fantasy is based on a single motive, which is transformed in its 4 movements. This 'cyclic' principle was adopted by Liszt in his Piano Sonata in B minor, in which 3 characteristic motives are the basis of an half hour structure of epic proportions and emotions. But apart from these structural resemblances the works on this disc are eternal masterpieces of humanity, dealing with life and death.Young (24 years) Russian Philipp Kopachevsky is one of the most remarkable pianists of his generation. His playing is of a rare maturity, understanding and imagination, his limitless technique is completely in the service of expressing his strong and original musical ideas. He played already with conductors like Mstislav Rostropovich, Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Spivakov, Mikhael Pletnev, Yuri Simonov and others. He is a First Prize winner of the Schubert Competition in Germany.


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Image Acque correnti - Piano music
Francesco Cilea went into history as the composer of one opera, Adrienne Lecouvreur. However, this late romantic Italian left a fine oeuvre of chamber and solo music, a selection of which is presented on this CD: piano works and the cello sonata.

The piano works are wonderfully evocative character pieces, full of subtlety and finesse, in the style of early Debussy. The title piece, Acque correnti, is a Ravelian study in sonority and instrumental glitter. The Cello Sonata is a valuable addition to the repertoire.

Italian pianist Sandro de Palma plays with great clarity and feeling for the atmosphere of these colourful piano pieces.

Recorded 1990, Teatro Grande di Brescia, Italy

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Image Alexander Korsantia
A fascinating programme of three variations cycles from different style periods. The Beethoven Eroica variations brim with boisterous good humour, wit, virtuosity and the occasional touch of sadness and melancholy; the Piano Variations by Aaron Copland are stark, austere and glowing from inner power, not easy to digest but immensely gripping.

The Chopin Variations are vintage Rachmaninoff: by turns brooding, glittering, melancholic, sentimental and triumphant, a seldom heard masterpiece!

This is the second release on Piano Classics by Georgian pianist Alexander Korsantia, living in Boston, USA. His first disc, devoted to Prokofiev and Stravinsky (PCL0053), was a dazzling display of power and passion, beauty and delicacy.



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Image Preludes, Images & Nocturne
This release presents the first books of both the Preludes and the Images, works in which Debussy found his mature piano style, full of unheard colors, atmospheres and perfumes, each with a descriptive title, but even without the title pure creations of imagination and craftmanship. + Alessandra Ammara is one of the finest Italian pianists of today. Her affinity with the French impressionist music is confirmed by her extraordinary recording of Ravel's piano works.

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Image Concord Sonata
The Concord Sonata by Charles Ives is without doubt the most iconic American piano sonata. Its epic length (appr. 50 minutes), its extreme technical difficulties and its highly unusual form and writing make it one of the greatest challenges for any performing pianist. Any new recording of it is an event. The sonata’s 4 movements represent figures associated with the Transcendentalism movement: Ralph Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Bronson and Louisa Alcott and Henry David Thoreau. The piece demonstrates Ives' experimental tendencies: much of it is written without barlines, the harmonies are advanced, and in the second movement there is a cluster chord created by depressing the piano's keys with a piece of wood. The piece also amply demonstrates Ives' fondness for musical quotation (especially Beethoven’s 5th). Pianist Thomas Hell is widely recognised as a specialist of 20th century piano repertoire. He recorded works by Carter, Schoenberg, Dallapiccola, Boulez and the complete Etudes by Ligeti (“a clear frontrunner” Classicstoday.com).

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Image Opera Fantasies
Following his highly acclaimed début recording of operatic paraphrases of Sigismond Thalberg, Viner continues with his quest for Romantic Revivalism, offering a programme of those of Franz Liszt as a sequel. Presenting rarities alongside more familiar works, this disc offers a unique conspectus of Liszt's piano music from his itinerant years as touring virtuoso. Embodying almost every imaginable pianistic possibility while drawing upon the impassioned rhetoric of Italian opera, Liszt's paraphrases are radical conceptions of striking originality and daring innovation. Coupling the dramatic narrative of the opera house with the bravura of the concert hall, this disc is a must for all enticed by full-blooded Romanticism and hair-raising virtuosity. 'From Viner’s fingers the iridescent showers of notes cascade with scintillating exuberance [...] a blazing young British talent' – Gramophone Magazine 'Here Viner manages a near impossible feat, bringing the melody to the fore with incredibly natural phrasing [...] The five stars are for Viner, who wins his own duel with Thalberg' – Pianist Magazine 'Viner is superbly adept in this repertoire [...] Very promising' – BBC Music Magazine 'Besseres konnte Thalberg nicht passieren' – Der Spiegel

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Image Opera Fantasies
Mark Viner, piano

A swashbuckling extravaganza of nineteenth century pianism and a veritable contribution to Romantic Revivalism. This, Viner's début recording, presents the operatic paraphrases of the neglected
pianist composer, Sigismond Thalberg, aristocratic rival of Liszt and innovator of the so-called 'three-hand effect'.

Here are some of the very finest of his works; a music of opulent grandeur which draws upon all the heady romantic rhetoric and dramatic narrative of the opera house whilst being sumptuously conceived for the piano. A tour de force of virtuosity and an evocation of an era.

Mark Viner is one of the most exciting young British pianists of his generation. 1st prize winner of the 2012 Alkan-Zimmerman Competition in Athens, he is also the Chairman of the Alkan Society and is steadily gaining a reputation for his bold championing of unfamiliar pianistic terrain.

"Viner established a remarkable combination of personal integrity and artistic maturity".


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Image Piano Transcriptions
Earl Wild (1915 2010) was without doubt one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century. His immense repertoire, his staggering virtuosity, his warmth and his charm deserve him the epithet legendary. Wild was a great improviser as well, and he frequently played his own fantasies in his concerts. Fortunately he wrote these wonderful pieces down, and his creative legacy contains a wealth of transcriptions, fantasies and paraphrases, as well as original piano works. This release is the first of a complete recording of these works. It contains his brilliant Virtuoso Studies on songs by Gershwin, an intimate transcription of the adagio from Marcellos Oboe Concerto, the tongueincheek rendering of a Bach Chorale in the style of Poulenc, the Larghetto from Chopins 2nd Piano Concerto, and Wilds own Piano Sonata. Fun, glitter, contemplation and passion: its all here in the wonderful playing of young Italian pianist Giovanni Doria Miglietta!


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Image Händel Variations
The works on this disc span the whole life of the composer. The Handel Variations brim with energy, pianistic brilliance and youthful pathos, the two Rhapsodies Op. 79 are serious and dramatic while the Fantasien Op. 116 breath the air of melancholy, the reminiscences of old age and sorrowful resignation (Wiegenlieder meiner Schmerzen" as Brahms called his late Intermezzi).Pianist Sofya Gulyak gained international recognition by winning the prestigious 2009 Leeds Competition (the first woman in its history). Her passionate and soaring performance of Brahms' D minor concerto won the hearts of both audience and jury.Since then she played all the important venues of the world. Her first CD with works of Rachmaninoff received international praise: 5 Stars in French Diapason ("Singing sound...dazzling and powerful execution.."), "Stunning debut album"(Gramophone), "a fearless pianist, proud to wear her heart on her sleeve" (Guardian).


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Image Complete Preludes
Lukas Geniušas, piano

Rachmaninoff's 24 Preludes are pianistic masterworks of the highest order. Each prelude expresses the deepest emotions of the Russian master, from ecstatic joy and tolling of bells, to Slavic melancholy and utter tragedy.

A unique live recording by Lukas Geniušas, a feat of extraordinary concentration and technical mastery. Played in the big hall of the famous Moscow Conservatory it displays Geniušas' prodigious gifts: supreme control, strong sense of structure and a sincere and warm projection of the human emotions of the music.

Lukas Geniušas, born into a family of musicians, (his grandmother was the legendary Vera Gornostaeva) is Silver Medallist of the 2010 Chopin Competition, and first-prize winner of the German Piano Award and the Gina Bachauer Competion.


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Image Later Works, Op. 57-61
Georgijs Osokins gained international attention through his participation at age 19 in the Chopin Competition 2015, where his performances received either superlatives or led to controvery. His playing is or a rare originality, based on a deep musical intuition, a strong sense of rhetoric and immaculate technique. "He has a very rare gift of a true Chopinist....This young musician is exceptionally talented." - Sergei Babayan

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Image American Romantics
A unique collection of American romantic piano music, written largely in the last third of the 19th century, by Foote, Whiting, Paine, Chadwick and Nevin. In a period where in Europe piano music was in the hands of towering virtuosos like Liszt, Anton Rubinstein and later Rachmaninoff, the American scene was notably less tormented, focusing on tone painting idyllic landscapes, rural scenes and charming dance forms. These genre pieces share the same delightful characteristics as their European pendants by Dvorak, Mendelssohn, Grieg, Gade, Sinding and others.Young pianist Artem Belogurov (born in Latvia, grew up in Odessa/Ukraine and now lives in Boston) is a former student of Peter Serkin. For this recording he plays a beautiful period instrument, a 1873 Chickering piano. Chickering was one of the most respected and successful piano builders of the 19th century, Hans von Bülow premiered Tchaikovskys first piano concerto in Boston on a Chickering, and Franz Liszt owned two of their instruments. The booklet contains extensive liner notes on the music and composers, an artist biography and information and photos of the instrument.


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Image Virtuoso Transcriptions
The Piano Classics debut album of Russian pianist Valery Kuleshov contains three special treasures from the repertoire of piano transcriptions. The editing of Mussorgsky's "Boris Godunov Suite" by the Russian composer and pianist Igor Khulodey is characterized by extremely difficult, wide piano part to the rich textures of the orchestral original Mussorgsky, the music a drama of Pushkin, adequately implement on the piano. The transcription of Mussorgsky's "Night on Bald Mountain" has it all and Valery Kuleshov leads to a pianistic "Tour de Russie", which is a refreshing full color final transcription of Tchaikovsky's "Romeo and Juliet" by Florian Noack. Just the right challenge for Kuleshov, whose technique seemingly knows no limits and gives its fine sense of structure and color even the most virtuosic works an unbroken expressive quality.


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Image Wagner Transcriptions
François Dumont is a musical mastermind ... In ... the young French pianist scene. As winners of the international Chopin Competition in Warsaw he had a sensational debut on the international stage. Award-winning recordings followed, and his recording of Ravel compositions for Piano Classics is counted appeared to be one of the best in recent years. On his new album, Dumont busy with a large selection of Piano Transcriptions by Franz Liszt made ??of the orchestral works of Richard Wagner. Liszt was a great admirer of Wagner and supported the lesser-known composers not only in the performance of new operas in Weimar, but also through the creation of piano transcriptions. Liszt made ??his reputation as a keyboard wizard doing all honor and created from the sonority of Wagner's compositions, works with its own character - far more than mere transcriptions. The overture of Tannhauser loses nothing of its bombast and "Isolde's Liebestod" turns into a touching pianistic masterpiece.


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Image Piano Sonatas
As a renowned expert Klára Würtz Schubert is predestined to tell often to burst apart diverse music of Franz Schubert in a story: This cheerful, youthful zest for life, there the complete hopelessness of a lonely man. The Piano Sonatas No. 13 in A major, D 664 (1819) and No. 21 in B flat major, D 960 (1828) stand on this album crude side by side, rather Würtz clear with her ??warm, songful and structured game, the great musical parallels between the emotional extremes in Schuberst music. But they highlighted the similarities in the unmistakable rich expressive voice leading and sophisticated arrangements as shining orientation lines that pave the listener an almost intuitive way in Schubert's multifaceted musical life of the soul. This succeeds so self-evident that the American press it already compares with names like Brendel, Perahia and Uchida.


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Image Bach and the Early Pianoforte
A fascinating programme around Bach and the Birth of the Piano. Much has been said about the “right” choice of instrument performing Bach’s keyboard works. Luca Guglielmi demonstrates in a delectable programme the various instruments Bach knew and played on (and composed for): the Silbermann piano, the Cristofori piano and the “old fashioned” clavichord, each with their own specific sound and instrumental possibilities.

Luca Guglielmi is one of Italy’s foremost keyboard players. His recent recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations received a Diapason d’Or in France.

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Image Early Piano Works
This new recording of Rachmaninoff’s early works offers a fascinating insight into the budding genius of the great Russian. A child prodigy at the piano Rachmaninoff was obviously drawn to his instrument when composing his first sketches and works. Pianistically challenging and bursting with melancholy and passion they are already vintage Rachmaninoff and form the foundation for his later masterworks. The recording contains several character pieces like a Song Without Words and a separate Prelude, the 3 Nocturnes and the recently discovered Suite in D minor, as well as the Morceaux de Salon Op. 10. Italian pianist Elisa Tomellini was schooled at the famous Imola Piano Academy, where her teachers included Franco Scala, Joaquin Achucarro and Alexander Lonquich. She followed masterclasses with Maurizio Pollini and Lazar Berman. She played in Washington Kennedy Center and the Leipzig Gewandhaus. Her playing combines Italian charm and Slavic passion.

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Image Piano Works
Sehnsuchtswelten in einem schillernden Tagtraum Auf seinem neuen Album widmet sich der Francois-Xavier Poizat einer repräsentativen Auswahl der Klavierwerke des argentinischen Komponisten Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983). Ginasteras Kompositionen sind - anders als bei vielen seiner Zeitgenossen - darauf angelegt motivisch, melodisch oder harmonisch nachvollziehbar zu sein. Darüber hinaus verarbeitet er Anleihen aus der Volks- und Tanzmusik seines Heimatlandes. Seine Klavierwerke bersten geradezu vor lateinamerikanischer Leidenschaft: Eruptive Gefühlsausbrüche werden konterkariert von sentimentalen Streicheleinheiten und über allem schwebt die einzigartige Farbatmosphäre Argentiniens. Sehnsuchtswelten, die der junge Schweizer Poizat mit liebevoller Hingabe in einem schillernden Tagtraum zum Leben erweckt. Mit seiner lyrischen und virtuosen Klangsprache hat er international bereits diverse Wettbewerbe gewonnen - Ginastera ermöglicht ihm sein ganzes Können in die Waagschale zu werfen.


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Image Keyboard Works
The second album in Yuan Sheng's complete survey of Bach's keyboard works bring together two major masterpieces, the much loved Italian Concerto and the substantial French overture, one of the most monumental and deeply searching Suites by Bach, in the tragic key of B minor.As a complement Sheng presents the 4 Duets and the delightful Aria and 10 variations in Italian Style.Yuan Sheng is one of the foremost pianists of China, his international career brings him to all continents. Equally at home on period instruments and the modern piano he has a keen ear for style.His Chopin 3CD set (PCL0049) for Piano Classics received excellent reviews, as did his Goldberg Variations (PCL0042): "Unfailing intuition for the right balance..fascinating" (Piano News), "Every nuance filled with colour and expression" (The Classical Music Guide), "models of clarity, balance and proportions" (New York Times).


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Image Etudes
Even in this age where pyrotechnics seem commonplace, the recording of Chopins complete Études presents a huge challenge for any pianist. Zlata Chochievas interpretation is a special one: not only she conquers the daunting technical difficulties with apparent ease and supreme mastery, but she brings out the poetry, the colours, the joy and the sorrow of each individual study, thus creating a string of 24 miniature masterpieces, rather than a marathon of technical display. Zlatas previous recording for Piano Classics (Rachmaninoff Piano Sonata 1 and Chopin Variations PCL0047) received high praise in the international press: the possessor of a comprehensive technique she brings an inner glow to every bar. Her playing is indelibly Russian in its fullness and warmth, backed by dauntless and easy commandpoetic and pianistic demand could hardly go further (Bryce Morrison in Gramophone), Glowing, perfectly modelled, full of fantasy, 5 STAR (Fono Forum), Zlata Chochieva is a pianists pianist(Musicweb).


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Image Piano Transcriptions
Eugen d’Albert (1864-1932) was a German pianist and composer, one of Liszt’s foremost pupils, his 1913 recording of the Liszt Sonata is legendary. As a pianist he was on a par with giants like Busoni and Tausig, as a composer he wrote piano and chamber music, symphonies and 21 operas. His transcriptions of Bach organ work date back to his apprenticeship under Franz Liszt. Like his teacher and idol d’Albert kept meticulously faithful to the score, which make the performance often highly demanding for the (poor) two-handed pianist, who has to master the two hands plus pedal of the original organ writing. Included are famous Preludes and Fugues and Toccatas and Fugues, culminating in a mighty rendering of the colossal Passacaglia in C minor. Italian pianist Emanuele Delucchi has the technique and style to master these transcriptions. He made a name with his recordings for Piano Classics of the insanely difficult Chopin Studies by Godowsky, played on a 1906 Steinway D, of which the Gramophone wrote: “ Its palette of warm colours remained intact but gained a more incisive attack, allowing Delucchi’s voicing and extraordinary digital facility to be heard at its best…Delucchi is in a class of his own”, Jed Distler of Classicstoday.com wrote: “9/9: every inch a viable contender to the reference versions”. Booklet notes by the artist, in English and Italian.

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Image Studies on Chopin Op. 10
From the Introductory remarks by Leopold Godowsky – The Studien über die Etüden von F. Chopin “have manifold purposes. Their aim is to develop the mechanical, technical and musical possibilities of piano playing, to expand the peculiarly adapted nature of the instrument to polyphonic, polyrhythmic and polydynamic work and to widen the range of its possibilities in tone colouring. The unusual mental and physical demands […] must invariably lead to a much higher proficiency in the command of the instrument, while the composer for the piano will find a number of suggestions regarding the treatment of the instrument […]. Special attention must be drawn to the fact, that owing to innumerable contrapuntal devices, which frequently compass almost the whole range of the keyboard, the fingering and pedaling are often of a revolutionary character […].” The Studien “are to be considered in an equal degree suitable for concert purposes and private study”. From the Personal remarks – “To justify himself to the controversy which exists regarding aesthetic and ethic rights of one composer to use another composers’ works, themes or ideas, in order to freely build upon them new musical creations […] the author desires to say, that it entirely depends upon the intentions, nature and quality of the work of the so-called transgressors. As the Chopin studies are, as compositions in étude form, universally acknowledged to be the highest attainment in the realm of beautiful piano music combined with indispensable mechanical and technical usefulness, the author thought it wisest to build upon their solid and invulnerable foundation, for the purpose of furthering the art of piano playing. Being adverse to any alterations in the original texts of any master works when played in their original form, the author would strongly condemn any artist for tampering ever so little with such works as those of Chopin [see the anecdote, reported by H. Neuhaus in his book The art of piano playing, about a lesson given by Godowsky on opus 10 No. 7: the pupil, a girl who missed one single note, eventually ran away intears!]. The original Chopin studies remain as intact now, as they were before any arrangements of them were ever published; in fact, the author claims, that after assiduously studying the present versions many hidden beauties in the original studies will reveal themselves even to the less observant student.”

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Image Sonatas & Preludes
This new recording contains a fine selection of piano sonatas by Muzio Clementi, from both his early and mature years. The Sonatas Op. 2 and 7 clearly show the striking originality and pianistic innovations of Clementi, which feature octaves, runs in thirds and elaborate arpeggios. The music’s “Empfindsamkeit” is expressed in both dark and passionate moods and light-hearted vitality. Clementi’s pianistic style paved the way for the great 19th century virtuosos and still proves a serious challenge for the professional pianists today.

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Image Scriabin
This new recording contains a selection of piano works by Alexandre Scriabin, the Russian Romantic/mystic, from the different stages of his creative life: from the Chopin-inspired early Etudes and monumental Fantasy Op. 28 to the 7th(“White Mass”) and 10th Piano Sonata, expressions of Scriabin’s philosophical ideas, dealing with his personal demons and quest for cosmic illumination. Serbian pianist Misha Dacic has a special affinity to Scriabin, “he knows how to make the piano sound not like a piano” (as Nikolai Sverev said about the young Scriabin). Dacic’ previous Liszt recording for Piano Classics (PCL0048) received glowing reviews: “What a Liszt player!, a formidable Lisztian reputation is completely born out of the stunning virtuosity and passionate, fearless embrace of the composer’s idiom, (performance-10 Classicstoday.com), “Startling temperamental force and mastery” (Bryce Morrison in Gramophone). Misha Dacic is a regular guest at the prestigious Miami Piano Festival. He studied with Lazar Berman, and participated in the Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano. Misha Dacic holds his present posts as piano professor at Mersin State Conservatory in Turkey, and at the University of Arts in Niš, Serbia.

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Image Organ Works
Alexandre Alexandrovitch Kniazev (26 April 1961, Moscow) is a Russian cellist and organist. He was named best musician of the year in Russia in 1999. Alexandre Kniazev studied music at Moscow Conservatory. He entered the cello class of Alexander Fedorchenko and in the organ class of G. Kozlova. After a solid musical formation, he won first prizes in cello at the Vilnius competition, at that of G. Cassado, the International Chamber Music Competition in Trapini, and Pretoria. He also won the second prize of the International Tchaikovsky Competition of Moscow. He then performed all over the world and realized many records, two of which were awarded. In 2012 Alexander Kniazev headed the organ section of jury of the I All-Russian Music Competition in Kaliningrad. As an organist, Alexander Kniazev has given many highly acclaimed concerts both in Russia and abroad, performing recitals as well as works for organ and orchestra. He has frequently performed with French organist Jean Guillou in addition to recording his Fantaisie concertante for cello and organ (dedicated to Alexander Kniazev).

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Image Original Piano Music
John Ogdon was one of the great musical geniuses of the 20th century. His astonishing career on the concert platform saw him become one of the world’s most popular pianists after winning joint 1st prize in the 1962 International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition. Away from his life as a pianist, he was privately a very passionate composer throughout his career and despite his extremely heavy concert schedule, managed to write approximately two hundred works. Aside from a large number of piano works, these include a string quartet, two piano concertos, an oratorio, a cantata, a brass quintet, four operas and solo sonatas for flute, violin and cello. Despite a small handful of works that were published during his lifetime, the rest of Ogdon’s manuscripts have remained almost entirely unexplored. During his time studying at the Royal Manchester College of Music from 1953-1957, he received composition lessons from Thomas Pitfield and Richard Hall. Ogdon’s keen interest in popularizing some of the contemporary music of the day saw him become one of the founding members of the group New Music Manchester and it was at this time that he became heavily influenced by his composer companions Peter Maxwell Davies, Alexander Goher and Harrison Birtwistle. Another of his primary influences as a student was the pianist and composer Ronald Stevenson. Due to his pianistic ambitions, composition was always an unfocused pastime to John Ogdon and it is perhaps the reason why his writing style is sporadic and difficult to define. It is arguable that his best work was produced in the late 1950’s and 60’s before his infamous breakdown and they display a rather neo-romantic style, contrary to the avant-garde atonality written by most of his Manchester contemporaries. He constructed his compositions using a kaleidoscopic collage technique that throws around ideas in a potpourri of interesting colours and contrasts. Despite enormous technical complexities, the piano writing is also wonderfully idiomatic and gives tremendous insight into the geographical facility of one of history’s most renowned piano techniques. Ogdon’s gifts as a piano composer in the romantic tradition relate back to his lifelong admiration for composers such as Liszt, Alkan, Scriabin, Rachmaninoff and Busoni. In 1943, he even introduced himself as “John Rachmaninoff Ogdon” to his first piano teacher. John Ogdon always remained a very unassuming and humble musician and he rarely gave any of his works a public outing. We are fortunate enough to have several studio recordings of works played by the composer including his magnificent Piano Concerto no 1, played for the last time in 1987 to celebrate Ogdon’s 50th birthday at the Royal Festival Hall. This recording presents the four most important solo piano works from John Ogdon’s early years as a composer. “I do enjoy composing, especially for the piano – I look on composing as a hobby that I enjoy. I devote myself more to playing and treat composition as a spare time thing.” (JO)

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Image Cello Sonatas
Two full blooded romantic Cello Sonatas, each with its own peculiar history and relationship to the instrument. Frédéric Chopin almost exclusively wrote for the piano. His last published work however was the Cello Sonata Op. 65, written for his close friend and cellist Auguste Franchomme. Coincidentally legend has it (as orally testified by Pablo Casals) that Cesar Franck composed his famous Violin Sonata for “violin or cello”, and that a version for cello existed in Franck’s hand, written for…Auguste Franchomme. Be that correct or not, the sonata sounds equally original, forceful and lyrical for cello as for violin. This new recording presents the collaboration between two highly gifted young soloists: Benedict Kloeckner and Anna Fedorova, who deliver a both passionate and intimate performance of these great works. They already successfully recorded Rachmaninoff’s Cello Sonata, issued on Piano Classics PCL0081.

kr. 49,98 (kr. 99,95)
Image Concerti da Camera and Solo Piano Music
This new recording contains some rarely heard repertoire from a rarely heard composer: Charles Valentin Alkan, one of the greatest ianists in history (even Liszt was afraid to play in his presence), recluse, genius composer of mainly piano works of extraordinary virtuosity and originality.

Presented are the 3 Concerti da Camera, for piano and strings, written in the style of Hummel and Chopin, and the world premiere of the complete “6 Piano Pieces” Op. 16, which includes the 3 Études de Bravoure, and three fantasies/variations on popular opera arias.

Giovanni Bellucci is one of the most interesting and extraordinary pianists of today. Described by Piero Rattalino as “a force of nature, vast and palpitating”, his playing is highly original, striving to recreate the original impact of the works he is playing: “he takes us back to the Golden Age of the Piano” wrote Le Monde. His recordings, notably with works by Liszt, were showered with prizes such as Diapason d’Or, Choc, Editor’s Choice, CD Maestro etc.

kr. 69,98 (kr. 139,95)
Image Musica Callada, Cancons i Danses, Cants Magics & P
The piano music of Federico Mompou (1893-1987) holds a unique place in 20-th century piano literature. The apparent simplicity of Mompou’s music with its affinity to naïve “folk” elements – popular songs and dances, children’s games, spells and incantations - is deceptive: like Satie - the composer with whom he is most often compared - there is always a sense of a greater complexity hidden just below the surface. However Mompou himself was uninterested in analyzing his music, claiming, “ I don’t know where it comes from – that’s one of the secrets of art” and in describing his style as primitivista, he signalled a desire to return to first principles - a “recommencement” as he described it. Although he spent many years in Paris and was close to the galaxy of composers living in that city in the 1920s– becoming more or less and an honorary member of les Six - he remained virtually immune to outside influences.

kr. 94,98 (kr. 189,95)
Image Songs without Words
This 2 CD set contains a new recording of the complete Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words) by Felix Mendelssohn.

These ever popular works, often of deceptively "simple" language and writing, contain a wealth of moods, from simple innocent beauty to dark or even sinister undercurrents, from good natured joyfulness to frantic energy.

Hungarian master pianist Balázs Szokolay catches the atmosphere of each piece perfectly, displaying a superb command over technique and musical content, never falling into the trap of sentimentality or cheap effect.



kr. 55,00 (kr. 110,00)
Image Symphonic Nocturne
Khaikosru Sorabji (1892-1988) is one of the most enigmatic and controversial 20-th century composers. Largely self-taught, he chose his own way, never fitting into any school or movement. His style is highly idiosyncratic, inspired by late-Romantics like Busoni and Szymanowski. Characteristic of his piano music are the enormous proportions and textural density of his works, some of them lasting several hours in performance, taxing the performer and audience to the utmost.

This new 2-CD set presents the first recording of Sorabji’s Symphonic Nocturne. Its style is free and improvisatory, featuring many expansive and virtuoso passages. As the interpreter Lukas Huisman says in the booklet: “The work is like a musical evening walk during which the composer invites us to wander around between musical ideas, reminiscences and associations. And not all nightly thoughts are peaceful or quiet ones…”.

Belgian pianist Lukas Huisman (born in 1987) specialises in the performance of seldom played contemporary piano music, by a.o. Ferneyhough, Finnissy, Xenakis, Messiaen, Sorabji. His grasp on these complex works is remarkable, his technical command astounding and his musical intuition spot-on.

kr. 94,98 (kr. 189,95)
Image Hungarian Rhapsodies Complete
Vincenzo Maltempo, piano

This 2 CD set contains a new recording of the complete 19 Hungarian Rhapsodies by Liszt, an immense achievement of Vincenzo Maltempo, who has established himself as one of the foremost pianists of his generation.

Liszt wrote his Rhapsodies at the peak of his powers as a travelling piano virtuoso. They form his homage to the country of his birth, Hungary, using (quasi) folk melodies in the Hungarian mode. Usually constructed in binary form, a slow melancholy introduction and a fast and furious folk dance finale, they are vehicles of true sentiment, deep passion and blazing virtuosity, a part of the standard concert repertoire of many pianists.

Vincenzo Maltempo has already made his name with his spectacular recordings of the piano music by Alkan for Piano Classics: “exhilarating, a revelation! “ (Guardian, selected among the 10 best CD’s of 2012), “his playing flashes with summer lightning” (Gramophone), “Maltempo puts his phenomenal technique at the service of his poetic vision”(Piano News), “with this passionate performance Maltempo confirms his place in the restricted circle of Alkan’s best performers” (5 star, Diapason) and many more.

kr. 69,98 (kr. 139,95)
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