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Chopin: 24 Preludes and Ballade No. 4

Chopin: 24 Preludes and Ballade No. 4


Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52


Ivan Moravec (piano)

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Chopin: Ballads, Mazurkas, Barcarolle

Chopin: Ballads, Mazurkas, Barcarolle


Chopin:

Ballades Nos. 1-4

Mazurka No. 32 in C sharp minor, Op. 50 No. 3

Mazurka No. 41 in C sharp minor, Op. 63 No. 3

Mazurka No. 6 in A minor, Op. 7 No. 2

Mazurka No. 15 in C major, Op. 24 No. 2

Mazurka No. 13 in A minor, Op. 17 No. 4

Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60


Ivan Moravec (piano)

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Chopin - Complete Works for Cello

Chopin - Complete Works for Cello


Chopin:

Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 65

Grand Duo concertant

Introduction and Polonaise Brillante in C, Op. 3

Piano Trio in G minor Op. 8

Jan Talich, Jr. (violin)


Jirí Bárta (cello), Martin Kasík (piano)

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Chopin: Nocturnes Nos. 1-19

Chopin: Nocturnes Nos. 1-19


Ivan Moravec (pianio)

One of the first recordings that earned Ivan Moravec acclaim and secured him a position among the finest pianists of the 20th century was the album of the complete Chopin Nocturnes made in 1965 in New York (Steinway) and at Vienna’s Konzerthaus (Bösendorfer) for the Connoisseur Society label. Many critics have branded this recording a benchmark and consider it the ultimate account of the Nocturnes; in the words of Henry Fogel (Fanfare): “This is playing that draws the listener deeply into the music - you are not drawn into Moravec’s achievement, but Chopin’s.” Ivan Moravec presents the Nocturnes in an admirable scale of colours and dynamics (down to astonishingly tender, barely touched tones), with the music flowing so naturally that it seems as though there are no bars or individual notes. Supraphon is rereleasing this legendary recording with a sensitively remastered sound, which brings out to the full the wealth of tone colours of Moravec’s piano.

Ivan Moravec’s account of the legendary Chopin Nocturnes, in a more colourful remastered sound.

Recorded April 1965 in St. Paul's Chapel at Columbia University, New York (Nocturnes Nos 1, 4–7, 9, 13, 19, Steinway) and November 1965 in the Mozartsaal of the Konzerthaus, Vienna (Nocturnes Nos 2, 3, 8, 10–12, 14–18, Bösendorfer)

“The sound quality is startlingly good, capturing all the richness, warmth and immediacy of the two instruments..Then there’s the surely peerless singing quality of Moravec’s playing. It allows every piece simply and affectingly to weave its hypnotic, sweetly sad magic.” Sunday Times, 24th June 2012

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Chopin: Piano Concertos

Chopin: Piano Concertos


Chopin:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11

Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21


Fryderyk Chopin (1810–1849), whose 200th birthday will be celebrated by the whole musical world in 2010, remained faithful to the piano throughout his entire career. More than any other instrument, the piano was his passion, and perhaps more than any other composer before him, he understood its technique and drew inspiration from its character. Two of his early piano concertos rank among his first truly timeless masterpieces. Rich ornamentation, striking harmonic progressions, flawless piano stylization and, in particular, fresh, intricate melodies make both of them gems of the piano concerto literature. Jan Simon, a Czech pianist with many years of experience on major international concert stages, has taken on the challenges presented by these works, and under his fingers Chopin’s music flows with lightness, confidence and bravura, as if the work were a momentary inspiration.

Simon finds ideal partners in Jirí Belohlávek and the Prague Philharmonia, who are not only sensitive accompanists, but also passionate protagonists in their own right.

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Chopin: Scherzi, Etudes, Mazurkas

Chopin: Scherzi, Etudes, Mazurkas


Chopin:

Scherzi Nos. 1-4

Étude Op. 25 No. 7 in C sharp minor

Étude Op. 25 No. 1 in A flat major 'Aeolian Harp'

Mazurka No. 27 in E minor, Op. 41 No. 2

Mazurka No. 49 in F minor, Op. 68 No. 4

Mazurka No. 9 in C major, Op. 7 No. 5

Mazurka No. 34 in C major, Op. 56 No. 2


Ivan Moravec (piano)

There are treasures tangible and glittering, and there are gems concealed, only revealing themselves to the serene and seeking. The world-famous Czech pianist Ivan Moravec is among the latter – and the same can be said of his recordings.

He doesn’t need to set out to shock and purposefully set himself apart. The seeming matter-of-factness with which Moravec performs Chopin led a Gramophone (II/1992) reviewer to speculate that this is perhaps how the composer’s piano improvisation might have sounded. Each tone in its dynamism, each fine accent is well considered and has its place amid the whole. Moravec masterfully balances free agogics with a sense for the overall structure.

Chopin’s genius stands out most expressively in tiny compositions – and it is in these that Ivan Moravec’s mastery is the most distinct; it is not by chance that he has the reputation of being one of the greatest living interpreters of Chopin’s works. Bearing witness to this are enthusiastic reviews of the first release of the presented recording (1991, Dorian). Now Supraphon – to the delight of all Chopin lovers and Ivan Moravec fans – is bringing this remarkable album back to life.

“Individual without being idiosyncractic, Moravec's Chopin is all-embracing, capturing in equal measure the elegance, the brilliance and the profound psychological complexity of a tormented genius.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2011 *****

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Chopin: Sonata in B Minor & Scherzi

Chopin: Sonata in B Minor & Scherzi


Chopin:

Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58

Scherzi Nos. 1-4


Ivo Kahánek (piano)

His previous solo album (Janácek, Martinu, Kabelác; Supraphon SU39452) earned the young pianist Ivo Kahánek, one of the most remarkable talents of his generation, numerous enthusiastic responses on the part of the critics (“A great recital!” – Classics Today – rating 10/10; “He is a very special talent” – Fanfare).

With his new album, he has embraced the very core of the Romantic piano repertoire and in so doing pays tribute to Fryderyk Chopin. In addition to the paramount Sonata in B minor, Chopin’s most extensive work for solo piano, Kahánek performs Four Scherzi, composed throughout Chopin’s creative life.

Kahánek’s infectious musicality brings out the compositions’ poeticism, romantic upswing and virtuosity to the full – one often has the feeling that this is “merely” improvisation, a music originating from the sheer magic of the moment. The pianist’s credo is seeking his own path, yet consistently within the intentions of the composer’s score (according to Jan Ekier’s new edition).

Chopin pieces recorded on innumerable occasions ... yet somehow different, novel, inspired.

“all his performances have a natural grace and impetus. Nothing is over-stretched, exaggerated or rhetorical...He is hauntingly reflective in the Fourth Scherzo's central piu lento” Gramophone Magazine, February 2011

“Kahánek exploits Chopin's rhetoric to the full, never even shying away from acerbic cynicism. For me, it is the care that Kahánek devotes to the transitions in these pieces that makes them so unique. Offhand, I can't think of anyone who manages these passages between the fleet outer sections and their contrasting trios more skilfully, nor imbues them with greater affection.” International Record Review, March 2011

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Ivan Moravec - Live in Brussels

Ivan Moravec - Live in Brussels


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28 'Pastorale'

Brahms:

Intermezzo in A minor, Op. 118 No. 1

Capriccio in B minor, Op. 76 No. 2

Intermezzo in A major, Op. 118 No. 2

Rhapsody in G minor, Op. 79 No. 2

Chopin:

Nocturne No. 9 in B major, Op. 32 No. 1

Nocturne No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 1

Mazurka No. 13 in A minor, Op. 17 No. 4

Mazurka No. 32 in C sharp minor, Op. 50 No. 3

Scherzo No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20


Ivan Moravec (piano)

Over two evenings in 1983 (4 February and 7 November) in the concert hall of Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles, the world-famous pianist Ivan Moravec spellbound the audience with his majestic performance. This master of the piano’s precision marries cultivated tone and widely differentiated articulation, augmented by deep musical élan.

Each tone has absolute logic within the order of the composition he interprets, be it Beethoven’s expansive Sonata in D major, “Pastoral”, or the seemingly smaller pieces by Brahms and Chopin. And it is precisely in the latter that Ivan Moravec excels as a master of tiny area, which he wondrously chases in stylistic terms and renders ebulliently.

The live recording breathes in the airy atmosphere of the concert hall, one that can hardly be evoked in studio albums. The recording clearly shows that the world of Beethoven’s, Chopin’s and Brahms’s piano works is close to the essence of Moravec’s being.

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Ivan Moravec Piano Recital

Ivan Moravec Piano Recital


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 'Pathétique'

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 ‘Moonlight'

Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90

Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a 'Les Adieux'

Variations (32) on an Original Theme in C minor, WoO 80

Chopin:

Ballades Nos. 1-4

Mazurkas (selection)

Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60

Debussy:

Préludes - Book 2: No. 12, Feux d’artifice

Préludes - Book 1: No. 10, La cathédrale engloutie

Préludes - Book 1: No. 5, Les collines d'Anacapri

Préludes - Book 1: No. 4, Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir

Préludes - Book 2: No. 7, La terrasse des audiences au clair de lune

Pour le piano

Franck, C:

Prélude, Choral et Fugue, M21

Mozart:

Piano Sonata No. 13 in B flat major, K333

Fantasia in C minor, K475

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor, K457

Piano Sonata No. 17 in B flat major, K570

Ravel:

Sonatine


Ivan Moravec (piano)

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Ivan Moravec: Twelfth Night Recital

Ivan Moravec: Twelfth Night Recital


Bach, J S:

Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue in D minor, BWV903

Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 ‘Moonlight'

Chopin:

Mazurka No. 32 in C sharp minor, Op. 50 No. 3

Nocturne No. 5 in F sharp major, Op. 15 No. 2

Nocturne No. 8 in D flat major, Op. 27 No. 2

Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52

Mazurka No. 41 in C sharp minor, Op. 63 No. 3

Debussy:

Clair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque)

Mozart:

Piano Sonata No. 13 in B flat major, K333


Ivan Moravec (piano)

Recorded live at the Dvořák Hall of the Rudolfinum, Prague, on 6 January, 1987

This live recording of Ivan Moravec at the Rudolfinum in Prague was to have been first released on the occasion of his 85th birthday. The previously unreleased recording was discovered after 28 years in the Supraphon archives, and it managed to pass the test of the great artist’s uncompromising self-censorship.

Moravec’s playing of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, and Debussy at this concert meets the same standards as his finest recordings – technical refinement of details, carefully elaborated architecture, and rare inner vitality. Ivan Moravec’s masterful performance is further enhanced by the special atmosphere of a live concert. The earthly journey of this great pianist of the twentieth century and of this extraordinary person came to a close in July of 2015. This recording is left behind to us as his last message and statement about beauty.

A previously unreleased recording of a recital by Ivan Moravec – commemorating a great pianist of the twentieth century.

“To listen to Moravec is to be reminded of another era, one in which there was no political correctness surrounding Bach and the modern piano. He gives a warm, richly rhetorical reading of the Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue, one that is seemingly without ego and entirely compelling. The Mozart sonata is another highlight.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2015

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - November 2015

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