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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5


Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 'Emperor'

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis

Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109


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Philips - 4224822

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Bach - Complete Violin Sonatas

Bach - Complete Violin Sonatas


Bach, J S:

Sonatas for Violin & Harpsichord Nos. 1-6, BWV1014-1019

Sonata for Violin & Harpsichord No. 6 in G major, BWV1019a

Violin Sonata in G minor, BWV1020

Violin Sonata in G major, BWV1021

Violin Sonata in F major, BWV1022

Violin Sonata in E minor, BWV1023


Arthur Grumiaux (violin), Christiane Jaccottet (harpsichord), Philippe Mermoud (cello)

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Decca Duo - 4540112

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Bach, J S: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1

Bach, J S: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1


Here is Book 1 of Bach's immortal 'Forty-eight' played by Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt of whose recording of the Partitas Australia's Soundscapes magazine said: 'Only superlatives will do. My appreciation of this Canadian pianist is enormous; I classify her among the top performers of our time.' And Gramophone said of the same set: 'Hardline purists who baulk at the thought of Bach on the piano should put aside their convictions long enough to hear Angela Hewitt.' Angela Hewitt's '48' (Book 2 will be issued next year) is destined to join the small list of the very greatest recordings of Bach's incomparable masterpiece. The set is graced by her own absorbing and perceptive notes on each of the Preludes and Fugues, the subjects of which are all printed in the CD booklet.

'The first recorded performances by a pianist of Book I that have made me want to hear them many times over. Strongly recommended' (Gramophone)

“Admirers of Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt's lightly articulated and elegantly phrased Bach playing won't be disappointed by this recording.
These qualities characterise the playing of each and every one of these profoundly didactic yet sublimely poetic pieces. Her restrained use of the sustaining pedal, her consequently clearly spoken articulation, and the resultant lucidity of musical thought, bring to mind the recorded performances of Edwin Fischer. Hewitt certainly sounds more comfortable in a studio than Fischer ever did, and her technique is more consistently disciplined than his was under these circumstances. Her reflective view of the more inward-looking fugues, such as the lyrical one in E flat minor, is most attractive. Taut, but with a suppleness that's entirely devoid of stiffness, this is indeed cogent and gracefully beautiful playing of a high order. You may sense, from time to time, an overtly intense element of subjective thought in her understanding of the music, a quality which seems to be endorsed by occasional references in her lively, illuminating and detailed introduction, to Bach's 'sense of inner peace', and so on. However, to conclude on a thoroughly positive and enthusiastic note, these are performances of Book 1 that you'll want to hear many times over. The recording and instrument sound well, too.
Hewitt's Book 2 is a delight to both ear and mind. Everything is in the best taste and free of exhibitionism. There are subtle tonal nuances, natural rises and falls of dynamics, well-defined differentiation of contrapuntal lines and appreciation of the expressive implications of Bach's chromaticisms. Throughout her playing of these preludes and fugues – several longer, more mature and more demanding than those of Book 1 – there's a sense of unhurried poise, with flowing rhythm. The air of tranquillity is underlined by her frequent adoption of very quiet openings, many of which then take on a warmer tone towards the end – even the E major Fugue, which Landowska labelled 'combative', is handled quietly, yet she's able to sound contemplative (as in the E major Fugue) without lapsing into Tureckian reverentiality.
Just occasionally Bach's more intense movements tempt her into emotional rubatos which, though musically affecting, take Bach out of his century, and not everyone will care for the big allargandos she makes at the ends of some of the earlier movements. Otherwise these are musicianly and imaginative performances.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Hyperion - Angela Hewitt Bach - CDA67301/2

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Bach, J S: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2

Bach, J S: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2


This is the fifth release in Angela Hewitt's universally acclaimed series of Bach's keyboard music which is fast being seen as the definitive modern recording of this repertoire on the piano. Bach's Well-tempered Clavier ('The 48') consists of two books of 24 Preludes and Fugues in all the major and minor keys, and has been described as the pianist's 'Old Testament'. For over two hundred years these pieces have been the foundation of every pianist's repertoire.

'A delight to both ear and mind. I have nothing but enthusiasm for Angela Hewitt's musicianly and imaginative performances' (Gramophone)

“Admirers of Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt's lightly articulated and elegantly phrased Bach playing won't be disappointed by this recording.
These qualities characterise the playing of each and every one of these profoundly didactic yet sublimely poetic pieces. Her restrained use of the sustaining pedal, her consequently clearly spoken articulation, and the resultant lucidity of musical thought, bring to mind the recorded performances of Edwin Fischer. Hewitt certainly sounds more comfortable in a studio than Fischer ever did, and her technique is more consistently disciplined than his was under these circumstances. Her reflective view of the more inward-looking fugues, such as the lyrical one in E flat minor, is most attractive. Taut, but with a suppleness that's entirely devoid of stiffness, this is indeed cogent and gracefully beautiful playing of a high order. You may sense, from time to time, an overtly intense element of subjective thought in her understanding of the music, a quality which seems to be endorsed by occasional references in her lively, illuminating and detailed introduction, to Bach's 'sense of inner peace', and so on. However, to conclude on a thoroughly positive and enthusiastic note, these are performances of Book 1 that you'll want to hear many times over. The recording and instrument sound well, too.
Hewitt's Book 2 is a delight to both ear and mind. Everything is in the best taste and free of exhibitionism. There are subtle tonal nuances, natural rises and falls of dynamics, well-defined differentiation of contrapuntal lines and appreciation of the expressive implications of Bach's chromaticisms. Throughout her playing of these preludes and fugues – several longer, more mature and more demanding than those of Book 1 – there's a sense of unhurried poise, with flowing rhythm. The air of tranquillity is underlined by her frequent adoption of very quiet openings, many of which then take on a warmer tone towards the end – even the E major Fugue, which Landowska labelled 'combative', is handled quietly, yet she's able to sound contemplative (as in the E major Fugue) without lapsing into Tureckian reverentiality.
Just occasionally Bach's more intense movements tempt her into emotional rubatos which, though musically affecting, take Bach out of his century, and not everyone will care for the big allargandos she makes at the ends of some of the earlier movements. Otherwise these are musicianly and imaginative performances.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Hyperion - Angela Hewitt Bach - CDA67303/4

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Bach, J S: Goldberg Variations, BWV988

Bach, J S: Goldberg Variations, BWV988


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VAI - VAIA1029

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Murray Perahia - Songs Without Words

Murray Perahia - Songs Without Words


Bach, J S:

Chorales, arranged by Busoni

Liszt:

Piano Transcriptions of Schubert Songs

Mendelssohn:

Song without Words, Op. 19b No. 3 in A major 'Hunting Song'

Song without Words, Op. 67 No. 2 in F sharp minor

Song without Words, Op. 30 No. 4 in B minor

Song without Words, Op. 19b No. 1 in E major 'Sweet Remembrance'

Song without Words, Op. 19b No. 5 in F sharp minor

Song without Words, Op. 30 No. 6 in F sharp minor 'Venezianisches Gondellied No. 2'

Song without Words, Op. 38 No. 3 in E major

Song without Words, Op. 102 No. 5 in A major 'Childrens Piece'

Song without Words, Op. 38 No. 2 in C minor

Song without Words, Op. 30 No. 2 in B flat minor

Song without Words, Op. 67 No. 1 in E flat major

Song without Words, Op. 38 No. 6 in A flat major 'Duetto'

Song without Words, Op. 67 No. 4 in C major 'Spinning Song' or 'Bee's Wedding'

Song without Words, Op. 53 No. 4 in F major

Song without Words, Op. 62 No. 2 in B flat major


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Sony - SK66511

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Bartók: Divertimento for Strings, Sz. 113, etc.

Bartók:

Divertimento for Strings, Sz. 113

Janacek:

Idyll for String Orchestra

Suite for string orchestra, JW 6/2


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Chandos - CHAN9816

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Amy Beach

Amy Beach


Beach, A:

Piano Quintet in F Sharp Minor Op. 67

Theme and Variations for flute & string quartet, Op. 80

Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 150


The Ambache

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Chandos - CHAN9752

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Harp Concertos

Harp Concertos


anon.:

Theme, Variations and Rondo pastorale

Beethoven:

Variations (6) in F major on a Swiss Song, WoO 64

Boieldieu:

Concerto for Harp and Orchestra in C

Dittersdorf:

Harp Concerto in A major

Handel:

Sixteen Concertos for Organ and Strings

Theme and Variations in G minor


“The ASMF accompaniment, so stylish and beautifully balanced, is a treat in itself, and the recording is well-nigh perfect.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

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Decca - 4257232

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Bowen - Piano Music

Bowen - Piano Music


Bowen:

24 Preludes Op. 102

Thirteen Preludes

Ballade No 2, Op 87

Piano Sonata No. 5 in F minor, Op. 72

Berceuse Op. 83

Moto perpetuo from op 39

Toccata, Op. 155

Romance No. 1, Op 35, No 1

Romance No. 2, Op 45


“York Bowen could have no more ardent or pianistically adroit advocate” Gramophone Magazine

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Hyperion - CDA66838

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$15.25

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