Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

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Samson François: Live

Samson François: Live


Chopin:

Fantasia in F minor, Op. 49

Impromptu No. 1 in A flat major, Op. 29

Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9 No. 2

Waltz No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64 No. 2

Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 'Marche funèbre'

Ballade No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47

Nocturne No. 4 in F major, Op. 15 No. 1

Étude Op. 10 No. 10 in A flat major

Étude Op. 25 No. 5 in E minor

Étude Op. 25 No. 2 in F minor

Étude Op. 10 No. 12 in C minor ‘Revolutionary'

Étude Op. 10 No. 5 in G flat major 'Black Key'

Étude Op. 25 No. 9 in G flat major 'Butterfly'

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

Waltz No. 6 in D flat major, Op. 64 No. 1 'Minute Waltz'

Waltz No. 1 in E flat major 'Grande Valse Brillante', Op. 18

Franck, C:

Symphonic Variations for piano & orchestra, M46

Liszt:

Le Rossignol

Mozart:

Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major K282

Prokofiev:

Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major, Op. 83

Piano Concerto No. 5 in G major, Op. 55

Schumann:

Kinderszenen, Op. 15

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54


Samson François (1924-1970) is considered one of the most important French pianists of the 20th century. His musical education provided by Alfred Cortot, Yvonne Lefébure and Marguerite Long happily preserved his liberty and his unpredictability.

His unique sense of improvisation, which is the trademark of his recordings, blossomed even more in concerts. Those who had the chance to attend Samson François concerts recall a very special experience, where the pianist was running on the tightrope.

The recordings included in this 3 CD set have only seen the light of the CD once, in a 36 CD box-set of Samson François complete recordings, 2010. One of the concerts at the Salle Pleyel is fully dedicated to Chopin, whereas the second one features the only occasion to hear Samson François in a Mozart piano Sonata (one of his three musical fetishes, the others being Chopin and Debussy).

A third disc of Concertos shows prestigious collaborations with the greatest conductors of his time, including a moving version of the Schumann Concerto with the great old lion Charles Munch.

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Van Cliburn Piano Legend

Van Cliburn Piano Legend


Beethoven:

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

recorded 4th and 12th May 1961

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

Chopin:

Polonaise No. 6 in A flat major, Op. 53 'Héroïque'

Nocturne No. 17 in B major, Op. 62 No. 1

Fantasia in F minor, Op. 49

Étude Op. 25 No. 11 in A minor 'Winter Wind'

Étude Op. 10 No. 3 in E major 'Tristesse'

Ballade No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47

Waltz No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64 No. 2

Scherzo No. 3 in C sharp minor, Op. 39

MacDowell:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor Op. 23

recorded 22nd & 24th October 1960

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Walter Hendl

Prokofiev:

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26

recorded 22nd & 24th October 1960

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Walter Hendl

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

recorded 16th April 1960

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

Tchaikovsky:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23

recorded 30th May 1958

RCA Symphony Orchestra, Kirill Kondrashin


Van Cliburn (piano)

This 3-CD box set gives us legendary performances from the piano legend, Van Cliburn. Featuring concertos by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Schumann, Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto coupled with Edward MacDowell’s Piano Concerto No. 2, these performances date back to the 1960’s and are conducted by various conductors.

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Schumann: Piano Works Vol.1

Schumann: Piano Works Vol.1


Schumann:

Kreisleriana, Op. 16

Fantasie in C major, Op. 17

Piano Sonata No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 11

Piano Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26


Klára Würtz (piano)

Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Arie van Beek

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Evgeny Kissin - The Complete Concerto Recordings

Evgeny Kissin - The Complete Concerto Recordings


Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19

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

Haydn:

Keyboard Concerto No. 11 in D major, HobXVIII:11

Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K466

Rondo for Piano & Orchestra in D major, K382

Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K414

Rachmaninov:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Shostakovich:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor for piano, trumpet & strings, Op. 35


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The Maurizio Pollini Collection: Schumann

The Maurizio Pollini Collection: Schumann


Schumann:

Fantasie in C major, Op. 17

Piano Sonata No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 11

Études symphoniques, Op. 13

Arabeske in C major, Op. 18

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6

Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 14 'Concerto Without Orchestra'

Allegro in B minor, Op. 8

Kreisleriana, Op. 16

Gesänge der Frühe (5), Op. 133


Long recognized as a supreme Schumann interpreter, one of “unfaltering poise” and “magisterial talent” (Gramophone), Maurizio Pollini recorded a wide selection of solo works and the Piano Concerto (with Abbado) between 1973 and 2001.

His C major Fantasy from the Seventies or his Davidsbündlertänze from 2001 are revered recordings.

Here, in a single box for the first time, are all of his acclaimed Schumann recordings on Deutsche Grammophon.

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Martha Argerich: Lugano Concertos

Martha Argerich: Lugano Concertos


Bartók:

Piano Concerto No. 3, BB 127, Sz. 119

Orchestra Della Svizzera Italiana, Alexander Vedernikov

Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15

Orchestra Della Svizzera Italiana, Alexandre Rabinovitch-Barakovsky

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19

Orchestra Della Svizzera Italiana, Gabriel Chmura

Brahms:

Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op. 52

with Gabriela Montero (piano)

Coro della Radiotelevisione della Svizzera Italiana, Diego Fasolis

Liszt:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124

Orchestra Della Svizzera Italiana, Ion Marin

Milhaud:

Scaramouche, suite for two pianos, Op. 165b

with Karin Merle (piano)

Mozart:

Concerto for Three Pianos & Orchestra, K242

with Paul Gulda & Rico Gulda (piano)

Orchestra Della Svizzera Italiana, Alexandre Rabinovitch-Barakovsky

Andante and Variations in G for Piano Duet, K501

with Akane Sakai (piano)

Poulenc:

Concerto in D minor for Two Pianos & Orchestra

with Alexander Gurning (piano)

Orchestra Della Svizzera Italiana, Erasmo Capilla

Prokofiev:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D flat major, Op. 10

Orchestra Della Svizzera Italiana, Alexandre Rabinovitch-Barakovsky

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26

Orchestra Della Svizzera Italiana, Charles Dutoit

Schubert:

Divertissement à la Hongroise D818

with Alexander Mogilevsky (piano)

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Orchestra Della Svizzera Italiana, Alexander Vedernikov

Stravinsky:

Les Noces

Susan Roberts, Helene Schneidermann, Daniel Norman, Carsten Wittmoser, Martha Argerich, Yulia Zaichkina, Alexander Mogilevsky & Alexander Gurning

Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera di Lugano & Lugano Percussion Group, Diego Fasolis


“it's a supercharged, witty performance [of the Poulenc] from 2007; Argerich's lacerating runs in the first movement are worth the price of the set alone...[Scaramouche is] a final helping of joyous, free-wheeling music-making.” The Guardian, 22nd November 2012 ****

“[Argerich] combines a colossal technique with powerfully instinctive musicianship and electrifying energy. This exciting release is an ideal present.” New York Times, 23rd November 2012

“Few artists being such unfettered joy to their music-making as Argerich, and few combine such artless spontaneity, technical brilliance and searching insights. These are qualitites that shine through this marvellous new set...Even collectors who have Argerich playing most of these works already are likely to be as thrilled and elated as I have been listening to this extraordinary anthology” International Record Review, December 2012

“amply featuring her mercurial magic and joy in communal music-making.” The Times, 21st December 2012

“I would not deter anyone from duplicating because...there are many moments and passages of pure delight, often deriving from the frisson of a live performance (listen to the Poulenc!) One marvels anew at such freshly minted interpretations married to the insights, subtle nuances and detail acquired only after long acquaintance.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2013

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A Musical Friendship: Arthur Rubinstein & Josef Krips

A Musical Friendship: Arthur Rubinstein & Josef Krips


Beethoven:

Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5 (complete)

Brahms:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83

Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K491

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54


This glorious budget priced 4CD box set brings two mighty talents together, one as a pianist (Rubenstein) and one as a conductor (Krips). These recording made over a period of two years demonstrates two maestros giving their personal interpretations on classic works that can still be enjoyed by music lovers over 50 years later. From Josef Krips memoirs – “We recorded the five Beethoven concertos in the space of two weeks in the RCAVictor studios. We began late in the evenings and kept going for six hours that were so filled with concentration and enthusiasm that we did not even

ask for a coffee break.”

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Byron Janis: The Legendary Concerto Recordings

Byron Janis: The Legendary Concerto Recordings

Byron Janis Edition


Liszt:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124

Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S125

Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition (piano version)

Prokofiev:

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26

Rachmaninov:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30

Prelude Op. 23 No. 6 in E flat major

Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor

Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Arabeske in C major, Op. 18

Tchaikovsky:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23


Byron Janis (b1928) was born in Pennsylvania to Polish-Russian Jewish parents, and is one of a remarkable group of American virtuoso pianist that include Leon Fleischer, Gary Graffman, Julius Katchen and Raymond Lewenthal. Janis’s playing was high voltage, platinum plated, and the recordings on this 4CD set illustrate clearly why he was and still is held in such high regard. He was Horowitz’s first student, and he rocketed to fame by being the first American pianist to go to Moscow and Leningrad in 1960 at a time of high tension in the Cold War. He married the daughter of Gary Cooper (Maria Cooper was a successful artist) and so was brushed by Hollywood aristocracy. His last recording was made in 1970 for EMI and Bryce Morrison wrote in Gramophone ‘in every sense a true romantic..beneath a now frail exterior burns an inner light of an overwhelming and transcending strength’ Very much an intuitive Slavic pianist rather than a Teutonic intellectual, he epitomises Chopin’s exhortation to ‘play with all your soul’.

Booklet notes.

Recordings made for Mercury Living Presence.

‘Janis certainly storms the work with all the resources of his big technique, yet at the same time the performance is by no means without style’ Gramophone review Rachmaninov 3, 1962

‘And the performance? Given the approach, it is as outstanding as the recorded sound. Byron Janis rises to a phenomenal pitch of virtuosity, which brings to mind the shattering rapidity and precision of Horowitz; his machine-gun delivery of the battering octave passages takes one's breath away, while his flawless finger dexterity in the central - section of the slow movement flashes past at an incredible speed which leaves the ear toiling in pursuit’ Gramophone, Tchaikovsky 1, 1962

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Romantic Masterpieces

Romantic Masterpieces


Brahms:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

Gil Shaham (violin)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Dvorak:

Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 'From the New World'

Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Mendelssohn:

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Frank-Michael Erben (violin)

Leipzig Gewandhaus, Kurt Masur

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Martha Argerich (piano)

Leipzig Gewandhaus, Riccardo Chailly


A four DVD Box, an attractive Christmas offer, brings famous masterpieces to the viewer in the form of firstclass concert performances by all-star casts and a highly informative documentary where musical examples are introduced by experts helping to understand the work's structure.The bonus films also trace locations relevant to the composition, allowing the viewer to embark on a journey back to the time and place in which the work was written. …interpreted by an all-star cast:

"Mr. Shaham and indeed Brahms could do no wrong. The violinist is a virtuoso and a player of deeply intense sincerity." The New York Times

"Mr. Abbado… is one of a few international conductors at the height of the profession…" The New York Times

"One of the last old-style maestros" The Guardian [on Kurt Masur]

"It's the Schumann concerto, most of all, that audience members will be unable to forget." The New York Times [Martha Argerich]

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Walter Gieseking

Walter Gieseking


Bach, J S:

Partita No. 5 in G major, BWV829

Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15

Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 'Waldstein'

Bagatelle in E flat major, Op. 33 No. 1

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

Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101

Brahms:

Intermezzi, Op. 118

Debussy:

Rêverie

Grieg:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Lyric Pieces Op. 68: No. 5 - At the cradle

Serenade Op. 52 Op. 3

Mozart:

Piano Sonata No. 16 in C major, K545 'Facile'

Rachmaninov:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Strauss, R:

Ständchen, Op. 17 No. 2


Recorded 1934-49

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