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Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts Mendelssohn & Schumann

Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts Mendelssohn & Schumann


Mendelssohn:

Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56 'Scottish'

Hebrides Overture, Op. 26

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Maria João Pires (piano)


LSO Live presents the first in a series exploring the complete symphonies of Felix Mendelssohn under the baton of Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Also featured on this release is the eminent Portuguese pianist, Maria João Pires, in the inaugural concerto recording on the label.

Inspired by his travels to the British Isles and full of the influence of the rolling Scottish landscape, both Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3 ‘Scottish’ and his Hebrides Overture (‘Fingal’s Cave’) are amongst the composer’s most popular and celebrated works.

Sir John Eliot Gardiner writes of this coupling: "Even if they spoke with different accents these genial Romantics were united in their ambitious fervour for ‘abstract’ music to be acknowledged as having the same expressive force as poetry, drama or the literary novel. The three works on this album exemplify the endeavour and range of invention of two of them, friends and colleagues in Leipzig."

This recording will be released in both SACD and pure audio Blu-ray formats, allowing both the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir John Eliot’s performance to be seen and heard to full effect.

DSD recording, live at the Barbican, 21st January 2014

Video/ audio 2.0 Stereo and multi-channel (5.0)

Audio + bonus video material/digital (Blu-ray video of the entire concert plus Pires's encore).

Concert Reviews:

"This was the London Symphony Orchestra; but, with violins and violas standing and with a new suppleness and brilliance in their voice, they sounded Romantic and revolutionary. There was a brisk stepping-out, a bracing scent of the tangle o’ the isles, and tiny, drawn-back moments to glimpse the Romantic sublime." The Times****

"The opening of the Intermezzo was supremely graceful with Pires and the LSO’s cellos creating a chamber music intimacy in the ensuing dialogue. The cultivated way in which Pires and the LSO took up and finished phrases was masterful. The finale was a whirling dance with Pires really revving up the momentum while at the same time bringing out the fanciful elements in the score. The coda was played with gusto, bringing the piece to a sparkling conclusion." Seen and Heard

“As you would expect from the LSO brass section, the trumpets soar and blaze when appropriate, but it’s really the woodwind who excel [in The Hebrides]...Pires seems to focus on lyricism over drama, and that’s no bad thing [in the concerto]...It’s in [the Scottish] symphony that Gardiner’s credentials as a proponent of so-called historically-informed performance are most evident” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, 20th October 2014

“a reading formed by life experience…Pires is supported by conductor and orchestra magnificently...I’ve never heard so much of the orchestral colour and detail in any other Schumann recording … My anticipation that this might be a special recording has been met.” MusicWeb International, 30th October 2014

“one of the finest performances of Schumann's Piano Concerto that I have ever heard...[Pires's] performance is as pristine and common-sensical as it is soulful and beguilingly expressive. The whole thing is absolutely wonderful, and an education.” Herald Scotland, 9th November 2014

“Gardiner's Hebrides Overture must be one of the most thrilling ever recorded, adding volleys of sea-spray to well-navigated execution...Ebb and flow is of the essence in this proto-Wagnerian masterpiece and a subtle use of vibrato...Gardiner makes a beeline for individual instrumental details, keeping important woodwind lines to the fore.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2015

“this ‘Scottish’ symphony is fresh, vital and even thrilling (a word that doesn’t always come up in discussions of Mendelssohn) as any I’ve ever heard…at its best it is so good that it can be recommended without hesitation.” International Record Review, January 2015

“[Pires] has the enviable ability to make everything sound fresh but natural, and her tone is enchanting...The definition on [the Blu-ray] is superb and the camera work actually helps the viewer understand the music.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2015 ***/*****

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Schumann & Dvorak: Piano Concertos

Schumann & Dvorak: Piano Concertos


Dvorak:

Piano Concerto in G minor, Op. 33

original version from 1882

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54


New Naïve signing, Francesco Piemontesi, born in 1983, is one of today's most-watched pianists. His debut album on Naïve features the Schumann Piano Concerto and the original version of the Dvorák Piano Concerto, a work seldom performed due to its sheer technical difficulty. Conducted by Jiri Belohlávek with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the album was recorded at BBC Maida Vale studios (Dvorák) and live in concert at the Barbican (Schumann) in December 2012 and continues the blossoming relationship between soloist, conductor and orchestra, begun in 2010, with Strauss’s 'Burleske'.

Piemontesi was voted Best Newcomer at the 2012 BBC Music Magazine Awards. In presenting his student with the award, Alfred Brendel praised “a young pianist with real talent, a pianist of natural poise and grace, of wonderful technical equipment, and of the ability to remind us what beautiful playing means: cantabile playing that is colourful, luminous and harmonious, without in the least lacking tension and atmosphere.”

Piemontesi has been a prize-winner at numerous international competitions including the Queen Elisabeth in Brussels, and in 2009 was awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship as well as being named by the BBC as one of its New Generation Artists.

“Schumann’s concerto never fails to enchant... and Piemontesi brings to it an exquisite lyricism” Sunday Times, 2nd June 2013

“Piemontesi's crisp articulation is matched in the characterful playing of the BBC SO's clarinet, flute and oboe principals, the cadenza of the Schumann exquisite. Belohlávek's balancing of orchestra and soloist is near-ideal” The Independent, 22nd June 2013 *****

“his performances in these two warm-hearted concertos amply display his pure-spirited, intelligent artistry...Piemontesi makes an even more satisfying impression when he lets his hair down a little.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2013 ****

“Piemontesi benefits from a wonderfully realistic piano sound - too forwardly placed, some may think - which captures his creamy tone production and tapered phrase-ending to good effect... Listening to Piemontesi...makes you wonder if it isn't time the Dvorak gained a place in the regular concerto repertoire.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2013

“It’s a performance full of vivid imagery, refined lyric tracery and dancing rhythms. Some teasing pianistic rubati - faithfully followed by the conductor - ensure that nothing is metrical, and that the wind tapestry in particular sounds authentically Czech...If you are keen to hear the Dvořák original - or maybe it’s better to say ‘Original, mark II’ - then go for this Naive release which comes complete with excellent notes by Ludmila Smidová.” MusicWeb International, 4th September 2013

“Piemontesi is a very gifted young player and his account of Schumann’s original masterpiece ranks highly- always intensely musical and respectful of the score, deeply felt, producing a performance that will give much pleasure” International Record Review, September 2013

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Romantic Piano Concertos

Romantic Piano Concertos


Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

Tchaikovsky:

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

RCA Symphony Orchestra, Kyrill Kondrashin


Van Cliburn (piano)

Van Cliburn's extraordinary rise to fame in the late fifties was in no small part due to his performance of the Tchaikovsky concerto featured on this disc. This Regis release is a valuable document of the birth of a pianistic legend. The Schumann coupling shows a more introspective side to his musicianship.

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Schumann & Mozart: Sophie Pacini

Schumann & Mozart: Sophie Pacini


Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat major, K271 "Jeunehomme"

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54


Sophie Pacini (piano)

Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Radoslaw Szulc

In 2011 Pacini won the Prix Marguerite Dütschler of the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad. Born in Munich in 1991, her father an Italian professor of literature and her mother a German physician, Sophie Pacini began to play the piano comparatively late, at the age of six. However, her outstanding talent was recognised quickly: she made her debut with Haydn’s D major Piano Concerto in 2000. In 2002, aged 11, she became a student of Karl-Heinz Kämmerling at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. In 2004 she was admitted to the Mozarteum’s institute for highly talented musicians, where she studied not only the piano but also improvisation, aural theory, harmonics, composition and conducting. Since 2007 she has been studying in Pavel Gililov’s master class.

In 2010 Pacini auditioned for Martha Argerich and, after the Liszt Sonata, Argerich approached her, kissed her on the cheek and said: ‘You are very good. Do you know that?’ Since then their friendship has grown. Argerich recommended Sophie to Fou T’song and invited her to take part in the Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano. They arrange to meet whenever possible. Martha Argerich and Sophie Pacini worked together on the preparation for this, her debut recording of an Argerich favourite – the Schumann concerto, and also on Mozart’s first great piano concerto, known as ‘Jeunehomme’. Named after a French keyboard player who was in Salzburg over the winter of 1776–7, nothing is known of her today, except that the 21-year-old Mozart wrote this remarkable concerto for her.

“Pacini (b1991) is a protegee of Martha Argerich and it shows...There's a similar air of in-the-moment rhapsodising and no fear of giving the performance a boot up the backside if she catches her accompanists napping...Pacini clearly has something to say in this music and the technique to do so. What is lacking, perhaps, is ability to take the long view and tie up all the works' episodes into a unified whole.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2012

“This debut reveals a sympathetic tone and an independent spirit which particularly suit the Schumann. Tempos are well-judged, with room for Pacini to explore the work's lyrical meditations. Certain issues between pianist and orchestra could have worked better...But Pacini is promising indeed, and one to watch for the future.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2012 ***

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Martin Helmchen plays Schumann & Dvorak

Martin Helmchen plays Schumann & Dvorak


Dvorak:

Piano Concerto in G minor, Op. 33

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54


Martin Helmchen’s last two CDs have both been Music Choice of the Month in BBC Music Magazine. His recording of the “Trout” received excellent reviews all over the world: “The young Martin Helmchen is as gifted a new pianist as I expect to hear for years” BBC Music Magazine.

“...a genuinely distinguished account of the Schumann concerto, beautifully coloured and phrased, and with a lightness of touch that's altogether admirable…” The Guardian, 4th December 2009 ***

“Martin Helmchen delivers a refreshing performance of Schumann and Dvorak's piano concertos...the tumbling motifs of Dvorak's first movement are impulsive, the cadenza and Andante are confidently characterised.” The Independent on Sunday, 29th November 2009

“Martin Helmchen is clearly a staunch advocate for Dvorák's neglected Concerto. There are many things to enjoy in this beautifully recorded interpretation, but the orchestra is not nearly as assured in the Dvorák as the Schumann… both Helmchen and Albrecht give a magnificently assured performance of the Schumann concerto.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2010 ****

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Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 & Schumann: Piano Concerto

Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 & Schumann: Piano Concerto


Chopin:

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

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54


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Decca - 4119422

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Schumann: Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129, etc.

Schumann:

Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54


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Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann & Ravel: Piano Concertos

Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann & Ravel: Piano Concertos

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Beethoven:

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

Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma della RAI, Massimo Freccia

Haydn:

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

Orchestra Sinfonica di Torino della RAI, Mario Rossi

Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 15 in B flat major, K450

Orchestra Sinfonica della Radio della Svizzera Italiana, Hermann Scherchen

Ravel:

Piano Concerto in G major

Orchestra Sinfonica di Torino della RAI, Nino Sanzogno

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Orchestra Sinfonica della Radio della Svizzera Italiana, Hermann Scherchen


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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 & Schumann: Piano Concerto in A Minor

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 & Schumann: Piano Concerto in A Minor


Beethoven:

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

Istvan Antal (piano)

Gyula Nemeth

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Lajos Hernadi (piano)

Miklos Erdelyi


Hungaroton Echo Collection - HRC1006

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The French Piano Legend, Vol. 4

The French Piano Legend, Vol. 4


Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Société des Nouveaux-Concerts, Eugène Bigot

Kreisleriana, Op. 16

Romanze in B flat minor, Op. 28 No. 1


Yves Nat (piano)

Documents - The French Piano Legend - 299682

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