Chopin: Polonaise No. 6 in A flat major, Op. 53 'Héroïque' (Heroic)

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Charles Richard-Hamelin plays Beethoven, Enescu and Chopin

Charles Richard-Hamelin plays Beethoven, Enescu and Chopin


Beethoven:

Rondo in C major, Op. 51 No. 1

Rondo in G major, Op. 51 No. 2

Chopin:

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

Nocturne No. 16 in E flat major, Op. 55 No. 2

Rondo in E flat major, Op. 16

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

Enescu:

Suite for Piano No. 2 in D major, Op. 10


Charles Richard-Hamelin (piano)

Canadian pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin, winner of the silver medal and the Krystian Zimerman prize at the 2015 Frederic Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw.

Charles Richard-Hamelin continues to climb the upper echelons of the piano world with the release of an excellent new album recorded live in Quebec City. Though written within a span of just over 100 years, the works recorded here nevertheless represent three centuries of music: Beethoven’s Two Rondos, Op. 51 are steeped in Classicism; the works by Chopin are in the Romantic tradition; and Enescu’s Piano Suite No. 2, Op. 11, with its unique harmonic language and impressionistic style, pointed toward one of the roads modernity would take in the early 20th century. Impressive!

“The highlight for me was Enescu’s Second Suite…the opening Toccata is suffused with the sounds of bells and Richard-Hamelin is alive to its sense of joy. In the Sarabande he becomes utterly inward, relishing its more urgent inner section, spiced with whole-tone harmonies. Everywhere, he displays a strong sense of narrative, making him a compelling storyteller” Gramophone Magazine, February 2017

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Chopin: Scherzos & Polonaises

Chopin: Scherzos & Polonaises


Chopin:

Scherzi Nos. 1-4

Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60

Berceuse in D flat major, Op. 57

Waltz No. 2 in A flat major 'Grande Valse Brillante', Op. 34 No. 1

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

Polonaise No. 1 in C sharp minor, Op. 26 No. 1

Polonaise No. 2 in E flat minor, Op. 26 No. 2

Polonaise No. 3 in A major, Op. 40 No. 1 'Military'

Polonaise No. 4 in C minor, Op. 40, No. 2

Polonaise No. 5 in F sharp minor, Op. 44

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

Polonaise No. 7 in A flat major, Op. 61 'Polonaise-fantaisie'

Andante spianato & Grande Polonaise, Op. 22


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Emil Gilels plays Chopin

Emil Gilels plays Chopin


Chopin:

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

Polonaise No. 3 in A major, Op. 40 No. 1 'Military'

Polonaise No. 4 in C minor, Op. 40, No. 2

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

Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23


Emil Gilels (piano)

When Arthur Rubinstein first heard the fifteen-year-old Gilels perform in Odessa, he exclaimed ‘By God, I can’t describe it. If he comes to America, I might as well pack my bags and leave!’

‘Serious without solemnity, profound without pomp, he was a citizen of the world,’ wrote Jeremy Siepmann of Gilels. ‘Like music itself, his art was all encompassing, embracing both aspiration and achievement, if not always in equal measure. […] He was inconsistent […] but the failures of a genius are more nourishing than the successes of most lesser artists. Even on his off-days, Gilels made you think. At his greatest, you could only marvel.’

These magnificent recordings of Chopin are testament to Gilels’s all-encompassing artistry – one of his all-too-rare outings with this composer. As John Steane noted in Gramophone, ‘… there is not a bar that does not set one thinking about this music anew’.

“No pianist distils tone with a finer touch … than Gilels. […] We can hear luminous and illuminating polyphony everywhere in Gilels’s Beethoven, Chopin and Schumann.” Richard Osborne, Gramophone Magazine

“The Sonata is thoughtful and ruminative, seen through a powerful mind and wholly individual fingers, with some highly personal details, such as the gentle undulating accompaniment, like quietly tolling bells caressing the second group of the first movement, and there is a beautifully pensive and delicately coloured slow movement … there is not a bar that does not set one thinking about this music anew.” Gramophone Magazine (John Steane, A Quarterly Retrospect, May 1980)

“richly eloquent and beautiful’ [Sonata No. 3] … ‘The Polonaises combine warmth with sturdiness … The disc is exemplary in quality of recorded sound” Gramophone Magazine, January 1980

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Chopin: The Legendary 1965 Recording - Vinyl Edition

Chopin: The Legendary 1965 Recording - Vinyl Edition


Chopin:

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

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

Mazurkas (3), Op. 59

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

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


Martha Argerich has been described as “unquestionably one of the greatest pianists of all time”. She recorded this recital in 1965, shortly after her victory in the prestigious Chopin Competition, but it only became available in 1999, when it appeared on CD. This is its first release on LP, the format originally intended. “Argerich was quite the most formidable player we had ever come across,” said the album’s producer, Suvi Raj Grubb, “Nothing would have been beyond this woman.” All this adds up to a recording that is indeed legendary.

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Anastasia Huppmann plays Chopin & Liszt

Anastasia Huppmann plays Chopin & Liszt


Chopin:

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

Étude Op. 25 No. 3 in F major

Trois Nouvelles Études: Étude in F minor

Polonaise No. 1 in C sharp minor, Op. 26 No. 1

Polonaise No. 2 in E flat minor, Op. 26 No. 2

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

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

Liszt:

Mephisto Waltz No. 1

Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 2 in C sharp minor

Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 11 in A minor


Anastasia Huppmann (piano)

With her impressive debut album, the Russian pianist Anastasia Huppmann brings together works for piano solo by Frederic Chopin and Franz Liszt. Both composers, whose friendly relationship developed during their joint years living in Paris, were affected by the widespread awakening of nationalistic ideas at the time, which led them to use musical elements from their respective native countries, Poland and Hungary, as the basis for many of their works. The catchiness of the rhythms, melodies and harmonies, which had previously hardly existed in this form in the world of classical music brought about highly virtuoso cornerstones like the Hungarian Rhapsodies No. 2 and No. 11 or the popular Mephisto Waltz No. 1 S 514 by Franz Liszt. The polonaises, concert etudes and waltzes by Chopin as well count among the most well-known pieces for piano solo.

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Chopin Competition Winner 2015: Seong-Jin Cho

Chopin Competition Winner 2015: Seong-Jin Cho


Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Nocturne No. 13 in C minor, Op. 48 No. 1

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

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


Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

South Korea's Seong-Jin Cho, aged 21, was announced winner of the prestigious 17th international Frederic Chopin piano competition in the Polish capital, Warsaw on the evening of 20th October 2015.

The competition, held every five years, is one of the few in which pianists play pieces by a single composer. 84 pianists aged 16 to 30, from 45 countries, qualified for the 2015 four-stage series of final recitals held over a three-week period in October.

The competition opened on 1 October with a gala concert featuring Martha Argerich and finished with the Grand Finale recitals by the top 10 pianists on 18-20 October. The Chopin Competition is renowned for discovering the world’s most talented pianists. Past winners include Maurizio Pollini, Martha Argerich, Krystian Zimmerman, Yundi Li and Rafał Blechacz.

This all-Chopin disc was made from live performances from the competition's finals.

“There's no sense of him rolling up his sleeves for the hard-work part of the programme – Preludes and Sonata seem to be approached on an equal footing, and Cho is clearly no more daunted by the latter's scale than he was by the former's virtuosity...Seong-Jin Cho has certainly made his mark – this is as fine a début as any young artist could wish for. If there's any justice, we should be hearing a lot more from him in the coming years!” David Smith, Presto Classical, 13th November 2015

“His performance of the 24 Preludes Op 28 is ravishing. The wonderfully crisp, unfussy articulation one quickly takes for granted, but the restraint and subtle discrimination of Cho’s playing, combined with his silvery, never fulsome sound, is constantly beguiling.” The Guardian, 17th December 2015 ****

“he really is phenomenal: this music seems to flow out of him with such relaxed and elegant perfection” BBC Music Magazine, March 2016 ****

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Lazar Berman plays Chopin: Polonaises & Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

Lazar Berman plays Chopin: Polonaises & Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition


Chopin:

Polonaise No. 1 in C sharp minor, Op. 26 No. 1

Polonaise No. 2 in E flat minor, Op. 26 No. 2

Polonaise No. 3 in A major, Op. 40 No. 1 'Military'

Polonaise No. 4 in C minor, Op. 40, No. 2

Polonaise No. 5 in F sharp minor, Op. 44

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

Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition (piano version)


Lazar Berman (piano)

Lazar Berman, a bear of a man whom The Times of London called ‘one of the last unabashed exponents of the Romantic tradition of Russian pianism’, was known for the power of his playing and for his prodigious technique, but was also capable of great delicacy at the keyboard. The core of his repertoire was the great Romantic and post-Romantic works, from Beethoven to Prokofiev and Shostakovich. Emil Gilels referred to him as a ‘phenomenon of the musical world’. Eloquence presents his complete Deutsche Grammophon recordings over five titles.

Lazar Berman did not like competitions. In the 1956 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, his first trip to the West, he placed only fifth. An experience in a Chopin competition left a bitter taste; as a result, he subsequently refused to play Chopin, explaining that ‘Of course I used to play him, but many years ago I entered for a Chopin competition in Warsaw and I did not qualify. It was a tremendous blow to my pride, and I vowed that I would never play him again.’ Nevertheless, in 1979 Berman was persuaded to set down this version of Chopin’s mature Polonaises, leaving us feeling much the poorer for the lack of other recordings from him of this composer. Mussorgsky’s suite Pictures at an Exhibition was perhaps his most fully realized masterpiece. Berman’s view of the work is detailed, clearly sculpted, energizing, but never over-the top.

“Berman has a warm, romantic heart and can produce big, full tone without any hard edge. Moreover he appreciates that these pieces are not just dances but patriotic tone-poems embodying what the late Arthur Hedley once described as pride in the past” Gramophone Magazine (Chopin)

“astonishing dynamic range of the performances ... bold rhythmic demarcation of thematic sections and delineation of figures, and generally pyromaniacal heroics ... if you like your vodka straight and your Chopin flambé, this disc is your man” Fanfare (Chopin)

“distinguished new recording … the pianism is breathtaking … DG’s recording accords with Berman’s acuity and refined shadings” Gramophone Magazine (Mussorgsky)

“Full-blooded playing offering both muscularity and lyrical repose in the Chopin Polonaises. Pictures is equally impressive, though the occasional fortissimo passage sounds a bit brittle.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2015 ****

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Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1

Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1


Chopin:

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

Philharmonia Orchestra, Paul Kletzki

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

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

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

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

Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23

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


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Lang Lang: Live In Vienna (Standard Version)

Lang Lang: Live In Vienna (Standard Version)


Albéniz:

Evocación (from Iberia, book 1)

El puerto (from Iberia, book 1)

Féte-dieu à Séville from Iberia

Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2 No. 3

Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 'Appassionata'

Chopin:

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

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

Waltz No. 2 in A flat major 'Grande Valse Brillante', Op. 34 No. 1

Prokofiev:

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


Lang Lang (piano)

Lang Lang’s first recording for Sony, the start of a new exclusive long-term partnership - recorded live at Vienna’s prestigious Musikverein earlier in 2010.

Lang Lang:

Heralded as the “hottest artist on the classical music planet” by the New York Times, 28- year-old Lang Lang began playing the piano at the age of 3, gave his first public recital aged 5, and won first prize at the Tchaikovsky International Young Musicians Competition at the age of 13. Since then he has become a global phenomenon, playing sold out recitals and concerts in every major city in the world.

Testimony to his success, Lang Lang recently appeared in the 2009 Time 100 – Time Magazine's annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2008, over 5 billion people viewed Lang Lang’s performance in Beijing’s opening ceremony for the Olympic Games, and he has inspired over 40 million Chinese children to take up the piano – a phenomenon coined by The Today Show as "the Lang Lang effect." More recently, Lang Lang was chosen as an official worldwide ambassador to the 2010 Shanghai Expo. He has performed at prestigious events including at The White House and The Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony.

Continuing his presence on the world stage, Lang Lang was featured at the 2008 Grammy Awards and the 2009 Classical Brit Awards, pairing up with jazz great, Herbie Hancock, for an astounding performance that was broadcast live to 45 million viewers worldwide.

Lang Lang has made it his mission to share classical music around the world, with an emphasis on training children and young musicians through education, outreach programs, master classes and financial support. He launched the Lang Lang International Music Foundation in New York with the support of UNICEF. In May 2009, Lang Lang and his three chosen young scholars from the foundation performed together on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

In addition to his numerous commitments, Lang Lang holds the title of the first Ambassador of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra. His role in this groundbreaking project created by YouTube and Google reflects his devotion to building new audiences and bringing classical music to young people worldwide. A brand in himself, Lang Lang has become the face of numerous global campaigns. Steinway has created five versions of the “Lang Lang Steinway” designed for early music education - the first time in Steinway’s 150-year history that an artist’s name has been used to produce pianos. He is a global brand ambassador for the entire Sony Corporation, including its Electronics arm, with whom he anticipates achieving innovative and creative possibilities for the future. Lang Lang also holds brand partnerships with Audi Automobiles and Aegon's worldwide financial services, amongst others.Lang Lang’s performance clothes are provided by Versace.

In February 2010, Lang Lang joined Sony Music Entertainment as an exclusive recording artist.

“The first movement of his Appassionata is gracefully conceived, and he brings a properly Beethovenian authority to the variations of the slow movement, before seguing gracefully into whirlwind finale...But the chief appeal of this CD lies in the fact that it's pulsatingly live...Lang Lang dares, and wins.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2010 ****

“It's hard to imagine a programme to better display the pianist's prodigious range.” The Independent, 20th August 2010 ****

“...let me say at once that the youthful excess and rampant exhibitionism of much of Lang Lang's earliest work is today transformed into playing which for the greater part is as stylish and perceptive as it is brilliant...Clearly everyone is having a ball and, make no mistake, doubting Thomases should take time off to listen to a major talent.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2010

“He is intense and focused in the "Appassionata", sharp and lively in Beethoven's early C major sonata. His Albéniz is thrillingly colourful, his Prokofiev vivid and pungent...the technical command is peerless and the emotional warmth envelops us. He is surely the Horowitz of our generation.” The Observer, 12th September 2010

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - October 2010

Sony - 88697719012

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Lang Lang: Live In Vienna (Limited Edition Deluxe Version)

Lang Lang: Live In Vienna (Limited Edition Deluxe Version)

Deluxe Special Edition includes hard cover book and bonus behind-the-scenes DVD.


Albéniz:

Evocación (from Iberia, book 1)

El puerto (from Iberia, book 1)

Féte-dieu à Séville from Iberia

Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2 No. 3

Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 'Appassionata'

Chopin:

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

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

Waltz No. 2 in A flat major 'Grande Valse Brillante', Op. 34 No. 1

Prokofiev:

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


Lang Lang (piano)

2 CD & DVD.

Lang Lang’s first recording for Sony, the start of a new exclusive long-term partnership - recorded live at Vienna’s prestigious Musikverein in 2010.

Lang Lang:

Heralded as the “hottest artist on the classical music planet” by the New York Times, 28- year-old Lang Lang began playing the piano at the age of 3, gave his first public recital aged 5, and won first prize at the Tchaikovsky International Young Musicians Competition at the age of 13. Since then he has become a global phenomenon, playing sold out recitals and concerts in every major city in the world.

Testimony to his success, Lang Lang recently appeared in the 2009 Time 100 – Time Magazine's annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2008, over 5 billion people viewed Lang Lang’s performance in Beijing’s opening ceremony for the Olympic Games, and he has inspired over 40 million Chinese children to take up the piano – a phenomenon coined by The Today Show as "the Lang Lang effect." More recently, Lang Lang was chosen as an official worldwide ambassador to the 2010 Shanghai Expo. He has performed at prestigious events including at The White House and The Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony.

Continuing his presence on the world stage, Lang Lang was featured at the 2008 Grammy Awards and the 2009 Classical Brit Awards, pairing up with jazz great, Herbie Hancock, for an astounding performance that was broadcast live to 45 million viewers worldwide.

Lang Lang has made it his mission to share classical music around the world, with an emphasis on training children and young musicians through education, outreach programs, master classes and financial support. He launched the Lang Lang International Music Foundation in New York with the support of UNICEF. In May 2009, Lang Lang and his three chosen young scholars from the foundation performed together on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

In addition to his numerous commitments, Lang Lang holds the title of the first Ambassador of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra. His role in this groundbreaking project created by YouTube and Google reflects his devotion to building new audiences and bringing classical music to young people worldwide. A brand in himself, Lang Lang has become the face of numerous global campaigns. Steinway has created five versions of the “Lang Lang Steinway” designed for early music education - the first time in Steinway’s 150-year history that an artist’s name has been used to produce pianos. He is a global brand ambassador for the entire Sony Corporation, including its Electronics arm, with whom he anticipates achieving innovative and creative possibilities for the future. Lang Lang also holds brand partnerships with Audi Automobiles and Aegon's worldwide financial services, amongst others.Lang Lang’s performance clothes are provided by Versace.

In February 2010, Lang Lang joined Sony Music Entertainment as an exclusive recording artist.

“the first movement of his Appassionata is gracefully conceived, and he brings a properly Beethovenian authority to the variations of the slow movement, before seguing gracefully into whirlwind finale...But the chief appeal of this CD lies in the fact that it's pulsatingly live...Lang Lang dares, and wins” BBC Music Magazine, September 2010 ****

“It's hard to imagine a programme to better display the pianist's prodigious range.” The Independent, 20th August 2010 ****

“...let me say at once that the youthful excess and rampant exhibitionism of much of Lang Lang's earliest work is today transformed into playing which for the greater part is as stylish and perceptive as it is brilliant...Clearly everyone is having a ball and, make no mistake, doubting Thomases should take time off to listen to a major talent.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2010

“He is intense and focused in the "Appassionata", sharp and lively in Beethoven's early C major sonata. His Albéniz is thrillingly colourful, his Prokofiev vivid and pungent...the technical command is peerless and the emotional warmth envelops us. He is surely the Horowitz of our generation.” The Observer, 12th September 2010

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - October 2010

Sony - 88697719002

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