Mozart: Adagio in B minor, K540

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Vladimir Horowitz: Return To Chicago

Vladimir Horowitz: Return To Chicago


Chopin:

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

Mazurka No. 7 in F minor, Op. 7 No. 3

Scherzo No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20

Liszt:

Sonetto 104 del Petrarca (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 5)

Soirées de Vienne: valse-caprice No. 6 (after Schubert), D427 No. 6

Moszkowski:

Étincelles, Op. 36 No. 6

Mozart:

Adagio in B minor, K540

Rondo in D major, K485

Piano Sonata No. 10 in C major, K330

Scarlatti, D:

Keyboard Sonata K380 in E major

Keyboard Sonata K135 in E major

Schumann:

Arabeske in C major, Op. 18

Kinderszenen, Op. 15: Träumerei

Scriabin:

3 Pieces for piano, Op. 2: Etude in C sharp minor

Étude Op. 8 No. 12 in D sharp minor

Horowitz Interview with Norman Pellegrini

Horowitz Interview with Thomas Willis


Vladimir Horowitz. Even more than twenty-five years after his death, his name still conjures up magical imagery. An artist of extraordinary pianistic abilities, Horowitz came to define an era, when performing artists put their personal stamp on everything they did. And Horowitz did it like no one else, before or since.

This CD set is taken from one of those concerts, a recital from Orchestra Hall, Chicago, on October 26, 1986. Here we hear him in his element, before a live audience. We may not be able to attend a Horowitz recital anymore, but this is the next best thing – with a little imagination, we can become part of the audience ourselves, and it’s just thrilling.

Horowitz performed in Chicago thirty-seven times in all, including twenty-seven solo recitals, starting in the year 1928. He was very popular there, and that popularity caused him to give repeat performances four times in the 1960s and 1970s, in order to reach as many patrons as possible. By 1986, he’d come up with perhaps a better plan: a concert that would be broadcast, as a gift to the city of Chicago. This concert marks the final time Horowitz played in Chicago.

“No one could imitate anything Horowitz did, and that’s particularly true of his Scarlatti, which combines lightness of action and the subtlest of pedalling...Schumann’s Arabeske, new to his DG output though by no means new to his discography as a whole, has a pearlescent beauty, a reactivity that gives new tints to the main theme each time it reappears...this is another compelling addition to the vast Horowitz legacy.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2016

“Recorded by WFMT’s engineers in 1986 during the pianist’s Indian summer, this fly-on-the-wall glimpse of Horowitz live is both welcome and enjoyable. Scarlatti and Mozart glitter; Schumann and Liszt compel: this is vintage stuff.” Classical Music, January 2016 ****

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - January 2016

DG - 4794649

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Mozart: Keyboard Music Volume 2

Mozart: Keyboard Music Volume 2


Mozart:

Piano Sonata No. 10 in C major, K330

Rondo in A minor, K511

Rondo in D major, K485

Adagio in B minor, K540

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor, K457


Kristian Bezuidenhout (fortepiano)

Paul McNulty, Divisov, Czech Republic, 2008; after Anton Walter & Sohn, Vienna, c. 1802; unequal temperament - A = 430

Fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout continues his multi-disc survey of Mozart’s music for solo keyboard. Volume 2 features an instrument by Paul McNulty, modelled on a Viennese original by Anton Walter & Sohn (c.1802).

Kristian Bezuidenhout was born in South Africa in 1979. He first gained international recognition at the age of 21 after winning the prestigious first prize as well as the audience prize in the Bruges Fortepiano Competition after studying harpsichord with Arthur Haas, fortepiano with Malcolm Bilson and continuo playing and performance practice with Paul O’Dette. During this time he gained experience as a continuo player in Baroque opera productions in the USA and Europe. He is a frequent guest artist with the Freiburger Barockorchester, the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, Les Arts Florissants, Concerto Köln and Collegium Vocale Gent, in many instances assuming the role of guest director. He has performed with celebrated artists including Philippe Herreweghe, Christopher Hogwood, Daniel Hope and Viktoria Mullova, and he regularly gives Lied recitals with, among others, Carolyn Sampson, Mark Padmore and Jan Kobow.

“Bezuidenhout is a prince of the fortepiano, making it sing in melodic phrases as no other practitioner of this intractable instrument has done in my experience.” The Times

“This is Mozart rethought, unsanitised and maybe unsettling for some. But as Bezuidenhout implies, we have to move on.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2011

“Bezuidenhout promises great things, and this instalment is superb. The keyboard is perfectly scaled to the music: Bezuidenhout can give the C minor sonata (K457) full force and weight without ever sounding overblown, while the exquisite A minor rondo and B minor adagio have a gentle, unforced eloquence.” The Observer, 16th January 2011

“Any inbuilt resistance to hearing Mozart on a fortepiano rather than a concert grand quickly evaporates as the ear begins to relish the piquant colours and subtle nuances that Bezuidenhout produces...The best of it (K511, 540 and 457) sounds revolutionary while the rest cannot fail to charm.” Classic FM Magazine, February 2011 *****

“Bezuidenhout steers a wonderful, measured course through both works [Rondo and Adagio], but allows himself a bit of freedom in the two sonatas...Both are perfectly proportioned accounts, with every rhythm neatly sprung, and inflected with a splendid range of keyboard touch and colour.” The Guardian, 20th January 2011 ****

“There is nothing to fault in the playing, with Bezuidenhout displaying immaculate control of the refinements of tone of a fabulous fortepiano...This is Mozart playing of such intimacy and tenderness, on an instrument able to respond with similar subtlety and nuance” International Record Review, January 2011

“Throughout, Bezuidenhout transcends the apparent limitations of his instrument — a modern copy of a Walter fortepiano — with a remarkable range of colour.” Sunday Times, 30th January 2011 ****

“deeply-felt performances of some of the very greatest among the solo keyboard works...these performances leave a strong impression. Among the highlights is Bezuidenhout's expressive account of the tragic A minor Rondo K511. Elsewhere, Bezuidenhout is unfailingly imaginative with his own ornamentation. The reproduction Anton Walter pianos he uses are warm and sonorous.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2011 ****

“There have been a few recordings on historical instruments made in recent decades, but Bezuidenhout rivals them all for the breadth of understanding he brings to the music, and his astonishing inflections of colour. He is able to make the fortepiano really sing – such an important aspect of Mozart’s music...this is shaping up to be a truly great cycle that does Mozart’s solo piano music the fullest justice.” bbc.co.uk, 12th April 2011

Harmonia Mundi Bezuidenhout Mozart Series - HMU907498

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Mozart-Contrasts: Piano Concertos Nos. 12, 13 & 26

Mozart-Contrasts: Piano Concertos Nos. 12, 13 & 26

and piano works in minor keys


Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K414

Camerata Bern, Erich Hobarth

Piano Concerto No. 13 in C major, K415

Camerata Bern, Erich Hobarth

Piano Concerto No. 26 in D major, K537 'Coronation'

Camerata Bern, Erich Hobarth

Fantasia in D minor, K397

Fantasia in C minor, K475

Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K310

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor, K457

Rondo in A minor, K511

Adagio in B minor, K540


Oliver Schnyder (piano)

RCA - 88697323172

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Mozart: Piano Works

Mozart: Piano Works


Mozart:

Piano Sonata No. 17 in B flat major, K570

Piano Sonata No. 5 in G, K283

Piano Sonata No. 9 in D major, K311

Rondo in D major, K485

Adagio in B minor, K540


Trudelies Leonhardt (fortepiano Paul McNulty, 1992, after Walter, 1795)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was famous from an early age as a pianist, utilizing the sophisticated Viennese instruments that were developed from the 1770's by builders such as Anton Walter and Andreas Stein. On this companion album to MO0409, distinguished fortepianist, Trudelies Leonhardt, presents another programme of Mozart's solo sonatas from Salzburg, Mannheim and Vienna, as well as the Rondo in D major, K. 485 and the sublime Adagio in B minor, K. 540. Leonhardt performs ona fortepiano built by Paul McNulty, a replica of an instrument by Mozart's favorite maker, Anton Walter.

Released or re-released in last 6 months

Musica Omnia - MO0706

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Mozart: Fantasia - Organ Works

Mozart: Fantasia - Organ Works


Mozart:

Overture in C major, K399(385i)

(arr. Organ)

Fantasia in F minor for a mechanical organ, K594

(arr. Organ)

Clavierstück K15ii B flat major

(arr. Organ)

Allegro in F major, K15a

(arr. Organ)

Clavierstuck in B flat, K15q

(arr. Organ)

Piano Piece K15o

(arr. Organ)

Adagio in B minor, K540

(arr. Organ)

Allegro in G K72a

(arr. Organ)

Fugue in G minor, K401

(arr. Organ)

Gigue in G Major, K574

(arr. Organ)

Fantasia in F minor, K383a/b

(arr. Organ)

Andantino in E flat major, K236 (K588b)

(arr. Organ)

Andante in F major, K616

(arr. Organ)

Adagio in C major, K356

(arr. Organ)

Fantasia in F minor for a mechanical organ, K608

(arr. Organ)


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Decca - 4830909

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Mozart 225: Legendary Piano Performances

Mozart 225: Legendary Piano Performances


Mozart:

Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K310

Friedrich Gulda (piano)

Variations (12) on ‘Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman' in C major, K265

Clara Haskil (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major, K331 'Alla Turca'

Wilhelm Kempff (piano)

Rondo in D major, K485

Vladimir Horowitz (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 12 in F major, K332

Grigory Sokolov (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor, K457

Friedrich Gulda (piano)

Rondo in A minor, K511

Vladimir Horowitz (piano)

Adagio in B minor, K540

Alfred Brendel (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 18 in D major, K576 'Hunt'

Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)

Sonata for Piano duet in C major, K521

Sviatoslav Richter, Benjamin Britten (piano duet)


Decca - 4831639

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Paul Badura-Skoda plays Mozart

Paul Badura-Skoda plays Mozart


Mozart:

Fantasia in C minor, K475

Fantasia in D minor, K397

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor, K457

Piano Sonata No. 18 in D major, K576 'Hunt'

Adagio in B minor, K540


The second part of the latest Mozart trilogy by the pianist and honorary doctor Paul Badura-Skoda on the period fortepiano by Anton Walter (1790) is entirely characterized by tragedy. Apparently separated from the pinnacle of his outward success in Vienna (around 1784), the Sonata in C minor KV 457, composed the same year, heralds a new era in Mozart’s life, the inner and outer tragedy that led to him finally dying in squalor. The sequence of tragic minor works by Mozart during his years in Vienna, which concluded with the unfinished Requiem of 1791, also includes the Fantasias in C minor KV 475 and D minor KV 397 as well as the subdued and moving Adagio in B minor: lamenting, menacing, but also, in the manner typical of Mozart, glorifying and reconciliatory notes – laughing amongst tears. His last Piano Sonata in D major, by contrast, links cheerful elegance to polyphonic structural depth and outshines the previous gloom like a satyr play.

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Treasures of the Empfindsamkeit

Treasures of the Empfindsamkeit


Bach, C P E:

Free Fantasia, for keyboard in F sharp minor, H300/Wq67

Keyboard Sonata in E minor, Wq. 52/6 (H129)

La Stahl, Wq. 117/25 (H94)

L'Aly Rupalich, Wq. 117/27 (H95)

Haydn:

Piano Sonata No. 33 in C minor, Hob.XVI:20

Mozart:

Adagio in B minor, K540

Muthel:

Arioso and 12 Variations No. 2 in C Minor


Carole Cerasi (Hoffmann Clavichord, 1784)

Following up on her 1998 award-winning recording of CPE Bach sonatas, Carole Cerasi has turned, in her latest release, to that ultimate personal and rarefied musical instrument, the clavichord, to present a recital of profound musical utterances that epitomise the progressive musical style, Empfindsamkeit or 'sensitive style', so beloved of CPE Bach. Opening with one of his most astonishing works, the Fantasie in F sharp minor, she aims to illuminate this particularly expressive style, finding its manifestation in unusual corners of mainstream repertoire and placing contemporary composers in revealing context. Carole Cerasi had the great privilege to have access to the Hoffman clavichord of 1784 housed at Hatchlands Park, which has never before been recorded for commercial release.

The release is part of a series of events Carole Cerasi is taking part in to focus on the music of CPE Bach in 2014, his tercentenary year, including a recital in the Lufthansa Baroque Festival in London. CPE Bach is a composer with whom she has a great affinity and her playing of his distinctive style illustrates his comment “One should play from the soul, not like a trained bird”. Joining CPE Bach on this disc are works by Mozart and Haydn in “Empfindsamkeit” style. Mozart always declared his debt to CPE Bach, observing “He is the father, we are the children”. An Arioso and variations by Johann Gottfried Müthel completes the programme. The disc includes notes by musicologist and keyboard player Tim Roberts.

Carole won the Gramophone Award with her first disc on Metronome (Jacquet de la Guerre) and has received many other awards for the subsequent 8 recordings she has undertaken with Metronome, her most recent release of Sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti received worldwide critical acclaim.

“[Cerasi’s performance] intensifies the listening experience on this truly inspiring disc, bringing intimacy as only the clavichord can...In her extremely capable hands, the music is transformed into finely carved works of art” Early Music Today, May 2015 *****

“Cerasi plays all three movements of the E minor Sonata sensationally, exploiting the instrument's twangy sonorities at full-tilt. In Muthel's Arioso and Variations, Cerasi's agogic stresses and carefully considered accents intensify embellishments and key isolated single notes in the bass without sounding the least mannered.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2014

“this disc [is] an interesting addition to the discography of 18th-century keyboard music. Moreover, Carole Cerasi delivers outstanding performances and plays a splendid historical clavichord by Christian Gotthelf Hoffmann of 1784.” MusicWeb International, 17th November 2014

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Mozart auf der Orgel

Mozart auf der Orgel


Mozart:

Adagio & Fugue in C minor for Strings, K546

Adagio in B minor, K540

Gigue in G Major, K574

Allegro einer Sonate K312

Fugue in G minor, K401

Organ chorale 'Ach Gott von Himmel sieh darein' (Psalm XII) K620

Requiem in D minor, K626: Kyrie

Andante in F major, K616

Fantasia in F minor for a mechanical organ, K594

Fantasia in F minor for a mechanical organ, K608


Ludger Lohmann (Holzhey organ of Munster Obermarchtal)

Motette - CD13961

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Haydn, Mozart, Liszt & Debussy: Piano Recital

Haydn, Mozart, Liszt & Debussy: Piano Recital


Debussy:

Reflets dans l'eau (No. 1 from Images pour piano - Book 1)

Haydn:

Piano Sonata No. 47 in B minor, Hob.XVI:32

Liszt:

Douze Grandes Etudes, S137 (1837), No. 10 in F minor

Ballade No. 2 in B minor, S171/R16

Mozart:

Adagio in B minor, K540


Lu Yi (piano)

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