Chopin: Prelude Op. 28 No. 17 in A flat major

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Grigory Sokolov: The Salzburg Recital 2008 - Vinyl Edition

Grigory Sokolov: The Salzburg Recital 2008 - Vinyl Edition


Bach, J S:

Chorale Prelude BWV639 'Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ'

arr. Sokolov. Encore

Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Mazurka No. 47 in A minor, Op. 68 No. 2

encore

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

encore

Mozart:

Piano Sonata No. 2 in F, K280

Piano Sonata No. 12 in F major, K332

Rameau:

Les Sauvages

encore

Scriabin:

Poèmes, Op. 69 Nos. 1 & 2

encore


Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

This is Grigory Sokolov’s “debut” recital on Deutsche Grammophon, an outstanding live recording from the Salzburg Festival 2008 of central repertoire: W.A. Mozart, F. Chopin & 6 encores.

At last - after 20 years - the maestro has agreed to allow his recordings to be released on CD - now as an exclusive DG artist. Regarded as one of the world’s leading pianists, and adored by his public in sold-out concerts, Grigory Sokolov is the real thing – an artist dedicated to his art, and nothing else.

“From the beginning of Mozart’s F major sonata, K. 280, the first of two included, the Sokolov spell is cast. The graceful, crisp articulation; the little hesitations, so carefully wrought: here is poetic and intimate playing of the highest order.” The Times, 16th January 2015 *****

“listening to Sokolov, you know unequivocally that you are in the presence of someone extraordinary, someone possessing special insights and a thoroughly individual way of articulating, clarifying and communing with music so that his interpretations seem to find its very heart.” The Telegraph, 24th January 2015 *****

“Some of the playing is breathtaking in its clarity, articulation and colour...The Mozart playing may seem old-fashioned, but it overflows with vitality, each movement conceived as a single, sweeping entity, while each of the Chopin Preludes manages to conjure up a complete expressive world in a miniature frame...It’s all to treasure.” The Guardian, 29th January 2015 *****

“For me, the Mozart sonatas exemplify the essence of Sokolov's playing: he can do things with a melody that are just amazing. The way he phrases Mozart's slow movements is a joy to hear: thoughtful and individual without being fussy, he makes those melodies sing in a way that is incomparable...This gift for lyricism is equally present in the Chopin...I simply cannot wait to hear more from this stunning artist.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, 19th January 2015

“he plays [the Mozart] with restraint, albeit micromanaging the music so that no phrase sounds the same twice...[in the Chopin] Sokolov ranges from introspective musing to his native Russian virtuosity.” Financial Times, 30th January 2015 ***

“It's an overused word, but he is inimitable. His Chopin Preludes, for example, have no time for the notion of a freely Romantic melodic line being kept in check by a Classical accompaniment...The Mozart is treasurable too, though - of course - you have to take it on its own terms.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2015

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Editor's Choice - February 2015

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Chopin: Nocturnes & Preludes

Chopin: Nocturnes & Preludes


Chopin:

Nocturnes Nos. 1-19

Moura Lympany (piano)

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

Geza Anda (piano)

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Geza Anda (piano)


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Chopin: Preludes (24), Op. 28

Chopin: Preludes (24), Op. 28


Pianist and composer Alain Lefèvre , acclaimed by the international press for his “phenomenal technique” (The Spectator ), his “sparkling playing” and “fascinating interpretations” ( Kölner Stadt Anzeiger ), his “absolute mastery” ( Hamburger Abendblatt ) and for his deep sensitivity, delivers, on the ALEKTA label, the entirety of Chopin 's (1810-1849) 24 preludes ( Opus 28 ), as well as a work by Padre Antonio Soler (1729-1783), the Sonata in D minor No. 24 – Andantino cantabile. Micro-Universes that unfold under the pianist’s fingertips and that become one with the intensity of his playing. Once again, virtuosity is at the service of a flawless musical interpretation.

Alain Lefèvre segues into Chopin's 24 preludes, each in its respective key, major or minor, in the style used by the composer's idol, Johann Sebastian Bach, in his Well-Tempered Clavier. Let's have the audacity to divide them into 4 different groups, according to the nature of their writing or mood similarities: the “luminous” (prelu des 1,3,5,7,10,11,19) that break out like a glistening waterfall or like a wave motion; the “tempestuous” (numbers 8,12,14,16,22,24) that twirl into the eye of a musi cal storm; the “romantics” (numbers 13,15,17,21,23) that immerse us in a world of passions, dreams and illusions. And then there are the “mysterious” (numbers 2,4,6,8, 9,15,18,20), or “feverish” or even “repellent”, in the words of Schumann... They are murky, melancholic, unexpected an d unusual, breaking the rules of harmony of that era. Going from one prelude to the next and from one frame to the other, poses quite a challenge for the artist. But thanks to the expressiveness of his playing and his exceptional virtuosity, Alain Lefèvre brilliantly rises up to this challenge. It is with the same focus and the same intensity that he embodies and pulls us into each micro-universe.

This new album will, without a doubt, delight Alain Lefèvre 's audiences the same way his complete body of works already has.

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Chopin: Préludes

Chopin: Préludes


Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Prelude Op. 45 in C sharp minor (No. 25)

Prelude Op. posth. in A flat major (No. 26)


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Chopin: 26 Preludes & 4 Impromptus

Chopin: 26 Preludes & 4 Impromptus


Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Prelude Op. 45 in C sharp minor (No. 25)

Prelude Op. posth. in A flat major (No. 26)

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

Impromptu No. 2 in F sharp major, Op. 36

Impromptu No. 3 in G flat major, Op. 51

Impromptu No. 4 in C sharp minor, Op. 66 'Fantaisie-Impromptu'


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Chopin: Preludes, Waltzes Nos. 1-14

Chopin: Preludes, Waltzes Nos. 1-14


Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

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

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

Waltz No. 3 in A minor 'Grande Valse Brillante', Op. 34 No. 2

Waltz No. 4 in F major 'Grande Valse Brillante', Op. 34 No. 3

Waltz No. 5 in A flat major, Op. 42

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

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

Waltz No. 8 in A flat major, Op. 64 No. 3

Waltz No. 9 in A flat major, Op. 69 No. 1 'Farewell Waltz'

Waltz No. 10 in B minor, Op. 69 No. 2

Waltz No. 11 in G flat major, Op. 70 No. 1

Waltz No. 12 in F minor, Op. 70 No. 2

Waltz No. 13 in D flat major, Op. 70 No. 3

Waltz No. 14 in E minor, Op. post., KKIVa:15, B 56


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Chopin: Preludes Op. 28

Chopin: Preludes Op. 28


Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Prelude Op. 45 in C sharp minor (No. 25)

Prelude in A sharp major KK IVb No. 7

Impromptu No. 3 in G flat major, Op. 51

Mazurkas (3), Op. 59


Andrew Tyson (piano)

The Zig-Zag Territoires label, like the Outhere Music group of which it is a part, is particularly attentive to the emergence and support of new talents, of which this CD, the first by the young pianist Andrew Tyson, is a good illustration. But it is also much more than that for it bears witness to the interpretation, already enlightening, of a very great talent and to the birth, on disc, of a singular, poetic voice.

Andrew Tyson has chosen to record the cycle of Chopin’s 24 Preludes, which represent so many different worlds to explore and bring to life. He excels therein thanks to the fantastic variety of timbres that he manages to make blossom on the piano of the Teldex studio in Berlin, and also to an extraordinary contrapuntal capacity.

“That he has an affinity with the composer is immediately obvious and one of the most appealing aspects here is his sheer sound. Soulfulness, too, is in plentiful supply...There's no lack of technique either...However, there are times when poetry seems to be too much of a preoccupation.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2015

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Jorge Bolet: Live at Carnegie Hall

Jorge Bolet: Live at Carnegie Hall


Bach, J S:

Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV1004: Chaconne

Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Moszkowski:

La Jongleuse, Op. 52 No. 4

Rubinstein:

Etude in C major, Op. 23 No. 2

Strauss, J, II:

Man lebt nur einmal!, Op. 167

Nachtfalter, Op. 157

An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314

Wagner:

Tannhäuser: Overture


Jorge Bolet (piano)

RCA - G010003233930T

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Chopin: Works for Piano

Chopin: Works for Piano


includes:

Chopin:

Ballades Nos. 1-4

Scherzi Nos. 1-4

Mazurkas (5), Op. 7

Mazurkas (4), Op. 17

Mazurkas (4), Op. 24

Mazurkas (4), Op. 30

Mazurkas (4), Op. 33

Mazurkas (4) Op. 41

Mazurkas (3), Op. 50

Mazurkas (3), Op. 56

Five Mazurkas, Op.6

Mazurkas (3), Op. 59

Mazurkas (3), Op. 63

Mazurka No. 51 in A minor 'Émile Gaillard'

Mazurka No. 50 in A minor 'Notre Temps'

Mazurkas (4), Op. 67

Mazurkas (4), Op. 68

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Nocturnes (3) Op. 9

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

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

Nocturne No. 6 in G minor, Op. 15 No. 3

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

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

Nocturne No. 9 in B major, Op. 32 No. 1

Nocturne No. 10 in A flat major, Op. 32 No. 2

Waltzes Nos. 1-14

Polonaises Nos. 1-6


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Yulianna Avdeeva play Chopin, Schubert & Prokofiev

Yulianna Avdeeva play Chopin, Schubert & Prokofiev


Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Prokofiev:

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

Schubert:

Klavierstücke (3), D946


Yulianna Avdeeva (piano)

The first woman to win the Warsaw Chopin Competition since Martha Argerich in 1965, Yulianna Avdeeva here presents her first solo recording, featuring three major composers. From Schubertian reverie to the diabolical energy of Prokofiev by way of the implacable trajectory of the 24 Preludes of Chopin, her composer of predilection, the youthful Yulianna Avdeeva deploys a sensational piano technique coupled with a vivid, expressive, and poetic palette.

“from the first bar Avdeeva makes you sit up and take note. Here is an artist who can truly make the piano sing - and to no greater effect than in the A flat minor Trio of No. 2.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2015

“[she produces] a wonderful richness of tone, playing to the bed of the note at all times, and a richness of nuance… Avdeeva is a deeply thoughtful musician, who displays remarkable beauty of tone and care in the shaping of every phrase. Certainly this is one of the finest recordings of Chopin’s Preludes that I have heard … an artist of huge promise.” International Record Review, October 2014

“thoughtful and finely played … played with elegance and beauty.” Pianist Magazine, December 2014

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