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

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Chopin: Preludes (24), Op. 28

Chopin: Preludes (24), Op. 28


Maxence Pilchen (piano)

2014 laureate of the Safran Foundation, the young Franco-Belgian pianist Maxence Pilchen his first recording for Paraty featuring the Op. 28 Preludes by Chopin.

"After a terrible, protracted agony, Chopin has died. His compositions for the piano have inspired many followers. The most original grace, the unexpectedness of his melodic turn, the boldness of his harmonies, and the independence of the rhythmic accent are all combined in an entire system of ornamentation which he invented and which is immutable still...." Hector Berlioz had published in the Journal des Débats on 27 October 1849

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Chopin: Préludes

Chopin: Préludes


Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

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

Fantasia in F minor, Op. 49

Berceuse in D flat major, Op. 57

Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60


Jean-François Antonioli (piano)

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Chopin: Magic of Sound

Chopin: Magic of Sound


Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52

Étude Op. 10 No. 2 in A minor 'chromatique'

Étude Op. 10 No. 4 in C sharp minor

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

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

Scherzo No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 31


Ralf Taal (piano)

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Trans4mation

Trans4mation


Chopin:

Prelude Op. 28 No. 15 in D flat major ‘Raindrop'

Prelude Op. 28 No. 17 in A flat major

Prelude Op. 28 No. 6 in B minor

Prelude Op. 28 No. 12 in G sharp minor

Corea:

The Hilltop

Addendum

Gismonti:

A Fala de Paixao

Jobim:

How Insensitive

Metheny:

Letter from Home

Pascoal:

Bebe

Sao Jorge

Schumann:

Studies (6) in Canonic Form, Op. 56


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For many years, the ensemble Guitar4mation has been receiving enthusiastic critical acclaim by both the audience and the media for their original arrangements and entertaining interpretations of classical piano music. The third album with Gramola,

Trans4mation, reflects the ensemble's musical development over the years. Arrangements of piano music play as important a role as on the previous CDs; but this time they did not merely transcribe music by Chick Corea, Hermeto Pascoal, Robert Schumann or Frederic Chopin for guitar. Trans4mation also stands for the metamorphosis of a Prelude by Chopin into a bossa nova by Tom Jobim and of the famous Waltz op. 64 No. 2 in C sharp minor into a very special Viennese-Venezuelan melange. Thus, Guitar4mation builds a bridge between the world of European Romantic music and the world of Latin jazz, between very different styles and continents.

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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

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

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Mozart:

Piano Sonata No. 2 in F, K280

Piano Sonata No. 12 in F major, K332

Rameau:

Les Sauvages

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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

GGramophone Magazine

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


Symposium - SYMPCD1439

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