Schumann: Carnaval, Op. 9

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Die Wahlverwandtschaften - Elective Affinities

Die Wahlverwandtschaften - Elective Affinities


Beethoven:

Egmont Overture, Op. 84

Chasins:

Prelude in B flat minor, Op. 12 No. 3

Chopin:

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

Fontana, J:

Mazurka Op. 21 No. 2

Gershwin:

The Man I Love

Godowsky:

Renaissance - No. 10, Courante

Katsaris:

Goodbye, Mr Rachmaninov

Merci Monsieur Chopin…

Liszt:

Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 13 in A minor

Loeillet, John:

Lessons for the Harpsichord, Vol. 3: No. 3, Courante

Mendelssohn:

Suleika (Goethe/von Willemer) Op. 34 No. 4

Poulenc:

Novelette sur un thème de Manuel de Falla

Rachmaninov:

Prelude Op. 23 No. 2 in B flat major

Ravel:

Ma Mère L'Oye: Laideronnette, Imperatrice des Pagodes

Schumann:

Carnaval, Op. 9

Novelette, Op. 21 No. 1 in F major

Schütt:

Paraphrase on 'Wiener Blut' (Johann Strauss II)

Vladigerov:

Impressions, Op. 9: No. 8 'Passion'

Wang Jian Zhong:

Liuyang River


The title of Elective Affinities (or Kindred by Choice), Goethe’s celebrated novel, harks back to the science of chemistry in the early days of the 19th century. It refers to the phenomenon that can result when two chemical compounds come into contact. If the affinity is strong enough, elements may detach themselves from either compound, free to combine anew with each other.

The programme for this CD attempts something similar, taking pieces out of context and juxtaposing them in twos, threes or fours with other compositions from different eras and cultural backgrounds. At stake is the possibility of unveiling new, underlying affinities having to do with the inspirational sources, musical genres, style or sentiments expressed in these pieces. Thus we find Schumann rubbing shoulders with Poulenc, Ravel and Jianzhong Wang revisiting the Far East, Liszt and Johann Strauss the Younger delving into the particular in quest of the universal. As the cherry on the cake, Katsaris pays homage to Chopin and Rachmaninov in two of his own compositions... which in turn offer resonances of two other composer-pianists, Tchaikovsky and Godowsky!

Piano 21 - P21055

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Ravel: Orchestral Works, Vol. 3

Ravel: Orchestral Works, Vol. 3

Orchestrations


Chabrier:

Menuet Pompeux

orch. Ravel

Debussy:

Sarabande

orch. Ravel

Danse (1891)

orch. Ravel

Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition

orch. Ravel

Schumann:

Carnaval, Op. 9

orch. Ravel


Maurice Ravel’s incomparable skill in orchestration and command of orchestral colour is evident both in his own works and in his orchestrations of music by other composers. His versions of both Chabrier’s vibrant Menuet pompeux and the colourful commedia dell’arte figures of Schumann’s Carnaval were commissions for ballet, while new life was given to his late friend Debussy’s Sarabande et Danse at the request of publisher Jean Jobert. Ravel’s iconic orchestration of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition makes telling use of a large orchestra, vividly depicting scenes that range from the playful to the macabre.

“A mixed bag overall, but the Schumann is a rarity and worth having.” MusicWeb International, 1st July 2016

Naxos Ravel Orchestral Works - 8573124

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Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze, Papillons & Carnaval

Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze, Papillons & Carnaval


Schumann:

Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6

Papillons, Op. 2

Carnaval, Op. 9


The three works on this recording are collections of short pieces, strung together and forming a cohesive whole – a form which Schumann himself invented, developed and brought to perfection. Davidsbündlertänze (Dances of the League of David) was written after Schumann’s engagement to Clara Wieck, to whom he wrote, ‘If I have ever been happy at the piano, it was when I was composing these.’ Papillons (Butterflies) is the work of a youthful, unfettered imagination, and Carnaval is one of his most popular pieces, a display of both technique and emotion.

Boris Giltburg, who took first prize at the 2013 Queen Elisabeth Competition, is one of today’s most thrilling young pianists. This release marks the start of an exciting new collaboration with Naxos.

“Once again he shows himself the possessor of a massive and engulfing technique, this time supporting interpretations that glow with warmth and poetic commitment…” Gramophone, October 2013

“His virtuosity is beyond question, but it is what he does with it that makes such a difference. There is emotional power here, together with apt tonal weight, but there is also a sensitive inwardness that reveals subtle expressive facets” Daily Telegraph, October 2013.

“For sheer brilliance, Boris Giltburg’s recital of Rachmaninov, Prokofiev and Ravel was the outstanding event of the season: this young Russian has remarkable range and a sublimely assured artistry” International Piano, March 2014

“You can judge his affinity with the Schumann style from the very opening bars of the Davidsbündlertänze: the give and take of the music’s pulse is naturally felt, as is the spectrum of tonal and dynamic shading. Much thought has gone into the preparation of these performances, but the quality that comes across here is one of spontaneous invention.” The Telegraph, 8th February 2015 ****

“[Schumann] was the undisputed master of miniature. But miniature is a misleading word, as these vivid, subtle performances by this Israeli pianist remind us.” Sunday Times, 8th February 2015

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Grigory Sokolov

Grigory Sokolov


Chopin:

Étude Op. 10 No. 8 in F major

Étude Op. 25 No. 11 in A minor 'Winter Wind'

Mazurka No. 13 in A minor, Op. 17 No. 4

Prokofiev:

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

Piano Sonata No. 8 in B flat major, Op. 84

Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 14 in A minor, D784

Schumann:

Carnaval, Op. 9

Scriabin:

Étude Op. 8 No. 10 in D flat major

Piano Sonata No. 9, Op. 68 'Black Mass'

Stravinsky:

Three Movements from Petrushka


Firma Melodiya continues to acquaint the music lovers with the performing art of Grigory Sokolov.

The name of this pianist from St Petersburg has been known to Russian and foreign audiences for nearly half a century now. Since the time of his victory at the 3rd International Tchaikovsky Competition, Grigory Sokolov has been attracting the attention of connoisseurs of music with the depth and freshness of his renditions that always combine a recognisable, individual pianistic style with a full immersion in the world of the performed work.

Grigory Sokolov is first of all known as a performer of 'intellectual' music – Bach’s suites and fugues, Beethoven’s late sonatas and Brahms’ pieces. This set presents the pianist as an impressive and original interpreter of romantic piano repertoire, including one of Schubert’s posthumous sonatas, Schumann’s Carnaval and Chopin’s and Scriabin’s miniatures, combined with 20th century music such as fragments from Stravinsky’s Petrushka and Prokofiev’s sonatas, which also take an important place in his concert programmes.

Grigory Sokolov’s recordings featured in this set embrace a 20-year period of the outstanding artist’s career. You are about to hear him as a vivid romantic virtuoso, a contender for victory at the competition in 1966, an artistically balanced pianist of the next decade and a mature, experienced musician of the late 1980s. The recordings were made in studio and at concert in Moscow and Leningrad.

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Stephen Hough: In the Night

Stephen Hough: In the Night


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 ‘Moonlight'

Chopin:

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

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

Hough:

Piano Sonata No. 2 'notturno luminoso'

Schumann:

In der Nacht, Op. 12 No. 5

Carnaval, Op. 9


Stephen Hough talks to Presto's Katherine Cooper about In the Night here.

This latest recital album by ‘the thinking person’s virtuoso: an extraordinary pianist’ (The New York Times) takes the listener on a journey through that most intense and absorbing of nineteenth-century obsessions, the night. The Romantic night was one without sleep; where experiences are mutated through darkness. Stephen Hough’s thoughtful programming creates a new aural sphere for some of the most celebrated piano works in the repertoire.

Hough begins with Schumann’s troubled, reeling ‘In der Nacht’ from Fantasiestücke, and continues with Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight’ Sonata and Chopin’s two Op 27 Nocturnes.

With Schumann’s Carnaval we eavesdrop on one of the most vibrant parties in the nineteenth-century piano literature, with its panoply of brilliantly etched character sketches depicting both real people—such as Chopin and Paganini—and imaginary ones. Each movement is vividly contrasted; there are moments of unbridled ecstasy, elegant poise and elusive subtlety.

Also included is Stephen Hough’s own Piano Sonata No 2 ‘notturno luminoso’, which he describes as ‘about a different kind of night … the brightness of a brash city in the hours of darkness; the loneliness of pre-morning; sleeplessness and the dull glow of the alarm clock’s unmoving hours; the irrational fears which are only darkened by the harsh glare of a suspended, dusty light bulb'.

“Hough's album takes wing in an atmosphere of tension and sombreness...Hough's own Sonata prove the high point...rich in its textural variety and harmonic colours...Hearing a masterful pianist performing his own work is a special experience in itself.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2014 *****

“A new disc from Stephen Hough is always welcome. How will he surprise us this time and where will he take us? The answer is into the night - but not gentle or with a mug of cocoa.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2014

“As one would expect from a pianist of Hough's gifts, textures are imaginative, with plenty of excitement and variety...Hough's musical thinking has the same warmth and communicativeness as his performing persona...His Carnaval has great warmth and gentleness, along with appropriate doses of high spirits...I don't think I've sat through another Carnaval that was quite this much fun.” International Record Review, May 2014

Hyperion - CDA67996

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The classic archive™ Collector’s Edition - Piano

The classic archive™ Collector’s Edition - Piano


Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

Aldo Ciccolini (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 ‘Moonlight'

Wilhelm Kempff (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major, Op. 106 'Hammerklavier'

Alfred Brendel (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111

Claudio Arrau (piano)

Bagatelles (6), Op. 126

Alfred Brendel (piano)

Chopin:

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

Georges Cziffra (piano)

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

Samson François (piano)

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

Georges Cziffra (piano)

Debussy:

Préludes - Book 1 (12, complete)

Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (piano)

Falla:

Noches en los jardines de Espana

Aldo Ciccolini (piano)

Franck, C:

Symphonic Variations for piano & orchestra, M46

Georges Cziffra (piano)

Granados:

Allegro de concierto, Op. 46

Aldo Ciccolini (piano)

Grieg:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Samson François (piano)

Liszt:

Funérailles (Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S. 173 No. 7)

Aldo Ciccolini (piano)

Transcendental Study, S139 No. 10 'Appassionata'

Georges Cziffra (piano)

Prokofiev:

Piano Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 28

Emil Gilels (piano)

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26

Byron Janis (piano)

Rachmaninov:

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

Byron Janis (piano)

Ravel:

Piano Concerto in G major

Samson François (piano)

Scarlatti, D:

Keyboard Sonata K11 in C minor

Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (piano)

Schumann:

Papillons, Op. 2

Wilhelm Kempff (piano)

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Claudio Arrau (piano)

Carnaval, Op. 9

Claudio Arrau (piano)

Tchaikovsky:

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

Emil Gilels (piano)


Great performances from legendary artists of the 20th century, the Classic Archive™ Collector’s Edition – PIANO offers unique insights in the world of music interpretation of the golden age.

This second part of the edition is dedicated to some of the most outstanding pianists of the past.

With more than 15 hours of material the edition includes various concerti, recitals, interesting documentaries, some incolour, some in glorious black and white, as well as comprehensive booklet information.

This collector’s edition makes rare classical archive footage from the years 1950-1978 suitable for Blu-ray Disc lovers.

Picture format Blu-ray Disc: NTSC 4:3

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Region code: 0

Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish

Running time: 945 mins

German FSK: 0

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Region: all

Ideale Audience International Classic Archive - 3073984

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Schumann: Carnaval, Papillons & Sonata in G minor

Schumann: Carnaval, Papillons & Sonata in G minor


Schumann:

Carnaval, Op. 9

Piano Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22

Papillons, Op. 2


Jon Nakamatsu is ideally suited to Schumann: he has the staggering technique expected from a Van Cliburn winner but also poetry and delicacy are uppermost in his playing. His nine recordings for harmonia mundi USA range from Chopin and Brahms, via Rachmaninov to Gershwin, and most recently the Brahms Piano Quintet with the Tokyos. His next recording will be of Brahms, Beethoven and Weber with Clive Greensmith, formerly of the Tokyo String Quartet and Jon Manasse on clarinet.

“There's plenty of imagination in his readings but sometimes it perhaps comes a little too close to caricature.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2014

“insightful readings, refreshingly original in concept, technically immaculate and distinguished by their textural clarity and inerrant singing line.” International Record Review, April 2014

“Nakamatsu clarifies Schumann's mid-range saturated textures to a remarkable degree, revelling in its fantastic imagingings with rapier-like precision and effortless command.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2014 ****

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Schumann: Carnaval & Papillons

Schumann: Carnaval & Papillons


Schumann:

Carnaval, Op. 9

Papillons, Op. 2

Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26


“Stefan Vladar accepts Schumann's invitation in these works to the dance. Visceral readings are caught in a brightly lit, up-close-and-personal recording - Vienna's Faschingsschwank (Carnival Scenes) is the belle of the ball.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2013 ***

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Schumann: Carnaval, Op. 9, etc.

Schumann:

Carnaval, Op. 9

Papillons, Op. 2

Fantasiestücke, Op. 12


‘Stunningly brought to life as by that genius of the piano, Marc-André Hamelin … a Schumann disc made in heaven’ (Classic FM Magazine)

“Hamelin's combination of fleet-fingered delicacy and compelling drive suit Schumann's aesthetic ideally; but best of all is his gleeful sense of storytelling. He brings the masked ball guests in Papillons and Carnaval to life with the deft vividness of an award-winning film director.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2005 *****

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First Choice - July 2006

Hyperion - CDA67120

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Nelson Friere - Schumann

Nelson Friere - Schumann


Schumann:

Carnaval, Op. 9

Papillons, Op. 2

Kinderszenen, Op. 15

Arabeske in C major, Op. 18


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