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Vincenzo Maltempo - Dukas: Complete Piano Music (2023)

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Vincenzo Maltempo - Dukas: Complete Piano Music (2023)

Vincenzo Maltempo - Dukas: Complete Piano Music (2023)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless / MP3 320 kbps | 1:13:46 | 169 / 205 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Piano Classics

Paul Dukas (1865-1935) was born in Paris, France. He was a student at the Paris Conservatory where he studied piano, harmony, and composition. He won the Prix de Rome for a counterpoint and fugue in 1886 and again in 1888 with the cantata, Velleda. He was the music critic for the Revue Hebdomadaire and Gazette des Beaux-Arts and at the same time, he was a professor of orchestration at the Conservatoire. His strong critical sense led him to destroy a number of his compositions and only allow a relatively small number of works to be published. He remained influential and respected as a teacher. Dukas’ output for the piano includes just five works: the Piano Sonata and the Variations, each of them a homage to a past master, to Beethoven and (more explicitly) to Rameau.

Folke Nauta, Jacob Bogaart - Cor De Groot: Hommage, Piano Music (2022)

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Folke Nauta, Jacob Bogaart - Cor De Groot: Hommage, Piano Music (2022)

Folke Nauta, Jacob Bogaart - Cor De Groot: Hommage, Piano Music (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless / MP3 320 kbps | 2:12:27 | 463 / 303 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Piano Classics

Cor de Groot (July 7, 1914 – May 26, 1993) was a Dutch pianist and composer. Born in Amsterdam, he studied piano with Egbert Veen and Ulferts Schults, and composition and conducting with Sem Dresden. In 1932 he graduated with highest honors, playing a piano concerto written by himself. After becoming a soloist with the Concertgebouw Orchestra he embarked on a highly successful international career. If some (though not yet all) of his recordings as a pianist have received modern reissues on CD, his own compositions have received comparatively little attention. An early Sonatina pokes fun at serial technique, before an Old Holland Suite deftly sketches a sequence of 11 Dutch landscapes and portraits. A sequence of five Homenajes documents his fondness for Spain, played here by its dedicatee Jacob Bogaart.

Ilia Kim - Clementi: Piano Sonatas & Preludes (2022)

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Ilia Kim - Clementi: Piano Sonatas & Preludes (2022)

Ilia Kim - Clementi: Piano Sonatas & Preludes (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless / MP3 320 kbps | 55:54 | 192 / 127 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Piano Classics

Muzio Clementi (1752-1832), also known as "The Father of the Pianoforte" played an essential role in the development of both piano repertoire and the instrument itself. As a composer and virtuoso pianist, his sonatas spanned the transition from Scarlatti’s keyboard style to the beginnings of the Romantic period; as a publisher and manufacturer, he was responsible for a number of developments to piano performance and construction. His music is full of wit, elegance, budding romantic emotions, brilliance and a spectacular display of virtuosity. As a teacher and pianist himself Clementi developed the piano technique in a revolutionary way, paving the way for later keyboard giants Mendelssohn, Chopin and Liszt.

Michele Bolla - Moscheles: Etudes, Op. 70 (2022)

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Michele Bolla - Moscheles: Etudes, Op. 70 (2022)

Michele Bolla - Moscheles: Etudes, Op. 70 (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless / MP3 320 kbps | 1:14:22 | 229 / 168 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Piano Classics

Ignaz Moscheles (1794-1870) was born in Prague. In 1808 he settled in Vienna where he was a pupil of Albrechtsberger and Salieri - thanks to whose commendations he became adjunct Kapellmeister to the Court Theatre from 1811 to 1813. Beethoven was so impressed by him that he entrusted him with the piano transcription of Fidelio. The approval of Beethoven and the establishment of a friendship between them that would continue over time were pivotal in those years to launching the young musician into the stream of the international concert world. Moscheles was a key figure in the transition period between the generation rooted in classicism (Hummel, Field, Cramer, Kalkbrenner, etc.) and the early romantics. His musical language may be best compared to that of Mendelssohn, his pupil and friend.

Giorgio Trione Bartoli - MacDowell: Piano Sonatas 1 & 2, Woodland Sketches (2022)

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Giorgio Trione Bartoli - MacDowell: Piano Sonatas 1 & 2, Woodland Sketches (2022)

Giorgio Trione Bartoli - MacDowell: Piano Sonatas 1 & 2, Woodland Sketches (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless / MP3 320 kbps | 1:13:01 | 166 / 190 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Piano Classics

A multiplicity of cultural influences makes the figure of Edward MacDowell (1860-1908), an American pianist-composer trained for a long time in Europe, particularly original. Born in New York, he received his first lessons from Colombian, Cuban and Venezuelan musicians, including the famous pianist Teresa Carreño. At the age of seventeen, MacDowell continued his studies at the Paris Conservatory, in Antoine Marmontel's class, and then at the Frankfurt Hochschule, where he studied composition with Joachim Raff. He was listened to by Clara Schumann and Franz Liszt, and was introduced by the latter to the publisher Breitkopf & Härtel in Leipzig. In 1888 he returned to the United Sates where he settled in Boston, combining his work as a composer with that of a concert pianist. When he moved to New York in 1896, he also taught at Columbia University, where MacDowell was the first to create a music department. In the same year, 1896, the MacDowells bought a farm in New Hampshire, an ideal place to pursue musical creativity in a peaceful rural setting. Much of MacDowell's compositional output dates from this happy period, including two piano concertos, two orchestral suites, four symphonic poems, several piano suites, Songs, four piano sonatas and numerous piano transcriptions of 18th-century music.

Maria Argentiero - Tansman: Piano Music (2022)

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Maria Argentiero - Tansman: Piano Music (2022)

Maria Argentiero - Tansman: Piano Music (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless / MP3 320 kbps | 1:01:03 | 157 / 140 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Piano Classics

Alexandre Tansman (1897-1986) was born in Lodz, Poland, into a wealthy Jewish family of great culture. He spoke five languages and studied law and philosophy. His early compositions show experiments with atonality and 12-tone music. In 1919 he left Poland for Paris, where he settled permanently. Tansman: "I spent the first twenty years of my life in Poland. In regard to the importance of Slavic influence in my music, I can readily say that I followed the same path as Bartók or Manuel de Falla: folklore imaginé. I did not use popular themes per se. I used, however, their general melodic contour. This folklore remained strongly present in my musical sensitivity".

Mark Viner - Chaminade Piano Music (2022)

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Mark Viner - Chaminade Piano Music (2022)

Mark Viner - Chaminade Piano Music (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 1:08:43 | 214 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Piano Classics

Late-Romantic French piano music of unfailing elegance and wit, chosen by a rising piano star and gifted young advocate of underrated composers.

Mark Viner - Blumenfeld: 24 Preludes, Op. 17 (2022)

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Mark Viner - Blumenfeld: 24 Preludes, Op. 17 (2022)

Mark Viner - Blumenfeld: 24 Preludes, Op. 17 (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 1:04:21 | 174 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Piano Classics

Felix Blumenfeld (1863-1931) was a virtuoso pianist, conductor and teacher whose class comprised the likes of Simon Barere, Maria Grinberg and Vladimir Horowitz. But he was also a composer of an oeuvre of breathtaking beauty, originality and sophistication.Blumenfeld was born in the Ukraine, into a family of Austrian-Jewish and Polish origins (his mother was a cousin of the composer Karol Szymanowski, whereas the famous pianist and pedagogue Heinrich Neuhaus was his nephew). He was in close contact with the musical giants of his age: Tchaikovsky, Glazunov, Borodin and Lyadov. Like many composers of the so called Silver Age, the majority of Blumenfeld’s compositions are for the piano. His music is rooted in the late Russian Romantic tradition in which a national voice can be heard, while the pianistic writing is undeniably inspired by Chopin, though also the influence of other composers such as Adolf von Henselt and Franz Liszt may be traced. Much of his output also shows the influence of Wagner in its bold chromaticism.

Christopher Guild - Van Dieren: Complete Music for Piano Solo (2022)

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Christopher Guild - Van Dieren: Complete Music for Piano Solo (2022)

Christopher Guild - Van Dieren: Complete Music for Piano Solo (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 1:41:26 | 241 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Piano Classics

The most comprehensive survey ever made on record of the piano output by a highly individual figure on the Dutch and English music scenes of the early 20th century, featuring two world-premiere recordings.

Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy - Scarlatti: Sonatas (2022)

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Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy - Scarlatti: Sonatas (2022)

Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy - Scarlatti: Sonatas (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 1:17:38 | 223 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Piano Classics

"An eagle whose wings are grown", according to his father Alessandro, the young Scarlatti left his native Naples for Venice, "escorted only by his own ability". Born in Italy in 1685, Domenico Scarlatti spent the majority of his career in the service of the Portuguese and Spanish royal families – with the latter appointment enabling him to devote his full attention towards composing for the harpsichord. This unusual cultural background accounts for why the Italian’s music, though contemporary with that of Bach and Handel, differs so much in comparison; Spanish dance rhythms (such as the flamenco), and folk tunes with Moorish and gypsy-like flavours, indicate that day-by-day-street life was a great source of inspiration to Scarlatti.

Martina Frezzotti - Fanny Mendelssohn: Piano Music (2022)

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Martina Frezzotti - Fanny Mendelssohn: Piano Music (2022)

Martina Frezzotti - Fanny Mendelssohn: Piano Music (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 1:02:55 | 183 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Piano Classics

One of the most prolific female composers of the 19th century, Fanny Hensel was also a pianist of rare talent and prodigious memory who dazzled private audiences at her concert series in her Berlin home.

Yuan Sheng - Tchaikovsky: Album for the Young, Op. 39, 12 Pieces for Piano of Medium Difficulty, Op. 40 (2022)

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Yuan Sheng - Tchaikovsky: Album for the Young, Op. 39, 12 Pieces for Piano of Medium Difficulty, Op. 40 (2022)

Yuan Sheng - Tchaikovsky: Album for the Young, Op. 39, 12 Pieces for Piano of Medium Difficulty, Op. 40 (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 1:14:45 | 248 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Piano Classics

While we associate Tchaikovsky with music of virtuoso power and difficulty, sweeping up audiences with the fire of the Violin Concerto and First Piano Concerto, he also applied himself to music for the ever-growing market of amateur music-makers during his lifetime. Like many other great composers, he knew how to write for musicians of moderate ability without compromising or simplifying the individuality of his voice as a composer.Also like many great composers, regularly finding himself in grim financial prospects, he tapped into a reliable source of income by supplying publishers who had a seemingly limitless market for music composed with amateur musicians in mind, especially by the acknowledged masters of their day. Both of the cycles recorded here by Yuan Sheng were produced for this market, comprising short pieces, most of them quite simple on the page, but thoroughly imbued with quintessentially Tchaikovskian qualities.

Gaia Federica Caporiccio - Sgambati: Complete Piano Music, Vol. 1 (2022)

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Gaia Federica Caporiccio - Sgambati: Complete Piano Music, Vol. 1 (2022)

Gaia Federica Caporiccio - Sgambati: Complete Piano Music, Vol. 1 (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 1:42:20 | 370 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Piano Classics

Piano Classics presents the first volume in a major new series which promises to become the most comprehensive recorded survey of a central but now little-known figure in 19th-century Italian music.Born in Rome in 1841, Giovanni Sgambati cut an impressive but relatively familiar figure as a prodigious young virtuoso until, as a 21-year-old keyboard lion in the making, he was introduced to Franz Liszt. The encounter changed Sgambati’s life. Liszt, perhaps the single most influential figure in European musical life in the middle of the 19th century, took the young Sgambati under his wing, and his faith was richly repaid. Still in his 20s, Sgambati conducted the Italian premiere of the Dante Symphony and even the premiere of the first (lengthy) part of the Christus oratorio.

Klára Würtz - J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations (2022)

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Klára Würtz - J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations (2022)

Klára Würtz - J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations (2022)
FLAC tracks | 1:17:24 | 228 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Piano Classics

The touch and musicianship of the Hungarian pianist Klára Würtz is amply attested by a substantial catalogue of Brilliant Classics and Piano Classics albums stretching from Mozart to Bartók. This recording turns to a pillar of the keyboard repertoire, the variation set composed by J. S. Bach in 1741 as the fourth and final volume of his compendious Clavier-Übung project.

Andrea Molteni - Scarlatti: Sonatas (2021)

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Andrea Molteni - Scarlatti: Sonatas (2021)

Andrea Molteni - Scarlatti: Sonatas (2021)
FLAC tracks | 1:15:03 | 269 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Piano Classics

‘A strange but wonderful album’: one of the accolades for Andrea Molteni’s debut album on Piano Classics, of the piano works by his countrymen Dallapiccola and Petrassi (PCL10222).