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Byron Janis - The Mercury Masters [9CDs] (2023)

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Byron Janis - The Mercury Masters [9CDs] (2023)

Byron Janis - The Mercury Masters [9CDs] (2023)
XLD| FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.63 Gb | Total time: 06:30:01 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 485 3607 | Recorded: 1960-1964

The legendary American pianist Byron Janis, who turns 95 in March 2023, was the first pupil of another iconic pianist - Vladimir Horowitz. Horowitz famously told Janis 'I don't want you to be a 'second Horowitz' I want you to be a 'first Janis'.' Janis certainly established himself on the world stage when he made his Carnegie Hall debut recital in October 1948, garnering a rave review from the New York Times' Olin Downes who praised him as a distinctive artist in his own right destined for a major career. Between 1960 and 1964 Janis made a set of remarkable recordings for the Mercury Living Presence label.

Maria João Pires - Chopin (2009)

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Maria João Pires - Chopin (2009)

Maria João Pires - Chopin (2009)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 410 MB | 02:05:46
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Maria João Pires, widely recognized as one of the most brilliant pianists of the last forty years, celebrates her 20th anniversary as a Deutsche Grammophon exclusive recording artist with this 2-CD release devoted entirely to the works of Chopin, the artist's first new recording in over four years. Pires's affinity for Chopin has always been well-known to both critics and audiences; in fact, her interpretations are so beloved that her 1996 recording of Chopin's Nocturnes remains the best-selling solo piano recording of the past 20 years by a living Deutsche Grammophon artist.

Kyung Wha Chung, Phillip Moll - Con Amore (2010)

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Kyung Wha Chung, Phillip Moll - Con Amore (2010)

Kyung Wha Chung, Phillip Moll - Con Amore (2010)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 305 MB | 59:59
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca

A quick glance at the heading tells the knowledgeable reader that most of what we have here are well-known lollipops. They exist in literally hundreds of recordings. Everybody will have his/her favourite pieces played by one or several of the violin greats through the last eight decades. The reissue of this twenty-year-old recital at budget price poses the question: is it worth adding yet another collection? The answer should be an unequivocal “Yes!”, since Chung is one of the stars of fairly recent times. Even before putting the disc in the CD player one knows that these will be technically impeccable readings, played with great musicality, refinement and commitment – elegant but never bland.

Julia Severus - Albanesi: Piano Works, Vol. 2 (2024)

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Julia Severus - Albanesi: Piano Works, Vol. 2 (2024)

Julia Severus - Albanesi: Piano Works, Vol. 2 (2024)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless +Booklet | 1:07:25 | 289 Mb
Genre: Classical

The Italian composer, Carlo Albanesi, moved to London in 1882 where he successfully balanced a career as a piano soloist with that of professor of piano at the Royal Academy of Music. The majority of Albanesi's compositional output was for solo piano and his pedagogical publications are still in use by students today. His narrative and lyrical style is apparent in both the Six Romances without Words and the improvisatory Album Leaves, while the antique dances in the Piano Suite show the influence of Grieg. The sonatas are considered the quintessence of Albanesi's oeuvre, and his last, the Sixth Sonata, contains an entire world of expressive nuance. Acclaimed pianist Julia Severus continues her survey of works by an unjustly forgotten composer pianist who was held in the highest esteem by colleagues, students and audiences alike.

Friedrich Gulda - The Gulda Mozart Tapes, Vol. 2 (2007)

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Friedrich Gulda - The Gulda Mozart Tapes, Vol. 2 (2007)

Friedrich Gulda - The Gulda Mozart Tapes, Vol. 2 (2007)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:10:11 | 624 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 477 7152

F. Gulda was, according to eminent cellist Pierre Fournier, the foremost pianist of his generation. And HIS generation emcompassed big names like Alfred Brendel, Ingrid Haebler, Jorg Demus, and perhaps, even Maurizio Pollini. It is a great pity that Gulda wasn't in league with 'the' eminent conductor Herbert von Karajan. This precluded many otherwise hot exposures of Gulda in discography. If pianists like Uchida could leave a complete set of Mozart sonatas, if Christoph Eschenbach could leave yet another complete set with good critical acclaim, certainly Friedrich Gulda's Mozart sonatas (and concerti) would have been hailed by ALL as the greatest ever!

Friedrich Gulda - At Birdland (2015)

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Friedrich Gulda - At Birdland (2015)

Friedrich Gulda - At Birdland (2015)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 223 MB | 37:27
Genre: Jazz | Label: RCA

Friedrich Gulda first made his mark in the world of classical music before making the first of many excursions into jazz. This 1956 date at the original Birdland in New York City features the pianist with some well-chosen sidemen: alto saxophonist Phil Woods, tenor saxophonist Seldon Powell, trumpeter Idrees Sulieman, trombonist Jimmy Cleveland, bassist Aaron Bell, and drummer Nick Stabulas. Gulda's originals dominate the set, including the cool ballad "Dark Glow" and several strident bop numbers ("Scruby," "Dodo," and "New Shoes"); his septet also romps through "A Night in Tunisia" and "Bernie's Tune."

Claudio Arrau - Arrau plays Brahms & Liszt (2024)

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Claudio Arrau - Arrau plays Brahms & Liszt (2024)

Claudio Arrau - Arrau plays Brahms & Liszt (2024)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless / MP3 320 kbps | 4:37:06 | 631 Mb / 1.04 Gb
Genre: Classical

A patrician artist whose matinee-idol appearance was as elegant as his playing, Claudio Arrau achieved a major reputation for his performances of Brahms and Liszt. Indeed, few Romantic-period composers, from Beethoven onward, were beyond his grasp. In addition to that repertory, his Debussy was regarded by many connoisseurs as exemplary. Arrau believed that his abiding interest in psychoanalysis aided him in probing the intent of those whose works he performed. Certainly, Arrau's performances were marked by a balance between heart and intellect.

Pablo Casals, Rudolf Serkin - Pablo Casals plays Beethoven Cello Sonatas (2013)

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Pablo Casals, Rudolf Serkin - Pablo Casals plays Beethoven Cello Sonatas (2013)

Pablo Casals, Rudolf Serkin - Pablo Casals plays Beethoven Cello Sonatas (2013)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 532 MB | 02:26:58
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical

Pablo Casals was once the greatest living cellist. His technique was formidable, his tone was magisterial, and his interpretations were sovereign. In the '20s and '30s, Casals was a charismatic virtuoso on the same level as Kreisler and Horowitz. Those days were over by the time he recorded Beethoven's works for cello and piano with the superb Rudolf Serkin in 1954. His formidable technique had irrevocably decayed: in the fast passages and movements, Casals could barely keep up and he dropped notes like a tree drops leaves in a late autumn rain. His magisterial tone has deteriorated: in the slow passages and movements, Casals groaned and growled like boughs and branches in a hard autumn wind.

John Ogdon - Ferruccio Busoni: Fantasia Contrappuntistica, Fantasia after J.S. Bach, Toccata (2020)

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John Ogdon - Ferruccio Busoni: Fantasia Contrappuntistica, Fantasia after J.S. Bach, Toccata (2020)

John Ogdon - Ferruccio Busoni: Fantasia Contrappuntistica, Fantasia after J.S. Bach, Toccata (2020)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 252 MB | 01:00:04
Genre: Classical | Label: Altarus

John Ogdon was one of the great interpreters of Ferruccio Busoni's keyboard music in the first stage of its latter-day revival, and his EMI Angel recording of Busoni's Piano Concerto, Op. 39, can be said to have "made" that work as a viable, if impractical, concert staple. Between that triumph in 1967 and the recordings on Altarus' Busoni: Piano Works, made in 1988 – the last full year of Ogdon's short life – there were a host of detours and disappointments for the pianist. A nervous breakdown or two, long hospitalizations, longer absences from the concert stage, and a comeback received lukewarmly by critics were all hallmarks of a career that would have stopped lesser men cold.

John Ogdon, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Herrmann - Cyril Scott: Piano Concertos (2007)

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John Ogdon, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Herrmann - Cyril Scott: Piano Concertos (2007)

John Ogdon, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Herrmann - Cyril Scott: Piano Concertos (2007)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 330 MB | 01:19:31
Genre: Classical | Label: Lyrita

In the early years of the twentieth century, composer Cyril Scott was briefly heralded as one of the brightest hopes for English music, but after the First World War, as public tastes shifted, his work fell out of favor with audiences, and it was only toward the end of the twentieth century that a critical reappraisal began. His music, which was admired by Debussy, Elgar, and Strauss, is being played with greater frequency and is finding new listeners. The pieces presented here, his two piano concertos and Early One Morning, a tone poem for piano and orchestra, were recorded in 1975 and 1977 by pianist John Ogdon with Bernard Herrmann conducting the London Philharmonic.

Nelson Freire - Schumann: Carnaval, Papillons, Kinderszenen, Arabeske (2003)

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Nelson Freire - Schumann: Carnaval, Papillons, Kinderszenen, Arabeske (2003)

Nelson Freire - Robert Schumann: Carnaval, Papillons, Kinderszenen, Arabeske (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 170 Mb | Total time: 59:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 4739022 | Recorded: 2002

After the enormous success of the film and the award-winning CD playing Chopin, Nelson Freire presents this recording dedicated entirely to Robert Schumann. The very well chosen selection "reveals the nature of the composer with charm, passion and inspired ingenuity" (according to the CD booklet) and includes Carnaval op. 9, Papillons op. 2, Kinderszenen op. 15 and Arabeske op. 18. Most of Schumann's piano music was written during the years he was courting Clara, and is full of ardor and rich fantasies. Impetuous, Carnival is the musical description of a costume ball. This fantastic vein can also be found in the second piece, Butterflies, a series of short, almost volatile excerpts.

Zoltán Kocsis - Béla Bartók: Complete Solo Piano Works [8CDs] (2010)

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Zoltán Kocsis - Béla Bartók: Complete Solo Piano Works [8CDs] (2010)

Zoltán Kocsis - Béla Bartók: Complete Solo Piano Works [8CDs] (2010)
EAC| FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.53 Gb | Total time: 08:59:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 478 2364 | Recorded: 1980-1999

Zoltán Kocsis performs the complete solo piano music of his fellow Hungarian, Béla Bartók. Completed in 2001, these critically acclaimed, definitive performances are the benchmark against which all others are considered.

Jack Gibbons - Charles-Valentin Alkan: 12 Études Op. 39 (2005)

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Jack Gibbons - Charles-Valentin Alkan: 12 Études Op. 39 (2005)

Jack Gibbons - Charles-Valentin Alkan: 12 Études Op. 39 (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 523 Mb | Total time: 78:39+76:19 | Scans included
Classical | Label: ACV | # CD DCS 227 | Recorded: 1995

Alkan's gargatuan Op. 39 Etudes embody a symphony (Etudes 4-7), a solo concertos (Etudes 8-10), an overture (No. 11), and a riotous set of 25 variations depicting the animals of Aesop's fables (No. 12, La festin d'Esope). The music demands boundless technique and stamina, which Jack Gibbons supplies in spades. He dives headfirst into the treacherous writing, letting the chips fall where they may. One can't really top Marc-Andre Hamelin's unflappable proficiency in the concertos, yet Gibbons rougher, leonine demeanor thrusts Alkan's Dionysiac qualities more to the fore.

Michael Endres - Carl Maria von Weber: Piano Works (2012) 2CDs

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Michael Endres - Carl Maria von Weber: Piano Works (2012) 2CDs

Michael Endres - Carl Maria von Weber: Piano Works (2012) 2CDs
Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-4; Variations; Grande Polonaise; Waltzes

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 470 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 349 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Oehms Classics | # OC 357 | Time: 02:31:07

Carl Maria von Weber's piano music, with the exception of Invitation to the Dance, is not nearly as well known as his operas, but it deserves more attention. Michael Endres makes a strong case for the music in this two-disc set. The most significant works, the four sonatas, are full of drama, colorful pianism, and lyrical melodies, particularly in Endres' hands. The sonatas are on a similar scale to those of Beethoven and Schubert, with the drama built of sharp contrasts in key, humor, and dynamics, and with beautiful, cantabile slow movements. Weber, like Beethoven, also took advantage of the size and scope of the piano's sound. Endres vividly brings out the drama and the brilliance of virtuosic passages, while maintaining a sense of refinement and ease with the music. The waltzes are particularly polished, but Endres' also recognizes their folk elements and gives them a wonderful energy and sparkle. The showpieces of Weber's piano works are the sets of variations, obviously written to impress audiences. Again, Endres handles the technical challenges easily and cleanly. In the second set here, the Variations on the aria "Vien'qua dorina bella," he is always aware that the theme was originally a vocal work, playing with song-like phrasing and coloring. The sound of the recording could be a little richer, but it doesn't hurt Endres superb performance.

Alfred Brendel - Joseph Haydn: 3 Piano Sonatas, Fantasia, Adagio (1985)

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Alfred Brendel - Joseph Haydn: 3 Piano Sonatas, Fantasia, Adagio (1985)

Alfred Brendel - Joseph Haydn: 3 Piano Sonatas, Fantasia, Adagio (1985)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 173 Mb | Total time: 54:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips ‎| # 412 228-2 | Recorded: 1984

This is Brendel's third Haydn record in recent years (the other two, also on Philips, are 9500 774, 8/81 and 6514 317, 11/83), and it offers three sonatas and two oddities in superlative performances, beautifully recorded. The lack of dynamics in the B minor means Haydn expected it to be played mainly on the harpsichord, but this leaves Brendel free to find his own dynamics which he does with impeccable taste. The robust outer movements in fact are well suited to a piano, and the central minuet offers a delicate contrast. The D major, later, and definitely for piano, consists only of a long set of variations and a short quick finale.