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Edding Quartet - Beethoven: String Quartet No.13, Quintet for Piano & Winds (2016) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Edding Quartet - Beethoven: String Quartet No.13, Quintet for Piano & Winds (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 75:11 minutes | 1.33 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

The pairing of the two works on this album is unique in that one comes from the dawn, the other from the dusk of Ludwig van Beethoven’s career. Indeed, whereas the composer wrote the Quintet for winds and piano, op.16, when he was only 26 – the talented young man also excelled as a successful pianist – he did not finish his String Quartet, op.130, until a year before his death. The Edding Quartet proposes here the original version of the work, with the Grosse Fuge, op.133, as finale.
Bruce Brubaker - Hope Street Tunnel Blues: Music for Piano by Philip Glass & Alvin Curran (2007) [Repost]

Bruce Brubaker - Hope Street Tunnel Blues: Music for Piano by Philip Glass & Alvin Curran (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 224 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 177 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Contemporary, Minimalism | Label: Arabesque | # Z6798 | 01:02:44

The piano may not be the ideal medium for capturing the expressive possibilities of Glass' style of minimalism, but pianist Bruce Brubaker selects pieces that work well on the instrument. Part of the problem with hearing Glass on the piano is forgetting the sound of his ensemble, and the variety of colors (and volume) they have imparted to similar music. Brubaker begins his recital of works by Glass and Alvin Curran with his transcription of "Knee Play 4" from Einstein on the Beach. It is in fact a lovely piece on the piano if one can put the spectacular power and tonal range of the instrumental version out of one's mind. "Opening" from Glassworks, originally scored for piano, works beautifully on the instrument, and flows as naturally as the C major Prelude from Book I of The Well Tempered Clavier. The two pieces by Curran, Hope Street Tunnel Blues III and Inner Cities II, use a syntax similar to Glass, with a more dissonant tonal vocabulary. Hope Street Tunnel Blues III has ample kinetic energy that gives it an exhilarating momentum.
Andreas Staier, Daniel Sepec & Jean-Guihen Queyras - Beethoven: Violin Sonatas & Piano Trios (2006/2014)

Andreas Staier, Daniel Sepec & Jean-Guihen Queyras - Beethoven: Violin Sonatas & Piano Trios (2006/2014)
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & front cover | 473 MB
Label: harmonia mundi | Tracks: 18 | Time: 125:08 min

This double album brings together two recordings that broke new ground in the Beethoven discography. Disc one focuses on the transition from the violin sonata's transition from the Baroque to the Classical, and disc two explores the development of piano trio as it evolves from the Classical into the Romantic. These performances also document the sound of three outstanding period instruments (including Beethoven's own violin!) in superb performances by violinist Daniel Sepec, cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras and pianist Andreas Staier.

Jordi Masó - Turina: Piano Music, Vol. 13 (2018)  Music

Posted by Pisulik at Jan. 17, 2018
Jordi Masó - Turina: Piano Music, Vol. 13 (2018)

Jordi Masó - Turina: Piano Music, Vol. 13 (2018)
Classical, Piano | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | Digital Booklet | 01:02:02 | 145 MB
Label: Naxos

One of the most ambitious and complex works in Spanish piano repertoire, the picturesque Sanlucar de Barrameda is one of Turina’s true masterpieces, the composer describing it as ‘my homage to this wonderful city of silver… where the salt spray of the ocean is mixed with the aroma of manzanilla.’ The varied pieces that form Trilogia include a grief-stricken dedication to the memory of his daughter and an entertainingly humorous finale filled with quotes from other works. This final volume in the Naxos edition of Turina’s complete piano works concludes with the tantalizingly unfinished Seven Sorrows of the Virgin Mary.
Christian Poltera, Ronald Brautigam - Felix Mendelssohn: Works for Cello and Piano (2017)

Felix Mendelssohn: Works for Cello & Piano (2017)
Christian Poltéra (cello), Ronald Brautigam (piano)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 259 Mb | Artwork included
Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-SACD-2187 | 01:00:26

It is well known that Felix Mendelssohn’s sister Fanny was a highly talented musician, but fewer are familiar with the fact that there were two other musical siblings in the Mendelssohn family: Rebecka, a gifted singer, and Paul, a very competent amateur cellist. It is to Paul, a banker by profession, that we owe the existence of much of Felix’s music for the instrument, which in spite of Beethoven’s endeavours hadn’t yet become firmly established as a duo partner of the piano. Fitting comfortably on a single release, Mendelssohn’s works for cello and piano are here presented by Christian Poltera and Ronald Brautigam, who open with the Variations concertantes in D major, composed in 1829. Brautigam has recently released the composer’s Lieder ohne Worte, performing them on a copy of a piano by Pleyel from 1830, and plays the same instrument on the present disc. Meanwhile, Poltera has chosen to equip his 1711 Stradivarius cello with gut strings, and together the two musicians and their instruments create a sound which is both flexible, transparent and vigorous – ideal for Mendelssohn’s scores.
Claire Désert & Emmanuel Strosser - Schubert: Piano à quatre mains (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Claire Désert & Emmanuel Strosser - Schubert: Piano à quatre mains (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 58:16 minutes | 949 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

From his very first surviving work, a fantasy, to the masterpieces composed in the year of his death in 1828, Schubert left more than thirty-five scores for piano four hands. He imposed drama, grandeur and virtuosity on the genre, suspending time to follow the rhythm of his eternal traveller’s footsteps. For more than twenty years now, in intense symbiosis, Claire Désert and Emmanuel Strosser have been exploring together the unique world of Schubert’s piano duets.
Raphaël Sévère, Adam Laloum & Victor Julien Laferrière - Brahms: Sonata No. 1 & 2 for Clarinet and Piano (2014) [24/88]

Raphaël Sévère, Adam Laloum & Victor Julien Laferrière - Brahms: Sonata No. 1 & 2 for Clarinet and Piano - Trio in A Minor for Clarinet, Cello and Piano (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | Time - 71:30 minutes | 1.10GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Three musician friends meet here for a programme devoted to Brahms’s musical testaments. The 20-year-old clarinetist Raphaël Sévère, blessed with a magnificent sonority, and Adam Laloum, whose first disc was dedicated to Brahmsian twilights, together demonstrate that, in the burnished autumnal colours of these sonatas, the composer chose the clarinet to bid a melancholy farewell to the world. Victor Julien-Laferrière joins them for the elegiac Trio Op.114.
Kabalevsky - Piano Sonata No.3 & 24 Preludes - Pietro Bonfilio (2017) {Brilliant Classics 95256BR Official Digital Download}

Kabalevsky - Piano Sonata No.3 & 24 Preludes - Pietro Bonfilio (2017) {Brilliant Classics 95256BR Official Digital Download}
FLAC (tracks) - 16bit/44kHz - Official Digital Download (prestoclassical.co.uk) -> 234 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 156 Mb | Cover | 5% repair rar
© 2017 Brilliant Classics | 95256BR
Classical / Contemporary Classical / Piano

Once considered in the same breath as Prokofiev and Shostakovich, Kabalevsky’s star has waned somewhat (the same fate has befallen both Myaskovsky and Khachaturian), both in his native Russia and farther West, where he is primarily remembered for his exuberant orchestral potboiler, the overture he wrote to an opera on a Romain Rolland story, Colas Breugnon. The opera won both a Lenin Prize and Rolland’s approval – no small feat – but has been completely forgotten. However, the offbeat rhythms that made the overture an instant hit also lend an upbeat, funky character to the opening movement of the Third Piano Sonata.

Olivia Belli - Philip Glass: Piano Works (2017)  Music

Posted by shamanicus at Jan. 15, 2018
Olivia Belli - Philip Glass: Piano Works (2017)

Olivia Belli - Philip Glass: Piano Works (2017)
WEB FLAC (tracks) | Front cover | 220 mb | MP3 CBR 320kbps | 59:34 | 138 mb
Classical, Minimalism | Label: Olivia Belli

A tribute to Philip Glass for his 80° birthday: a collection of 11 piano works recorded using an avant-garde contemporary instrument thus creating a completely new sounds. The full album released on December 15th 2017.

Olivia Belli - Max Richter: Piano Works (2017) {Olivia Belli}  Music

Posted by shamanicus at Jan. 15, 2018
Olivia Belli - Max Richter: Piano Works (2017) {Olivia Belli}

Olivia Belli - Max Richter: Piano Works (2017)
WEB FLAC (tracks) | Front cover | 37:55 | 172 mb
Classical, Minimalism | Label: Olivia Belli

A collection of 18 original piano works which takes us through the award-winning composer's eclectic output, embracing his work with the London Philharmonic (Memoryhouse), The Blue Notebooks, Royal Ballet-commissioned Infra and some of his film scores (Departure from The Leftovers, Miss Sloane). The album is recorded using an avant-garde conception instrument thus creating a completely new sound.