Chopin 2015

Maria Perrotta - Maria Perrotta Plays Chopin (2015)  Music

Posted by SERTiL at April 3, 2018
Maria Perrotta - Maria Perrotta Plays Chopin (2015)

Maria Perrotta - Maria Perrotta Plays Chopin (2015)
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 246 MB
Label: Decca | Tracks: 12 | Time: 80:12 min

Maria Perrotta offers a richly comprehensive and demanding live Chopin programme on her new disc from Italian Decca. For one local critic, her playing compares favourably with Pollini (‘where Pollini is fast and formalistic, Perrotta is analytical and expressive but, like Pollini, always maintains a sense of formal unity’). Yet while her musicianship is, at its best, intense and compelling, it can also be overbearing with, at times, an almost Teutonic view of Chopin.
Maria João Pires - Complete Concerto Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon (2015)

Maria João Pires - Complete Concerto Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon (2015)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) | 05:12:01 | 1,15 Gb
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Deutsche Grammophon's five-CD trimline box set of the complete concerto recordings by Maria João Pires, packaged in separate sleeves with their original cover art, focuses quite appropriately on her area of specialization, the piano concertos of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The first CD offers her eloquent performances of Frédéric Chopin's Piano Concertos No. 1 and No. 2, in performances conducted by Emmanuel Krivine and André Previn, respectively, and Disc 5 closes with her refined reading of Robert Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor. Between them are seven piano concertos by Mozart, with six of those performances conducted by Pires' longtime collaborator, Claudio Abbado, who also led the Schumann, while one of the Mozart performances was directed by Frans Brüggen.

Kim Cook & Christopher Guzman - Chopin's Ghosts (2018)  Music

Posted by delpotro at April 13, 2018
Kim Cook & Christopher Guzman - Chopin's Ghosts (2018)

Kim Cook & Christopher Guzman - Chopin's Ghosts (2018)
WEB FLAC (tracks) | 00:59:02 | 266 Mb
Classical | Label: Naxos Records

Multi-award-winning composer Paul Reale has a distinctly American voice, enriched and given touches of familiarity through references to folk idiom and musical ancestors such as Bartók and Kodály. This program brings together Reale’s works for cello and piano. His earliest, Séance, is a haunting combination of modernist sounds and Baroque melodies. The operatic Cello Sonata No. 1 daringly uses What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor as the backbone of its finale, and the recent Chopin’s Ghosts explores the Romantic composer’s long, weaving lines and evokes his poetic spirit.

Sviatoslav Richter - The Complete Album Collection (2015)  Music

Posted by juanchito at April 2, 2018
Sviatoslav Richter - The Complete Album Collection (2015)

Sviatoslav Richter - The Complete Album Collection (2015)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 15:25:40 | 2.2 GB
Classical | Label: Sony
Alice Sara Ott - Chopin: Complete Waltzes (2010/2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Alice Sara Ott - Chopin: Complete Waltzes (2010/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 61:15 minutes | 1.06 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

German-Japanese pianist Alice Sara Ott is a performer who appears to care more about the score and the composer than about her image and interpretations. After promoting Lang-Lang, a pianist of maximal technique but debatable taste, DG has given Ott an exclusive recording contract, and her first release, the complete waltzes of Chopin, shows her to be a pianist of taste and restraint. That is not to say that her performances here are ever less than dazzling, because she plays with supreme ease, or any less than affecting, because she brings out everything in the scores, from sparkling wit to darkest melancholy.
Yundi Li - Chopin: Scherzi / Impromtus (2004/2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Yundi Li - Chopin: Scherzi / Impromtus (2004/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 53:07 minutes | 855 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Yundi Li is being groomed for superstardom. He's got the looks, youth, and keyboard athleticism to fill that role, but on the basis of this all-Chopin disc (and his previous Chopin and Liszt recitals), he still lacks the interpretive maturity that translates into staying power. His B minor Scherzo, for example, comes off as excessively sectional, and its central section lacks poetry. Other works here fare better, but his attention appears focused on pianistic fluency and dazzling finger work, often at the expense of a full measure of emotional communication.
VA - 111 The Piano: Legendary Recordings (2015) (40 CD Box Set)

VA - 111 The Piano: Legendary Recordings (2015) (40 CD Box Set)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Image+.cue, log) | 40 CDs, 42:50:28 min | Covers included | 8,5 Gb
Genre: Classical / Label: Deutsche Grammophon

The very best of Deutsche Grammophon’s piano recordings on 40 CDs, limited edition. From Aimard (The Art of Fugue) to Zimerman (his prize-winning Debussy Preludes on 1 CD for the first time), comprising all the great names – Argerich, Barenboim, Michelangeli, Gilels, Haskil, Horowitz, Kempff, Kissin, Pogorelich, Pollini, Richter; and the new names – Blechacz, Grimaud, Lang Lang, Trifonov, Yuja Wang, Yundi – this is the ideal set to form the cornerstone of a piano collection.
Dong Hyek Lim - Frederic Chopin: 24 Préludes; Barcarolle; Berceuse; Variations brillantes (2015)

Dong Hyek Lim - Frédéric Chopin: 24 Préludes; Barcarolle; Berceuse; Variations brillantes (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 180 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 144 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 0825646068883 | Time: 01:01:10

Pianist Dong Hyek Lim, a bit older than the youthful face in the graphics might suggest, has gained a reputation as a Chopin specialist, with restrained, often exquisitely detailed performances made for the small recital hall rather than for the concert hall. This was, of course, the kind of venue for which Chopin wrote most of his music, and this is a very fine tour through the much-recorded 24 Preludes, Op. 28, which form the centerpiece of this album. Lim does well to introduce things with the flashier and rarely played Variations brillantes in B flat major, Op. 12, commanding the listener's attention before delving into the Preludes, some of the most harmonically intricate music Chopin wrote. Sample any of the really famous Preludes, such as the Prelude in E minor, Op. 28, No. 4, for an idea of what Lim is up to here: he not only lingers over dissonances, but explores their potential directions with sensitivity and intelligence, all while keeping the top of the dynamic range not very high. Lim takes you back to the public world with the Berceuse in D flat major, Op. 57, and Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60, which show him to be capable of a more brilliant style. London's Henry Wood Hall fits these pieces well, but Warner's engineers might have gone with even a more intense, intimate space for the preludes. In any event, the performance of those is one of the most absorbing to have come along in quite some time.
The Real Chopin: The complete works on period instruments (2010) (21 CD Box Set)

The Real Chopin: The complete works on period instruments (2010) (21 CD Box Set)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Image+.cue, log) | 21CDs | Covers & booklets included | 4,58 Gb
Genre: Classical / Label: NIFC (Narodowy Instytut Fryderyka Chopina)

The new recordings of Chopin's works on period instruments allow contemporary listeners to discover the historical models, bringing us closer to the original and to the long-forgotten sound of the Romantic era.
Yulianna Avdeeva, Orchestra of the 18th Century, Frans Brüggen - Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (2013)

Yulianna Avdeeva, Orchestra of the 18th Century, Frans Brüggen - Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (2013)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 73:33 | 329 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Fryderyk Chopin Institute | Catalog: NIFCCD 029

The pianist on this CD, Yulliana Avdeeva, is the winner of the Chopin piano competition in 2010. Checking the internet, you will find that the decision by the jury was controversial. Her playing was considered not to display the proper Chopin style, and too cool. I wasn't present at the competition, so I cannot write much about this. But having bought this CD, mainly because of use of old instruments, and the direction by the recently deceased icon of old music Frans Brüggen, I must say that I was totally blown away by the playing of Yulianna Avdeeva.