Chopin Sonata 2 op 35, First Movement

Vladimir Horowitz - Favorite Chopin, Volume 2 (1987)  Music

Posted by Designol at Sept. 23, 2015
Vladimir Horowitz - Favorite Chopin, Volume 2 (1987)

Vladimir Horowitz - Favorite Chopin, Volume 2 (1987)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 281 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 169 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: CBS | # MK 42412 | Time: 01:05:00

Other than Rubinstein, there is no greater Chopin interpreter than Horowitz, and in his single greatest work – the second sonata which is the highlight of this disc – I find Horowitz preferable because Rubinstein takes the great funeral march of the third movement too slowly, whereas Horowitz' direct approach conveys an even deeper sense of melancholy and tragedy. That said, this is a superb sampling of Horowitz' art, even better than the first volume of this series, with unworldly playing and fine sound quality for an analogue recording. The second sonata is second to none, and the shorter pieces are all very familiar and superbly played.
Angela Brownridge - Chopin: The Four Ballades (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

Angela Brownridge - Chopin: The Four Ballades (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 67:02 minutes | 1.42 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front Cover

British pianist Angela Brownridge presents the second of three Challenge Classics recordings exploring classical and romantic masterpieces. Following a disc of Beethoven Pianos Sonatas, here she performs some of the cornerstones of Chopin's creative output - the Four Ballades, the Second Piano Sonata and Fantasie, Op.49.
Martha Argerich - Chopin: Preludes, Piano Sonata 2 (2002) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

Martha Argerich - Chopin: Preludes, Piano Sonata 2 (2002)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 61:11 minutes | 1.94 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

This classic 1977 release features a stunning interpretation of Chopin's Préludes by pianist Martha Argerich, still considered a reference recording of the set by many critics. The programme also an equally impressive Piano Sonata No. 2, recorded in 1975.
Angela Brownridge - Chopin: The Four Ballades & Piano Sonata No. 2 (2017)

Angela Brownridge - Chopin: The Four Ballades & Piano Sonata No. 2
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 67:02 min | 153 MB
Label: Challenge Classics | Tracks: 09 | Rls.date: 2017

Bryce Morrison: Today it is difficult to appreciate the impact Chopin’s music had on his first listeners. His mix of Slavonic passion and Gallic precision (his father was of French ancestry) created a world of such imaginative daring that it left his audiences bewitched, bothered and bewildered. Enigmatic to the last Chopin held aloof from such comments and left the more fancifully inclined to draw their own subjective conclusions.
Chopin - Pizzaro - Sonatas Opp. 35 & 58, Barcarolle Op. 60 & Variations Op. 12 (2007) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Frederic Chopin - Artur Pizzaro - Sonatas Opp. 35 & 58, Barcarolle Op. 60 & Variations Op. 12
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz: 1,35 GB | Artwork | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: Linn Records # CKD 250 | Country/Year: UK 2007
Genre: Classical | Style: Romantic | Source: linnrecords

…Pizarro's Linn recordings all reveal a rich and powerful piano sound with a tremendous dynamic range and an extreme treble end that strikes my ears as much more musical than the steely-hard timbre of the high notes often heard on recordings. Part of the explanation could be that Pizarro doesn't play the typical Steinway; these recordings feature the Bluthner piano, made in the former East Germany for a century and a half. The listener is acoustically seated very close to the piano, making the wide dynamic range enough to shake you up occasionally…
Alfred Brendel - Ludwig van Beethoven: Fur Elise; Eroica-Variationen Op. 35; 6 Bagatelles, Op. 126; 6 Ecossaises, WoO 83 (1985)

Alfred Brendel - Ludwig van Beethoven: Für Elise; Eroica-Variationen, Op. 35;
6 Bagatelles, Op. 126; 6 Ecossaises, WoO 83 (1985)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 143 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 115 Mb | Scans ~ 30 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | # 412 227-2 | Time: 00:49:56

Like Gilels, Brendel treats the Op. 35 Variations as far more than a poor relation of the Eroica Symphony finale. His approach has less of the urgent, seemingly improvisatory thrust which makes the Gilels DG performance (on LP only) so compelling, but the sharpness with which he characterizes each variation is a delight, each time bringing a moment of revelation, and often relating this essentially middle-period work to much later inspirations. The six Bagatelles of Op. 126 equally find Brendel giving these fragments a weight, concentration and seriousness to reflect what else Beethoven was writing at the time. There is a gruffness of expression with charm eliminated. The third Bagatelle is the more moving for its simple gravity, and only in the final one of the group does Brendel allow himself to relax in persuasive warmth. Fur Elise makes a simple, haunting prelude to the group and the six Ecossaises a jolly postude with Brendel evoking the bluff jollity of Austrian dance music.
Louis Lortie - Louis Lortie Plays Chopin, Vol. 2 (2012) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Louis Lortie - Louis Lortie Plays Chopin, Vol. 2 (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 75:11 minutes | 1.16 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Recording exclusively for Chandos, Lortie is recognised as one of the finest interpreters of Chopin today. He first recorded Chopin's Etudes for Chandos more than twenty years ago; the disc was named as one of the '50 great performances by superlative pianists' by BBC Music. Volume 1 of his current Chopin series also has received excellent reviews: the magazine Pianist wrote: 'He is a pianist of our time when it comes to speed, energy and an unfussy approach to Chopin. His way of playing is like a sharply cut steel sculpture, super elegant and with not one single smudge.' And in the words of International Piano: 'These are full-blooded and eloquent performances, an auspicious start to what looks likely to become one of the finest of Chopin surveys.'
Herman Krebbers, Amsterdam RCO, Kirill Kondrashin - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35 (1980)

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade, Op. 35 (1980)
Herman Krebbers, solo violin; Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam; Kirill Kondrashin, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 202 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 114 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | # 400 021-2 | Time: 00:44:21

Even with 15 other versions of Rimsky's masterpiece of orchestral virtuosity to choose from — some in the top flight — this was recognized from the first as one of the most rewarding, thanks largely to Krebbers's exceptionally sweet, gently appealing and bewitching personification of the story - spinning Scheherazade and to Kondrashin's skill in pacing and shaping movements as a whole, relating the diverse tempos and building up tension and dynamics by careful control so as to create climaxes of thrilling intensity and power. the 'shipwreck' finale, in particular, was overwhelming; and this was achieved without resorting to the ultra - fast tempos adopted by some conductors to whip up excitement. The Concertgebouw's crisp, sonorous and sensitive playing (full marks both to the splendid strings and to the wind soloists) was caught with the utmost fidelity; but the Compact Disc's total exclusion even of minimal extraneous background now marks a still further improvement, as can be judged by the dead silence against which Scheherazade's pleadings are heard. The final coda is ravishingly beautiful.
Andrei Korobeinikov - Chostakovitch: Piano Concerto No. 2 Op. 02, 24 Préludes Op. 34 (2011) [Official Digital Download 24/44.1]

Andrei Korobeinikov - Chostakovitch: Piano Concerto No. 2 Op. 02, 24 Préludes Op. 34 (2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time - 77:53 minutes | 625 MB
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This album illustrates two contrasting periods in Chostakovich's life: the 24 Preludes and Piano Concerto no.1 were written in a climate of total artistic freedom, while the tender, joyful Conterto no.2.
Heinz Holliger - Schoenberg: Verklarte Nacht Op. 4, Chamber Symphony No. 2 Op. 38 (2013) [Official Digital Download 24/88.2]

Heinz Holliger - Schoenberg: Verklarte Nacht Op. 4, Chamber Symphony No. 2 Op. 38 (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | Time - 63:24 minutes | 1.01 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

For this release from Zig-Zag Territoires, Heinz Holliger leads the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne in two works of Arnold Schoenberg, the string orchestra version of Verkl?rte Nacht, and the Chamber Symphony No. 2, followed by Anton Webern's Langsamer Satz, also arranged for string orchestra. All three pieces are tonal, predating the development of atonality and the later twelve-tone system, with which these composers are most strongly associated.