Following his successful 2012 release of the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra, Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov tries on the more intimate role of recitalist for this live Decca album of solo piano pieces by Frédéric Chopin. Trifonov is a powerhouse in the Lisztian mold, and his incredible technique seems better suited to fast, flashy fingerwork than to more subdued music. Certain pieces, such as the Rondo in F major, Op. 5, "À la Mazur," the Étude in F major, Op. 10/8, and the Grande Valse Brillante, Op. 18, allow feats of prestidigitation, and there's no denying that he can perform with dazzling virtuosity.
Without a doubt the strongest and rockiest release from mastermind Frederic Slama in classic AOR style next to Steet Talk, Radioactive and Lionville feat. an incredible lien-up. Being the twelfth release under the “AOR” moniker, The Secrets Of LA is a stepping stone between classic AOR sound many of the guest singers and musicians are associated with and the modern-day production and approach to the genre. And for the listeners, it remains a real trademark of quality in this kind of music; there are no fillers to this album, each and every track being worth attention. Highly recommended.
Already the 14th release from French producer/songwriter Frederic Slama and possibly one of the strongest releases so far. As usual with first class singers like Bob Harris (Axe), Jesse Damon, Paul Sabu, Tommy Funderburk & Erika. French composer Frédéric Slama, playing guitar as well keyboards continuously gathers an illustrious bunch of singers foremost to make his vision of classic AOR/Melodic Rock reality.
Qui est vraiment Jean-Jacques Goldman ? Un incroyable faiseur de tubes ayant vendu près de 40 millions de disques ? Un auteur-compositeur qui a créé des classiques indémodables, de Je te donne à Envole-moi, Comme toi ou Là-bas ? Certes. Mais il est impossible de résumer Jean-Jacques à cette seule - formidable - carrière. …
Voici réunie en 12 CD une intégrale magistrale de Chopin. Le pianiste franco-libanais a choisi d'enregistrer cette œuvre dans l'ordre chronologique. Le résultat crée une mosaïque impressionnante de partitions qui s'ordonnent naturellement. Ainsi, des influences perméables des unes aux autres ressortent avec pertinence depuis les œuvres de jeunesse, claires et lumineuses jusqu'à celle du Chopin révolutionnaire qui annonce déjà Debussy et une certaine atonalité.
Albanian-born, Geneva-based violinist Tedi Papavrami has not only fashioned a major international career on the concert stage, but has had success as an actor, notably in France. That said, his focus remains on music, both as a performer and teacher. Papavrami has concertized across Europe, Israel, Turkey, and Japan, and appeared as soloist with such orchestras as the Orchestre de Paris, the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Bamberger Symphony.
Another example of superb programming, Piotr Anderszewski's Chopin recital on Virgin is brilliantly conceived and masterfully executed. Concentrating on the compoer's late works, Anderszewski's program starts with two sets of Mazurkas played with supple sensitivity and sympathetic poetry, builds through the last two Ballades played with dramatic intensity and terrific technique, climaxes in the last two Polonaises played with heroic grandeur and tremendous virtuosity, and closes with the tender and intimate Mazurka in F minor as an encore. Anderszewski's technique is imperious, his tone is sensual, his performances are emotional, and his interpretations are magisterial. Individually, each performance is strong and vital. Taken all together, the whole disc is more than the sum of its parts. Virgin's sound is warm but a bit close and sometimes a little too immediate.