Ligeti, Prokofiev

Enrique Granados, Sergey Prokofiev, Igor Stravinsky, George Gershwin: The Composer Plays (1997) [Grand Piano Series]

Granados, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Gershwin: The Composer Plays (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 268 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 187 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Nimbus | # NI 8813 | Time: 01:18:30

Grand Piano is a series devoted to the art of the Reproducing Piano. It presents major performances by the legendary pianists who recorded for the Aeolian Company between 1915 and 1930. The acoustic gramophone rarely attempted major keyboard works. The 78s' restricted sound and duration was acceptable for short virtuoso pieces but little else. In contrast, by 1915, the Aeolian Company's "Duo-Art" was already a highly sophisticated digital recording process. Pianists, well aware of the gramophone's limitations, turned enthusiastically to the reproducing piano. Hofmann, Bauer, Paderewski and Grainger were especially committed, not alone in believing that they had achieved the ultimate recording process. Great pianists joined them in recording their concert repertoire, including much that was never repeated on disc.
Alina Ibragimova, Steven Osborne - Prokofiev: Violin Sonatas, Five Melodies (2014)

Alina Ibragimova, Steven Osborne - Prokofiev: Violin Sonatas, Five Melodies (2014)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 01:00:43 | 222 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog: CDA67514

Sergey Prokofiev's output for violin and piano was quite small, and it would have been limited to the Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor had he not also arranged his Five Songs Without Words and the Flute Sonata in D major, the latter at the request of David Oistrakh. One experiences a degree of discomfort in the Violin Sonata No. 1, which is one of Prokofiev's more unsettling pieces, due in part to its sinister tone and harsh dissonances, but also to its conflicting expressions.
Mstislav Rostropovich - Prokofiev: Sinfonia concertante; Rachmaninov: Vocalise (1959/2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Mstislav Rostropovich - Prokofiev: Sinfonia concertante; Rachmaninov: Vocalise (1959/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 45:09 minutes | 925 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front Cover

Prokofiev's Sinfonia Concertante for cello and orchestra in E minor, Op. 125, makes the listener aware of the level of external and internal conflict under which the composer was laboring at the time of its composition in 1952, close to the end of his life. Prokofiev had suffered under the censure of the Soviet regime in the last decades of his life and worked hard to maintain his artistic integrity while avoiding offending the delicate aesthetic sensibilities of the authorities. The Sinfonia Concertante, his last major work, suffers for being a balancing act that didn't allow the composer to give expression to the full level of inventiveness that's held in check by his tenuous political situation.
Shura Cherkassky plays Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Stravinsky (2011) [Re-Up]

Shura Cherkassky plays Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Stravinsky (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 321 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 182 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Ica Classics | # ICAC 5020 | Time: 01:16:28

Shura Cherkassky (1909-1995) was one of the greatest piano virtuosos of his time having studied under the legendary Josef Hofmann. This WDR studio broadcast sourced from the original master tapes has Cherkassky playing Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini from 1970 in superb stereo. He recorded the Rhapsody only once in 1953 for EMI in mono but it has never been issued on CD so this taping is exceptionally important and adds a major work to Cherkassky’s large discography. Prokofiev’s wartime Piano Sonata No.7 was never recorded commercially by Cherkassky so this is another addition to his discography sourced from WDR’s original master tapes. It was recorded in 1951 when Cherkassky was fast becoming a star in Germany. The three scenes from Stravinsky’s Petruschka was a favourite virtuoso work for Cherkassky and this 1951 recording shows him at his most brilliant, sourced from WDR’s original master tapes. Three encores have been added from 1951 and 1953 (not sourced from WDR) which again showcase Cherkassky’s incredible technique during the early period of his career in Germany.

Vilde Frang - Sibelius, Prokofiev: Violin Concertos (2009)  Music

Posted by tirexiss at April 15, 2017
Vilde Frang - Sibelius, Prokofiev: Violin Concertos (2009)

Vilde Frang - Sibelius, Prokofiev: Violin Concertos (2009)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:03:59 | 288 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | Catalog: 50999 6 84413 2 6

Norwegian-born violinist Vilde Frang makes her solo recording debut with Prokofiev's first Violin Concerto and Sibelius' Violin Concerto, plus three of the Finnish composer's Humoresques for violin and piano. With her sweet tone, fluent technique, and soulful interpretations, Frang's performances can stand comparison to many of the great recorded performances of the past. She digs in deep in Sibelius' outer movements and dispatches their manifold difficulties with apparent ease.
Christian Poltera, Joonas Ahonen, BIT20 Ensemble, Baldur Bronnimann - Gyorgy Ligeti: Concertos (2016)

György Ligeti: Piano Concerto; Cello Concerto; Chamber Concerto; Melodien (2016)
Christian Poltéra, cello; Joonas Ahonen, piano; BIT20 Ensemble; Baldur Brönnimann, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 267 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:11:31
Genre: Classical, Contemporary | Label: BIS | # BIS-SACD-2209

The unifying idea of the concerto provides a way to get a handle on György Ligeti's experimental spirit, for a concerto here represents several fundamentally different things. The Cello Concerto of 1966, right at the height of Ligeti's exuberantly fearless adventures in 1960s Germany, might almost be called an anti-concerto, with the cello doing its best to hang on the edge of silence. Sample the very first movement, both for the precision of cellist Christian Poltéra's work at the low end of the dynamic spectrum and for the ideally clean engineering work by the BIS label, operating in a variety of Norwegian venues and mastering them, well, masterfully. The Chamber Concerto for 13 Instruments and the Melodien are essentially concertos for orchestra, with distinctive roles for each of the instruments, while the five-movement Piano Concerto, completed in 1988, is a fine and technically demanding example of Ligeti's later pulse-based, polyrhythmic style. Throughout, Norway's BIT20 Ensemble, a group of flexible size, delivers superb Ligeti performances, with the requisite laser-like focus on individual details but not losing a certain liveliness and humor that underlie it all. A superior Ligeti album.
London Winds - Music for Winds: Janáček, Nielsen, Barber, Hindemith, Ligeti (2015)

London Winds - Music for Winds: Janáček, Nielsen, Barber, Hindemith, Ligeti (2015)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 80:13 | 294 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos Records | Catalog: CHAN 10876

The ensemble London Winds, praised by BBC Music for its 'technical accomplishment, expressive commitment and warmth of timbre', presents in this recording great twentieth-century works for winds. It features music by Hindemith, Nielsen, and Janáček, and, from the next generation, Barber and Ligeti. Although not equally prolific (Kleine Kammermusik is Hindemith's single contribution to that genre while winds are generally more prominence in Nielsen's music), all these composers brought the wind repertoire back to prominence, after a quiet period of more than a century. The music is full of playfulness and European folk colours.

Gyorgy Ligeti edition: CD 7. Chamber Music [1998]  Music

Posted by Aregak at Feb. 23, 2017
Gyorgy Ligeti edition: CD 7. Chamber Music [1998]

Gyorgy Ligeti edition: CD 7. Chamber Music [1998]
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Covers | 1cd, 317 MB
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | Catalog Number: 62309 | TT: 71’01

These chamber works bring Sony's adventurous, timely Ligeti series to a natural pinnacle. Long the challenger of stylistic stasis and customary demonstrations of excellence, Ligeti has outdone himself here (as he did with the fantastic Mechanical Music release). The Trio for Violin, Horn, and Piano (1982) challenges its players to stay in step with each other even while expanding virtuosity to the breaking point. Marie-Luise Neunecker plays such full horn parts that they roll flow over the tonal bounds, as does Saschko Gawriloff's violin and Pierre-Laurent Aimard's piano… –Andrew Bartlett..

Gyorgy Ligeti edition: CD 3. Etudes; Musica Ricercata [1996]  Music

Posted by Aregak at Feb. 22, 2017
Gyorgy Ligeti edition: CD 3. Etudes; Musica Ricercata [1996]

Gyorgy Ligeti edition: CD 3. Etudes; Musica Ricercata [1996]
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Covers | 1cd, 266 MB
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | Catalog Number: 62308 | TT: 74'02

These chamber works bring Sony's adventurous, timely Ligeti series to a natural pinnacle. Long the challenger of stylistic stasis and customary demonstrations of excellence, Ligeti has outdone himself here (as he did with the fantastic Mechanical Music release). The Trio for Violin, Horn, and Piano (1982) challenges its players to stay in step with each other even while expanding virtuosity to the breaking point. Marie-Luise Neunecker plays such full horn parts that they roll flow over the tonal bounds, as does Saschko Gawriloff's violin and Pierre-Laurent Aimard's piano… –Andrew Bartlett..
Sergei Prokofiev - Symphonies No.6, No.7, Symphony-Concerto (Gergiev) 2016 [HDTV 720p]

Sergei Prokofiev - Symphonies No.6, No.7, Symphony-Concerto (Gergiev) 2016 [HDTV 720p]
AVC, 1280x720p (16:9), ~3 mbps, 25 fps | AAC 128 kbps, 2 ch | 01:58:33 | 2.6 GB
Classical, Orchestral | Mezzo live HD | HDTV->MKV

Mariinsky Orchestra, directed by Valeriy Gergie, celebrates 125 years since the birth of Sergei Prokofiev, on April 24, 2016. Soloist Alexander Ramm.