Ligeti, Prokofiev

Martin West, San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, Maria Kochetkova, Davit Karapetyan - Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet (2017)

Martin West, San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, Maria Kochetkova, Davit Karapetyan - Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet (2017)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR | (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.18 Gb (DVD9) | 116 min
Classical | C Major

Maria Kochetkova is exceptional as Juliet, her movements always graceful, supple and beautiful. Her facial expressions early in the ballet radiate an ingratiating childlike innocence and joy, but in the darker and more tragic moments later on transform subtly to frustration, fear and sadness. She is a fine actress and a great dancer. Davit Karapetyan makes a splendid Romeo: his dance scenes with Juliet exude passion and deep love, and his sword fight with Tybalt divulges both exceptional athleticism and gracefulness. Luke Ingham in the role of Tybalt is also very convincing, both in his dancing and acting skills. (Robert Cummings, Classical Net)
Lisa Batiashvili, Chamber Orchestra of Europe & Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Visions of Prokofiev (2018)

Lisa Batiashvili, Chamber Orchestra of Europe & Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Visions of Prokofiev (2018)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) | Scans included | 00:59:48 | 274 Mb
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Lisa Batiashvili is a wonderful violinist, and this fine album of Prokofiev’s two concertos marks another milestone in a career that leaps from mountain peak to mountain peak. She characterizes each work with great insight and style, clearly attuned to the biographical background of this most complex of 20th-century composers. What’s also striking is the range of color and volume with which Batiashvili and Nézet-Séguin invest the music, unusually faithful to the score—the opening of the Second Concerto is done with great imagination and some stunning solo and orchestral playing. Three short Prokofiev pops are delightful extras.
Ensemble InterContemporain, Matthias Pintscher - Bartok & Ligeti (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

Ensemble InterContemporain, Matthias Pintscher - Bartok & Ligeti (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time - 108:50 minutes | 1,14 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Alpha label is launching a collaboration with the Ensemble Intercontemporain and its new artistic director, composer-conductor Matthias Pintscher. This series includes alternate 20th-century landmarks and new works, providing an opportunity to show to advantage the great quality of the EIC musicians in the major masterpieces of the last century and to discover scores by composers of the 21st century. This release features works of Béla Bartok & György Ligeti.

Alexander Melnikov - Prokofiev: Piano Sonatas Nos. 2, 6, 8 (2016)  Music

Posted by tirexiss at April 25, 2018
Alexander Melnikov - Prokofiev: Piano Sonatas Nos. 2, 6, 8 (2016)

Alexander Melnikov - Prokofiev: Piano Sonatas Nos. 2, 6, 8 (2016)
EAC FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:10:05 | 219 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | Catalog: HMC902202

The Russian-British pianist Alexander Melnikov has recorded Shostakovich and a variety of Romantic chamber music with great success. But nothing quite prepares the listener for the controlled power in these performances of three Prokofiev piano sonatas. The Piano Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 82, and Piano Sonata No. 8 in B flat major, Op. 84, are among the most modernist works Prokofiev ever wrote. They appeared during World War II and are often thought, with some justification, to reflect that environment.
Kirill Gerstein, DSO Berlin, James Gaffigan - Tchaikovsky & Prokofiev Piano Concertos (2015) MCH SACD ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Kirill Gerstein, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin - Tchaikovsky & Prokofiev Piano Concertos (2015)
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 65:15 minutes | Digital Booklet | 3,84 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Digtal Booklet | 1,11 GB

Since 1894, Tchaikovsky‘s Piano Concerto No. 1 has been published and performed in a version containing numerous unauthorized editorial alterations that were added posthumously. This is the first recording using the new scholarly edition by the Tchaikovsky Archive and Museum in Moscow of the 1879 version of the Piano Concerto - the version that was approved and conducted by Tchaikovsky until his last public appearance in 1893.
Duo Gazzana - Ravel, Franck, Ligeti, Messiaen (2018) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Duo Gazzana - Ravel, Franck, Ligeti, Messiaen (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 55:24 minutes | 967 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

A sense of discovery is a key theme in the third ECM recital of sisters Natascia and Raffaella Gazzana. Alongside a landscape of French music for violin and piano, drawing on a multiplicity of inspirations, the album includes a premiere recording of György Ligeti’s Duo, dedicated to Kúrtag. Duo Gazzana plays César Franck’s epic A major Sonata of 1886, and Maurice Ravel’s Sonate posthume, written in 1897, when its author was just 22, and the album concludes with Olivier Messiaen’s Thème et variations of 1932, a work which in some aspects prefigures the Quatuor pour la fin du temps. The duo’s performances of Ravel, Franck, Ligeti and Messiaen were recorded at Lugano’s Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI in March 2017 and produced by Manfred Eicher.

Duo Gazzana - Ravel - Franck - Ligeti - Messiaen (2018)  Music

Posted by delpotro at April 19, 2018
Duo Gazzana - Ravel - Franck - Ligeti - Messiaen (2018)

Duo Gazzana - Ravel - Franck - Ligeti - Messiaen (2018)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 245 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 127 Mb | 00:55:26
Classical | Label: ECM Records, Deutsche Grammophon

Italian sisters Natascia and Raffaella Gazzana deliver a sensitively performed survey of French music of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, alongside a nod to modern Hungarian composer György Ligeti. They place Franck’s monumental Sonata in A Major at the heart of their program, its second movement Allegro blazing with passion, the final Allegretto beautifully restrained yet unleashed in the closing bars. Ravel’s Sonate Posthume is a fascinating document of a 22-year-old composer’s development, in thrall to early Impressionism, while Messiaen’s equally youthful “Thème et Variations,” played with sparkling clarity and poise, shows a composer ahead of his time. Ligeti’s direct musical language functions almost as a refreshing sorbet among the French riches.
Mikhaïl Faerman - Brahms: Paganini Variations - Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 6 (2017)

Mikhaïl Faerman - Brahms: Paganini Variations - Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 6 (2017)
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & front cover | 203 MB
Label: Australian Eloquence | Tracks: 06 | Time: 50:36 min

Founded in 1937, the annual Queen Elisabeth Competition for violin and piano is still the best-known such event organised in Belgium, and is considered among the best and most demanding in the world. Following in the footsteps of his fellow countryman Emil Gilels, who won first prize for piano in 1938, Mikhail Faerman stunned both jury and public in 1975 with Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto, and duly carried off the palm.
Kirill Karabits & Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Prokofiev: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Kirill Karabits & Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Prokofiev: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 77:22 minutes | 1.32 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front Cover

The eagerly awaited 3rd volume in the critically acclaimed Prokofiev Symphony cycle from Kirill Karabits and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. The original version of the 4th, probably the least performed of the seven is coupled with the 5th, arguably the most performed. The 4th is based on material from the ballet ‘The Prodigal Son’. The symphony was commissioned by Serge Koussevitzky to mark the 50th anniversary of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & Kirill Karabits - Prokofiev: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 7 (2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & Kirill Karabits - Prokofiev: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 7 (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 65:02 minutes | 1.14 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Kirill Karabits and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra embark on a fascinating journey through the seven Prokofiev symphonies, and will explore some rare works from the composer's early years that help chart his symphonic development. On this first album of the cycle the rarely performed alternative ending for the Seventh Symphony can be heard.