Ligeti, Prokofiev

Grigory Sokolov plays Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Scriabin, Prokofiev, Stravinsky (2015) 2CDs

Grigory Sokolov plays Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Scriabin, Prokofiev, Stravinsky (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 484 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 314 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Melodiya | # MEL CD 10 02292 | Time: 02:14:24

The art of the 20th century legendary pianists lives on in this century in the creative work of Grigory Sokolov, “the greatest pianist of modern times,” “the world's pianist No. 1,” “a genius” as the contemporaries name him. Sokolov's name ranks with the names of the great musicians of the past – Vladimir Horowitz, Sviatoslav Richter and Glenn Gould. The pianist gives quite a number of concerts annually in different cities of Europe, including a traditional klavierabend in his native St. Petersburg. Grigory Sokolov finished the special music school of the Leningrad Conservatory under Liya Zelikhman, and in 1973 he graduated from the Leningrad Conservatory under Moisey Khalfin. Later on, Sokolov became a professor of the St. Petersburg Conservatory where he taught for a long time. As early as at the age of twelve, Sokolov gave his first solo concert, and at 16 he received the first prize of the 3rd International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1966. That victory signified the beginning of Sokolov's career.
Kanon Matsuda - Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibtion / Prokofiev: Romeo And Juliet (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

Kanon Matsuda - Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibtion / Prokofiev: Romeo And Juliet (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 70:30 minutes | 2.99 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front Cover

Kanon Matsuda was born in the city of Takamatsu, Japan. She started her training at 4 years of age with Professor Yoshiko Hosoda. Beginning in 2002, Kanon was a student of the Gnessin Secondary Special Music School (college), in the class of Professor Elena Ivanova. In March of 2004, Kanon was awarded the Grand Prix at the International Piano Competition in memory of Grieg in Moscow.
London SO & Chorus; Mstislav Rostropovich, Soloists - Sergey Prokofiev: Ivan the Terrible; Alexander Nevsky (1992) 2CDs

Sergey Prokofiev - Ivan the Terrible; Alexander Nevsky (1992) 2CDs
Christopher Plummer (narrator), Tamara Sinyavskaya, Sergei Leiferkus, Dolora Zajick
New London Children’s Choir, London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus; Mstislav Rostropovich

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 552 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 325 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Oratorio | Label: Sony Classical | # S2K 48387 | Time: 02:14:45

The famous Russian director Sergei Eisenstein held Prokofiev the film composer in the highest regard, and to couple their two celebrated collaborations, Ivan the Terrible and Alexander Nevsky, in a two-disc set is therefore entirely appropriate. Ivan the Terrible, however, is a problematic score. Assembled by Abram Stassevich after the composer’s death, the oratorio lacks the large-scale balances and tensions of Prokofiev’s own Nevsky cantata, relying on narration to hold the structure together. This substantial English version by Michael Lankester, intended to ‘compensate for the lack of visual image’, is well projected by Christopher Plummer. Rostropovich directs a vivid performance of Alexander Nevsky, and only the rich tone of Russian voices is lacking. The LSO plays brilliantly, while the recording does full justice to one of Prokofiev’s finest scores.

Gyorgy Ligeti - Requiem; Aventures; Nouvelles Aventures (1985)  Music

Posted by Designol at June 13, 2017
Gyorgy Ligeti - Requiem; Aventures; Nouvelles Aventures (1985)

György Ligeti - Requiem; Aventures; Nouvelles Aventures (1985)
Chor Des Bayerischen Rundfunks; Liliana Poli, soprano; Barbro Ericson, mezzo-soprano
Sinfonie-Orchester Des Hessischen Rundfunks Frankfurt, conducted by Michael Gielen
Gertie Charlent, soprano; Marie-Thérèse Cahn, alto; William Pearson, baritone
Internationales Kammerensemble Darmstadt, conducted by Bruno Maderna

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 173 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 115 Mb | Covers included
Contemporary Classical, Avant-Garde | Label: WERGO | # WER 60045-50 | 00:49:39

György Ligeti's "Requiem" for soprano, mezzo-soprano, two mixed choirs and orchestra is one of his most impressive compositions - especially, when directed by Michael Gielen - and at the same time "the" requiem of the 20th century: Sound which is chromatically layered moves gradually from the lower registers to the higher, thus changing from mourning sounds into the promise of the eternal light. In the Kyrie the polyphonic net which was previously static begins to move gently. It was a part of this composition that Stanley Kubrick used to accompany the discovery of the monolith in "2001: A Space Odyssey". Also on this WERGO disc are two other essential works, "Aventures" and "Nouvelles Aventures", highly theatrical and justly celebrated choral works.
Dallas Symphony Orchestra - Prokofiev: Scythian Suite; Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps (The Rite Of Spring) (1991)

Dallas Symphony Orchestra - Prokofiev: Scythian Suite; Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps (The Rite Of Spring) (1991)
EAC Rip | FLAC with CUE and log | scans | 297 mb
MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 194 mb
Genre: classical

Prokofiev: Scythian Suite; Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps (The Rite Of Spring) is a 1991 album by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Eduarto Mata. This was released by Dorian Recordings.
Dmitri Bashkirov - Piano: Haydn, Schubert, Brahms, Liszt, Grieg, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev and Shchedrin (2015) 2CDs

Dmitri Bashkirov plays Joseph Haydn, Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms, Franz Liszt
Edvard Grieg, Claude Debussy, Sergey Rachmaninov, Sergey Prokofiev, Radion Shchedrin

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 582 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 339 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Melodiya | # MEL CD 1002288 | Time: 01:25:28

Firma Melodiya presents an album of the remarkable Russian pianist Dmitri Bashkirov. Combining impeccable technical virtuosity with emotional depth, brilliant artistry with the skill of a dramatist performer, he mastered an extensive concert repertoire and spent a lot of time in studio as well recording for Melodiya and later for the biggest European labels. Bashkirov played music of the romantic composers and French impressionists with particular inspiration, but his interpretations of Prokofiev were also especially impressive, and the classical harmonies of Haydn and Mozart were followed by sonorous energy of Rachmaninoff and sharp distinctness of Shchedrin. The album includes recordings of works of Haydn, Schubert, Brahms, Liszt, Grieg, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev and Shchedrin made by Dmitri Bashkirov in 1957 to 1972.
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.