Ligeti, Prokofiev

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.
São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop - Prokofiev: Symphony No. 6, Op. 111 & Waltz Suite (2016)

São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop - Prokofiev: Symphony No. 6, Op. 111 & Waltz Suite
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks)+cue, log, m3u, d.booklet | 68:16 min | 287 MB
Label: Naxos - 8.573029 | Tracks: 09 | Rls.date: 2016
Classical, Orchestral

Prokofiev started work on his Sixth Symphony in 1945 and, unlike the victorious mood of the Fifth (Naxos 8.573029) it reveals a darker response to war and its consequences. The work was condemned by the ‘Zhdanov decree’ but composer and critics regarded the symphony highly, the noble yet anguished threnody of its central Largo balanced by the painful violence of the outer movements. The work’s ending has been described as “one of the most shattering in the repertoire”. With themes both capricious and sensuous, the Waltz Suite recycles material from earlier scores to create a remarkably effective quasi-symphonic entity.

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.
Vadym Kholodenko - Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 5 (2016)

Vadym Kholodenko - Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 5 (2016)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 57:03 | 230 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | Catalog: HMU807631

Winner of the gold medal in the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Vadym Kholodenko has impressed audiences with his dynamic playing and compelling interpretations of Romantic and modern repertoire. This Harmonia Mundi hybrid SACD presents Kholodenko with Miguel Harth-Bedoya and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in a pair of piano concertos by Sergey Prokofiev that fully show the pianist's artistry and virtuosity.
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..
Natalie Clein - Bloch, Ligeti & Dallapiccola: Suites for Solo Cello (2017) [TR24][OF]

Natalie Clein - Bloch, Ligeti & Dallapiccola: Suites for Solo Cello
Classical | FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | 64:19 min | 1.04 GB | Digital booklet
Label: Hyperion | Tracks: 18 | Rls.date: 2017

Natalie Clein, whose previous recording of the music of Ernest Bloch was described as ‘inspired’ by The Sunday Times, turns to his three suites for solo cello as part of a recital of works written in the aftermath of the Second World War. The sombre voice of the cello seems especially apposite in music of such deep seriousness, Ligeti’s short sonata providing an energetic and life-affirming finale.
London Symphony Orchestra / Valery Gergiev - Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet (2010) [2SACDs ISO+HiRes FLAC]

London Symphony Orchestra / Valery Gergiev - Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet (2010)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & DST64 6.0 >1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Front Cover | 7.78GB + 5% Recovery
FLAC tracks 2.0 24bit/88.2 kHz | Front Cover | 2.14GB + 5% Recovery

This 2008 live recording with the London Symphony Orchestra is Valery Gergiev's 2nd complete recording of Prokofiev's ballet Romeo & Juliet, the 1st being a 1991 Philips release with the Kirov Orchestra. This performance, like his 1st, is notable for its refinement & lyricism. It's perhaps surprising that Gergiev, known for the wildness & ferocity of his performances of other Prokofiev works, like The Fiery Angel, shows such restraint here. Gergiev clearly understands the ballet as a work in which Prokofiev, writing originally for the Bolshoi, a theater known for its conservatism (although that production was canceled), tailored his score to follow in the tradition of the 3 great Tchaikovsky ballets.