Corr Database 2015 is an extensive collection of correspondence games, featuring classical correspondence games played by mail as well as email games. The CD contains 1 274 459 games from 1804 until 2015 including all games of the correspondence chess world championships 1-27, correspondence chess olympics 1-18, correspondence chess european championships, national chamionships (AUS, CSR, DEN, GER, NED, USA). Corr 2015 also features a correspondence chess playerbase, which includes about 79 800 names. A must for every player of correspondence chess!
The exclusive annotated database. Contains more than 6.1 millions games from 1560 to 2014 in the highest ChessBase quality standard. 68,000 games contain commentary from top players, with ChessBase opening classification with more than 100,000 key positions, direct access to players, tournaments, middlegame themes, endgames.
Challenging music that presents no obstacle to some seriously gorgeous moments. Pianist Angelini is joined by violinist Regis Huby, bassist Claude Tchamitchian and drummer Edward Perraud for a mix of classical, jazz and a bit of folk. The quartet shows a refreshing willingness to flash some sharp teeth even as it prepares its next stunning moment of pure melodic beauty.
"Hamilton" - which transferred to Broadway following a sold-out run at The Public Theater in NYC - is the acclaimed new musical about the scrappy young immigrant Alexander Hamilton, the $10 Founding Father who forever changed America with his revolutionary ideas and actions. During his life cut too short, he served as George Washington's chief aide, was the first Treasury Secretary of the United States, a loving husband and father, despised by his fellow Founding Fathers, and shot to death by Aaron Burr in a legendary duel.
Russian ensemble Ole Lukkoye has been a feature in the Russian music scene fro more than a quarter of a century at this point, initially formed by Boris Bardash, Alexander "Frol" Frolov and Andrei Lawrinenko back in 1989 and then going through a few line-up alterations as the years and decades have come and gone. They have around a dozen albums to their name at this point, live productions and compilations included, although many years have passed since they released any new music at this point. "Dyatly" ("Woodpeckers") is their first studio album since 2006, and was released by the US label Trail Records in 2015. Ole Lukkoye's particular blend of folk music-inspired elements, space rock aesthetics, effects and electronic and bass details that at times is somewhat closer related to modern dance music and trance makes for an intriguing blend…
Before Steinway grand pianos existed, two of the leading makes were Erard and Pleyel – both French. Chopin liked them for different reasons. Playing an Erard from 1837, the Russian-born pianist Alexei Lubimov finds more power than expected in the stormiest passages of the Ballades, but it’s in the mesmerising lull of the Berceuse that the instrument really comes into its own. Never has that left-hand accompaniment sounded quite so haunting, nor the right hand so silvery: these seem like the music’s authentic qualities, and there is no sense of struggle against a mechanical opponent.
The three very popular Beethoven Sonatas collected in this recording showcased Lubimov's keen sense of interpretation and diabolical keyboard facility. The `Moonlight' and `Waldstein' are nothing short of heart-stopping performances, yet at the same time the musical contents of the pieces conveyed in entirely convincing authenticity. Even in the less demanding `Pathetique', Lubimov paints a vivid picture in terms of fully articulated emotional nuances and musical atmosphere, some thing of which he is among the most polished among pianists. Highly poetic performances. Heartily recommended.