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Goran Filipec - Scarlatti: Complete Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 19 (2017)

Goran Filipec - Scarlatti: Complete Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 19
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 65:58 min | 245 MB
Label: Naxos | Tracks: 21 | Rls.date: 2017

Alessandro Scarlatti was largely responsible for developing early Neapolitan opera but his son Domenico journeyed to Lisbon and then to Madrid where he entered the service of the royal family. It was primarily for the Infanta Maria Barbara, who became Queen of Spain in 1746, that Domenico Scarlatti wrote his celebrated single-movement sonatas, some of the greatest pieces in eighteenth-century keyboard repertoire. This volume reveals Scarlattis evocations of Spanish dance rhythms, vivid exploration of colour, scintillating scales and arpeggios and striking echo effects.
Raie Da Costa - Keyboard Wizards Of The Gershwin Era - Volume VII (1928-34) {Pearl GEMMCD 9207 rel 1998}

Raie Da Costa - Keyboard Wizards Of The Gershwin Era - Volume VII (1928-34) {Pearl GEMMCD 9207 rel 1998}
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© 1928-34, 1998 Pearl | GEMM CD 9207
Classical / Jazz / Traditional Jazz / Pop / Piano

I have listened to portions of this disc hundreds of time on the drives to and from work. It's a marvelous audio-engineering feat, bringing to life the spirited and brilliant artistry of one of the greatest novelty pianists of all time. Dead in 1934 at the age of 29, Raie da Costa's recordings were preserved only on disc pressings, but the audio engineers have eliminated the surface noise as if there never had been any; as if death and 80+ years have not removed us from this remarkably able and engaging performer. Long live Raie!!! Raie da Costa was a fabulous pianist. What a pity she died so young.
Various Artists - Keyboard Wizards Of The Gershwin Era - Volume VI (1922-34) {Pearl GEMMCD 9206 rel 1998}

Various Artists - Keyboard Wizards Of The Gershwin Era - Volume VI (1922-34) {Pearl GEMMCD 9206 rel 1998}
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© 1922-34, 1998 Pearl | GEMM CD 9206
Classical / Jazz / Traditional Jazz / Pop / Piano

This has to be one of the most brilliant piano collections ever. The whole Keyboard Wizards series is wonderful, but some of the tracks on this disc - notably the duet "Dizzy Fingers" - are jaw-droppingly stunning. As a longtime pianist myself, I can't imagine playing some of these works, and the remastered recordings are a national treasure. I hope the creating company keeps finding and releasing more! Another great audio-engineering feat by this label. Another disc that I have listened to dozens of time. My only suggestion would have been giving Constance Mering billing over Vee Lawnhurst as Constance's playing displays greater technique and artistic range.
Various Artists - Keyboard Wizards Of The Gershwin Era - Volume V (1912-28) {Pearl GEMM CD 9205 rel 1998}

Various Artists - Keyboard Wizards Of The Gershwin Era - Volume V (1912-28) {Pearl GEMM CD 9205 rel 1998}
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© 1912-28, 1998 Pearl | GEMM CD 9205
Classical / Jazz / Vocal / Traditional Jazz / Pop / Piano

Keyboard Wizards Of The Gershwin Era Vol V - by Arndt / Banta / Bargy / Bernard / Bloom was released Jul 28, 1998 on the Pearl label.
Sergio Monteiro - Scarlatti: Complete Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 18 (2017)

Sergio Monteiro - Scarlatti: Complete Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 18
Classical, Piano | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 76:30 min | 293 MB
Label: Naxos | Tracks: 17 | Rls.date: 2017

Whilst Alessandro Scarlatti was largely responsible for the development of early Neapolitan opera, his son Domenico composed a huge sequence of keyboard sonatas designed principally for the use of Infanta Maria Barbara, who became Queen of Spain in 1746. This treasure trove is one of the most important such collections of the 18th century, and continues to furnish the repertoire for pianists to this day. The present volume, performed by Sergio Monteiro, first prize winner at the 2003 Martha Argerich Piano Competition, includes a magnificently varied selection that embraces polyphony, guitar imitation, syncopated writing and an unusually wide keyboard range.
Zez Confrey - Keyboard Wizards Of The Gershwin Era - Volume IV (1921-1943) {Pearl GEMM CD 9204 rel 1998}

Zez Confrey - Keyboard Wizards Of The Gershwin Era - Volume IV (1921-1943) {Pearl GEMM CD 9204 rel 1998}
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© 1921-43, 1998 Pearl | GEMM CD 9204
Jazz / Vocal / Traditional Jazz / Pop / Piano

This fourth volume in Pearl's series Keyboard Wizards of the Gershwin Era includes 26 tracks of piano-roll recordings by Zez Confrey, a gifted pianist with nimble fingers and a light touch. Barring the four versions of "Kitten on the Keys," the selections here – "Coaxin' the Piano," "Poor Buttermilk," "You Tell 'Em Ivories," "Mississippi Shivers," and "Charleston Chuckles" – will be unfamiliar to most. It's an enjoyable collection nevertheless, and a fascinating document from nearly a century ago.
Victor Arden & Phil Ohman - Keyboard Wizards Of The Gershwin Era - Volume III (1920-1935) {Pearl GEMM CD 9203 rel 1996}

Victor Arden & Phil Ohman - Keyboard Wizards Of The Gershwin Era - Volume III (1920-1935) {Pearl GEMM CD 9203 rel 1996}
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© 1920-35, 1996 Pearl | GEMM CD 9203
Jazz / Classical / Pop / Piano

Keyboard Wizards III- Arden and Ohman is my favorite disc so far. The other two I own are vols. I and V which are also good but lack the variety Arden and Ohman possess. Vol. III's salient quality is the diversity of ensembles. Piano alone, big band and vocals all are featured which give it an edge over the other great discs. The music and piano work is certainly dated, reflecting the whimsical and seemingly care-free times of the late 1920s. If you are a musicologist or simply a fan of American music history, this album may be for you, too.
Kemp English - Koželuch: Complete Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 8 (2017)

Kemp English - Koželuch: Complete Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 8
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 68:56 min | 338 MB
Label: Grand Piano | Tracks: 10 | Rls.date: 2017

For forty years the Bohemian composer Leopold Ko eluch produced a sequence of keyboard sonatas that some commentators preferred to those of his great contemporary, Mozart. The four sonatas on Volume 8 exemplify Kozeluch's vitality and expressive breadth. Sonatas Nos. 31 and 32, published in the year of Mozart's death, are notable for their exploration of new technical devices and a daring harmonic palette worthy of Clementi.
Dana Suesse - Keyboard Wizards Of The Gershwin Era - Volume II (1940-1956) {Pearl GEMM CD 9202 rel 1996}

Dana Suesse - Keyboard Wizards Of The Gershwin Era - Volume II (1940-1956) {Pearl GEMM CD 9202 rel 1996}
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© 1940-56, 1996 Pearl | GEMM CD 9202
Jazz / Classical / Pop / Piano

It is a crime that these pieces are not better known. They are extraordinary, of great depth, truly beautiful, and highly addictive. That's all I have to say. Great music performed with gusto. Classical training and virtuosity is self evident. I enjoyed this CD very much. Composer and lyricist Dana Suesse was a child prodigy, giving her first concert, a Rachmaninoff prelude, at the age of nine. At 16 she moved to New York and began composing songs.

Viviane Chassot - Haydn: Keyboard Concertos (2017)  Music

Posted by SERTiL at March 17, 2017
Viviane Chassot - Haydn: Keyboard Concertos (2017)

Viviane Chassot - Haydn: Keyboard Concertos
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 74:08 min | 336 MB
Label: Sony Classical | Tracks: 12 | Rls.date: 2017

"The appeal lies in hearing familiar music in a new and different light. People intuitively associate the sound of the accordion with musettes, tangos and folk music, with the result that Haydn's music is now heard as part of an unusual sound picture. First and foremost, however, I want to convey the message of this music, and my means of doing so – possibly fortuitously – is the accordion. My recording is intended to delight the listeners, very much in the spirit of Haydn's remark that "What comes from the heart goes to the heart"."