Louis Lortie

Louis Lortie plays Liszt - The Complete Annees De Pelerinage (2011) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Louis Lortie plays Liszt - The Complete Annees De Pelerinage
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Label/Cat#: Chandos # [CHAN10662(2)] | Country/Year: Europe 2011
Genre: Classical | Style: Romantic

…This Années de pèlerinage is unquestionably one of the finest releases thus far during the Liszt bicentennial. Time will tell, but it also may be the finest recording of the work to date. Not to be missed.
Louis Lortie - Louis Lortie Plays Chopin, Vol. 4 (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Louis Lortie - Louis Lortie Plays Chopin, Vol. 4 (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 83:09 minutes | 1.18 GB
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This is the fourth volume of Louis Lortie's highly-successful series devoted to Chopin. The recording perfectly illustrates how Chopin elevated the waltz to a genre of musical art, from danses de salon evocative of a genial milieu to 'works' with proper opus numbers. Growing up in the 1820s, the composer at first viewed the waltz purely pragmatically, as a means to a social end in the dance salon. But after spending time in Vienna and Paris in the 1830s he decided that a waltz might be worthy of the deeper appreciation accorded a 'work'.
Louis Lortie - Louis Lortie Plays Chopin, Vol. 3 (2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Louis Lortie - Louis Lortie Plays Chopin, Vol. 3 (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 76:31 minutes | 1.07 GB
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Louis Lortie here gives us the third volume in his ongoing Chopin project. Throughout the series his guiding principle has been to emulate the recital practice of the great romantic pianists, who might play a short improvisation before a major work in order to set the audience in the right frame of mind. On this disc Lortie plays the four Impromptus and the Piano Sonata in B minor, introducing each with a Chopin Nocturne (typically of an improvisatory character) in the same or a related key.
Louis Lortie - Louis Lortie Plays Chopin, Vol. 2 (2012) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Louis Lortie - Louis Lortie Plays Chopin, Vol. 2 (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 75:11 minutes | 1.16 GB
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Recording exclusively for Chandos, Lortie is recognised as one of the finest interpreters of Chopin today. He first recorded Chopin's Etudes for Chandos more than twenty years ago; the disc was named as one of the '50 great performances by superlative pianists' by BBC Music. Volume 1 of his current Chopin series also has received excellent reviews: the magazine Pianist wrote: 'He is a pianist of our time when it comes to speed, energy and an unfussy approach to Chopin. His way of playing is like a sharply cut steel sculpture, super elegant and with not one single smudge.' And in the words of International Piano: 'These are full-blooded and eloquent performances, an auspicious start to what looks likely to become one of the finest of Chopin surveys.'
Louis Lortie - Louis Lortie Plays Chopin, Vol. 1 (2010) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Louis Lortie - Louis Lortie Plays Chopin, Vol. 1 (2010)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 79:25 minutes | 1.27 GB
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In the era of the great romantic pianists, it used to be the fashion at piano recitals to offer an improvisation in the same key as that of the piece that was scheduled to follow, in order to get the audience ‘in the mood’. To compensate for this lost art, I have thought of always playing one of the nocturnes before a major piano composition by Chopin. It makes these nocturnes appear more like an improvisation, to serve as counterweight to the very dense content of the Ballades, Scherzos, and Sonatas. This practice transfers smoothly the logic of a piano recital to a CD and makes more sense by allowing the listener to enjoy the contents in one stretch’ writes Louis Lortie on his concept for the album.
Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas - Bach and Friends (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas - Bach and Friends (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 74:10 minutes | 1.40 GB
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For his first recital, Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas invites us on a fascinating exploration of the keyboard music of J. S. Bach and his mentors. In the hands of this talented musician, the intimate tones of the harpsichord and the sumptuous strains of the great organ ring out by turns. Until the middle of the eighteenth century, the organ and the harpsichord were the two principal faces of a generic ‘keyboard’ repertory that was often played without discrimination on a number of instruments, which might also include the clavichord, the spinet and the virginal.
Louis Hayes - Serenade For Horace (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Louis Hayes - Serenade For Horace (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 59:00 minutes | 1,31 GB
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Legendary drummer Louis Hayes makes his Blue Note debut with this loving tribute to his mentor and friend, the great pianist, composer and bandleader Horace Silver. Hayes was 19 years old when he moved to New York City in 1956 and joined Silver’s quintet, putting his stamp on several timeless Blue Note recordings. Co-produced by Don Was and bassist Dezron Douglas with the eminent Maxine Gordon acting as executive producer, Serenade for Horace presents Hayes leading an ensemble that revisits 10 Silver classics in addition to the Hayes original Hastings Street, a dedication to his hometown of Detroit. The album's first single Song for My Father features Grammy-winning vocalist Gregory Porter.
Louis Sclavis - Asian Fields Variations (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

Louis Sclavis, Dominique Pifarély, Vincent Courtois - Asian Fields Variations (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time - 45:34 minutes | 805 MB
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Asian Fields Variations marks the first time that clarinettist Louis Sclavis, violinist Dominique Pifarély and cellist Vincent Courtois, long-time colleagues, have recorded as a trio. Sclavis summoned the project into existence, but this is a democratic group of creative equals: "I proposed that we make a real collective, and each of us composes for the programme". All three are major figures in contemporary French creative music: this is a new group with a lot of history. Sclavis and Pifarély have played together in diverse contexts for 35 years, Sclavis and Courtois for 20 years, but they retain the capacity to surprise each other - and their listeners - as improvisers. Alertness and freshness are key qualities here. "We're always drawing also on a lot of different playing experiences. And those experiences are reflected in what we write, and what we play. We're continually bringing new things to the project, and we keep going deeper".
Ophélie Gaillard, Louis Schwizgebel-Wang, Fabio Di Càsola - Brahms (2013) [Official Digital Download 24/88.2]

Ophélie Gaillard, Louis Schwizgebel-Wang, Fabio Di Càsola - Brahms (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | Time - 75:25 minutes | 1.03 GB
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Brahms's important output of 24 chamber scores dominated the second half of the 19th century, as that of Beethoven had dominated the first half. His corpus was thus a response to that of Beethoven, his model, and to that of Mendelssohn, who was likewise born in Hamburg and also composed two cello sonatas. In 1890, aged only 57, Brahms resolved to give up composing but he had reckoned without the inspiration that his meeting with the Meiningen clarinettist Richard Mühlfeld was to have on his creative imagination. He subsequently added four scores for clarinet to his output, including this Trio Op. 114. Louis Schwizgebel-Wang was
St. Louis Symphony, David Robertson & Leila Josefowicz - John Adams: Scheherazade.2 (2016) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

St. Louis Symphony, David Robertson & Leila Josefowicz - John Adams: Scheherazade.2 (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 47:35 minutes | 850 MB
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You'd get differing answers to the question of whether John Adams is America's greatest living composer, but he's the one to whom the country turned in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The demand for new work from him has only increased since he achieved senior citizen status. Fortunately, he's been able to meet that demand with distinctive large-scale works. Consider 2016's Scheherazade.2, recorded here by the violinist who premiered the work, Leila Josefowicz, with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra under David Robertson.