Magdalena Prejsnar Piano Preludes (2009)

Magdalena Prejsnar - Piano Preludes (2009)  Music

Posted by Designol at Aug. 11, 2016
Magdalena Prejsnar - Piano Preludes (2009)

Magdalena Prejsnar - Piano Preludes (2009)
Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki, Wojciech Kilar, Kazimierz Serocki
Zgmunt Mycielski, Milosz Magin, Krzysztof Knittel, Pawel Mykietyn

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 185 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 169 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: DUX | # 0699 | Time: 01:01:21

This CD contains seven cycles of piano miniatures which are described as preludes. All of them are by Polish composers and date from the second half of the twentieth century. In stylistic terms, the prelude is a fairly homogenous genre and yet a more thorough analysis makes it possible to notice a rich spectrum of compositional devices and ways of shaping the musical material as well as the means of artistic expression. A disk of 33 short piano pieces, written by seven different composers over the space of 41 years might seem a daunting prospect yet this is a very enjoyable and fascinating collection of pieces, which makes for very pleasant listening.
Gluck: Orphee et Euridice (John Eliot Gardiner, Magdalena Kozena, Patricia Petibon) [2009]

Gluck - Orphee et Euridice (John Eliot Gardiner, Magdalena Kozena, Patricia Petibon) [2009]
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR Auto Pan&Scan | Francais (LPCM, 2 ch); (DTS, 5 ch) | 6.94Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: EMI | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch | 100 min | Filesonic, Wupload, Fileserve

Orfeo ed Euridice (1762) represents the first of a series of operatic successes by the German composer Christoph Willibald Ritter von Gluck (1714-1787). It is his best-known opera and his greatest reform work (first performed in Vienna on 5 October 1762). Gluck broke every courtly convention governing the operatic art form of the time. He strove for naturalness and simplicity in both subject and music. Gluck liberated opera from its rigid confines, refrained from the pointless embellishment of arias, and replaced the recitativo secco with orchestral recitatives or recitativo accompagnato, creating through-composed forms of unprecedented drama. He also gave lyricism a greater significance in relation to the music. Gluck's importance in opera's overall history is matched only by Claudio Monteverdi, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Richard Wagner…
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Margaret Fingerhut - Tansman: Piano Works (2009)  

Posted by peotuvave at Sept. 6, 2015
Margaret Fingerhut - Tansman: Piano Works (2009)

Margaret Fingerhut - Tansman: Piano Works (2009)
EAC Rip | Flac (Tracks + cue + log) | 274 MB | MP3 320Kbps CBR | 250 MB | 1 CD | Full Scans
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | Catalog Number: 10527

Chandos has been attentive in promoting the orchestral works of Alexandre Tansman, who due to the vagaries of fashion has to a great extent been ignored. We now embark on the piano music and a deeply personal project for soloist Margaret Fingerhut. ‘My curiosity about the piano music of Tansman began over 20 years ago when I encountered the delightfully languid Berceuse he wrote for the album of Hommages to Roussel, and which I recorded for Chandos. The fact that he was born in Lodz, Poland, where my great-grandparents also came from, spurred me on to find out more about him, and since then I have been assiduously collecting his piano works - quite a task as it turns out that in the course of his long composing career Tansman was nothing if not prolific!’
Pascal Roge - Crystal Dream: Erik Satie & Takashi Yoshimatsu Piano Works (2009)

Pascal Rogé - Crystal Dream: Erik Satie & Takashi Yoshimatsu Piano Works (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 260 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 215 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Triton/Octavia Records Inc. | # OVCT-00052 | Time: 01:14:49

Japanese label Triton has released a Pascal Rogé album with a rather remarkable program; Crystal Dream features the eminent French pianist in a program that interweaves short piano pieces by Erik Satie with others written by contemporary Japanese composer Takashi Yoshimatsu, mostly pieces drawn from his Pleiades Dances. Both composers employ relatively simple melodic concepts harmonized with elegant, though elemental, kinds of accompaniments, so perhaps the combination makes sense. On the other hand, Satie never lived into the age of rock-based pop music, his engagement with the popular consisting mainly of French music hall tunes, and later in life, a sort of half-understood perception of ragtime rhythm. Yoshimatsu, however, would not be Yoshimatsu if it weren't for his strong connection to pop, though admittedly in Satie's case the pop group Blood, Sweat & Tears' adaptation of his Gymnopédie No. 1 once earned Satie a Grammy-winning single. Either way, one might wonder "how does this combination-slash-conversation work?"

Anait Karpova - Leonid Polovinkin: Piano Works (2009)  

Posted by pgf000 at Dec. 25, 2010
Anait Karpova  - Leonid Polovinkin: Piano Works (2009)

Anait Karpova - Leonid Polovinkin: Piano Works (2009)
EAC Rip | FLAC+CUE+LOG | 209 MB | no scans
MP3 CBR 320kbps | 139 MB
Classical | Fuga Libera | 59:57

We’ve had several releases in recent years of works by the likes of Lourié, Roslavets, Wyschnegradsky, Deshevov, and Popov: forgotten composers demonstrating an inspired level of early Soviet Era music-making in styles that were subsequently abandoned. Leonid Polovinkin (1894–1949) is apparently next up for rediscovery. In 1914, he entered the Moscow Conservatory, graduating a decade later, and began two years of post-graduate work. He then taught orchestration and analysis at his alma mater for six years before joining the Moscow Central Children’s Theater as music director. Like Roslavets, Polovinkin was an active member of the radical Association for Contemporary Music (ACM), and even created several “collectivist” works—such as The Four Moscows, with Mosolov, Alexandrov, and Shostakovich, and a symphonic Prologue with Mosolov, Roslavets, and Shostakovich.
Lang Lang, Vadim Repin, Mischa Maisky - Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov: Piano Trios (2009)

Lang Lang, Vadim Repin, Mischa Maisky - Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov: Piano Trios (2009)
EAC Rip | FLAC+CUE+LOG | 287 MB | no scans
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | 64:09

Lang Lang revisits giants of Russia's Romantic musical soul, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov, to reveal another side of his prodigious talent–his finesse as a collegial interpreter of chamber music. This release, Lang Lang`s first ever chamber music recording, also features two giants of their instruments: Vadim Repin on violin and Mischa Maisky on cello. Lang Lang could not be in better company to reveal the inexhaustible inventiveness of Tchaikovsky's Piano Trio in A minor, op. 50 or the tender consolations of Rachmaninov's Trio élégiaque no. 1 in G-minor, a short early masterpiece composed before Rachmaninov was twenty.
Emil Gilels In Concert - Beethoven, Grieg: Piano Concertos (2009)

Emil Gilels In Concert - Beethoven, Grieg: Piano Concertos (2009)
DVD-5 | 86mins | 720 x 480 | FPS (29.97fps) | MPEG-2 9800Kbps | AC3 - 192Kbps | 3.85 GB
Genre: Classical | Label: Video Artists International | Catalog #: 4472

One of the greatest pianists of the twentieth century, Emil Gilels (1916-1985) possessed a fearless technical facility and a highly cultivated tone control that freed him to follow his interpretive instincts. In this program, Gilels plays two masterpieces of the concerto repertoire: Grieg's Piano Concerto and Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3. Both works are conducted by Paavo Berglund, leading the Philharmonia Orchestra in the Beethoven and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in the Grieg. Live performances, Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, 1983 (Grieg) /1984 (Beethoven). 86 min., Color, mono, 4:3, All regions.

Brian Crain - Piano Opus (2009)  

Posted by 7magic at Dec. 4, 2009
Brian Crain - Piano Opus (2009)

Brian Crain - Piano Opus (2009)
New Age, International | 1 CD | MP3 @ 320 Kbps | 113 MB
Original Release Date: January 25, 2009

"When I started working on my album Piano Opus in the summer of 2008, I didn't have the faintest idea what I wanted to compose. This being my thirteenth album, I found it challenging to write something fresh. I listened to many other composers in an effort to spark inspiration. I was surprised by how many albums lose their appeal after the first few songs. So I set out to create a solo piano album that can keep the listener's interest all the way through. I found that one of the main reasons so many other composers' songs sounded similar was that they were written in the same time signatures. Most music is written in 4/4 or 3/4 time. So I set out to write a song in complex time. I chose 5/4 for my first attempt. I didn't realize how difficult it would be to play in 5/4, let alone compose in it. I carried on my experiment for a couple of months until I composed the song titled Wind."

"After the exhausting work of composing in 5/4, I tried to go back to composing in common time (4/4 or 3/4), but I now felt more comfortable writing in complex time. So I continued my complex time adventure and wrote an additional song in 5/4, then three in 7/8 and one in 11/8. I was having so much fun that I often wondered if others would think that I was off my rocker. I hope you think I'm still rocking ;)" ~ Brian Crain (From CD insert)

Alexei Lyubimov - Claude Debussy: Preludes (2012) 2CDs  Music

Posted by Designol at Oct. 5, 2016
Alexei Lyubimov - Claude Debussy: Preludes (2012) 2CDs

Alexei Lubimov - Claude Debussy: Preludes (2012) 2CDs, Recorded in 1971
EAC | APE | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 387 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 257 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Melodiya | # MEL CD 10 02002 | Time: 01:34:45

Two books of Debussy’s piano preludes were composed in 1910 and 1913, respectively. Unlike similar opuses by Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin and others, they had no tonal sequence, and each piece was conceived as an individual work. In whole, the cycle is a sort of concise encyclopedia of the great French composer’s music with its fanciful and sophisticated, but so imperceptibly attractive combination of romanticism and impressionism, centuries-old traditions of piano music and cultural paradoxes of the 20th century. The titles Debussy gave to each of the preludes (they are sooner poetic metaphors) are put in the end rather than in the beginning of the notes and not intended to impose a certain character on the listener. Instead, they seem to ask riddles as if they check whether the mood of a piece is caught correctly. Debussy’s preludes found a fine and thoughtful interpreter in the person of Alexei Lyubimov.

Katia Labèque - Shape Of My Heart (2009)  Music

Posted by SuniR at Dec. 7, 2016
Katia Labèque - Shape Of My Heart (2009)

Katia Labèque - Shape Of My Heart (2009)
EAC | FLAC (log,tracks+cue) -> 249 Mb (5% Rec.) | Mp3 CBR320 Kbps -> 128 Mb (5% Rec.) | Scans -> 68 Mb
Classical, Jazz | Label: KML Recordings, KML 2119 | 2009 | 0:54:39

Now Katia Labèque has released an album of solo performances and duets – the latter with three jazz piano giants in Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and Gonzalo Rubalcaba, as well as two tracks for Sting on vocals, plus Dimension X producer/guitarist David Chalmin. The conversations with the three pianists all represent eloquent balances of Labeque's fragile precision against freewheeling improvisational energy. My Funny Valentine (with Hancock) shifts from wistful beginnings to a driving boogie; We Will Meet Again (with Corea) is a fitting tribute to composer Bill Evans's delicate clarity; and Besame Mucho (with Rubalcaba) grows turbulent in its middle section. Sting is a little theatrical, and Chalmin's Purple Diamond has a faintly David Brent-like fervency, but Erik Satie's Gnossienne No 3 is as exquisite as always. –John Fordham