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VA Pinao 101: Your Favorite (6CD)  

Posted by fatfox at Nov. 15, 2010
VA Pinao 101: Your Favorite (6CD)

VA Pinao 101: Your Favorite (6CD)
CD Image | BIN+CUE | No Covers | 373 mins | 4.2 GB
Genre: Classical | Label: Universal

Krystian Zimerman - Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (1999)  Music

Posted by tirexiss at Dec. 3, 2016
Krystian Zimerman - Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (1999)

Krystian Zimerman - Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (1999)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 81:52 | 362 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 459684

Chopin's two piano concertos have long been admired more as pianistic vehicles than as integrated works for piano and orchestra. But in his revelatory new recording, Krystian Zimerman suggests otherwise: The opening orchestral tuttis have so much more light, shade, orchestral color, and detail, you wonder if they've been rewritten. Every gesture, every instrumental solo is so specifically characterized that by the time the piano makes a dramatic entrance, the pieces have become operas without words.
Daniel Barenboim, Staatskapelle Berlin, Gustavo Dudamel - Johannes Brahms: The Piano Concertos (2015) 2CDs

Johannes Brahms: The Piano Concertos 1 & 2 (2015) 2CDs
Daniel Barenboim, piano; Staatskapelle Berlin; Gustavo Dudamel, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 415 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included | Time: 01:42:06
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 479 4899 GH2

The old model for creating a hit classical recording – big-name soloist plus big-name conductor in major repertory work – is not so common anymore, but this live Brahms recording from the Staatskapelle Berlin under Venezuela's Gustavo Dudamel, with Argentine-Israeli-Palestinian-Spanish pianist Daniel Barenboim as soloist, shows that there's life in the concept yet. One could point to the virtues of pianist and conductor separately: it's a rare septuagenarian who can combine power and clear articulation of detail the way Barenboim does, and Dudamel builds a vast sweep in, especially, the Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15. But it's the way that the two work together that really makes news. Chalk it up to shared South American heritage or to whatever the listener wants, but the way the orchestra and piano define separate spheres and work them together is extraordinary. Again, it is in the Piano Concerto No. 1 and its Beethovenian drama that their mutual understanding is most evident, but there is a sense of great variety powerfully unified throughout.

The Danish Piano Trio - Danish Romantic Piano Trios (2015) [TR24][OF]  Vinyl & HR

Posted by SERTiL at Nov. 25, 2016
The Danish Piano Trio - Danish Romantic Piano Trios (2015) [TR24][OF]

The Danish Piano Trio - Danish Romantic Piano Trios
Classical | FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | 74:47 min | 1.25 GB | Digital booklet
Label: Dacapo Records | Tracks: 09 | Rls.date: 2015

This debut album of The Danish Piano Trio presents a fascinating string of Romantic trios. From the perfectly balanced world of Danish music's 'godfather' Niels W. Gade over the sensitive and dramatic turn-of-the-century art of P.E. Lange-Müller, the album concludes with the beautiful single-movement Mountain Flowers from 1908 by the hyper-Romantic prodigy Rued Langgaard.

Hakon Austbo - Edvard Grieg: Piano Works (2010) 7CD Box Set  Music

Posted by Designol at Nov. 20, 2016
Hakon Austbo - Edvard Grieg: Piano Works (2010) 7CD Box Set

Håkon Austbø - Edvard Grieg: Piano Works (2010) 7CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.34 Gb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 1.19 Gb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 94046 | Time: 07:40:14

Edvard Grieg will always be remembered as the composer of the highly effective Piano Concerto in A minor, and his incidental music to Ibsen's play Peer Gynt. However, it is as a miniaturist that Greig's true genius lies. Grieg was a very capable pianist, and had in fact made his early career as a concert pianist, his songs and solo piano music form the heart of his output. The early piano sonata although interesting shows clearly why the less restricting forms of the miniatures for solo piano suited his genius. The Lyric Pieces and Peasant Dances display his keen ear for traditional folk music, matched probably only by Bartok and Kodaly. The 66 works that comprise the 10 books of Lyric Pieces date from 1867 to 1901, and are extraordinary, exquisitely crafted works that can stand comparison to any of the great sonatas of his contemporaries. This 7 CD set includes the complete Lyric Pieces, the Sonata, The Holberg Suite and the lesser-known piano works of this great composer who captured the very essence of his native Norway in music.
Krystian Zimerman, Carlo Maria Giulini - Frederic Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (1990) (Repost)

Krystian Zimerman, Carlo Maria Giulini - Frederic Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (1990)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 72:12 | 280 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 415970

It was an eminently sensible decision to couple Zimerman's previously separate Chopin concertos on a single CD. The Ax/Ormandy/RCA disc is the only rival as a coupling, so let me say at once that in different moods I would be equally happy with either. The main difference, I think, is the actual sound. From DG we get a closer, riper sonority, with Zimerman's piano much more forwardly placed. Both orchestra and piano are more distanced on the RCA recording, especially Ax's piano. This, together with Ax's lighter, more translucent semiquaver figuration (and sometimes his greater willingness to stand back and merely accompany—as in certain episodes in the F minor Concerto's finale) often conjures up visions of Chopin himself at the keyboard, and we know he was often criticized for insufficiently strong projection.

Rautio Piano Trio - Mozart: Piano Trios KV 502, 542, 564 (2016)  Music

Posted by 1rostik at Nov. 13, 2016
Rautio Piano Trio - Mozart: Piano Trios KV 502, 542, 564 (2016)

Rautio Piano Trio - Mozart: Piano Trios KV 502, 542, 564 (2016)
MP3 320 kbps CBR | 57:09 min | 139 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Resonus Classics

The Rautio Piano Trio make their Resonus Classics recording debut with a disc of three piano trios by Mozart trios in B flat major, KV 502; in E major KV 542; and in G major, KV 564. Becoming particularly well-known for presenting a wide range of the trio repertoire on both period and modern instruments, the Rautio Piano Trio perform here on period instruments including a fortepiano that once belonged to the late Christopher Hogwood CBE.
Christian Tetzlaff, Tanja Tetzlaff, Lars Vogt - Johannes Brahms: The Piano Trios (2015)

Christian Tetzlaff, Tanja Tetzlaff, Lars Vogt - Johannes Brahms: The Piano Trios (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 330 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 203 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Ondine | # ODE 1271-2D | Time: 01:23:19

Brahms (1833-97) devoted much of the 1880s to his three Piano Trios, having decided, as he told a friend, that there was “no further point in attempting an opera or a marriage”. They are among his less familiar chamber works. He originally wrote No 1 as a young man, overhauling it more than three decades later in 1889. All three works – the B major Op 8, C major Op 87 and C minor Op 101 – have a tender, shadowy intensity, without quite the same heart-on-sleeve fervour of the bigger chamber works. The string players here – brother and sister Christian and Tanja Tetzlaff – are regular quartet partners. Together with sensitive pianism from Lars Vogt, ensemble is alert, accurate, never forced: already a favourite CD.
Beginning Piano Improvisation Made Easy: Learn How To Improvise On The Piano In a Few Days

Beginning Piano Improvisation Made Easy: Learn How To Improvise On The Piano In a Few Days by Jason Chang
English | 4 Nov 2016 | ASIN: B01M5L6GBU | 54 Pages | AZW3/MOBI/EPUB/PDF | 6.57 MB

This book is for anyone who wants to cross over from reading music to making music. This is a very easy first step in piano improvising which will demystify improvisation in a few short weeks without having to dive into mountains of theory.
Dave Grusin - Piano, Strings And Moonlight: The Many Moods Of Dave Grusin (1962)

Dave Grusin - Piano, Strings And Moonlight: The Many Moods Of Dave Grusin (1962)
Jazz | MP3 320 kbps CBR | 37 min | 101 MB
Label: Blue Moon Records | Rel: 1962

One of the reasons for the success of this 1962 album is the excellence of Dave Grusins arrangements for eleven violins, two violas, two cellos, bass and drums. While making this album, Dave says, I saw no reason why nice harmonic changes could not be played by strings. I saw no reason why the string writing could not be a little more complicated than it usually is for albums of this type. And with the freedom Bob [Robert Mersey, the albums producer] gave me, I wrote and played exactly what I wanted. Mersey observes that with Daves arrangements, the strings simply become an extension of the piano. In this album Grusin showed that he has a deft, sensitive touch, inventiveness and exceptionally good taste.