Bach Piano Concerto Sacd

Sviatoslav Richter - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.1, Bach: Piano Concerto BWV 1052 (2005)

Sviatoslav Richter - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.1, Bach: Piano Concerto BWV 1052 (2005)
MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) | Covers Included | 00:53:12 | 205 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: URANIA

The appeal of this release hinges more on its sound quality than on the quality of its well-known and excellent performances. Unfortunately, it doesn't sound very good. One can more or less hear Richter – details of articulation occasionally get lost, inner voices are sometimes obscured, and bigger sonorities are often opaque – but he sounds like he's miles away. One can hear Sanderling and the USSR Radio & Television Symphony Orchestra only faintly when they're quiet, somewhat better when they're louder, and all too well when they're really loud. There have been better releases of these recordings in the past – many listeners prefer the 1995 BMG-Melodiya issues – and there will likely be better releases in the future. This one's not worth it except for Richter specialists who have to have every release of every performance Richter ever recorded.
Pietro Massa, Neubrandenburger Philharmonie & Stefan Malzew - Busoni: Piano Concerto in C Major, Op. 39, BV 247 (Live) (2018)

Pietro Massa, Neubrandenburger Philharmonie & Stefan Malzew - Busoni: Piano Concerto in C Major, Op. 39, BV 247 (Live) (2018)
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 297 MB
Label: Myricae Classics | Tracks: 05 | Time: 53:27 min

My interest in Ferruccio Busoni’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra with Male Choir in C-Major op. 39 is based above all on a biographical background that links me with the composer. His memorial in Berlin in a small historic graveyard in Friedenau, not far from my apartment, brought home to me that I, as he once did, live in Berlin—only a century later. Over the years a deep intellectual internalizing of German culture has made me consider Germany as my homeland of choice, and to rediscover my Italian roots at the same time.
Tatiana Nikolayeva - P.I. Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.2, Op.44; Concert Fantasy, Op.56 (2008) [The Russian Piano Tradition]

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.2, Op.44; Concert Fantasy, Op.56 (2008)
Tatiana Nikolayeva, piano; USSR State Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Nikolai Anosov & Kyrill Kondrashin

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 203 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 201 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Appian | # APR5666 | Time: 01:16:08

These three titles inaugurate the Goldenweiser School, the last of the three great teaching traditions to be covered in this comprehensive survey of the many great pianists who worked in Russia in the Soviet era. Along with Goldenweiser himself we start with Nikolayeva and Ginzburg. The bulk of the issues in THE RUSSIAN PIANO TRADITION will be divided into 'schools' which represent the three main teachers of this period - Neuhaus, Goldenweiser and Igumnov, - and their pupils. Today Nikolayeva (1924-1993) is remembered mainly as a Bach player and also as the definitive performer of Shostakovich's 24 Preludes & Fugues, which were inspired by, and written for, her after the composer heard her play Bach in the 1950 Leipzig Bach competition (which she won). However, to limit Nikolayeva's reputation to these two composers would be doing her a great disservice. She had a vast repertoire and her recordings include concertos by Bartok, Medtner, Prokofiev Stravinsky and several Soviet composers - including her own concerto, as she was also a composer! Further, she recorded the complete Beethoven sonatas and much other standard repertoire from the 19th century. This CD presents two recording premieres - the first ever recording of the Tchaikovsky Concert Fantasy Op56 and the first recording of the original version of Tchaikovsky's 2nd Piano Concerto.
Glenn Gould, Leonard Bernstein, Vladimir Golschmann, Columbia Symphony Orchestra - Bach: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5 & 7 (1992)

Glenn Gould, Leonard Bernstein, Vladimir Golschmann, Columbia Symphony Orchestra - Bach: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5 & 7 (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 460 Mb | Total time: 69:42+38:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony | # SM2K 52591 | Recorded: 1957, 58, 67, 69

Glenn Gould was this century's greatest Bach player, so these legendary recordings are self-recommending. While other fine pianists have made powerful statements in this music, no one sounds anything like Gould. His phenomenal clarity of articulation, digital control, and well, just plain interesting way with the music set him completely apart from the competition. With playing of this individuality and quality, it's pointless to engage in any debate with respect to the appropriateness of the piano versus the harpsichord. Scholars and pedants may continue to argue, but the fact is, it doesn't matter. Great musicianship always serves great music best.
-David Hurwitz
Krystian Zimerman, Berliner Philharmoniker & Sir Simon Rattle - Lutoslawski: Piano Concerto & Symphony No. 2 (2015) [24/96]

Krystian Zimerman, Berliner Philharmoniker & Sir Simon Rattle - Lutoslawski: Piano Concerto & Symphony No. 2 (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 52:17 minutes | 838 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

This album follows up Krystian Zimerman and Sir Simon Rattle’s award winning DG recording of Brahm’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Berliner Philharmoniker. Lutosławski’s Piano Concerto, written in 1988, is dedicated to Krystian Zimerman and was presented by him the first time to audiences in Salzburg in the same year.
Garrick Ohlsson - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3, Symphonic Dances (2011)

Garrick Ohlsson - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3, Symphonic Dances (2011)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 79:09 | 334 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: ASO Media | Catalog: CD 1003

Garrick Ohlsson is much better known for his elegant recordings of the piano music of Frédéric Chopin than he is for his forays into Russian music, but this 2011 release of Sergey Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor shows that he brings the same kind of polish and depth of expression to this monumental post-Romantic showpiece. From the opening octaves of his entrance, Ohlsson plays with smooth, melodic connectedness, and his singing tone carries the work's long lines effectively, if somewhat introspectively.
Geoffrey Tozer, LPO, Neeme Jarvi - Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.3; Symphony No.7 (1993)

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.3; Symphony No.7 (1993)
Geoffrey Tozer, piano; The London Philharmonic; Neeme Järvi, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 255 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 137 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 9130 | Time: 00:57:22

The Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 3 is rarely heard, though it is a finely crafted work worth greater attention. It has suffered alongside the magnificent and superior Second and the ever-popular First. Moreover, it is not a bona fide concerto at all, the composer having completed only the first movement before his sudden death in 1893. Contrary to the suggestion of a few, it is highly unlikely he intended to produce a one-movement concerto. Tchaikovsky wrote two other piano pieces the same year bearing the titles "Andante" and "Finale," respectively. Following his death, Taneyev orchestrated these and attached them to the Concerto, though Tchaikovsky had left no indication they were to be a part of it. But the pair did share something in common with the completed first movement: a theme source – the incomplete Symphony No. 7. In any event, the opening movement of this Concerto is the most compelling, featuring an exuberant main theme whose first two notes are the central melodic element. An attractive slow melody is soon presented, followed by a theme of great vivacity and rhythmic drive.
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Jeanne Lamon - J.S. Bach: Cantatas, Concerto, Suite (2011) (Repost)

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Jeanne Lamon - J.S. Bach: Cantatas BWV 54 & 170, Concerto BWV 1060, Suite BWV 1067 (2011)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 68:47 | 371 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Analekta | Catalog: AN 2 9878

Here's a collection of Bach pieces where the performances fit together exceptionally well. The basic sound is that of Canada's veteran Baroque ensemble Tafelmusik under violinist and director Jeanne Lamon: smooth, bright, French in its light seductiveness. Sample the almost accentless Rondeau from the Suite in A minor, a violin-and-strings transcription (and according to musicologist Joshua Rifkin a reconstruction of an original version) of the Suite in B minor for orchestra, BWV 1067; you couldn't call it gutsy, but the degree of control and consistency is impressive.
Aldo Ciccolini - Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 - Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 (Live) (2018)

Aldo Ciccolini - Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 - Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 (Live) (2018)
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & front cover | 246 MB
Label: LPO | Tracks: 06 | Time: 68:23 min

Taken from the LPO’s final concerts with the late Aldo Ciccolini (1925–2015), these performances were much praised at the time. Most notably for Ciccolini’s soulful and sensitive interpretation that was ‘illuminated from within and sounded fresh, spontaneous and heartfelt’ (Classical Source, May 2009). These live recordings were conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin while he was Principal Guest Conductor (2008-14) and his close relationship with the Orchestra is apparent.
Kristian Bezuidenhout, Gottfried von der Goltz - Mendelssohn: Double Concerto, Piano Concerto (2011)

Kristian Bezuidenhout, Gottfried von der Goltz - Mendelssohn: Double Concerto, Piano Concerto (2011)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 1:11:36 | 309 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | Catalog: HMC902082

For those new to Mendelssohn's music, this might look like a recording of some major works of the composer; be aware that they're virtually unknown music of Mendelssohn's early teens, first published in complete form only in 1999. For those already a fan of Mendelssohn, however, they're very intriguing works that show the developing talents of the young composer in a different light than do the set of twelve-string symphonies that are his most frequently performed works of the period.