Movement On A Theme

Steven Osborne - Sir Michael Tippett: Piano Concerto, Fantasia on a theme of Handel, Piano Sonatas (2007) 2CD [Repost]

Sir Michael Tippett: Piano Concerto, Fantasia on a theme of Handel, Piano Sonatas (2007)
Steven Osborne, piano; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Martyn Brabbins, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 419 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 324 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67461/2 | Time: 02:20:47

What the world needs more of is intelligently planned, stupendously played, and brilliantly recorded collections like this one. These two discs contain all the piano works of Michael Tippett, works that come from every period of the composer's very long life except his very last. It includes the youthful, tuneful Piano Sonata No. 1 written between 1936 and 1938 and revised in 1941, the massive Fantasia on a Theme of Handel from 1941, the exuberant Piano Concerto from 1955, the experimental Piano Sonata No. 2, the gnomic almost Beethovenian Piano Sonata No. 3 from 1973, and the gnarly post-Beethovenian Piano Sonata No. 4. It features a bravura performance by pianist Steven Osborne that makes the best case for all the music, no matter how outré or recherché its harmonic proclivities or rhythmic audacities. Osborne has the emotional enthusiasm, intellectual clarity, physical strength, and sheer willpower to make listeners believe that Tippett is a major English composer and make them wonder why they ever doubted it. With the superlative accompaniment of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Martyn Brabbins in the Concerto and the Fantasia and the sparkling recording by Andrew Keener for Hyperion, this disc marks a major step forward in the Tippett discography.
Boris Giltburg, Royal Scottish National Orchestra - Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3: Variations on a Theme of Corelli (2018)

Boris Giltburg, Royal Scottish National Orchestra & Carlos Miguel Prieto - Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 - Variations on a Theme of Corelli (2018)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 195 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 142 Mb | 01:01:56
Classical | Label: Naxos Records

Moscow-born pianist Boris Giltburg has made quite a name for himself in the big Russian piano classics. His Rachmaninoff Second was very fine and the vaunted “Rach 3” is no less impressive. He has the temperament and the technique for this mighty work and squares up to its scale and ambition with great panache. Conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto draws some high-powered yet elegant playing from the Scottish orchestra. The Corelli Variations of 1931, the composer’s last solo work, is an altogether cooler creation—less heart-on-sleeve but equally entrancing. Giltburg scales back and plays it with terrific confidence.
Alfred Brendel - Schumann: Piano Concerto - Brahms: Variations & Fugue on a Theme by Handel (Live In Vienna) (2018)

Alfred Brendel, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra & Sir Simon Rattle - Schumann: Piano Concerto - Brahms: Variations & Fugue on a Theme by Handel (Live In Vienna) (2018)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 00:59:11 | 137 Mb
Classical | Label: Decca Classics

Live recordings from Austrian Radio broadcasts (ORF) released for the very first time by one of the greatest musicians of all time.
Anna Vinnitskaya - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor & Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (2017)

Anna Vinnitskaya - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor & Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 56:20 min | 185 MB
Label: Alpha | Tracks: 28 | Rls.date: 2017

Serge Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto might never have seen the light of day had it not been for hypnosis: before the twenty-seven-year-old composer began work on it, he was on his last legs – financially, artistically and psychologically. Dr Nikolay Dahl hypnotised his patient every day, whispering to him: ‘You will write your concerto. You will work with great fluency. The concerto will be of excellent quality.’ The creative block disappeared, and the concerto’s premiere in Moscow in 1901 was a triumph for Rachmaninov, who played the solo part himself.
Vladimir Ashkenazy, Bernard Haitink - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.1, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (1987) (Repost)

Vladimir Ashkenazy, Bernard Haitink - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.1, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (1987)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 52:13 | 193 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | Catalog: 417 613-2

Rachmaninov's opus 1, his first piano concerto, deserves to be heard more often. The opening bars have that heroic sound that raises the hair on the back of the neck. Indeed those first moments rank alongside those of the Grieg and Tchaikovsky piano concertos for their ability to thrill. Ashkenazy's breathtaking playing on a superb piano is matched by that of the Concertgebouw Orchestra under Haitink's direction.
Daniel Levy - Schumann, Vol. 2: Fantasie, Papillons & Impromptus on a Theme by Clara Schumann (2017)

Daniel Levy - Schumann, Vol. 2: Fantasie, Papillons & Impromptus on a Theme by Clara Schumann (2017)
Classical, Piano | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | Digital Booklet | 01:09:17 | 162 MB
Label: Edelweiss Emission | Release Year: 2017

A major new series of recordings dedicated to Robert Schumann, a composer that Levy seems to identify with especial conviction. Daniel Levy’s interpretations emerge with strength and Romanticism, fulfilling the emotional, intellectual and spiritual challenges of Schumann’s music. But it is with a composer to whom he has devoted particular attention, Robert Schumann, that Levy seems to identify with especial conviction. If you listen to some of his most recent recordings, you will find Schumann’s personality and his compendious artistic range illuminated with fresh and perhaps unsurpassed vividness. We already know, from his most familiar works, what an intensely human composer Schumann is–at once mercurial and gemütlich, dreamy and epigrammatic.
Plowright - Brahms: Piano Sonata No 3, Variations And Fugue On A Theme By Handel (2013)

Plowright - Brahms: Piano Sonata No 3, Variations And Fugue On A Theme By Handel (2013)
EAC Rip | Flac (Image + cue + log) | 190 MB | MP3 320Kbps CBR | 174 MB | 1 CD | Full Scans
Genre: Classical | Label: Bis | Catalog Number: 2047

British pianist Jonathan Plowright makes his début recording on BIS. Hailed by Gramophone as ‘one of the finest living pianists’, Plowright is recognised worldwide as a truly exceptional artist. Brahms’s Piano Sonata No. 3 is heroic in scale, unconventional in layout and exudes high quality making it one of the most impressive sonatas since those of Beethoven and Schubert.
Ogawa, Hughes - Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 1 & 4, Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini (2012)

Ogawa, Hughes - Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 1 & 4, Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini (2012)
EAC Rip | Flac (Tracks + cue + log) | 1 CD | Full Scans | 278 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Bis | Catalog Number: 975

Noriko Ogawa and the Malmö Symphony Orchestra return to the works of Rachmaninov with a disc featuring his first and fourth piano concertos and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Rachmaninov’s first concerto was written while he was a student at the Moscow Concervatory, but underwent considerable revisions up to 1917.
Rachmaninov: Symphony No 3, Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini - Sudbin, Shui, Singapore Symphony (2012)

Rachmaninov: Symphony No 3, Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini - Sudbin, Shui, Singapore Symphony (2012)
EAC Rip | Flac (Image + cue + log) | 1 CD | Full Scans | 251 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Bis | Catalog Number: 1988

BIS present two works composed by Sergei Rachmaninov, featuring virtuoso pianist Yevgeny Sudbin alongside the Singapore Symphony Orchestra under Lan Shui. Rachmaninov composed Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini after a seven-year silence, and consists of 24 variations taken from Paganini’s 24th Caprice for solo violin. The Rhapsody was soon followed by his Third Symphony. Its themes have a marked Russian character used with great subtlety.
Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 2 & 3; Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini / Riccardo Muti, Andrei Gavrilov (2004)

Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 2 & 3; Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini / Riccardo Muti, Andrei Gavrilov (2004)
EAC rip | APE, log, cue, covers | RAR Rec. 3% | 576 MB | hotfile, filesonic
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | 2CD

These performances, dating from the 80s when the young Russian pianist was at his peak (he soon withdrew himself from the music scene), are among the best for Rachmaninoff's music.