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Joonas Ahonen, Pekka Kuusisto - Charles Ives: Piano Sonata No.2 'Concord' & Violin Sonata No.4 (2017)

Charles Ives - Piano Sonata No.2 & Violin Sonata No.4 (2017)
'Concord' & 'Children’s Day at the Camp Meeting'
Joonas Ahonen (piano) & Pekka Kuusisto (violin)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 199 Mb | Artwork included
Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-2249 SACD | Time: 00:58:55

Charles Ives’s ‘Concord Sonata’ is often described as one of the greatest of American piano works. Published in 1920, at the composer’s own expense, it contains radical experiments in harmony and rhythm and would have to wait until 1939 for its first public performance. In the course of its four movements, Ives depicts some of the famous inhabitants of the small town of Concord in Massachusetts, a centre of the mid-19th century transcendentalism movement. Luminaries of the movement such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau are alluded to in various ways in music that includes references to Beethoven, religious and patriotic hymns and circus marches, as well as brief ‘guest appearances’ by a viola and a flute. Lasting 47 minutes on the present recording, Ives’s second piano sonata is a massive work of a staggering complexity, and a true challenge for any performer – a challenge more than readily accepted by the young Finnish pianist Joonas Ahonen, who has previously recorded Ligeti’s piano concerto for BIS.
Beethoven - The Piano Concertos - Rudolf Buchbinder, Wiener Philharmoniker (2014) {3CD Set Sony Classical 88883745212}

Beethoven - The Piano Concertos - Rudolf Buchbinder, Wiener Philharmoniker (2014) {3CD Set Sony Classical 88883745212}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 694 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 402 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (png) -> 84 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2014 Sony Classical / Sony Music / Rudolf Buchbinder | 88883745212
Classical / Concerto / Piano / Orchestral

Veteran Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder has turned in mid-career to live recordings, believing that the live situation makes possible a greater degree of spontaneity. In solo repertoire this has sometimes led him to follow his impulses into bold, unexpected interpretations. Here, in Beethoven's five piano concertos, there's less of an opportunity to color outside of the lines, even though Buchbinder serves as his own conductor (a tall order in Beethoven in itself). Yet his approach still works very well. He may deserve credit right off the bat for getting the sometimes recalcitrant Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra to go along with what he's doing; the performances have a satisfying unity between soloist and orchestra.
Rudolf Serkin - Rudolf Serkin Plays Mozart Piano Concertos (2017)

Rudolf Serkin - Rudolf Serkin Plays Mozart Piano Concertos (2017)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 07:00:28 | 962 Mb
Classical | Label: Sony Classical

Known for his intense, insightful interpretations of the classical repertoire, Rudolf Serkin was one of the great American pianists of the mid-century, and seldom was he more in his element than when playing Mozart. This new six-CD release unites for the first time fourteen Mozart concerto recordings made at the height of his career, between 1951 and 1977. His is not a raised-little-finger type of Mozart; it is rugged, has contour, and is a welcome relief from the pretty-pretty conceptions heard only too often , wrote Gramophone of a 1955 recording with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra and Alexander Schneider. With the same orchestra, Serkin is ideally matched (AllMusic Guide) with conductor George Szell; elsewhere he partners Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as Pablo Casals at the cellist-conductor s festival in Perpignan for No. 22 ( exultant and miraculous BBC Music Magazine). Recordings from the Marlboro Festival include the Concerto No. 10 for two pianos with his then-teenage son Peter Serkin.

Cristina Ariagno - Louis Aubert: Piano Works (2009)  Music

Posted by SuniR at Oct. 18, 2017
Cristina Ariagno - Louis Aubert: Piano Works (2009)

Cristina Ariagno - Louis Aubert: Piano Works (2009)
Mp3 CBR320 kbps | 56:10 min | 120 Mb (5% Rec.)
Classical, Piano | Label: Brilliant Classics

Louis Aubert was one of a host of the French composers whose music fell into the blind oblivion created by the dazzling talents of Debussy and Ravel. It wasn’t anyone's fault but the effect was the same as if it had been. Imaginative music of some depth and reach has failed to register with more than a few people ‘in the know’. We knew something was up when Marco Polo issued a truly outstanding CD of his orchestral music. This included Le Tombeau de Chateaubriand (1948) - a tremendously imaginative, salt-spray and sun-dazzle Breton marine picture. Aubert was born in Brittany and as Sillages proves the sea flowed through his creative veins. The Chateaubriand picture picks up on the artist's seascapes rather than being the sort of neo-classical anonymity you might have feared from the title.
Kim Kashkashian & Robert Levin - Paul Hindemith: Sonatas for Viola/Piano & Viola Alone (1988) 2CDs [Re-Up]

Kim Kashkashian & Robert Levin - Paul Hindemith: Sonatas for Viola/Piano & Viola Alone (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 537 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 313 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Chamber Music | Label: ECM | # ECM 1330-32, 833 311-2 | Time: 02:07:46

The viola was Hindemith's instrument (though he could play almost any), and he wrote some of his most expressive chamber music for it. This two-disc set includes all four of Hindemith's sonatas for solo violin and the three for viola and piano. I prefer the wildness of Hindemith's earlier music to the sometimes arid calm of his later music, so listeners like myself who like Hindemith can have a feast here as most of these are early works. They are played with energy and passion by an outstanding violist and a fine pianist.

Markus Hinterhauser - Galina Ustvolskaya: Piano Sonatas (1998)  Music

Posted by Designol at Nov. 20, 2017
Markus Hinterhauser - Galina Ustvolskaya: Piano Sonatas (1998)

Markus Hinterhäuser - Galina Ustvolskaya: Piano Sonatas (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 239 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 180 Mb | Scans included | 01:13:01
Classical, Modern, Avant-Garde, Contemporary | Label: col legno | # WWE 1CD 20019

They say that Galina Ustvolskaya led a very secluded life, that she was a loner. It is amazing, though, how distinct an image of her emerges from the almost meditative way in which she immersed herself in structures, dynamics and combinations of pitches. And not only that. You can hear the concentration on her work and the contrasts within the scope of an existence, some even say you can hear St. Petersburg. Markus Hinterhäuser plays Ustvolskaya’s sonatas as though it were the music of an intimate friend. The piano is vibrating, the music seems nearly torn apart with the tension. The pieces characterized by extreme dynamics, economy and cluster blocks are interpreted by Hinterhäuser with great intensity.
Volodymyr Lavrynenko, Rune Bergmann & Argovia Philharmonic - Ravel & Debussy (Works for Piano and Orchestra) (2017) [24/96]

Volodymyr Lavrynenko, Rune Bergmann & Argovia Philharmonic - Ravel & Debussy (Works for Piano and Orchestra) (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 55:39 minutes | 896 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Although Claude Debussy, born near Paris in 1862 and the thirteen years younger Basque Maurice Ravel had very different personalities, they were united through their music in the extension and even intermittent suspension of the borders of traditional tonality and the deviation of their rythmic structures from their customary course – Volodymyr Lavrynenko and argovia philharmonic present the two chief protagonists of French Impressionism.
Markus Becker - Haydn: Piano Sonatas (2016) [Official Digital Download]

Markus Becker - Haydn: Piano Sonatas (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time - 74:58 minutes | 670 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front Cover

This music may seem easy to grasp at first glance: so much seems clear and straightforward. However, once you take a closer look and spend more time playing and listening to Haydn’s music, it develops an endless, multifaceted life of its own. It becomes more concrete and at the same time more mysterious. Unexpected turns of phrase, sudden occurrences, humorous juxtapositions and startling asymmetries are just as much a part of this music as its extended melodic arcs that make the piano sing. Haydn’s music forms an intimate bond between song and speech. In each movement of the ca. 60 piano sonatas he wrote, we meet a personality, an unmistakeable character, evoked in detail.
The Piano Shop on the Left Bank: Discovering a Forgotten Passion in a Paris Atelier [Audiobook]

The Piano Shop on the Left Bank: Discovering a Forgotten Passion in a Paris Atelier [Audiobook] by Thad Carhart
English | February 9, 2016 | ASIN: B01B5730VM | MP3@64 kbps | 8 hrs 58 mins | 247 MB
Narrator: Dan Cashman
Sviatoslav Richter, Mstislav Rostropovich - Beethoven, Brahms, Prokofiev, Grieg: Sonatas for Cello and Piano (2008)

Sviatoslav Richter, Mstislav Rostropovich - Beethoven, Brahms, Prokofiev, Grieg: Sonatas for Cello and Piano (2008)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:22:22 | 641 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Doremi Records | Catalog: 7931/2

Fans of either cellist Mstislav Rostropovich or pianist Sviatoslav Richter will have to hear the performances on this two-disc Doremi set. It contains the four pieces they performed in Moscow on March 1, 1950 Brahms' Sonata No. 1 and Beethoven's sonatas No. 3 and No. 4, plus the world premiere of Prokofiev's sonata and two of the pieces they played at the Aldeburgh Festival on June 20, 1964 Grieg's sonata as well as another Brahms' Sonata No. 1.