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VA - Texas Piano Blues 1929-1948 (1991) [Story Of Blues Series]  Music

Posted by Designol at June 20, 2017
VA - Texas Piano Blues 1929-1948 (1991) [Story Of Blues Series]

VA - Texas Piano Blues 1929-1948 (1991) [Story Of Blues Series]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 240 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 152 Mb | Scans included
Piano Blues, Texas Blues | Label: RST Blues Documents, DA Music | # 3509-2 | 01:03:47

This is a good collection of piano-accompanied vocals sporting bluesmen who worked the lumber camps and oil fields of rural Texas, as well as the red-light districts of cities like Galveston and Houston. Big Boy Knox shows a strong city influence in his decorative right-hand work, as does Robert Cooper, whose playing points to the influence of Fats Waller. Joe Pullem is on board with his hit, "Black Gal," which is perhaps overstated by three takes and a variation. The vocals are good, however, and the piano playing is uniformly excellent. Stylistically, this music falls somewhere between ragtime, blues, and vaudeville.

CHESS • A new look at the Italian (Giuoco Piano) by GM Ivan Saric (2017)  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by chesskom at Nov. 23, 2017
CHESS • A new look at the Italian (Giuoco Piano) by GM Ivan Saric (2017)

GM Ivan Saric • A new look at the Italian (Giuoco Piano)
Chess24 | 2017 | English | PDF, 23 pages | 372.05 KB

One of the oldest chess openings, the Italian game (also known as the Giuoco Piano) still has relevance today. The Italian has seen a resurgence in the last couple of years due to the influence of defences to the Spanish (Ruy Lopez) such as the Berlin and the Marshall and GM Saric believes every serious 1.e4 player should have both 3.Bb5 and 3.Bc4 in their repertoire. With many 1…e5 players expecting 3.Bb5, the Italian can be a great surprise weapon, especially when you are well prepared.
La Petite Symphonie & Daniel Isoir - Mozart: Piano Quartets (2016) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

La Petite Symphonie & Daniel Isoir - Mozart: Piano Quartets (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 64:12 minutes | 1.12 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front Cover

Mozart’s piano quartets, which are rarely performed or recorded - and still less frequently using period instruments -, are a satisfying fusion of the concerto and the quartet, a perfect balance between the fortepiano and the strings, which variously combine or alternate throughout the piece. The roundness of tone of Daniel Isoir’s fortepiano enriches this permanent dialogue, but the pleasure we derive from listening to the disc is also thanks to the extraordinary bond between the musicians of La Petite Symphonie.
Bertrand Chamayou - Ravel: Complete Works for Solo Piano (2016) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Bertrand Chamayou - Ravel: Complete Works for Solo Piano (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 136:44 minutes | 2.09 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

For his second release on Erato, Bertrand Chamayou is dedicating two CDs to the complete solo piano music of Ravel. “My style of playing and the way I imagine sound can be largely attributed to Ravel,” says Chamayou. “Recording his music is not just a return to my roots, but also a natural stage in my development.”
Daniel Barenboim, Andras Schiff, Sir Georg Solti, English CO - Mozart: Piano Concertos K 242, 365, 466 (1990) Reissue 2006

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Two Pianos in E-flat, K. 365;
Concerto for Three Pianos in F, K. 242; Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K466
Sir Georg Solti, piano & conducted; English Chamber Orchestra
Daniel Barenboim, piano; András Schiff, piano

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 300 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 195 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca/Universal | # 476 2451 | Time: 01:18:16

Involving, as it does, three master musicians and a fine chamber orchestra this was never likely to be be other than rewarding. It may not correspond with the ways of playing Mozart at the beginning of the twenty-first century which are fashionable at the beginning of the twenty-first century, but it has virtues – such as high intelligence, sympathy, certainty of purpose, grace, alertness of interplay – which transcend questions of performance practice. Looking at the names of the pianists above, we might be surprised by the presence of Sir Georg Solti, so used are we to thinking of him as a conductor. But the young Solti appeared in public as a pianist from the age of twelve and went on to study piano in Budapest, with Dohnányi and Bartok.
Bruce Brubaker - Inner Cities: Music for Piano by John Adams and Alvin Curran (2003) [Re-Up]

Bruce Brubaker - Inner Cities: Music for Piano by John Adams and Alvin Curran (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 279 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 214 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Contemporary, Minimalism | Label: Arabesque | # Z6776 | Time: 01:19:06

Bruce Brubaker artistic skill and understanding of this music is beyond reproach and will thrill any fan of the collected composers work on this CD. The sound quality is outstanding as well. Bruce Brubaker has recorded two CDs on the Arabesque label in a continuing series exploring modern American piano music. The most recent, Inner Cities, was released in September 2003, and includes Brubaker's transcription of Pat Nixon's aria from Adams's opera, Nixon in China. The previous CD, Glass Cage , with pieces by Glass and Cage, was named one of the ten best releases of 2000 by The New Yorker magazine.
Stephen Kovacevich - Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas (2003/2017)

Stephen Kovacevich - Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas (2003/2017)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 10:18:52 | 1.39 GB
Label: Warner Classics

“Nobody plays this music more authoritatively and eloquently,” wrote London’s Sunday Times of Stephen Kovacevich in Beethoven. “He is in his element, responding wholeheartedly to the extreme physicality that Beethoven brought to music … but the wit and delicacy of the playing are also remarkable.”Kovacevich himself has spoken of his love for the “fun and virtuosity” of the composer’s early sonatas, while in the often challenging later works he sees a “subtext of radiance and some sort of inherent faith in life.”

Samson François - Chopin: Piano Works (2017)  Music

Posted by Pisulik at Nov. 21, 2017
Samson François - Chopin: Piano Works (2017)

Samson François - Chopin: Piano Works (2017)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 11:17:22 | 1.53 GB
Label: Warner Classics

Much of Samson François’s pianistic career was devoted to performing and recording the works of Frédéric Chopin. A musician to whom many Chopin scholars are indebted, François was famed for bringing the intricacies of Chopin’s piano works to life, in a way no performer had done before him. Also featuring the Monte-Carlo National Opera Orchestra, conducted by Louis Frémaux, this collection includes some of Chopin’s greatest masterpieces, performed with spellbinding musicality by the eminent French pianist.

Jenny Lin - Glass: Complete Études for Piano (2017)  Music

Posted by Pisulik at Nov. 21, 2017
Jenny Lin - Glass: Complete Études for Piano (2017)

Jenny Lin - Glass: Complete Études for Piano (2017)
Classical, Piano | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | Digital Booklet | 02:03:11 | 297 MB
Label: Steinway and Sons

One of the most influential composers of our time, Philip Glass has created an opus in the tradition of Frederic Chopin. The Etudes, conceived to develop his own keyboard skills, evolved into a career achievement reflecting the breadth of his compositional style. Jenny Lin is one of the most respected young pianists today, admired for her adventurous programming and charismatic stage presence. Her ability to combine classical and contemporary literature has brought her to the attention of international critics and audiences. She has been acclaimed for her "remarkable technical command" and "a gift for melodic flow" by The New York Times. The Washington Post praises "Lin's confident fingers… spectacular technique…" and Gramophone Magazine has hailed her as "an exceptionally sensitive pianist". Martha Argerich wrote: "Miss Jenny Lin is a very gifted young musician and a brilliant pianist."
Tianwa Yang, Markus Hadulla - Sarasate: Music for Violin & Piano, Vol. 3 (2012)

Tianwa Yang, Markus Hadulla - Sarasate: Music for Violin & Piano, Vol. 3 (2012)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:18:55 | 323 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | Catalog: 8.570893

Anyone interested in stunning violin artistry should buy this amazing disc straightaway. It’s one of the best things I’ve heard in a long time. I hadn’t come across Tianwa Yang’s Sarasate series for Naxos before but I will certainly search out the other discs as a matter of some urgency. Her playing is simply extraordinary - no wonder she’s been described as “A Pride of China”. This isn’t one of those flashy, hollow, 20-notes-a-second recitals that quite frankly drive me to distraction.