This group takes its name from the photogenic keyboardist/founder Ines Fuchs. The project, as it is called, was co-founded by her husband Hansi. They also seem to have heavily benefited by the turmoil happening in another Neo band during the early '90s. After jumping ship from Asgard, Chicco Grosso, Max Michieletto, and Marco Michieletto all ended up in INES. The lineup does vary from album to album, but the core consists of the Fuchs, the Micheieletto brothers, Chicco Grosso, and David Piai. It's actually more stable than many bands I have researched, so the "project" label is questionable.
INES is based in Germany, but the influences are from the spectrum of Neo Prog. Comparisons to IQ, Rousseau, and Pendragon have been made. With the Micheielttos, and Chicco Grosso, the Italian base is covered. As you might expect, there is a definite Asgard aspect involved. Ines Fuchs sites Tony Banks as a major influence on her keyboard style. What may be the most unique aspect is the use of different singers. This allows for a more accurate pairing of vocal style with each particular song.
INES released albums steadily every few years from 1994 to 2002. "Slipping Into the Unknown" is the most recent album, and there is no news of a forthcoming release at this time in 2008.
This is a wonderful collection of all the great composer's known works, and is a must buy for anyone who enjoy's Rachmaninoff. While most of the recordings are not perhaps the absolute best that are out there, they are all still, for the most part, quite good. The only real issues I can find with this set are two rather small ones. On the recording of the symphonic poem The Isle of the Dead, there is an odd static-like sound that starts at about 17 minutes into the piece, which then disappears briefly, before reappearing once more. It is rather irritating, especially considering that the rest of the recording is very nice.
Since his triumph as winner of the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition, pianist Garrick Ohlsson, has established himself worldwide as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess. Ohlsson said of this set, “This monumental recording project first came about when the American record company Arabesque approached me with an irresistible offer to record the complete works of Chopin.
28th December 2012 marks the 75th Anniversary of the death of Maurice Ravel, the great French composer, best-known for his beautiful melodies, orchestral & instrumental textures and mesmeric compositional effects. Many consumers will know Ravel through his masterpieces, such as: Boléro, Pavane pour une infant défunte, Rapsodie espagnole, Gaspard de la nuit, Ma Mère l’oye, Daphnis et Chloë, Le Tombeau de Couperin and La Valse. For the first time ever, a 14-CD Box Set containing the COMPLETE EDITION of Ravel’s compositions. This is the flagship product, the first time ever that a complete Ravel Box has been issued by any classical label.
Although Sergei Rachmaninov considered himself first and foremost a composer, the last two decades of his life found him knee-deep in his “second career” as a touring concert pianist and recording artist. In 1992, RCA Gold Seal brought out all of Rachmaninov’s recorded performances in a 10-disc set, now reprinted as a space-saving budget box.