Shostakovich Piano Music Ashkenazy Decca

Vladimir Ashkenazy - Shostakovich: Piano Trios Nos. 1 & 2; Viola Sonata (2016)

Vladimir Ashkenazy - Shostakovich: Piano Trios Nos. 1 & 2; Viola Sonata (2016)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:07:09 | 160 MB
Label: Decca

As a young man in Moscow in the early 1960s Vladimir Ashkenazy was invited by Shostakovich to play a private performance of the Piano Trio No 2 in the composers apartment.
Shostakovich: Piano Trios No 1 & 2, Seven Romances - Susan Gritton, Florestan Trio (2011)

Shostakovich: Piano Trios No 1 & 2, Seven Romances - Susan Gritton, Florestan Trio (2011)
EAC Rip | Flac (Tracks + cue + log) | 1 CD | Full Scans | 239 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog Number: 67834

After sixteen years of exceptional achievement and vast critical acclaim, the career paths of the members of The Florestan Trio are diverging. Sadly, the trio will disband at the end of this year and this disc marks the end of their studio career. For their final recording, the trio performs an all- Shostakovich program comprising the two piano trios and the Seven Romances on Poems of Alexander Blok, for which they are joined by soprano Susan Gritton. Written in 1923, the first trio was an astonishing achievement for a seventeen-year-old student.
Rachmaninov & Lutoslawski Paganini Variations - Shostakovich Piano Concerto No.1 (Decca)

Rachmaninov & Lutoslawski Paganini Variations - Shostakovich Piano Concerto No.1 (Decca)
EAC 099pb4 Rip | APE+CUE, LOGs | 53:24 min | 221 MB 300 dpi PDF Complete Scans
Genre: Classical - 20th Century| Label: Decca Classics - Universal

The Shostakovich concerto is a good choice, not just as a near contemporary of the Paganini Rhapsody, but as a bridge to the zany world of Lutoslawski. It receives a fluent, well-judged and idiomatic performance with every note in place and some lovely trumpet playing from Raymond Simmons.

Danny Zelibor - Tansman: Piano Music, Vol. 2 (2017)  Music

Posted by Pisulik at June 20, 2017
Danny Zelibor - Tansman: Piano Music, Vol. 2 (2017)

Danny Zelibor - Tansman: Piano Music, Vol. 2 (2017)
Classical, Piano | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:02:09 | 143 MB
Label: Toccata Classics

The Polish-born Alexandre Tansman (1897-1986) was one of the most prolific composers of the twentieth century. .His fundamental style is a Stravinskyan Neoclassicism, animated by the dance-rhythms of his native Poland and energised by a masterly command of counterpoint.The substantial body of music he produced for his own instrument, the piano, has never been systematically examined in recordings.This first instalment presents works he wrote soon after his arrival in Paris in 1919, the city that was to remain his home - except for the years of World War II, spent in American exile.

Herbert Henck: John Cage - Early Piano Music (2005)  Music

Posted by Designol at June 16, 2017
Herbert Henck: John Cage - Early Piano Music (2005)

Herbert Henck: John Cage - Early Piano Music (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 188 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 184 Mb | Scans included | 01:09:20
Contemporary Classical, Minimalism | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1844, 476 1515

John Cage: Early Piano Music comes from Herbert Henck, an experienced hand with the work of Cage, having previously recorded Music for Piano, Music of Changes, and Sonatas and Interludes in addition to a mighty swath of first-tier twentieth-century literature for piano for various labels, most notably Wergo and ECM New Series. These are early works for standard, not prepared, piano, and some of these pieces will be as familiar to dyed-in-the-wool Cageans as "Happy Birthday." This puts the pressure on Henck to excel, and he does so spectacularly well here. The disc includes the two sets entitled Two Pieces for Piano, the piano version of The Seasons, Metamorphosis, In a Landscape, Ophelia, and the fragmentary Quest. The pieces date from 1935 to 1948, the same range covered by pianist Jeanne Kirstein in her pioneering 1967 survey of Cage's piano music for CBS Masterworks.

Henry Cowell - Piano Music (1993) (Repost)  Music

Posted by tirexiss at June 9, 2017
Henry Cowell - Piano Music (1993) (Repost)

Henry Cowell - Piano Music (1993)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 59:45 | 278 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Smithsonian Folkways | Catalog: SF 40801

At last, a re-issue of the 1963 recording of Cowell playing several of his piano works in his casual style, so that the listener regards the unusual sounds and techniques as completely natural within the context of each piece's imagery. A recording of the complete piano works is definitely needed, but this CD, with Cowell's spoken commentary at the end, is a precious thing to have at the moment.
Anya Alexeyev - Parallels: Piano Music of Scriabin and Roslavets (2011) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Anya Alexeyev - Parallels: Piano Music of Scriabin and Roslavets (2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 72:43 minutes | 904 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

It may seem unlikely that Nikolai Roslavets would have consciously composed works in imitation of Alexander Scriabin, so that both composers would have pieces that could be matched up, title for title, as they are on this album by pianist Anya Alexeyev. But once one hears the music, the influence of Scriabin is obvious and omnipresent, so such a gesture on Roslavets' part as naming and numbering his pieces after Scriabin's doesn't seem farfetched. Roslavets' Two Poems, Five Preludes, and Three Etudes correspond to the identically named Scriabin works, which are paired here, and even the two piano sonatas have a superficial resemblance in their two-movement formats.
Elisabeth Leonskaja - Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos 1 & 2, Piano Music (2007) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

Elisabeth Leonskaja - Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos 1 & 2, Piano Music (2007)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | Time - 67:38 minutes | 946 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Elisabeth Leonskaja is a highly respected (former Soviet) pianist whose career blossomed in the shadow of Sviatoslav Richter and Emil Gilels. Known for her modesty – not unlike older compatriot Maria Yudina – Leonskaja was mentored by Richter and often played duets with him. She would never reach the critical and artistic heights of her great teacher, but her reputation as an imaginative interpreter and formidable technician have lifted her to almost legendary status, with comparisons to Clara Haskil and other keyboard icons.
Feng Bian - Liszt: Complete Piano Music, Vol. 46 – Berlioz Transcriptions (2017)

Feng Bian - Liszt: Complete Piano Music, Vo. 46 – Berlioz Transcriptions (2017)
Classical, Piano | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:04:38 | 148 MB
Label: Naxos | Release Year: 2017

Liszt first met Hector Berlioz in Paris before the premiere of the Symphonie fantastique in 1830 and at first their mutual esteem was unbounded. Liszt proceeded to transcribe the music of his friend and two movements from his innovative transcription of the whole of the Symphonie are heard in this recording. Each transcription reveals a different facet of Liszt’s art, from the faithful reflection of the concert overture King Lear through the dramatic panache of the popular overture to Les Francs-Juges to the beautiful Pilgrims’ March from Harold en Italie.

Echoes Of China: Contemporary Piano Music (2015)  Music

Posted by peotuvave at May 2, 2017
Echoes Of China: Contemporary Piano Music (2015)

Echoes Of China: Contemporary Piano Music (2015)
EAC Rip | Flac (Image + cue + log) | 154 MB | 1 CD | Full Scans
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | Catalog Number: 8570616

This recording showcases both the rich variety and the sonic surprises to be heard in contemporary Chinese piano music. Myth and landscape loom large. Pulitzer Prize-winner Zhou Long’s Pianobells takes legend as its inspiration in an evocation of sonorous bells borne on the wind. For Doming Lam the goal is reinterpreting Chinese ancient melodies and imitating gongs and drums to evoke the atmosphere of Chinese opera. For Grammy Award winner Tan Dun, his Eight Memories are a ‘diary of longing’ – musical watercolours inspired by folk music.