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Wagner - Verdi Paraphrases by A. Wilhelmj - A. Ritter - E.C. Sivori - A. Bazzini

Wagner - Verdi Paraphrases by A. Wilhelmj - A. Ritter - E.C. Sivori - A. Bazzini
ID: CNT2092
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Violin

Three composers for three anniversaries: Verdi, Wagner and Mascagni. In the 19th century, paraphrasing, improvisation and arranging were widely practiced and played an important role in the diffusion and cohabitation of two different, dominant musical styles typical of that period: on the one hand lyric opera, and on the other concert virtuosity. In fact, every great virtuoso of the 19th century cultivated the use of improvisation, paraphrasing and so forth, on established themes, which were frequently opera arias or popular motifs and were most frequently written for piano, but occasionally also for other instruments such as violin and piano, as presented here. This practice allowed a more capillary diffusion of opera music beyond the theatre to more reserved groups, such as the salons of high society or private circles of music enthusiasts. All of these four "improvisers" (Ritter, Wilhelmj, Bazzini and Sivori) were outstanding violinists and composers and renown international, concert musicians of their time (Camillo Sivori was Paganini's only pupil; Antonio Bazzini who garnered extraordinary praise from Robert Schumann; Ritter, husband of Wagner's niece Franziska and friend of R. Strauss, was violinist and director; Wilhelmj, child prodigy, was called by Liszt the German Paganini).
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Medtner plazs Medtner - Vol.1

Medtner plazs Medtner - Vol.1
ID: MELCD1002200
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection:
Pianist and Composer
Subcollection: Piano

Listenprecious gems from its vaults - Nikolai Medtner’s recordings.

“There is hardly another composer who takes a more solitary place in the family of Russian musicians,” wrote Medtner’s contemporary and music critic Vyacheslav Karatygin.

Medtner was born to and grew up in a highly intellectual family of German origin which settled in Russia long ago. After more than three decades of living abroad, he stayed a spiritually Russian musician until the end of his days. Medtner’s music couldn’t boast a great number of admirers, but it irrepressibly attracted deep and subtle, although very different artists such as Rachmaninoff and Myaskovsky.

Medtner’s music happily combines traditions of German and Russian culture. Along with Rachmaninoff and Scriabin, Medtner was a prominent interpreter of his own works and one of those who opened a new era of Russian piano music.

According to the outstanding musician, pianist and thinker Heinrich Neuhaus, Medtner as a pianist “created himself everlasting glory… That never ceasing feeling that he was not just a wonderful pianist but also a great musician and magnificent composer, that his thought and hearing entirely guided his fingers and phenomenal virtuosity, and that it was inspired pianism was particularly enjoyable”.

The first volume of the anthology of Medtner’s recordings includes his smaller pieces - Novellas, the cycle Forgotten Melodies and the genre of piano fairy tale invented by the composer. The recordings were made in 1930 to 1947 in Paris and London.

Medtner:
Fairy Tale in C minor, Op. 8 No. 1
Skazka (Fairy Tale), Op. 20 No 1 in B flat minor
Campanella, Op. 20, No. 2
Skazka (Fairy Tale), Op. 34 No. 2 in E minor
Skazka (Fairy Tale), Op. 34 No. 3 in A minor
Skazka (Fairy Tale), Op. 51 No. 1 in D minor
Skazka (Fairy Tale), Op. 51 No. 2
Fairy Tale Op. 51/3
Three Novelles, Op.17 No. 1
Novelle Op. 17/2
Improvisation No. 1 in B flat minor Op. 31/1
Primavera Op. 38/3
Primavera (Spring Tale), Op. 39 No. 3
Canzona matinata in G major, Op. 39 No. 4
Sonata tragica in C minor, Op. 39 No. 5
Forgotten Melodies, Op. 40, No. 4 'Joyful Dance'
Nicolai Medtner (piano)
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Matthia Pintscher - On a Clear Day - Alfonso Alberti, piano - Marisol Montalvo, soprano

Matthia Pintscher - On a Clear Day - Alfonso Alberti, piano - Marisol Montalvo, soprano
ID: STR33970
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Piano

Monumento I, for Piano "In memoria di Arthur Rimbaud" (Matthias Pintscher)
1. Monumento I, for Piano "In memoria di Arthur Rimbaud" 00:16:39
Nacht, Mondschein, for Piano "Szene für klavier"
2. Nacht, Mondschein, for Piano "Szene für klavier" 00:07:19
Lieder und Schneebilder, for Soprano and Piano
3. Lieder und Schneebilder, for Soprano and Piano: No. 1, Birds 00:02:50
4. Lieder und Schneebilder, for Soprano and Piano: No. 2, I Will Wade Out 00:02:57
5. Lieder und Schneebilder, for Soprano and Piano: No. 3, To Stand "Alone" 00:03:08
6. Lieder und Schneebilder, for Soprano and Piano: No. 4, Erstes Schneebild 00:01:59
7. Lieder und Schneebilder, for Soprano and Piano: No. 5, The Moon is Hiding in Her Hair 00:02:58
8. Lieder und Schneebilder, for Soprano and Piano: No. 6, Lady of Silence 00:03:52
9. Lieder und Schneebilder, for Soprano and Piano: No. 7, Zweiltes Schneebild 00:01:59
Tableau & Miroir, for Piano "Threnos in zwei Teilen"
10. Tableau & Miroir, for Piano "Threnos in zwei Teilen" 00:20:38
On a Clear Day, for Piano
11. On a Clear Day, for Piano 00:07:33
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A. Scriabin - Mazurkas Op. 3 and Op. 25 - Samuel Feinberg (piano)

A. Scriabin - Mazurkas Op. 3 and Op. 25 - Samuel Feinberg (piano)
ID: MELCD1002192
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection:
Mazurkas
Subcollection: Piano

Firma Melodiya presents an album of mazurkas composed by Alexander Scriabin and performed by Samuil Feinberg.

Samuil Feinberg’s artistic career was a remarkable phenomenon of 20th century domestic music life. A pianist, distinctive composer and educator who created his own performing school, he showed his worth in each of these roles, being notable for the integrity of his personality and creative aspirations. In 1911, when he was about to graduate from the Moscow Conservatory, he struck the examination board with the scope of his repertoire and depth of his interpretations. Samuil Feinberg made his last recordings not long before his death in the early 1960s.

The musician’s performing interests were truly grandiose, but as a composer and performer, Feinberg was close to Scriabin and to the feel of his music. When the author of 'The Poem of Ecstasy' heard young Feinberg play, he fully appreciated his pianistic art.

The pianist’s peculiar techniques of phonation noted by his contemporaries - “the way he moves his fingers, never striking, as if fondling the keys, a transparent and at times velvety tone of his instrument, contrasting sounds, finesse of his rhythmic patterns” - were to a degree an extension of Scriabin’s tradition. Samuil Feinberg’s repertoire included all piano sonatas and most of the small scale compositions by Scriabin.

These recordings of nineteen mazurkas, Op.3 and Op.25, from Scriabin’s early period were made in the 1950s.

Scriabin:
Ten Mazurkas, Op. 3
Nine Mazurkas, Op. 25
Samuel Feinberg (piano)
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Piano Duet Vol. 1 - A. Bakhchiev (piano) and E. Sorokina (piano) - Brahms - Lanner - Schubert - Schumann

Piano Duet Vol. 1 - A. Bakhchiev (piano) and E. Sorokina (piano) - Brahms - Lanner - Schubert - Schumann
ID: MELCD1002197
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection:
Instrumental
Subcollection: Piano

Firma Melodiya presents the first part of the anthology 'Piano Duet' featuring Elena Sorokina and Alexander Bakhchiyev.

The ensemble of two remarkable musicians, professors of the Moscow Conservatory - Honoured Art Worker of Russia Elena Sorokina and People’s Artist of Russia Alexander Bakhchiyev - was formed in 1968. For more than thirty years they jointly performed in Russia and around the world. In fact, the duet of Sorokina and Bakhchiyev revived the culture of piano duet which used to be so popular in Russia. They have performed more than a hundred compositions of the genre (many of them were premieres in this country) and been recognized as a 'Golden duet of Russia'.

“Their emergence on stage is always a feast of music, joy and beauty”, wrote Leonid Zhivov, a pianist and professor of the Moscow Conservatory.

This disc is dedicated to four hand piano compositions from the period of German romanticism and, along with unpretentious pieces 'for home playing', includes deeply dramatic ones. So, you will hear Schubert’s virtuosic and romantic Fantasia along with his Waltzes and Polonaises, Brahms’ Hungarian Dances, Schumann’s very distinctive Gespenstermarchen and waltzes by Joseph Lanner, a very popular Austrian composer in his time who initiated the era of Viennese waltz - his music very much anticipated the Strauss dynasty.

The recordings were made between 1974 and 1990.

Brahms:
Hungarian Dances (excerpts)
Waltzes (16), Op. 39, extracts
Five Waltzes

Lanner:
Waltzes Hymens Feierklänge, Op. 115

Schubert:
Fantasie in F minor for piano duet, D940
4 Polonaises, Op. 75, D. 599
12 Waltzes, D145 arr. Georg Kremser for piano four hand

Schumann:
Fantastic Fairy Tale from the cycle12 Piano Pieces for Small and Large Children, Op. 85, No. 11

Alexander Bakhchiev (piano) & Elena Sorokina (piano)
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Lukas Geniusas - Emancipation of Consonance

Lukas Geniusas - Emancipation of Consonance
ID: MELCD1002409
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection:
Instrumental
Subcollection: Piano

Firma Melodiya presents an album of piano music by contemporary Russian composers performed by Lukas Geniušas, a prize-winner of the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition.

The young pianist is one of the brightest musical talents of today. A student of Vera Gornostayeva, he is a worthy continuer of the great traditions of domestic piano art that date back to the time of Heinrich Neuhaus. At his age of 25, he is an owner of numerous prestigious international awards, including silver medals of two of Europe’s renowned piano tournaments - the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (2011) and the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (2015). Critics have noted the maturity and depth of the pianist’s art, and the convincingness of his renditions of pieces written in different ages - from Handel to Hindemith. Geniušas’s recordings have been released on NIFC, Art Classic, DUX and Piano Classics. The Fryderyk Chopin Institute previously released a double album of his Chopin recordings, and the Moscow Conservatory released a live recording of the pianist’s recital dedicated to Rachmaninoff’s anniversary.

This time Lukas Geniušas presents piano cycles of today’s Russian composers - Leonid Desyatnikov, Valery Arzumanov and Vladimir Ryabov. The featured works were composed in the second half of the 1980s in the vein of the aesthetics of the “new simplicity.” At the same time the music captures a complicated era of total reappraisal of values that was going on in those years in the life and arts of this country. The pianist also provides commentary on the programme of the album.
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A. SCRIABIN - Ludmila Berlinskaya, piano

A. SCRIABIN - Ludmila Berlinskaya, piano
ID: MELCD1002398
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection:
Instrumental
Subcollection: Piano

The album was inspired by the works of Alexander Scriabin who takes a special place in Ludmila Berlinskaya's life. According to the pianist, this collection is built on the principle of evolution, and this evolution is for the listener. It showcases the progress of Scriabin's music - from the Preludes, Op. 11, to the poem Toward the Flame, Op. 72. The Two Preludes written under the influence of the music of Alexander Scriabin and the future poet, novelist and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature Boris Pasternak are of particular interest, while the Four Preludes, moving compositions by young Julian Scriabin, show natural bent of a future great composer.
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F.F. CHOPIN - Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor - Emil Gilels, piano - Polonaises - Lazar Berman, piano

F.F. CHOPIN - Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor - Emil Gilels, piano - Polonaises - Lazar Berman, piano
ID: MKM291
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection:
Great Performers
Subcollection: Piano

(1 - 6) - Lazar Berman, piano: Recorded 1979
(7 - 10) - Emil Gilels, piano: Recorded 1978
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Emil Gilels, piano - "Unrelesed recordings from Yokohama and Tokyo 1984" - Brahms - Schumann - Mendelssohn-Bartholdy

Emil Gilels, piano - "Unrelesed recordings from Yokohama and Tokyo 1984"  - Brahms  - Schumann - Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
ID: AQVR294-2
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection:
Instrumental
Subcollection: Piano

Live recordings:
18.03. 1984 Kanagawa Kenmin Hall (Yokohama) (2)
20.03. 1984 Ueno Bunka Kaikan (Tokyo) (1, 3, 4, 5)
"Live recording at AurexClassicConcert" for Toshiba - EMI Ldt/Japan
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Emil Gilels, piano - The early years: Chopin - Liszt - Schumann - Mendelssohn-Bartholdy and etc....

Emil Gilels, piano - The early years: Chopin - Liszt  -  Schumann - Mendelssohn-Bartholdy and etc....
ID: AQVR292-2
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection:
Instrumental
Subcollection: Piano

Recordings(1934-1938)
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