Archive for the ‘piano’ Category

Lili Kraus

June 17, 2017

krausComposer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Works: Piano Sonatas
Performer: Lili Kraus

This was the first recording of Mozart’s piano sonatas I ever bought. On LP in 1974. Her interpretation is more straightforward than subsequent interpretations, like Mitsuko Uchida, which are lovely but can be a bit precious.

I also found graphics of the original cover art to add to the fond feeling of nostalgia in my library.  I love these album covers. At the time I was very impressed with this elegant, older lady who played some of the most beautiful music I’d ever heard (and for the first time). They don’t make ’em like that anymore. Those gowns!  Love it.

Ready to party like it’s 1974.

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Kozeluch: Complete Keyboard Sonatas

June 12, 2017

51uJ2qX+2nL._SS500Composer: Leopold Kozeluch
Works: Complete Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 1
Performer: Jenny Soonjin Kim

Exquisite performances of these lovely and rarely recorded works. Volume 2 has also been released. I hope she records the rest of them.

Scarlatti: Complete Keyboard Sonatas

June 10, 2017

scarlattiComposer: Domenico Scarlatti
Works: Complete Keyboard Sonatas Vol. 19
Performer: Goran Filipec

Mozart: Sonatas for Piano and Violin

June 5, 2017

170x170bbComposer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Works: The Violin Sonatas
Performer: Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lambert Orkis

Zhu Xiao-Mei

May 20, 2017

Xiao-K04a[Mirare-2CD]Zhu Xiao-Mei is an extraordinary musician with an extraordinary story.

I was so moved by this little preview of her film, that I will probably never find, that I bought all her Bach recordings. Exquisitely beautiful.

Haydn: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 6

May 19, 2017

51O-AQ10fML._SS500Composer: Joseph Haydn
Works: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 6
Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

Saint-Saens: Piano Concertos

May 16, 2017

61MpslRkkFL._SS500Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns
Works: Piano Concertos, Vol. 2
Performer: Romain Descharmes and Malmo Symphony Orchestra

I have a deep, emotional attachment to these concertos. For 40+ years my favorite recording of them has been the one by Aldo Ciccolini. This new recording rivals and maybe even exceeds its beauty. So far they’ve released the first three concertos in two volumes. I hope the remaining two concertos are coming soon.

Mendelssohn: Complete Piano Works

May 12, 2017

51F1jex4gMLComposer: Felix Mendelssohn
Works: Complete Piano Works
Performer: Roberto Prosseda

Bach and Sons 2

May 10, 2017

170x170bbComposer: J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, J.C. Bach
Works: Keyboard Concertos
Performer: Sebastian Knauer and Zürcher Kammerorchester

Donizetti: Musiche da salotto per Oboe e Pianoforte

April 18, 2017

51O6P40nvlL._SS500Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
Works: Musiche da salotto per Oboe e Pianoforte
Performer: Paolo Pollastri and Michele Innocenti

Absolutely gorgeous. This track in particular is really beautiful.

Preghiera – Rachmaninov Piano Trios

March 13, 2017

51iMAWLs9dL._SS500Composer: Sergei Rachmaninoff
Works: Piano Trios
Performer: Gidon Kremer, violin, Giedre Dirvanauskaite, cello, Daniil Trifonov, piano

The Piano Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams

February 25, 2017

61sym1hm3l-_ss500Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams
Works: Piano Music
Performer: Mark Bebbington & Rebecca Omordia

Grieg: Violin Sonatas

February 15, 2017

170x170bbComposer: Edvard Grieg
Works: Complete Violin Sonatas
Performer: Maya Levy & Matthieu Idmtal

Mozart & Schumann: Music for Oboe and Piano

February 7, 2017

51bggowbl0l-_ss500Composer:  Wolfang Amadeus Mozart & Robert Schumann
Works: Various
Performer: Satoki Aoyama & Fumiaki Kono

J.S Bach & C.P.E. Bach: Oboenwerke

February 6, 2017

1200x630bfComposer: J.S. Bach & C.P.E. Bach
Title: Oboenwerke
Performer: Satoki Aoyama & Fumiaki Kono

Soler: Keyboard Sonatas Nos. 63-66

December 4, 2016

41534vv-6tl-_ss500Composer: Antonio Soler
Works: Keyboard Sonatas Nos. 63-66
Performer: Stanislav Khristenko

Shostakovich: Preludes and Ballet Suite

November 17, 2016

1679_20160812092024Composer: Dimitri Shostakovich
Works: Preludes and Ballet Suites
Performer: Alexei Utkin and Hermitage Chamber Orchestra

J.S. Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier Book II

November 15, 2016

51vhi0owvul-_ss500Composer: J.S. Bach
Works: The Well-Tempered Clavier Book II
Performer: Ramin Bahrami

Satie: Early & Esoteric Works

November 11, 2016

515mqsgpfsl-_ss500Composer: Erik Satie
Works: Early & Esoteric Works
Performer: Alessandro Simonetto

J.S. Bach: French Suites

October 15, 2016

028947965688-cvrComposer: J.S. Bach
Works: The French Suites
Performer: Murray Perahia

Dvorak: 10 Legends

October 9, 2016

cover170x170Composer: Antonin Dvorak
Works: 10 Legends
Performer: Sulkhanishvili Piano Duo

Friedman: Piano Transcriptions

September 1, 2016

61plmACCUZL._SS500Composer: Ignaz Friedman
Works: Piano Transcriptions
Performer: Joseph Banowetz

J.S. Bach: Toccatas

August 25, 2016

51Eh9Zbg-lL._SS500Composer: J.S. Bach
Works: Toccatas
Performer: Alessandro Deljavan

Satie

August 3, 2016

51h2XNFW9RL._SS500_SS280Composer: Erik Satie
Works: various
Performer: Olga Scheps

Schumann: Chamber Music

July 30, 2016

61Dh8col48L._SS500_SS280Composer: Robert Schumann
Title: Chamber Music (arranged for clarinet and piano)
Performer: Heiner Schindler and Olha Chipak

Handel: 6 Piano Concertos, Op. 7

July 28, 2016

51qqHghiz-L._SS500_SS280Composer: George Frideric Handel
Works: 6 Piano Concertos, Op. 7
Performer: Matthias Kirschnereit and Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss

Scarlatti: The Complete Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 4

July 15, 2016

61Zjx7Ek4vL._SS500_SS280Composer: Domenico Scarlatti
Works: The Complete Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 4
Performer: Carlo Grante

Field: Complete Nocturnes

May 11, 2016

51YgebEhjcL._SS280Composer: John Field
Works: Complete Nocturnes
Performer: Elizabeth Joy Roe

Schumann: Dichterliebe

May 5, 2016

61BTULlEu3L._SS280Composer: Robert Schumann
Works: Fantasiestücke op. 73, Dichterliebe op. 48, Andante und Variationen op. 46
Performers: Jan Vogler and Hélène Grimaud

Mendelssohn: Songs without Words

March 5, 2016

MI0001006757Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
Works: Lieder ohne Worte
Performer: Daniel Barenboim