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Classical - Released September 8, 2017 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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With his 60th birthday approaching, the Polish pianist Krystian Zimerman thought it was time “to find the courage for works such as these and the last Beethoven sonatas. I’ve played these pieces for 30 years, but always feared them tremendously because of my unbelievable respect for the composers. Perhaps I worried that if I left them any longer, it would be too late.” Zimerman has used a normal piano, but fitted with a keyboard made by himself, designed to create qualities Schubert would have known in his instruments. Compared to a modern grand piano, the hammer strikes a different point of the string, enhancing its ability to sustain a singing sound – though it does also set up different overtones and the piano might sound strangely tuned. Also, the action is lighter. On a modern grand piano the many repeated notes in Schubert could turn into Prokofiev. According to Zimmerman, these two last Sonatas contribute significantly to our view of Schubert’s greatness, as “he switches into a different gear, daring radically to use new ideas in harmony and polyphony. Compared to his earlier sonatas, they could almost be by another composer.” The album was recorded in January 2016.
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Chamber Music - Released June 16, 2017 | Signum Records

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Classical - Released June 16, 2017 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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With Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe here presents Mendelssohn’s complete Symphonies (Nos. 1 to 5), composed between 1824 and 1842. Considered by some to be “the best chamber orchestra in the world” (BBC2 Television), the Chamber Orchestra of Europe was born three decades ago from the desire of several young musicians of the former European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) to pursue the adventure as an orchestra. After a few – unavoidable – changes within its ranks, this ensemble – currently – based in London retains the spirit that prevailed over its creation, shaped by complicity, generosity and liberty. Without a dedicated music director or conductor, the orchestra is now reunited with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, with whom there is, according to the latter, “a completely unique bond”. Their most recent releases, such as in Mozart’s operas, highlighted this shared complicity. And, after a complete collection on Schumann, it is only fair that the conductor and his musicians explore the effusive lyric, the “classical” side of German romanticism, by working on Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s five symphonies. But the aim however with these five symphonies is to explore widely differing universes: the very romantic Symphony No. 3, “the Scottish”, in which Wagner heard a “prime landscaper”; Symphony No. 4, “the Italian”, is almost a great symphonic poem, as illustrated (by?) numerous composers after 1834; Symphony No. 2, “Lobgesang”, ends on an immense cantata full of praise, which approach was inspired by Beethoven’s Ninth; Symphony No. 5 is strongly linked to Protestant religion, as its fugue finale cites one of the Lutheran chorales used, notably, by Johann Sebastian Bach: “Eine feste Burg ist unser Gott” (Our God is a secure fortress) (cf. Cantata BWV 80). © Qobuz, based on a Philarmonie de Paris leaflet for concerts in Paris, February 2016.
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Solo Piano - Released April 7, 2017 | Sony Classical

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Masses, Passions, Requiems - Released March 10, 2017 | SDG

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Classical - Released February 1, 2017 | Decca

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Classical - Released November 4, 2016 | Chandos

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Symphonic Music - Released November 4, 2016 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released November 4, 2016 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released October 7, 2016 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released October 7, 2016 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released August 12, 2016 | Ondine

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Chamber Music - Released July 8, 2016 | Chandos

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Solo Piano - Released May 6, 2016 | Naxos

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Solo Piano - Released April 29, 2016 | Erato - Warner Classics

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Pianist Nicholas Angelich has earned kudos for recordings of mainstream 19th century repertoire. He doesn't stray far from that mainstream on Dedication, but he does have a novel concept: the three works on the album were each dedicated to the composer of one of the others. The notes to this Erato release sketch out only briefly the relationships among the three composers, who represented different strains in Romantic musical thinking, but recognized and respected the talents of the others. Do the dedications rediscovered here shed new light on the music? Certainly they illuminate aspects of musical thinking that the composers held in common. Liszt's Piano Sonata in B minor was his only mature work designated as an abstract sonata, and its dedication to Schumann, the mid-century carrier of the Beethovenian legacy, perhaps reflects that. Schumann's Kreisleriana, Op. 16, in turn reflects the harmonic adventures of Chopin (of whom Schumann famously enthused, "Hats off, gentlemen, a genius!), and Chopin's pair of études from Op. 10 are works of near-Lisztian virtuosity. Angelich does a fine job of delineating these aspects, for instance with a restrained Liszt B minor that emphasizes its sonata-form shapes. A logical, enjoyable Romantic piano recital.