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Solo Piano - To be released November 17, 2017 | APR


Keyboard Concertos - Released October 20, 2017 | Mariinsky

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Two "Second Concertos" from two great Russians, by two great Russians - now there's something to write home about. The first two are Rachmaninov and Prokofiev; the second two are Denis Matsuev and Valery Gergiev, all against the sumptuous backdrop of the Mariinsky Orchestra. Matsuev (b.1975), you may remember, won the prestigious Tchaikovsky Prize in 1998, which launched his global career. His broad repertoire covered a number of great Russians, including the winning quartet of Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev and Shostakovich. His interpretations are distinguished by their animal power; their sense of rubato which is at once fierce and controlled; and sparkling technique. This recording makes great use of an ensemble sound, rather than setting up an "opposition" of piano and orchestra: and it must be said, this is precisely the way to do justice to the wonderful Mariinsky sound. © SM/Qobuz

Chamber Music - Released October 20, 2017 | naïve classique

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Solo Piano - Released August 25, 2017 | Alpha

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Supporting new talents is in Alpha’s DNA. Here is the very first recording of the Italian pianist Filippo Gorini, who was recently awarded First Prize in the Telekom-Beethoven Competition in Bonn. He has also won the same competition’s Audience Prize twice over. At just twenty years of age, he has already played in such prestigious venues as the Berlin Konzerthaus, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, the Herkulessaal in Munich, the Liederhalle in Stuttgart, Die Glocke in Bremen, the Royal Academy of Music in London, and the Moscow Conservatory. Strongly supported by Alfred Brendel, with whom he studies, he has chosen to tackle a monument of the piano repertory, the Diabelli Variations, a work whose interpretation he has matured through frequent performance, notably at the Beethoven Competition where it was the key item in his winning programme. And, appropriately, it is at the Beethovenhaus in Bonn that he made this first disc, the start of a highly promising recording career. © Alpha

Solo Piano - Released June 30, 2017 | Claves Records

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Keyboard Concertos - Released June 26, 2017 | Les Indispensables de Diapason

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Symphonic Music - Released June 2, 2017 | Profil

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Classical - Released May 19, 2017 | Oehms Classics

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Solo Piano - Released May 12, 2017 | Naxos

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Solo Piano - Released May 5, 2017 | BIS

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All kinds of hype have attended the rise of French pianist Alexandre Kantorow (son of violinist-conductor Jean-Jacques Kantorow), not yet 21 when this album was recorded in 2016 and released the following year, with one critic going so far as to call him Liszt reincarnated. One of the less splashy, but more significant developments was his signing at 17 to Sweden's BIS, not a label given to phenomena of the moment. The label does Kantorow proud with the wide dynamic range of its production at the absurdly named 4'33'' Studio in suburban Paris. You get warhorses here, with the Guido Agosti transcription of three pieces from Stravinsky's The Firebird the only pieces that could be considered remotely unusual. And you get an idea of how these pieces became warhorses in the first place. Sample the final Islamey, Op. 18, of Balakirev, of which Ravel said that his goal in composing Gaspard de la Nuit was to exceed it in difficulty. Perhaps he did, but Kantorow gets the feeling of the work's being at the edge of playability without losing its roots in the folk music of Central Asia. The Rachmaninov Piano Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 28, has breadth and power, and the two Tchaikovsky pieces from 18 Morceax, Op. 72, breathe and rock. It would appear from this recital of Russian music that Kantorow is doing just fine apart from the baton of his famous father, and that he is indeed one to watch.

Classical - Released May 5, 2017 | CapriccioNR

Viktor Ullmann’s output may be classified in two parts : works composed during his Prague years between 1920 and 1942 – many, tragically many of which have disappeared during the Nazi occupation of the country –; and those written during his deportation in Theresienstadt, from September 1942 to October 16th, 1944, when he was transferred to Auschwitz where his life did not last more than two days… The Piano Concerto Op. 25 was finished December 1936, nine months after the Nazi’s entrance in Prague. At that time Ullmann had already shed his earlier language inherited from Schönberg, and returned to a considerable dose of tonality reminding the listener much more of Poulenc and Zemlinsky, as well as Mahler from time to time. As for his Seventh Piano Sonata, dated 22 August 1944 (hence less than two months before his transportation to Auschwitz), it does under no circumstance sound like whjat the listener might imagine as a work written in a concentration camp. Once again, Poulenc and even Satie might be some of the pillars of his compositional process, and if the third movement does rely on some Schönbergian mists and the scherzo remind of the existence of Pierrot Lunaire, the fifth and last uses a Hebraic folksong as a basis for some ultimate variations. And speaking of variations, the last item on this album signed Moritz Ernst – who leads a successful double career as both pianist and harpsichordist, with a marked preference for the 20th and 21st Century music for both instruments – is a set of Variations followed by a double fugue, on a theme by Schönberg, written 1933. Here Ullmann’s inspiration does still hark back to the atonal teachings of his mentor, very far indeed from the music written later on. © SM/Qobuz

Solo Piano - Released May 5, 2017 | Berlin Classics

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The American pianist Claire Huangci has gained followings in her native country, in Germany, where she was partly trained, and, to judge from the chart performance of this Chopin release there, in the United Kingdom. The Russian pianist Vladimir Krainev has said that she has the fastest fingers in the world, which is nothing to sneeze at. The album proclaims that it's the first recording of Chopin's complete nocturnes since Arthur Rubinstein's, which it may well be, but that's not necessarily a good thing: the nocturnes were not a cycle of works, and a lot of them are strongly similar to one another. This doesn't work to Huangci's advantage: her sunny, rather delicate tone is pretty consistent throughout, and 22 nocturnes is a lot. Huangci seems to recognize this when she overlays the album with a "diary" concept, actually a group of quotations from French poetry, each matched to one of the nocturnes. (The booklet isn't particularly illuminating on how the choices were made or what their meaning for Huangci might be.) The strengths of the album are exactly as Krainev says: Huangci's ornaments glitter and glide, and her playing certainly gives an idea of why there has been a fuss over this young player at a time when the American piano scene could use the boost.

Keyboard Concertos - Released April 21, 2017 | Toccata Classics

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Solo Piano - Released April 14, 2017 | Aparté

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Disciple of Vlado Perlemuter and Jean Hubeau, Michel Dalberto has stood out as a master and ardent defender of French music in the course of a forty-year career. His signature for the Aparté label of a series of recordings devoted to Debussy, Fauré, Ravel, and Franck marks his awaited return to discs. Each episode will be recorded live and accompanied by a video. This second release, recorded on a Bechstein piano at the Conservatoire d’Art Dramatique-Paris on 7 January 2017, honours Gabriel Fauré.

Solo Piano - Released April 14, 2017 | Grand Piano

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