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Classique - Verschenen op 26 oktober 2018 | APR

Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or
When thinking of the great German pianist Wilhelm Backhaus, the image of an old master with a large pale forehead often comes to mind, frozen in his somewhat wise and austere performances. With his fierce young Beethoven-like appearance, Backhaus gave his first recital in 1899 while his last concert, by which time he was a respectable old man, took place on July 5 1969, a week before his death. The miraculous advances in recording preserved this brilliant seventy-year-long career, because, unlike his colleagues Rubinstein and Schnabel who shied away from vinyl, Backhaus was one of the pioneers of the medium, having made his first records in 1908. This album contains all his Beethovenian recordings produced in London before the war. We find extraordinary performances of four sonatas and Concertos No. 4 and No. 5, with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Landon Ronald. Recorded in 1927, the Emperor was easy for both the pianist and the orchestra and required few takes. In 1928, Backhaus told the British press that his recording of Concerto no. 5 was the most beautiful thing he would ever make, without knowing that he still had over forty career years ahead of him. The sessions for the 4th Concerto were very different. Three sessions were needed in September 1929 and two more were added in March 1930 following technical problems. Contrary to the myth that the takes were all unique at the time of the 78 rpm, it took seven or eight of them (the faces lasted two minutes, during which time "no" mistakes were allowed) to complete the work in March 1930, because Backhaus and the musicians – who were probably very tired at this point - were constantly tripping up. The result is nevertheless stunning, as the rendition is characterised by a breath-taking fluidity. The difficulty of recording at the time was that you could easily lose the tension or tempo from one side of the record to the other. However, Backhaus' winged touch, probably on one of the very light pianos of that time, spins like a spring-time wind. The rest of this double album is devoted to four sonatas and a few of Bach's Preludes and Fugues. Let us add that the softness and precision of these recordings perfectly illustrates the mastery acquired in a short time by the sound engineers. As with old films, today's restorations allow us to see and hear these testimonies from a distant past in such a quality that our elders would never have thought possible. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Piano solo - Verschenen op 9 februari 2018 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - Gramophone Record of the Month - Le Choix de France Musique - Choc de Classica
Oh no, no, no: this is absolutely not a re-release of one of the many recordings which Murray Perahia made of Beethoven over the decades. This here is something completely new, made in 2016 and 2017, of two radically contrasting sonatas: the Fourteenth of 1801, which Rellstab nicknamed "Clair de lune" in 1832, while Beethoven merely dubbed it Quasi una fantasia, and the Twenty Ninth of 1819, Große Sonate für das Hammerklavier, written after several barren years. Perhaps, consciously or not, Perahia has coupled two works, one "before" and the other "after" - after all, he himself has known his fair share of fallow years, following a hand injury which removed him from the stage from 1990 to 2005. Whether or not it's true, it's certainly tempting to imagine. Either way, like Beethoven, Perahia made a storming return, as shown in this recent performance, in which vigour alternates with moments of intense introspection, always impeccably phrased and articulated, and deeply musical. Clearly all those years in which he concentrated almost exclusively on the works of Bach as a training regime while he waited for recovery seem to have in fact been immensely fruitful. © SM/Qobuz
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Piano solo - Verschenen op 9 februari 2018 | JB Recordings

Hi-Res Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - Le Choix de France Musique
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Duos - Verschenen op 1 december 2017 | Les Indispensables de Diapason

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Piano solo - Verschenen op 17 november 2017 | APR

Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - Gramophone Editor's Choice
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Symphonies - Verschenen op 17 november 2017 | Orfeo

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or
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Piano solo - Verschenen op 25 augustus 2017 | Alpha

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - Le Choix de France Musique
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
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Concertos pour clavier - Verschenen op 7 april 2017 | RCA Red Seal

Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or
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Classique - Verschenen op 31 maart 2017 | Warner Classics

Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or
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Classique - Verschenen op 1 januari 2017 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or
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Classique - Verschenen op 1 januari 2008 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or
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Classique - Verschenen op 12 augustus 2016 | La discothèque idéale de Diapason

Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or
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Messes, Passions, Requiems - Verschenen op 3 juni 2016 | Sony Classical

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - Gramophone Editor's Choice - 4 étoiles Classica
In July 2015, just eight months before his death, Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducted spiritual opus of Beethoven, the enigmatic and titanic Missa Solemnis, for a final time. It was a work that he addressed very late in his career, with 1988 being the first time. At the head of his Concentus Musicus and the Arnold Schönberg Choir, he produces an uncluttered reading, stripped of all excess weight that has restricted so many conductors in the past, including the most famous. It’s almost like attending a huge Mass! Both the Piano and silence are key, allowing the monument to emerge in all its grandeur from the calm. Suddenly the lines become clear and intelligible, the "lengths" acquire their entire purpose... what we see from the old lion Harnoncourt here is most extraordinary, with his ability to allow the listener to peer into the soul of Beethoven. If there is only one record to keep... © SM / Qobuz
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Duos - Verschenen op 3 juni 2016 | Alpha

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or de l'année - Diapason d'or - Choc de Classica - Prise de Son d'Exception
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Symphonies - Verschenen op 5 februari 2016 | Sony Classical

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - Choc de Classica - Choc Classica de l'année
Nothing new under the sun ? Oh but yes! This recording of the Fourth and Fifth Symphonies of Beethoven by the venerable Nikolaus Harnoncourt lives and breathes brand new. The difference is most notable seeing as he calls on an instrumentarium (along the lines of what Beethoven had in his time) particularly wind-based, whose sound is frankly different from what we know today. Listeners beware: you'll never listen to these two Beethoven symphonies with the same ear once you've had a taste of the original fountain that is sourced here in the 85th year of Harnoncourts wonderful musical mind © SM / Qobuz
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Classique - Verschenen op 23 oktober 2015 | Sony Music Japan International

Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or de l'année - Diapason d'or
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Classique - Verschenen op 1 januari 1977 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or
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Classique - Verschenen op 1 januari 1995 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Musique de chambre - Verschenen op 8 oktober 2014 | Melodia

Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or
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Quatuors - Verschenen op 26 mei 2014 | La Dolce Volta

Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - Choc de Classica

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