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Kwartetten - Verschenen op 26 maart 2013 | Zig-Zag Territoires

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - Gramophone Record of the Month - Hi-Res Audio
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Concerten voor klavier - Verschenen op 3 november 2014 | Aparté

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - 4 étoiles Classica - Qobuzism
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 15 november 2019 | Alpha

Hi-Res Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - Qobuzism
The final part of this intelligent and well-rounded triptych certainly deserves a Qobuzissime! It has been several years since we have been following this grandiose but relaxed duo, made up of violinist Lorenzo Gatto and pianist Julien Libeer. The Belgian pair have brought their complete collection of Beethoven’s sonatas for violin and piano to a close. There is a lot of spontaneity in this integral work, yet this freshness is not synonymous with offhandedness. On the contrary, the fruit of a well thought-out project, it unfolds as a thrilling story in three parts.The first volume opened like a stage curtain on this landmark of Beethoven with the iconic Kreutzer sonata, a strong score which trumps the expectations of the genre. The vehement drama of the first movement, slow and in a minor key, contrasts with the gentle nature of the second movement and confirms that the sonata is well and truly a format for two instruments on an equal footing and not just a support act to the piano, a Steinway in this instance.The second one delineated the milestones of an expanding genre. From the first to the last sonata, via the most popular nicknamed Spring, we bear witness to a general amplification of style. From Opus 12 to Opus 96, the form expands, the technical difficulty of playing increases and the light-hearted fun gives way to a more energetic rhetoric. For this second album, the duo chose the lustrous power of Chris Maene’s parallel-stringed piano. The instrument affords the necessary resonance to the interpretation of this sometimes outright zesty, sometimes tenderly subtle score.The third volume frames the Steinway’s radiance (Sonatas 6 and 7) with the more ample Maene piano (Sonatas 3 and 8) and is dedicated to the works conceived when the composer’s hearing began to falter. Paradoxically, this nightmare for Beethoven has brought about a gift for his listeners. Varied combinations of timbres, styles and character are constantly renewed in this cycle which Gatto and Libeer faithfully interpret throughout its entirety. Our award of recognition is also a retrospective on the first two milestones of this adventure which has valiantly held its promise. An important integral work to explore and encourage others to do so as well! © Elsa Siffert/Qobuz
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Kamermuziek - Verschenen op 27 augustus 2009 | harmonia mundi

Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - Choc de Classica
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 1 november 2019 | BIS

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
As one of the finest pianists of his era and an improviser of genius, Ludwig van Beethoven’s preferred vehicle for musical exploration was the piano. His earliest composition, from 1782, was a set of piano variations and he continued to compose for solo piano until the last years of his life. His interest in the concerto form diminished as his deafness forced him to retire from performing. Nonetheless, with his five piano concertos composed between 1788 and 1809, Beethoven not only achieved a brilliant conclusion to the Classical piano concerto, but also established a new model for the Romantic era: a sort of symphony with obbligato piano which remained a reference point well into the beginning of the twentieth. Ronald Brautigam has already recorded these seminal works with the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, in acclaimed performances released between 2008 and 2010. Since then he has also released all of Beethoven’s solo piano music on the fortepiano to universal praise. When Brautigam now returns to the concertos, it is in the company of conductor Michael Alexander Willens and Die Kölner Akademie playing on period instruments. The same team has previously partnered him in an 11-disc survey of Mozart’s piano concertos and it is plain to hear that all involved clearly relish the opportunity to congratulate Beethoven on the eve of his 250th anniversary. © BIS Records
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Concertmuziek - Verschenen op 31 januari 2020 | Alpha

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - 5 étoiles de Classica
After a first recording of Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations acclaimed by the critics ("Diapason d’Or", BBC, Guardian, Le Monde) Filippo Gorini, a student of Alfred Brendel and winner of the first Prize and Audience Prize of the Bonn Beethoven Competition in 2015, pursues a fast-growing career. Here he returns to Beethoven and tackles the perilous Sonata No. 29, ‘Hammerklavier’, which the composer himself said would pose a challenge for future generations, along with the Sonata No. 32, which according to Thomas Mann represents the supreme accomplishment of and ‘farewell’ to sonata form. © Alpha Classics
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 7 april 2017 | Erato - Warner Classics

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - 4 étoiles Classica
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Piano solo - Verschenen op 3 maart 2017 | Mirare

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 4 november 2016 | Chandos

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - Gramophone Record of the Month
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 12 september 2014 | Sony Classical

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - 4F de Télérama
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Trio´s - Verschenen op 27 januari 2014 | Mirare

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - Hi-Res Audio
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 16 mei 2011 | Warner Classics

Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - 4 étoiles Classica
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Concerten voor klavier - Verschenen op 28 april 2011 | Mirare

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - Hi-Res Audio
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 6 augustus 2015 | Aeolus

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - Uitzonderlijke Geluidsopnamen
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 29 januari 2013 | Zig-Zag Territoires

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - Hi-Res Audio
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 4 februari 2014 | Ondine

Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - Choc de Classica
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Vocale muziek (wereldlijk en religieus) - Verschenen op 24 juli 2020 | Warner Classics

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason
Conductor Antonio Pappano gladly trades in his conductor’s baton for his piano keys in this recording during which he accompanies some of the greatest voices in music today. He plays in perfect complicity with English tenor Ian Bostridge in this exciting program devoted to a selection of Beethoven’s Lieder. The centrepiece of this album is, of course, An die ferne Geliebte (“To the distant beloved”), which is considered to be the first ever Lieder cycle in the history of music. The six poems depict an unknown woman that the composer had idealised from their very first encounter, quickly followed by their separation. His longing for her caused him so much torment that even the joyous awakening of spring could not take away his melancholy in this heart-rending lover’s lament. The other twenty or so Lieder on this album, including the famous Adelaide, which was also set to music by Schubert, are a testament to Beethoven’s mastery of the lied and popular songs, which he liked to harmonise. Ian Bostridge and Antonio Pappano interpret these rare gems with sensitivity and sophistication. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Piano solo - Verschenen op 7 februari 2020 | Mirare

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 31 januari 2020 | harmonia mundi

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason
Many of us may have set goals for the new year, but harmonia mundi set theirs particularly high. The independent record label intends on killing two birds with one stone by launching an extensive Beethoven edition that spans from 2020 (one hundred and fifty years since his birth) to 2027 (the bicentenary of his death), in a series of new recordings by new musicians under the label. For years to come, this non-exhaustive edition will be a reflection of the interpretative trends from the 21st century. This first volume of the Complete Piano Concertos on period instruments (there will be another on modern instruments) brings together the two extremes of Beethoven’s repertoire, namely Concertos No. 2 and No. 5, the former of which was composed first. Kristian Bezuidenhout’s exceptional musicality renders the dispute over instrument manufacturing seemingly artificial and fruitless, as he is at ease playing both early and modern pianos. After an inspired performance of Mozart’s complete Sonatas, we follow him as he journeys through the Beethoven Concertos, working closely with the Freiburg Barockorchester ensemble, for whom Bezuidenhout and Gottfried von der Goltz have been in charge of artistic direction since 2017-2018. This may not be a ground-breaking endeavour but what sets it apart is the meticulous attention to detail from Kristian Bezuidenhout and conductor Pablo Heras-Casado with regards to articulations and dynamics. The same can also be said for their choice of cadenzas, which the pianist often reinterprets using the same instrument for the complete work, resulting in a modern rendition played on a Viennese Conrad Graf piano dating from 1824. Confronted with musical practices from the end of the 18th century, the music of young Beethoven comes alive as never before. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 3 april 2020 | Warner Classics

Hi-Res Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason