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Klassiek - Verschenen op 13 maart 2020 | Grand Piano

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Argentinian composer, poet and teacher José Antonio Bottiroli found his ideal means of expression in the Romantic idiom and in shorter forms of music. Exploiting the rich resources of the waltz, his pieces are infused with a remarkable range of moods, intimacies, real-life experiences and scenes from nature, as well as portraits of children and loved ones, such as the iconic Verdadero in honour of the composer’s wife - all played with the unique insights of his student and protégé Fabio Banegas. © Grand Piano Records
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 13 maart 2020 | Grand Piano

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Robert Orledge’s research into Debussy’s sketches and incomplete drafts has resulted in the unearthing and reconstruction of numerous lost masterpieces, the piano versions of which are given their première recordings here. Unknown versions of famous pieces such as La Fille aux cheveux de lin and an unused movement from Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien appear alongside the ecstatic Prélude de l’Histoire de Tristan. This uniquely valuable programme also includes the life-affirming Suite for No-ja-li (Le Palais du Silence) with narration. © Grand Piano Records
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 14 februari 2020 | Grand Piano

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Sándor Balassa has stated that his music for piano ‘has to evoke genuine emotions, recalling the abundance of a springtime meadow, giving us a feeling of richness, and inspiring a sense of adventure in us and touching our hearts’. In this third volume, which includes piano versions of pieces for harp and cimbalom, the sheer diversity of Balassa’s imagination is amply illustrated, conjuring atmosphere and poignant recollections as well as demanding exceptional virtuosity. Balassa considers the closing Fantázia, Op. 97 to be his best piano work. © Grand Piano
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 14 februari 2020 | Grand Piano

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 10 januari 2020 | Grand Piano

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Nino Rota embraced neo-Classical, neo-Romantic and even neo-Baroque affiliations. His music prized melodic directness and communicative generosity and it is not therefore surprising that he should be best known for his epochal film scores - the music for The Godfather pre-eminently. Nino Rota’s 15 Preludes utilise melodic and harmonic explorations to chart music that is agitated and melancholic, but also joyous and comedic. The Fantasia in G comprises seven themes - folkloric, droll and ultimately heroic. A late work, the 7 Pezzi difficili per bambini is generous in its emotional directness. © Grand Piano Records
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 10 januari 2020 | Grand Piano

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Svein Hundsnes is one of Norway’s most important living composers. He has written a wide-ranging body of music encompassing several vivid styles, moving seamlessly from tonal and non-tonal music to include jazz, rock and even funk. Hundsnes’ sequence of Clavinatas - one-movement free-standing pieces with a symmetrical form that often include toccata-like vitality - embody qualities that make his music so distinctive. Often syncopated, they possess short motifs, intensity and emotional ambiguity. Piano Sonata No. 1 and Downtoned Beats reflect his delight in drama and dance grooves. © Grand Piano Records
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 8 november 2019 | Grand Piano

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Alexey Stanchinsky was considered an outstanding student by his teacher Taneyev, his work anticipating Stravinsky, Prokofiev and others, paving the way towards many aspects of 20th-century style. His tragic early death and publishing difficulties meant that his music was hidden for decades. Volume 1 of this complete edition contains his entire output until 1910, including several world première recordings and revealing his early melodic gift and sophisticated virtuosity. © Grand Piano Records
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 8 november 2019 | Grand Piano

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Vasilije Mokranjac belonged to a prominent Serbian musical dynasty. His great musical gifts combine with an unassertive and introverted nature to create a unique catalogue of often incredibly virtuoso piano music, recorded here for the first time in its entirety. From the first elegant Menuetto to the last Prélude written at the time of his tragic death, pianist Ratimir Martinović finds Mokranjac’s music ‘exceptionally profound and spiritually uplifting’. © Grand Piano Records
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 8 november 2019 | Grand Piano

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Sándor Balassa’s distinguished reputation in his native Hungary and beyond rests in numerous operas and orchestral works. But here, the sheer diversity of his piano music equally provides ‘a feeling of richness, inspires a sense of adventure, and touches our hearts’. His sophisticated, lyrical style is heard in educational Sonatinas, adaptations of works both virtuoso and visionary originally for harp, cimbalom and harpsichord, and even include a Gallop in 3/4 time, justified by the composer as being about a three-legged horse. © Grand Piano
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 11 oktober 2019 | Grand Piano

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Esteemed as one of Germany’s leading music critics, Ferdinand Pfohl never lost a passion for composition that had been nurtured in Leipzig. He wrote highly individual works for his own instrument, the piano, conceiving cycles that reveal harmonic daring and sophistication, often evocative of developments in impressionism. As Strandbilder ("Beach Pictures") shows, he mastered tonal painting - while in the compositional unity of Suite élégiaque, Bohemian and Russian elements mingle with the influence of one of his great heroes, Grieg. © Grand Piano
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 11 oktober 2019 | Grand Piano

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Tchaikovsky wrote over 100 lyric art songs or Romances, a sequence of diaries of the soul that embrace moods from euphoria to despair. They were unusually important to him, and he, or his editors, commissioned piano transcriptions by eminent musicians such as Laub and others, all of which were revised by Tchaikovsky. These poetic and melodically beautiful songs, many of which are here recorded for the first time, include the ravishing None but the Lonely Heart and reveal a ‘new’ body of Tchaikovsky’s piano repertoire. The album concludes with a Fantasy on themes from "Eugene Onegin" by the Austrian composer and pianist Carl Frühling. © Grand Piano
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 11 oktober 2019 | Grand Piano

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This album completes Afshin Jaberi’s powerful cycle of Ballades (Nos. 1–3, with Sonatas Nos. 1–3). The nine pieces together take the title "The Eroica" and offer a stylistic synthesis of Eastern melody and Western classical harmonic and structural traditions. Strongly influenced by the Iranian composer’s Bahá’í faith, the Ballades’ narratives are focused on tracing the early years of one of the world’s youngest religions, one dedicated to peaceful unity and the betterment of humanity. © Grand Piano
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 13 september 2019 | Grand Piano

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The eight world premiere recordings included in this programme are played from a treasure trove of unpublished manuscripts obtained by Geoffrey Burleson from the "Bibliothèque Nationale de France", each of them filled with strong and imaginative ideas. Further virtuosic rarities by Saint-Saëns include a solo transcription of his exotic Africa for piano and orchestra, and fantasies on works by Beethoven, Gounod, Liszt, Bizet and others. © Grand Piano Records
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 13 september 2019 | Grand Piano

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em>‘Everything I undertake misfires immediately. I produce dirty rubbish and that will accomplish nothing’. So wrote Erik Satie in 1903 during a period of transition that saw him produce the last of his Rose-Croix style music in Verset laïque & somptueux, but in making a living writing for the music halls, he also created hugely popular songs such as Je te veux. The works on this fourth volume of Satie’s complete solo piano music were written between 1897 and 1906. They include rare theatre music and tender waltzes that contrast with jaunty ragtime and pantomime dances. © Grand Piano Records
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 13 september 2019 | Grand Piano

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Balakirev’s appreciation of other composers is reflected in transcriptions that also reveal his brilliance as a pianist. With several world premiere recordings, this programme includes the marvellous balalaika sonorities and virtuoso colours to be found in operas by Glinka, the novel concept of dovetailing préludes by Chopin, and the richness of Beethoven’s string quartets. A plaintive Gondola Song, the relentlessly energetic Tarantelle and the Polonaise brillante conclude this fifth volume in Nicholas Walker’s acclaimed complete edition of his piano works. © Grand Piano Records
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 9 augustus 2019 | Grand Piano

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Carl Czerny, a student of Beethoven - whose music remained an inspiration - occupied an important place in the musical landscape of his time as both performer and pedagogue. His own students, such as Liszt, transmitted his teaching principles which were available in a large number of groundbreaking exercises and études. Carl Czerny wrote his 30 Études de mécanisme, Op. 849 at a time of exceptionally high demand for teaching material. The Studies make use of a limited range of keys but are intended as an introduction for students to the "School of velocity". Perfectly placed between his simpler and more virtuosic Studies, Czerny’s Études have remained in demand to the present day. © Grand Piano Records
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 9 augustus 2019 | Grand Piano

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In 1832 German-born Friedrich Burgmüller settled in Paris where he became internationally admired for his salon pieces and studies. At a time when demand for new teaching material had reached unprecedented heights, he supplied a sequence of works that appealed to the amateur market by virtue of their musical interest and appropriate technical demands. Written for the burgeoning market for piano teaching material, the set of 25 Easy and Progressive Studies, Op. 100 was soon followed by the 18 Characteristic Studies, Op. 109, a continuation of the earlier set, each piece bearing a charming title. They continue to provide a basis for teaching to this day. © Grand Piano Records
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 14 juni 2019 | Grand Piano

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A student of Franck, Vincent d’Indy founded the Schola Cantorum de Paris where he taught for many years. He was also a conductor, with a busy schedule of international touring. His compositions were permeated by the influence of Wagner - he attended the premiere of the Ring cycle - but in time he also absorbed the influence of French folk music, especially from the Vivarais, his ancestral home. Vincent d’Indy’s large-scale Piano Sonata is one of a small but masterful sequence of non-programmatic instrumental works that he wrote in the first decade of the 20th century. Notable for a novel application of variation form in its opening movement it fuses experimentation with expressive power. Poetic atmospheres and landscapes are evoked in the Tableaux de voyage, postcards of his walks in Germany. “The Sonata of d’Indy represents for me a very original part of the French musical spirit, both aristocratic and innovative at the same time. Inspired by Wagner, the Sonata of d’Indy synthesises several musical trends of the time, but follows its personal way with a great imagination of forms and counterpoint, possessing a transcendental virtuosity. Vincent d’Indy is really one of the greatest composers of his time with a high artistic inspiration. I like to perform and to record this French music which stands between a nostalgia for a vanishing world and a huge drive for innovation, responsible for the passage from the era of classic-romanticism to a musical modern language. Behind Debussy, Ravel, Fauré, there are many lesser-known works, which reveal the genius of these composers.” (Jean-Pierre Armengaud) © Grand Piano Records