Albums

£6.47

Solo Piano - Released October 26, 2018 | Brilliant Classics

Booklet
£6.47

Solo Piano - Released July 27, 2018 | Brilliant Classics

Booklet Distinctions 5 étoiles de Classica
The complete sets issued by the budget Dutch label Brilliant often don't satisfy, delivering mere bulk in place of intelligent, illuminating programming. An exception is this set of Hummel piano sonatas by Italian fortepianist Costantino Mastroprimiano, even if it's not the complete set that's promised (there are at least three more works that were unpublished during the composer's lifetime but generally accepted as genuine). One might also complain that there was room on the CDs to do the sonatas in order, and that sequencing might have fit better with Mastroprimiano's aims. All this said, hearing a lot of Hummel at once illuminates why he was well-regarded as a composer in his time, even by the notoriously praise-stingy Beethoven. Better still, other major Hummel releases have been mostly on a modern grand, but Mastroprimiano uses a pair of fortepianos, a 1790s Walter instrument, and an 1830s Erard. The cumulative effect is to give the listener an idea of the range of ways in which Hummel influenced the incipient Romantic movement. He influenced Schumann, Mendelssohn, Chopin, and Schubert in various ways, and here you get the serious slow movements, the expanded sparkling Mozartianism, the exploration of figuration, and the vastness of musical space, respectively. The strongest work is the truly proto-Romantic Piano Sonata No. 5 in D major, Op. 106, and you can sample that on the third CD. But each of the sonatas has something to contribute to the overall picture. Mastroprimiano is a talented pianist in this repertory, giving each sonata its particular sound and shade, and the set is heartily recommended to lovers of the pre-Romantic period.
£8.62
£6.47

Solo Piano - Released June 29, 2018 | Brilliant Classics

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason
If you had to name the bridge between Beethoven and Schubert, it would have to be Dusek. Sadly, his lack of a local following – Beethoven, Mozart, Hayden, Schubert and Brahms all had adopted home towns to root for them, after all – has made him less of an obvious choice. Born in Lithuania, he went to live in St Petersburg, where he dodged deportation to Siberia by moving to Paris, where he dodged a revolutionary tribunal by fleeing to London, which he had to leave in a hurry in order to escape prison, winding up in Hamburg... And eventually he would find himself in Prague, and, finally, Paris, where he died at the age of just 52. For this third volume of his complete sonatas, Alexei Lubimov – playing a 1799 Longman-Clementi fortepiano – has chosen two monuments of his mature period: the 18th Sonata "L'Adieu" of 1800 and the staggering 28th Sonata "The Invocation" from 1812. These works reveal a Dussek who is anchored as much in the past – with Bach's polyphonic rigour and an elegance of writing taken from Mozart and Hayden – as he is in the present, with the power of Beethoven; and indeed the future with impressive turns of harmonic and pianistic daring. His years spent with London's Broadwood piano-makers, with whom he would work on many innovations, were clearly not in vain. Alexei Lubimov studied with Heinrich Neuhaus – the great Russian piano teacher – and at the start of his career specialised in the hyper-avant-garde of Boulez, Cage and Stockhausen, before turning towards period instruments, which he was the first to bring to the very conservative Moscow Conservatory. From the 1980s he was able to excite the interest of the whole Soviet musical world in the fortepiano, before developing a global career. © SM/Qobuz
£8.62
£6.47

Solo Piano - Released April 27, 2018 | Brilliant Classics

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason
£8.62
£6.47

Classical - Released July 1, 2016 | Brilliant Classics

Hi-Res Booklet
£6.47

Concertos - Released May 1, 2016 | Brilliant Classics

£10.79

Classical - Released May 1, 2013 | Brilliant Classics

£6.47

Solo Piano - Released July 1, 2015 | Brilliant Classics

Distinctions 4 étoiles de Classica
£10.79

Quintets - Released February 1, 2015 | Brilliant Classics

£10.79

Classical - Released January 16, 2014 | Brilliant Classics

Distinctions 4 étoiles du Monde de la Musique
£6.47

Lieder (German) - Released January 7, 2014 | Brilliant Classics

Distinctions 4 étoiles du Monde de la Musique
£6.47

Classical - Released January 7, 2014 | Brilliant Classics

Distinctions 4 étoiles du Monde de la Musique
£6.47

Classical - Released January 7, 2014 | Brilliant Classics

Distinctions 4 étoiles du Monde de la Musique
£6.47

Quartets - Released January 7, 2014 | Brilliant Classics

Distinctions 4 étoiles du Monde de la Musique
£6.47

Quartets - Released January 3, 2014 | Brilliant Classics

Distinctions Choc du Monde de la Musique
£6.47

Classical - Released December 11, 2013 | Brilliant Classics

Booklet
£6.47

Classical - Released November 28, 2013 | Brilliant Classics

£6.47

Quartets - Released November 28, 2013 | Brilliant Classics

Distinctions Choc du Monde de la Musique
£6.47

Quintets - Released November 26, 2013 | Brilliant Classics

Distinctions 5 de Diapason - Choc du Monde de la Musique
£10.79

Art Songs, Mélodies & Lieder - Released October 29, 2013 | Brilliant Classics