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Chamber Music - Released June 15, 2015 | INA Mémoire vive

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Chamber Music - Released March 1, 2015 | Solstice

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Solo Piano - Released May 19, 2014 | harmonia mundi

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This collection of Béla Bartók's piano music offers a generous program of some of the most influential keyboard works of the 20th century, expertly played by Alain Planès. Making a clean break from the lush and sentimental parlor music of the fin de siècle, Bartók introduced a drier, muscular style, incorporating lively folk rhythms from Eastern Europe, pungent dissonances, percussive sonorities, and novel techniques that made the piano sound exciting and vital in modern music. Planès plays with extraordinary vitality, so his performances here are exciting and invigorating, while at the same time observant of all of the subtleties and soft qualities that made Bartók's music poetic and deeply expressive. This CD opens with one of Bartók's most revolutionary works, Dance Suite, which put him on the map as a modernist and made him the leading Hungarian composer of his time. This is followed by the Fifteen Hungarian Peasant Songs and Four Old Songs, a block of pieces that shows the great variety of styles and melodic inflections in folk music that became his chief resources. Perhaps the most advanced work is the acerbic Piano Sonata, both in terms of its daring dissonances and formal mastery, typical of his most important music of the 1920s. The collection is rounded out by the Six Romanian Folk Dances, which are similar to the Hungarian pieces heard earlier, and the Fourteen Bagatelles, which encapsulate in miniature many of his innovations. Harmonia Mundi's recording is top notch, with great clarity and presence without excessively close microphone placement. © TiVo
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Trios - Released May 12, 2014 | Pavane Records

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Solo Piano - Released May 5, 2014 | harmonia mundi

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - 4 étoiles Classica - Exceptional Sound Recording - Hi-Res Audio
For a number of years, the piano music of Ludwig van Beethoven has dominated the recordings of British pianist Paul Lewis on Harmonia Mundi, though since 2011 he has also recorded the sonatas of Franz Schubert, an equal interest to him. This 2014 album of the last four piano sonatas may bring with it expectations of a grand statement: the late piano sonatas, like the final string quartets, the piano trios, the String Quintet, the last songs, and other works of 1828 carry with them the gravitas of Schubert's illness and impending death, and some aspect of the composer's mortality is usually addressed in performances of these works. Lewis is qualified to offer meaningful interpretations of Schubert's artistic intentions, though what might not be expected is the weightlessness, ease, energy, and joy that he communicates in these sonatas, expressive choices that rises above the biographical. They are masterfully played and marvelously recorded, so such technical matters don't interfere with the pure appreciation of the music. Drama and pathos are here, of course, along with tenderness and lyricism, but Lewis doesn't dwell morbidly on the darker aspects, preferring instead to let the light shine through. It certainly does in all four works, and even though there are moments of intense passion, gloom, and even fury, one comes away from hearing these sonatas with a sense of the wholeness of Schubert's conceptions, including his ineffable serenity, and Lewis' balanced choices are fully justified. Highly recommended. © TiVo
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Duets - Released May 5, 2014 | Mirare

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Solo Piano - Released April 28, 2014 | naïve classique

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Chamber Music - Released April 22, 2014 | Zig-Zag Territoires

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Chamber Music - Released April 21, 2014 | Mirare

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Chamber Music - Released April 1, 2014 | Timpani

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Solo Piano - Released March 24, 2014 | Aparté

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Solo Piano - Released March 24, 2014 | harmonia mundi

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Quartets - Released March 21, 2014 | Sony Classical

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Solo Piano - Released March 19, 2014 | HORTUS

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Quartets - Released March 10, 2014 | harmonia mundi

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Chamber Music - Released March 10, 2014 | Mirare

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Chamber Music - Released March 4, 2014 | Ondine

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Trios - Released February 24, 2014 | harmonia mundi

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Duets - Released February 24, 2014 | Paraty Productions

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Chamber Music - Released February 11, 2014 | Ricercar

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