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Violin Concertos - Released June 1, 2018 | DOREMI

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Concertos - Released March 23, 2018 | Alpha

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It seems that international recognition has at long last arrived for Argentine pianist Nelson Goerner, even if he had been known on the professional circuit for many years. His most recent recital albums, of Debussy, Schumann, Chopin, and Beethoven were met with rave reviews: and here he is today in one of the greatest concertos in the repertoire. Recorded in concert in Tokyo on 20 May 2009, with the excellent NHK Orchestra, this is a particularly sumptuous rendition of the Second Concerto by Brahms, twilit and intimate, with a velvet piano sound and well-chosen phrasing that provides a perfect match for Brahms's long melodic motifs. Tadaaki Otaka attentively follows his soloist's every move, supporting him with broad gestures from the podium. Discovered by Martha Argerich during an audition for gifted children in Buenos Aires, Goerner was sent to work in Geneva with Maria Tipo, where in 1990 he would win first prize at the International Competition, giving a magisterial rendition of Rachmaninov's Third Concerto with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Since then, he has travelled the world, building his career stone by stone, taking his time, and only bringing pieces before the public when they are perfectly ripe. This is a thrilling version of a major work by Brahms, even among the already-crowded discography – from which it can be hard to choose. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Keyboard Concertos - Released February 23, 2018 | Sony Classical

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For his first album with Sony Classical, Adam Laloum returns to one of his favourite composers. He distinguished himself with his first recording in 2011, for Mirare, which contained four of the composer's major works: Variations on an original theme Op. 21 No. 1, the wonderful and too-little-played Klavierstücke from Op. 76, the two Rhapsodies Op. 79 and the 3 Intermezzi Op. 117. And so it is hardly a surprise that today he is offering up his vision of Brahms's Concertos. Sony Classical has marshalled its formidable resources: one of the best orchestras in Germany, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin; and one of the young wolves of orchestral conducting from Asia (but already well-known in Europe - witness his many collaborations with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande for Pentatone) join them twice, once in August, then in October 2016, in the Radio Berlin Großer Sendesaal, for sessions which must have been a childhood dream come true for the young Frenchman. An amazing experience! © 2018 Théodore Grantet/Qobuz
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Keyboard Concertos - Released January 26, 2018 | Mirare

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Boris Berezovsky is one of these indomitable pianists who won’t restrict themselves to a set script, but rather let their instinct guide them. So plastic perfection is not the motto here. As shown by this new recording with one of the best Russian ensembles, the Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra. The concert’s programme, recorded live on April 8th, 2017, is very rich, combining Brahms’ Piano Concert No. 1 – with dimensions much more symphonic than simple concertantes – with a rarely performed partition: Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments. Berezovsky rightly assumes that live recordings are much more exciting than in the studio. Concerts taping, despite their inherent flaws – false notes, blunders, coughing, etc. − mirror life itself and manage to capture the energy flows between the stage and the audience. The pianist doesn’t confine himself to playing his instrument: in fact, he’s also conducting from the piano! “I wanted to approach works for piano and orchestra as if they were chamber music on a large scale; these two works share this chamber quality” he explains. A rather monumental experience for a most intriguing musical result. © SM/Qobuz

Concertos - Released January 5, 2018 | ICA Classics

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Concertos - Released September 1, 2017 | Warner Classics

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The previous batch from the 2015 Lugano Festival was especially rich, with many of the chosen moments being particularly thrilling (Brahms’ Trio, Poulenc’s Sonata for two pianos). The 2016 Festival would in turn see one great event: the tremendous Martha agreed to play on stage, for the first time in more than thirty years, Ravel’s Gaspard de la nuit. She was worried at the thought of measuring herself against her own success from forty years ago—she recorded in 1974 for Deutsche Grammophon a Ravel LP featuring Gaspard, Sonatine and Valses nobles et sentimentales, which is still in everyone’s memory despite its disappointing sound recording. On the spot, it’s obviously all the magic from a sound completely revealing itself, and the permanence of a vision. The truly haunted tone of Le Gibet leaves a lasting impression, Scarbo’s goblin literally shatters when Ondine, completely radiant, screams her recollections of Liszt and remembers just as much Une barque sur l’océan written a few years before. The rest of the testimonies from this 2016 Lugano Festival is as varied as usual. We’ll start with the rarity among the musical repertoire that is Busoni’s Violin Concerto, in D major (like the ones from Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky), also being the opus 35 (like the ones from Tchaikovsky, Korngold), under Renaud Capuçon’s determined bow. As for the two pianos, a classic from Argerich’s repertoire, Mozart Sonata for Two Pianos K. 488 that she’s enjoyed playing regularly with her friends for a few years, here with Sergey Babayan. And let’s not forget the very sincere Horn Trio from Brahms, with the trio Capuçon, Angelich & Guerrier (in 2015, a version without horn was unforgettable), or especially Bach’s Sonata by Martha Argerich and Tedi Papavrami, which could make us forget to not have this duo play the five other works written by Bach for the same formation. We cannot ignore the too short moment from the duo Tiempo & Lechner, as thrilling as ever, here in two Falla’s dances. During this 2016 edition, Argerich also played Ravel’s Concerto in G major. Maybe not in its most extraordinary version, but listening to its phrasings, accents, and nuances that are so personal in the Adagio assai this work remains the source of a rare emotion. May this Lugano Festival resuscitate in a few years with the participation of generous sponsors nostalgic of these incredible moments. © PYL
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Concertos - Released September 1, 2017 | Warner Classics

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Concertos - Released June 16, 2017 | Queen Elisabeth Competition

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In 1988, after 37 years of violin, piano and musical composition (the latter was only incorporated in 1953), the voice made its entry in the Queen Elisabeth Competition. And in 2017, the cello was finally entered in the competition, exactly 80 years after the creation of what was initially called the Eugène Ysaÿe Competition. Cello winners were (in order, from First to Sixth Prize) Victor Julien-Laferrière from France, Yuya Okamoto from Japan, Santiago Cañón-Valencia from Colombia, Aurélien Pascal from France, Ivan Karizna from Belarus, Brannon Cho from the United States. Therefore, we’ll listen to these six winners’ performances (semi-final and final performances with an orchestra or in recital) recorded live, as well as several other entrants who reached the last round. We can only wish fair winds to these wonderful talents! For the record, the jury was composed of no less than Gautier Capuçon, Henri Demarquette, David Geringas, Natalia Gutman, Gary Hoffman, Mischa Maisky, Antonio Meneses, Truls Mørk and, last but not least, Pieter Wispelwey: the very best in international cello. © SM/Qobuz

Concertos - Released April 21, 2017 | DOREMI

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Concertos - Released May 13, 2016 | Warner Classics

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Concertos - Released May 13, 2016 | Warner Classics

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Keyboard Concertos - Released April 15, 2016 | harmonia mundi

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Concertos - Released February 18, 2015 | ZKP RTVSLO

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Concertos - Released December 12, 2014 | PAVLIK RECORDS

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Concertos - Released October 30, 2014 | MONTHABOR Music

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Violin Concertos - Released July 18, 2014 | Berlin Classics

Concertos - Released July 15, 2014 | Hungaroton

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Concertos - Released March 4, 2014 | SWR Classic

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Concertos - Released March 4, 2014 | SWR Classic

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Concertos - Released October 1, 2013 | ACOUSENCE Classics

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