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J.S. Bach: Organ Works

Elena Privalova

Classical - Released October 22, 2021 | Quartz Music

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Bach’s devotion to the organ, and his desire to excel on it, is without question but whereas much of his output was written with a specific purpose or occasion in mind, the toccatas and fugues are less easily categorized. Almost all of them date from Bach’s Weimar years (1708-1717), when he had the most opportunities to play the organ, although he may have revised them in Leipzig (after 1723). Their elaborate nature belies the fact that Bach had to be careful about showing off: in 1705, while temporarily in Leipzig, he had been censured for an over-long organ prelude before Communion and in 1706 he had attracted the ire of the Arnstadt authorities by confusing the congregation with complicated chorale accompaniments. Organist Elena Privalova presents a program of these works, beautifully recorded at the Riga Cathedral. © Quartz Music
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Rachmaninoff, Medtner & Tchaikovsky: Piano Works

Nikolay Medvedev

Classical - Released October 15, 2021 | Quartz Music

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Interviewed by "Musical America" in 1921, Rachmaninoff was asked: “would you agree that the heart should be the composer’s guide through the labyrinths of accepted forms?”. “Yes”, he replied, “the heart above all. Of course, the head must aid in the building of great musical structures, but by itself the head is impotent. If a composer is devoid of heart or hasn’t his heart in the right place, it is impossible for him to conceal his deficiency. This explains why Russian music is so superlatively great; it speaks so directly to the heart. That is what gives it its vital beauty, its universality of appeal, and thus all great art is universal and national in character – it were better to say local instead of national – at one and the same moment”. It is perhaps for this reason that young pianist Nikolay Medvedev has chosen a program of Russian piano masterpieces for his debut album. © Quartz
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Chopin: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-3

Alexander Kobrin

Classical - Released July 2, 2021 | Quartz Music

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Chopin’s piano sonatas span a wide creative period, from his time as a student to five years before his death, when he was still in good health and his relationship with George Sand had not yet begun to deteriorate. Two of the three Chopin piano sonatas are cornerstones of the romantic piano repertoire; the First Sonata is heard far less frequently in performance or recording. Chopin has been most revered as a miniaturist; much has been written discussing Chopin’s larger-scale works: some have criticized his seeming lack of formal skill, while others have come to praise his compositional anomalies as innovation and ingenuity. Regardless, Chopin’s characteristically transcendent, fluid melodies, unique pianistic beauty and distinctive poetic voice permeate these three sonatas. © Quartz Music
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Through the Void

Elizabeth Trigg

Classical - Released June 4, 2021 | Quartz Music

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Rachmaninoff: Works for Piano

Irina Bogdanova

Classical - Released March 19, 2021 | Quartz Music

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The piano remained at the heart of Rachmaninov’s life, both as composer and performer. Daisies (Margaritki) is the third of the Six Songs, Op. 38 of 1916 – the last group of songs written by Rachmaninov – and was later transcribed for piano by the composer in the early 1920s (the score is undated). Rachmaninov wrote his Polka de W R in March 1911. The initials in the title refer to the composer’s father, Wassily or Vassily Rachmaninov. Rachmaninov’s final original solo piano work was written in 1931: the Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42, dedicated to Kreisler. The theme is based on the famous La Folia tune, an ancient and widespread melody used in numerous sets of variations; it was not composed by Corelli but was used by him in his Violin Sonata No. 12. The Six Moments Musicaux were composed as bread-winning music in 1896, their title inspired by Schubert’s Six Moments Musicaux of 1828. These works are performed here by Irina Borgadova. © Quartz Music
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Beyond Words

Vitaly Vatulya

Classical - Released July 3, 2020 | Quartz Music

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Mussorgsky: Piano Works

Evgeny Samoyloff

Classical - Released June 5, 2020 | Quartz Music

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Maestros of the Baroque

Finbarr Malafronte

Classical - Released April 17, 2020 | Quartz Music

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R. Schumann: Works for Piano

Joseph Tong

Classical - Released June 7, 2019 | Quartz Music

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Hindemith: Complete Works for Violin & Piano

Roman Mints

Classical - Released April 5, 2019 | Quartz Music

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Livemovement

Anton Dressler

Classical - Released January 4, 2019 | Quartz Music

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Villa-Lobos: Complete Solo Piano Works, Vols. 4 & 5

Marcelo Bratke

Classical - Released October 19, 2018 | Quartz Music

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Landscape & Longing

Samantha Ward

Classical - Released August 17, 2018 | Quartz Music

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Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Takemitsu: Rain Tree Sketch II

Reiko Fujisawa

Classical - Released July 20, 2018 | Quartz Music

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Segreti accenti: Italian Renaissance Music

Cantar Alla Viola

Classical - Released April 6, 2018 | Quartz Music

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Nocturne

Richard Saxel

Classical - Released March 23, 2018 | Quartz Music

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Sonatas, Variations & Impromptus

Olwen Morris

Classical - Released November 17, 2017 | Quartz Music

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Consolation

Grace Francis

Classical - Released September 1, 2017 | Quartz Music

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Sibelius: Piano Works, Vol. 2

Joseph Tong

Classical - Released July 7, 2017 | Quartz Music

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De rio a Rio

Viola da Samba

Brazil - Released June 16, 2017 | Quartz Music