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Grand Piano

Nicolas Horvath som spelar Erik Satie eller Philip Glass. Kemp English och hans prisade serie med Kozeluchs pianosonater, eller samlingsskivor med utvald pianomusik. Grand Piano är verkligen en fest för alla som älskar pianomusik.

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Image Complete Piano Works, Vol. 1
"Erik Satie’s earliest works show traces of Chopin as an influence but he soon came to reject virtuosity, choosing instead to remain with the French traits of simplicity, clarity, elegance and economy. This landmark recording by Nicolas Horvath uses a new edition played on Cosima Wagner’s own 1881 Erard piano, Satie’s instrument maker of choice."
© 2017 WFMT (Chicago)


Always inventive and innovation-seeking, Erik Satie's earliest works show traces of Chopin as an influence but he soon came to reject virtuosity and tradition, choosing instead to remain with the quintessentially French traits of simplicity, clarity, precision, elegance and economy. Satie's hautingly beautiful floating melodies and modal tonalities are unforgettably compelling, combining bygone classical ages with Parisian sophistication. This landmark recording uses both a new and corrected edition of Satie' smusic and Cosima Wagner's own 1881 Erard piano, his instrument maker of choice. Recognized as a leading interpreter of Liszt's music, Nicola Horvath has in recen tyears become one of the most sought-after pianists of his generation. Holder of a number of awards, including First Prize of the Scriabin and the Luigi Nono International Competitions, he frequently organizes events and concerts of unusual length, sometimes over twelve hours, such as Philip Glass' complete piano music or Erik Satie's Vexations, and composers from a number of countries have written for him.

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Image Piano Works, Vol. 5
"Mr Horvath continues this fascinating survey of Glass’s piano music with performances that satisfy me completely."
© 2017 American Record Guide


"Nicolas Horvath plays this music wonderfully well: warm and expressive or cold and mechanical as required. His notes are again excellent, and the Fazoli piano sounds glorious. If you appreciate all of Glass’s styles, then this will provide great satisfaction."
© 2016 MusicWeb International


The works in this programme demonstrate Philip Glass' perpetual goal of connecting with his audience. Taking shape as something like a hidden sonata form, Mad Rush contrasts peaceful atmosphere with tempestuousness and mesmerising beauty. The last of it's kind in Glass' oeuvre, 600 Lines, here receiving it's premiere recording on solo piano, is an obsessive and hypnotically restless toccata that represents the zenith of his experiences while working with Ravi Shankar. These two monumental works are joined by premiere recordings of the subtly transformed Metamorphosis Two, and Glass' transcription of Paul Simon's The Sound of Silence.

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Image Complete Keyboard Sonatas
"English plays on a simply superb, bright sounding fortepiano ..."
© 2017 MusicWeb International


For forty years the Bohemian composer LEOPOLD KOŽELUCH produced a sequence of keyboard sonatas that some commentators preferred to those of his great contemporary, Mozart. The four sonatas on Volume 8 exemplify Koželuch’s vitality and expressive breadth. Sonatas Nos. 31 and 32, published in the year of Mozart’s death, are notable for their exploration of new technical devices and a daring harmonic palette worthy of Clementi.

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Image Piano Concerto
"[The B minor concerto] makes the disc appealing, along with Evju’s two Earl Wild inspired Grieg song transcriptions, played with commanding virtuosity by Petersson."
© 2015 Gramophone


"A praiseworthy release!"
© 2015 Kjell Moe - Kulturspeilet


Edvard Grieg first met Percy Grainger in London in 1906 and the two became good friends, Grieg inviting the 'Young Apollo' to spend the summer of 1907 with him at Troldhaugen where they revised the famous Piano Concerto in A minor in preparation for a European tour later that year. Their alterations, enhancing dynamic clarity, resulted in the last edition "sanctioned by Grieg himself", as Grieg died a few months later.Edvard Grieg had plans for a second piano concerto and wrote several piano sketches for a concerto in B-minor in 1883. He never completed it, but Norwegian composer Helge Evju has taken up the challenge to compose a work based on the incomplete concerto fragments, creating a romantic and beautiful companion concerto, faithful to Grieg's musical style and flair.Born in 1981 in Lund, Sweden, Carl Petersson started to play the piano at the age of fifteen. Ten years later he graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, where he completed both his studies in piano and pedagogy with José Ribera. During his studies he took part in numerous international master-classes in Denmark, Sweden and Israel. Four times in succession he won a scholarship to the Tel-Hai International Piano Master-Classes, where he studied with Pnina Salzman, Victor Derevianco, Emanuel Krasovsky, Staffan Scheja and Nicolai Petrov.In the course of his international career Kerry Stratton has conducted orchestras around the world, including the Czech Philharmonic, the Jerusalem Symphony, the Slovak Radio Orchestra, the Moscow symphony, the Prague Radio Orchestra, and many others. With a particular fondness for Czech music, Stratton won the 2000 Masaryk Award for his services to Czech and Slovak culture and was decorated by the Czech government in 2007 at the Cernin Palace, Prague, with the Gratias Agit Award. Stratton's career has been committed in part to expanding the orchestral repertoire with new as well as undiscovered scores. Currently he is conductor and music director of the Toronto Concert Orchestra.


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Image Grand Piano: The Key Collection (3 CD)
The Grand Piano label is dedicated to exploring undiscovered piano repertoire by unfamiliar composers, producing high quality, often world première recordings, performed by virtuoso authorities in their chosen field. Marking the label’s 5th anniversary, this collection is a comprehensive guide through the history of keyboard music from the invention of the fortepiano to today’s living composers, as well as taking the listener on a musical adventure through a geographically global range of rare musical gems, with all of their new and exciting sounds and fresh perspectives.

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Image Complete Piano Works, Vol. 2
"…an absolutely splendid recital and a worthy successor to Vol. 1. Lourié’s music will hold your attention not just because it’s so good but also because it’s so varied in mood and character."
© 2017 The Art Music Lounge


The second volume in Giorgio Koukl’s complete survey of Arthur Vincent Lourié’s piano music spans the years 1912 to 1938. Of Volume 1 [GP737] American Record Guide wrote: “a recording of demonstration quality, and a pianist totally in tune with the music” • Includes world premiere recordings

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Image 26 Preludes for Piano
"…Here he gives refined and sensitive performances that seem so serve the composer’s style."
© 2017 David’s Review Corner


Haro Stepanian followed the pioneering efforts of fellow Armenian composers such as Komitas in establishing a strong national voice for Armenian music. The 26 Preludes form a kind of musical diary that builds on the models of Chopin and fellow Armenians such as Komitas and Tigranian. Mikael Ayrapetyan can also be heard on GP720 [Komitas] and GP665 [Abramian].

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Image Complete Piano Works, Vol. 2
"As with so many collections of this type, then, it’s a bit of a mixed bag but full of some surprising goodies, well worth exploring."
© 2017 The Art Music Lounge


This is the second of eight volumes devoted to Ponce’s complete piano music. Volume 1 [GP638] was critically admired in all quarters, with MusicWeb International “enormously impressed both by the recording and by the performances”.

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Image Complete Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 9
Some contemporaries in Vienna judged the Bohemian Leopold Koželuch an even finer composer than Mozart. He was especially esteemed for his mastery of the keyboard sonata, couched in the "high-classic" style, which are amongst the most important of their time. In this volume, the early Sonata No. 37, full of beautiful simplicity, is contrasted with the Sturm und Drang vehemence of Sonata No. 36. Expansive slow movements in Sonatas No. 34 and 35 reveal endless cantabile beauties. Kemp English is one of New Zealand's leading concert performers. Much in demand as a solo organist, collaborative pianist, and specialist fortepiano exponent, he relishes the opportunity to work in a diverse array of styles and periods. He enjoyed a distinguished studentship at the Royal Academy of Music in London and later completed a Master of Arts degree in Music Performance at the University of York. In 2001 he was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music - an honor recognizing former students of the Academy who have achieved distinction in the profession.

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Image Piano Works
Wolfgang Jacobi is known to saxophone and accordion players, but he is otherwise largely forgotten and his wider output is still being rediscovered today. He was declared a "degenerate" artist in 1930s Germany but found inspiration in Italy, alluding to Baroque styles in his Sonatas as well as in earlier works that also invoke the spirit of Reger and Grieg. Post-war freedom is reflected in the joyously neo-Classical Sonatine and charming Miniaturen, while the substantial Musik für zwei Klaviere explores the symbolism of one of J.S. Bach's favorite chorale melodies "Durch Adams Fall." Tatjana Blome took first prize in the Steinway Competition at the age of twelve and a year later gave her firs tpiano recital. In 1995 she made her debut with Brahms's Concerto No. 1 at the Berlin Philharmonie. She has appeared throughout Germany in recitals and as a soloist with various orchestras. She has some 70 recordings to her credit, for Deutsche Grammophon, EDA, Naxos and others. Holger Groschopp's solo career has taken him to most European countries, the Middle and Far East and North and Central America. He has performed as soloist at major European festivals and played chamber music with many prominent musicians. He has had a close collaboration with Claudio Abbado, Sir Simon Rattle, the Berlin Philharmonic, the DSO Berlin and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

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Image Complete Works for Solo Piano
Stravinsky described Nikolay Roslavets as “the most interesting Russian composer of the 20th century,” but after decades of suppression under the Soviet regime his significance is still being assessed even today with newly discovered and reconstructed works included in this recording. Scriabin’s influence can be heard in earlier works, and a constant search for fresh sound constellations resulted in Roslavets’ invention of influential new compositional techniques, treating the piano with a passionate power and complex sovereignty that Olga Andryushchenko describes as like “fire and ice!”

OLGA ANDRYUSHCHENKO was educated at the Central Special Music School, and the Faculty of Historical and Modern Performing Arts of the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory under Alexei Lubimov. She has won a number of important prizes and awards, including the “Franz Schubert and the Music of Modernity” Piano Competition (Austria, 2000), the Premium Piano Seiler Competition (Germany, 2001), the Premio Vanna Spadafor International Piano Competition (Italy, 2004), the Bach Competition (Leipzig, 2006), the Musica Antiqua International Fortepiano Competition (Belgium, 2007), the A. Scriabine International Piano Competition (Paris, 2008), the N. Rubinstein International Piano Competition (Paris, 2008), and the Fortepiano Competition (Schloss Kremsegg, 2011). She has given a number of piano recitals and played with orchestras in Europe, North America and Asia. She has recorded extensively for radio and now lives in Germany.

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Image Complete Piano Sonatas, Vol. 1
Jaan Rääts has written prolifically for the piano and his ten sonatas, spanning half a century, reveal his sophisticated control of expressive gestures. The composer himself has said: “I don’t like rigid systems. I like absorbing musical material, filtering it, emotionally developing it as needed. Using it as a springboard for my imagination… ”

NICOLAS HORVATH has developed a strong working relationship with Jaan Rääts, and has performed Rääts’ works on behalf of the Estonian government on several occasions, such as the World Expo in Milan in 2015. More concert engagements have been planned for this year, being Jaan Rääts’ 85th birthday, and the composer is also currently composing a piano sonata to be dedicated to Nicolas.

Recognized as a leading interpreter of Liszt’s music, Nicolas Horvath has in recent years become one of the most sought after pianists of his generation. Holder of a number of awards, including First Prize of the Scriabin and the Luigi Nono International Competitions, he frequently organizes events and concerts of unusual length, sometimes over twelve hours, such as Philip Glass’ complete piano music or Erik Satie’s Vexations, and composers from a number of countries have written for him. Nicolas Horvath is a Steinway artist.

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Image Seven Pieces & Dances
KOMITAS was one of the first Armenian musicians to undergo classical Western musical training, in Berlin, in addition to music education in his own country. He published both folksong collections and writings on Armenian church melodies, and his work laid the foundations for the development of a clearly defined national musical style. The Seven Folk Dances evoke the specific timbres of Armenian instruments, the Seven Songs for Piano are fleeting and lyrical while the Twelve Children’s Pieces based on folk-themes are beautifully crisp. Msho-Shoror is one of the most ancient of all Armenian dances.

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Image Piano Music
JEAN ROGER-DUCASSE was a close friend of Debussy and a composer of considerable reputation in his day, one critic declaring that “all the best qualities of the French musician are combined in him – an abundantly rich imagination, clear and deep thought… and unerring taste.” These qualities are found in piano works that range from exquisitely colorful wartime pieces such as Sonorités, the playfully virtuosic games of Rhythmes, in Barcarolles both dreamy and dramatic, and to a final innovative Romance that constantly seems on the brink of wandering away from tonal harmony.

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Image Cartas Celestes, Vol. 2
Cartas Celestes (Celestial Charts) is a colossal 18-movement cycle of works depicting celestial bodies to be seen in the Brazilian sky, for which Almeida Prado, one of Brazil’s most prolific and best-known composers, invented a new harmonic language called “transtonality”. Dense and rhythmically charged and saturated in the richest colours, Nos. 4, 5 and 6 complete the composer’s portrayal of the planets.

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Image Complete Piano Works
Despite her tragically brief life, Vítezslava Kaprálová is now considered the most important female Czech composer of the 20th century, her prolific output abundant with fresh and bold ideas, passion, tenderness and youthful energy. This in-depth exploration, representing some of the very best of her music, includes early gems such as the April Preludes, the exquisite and sophisticated Variations, the remarkable Sonata appassionata and her final Dance for piano, reconstructed by Giorgio Koukl from its only surviving sketch.

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Image Complete Piano Works, Vol. 1
Glinka can justifiably be described as the fertile acorn from which grew the mighty oak of 19th century Russian national music. The graceful Variations on a Theme by Mozart, based on material from The Magic Flute, is remodelled so skillfully that it has effectively become an original theme. Fashionable salon pieces include the Variations on Benadetta sia la madre, an Italian romance, and Variations on a Theme freom Cherubini's Faniska, an opera greatly admired by Glinka. In Milan he became famous for his ability to reproduce on the piano the nuances of the voices of the great singers of the day, giving rise to two entertaining sets of operatic variations on themes by Donizetti and Bellini. The Variations on The Nightingale represent his return to the Russian style.

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Image Complete Piano Works
Alexander Arutiunian was one of the most prominent composers in the USSR, one of the representatives of the Armenian ‘Mighty Handful’ and much admired by Shostakovich. An accomplished pianist, Arutiunian created virtuoso piano works that are rooted in Armenian folk traditions while expressing, in the words of Hayk Melikyan, “a rich palette of emotions reflecting both his time and the history of his nation”. From the Armenian Dance of 1935, with its delicate, transparent texture and strong rhythmic drive, via the more dissonant, neo-classical Polyphonic Sonata, the descriptive Musical Pictures, and the almost Debussyan approach to tonality in the Six Moods, to the simple and beautifully crafted Album for Children of 2004, the works on this recording, the first complete edition, span Arutunian’s entire compositional career.

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Image Complete Original Works for Piano Duet & Duo (4 CD
Florent Schmitt stands alongside Debussy and Ravel as one of the most original and in?uential French composers of his time. Winner of the Prix de Rome in 1900, Schmitt wrote successfully in many forms but he was a formidable pianist who described his often rich and multi-staved scores as “?stfuls of piano”. His music for the instrument is colourful, ?lled with adventurous harmonic innovation, stylistic bravura and good humoured wit. This complete collection for piano duo and duet includes unpublished works and rarities.

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Image Complete Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 7
Leopold Koželuch, the great Czech contemporary of Mozart, won enormous prestige in his adopted city of Vienna. His sequence of keyboard sonatas, written over a four-decade span, exemplifies the high-Classic style and comprises some of the greatest such works of their time. This volume focuses on the years 1788-89 by which time Koželuch’s command of form and texture proves as daring as his harmonic palette. There is rhythmic vivacity in the opening movements of Nos. 25 and 28 and the beautiful Siciliana of No. 27 shows the increasing profundity of his slow movements. The same sonata’s finale is a breath-taking rollercoaster of vitality.

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Image Best of Philip Glass - An 80th Anniversary Tribute
This compilation celebrates Philip Glass’ 80th birthday through his unique contribution to the solo piano repertoire. It includes the sweepingly diverse and intricately melodic Etudes which are both technique-expanding and also intimately personal statements. His importance as a ? lm composer is shown in the subtle power of his transcriptions from stage and screen music, Metamorphosis I-V, and in his BAFTA-winning score for the The Hours. And Music in Fifths – which Steve Reich called “like a freight train” – dates from his experimental years and is full of a mesmerising variety of pulse patterns.

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Image Lebanese Piano Music
With the sea to the West and the Orient to the East, Lebanon is located exactly where both worlds meet. A remarkable blend of these influences can be heard in this exploration of three generations of Lebanese music, from Toufic Succar’s classically carefree Variations and Georges Baz’s “commemoration of Impressionism”, via the uncompromising modernity of Boghos Gelalian’s turbulent Toccata and Houtaf Khoury’s Third Sonata that represents “life in a country where politics shatter every dream .” The emotional intensity of these pieces reflects both a unique national temperament and the dramatic times in which they were written.

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Image Complete Works for Solo Piano
Johan Kvandal was one of Norway’s most highly esteemed 20th-century composers. He wrote a substantial body of works, notably orchestral, vocal and instrumental, that was popular with musicians and audiences alike. Initially encouraged by his father, the composer David Monrad Johansen, when he followed the predominantly nationalist trends of the 1920s and 1930s, Kvandal went on to study in Paris and Vienna, absorbing some of the infuences of composers such as Bartók, Stravinsky and Messiaen. From the 1970s onwards, a return to Norwegian folk-music as the very building bricks of his compositions, combined with the musical currents of the time, led to the development of an attractive and sometimes daring musical language described by Kvandal himself as “modern tonality”.

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Image Complete Piano Sonatas, Vol. 2
Nikolay Medtner’s 14 piano sonatas are considered among the most significant achievement in this genre by any composer since Beethoven. After the success of his First Piano Sonata (GP617) he turned to Goethe for inspiration, and the life and love-affirming Sonata-Triad Op. 11 translates the poet’s words of passion, suffering and redemption into sound. The capricious, mysterious and beautiful Sonata-Skazka is a masterpiece in miniature and was once Medtner’s most performed work. Dating from his years of exile, the Sonata- Idyll, Medtner’s fourteenth and final Sonata, is notable for its eloquent themes that linger long in the memory.

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Image Complete Piano Music, Vol. 3
This third volume of Balakirev's complete piano music centres on the sequence of seven Mazurkas, infectiously lively pieces full of Slavic atmosphere and colour. The Humoresque in D major reveals his virtuosic flair whilst the Dumka in E flat minor uses improvisational elements to evoke the Russian landscape and the timelessness of village life. The Sonatina in G major was Balakirev's last completed work and a joyous finale to a richly creative life. Reviewing Volume 2 (GP713), American Record Guide predicted that Walker's series would become "the reference set for Balakirev".

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Image Complete Piano Works
Paul Le Flem belonged to the Parisian circle of Martinu, Tcherepnin and Tansman, summing up his own music as a fusion of three influences: his native Brittany, Debussy and D'Indy. His career was sadly interrupted by World War I, but the intense poetry of his earlier works reflect the ever-changing land and seascapes of Brittany, and the variety of its mysteries and legends from the lighthearted to the disquieting. Of special note among the premiere recordings on this album are the atonal Pour la Main Droite, the wartime Melancolie with its opening and perhaps ironic quotation from La Marseillaise, and Les Korrigans, a waltz inspired by the Korrigan, a magical creature in Breton folklore.

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Image Complete Piano Music Vol 3
This third and final volume dedicated to Enescu's piano works shows the unique blend of influences he acquired during his teenage years in Vienna and Paris. These start with his Brahms-like treatment of the piano as a symphonic instrument in the Scherzo and Ballade to the infusion of French late-Romanticism and Faure in the Impromptus. The crowning achievement of these early compositions is the Suite dans le style ancien, Enescu's first public solo piano opus, a stylised evocation of Bach seen through the prism of turn-of-the-century Paris.

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Image Romantic Sonatina, Dagestan Album, Six Preludes, P
This recording charts a two-decade period in the musical life of the eminent Dagestani composer, teacher and conductor, Murad Kazhlaev. He has always written with idiomatic flair for his own instrument, the piano, from the early Romantic Sonatina to the beautiful folk themes that make up the Dagestan Album. His nonchalant wit can be savoured in Picture Pieces whilst expressive beauty permeates the Six Preludes.

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Image Vier Postludien, Hymn 2001, Sio, Concerto for Pian
With two world premiere recordings, this program highlights the Romantic and spiritual side of contemporary music from Russia and Eastern Europe. Galina Ustvolskaya's early Concerto expresses a vision of beauty and suffering in a tonal language quite unlike her later works. Giya Kancheli's Sio or "breeze" is notable for its striking use of silence, as well as modal tunes, bass drones and wide dynamic extremes derived from Georgian folk music. Silvestrov's devotional Hymn reflects his approach to music as "a song the world sings about itself". Elisaveta Blumina's acclaimed recording of Silvestrov's solo piano works can be heard on GP639.

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Image Complete Works for Solo Piano, Vol. 2
Josu de Solaun, piano

The four works in this second of three volumes devoted to Enescu’s piano music range over a period of more than 30 years. The earliest is the joyful, ebullient Suite ‘Des cloches sonores’, Op. 10 which covers a wide expressive range including use of the melancholy Romanian song, the doina. The Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 24 is a mercurial, puckish work, both spirited and contemplative, and the Pièce sur le nom de Fauré is a charming souvenir from one composer to another.

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Image Complete Piano Works, Vol. 1
Giorgio Koukl, piano

This first volume devoted to Arthur Vincent Lourié’s piano music traces his journey from the Debussian Impressionism of his youthful Cinq Préludes fragiles, Op. 1 through absorption of Scriabin’s chromaticism in the eerie Masques (Tentations) of 1913 to the nearCubism of Formes en l’air. Although Lourié was lauded – or derided – as a pioneering Futurist, his post-Revolutionary writing in France embraced a nostalgic Neo-Classicism represented by the Petite Suite en Fa.

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Image Piano Transcriptions
Joseph Banowetz, piano

Polish pianist Ignaz Friedman was one of the leading virtuosos of his day as well as a composer and a master transcriber. Friedman’s transcriptions are both a delight for the listener and a challenge for the performer, and his creative imagination gives these delicious, charming and moving works a life of their own. The pianistic effects are both breathtakingly bravura and disarmingly subtle while remaining faithful to the originals.

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Image Glassworlds, Vol. 4
Nicolas Horvath, piano

This volume focuses on love, one of Philip Glass's most glorious themes. The timeless melancholy of his BAFTA award-winning music for The Hours forms an organic suite driven by the film's three powerful characters, here complete with unpublished tracks. The breathtakingly energetic Modern Love Waltz expands the limits of minimalism by combining Glass's style with Viennese dance tradition, while his transcription of Notes on a Scandal is a recording première. Steve Reich described the iconic Music in Fifths as being "like a freight train".


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Image Complete Works For Solo Piano, Vol. 1
Josu de Solaun, piano

This first of three discs devoted to George Enescu’s piano music presents three significant pieces. Indebted to Romanian folk music and in three large sections, the ruminative yet striking Nocturne in D flat is a work of shifting sonorities and moods. The Pièces impromptues, Op. 18 are independent, unrelated character pieces that illuminate once again the composer’s fascination with the indigenous music of Romania. The Sonata No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 24, No. 1 is – by contrast – a massive statement characterised by harmonic surprises, innovative techniques, insistent rhythms and, in the final, slow movement, the doina, a type of Romanian song at once contemplative, nostalgic and melancholic.

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Image Complete Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 6
Kemp English, piano

In 1785 and 1786 Mozart’s piano concertos were winning many admirers in the public concert halls of Vienna. Koželuch, however, continued to excel as master of the piano sonata, plying his art in the city’s ubiquitous private concert soirées. Indeed, the four works presented here ably demonstrate why his sonatas might aptly be called “the ideal of the high-Classic style”. To be sure, Mozart’s influence is felt in Sonatas Nos. 21, 23 and 24 but in Sonata No. 22, Koželuch leads the way by paring away the textures and introducing figurations of simplicity and grace; hallmarks of Mozart’s much later penultimate Sonata in B flat major K570.

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Image Contemporary Danish Piano Music
Carl Petersson, piano

Per Nørgård is regarded as the most important contemporary Danish composer, but his impressive early piano works, foreshadowing significant elements of his mature style, have never before appeared on CD. These include the youthfully joyous and bravura Toccata and the symphonic-scaled Sonate, Op. 6 influenced by Sibelius and Holmboe. Finn Lykkebo’s atonal Tableaux are poetic pearls of precision and economy, while the deeply symbolic and challenging Stadier and other works represent Lars Aksel Bisgaard’s complete piano music.

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Image Original Piano Compositions
Joseph Banowetz, piano

Virtuoso pianist Ignaz Friedman’s compositions have long been neglected but they possess great melodic beauty and harmonic inventiveness. Grouped into sets of character pieces, they exude the haunting melodies of late-Romanticism. The lush inventiveness of the Vier Klavierstücke, Op. 27 finds time for Polish folkloric inspiration whilst Stimmungen, Op. 79—dedicated to his friend Rachmaninov—is pensive, passionate, serious and colourful. Strophes reflects Friedman’s love of Grieg, as well as the abiding influence of Vienna.

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Image Portuguese Piano Music
Sofia Lourenco, piano

Guilherme Daddi was a key figure in Portugal’s musical life in the nineteenth-century. Amongst his compositions are a series of powerfully virtuosic piano pieces, largely based on popular operatic themes or else sequences of waltzes and other dances. From a later generation was José Viana da Mota, one of the great virtuosi of the time whose fusion of classical-romantic traditions with nationalist elements was inspired by Portuguese songs and dances.

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Image Complete Works for Solo Piano
Olga Andryushchenko, piano

Alexander Vasilyevich Mosolov was one of the most prominent Soviet experimentalist composers of the 1920s. Famed for his futurist orchestral piece The Iron Foundry, this ‘constructivist’ began to forge new directions through his use of motor rhythms, percussive attacks, and melodic angularity. Imprisoned for eight months in 1937, he later sank into undeserved obscurity. In the four surviving Piano Sonatas, Mosolov shows himself to be one of the boldest and most complex Russian composers of his time.

Olga Andryushchenko was educated at the Central Special Music School, and the Faculty of Historical and Modern Performing Arts of the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory under Alexei Lubimov. She has won a number of important prizes and awards, including the 4th International Piano Competition “Franz Schubert and the Music of Modernity” in Austria (2000), the Premio Vanna Spadafor International Piano Competition in Italy (2004), the Bach Competition in Leipzig (2006), the A. Scriabine International Piano Competition in Paris (2008), and the N. Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Paris (2008). She is an active international performer, and appears regularly as a soloist and in ensembles, playing piano, organ, fortepiano or harpsichord. She has recorded extensively for radio and now lives in Germany.

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Image Cartas Celestes, Vol. 1
Aleyson Scopel, piano

Cartas Celestes (Celestial Charts) is one of prolific Brazilian composer José Antônio Rezende de Almeida Prado’s most important achievements. Exploring every kind of resonance and sound the piano has to offer and using a new harmonic language called “transtonality”, this set of works is described by pianist Aleyson Scopel as “a heroically audacious cycle” that depicts the sky and constellations in “colours, light, darkness and an almost mythological understanding and approach to the universe”.

Brazilian pianist Aleyson Scopel has performed worldwide in solo, chamber and concerto settings, and has won multiple awards and prizes at international competitions, such as the Nelson Freire and Magda Tagliaferro awards and the Villa-Lobos International Piano Competition. His performance of the first volume of Cartas Celestes by Almeida Prado was thus received by the composer: “It came straight from heaven! Meteor Showers, radiant constellations, glowing nebulae and a transcendental vitality marked the genial interpretation of this colossal pianist.” Prado would later dedicate to Scopel the fifteenth volume of the series. Aleyson Scopel graduated with distinction in performance and academic honours from the New England Conservatory of Music, in Boston, where he studied with Patricia Zander and was also awarded the Blüthner prize. He then furthered his studies in Brazil with Celia Ottoni and Myrian Dauelsberg.

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Image Piano Works, Vol. 3
Caroline Weichert, piano

Spanning almost two decades of Erwin Schulhoff’s output, this programme includes the rarely heard Neun kleine Reigen, one of the composer’s earliest works to exhibit the influence of both jazz and light music, as well as the Suite dansante en jazz, one of the last of his works to be overtly indebted to jazz idioms. The six intimate and humorous portraits of everyday life with a child which make up Ostinato show the influence of Expressionism and Dada. The album concludes with Zez Confrey’s ragtime Kitten on the Keys to which Schulhoff pays his own tribute in the last movement of Cinq Études de Jazz.

Caroline Weichert was a pupil of Renate Kretschmar-Fischer at the Musikhochschule in Detmold, and also studied with Conrad Hansen, Vitaly Margulis and Yvonne Lefébure. A prize-winner at the Busoni, German Chopin and Schubert competitions, she has appeared regularly as a soloist with orchestras such as the Baden-Baden Philharmonie, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie and the Telekom-orchester. She received a Discobole award from the Académie du Disque Français for her recording début featuring works by Shostakovich. Weichert’s first recording for Grand Piano, Schulhoff Piano Works Vol.1, received wide critical acclaim, including the prestigious Choc de Classica and Pianiste magazine’s Maestro awards.

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Tatjana Blome, piano

Gerhard Frommel (1906-1984) regarded his piano sonatas as a miniature compendium of his entire output, reflecting a fundamentally Romantic approach melded with Stravinskian vitality. The Sixth Sonata's poised profundity, inventiveness and structural perfection gives it a place as one of the best in its genre, its serene transparency lying between the powerfully heroic Fifth Sonata and the crystalline quality of the Seventh; a summation of expression in a work that Frommel was conscious would be his last.

As a twelve-year-old Tatjana Blome won first prize in the Steinway Competition and a year later gave her first evening recital. In 1995 she made her debut in the Berlin Philharmonie with Brahms's Piano Concerto no.1. She studied with Josef-Matthias Blome, Renate Kretschmar-Fischer, Heidrun Holtmann, Aribert Reimann and Gerhard Oppitz. Her career has brought performances throughout Europe, with recitals in Austria, France, Slovenia, Portugal and Russia and appearances as a soloist with various orchestras. Tatjana Blome has recorded over fifty works for labels including Deutsche Grammophon, EDA and Grand Piano.



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Dmitry Korostelyov, piano
Olga Solovieva, piano
Marina Dichenko, violin

The piano and chamber works on this recording span 45 years of Boris Tchaikovsky's career, ranging from the delightful pieces composed by the precocious ten-year-old to the Etude in E major of 1980. They include the Sonata for Two Pianos with its mosaic approach to composition and its expressive exploration of the inner soul, and the beautifully crafted Violin Sonata of 1959. The solo piano miniatures reveal a spare texture that highlights the instrument's elemental beauty.



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Geoffrey Burleson, piano

Although he is best remembered for his orchestral and instrumental music, Saint-Saëns was also responsible for spearheading the revival of the French Baroque, especially the music of Lully and Rameau, as well as being perfectly placed to absorb the latest instrumental dance music. His five 'character waltzes' include the ethereal and ravishingly textured Valse mignonne, the stylistically forward-looking Valse nonchalante and the virtuosic Valse gaie, the composer's final waltz for solo piano, while the three minor key Mazurkas are strongly characterised and filled with ingenious musical contrasts. Last but not least, the three 'souvenirs' are delightful evocations of particular corners of the world that inspired Saint-Saëns.



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Nicholas Walker, piano

Mili Alekseyevich Balakirev was the influential leader of the Russian 'Mighty Handful' of composers that set the standard by which others were judged. Revealing both Balakirev's admiration of Chopin and love of music with a deeply Russian character, this programme ranges widely from new discoveries such as the early Nocturne in G sharp minor to one of his last pieces, the heroic Seventh Waltz. There are also beautifully simple gems such as the Chant du Pêcheur and works of technical brilliance such as the Valse de concert and the magnificent and visionary Second Nocturne.



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Nicolas Horvath, piano

This program reverses time, revealing the metamorphosis in Glass's work from his 1980s film and theatre transcriptions, through The Olympian composed for the Los Angeles Olympiad, to rarities such as the dreamlike Coda. The Trilogy Sonata highlights Glass's renowned operas, from the celebratory Akhnaten Dance to the stately Satyagraha and landmark Einstein on the Beach.

The dazzling pulse-patterns of Two Pages make it a milestone of minimalism, while the Sonatina No.2 is a pre-minimalist work composed under the influence of Darius Milhaud.

Recognized as a leading interpreter of Liszt's music, Nicolas Horvath has in recent years become one of the most sought after pianists of his generation. Holder of a number of awards, including First Prize of the Scriabin and the Luigi Nono International Competitions, he frequently organises events and concerts of unusual length, sometimes over twelve hours, such as Philip Glass' complete piano music or Erik Satie's Vexations, and composers from a number of countries have written for him. Nicolas Horvath is a Steinway artist.



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Eliane Reyes, piano

Though he died in his mid-forties Benjamin Godard, a child prodigy who had entered the Paris Conservatoire at the age of ten, wrote prolifically in almost all genres. Stylistically he adhered to models such as Schumann and Chopin rather than aligning himself with Wagner. Spanning the breadth of Godard's compositional career, this recording draws together a broad selection of piano works from the relatively early Trois Fragments Poétiques, Op.13, with their long-spun lyrical melodies, to later works such as the Fantaisie which demonstrates his more virtuosic side. Composed across two decades, the Nocturnes from the early 1890s are sometimes spiced with unusual harmonies and balance perfectly the differing demands of the salon and the concert hall.



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Biljana Urban, piano

Jan Hugo Voríšek, the 'prodigy from Prague', arrived in Vienna at the age of 22 and almost immediately earned the approval and admiration of Beethoven. His works foreshadow Schubert, Chopin and Schumann, but he was so individualistic a composer that he resists easy categorisation either as a Classicist or a Romantic.

This third and last volume of his complete piano works is devoted to the Twelve Rhapsodies, Op.1, which extend the form of the scherzo in a lyrical vein reminiscent of Brahms' Two Rhapsodies, Op.79.

Biljana Urban comes from a family with a rich musical tradition. Her Czech born grandfather, Jan Urban (1875-1952), was a composer and conductor. Biljana Urban received her Ph.D. in Music (Piano Performance) summa cum laude from the Academy of Music in Zagreb, and has an international career, appearing in such venues as the Fresno Concert Hall, California, and taking part in international music festivals.

As a chamber musician she has performed with soloists of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Monnaie Orchestra, Brussels, and the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Her recitals have been broadcast by radio and television companies in France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Croatia, Slovenia and the United States. The first album of Vorišek's Complete Works for Piano was classed among the best albums of 2014 by Culture Catch.



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Matteo, Napoli, piano

Johann Baptist Cramer made his name in London and Europe as one of the leading pianists of the day. His virtuoso skills at the keyboard can be heard in the florid and playful Variations on an Anglo-Caledonian Air and the ebullient Sonata Op. 25, No. 2. Beginning with an operatic slow introduction marked Patetico e lento, followed by a dramatic Allegro, the Sonata Op. 27, No. 1 anticipates Beethoven in its emotional range.



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Alexander Kostritsa, piano
Natsumi Shibagaki, piano

Displaying exceptional musical precocity, the young pianist Maria Szymanowska proved a sensation in Warsaw's salons, before moving to Paris where her fame spread. Greatly admired by her contemporaries, who included Beethoven, Cherubini, Field and Tomášek, she later also cast a spell over the elderly Goethe during one of her many long European tours. Before her early death, from cholera, she was employed by the Russian imperial court as First Pianist to the empress. Written for the aristocratic salons of the day, Szymanowska's collections of dances are, for the most part, pleasing and light, yet always inventive. These beautifully written miniatures also include more challenging pieces such as the Polonaise No. 4 and the Mazurka No. 17 whose darker moments foreshadow the early German Romantics.



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Sergio Gallo, piano

Bavarian-born Adolf von Henselt was one of a galaxy of star pianist-composers of a similar age that included Chopin, Schumann, Liszt and Thalberg. A student of Hummel, Henselt developed a breathtaking, idiosyncratic virtuoso technique but stage fright drew him away from performance and more towards composition and then teaching. Moving to St Petersburg in 1838, he established, with Anton Rubinstein, a truly Russian school of pianism. His piano works embrace ferocious technical studies as well as romantic salon pieces that led Schumann to dub Henselt 'the Chopin of the North'.



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Tra Nguyen, piano

Joachim Raff (1822-1882) was regarded by his contemporaries as one of the foremost symphonists of his age, but in his extensive oeuvre of 329 compositions over half of them are for the piano. This selection of 21 works offers a cross section of the best of this large catalogue for the instrument, chosen by acclaimed Raff interpreter Tra Nguyen to showcase the varied aspects of his art. Raff's melodic generosity, his piquant harmonic sensibility and ravishing textures are all on display in these pieces which span the whole of his career, from the exuberant Douze Romances to the majestic Grande Sonate.



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Biliana Tzinlikova, piano

Franz Anton Hoffmeister occupied an important place in Viennese musical and cultural life. He was much respected as a publisher - his firm published works by Mozart and Haydn, and he was friendly with Beethoven - but also as a composer. He wrote at least eight operas, a substantial number of symphonies, and a large amount of music for the flute, a popular instrument amongst the wealthy amateurs of the time. He also wrote expressively and rewardingly for the piano, which had a similarly wide audience. This is the third and final volume in the series of the first complete recording of Hoffmeister's sonatas ever to be released.

Biliana Tzinlikova was born in Sofia in 1974. After piano study at the Sofia Biliano Tzinlikova studied at the Sofia State Music Academy (Marina Kapazinskaja) and also the Salzburg Mozarteum, completing her studies with distinction in 2001. She has appeared as a soloist and chamber-music player in important festivals and events in Europe and the United States. From 2003 to 2005 she was a member of the Munich Philharmonic Trio and in 2004 made her début at the Vienna Konzerthaus, continuing to collaborate with leading musicians. She is interested in the work of living composers and in piano rarities from the past and has taught at the Mozarteum since 2001.

"Tzinlikova is an expressive, capable pianist who plays Hoffmeister's works with conviction and stylistic understanding... [she] has given a sympathetic, effective introduction to Hoffmeister's keyboard music."
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Eliane Reyes, piano

Benjamin Godard was regarded as one of the most promising French composers of the second half of the nineteenth century but, as he stood firm against the 'Wagner fever' of his contemporaries, his music fell out of favour after his untimely death.

Most of his piano works are delightful character pieces or miniatures but his two powerful piano sonatas make him one of the very few French composers to have experimented with this form.

The Belgian pianist Eliane Reyes gave her first concert at the age of five. When she was ten, she became a laureate of the Cziffra Competition at Senlis and played a Haydn concerto at the Tibor Varga Festival. She studied at the Brussels Conservatoire Royal, Berlin Hochschule des Künste, Salzburg Mozarteum and the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur and has gone on to an international concert career. Her recordings have brought various awards and honours, including nomination in 2012 and 2015 in the solo category of the International Classical Music Awards and in 2013 in the contemporary music category for her recording of piano works by Nicolas Bacri [Naxos 8572530]. She is professor of piano at the Brussels Conservatoire Royal de Musique and a frequent member of international competition juries.


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Sergio Monteiro, piano

Henrique Oswald, whose music was lauded by Saint-Saëns and Fauré, was one of the most important composers in South America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The spectacular winner of a major Composition Competition promoted in 1902 by Le Figaro in Paris, he became a significant figure in Brazilian musical life as director and later as professor at the National Institute of Music in Rio de Janeiro.

His European-influenced music was suppressed by Brazilian nationalist sentiment in the 1930s and 40s, but on his death Villa-Lobos described Oswald as "the most admirable composer of this country".

This programme provides an excellent overview of his stylistic development, from the youthful salon music aesthetic of Pagine d'album to the French impressionism of the Album Op. 36 and the masterful Trois Études.

Brazilian pianist Sergio Monteiro studied at the National Music School of Rio de Janeiro (Jose Henrique Duprat and Myrian Dauelsberg), and has also earned his Doctor of Musical at the Eastman School of Music in the United States, under Nelita True. He is a winner of several South American piano competitions, including the 2003 Martha Argerich International Piano Competition in Buenos Aires. He has performed in venues such as the Toronto Center for the Arts (Canada), the Konzerthaus and the Philharmonie (Berlin), the Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires), the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.) and the Martha Argerich Festival (Japan). In 2010 he was invited to join the Steinway Artists' Roster.



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Complete Etudes 1-20
Two decades of musical evolution and discovery lie behind Philip Glass' 20 Etudes. They explore a variety of textures, tempi, and techniques and distil intensely intimate personal statements to their purest elements. Providing new music for his solo concerts, they challenged and enhanced Glass' own piano technique and also provided an unintended but compelling self-portrait of the composer.

Nicolas Horvath
Recognized as a leading interpreter of Liszt's music, Nicolas Horvath has in recent years become one of the most sought after pianists of his generation. Holder of a number of awards, including First Prize of the Scriabin and the Luigi Nono International Competitions, he frequently organizes events and concerts of unusual length, sometimes over twelve hours, such as Philip Glass' complete piano music or Erik Satie's Vexations, and composers from a number of countries have written for him. Nicolas Horvath is a Steinway artist.



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Image Complete Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 5
Leopold Kozeluch
A native of Bohemia, Leopold Koželuch made his name in Vienna, a thriving musical centre dubbed 'the land of the Clavier' by Mozart. the sonatas in this volume all appeared in 1784, meeting the challenge of Mozart's popularity head-on. Koželuch was singularly adept at producing what was considered the ideal fortepiano sonata of the time, his high reputation making him an influential supporter of a new instrument capable of accommodating 'the clarity, the delicacy, the light and shade he demanded in music'.

Kemp English
Kemp English is one of New Zealand's leading concert performers. Much in demand as a solo organist, collaborative pianist, and specialist fortepiano exponent, he relishes the opportunity to work in a diverse array of styles and periods. His solo recordings have all met with widespread critical acclaim at home and abroad and feature regularly on Radio New Zealand, the ABC, BBC Radio, Classic FM UK and USA radio networks. In 2001 he was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music - an honour recognising former students of the Academy who have achieved distinction in the profession. Four years later, after more than a decade as Executant Lecturer in fortepiano, organ and harpsichord performance at the University of Otago, he made the decision to freelance and concentrate on his increasingly hectic performing and recording career. He continues to tour Australasia and Europe as both a solo and collaborative performer.



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Jean-Pierre Armengaud, piano
Jean-Pierre Armengaud has enjoyed a long international career as a pianist, with a repertoire ranging from Bach to Boulez, appearances in more than forty countries and a series of important and acclaimed recordings. A pupil of Yves Nat and Jacques Février, and, in Russia, of Stanislav Neuhaus, he is one of the leading interpreters of French music from Rameau to Henri Dutilleux. His recordings include the complete piano works of Claude Debussy, Erik Satie and Albert Roussel. As a musicologist and writer he was responsible for contemporary music on Radio France and has taught in universities. His biography of Erik Satie has been published by Fayard, and his Entretiens avec Edison Denisov (Conversations with Edison Denisov) by Calmann-Lévy.

Alessandro Fagiuoli, violin
Alessandro Fagiuoli graduated from the Benedetto Marcello Conservatory in Venice, followed by study with Enzo Porta of twentieth-century violin repertoire. He specialises in contemporary music, and in bringing collaborations with important new music ensembles and the creation of the Paul Klee Quartet, with which he is first violinist and soloist. With the Paul Klee Quartet Fagiuoli has participated in festivals and concert seasons throughout Europe and in the United States, with a number of world premières. Recordings of the Quartet as well as of Fagiuoli as soloist and as a duo with Alessia Toffanin have appeared on the Stradivarius, Niccolò, Blue Serge and New World labels.

Olivier Chauzu, piano
Pianist Olivier Chauzu trained at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, where he obtained First Prize for Piano followed by First Prize in Chamber music, studying under Gabriel Tacchino, Théodore Paraschivesko, Jean-Claude Pennetier and György Sebök. He was also a pupil of Leon Fleisher, Vitaly Margoulis and Dimitri Bashkirov before further studies at the Banff School of Fine Arts in Alberta, Canada. A prizewinner in Barcelona's 1989 Maria Canals International competition, he went on to be awarded the Prix Claude Debussy in the Yvonne Lefébure competition in Saint-Germain-en-Laye the following year.




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Image Piano Works, Vol. 6
Each piece on the sixth and final volume of this series demonstrates different aspects of Raff's genius as a composer for the piano. The melodic richness of the early Six Poèmes, dedicated to Liszt who had rescued Raff from penury, contrasts with the deftly evocative scene-setting of Erinnerung an Venedig, which recalls a holiday in Venice. The intensely lyrical Fantaisie is complemented by the languid charm of the Barcarolle, and the recording closes with a virtuosic Valse brillante.



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Image Piano Sonatas, Vol. 2
Franz Anton Hoffmeister occupied an important place in Viennese musical and cultural life. He was much respected as a publisher - his firm published works by Mozart and Haydn, and he was friendly with Beethoven - but also as a composer. He wrote at least eight operas, a substantial number of symphonies, and a large amount of music for the flute, a popular instrument amongst the wealthy amateurs of the time. He also wrote expressively and rewardingly for the piano, which had a similarly wide audience.Biliana Tzinlikova was born in Sofia in 1974 and studied at the Sofia State Music Academy (Marina Kapazinskaja) and also the Salzburg Mozarteum, completing her studies with distinction in 2001. She has appeared as a soloist and chamber-music player in important festivals and events in Europe and the United States. From 2003 to 2005 she was a member of the Munich Philharmonic Trio and in 2004 made her début at the Vienna Konzerthaus, continuing to collaborate with leading musicians. She is interested in the work of living composers and in piano rarities from the past, and has taught at the Mozarteum since 2001.



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Image Complete Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 4
A native of Bohemia, Leopold Koželuch made his name in Vienna, a thriving musical centre dubbed 'the land of the Clavier' by Mozart. The sonatas in this volume all appeared in 1784, meeting the challenge of Mozart's popularity head-on. Koželuch was singularly adept at producing what was considered the ideal fortepiano sonata of the time, his high reputation making him an influential supporter of a new instrument capable of accommodating 'the clarity, the delicacy, the light and shade he demanded in music'.



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Image Complete Works for Piano, Vol. 2
This second volume devoted to the music of Bohemian-born Jan Hugo Voríšek charts his rapid compositional development from the early Stammbuchblatt and Impromptu in B flat to the tone-painting of the Rondos. With their incipient Romanticism, his character pieces share something of Schubert's harmonic ideas and suggest why Voríšek should be seen as a leading Viennese composer of the first quarter of the nineteenth century.



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Josef Hofmann was one of the greatest Romantic virtuosi of his age, a towering technician and a poet of the keyboard. He also wrote extensively for the piano, crafting a richly contrasted set of Charakterskizzen, Op. 40, a Sonata in F major, Op. 21 that reveals the influence of Schumann, and a finely wrought Theme and Variations and Fugue, Op.14.
Artem Yasynskyy won the Hofmann Prize at the First German Piano Competition of Polish Music in Hamburg in 2013.



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Tanya Ekanayaka is one of Sri Lanka's foremost pianists and an internationally acclaimed composer.Her 'deeply autobiographical' piano compositions, or reinventions, introduce a novel and hybrid musical genre that takes a wide variety of Sri Lankan melodies - ancient, folk and popular - and blends them with motifs inspired by the tonal centres of established classical compositions by Bach, Beethoven, Ravel and others.



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Iranian composer Afshin Jaberi's powerful music combines 19th century western piano traditions with eastern melodic influences. It is strongly connected with the message of equality and peaceful unity promoted by his religious faith. The Bab Ballades depict dramatic heroism and tragic sacrifice, while the Sonatas express the horrors of war and the fragility of remote cultures, out of which new hope and the chance for reconciliation can emerge.



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Image Glassworlds, Vol. 1
Philip Glass has made an immense and stylistically wide-ranging contribution to piano repertoire. The Orphee Suite, a transcription of excerpts from the first opera in Glass' Cocteau Trilogy, is one of his most distinctive piano pieces, blending virtuosity and melodic richness. In contrast, the hypnotic How Now is structurally influenced by Indian ragas and gamelan music, whilst Dreaming Awake contains one of the most powerful climaxes in all Glass' works. Performed by Nicolas Horvath, a Scriabin Competition first prize winner, this is the first release in the complete Glass solo piano edition which will include many premieres.Recognized as a leading interpreter of Liszt's music, Nicolas Horvath has in recent years become one of the most sought after pianists of his generation. Holder of a number of awards, including First Prize of the Scriabin and the Luigi Nono International Competitions, he frequently organizes events and concerts of unusual length, sometimes over twelve hours, such as Philip Glass' complete piano music or Erik Satie's Vexations, and composers from a number of countries have written for him. Nicolas Horvath is a Steinway artist.



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Raff's piano compositions earned him considerable acclaim in his lifetime. The four volumes of Blatter und Bluten (Leaves and Blossoms) consist of twelve deliciously melodic and colourful depictions of the then popular vogue for 'The Language of Flowers'. By contrast, the Grande Sonate, is a late work and one of his major statements.Conceived on a quasi-symphonic scale, its sonorous gravity and breadth encompass a bleak nobility that represents the culmination of his writing for the piano.British-Vietnamese Tra Nguyen's imaginative programming balances core repertoire and lesser-known music, winning critical praise. Her discography introduces many world premiere recordings of neglected music. Her previous recordings of Joachim Raff's piano music have earned wide critical acclaim, including Album of the Week awards by The Independent. Tra Nguyen studied with Lev Naumov at the Moscow Conservatory and with Christopher Elton at the Royal Academy of Music where she received the Academy's highest award for her final recital. She was awarded the ARAM (Associate of the Royal Academy of Music) for her 'significant contribution to the music profession' in 2013.



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Image Complete Piano Works
A pupil of Dukas and a lifelong friend of Ravel, the composer, pianist and critic Gustave Samazeuilh was a central figure in Parisian musical life over many decades. His skill as a pianist can be heard in the majestic colours and intense virtuosity of Le Chant de la mer (The song of the sea). From the Classical discipline of the Suite en sol (Suite in G) to the later Nocturne (the composer's transcription of his symphonic poem Nuit), and Quatre Esquisses (Four Sketches), Samazeuilh's voice emerges as one of remarkable originality and superb musical realisation.A prizewinner in Barcelona's 1989 Maria Canals International competition, Olivier Chauzu trained at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique in Paris, where he obtained First Prize for Piano followed by First Prize in Chamber Music, studying under Gabriel Tacchino, Theodore Paraschivesko, Jean-Claude Pennetier and Gyorgy Sebok. He was also a pupil of Leon Fleisher, Vitaly Margoulis and Dimitri Bashkirov before further studies at the Banff School of Fine Arts in Alberta, Canada. His recordings of Isaac Albeniz's Iberia, Paul Dukas' complete piano works and selected piano pieces by Schumann and Beethoven have all received critical acclaim.



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Stravinsky's groundbreaking Rite of Spring is heard on this recording in the formidable yet seldom performed solo piano transcription by the 20th-century American composer and pianist Sam Raphling. It is coupled with Ravel's own virtuosic transcription of La Valse, Gershwin's jazz-infused 3 Preludes and his own solo piano version of Rhapsody in Blue.

Key Features: This recording is a genuine pianistic event. It gathers together a long tradition for arrangement-making and originality in repertoire of which the solo versions are rarely heard in the concert hall. These feature a stunningly distinctive piano transcription of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, and original solo versions of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and Ravel's La Valse. Eric Ferrand-N'Kaoua has been acclaimed for his natural sense of phrasing and color, but in this case it is the colors of an entire orchestra which are demanded by Sam Raphling's seldom played and spectacularly virtuoso transcription of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring which is equal in this regard to Ravel's own solo piano version of La Valse. Gershwin's music adds a flavor of American swing via the Three Preludes, followed by the composer's very pure, complete piano version of his famous Rhapsody in Blue.



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European jazz legend Martial Solal is an imaginative and creative thinker for the piano, and one never straightjacketed by music genres.There are many recordings of Martial Solal's music available but these are invariably those featuring him as a great Jazz improviser. This disc features a number of world premiere recordings of his music played by excellent pianist Eric Ferrand-N'Kaoua. The only piece previously recorded is the Ballade for two pianos, recorded by its dedicatees Katia and Marielle Labeque in a mixed Jazz-centred recital called 'Love of Colors' - including pieces by Miles Davis and John McLaughlin in 1991. The performance of Ballade in Naxos' disc is played by Ferrand-N'Kaoua and Solal himself, a unique treat given his world-wide reputation.



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Image Miniatures & Modulations
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Image Sonatas for Piano 4 Hands
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Biliana Tzinlikova was born in Sofia in 1974. After piano studies at the Sofia State Music Academy (Marina Kapazinskaja) she moved to the Salzburg Mozarteum to work with Andor Losonczy and Christoph Lieske, completing her studies with distinction in 2001. She went on to participate in mastercourses with Paul van Ness, Arndzej Jaszinsky, Pierre Amoyal, Pavel Gililov, Menahem Pressler, Alexander Lonquich, Klaus-Christian Schuster, and Claude Frank, influenced in particular by contact and work with Ruggiero Ricci and Ferenz Rados. She has appeared as a soloist and chamber-music player in important festivals and events in Europe and the United States. From 2003 to 2005 she was a member of the Munich Philharmonic Trio and in 2004 made her début at the Vienna Konzerthaus, continuing to collaborate with leading musicians. She is interested in the work of living composers and in piano rarities from the past and has taught at the Mozarteum since 2001.



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French composer André Riotte was closely involved with experiments in avant-garde music, following in the paths of Messiaen, Xenakis and Barraqué, as well as in group improvisation.He wrote widely for orchestral and chamber forces, but the piano was his central focus and his compositions for it chart his development from early neo-modal works through studies in pure sound, to the monumental inspiration of his large-scale works. Météorite et ses métamorphoses, one of the composer's last works, is a milestone in contemporary repertoire. Thoroughly organic, it develops as metamorphoses - a term Riotte preferred to 'variations' - and acknowledges the influence of Debussy, Bach, and Beethoven in his Diabelli Variations.



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Image 24 Preludes
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Image Keyboard Sonatas (Complete), Vol. 3
Mozart's esteemed contemporary and rival, Leopold Koželuch, was an early champion of the fortepiano. His keyboard sonatas are a treasure trove of late 18th-century Viennese style, representing perfection of form and foreshadowing Beethoven and Schubert. Kemp English, one of New Zealand's leading artists, performs on copies of 1795 fortepianos and original instruments from the 18th and early 19th centuries, bringing the entire cycle of Koželuch's 50 keyboard sonatas to life for the first time in a recorded format.



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Image Piano Music, Vol. 7
Ranging widely over Tcherepnin's compositional life, Volume 7 includes early, unpublished works such as the Étude de concert, Old St Petersburg and the Ballade, which have been made available especially for this recording. The ultra-virtuosic Toccata No. 2 dates from 1922 whilst shorter, lighter pieces such as the Polka were written during the German Occupation of Paris.



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Eduard Ivanovich Bagdasarian was a key figure in the modern development of Armenian music, and his piano works have a unique importance in an oeuvre which covered almost every genre. The tremendously varied 24 Preludes encompass all of the major and minor keys with the added colour of Armenian modes. This mastery of miniature forms contrasts with the impassioned and ambitious Rhapsody, while the archetypally Romantic Nocturne draws on the tradition of the great Russian Adagio.



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Image 24 Preludes / Suite Mignonne / Berceuse
York Bowen was described by Saint-Saëns as 'the most remarkable of the young British composers'. His 24 Preludes form a sequence of concise, richly expressive and directly communicative studies. The Berceuse, Op. 83 ranks amongst Bowen's most intimate scores, while the sophisticated Suite Mignonne demands the most delicate of touches from the pianist.

'The whole disc is magically and superbly played by Cristina Ortiz, and it is undoubtedly the gleaming jewel in the crown of the present Grand Piano catalogue.' - David's Review Corner



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Image Piano Music, Vol. 6
Selected from particularly fertile and contrasting periods of Tcherepnin's career, these works include a remarkable version of the Volga Boatman's Song in the bravura Slavic Transcriptions, and the vividly imaginative Le monde en vitrine influenced by Stravinsky. Song and Refrain combines beautiful melody with rhythmic freedom, while Rondo à la Russe is a three-minute gem.



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Image Piano Works, Vol. 4
Volume 4 of the Piano Music series traces Raff from youth to maturity. Douze Romances en forme d'études, Op. 8 was written when he was just 21 and unsure whether to commit himself to full-time composition. Mendelssohn was so impressed by this set of charming character pieces that he recommended them to his own publisher. The much later 1871 La Cicerenella - Nouveau Carnaval, Op. 165 is a set of virtuoso variations, whilst the Two Pieces, Op. 166 offer both charm and melodic distinction.



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Image Complete Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 2
Kemp English, piano

Leopold Koželuch, an eminent contemporary of Mozart and at the time considered by many to be the superior composer, was one of the first champions of the fortepiano, and his compositions for the instrument enshrined the highest qualities of Viennese style.

Over nearly four decades his sonatas show progressive development, embracing lyrical melodies, delightful harmonic shifts, and foretastes of Romantic drama. His sequence of sonatas can be judged worthy to stand alongside those of Haydn, Dussek, Clementi and Mozart, and as a precursor to those of Beethoven.



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Image Piano Works, Vol. 5
Giorgio Koukl, piano

Tcherepnin nicknamed the Eight Preludes his "little fleas", referring to their frequent leaps. Both these and the exotic scales of the Arabesques stem from his earlier years in Tiblisi, while the mostly unpublished Twelve Pieces contain evocative scenes of childhood. Opivochki or the "Little Leftovers" have Tcherepnin's final opus number and are among his last works.





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Image Complete Piano Works
Hayk Melikyan, piano

One of the Soviet Union's leading composers - with some distinguished fellow composers a member of the so-called Armenian 'Mighty Handful' - Arno Babadjanian was admired by musicians of the stature of Shostakovich, khachaturian , Rostropovich and David Oistrakh. He was an outstanding pianist and a very considerable virtuoso. Musically he explores his native Armenian folk tradition, and reveals the importance of the flair of his mentor Khachaturian's colour-conscious orchestration.



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Image Six Keyboard Sonatas for Connoisseurs
Michael Tsalka, piano

Daniel Gottlob Türk was a North German composer, performer, theorist and pedagogue whose Klavierschule remains a vital source for late 18th-century keyboard practice. Türk saw the keyboard sonata as the perfect medium for expressing the boldest and most experimental of ideas, and the Klaviersonaten Grössentheils für Kenner was his only collection dedicated to professional players. Symphonic novelties, exquisite polyphony and extreme contrasts of character and register are vividly brought to life on four historical keyboards from the Department of Musical Instruments at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.



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Image Reverie
Alexandra Oehler, piano

The Venezuelan pianist Teresa Carreño was one of the most virtuosic artists of her age. A child prodigy, she won the admiration of Gottschalk and Anton Rubinstein, and gave sold-out concerts throughout America, Europe and Australasia. This selection of piano compositions, the earliest of which was written at the age of nine, reveals exacting technical demands allied to an impressively expressive arsenal, exemplified by the Rêverie-Impromptu and the little-known Caprice-Études. Elements of bel canto infuse Plaintes au bord d'une tombe whilst Mendelssohnian warmth can be savoured in the Elégie.

"[Oehler] always finds a good balance between expressiveness, virtuosity and restraint, so that at the end the motto is: Prima la musica!" - Pizzicato



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Image Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 1
Kemp English, piano

Few composers exemplified the late eighteenth-century Viennese keyboard style better than Mozart's contemporary, the Czech composer Leopold Koželuch. A leading performer and teacher, he was even offered Mozart's former post as court organist to the Archbishop of Salzburg. Preferring instead to preserve his independence, he produced over four decades, a series of major sonatas for fortepiano and harpsichord worthy to stand beside those of Haydn, Mozart, Clementi and Dussek, and as a precursor to those of Beethoven. This is the first volume of the complete recording of Kozeluch's 50 keyboard sonatas.



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Image Piano Music
Viktor Valkov, piano

Dimitar Nenov was a leading figure of early 20th-century Bulgarian classical music. The entire range of his solo piano works is covered on this recording, from the austere and dissonant Cinema Suite to the romantic Etudes and exquisite Theme and Variations in F sharp major. The highly charged Toccata is Nenov's most popular work, while Fairy Tale and Dance, his last work for piano, is the most distilled example of his art.



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Image Complete Piano Works, Vol. 4
Giorgio Koukl, piano

Drawn from different parts of Tcherepnin's life, the Entretiens display distinct cinematic qualities. With their exhaustive range of expression the Twelve Preludes vividly demonstrate the multi-faceted genius of their composer. The Romances contrast tenderness and warmth with unsettling moods and the Five Concert Etudes show an infatuation with all things Chinese.



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Image Works for Piano Duet & Duo, Vol. 4
The Invencia Piano Duo

Florent Schmitt was one of the most important of all French composers, an individualist who defies the simplicities of classification. The last of this four-disc series explores Schmitt's Humoresques, Op. 43, a cycle full of unexpected and witty twists, as well as the visionary Lied et scherzo, Op. 54. His gift for characterisation is always evident, not least in Trois pièces récréatives, Op. 37 which is strongly spiced with humour. The set concludes with Une semaine du petit elfe Ferme-l'oeil, Op. 58, one of Schmitt's best-known masterworks.



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Image Piano arrangements by Alfred Cortot
He Yue, piano

Legendary pianist Alfred Cortot's distinguished reputation as an educator is demonstrated in these magnificent arrangements of chamber music for solo piano. They cover every aspect of technique and expression, from Bach's demanding Toccata and Fugue in D minor to Fauré's delectable Dolly Suite and the grand scale of Franck's Violin Sonata. Award-winning pianist He Yue is a young and rising star of the Chinese musical firmament.

He Yue was born in 1990 and began to play the piano at the age of six. In 2007 he took part in the 49th Jaén international Piano Competition where he was awarded the prize for the youngest pianist and went on to give three concerts in Spain. He has participated in the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 7th International Piano Festivals at Shanghai Conservatory of Music.

He graduated from the Piano department of Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 2012 with a bachelor's degree and currently teaches at the Central Conservatory of Music Piano Academy at Gulangyu.


1-6 Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924): Dolly Suite, Op. 56 11:28
7 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 08:48
Adaptations pianistiques:
8 1. Johannes Brahms (1833-1897): 5 Lieder, Op. 49: No. 4 Wiegenlied 02:13
9 2. Johann Sebastian Bach: A rioso (Largo from Keyboard Concerto in F minor, BWV 1056) 02:23
10 3. Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849): Largo from Cello Sonata, Op. 65 02:40
11 4. Franz Schubert (1797-1828): Heidenröslein, Op. 3, No. 3, D.257 01:43
12-15 César Franck (1822-1890): Violin Sonata in A major 25:30




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Image Piano Works, Vol. 2
Caroline Weichert, piano

Czech composer Erwin Schulhoff assimilated the influence of Jazz with genuinely distinctive results.

The Fünf Pittoresken absorb both Dada and Scott Joplin whilst more classicist influences, such as Ravel, suffuse the Second Piano Sonata. Esquisses de Jazz (1927) is perhaps his most outstanding Jazz-influenced piece - a perfect synthesis of dance rhythms, wit and irony.



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Image Complete Piano Works, Vol 1
Nicholas Walker, piano

Balakirev's Sonata in B flat minor, Op. 5 (1905) is the summit of his ambition to create a work that expresses the entire history of Russia. This highly original and most moving of all Russian Sonatas encapsulates all three Sonatas, having begun life as the Grande Sonate, Op. 3 (1855), here recorded for the first time, subsequently becoming the First Sonata (1856). This recording of the Sonata, Op. 5 is the first to have been made from the original manuscript, without the mistakes to be found in the two published scores.

Nicholas Walker studied at the Royal Academy of Music and the Moscow Conservatoire. Winner of the first Newport International Piano competition, he has performed with major British Orchestras, given recitals worldwide, and recorded for the BBC, BMG Arte Nova, ASV, Chandos and Danacord labels. He is also sought after as an imaginative and sensitive accompanist. Although his Beethoven performances have brought him special critical acclaim, and his performances of lyrical and late romantic piano music have also been highly praised, he is best known for championing the neglected leader of 'The Mighty Handful', Mili Alekseyevich Balakirev. In 2010 he organized the Balakirev Centenary concerts in London. He also teaches at the Royal Academy of Music.

"Walker proved to be the nearest thing to a natural Balakirev performer I have heard in a long while." Financial Times



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Image Complete Piano Music, Vol. 3
Giorgio Koukl, piano

Giorgio Koukl's survey of Alexander Tcherepnin's inventive piano music continues with two 1950s collections that reflect a synthesis of the composer's many earlier technical and expressive innovations - the virtuosic Eight Pieces, Op. 88 and the beguiling Expressions, Op. 81. These two cycles bracket a varied group of scores that ranges from the youthful Sturm und Drang of his Feuilles libres, Op. 10 through the more restrained lyricism of the Préludes, Opp. 23 and 24, and the quirky modernism of the Intermezzo, Op. 33a and Tanz, Op. 44a, to the relaxed songfulness and serene rhythmic play of the Etudes, Op. 56, written following a concert tour of the Far East.

Giorgio Koukl is a pianist/ harpsichordist and composer based in Lugano, Switzerland. Born in Prague, he studied at the State Music School and Conservatoire before moving to Switzerland and continuing his studies at the Conservatoires of Zürich and Milan. Koukl's complete recordings of Martinu's piano music for Naxos have been critically acclaimed as "a delight" (Gramophone) and "estimable and important" (MusicWeb International). Tcherepnin belonged to the same Parisian group of composers as Martinu, and Koukl's effortless technique and expertise with this fascinating repertoire make him a perfect advocate for this composer's remarkable music.



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Image Complete Original Works for Piano Duet and Duo, Vo
Florent Schmitt remains one of the most important and influential French composers of the twentieth-century. Although he wrote successfully in almost all forms except opera, he was by training a formidable pianist and his writing for the instrument is colourful, bold and harmonically dextrous. Schmitt was also an inveterate traveller and this permeates his poetic and Romantic Feuillets de voyage (Travel Pages), Op. 26 whilst Musiques foraines (Carnival Music) Op. 22 reveals Schmitt the festive humorist.



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Image Complete Piano Works, Vol. 1
Manuel Ponce was the founder of Mexican musical nationalism, often incorporating the melodies of harmonised folk-songs into his music. Widely travelled - he studied in Europe, at first in Bologna and then, between 1925 and 1933, as a pupil of Dukas in Paris - Ponce assimilated a wide range of styles and influences, including European-influenced Romanticism, indigenous idioms and a more advanced harmonic language. This is the first of eight volumes devoted to Ponce's complete piano music.



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Image Piano Works
Piano music is central to Valentin Silvestrov's output. With its frequent allusions to lingering recollections of the past, this programme presents an overview of various creative periods. It begins with the composer's reworkings of youthful sketches (Naive Musik), followed by Der Bote (The Messenger) with its beautiful Mozartian theme leading into a sonatina in the style of the 18th century. After recent works from Silvestrov's self-defined 'Bagatelle' period, the recording concludes with the striking Kitschmusik, which engages with the music of Schumann, Chopin and Brahms. The Two Waltzes are dedicated to Elisaveta Blumina.



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Image Complete Original Works For Piano Duet And Duo, Vo
The Invencia Piano Duo

Florent Schmitt was one of the most original and influential French composers of his time. His music shimmers with luxuriant melodies, good humour and fearless harmonic vocabulary.

Performed by the multiple aware winning Invencia Piano Duo, Schmitt's warm melodic gift, sensual but subtly stated harmonies and rhythmic inventiveness makes these works a significant and enjoyable addition to our experience of one of the most vibrate and exciting periods of French music.

This CD includes World Première Recordings.

The Invencia Piano Due has won high critical acclaim for its compelling interpretations of a vast and diverse repertoire.

"Few pleasures can compare with hearing unfamiliar music superbly played by an extraordinary pair of musicians [...] subtlety, drama and beauty in every selection." - Artsong Update about Schmitt Complete Original Works for Piano Duet and Duo 1



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Image Easy Keyboard Sonatas, Collections I & II
Michael Tsalka, piano

Daniel Gottlob Türk is best known for his influential teaching manual Klavierschule (1789), a work which influenced a generation of aspiring keyboard players.

Listeners, performers, teachers, and musicologists will discover untapped riches in these expressive and historically important works.

This CD includes World Première Recordings.

Michael Tsalka has won numerous prizes and awards throughout his career; he has performed throughout Europe, the America's and Asia.

A versatile musician, he performs solo and chamber music repetoire from the Early Baroque to Contemporary on the modern piano, harpsichord, fortepiano, clavichord, square piano and chamber organ.

"Michael Tsalka [...] knows the oeuvre of the composer like no other, and performs the music congenially - sometimes playfully, then dreamily and pensively, and of course, with plenty of lively virtuosity" Bayerischer Rundfunk about Türk Keyboard Sonatas Collections I and II



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Image Complete Piano Works, Vol. 4
Allison Brewster Franzetti, piano

Weinberg's fraught biography included two perilous escapes from the Nazis, as he made his way from his native Poland to the Soviet Union. Many of his piano works exemplify the extreme pressures place on him and others to conform to the official diktat.

This CD includes World Première Recordings.

2008 Grammy® Nominee for Best Instrumental Soloist without Orchestra for 20th Century Piano Sonatas on Naxos Records, Allison Brewster Franzetti has received international acclaim from critics and audiences alike for stunning virtuosity and musicality.

"Franzetti's playing in the Second Sonata is outstanding; layered and clearly the result of much thought." - International Piano on Weinberg Complete Piano Works 1 (GP603)



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Image Complete Piano Music, Vol. 2
Giorgio Koukl, piano

An exile from Russia in 1921, Tcherepnin was later based in Paris and America where he continued composing in many different styles and genres.

This disc showcases Tcherepnin's mastery of the miniature and his powerful imagination in composing them.

Composed in 1926, Message, is considered one of Tcherepnin's masterpieces, having developed an arrestingly dramatic approach to rhythm.

GIORGIO KOUKL
Giorgio Koukl is a pianist/harpsichordist and composer based in Lugano Switzerland.

Koukl's complete recording's of Martinu's piano music have been critically acclaimed a delight. Tcherepnin belonged to the same Parisian group of composer's making Koukl the perfect advocate for these works.



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Image Folk-Inspired Works For Piano Duet and Duo
The Bilder Duo

The essence of Grainger's music is most evident in his piano pieces, having taken ownership of traditional and popular influences and rejecting outdated conventions. Grainger's ingenious variation, textures and moods can be heard throughout, ranging from the fantastically popular Country Gardens to the elaborate fantasy on Porgy and Bess.

CAROLINE WEICHERT
Caroline Weichert was a prize-winner at the Busoni, German Chopin and Schubert competitions. She appears regularly with orchestras and in chamber work recitals, championing lesser known repertoire. Weichert's recording of Schulhoff's piano music received great reviews on its release in March.

CLEMENS RAVE
Showing a particular interest in contemporary music, Rave has given a number of première performances including works by Lachenmann, Denisov, Kondo and Lombardi.



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Image Piano Works, Vol. 3
Tra Nguyen, piano

Despite being known primarily for his symphonies, Raff also excelled in numerous and varied compositions for the piano.

These pieces range from slow and meditative works to those that are increasingly more dramatic and sonorous.

Raff's ability to write in a richly varied character ensure that there is something here for everyone.

TRA NGUYEN
British-Vietnamese pianist Tra Nguyen gave her first performance at the Hanoi Opera House when she was ten and has continued to engage audiences in other important venues worldwide.



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Image Complete Piano Works, Vol. 3
Geofrey Burleson, piano

Saint-Saëns's first published works for piano were these vivid and characterful Six Bagatelles, Op. 3.

Album, Op. 72 dates from Saint-Saëns's mid-career and teems with rich colours and textures - haunting and exciting alike.

Also includes the richly evocative tone poem Rhapsodie d'Auvergne.

Saint-Saëns was a piano prodigy, eulogised by Liszt amongst many others.

Saint-Saëns's facility to evoke scenes, personalities and colours was profound along with his ingenious use of baroque and classical forms.

Geofrey Burleson
Geoffrey Burleson has performed to wide acclaim throughout Europe and North America, and is equally active as a recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber musician and jazz performer. His numerous solo appearances include prominent venues in Paris, New York, Rome, Athens, Mexico City, Rotterdam, Chicago, Boston, Washington, Switzerland, England, Spain, and elsewhere.



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Image Complete Piano Works, Vol. 3
Allison Brewster Franzeti, piano

Presented here are twenty-three charming miniatures written to meet the strong demand for children in the Soviet Union.

Although these pieces can be appreciated by children, they nevertheless are sophisticated and well worked compositions.

The 21 Easy Pieces for Piano provide an insightful harmonic microcosm of Weinberg's style.

The Can-Can is a little "jeu d'esprit" dedicated to Olga Reznitskaya, Weinberg's second wife.

Allison Brewster Franzeti
2008 Grammy® Nominee for Best Instrumental Soloist without Orchestra for 20th Century Piano Sonatas on Naxos Records, Allison Brewster Franzetti has received international acclaim from critics and audiences alike for stunning virtuosity and musicality.



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Image Complete Original Works For Piano Duet And Duo, Vo
The Invencia Piano Duo

The first of four volumes dedicated to unpublished work and rarities for piano duo and duet.

Schmitt stands alongside Debussy and Ravel as one of the most original and influential French composers of his time.

Beyond a few works such as the Trois rhapsodies, Op. 53, Schmitt's piano duos and duets have been hardly known on disc. Includes rarities such as the unpublished Rapsodie parisienne. Schmitt's warm melodic gift, sensual and subtle harmonies and rhythmic inventiveness makes this disc rewarding listening.

THE INVENCIA PIANO DUO
The Invencia Piano Duo has won high critical acclaim for its compelling interpretations of a vast and diverse repertoire. Lutsyshyn was a prize winner at the Vienna Modern Masters International Performers's Recording Awards Competition and the William Kapell International Piano Competition. Kasparov won the Albert Roussel Prize at the Orléans International Piano Competition and gave the première of Bartók's Piano Concerto No. 3 to great acclaim.



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Image Complete Piano Sonatas, Vol. 1
Paul Stewart, piano

Like his near-contemporary Rachmaninov, who called him 'the greatest composer of our time', Nikolay Medtner was a composer, pianist and an exile from his native Russia. His portfolio of works includes a remarkable series of pieces for his own instrument, including 14 sonatas and some hugely evocative, deeply poetic miniatures. Medtner's gift for melody is immediately discerned in the early Sonatina in G minor. The Sonata No 1, Op 5, his first large-scale work, enshrines autobiographical elements and is both intense and spiritually charged. Poetry and nostalgia flood the beautiful Sonata-Reminiscenza in A minor. This is the first volume of a complete cycle of the Medtner Piano Sonatas.


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Image Keyboard Sonatas, Collections 1 & 2
Daniel Gottlob Türk is best known for his influential pedagogical treatise Klavierschule (1789). His 48 inventive and varied keyboard sonatas were influenced by Sonatas of other North German composers such as CPE Bach and JW Hässler. The five historical keyboards employed in this recording reflect the diversity of the instruments available in Türk's day. The twelve sonatas encompassed in his first and second collections show how the composer's sensitive, at times dramatic, oratorical style relates beautifully to the nuanced expressive capabilities of these instruments.


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Image Complete Piano Duets
Amy Hamann, piano
Sara Hamann, piano

Beethoven's compositions for piano duet embrace works written for students as well as those designed for aristocratic acquaintances and friends. This release presents two recordings of the complete works: the first (CD 1) on a modern Yamaha piano, and the second (CD 2) on chronologically accurate reproductions of the fortepianos Beethoven was composing on at the time. The modern piano was recorded in a concert hall, whereas the period instrument recording was made in a much more intimate space, showcasing the salon performance settings of the past.







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Image Complete Piano Works, Vol. 2
Allison Brewster Franzetti, piano

Weinberg's fraught biography is reflected in many of the piano works which occupied the earlier part of his career. Some exemplify the extreme pressures placed on him, and others, to conform to official diktat - a period when he was arrested for 'Jewish bourgeois nationalism' - whilst others reveal the rich inspiration of folkloric music.

The second volume of the complete piano works ranges in date from 1950-55. The Partita, Op. 54 is notable for its alternation of the intimate and the intensely dramatic, whereas the Sonatina, Op.49 is lyrical, though never straightforward. The Piano Sonata No. 4, Op. 56 fuses folk inspiration, rhythmic vivacity and melancholy in a profoundly personal way.

"Allison Brewster Franzetti's impassioned and persuasive performance easily holds its own in the select company of Gould, Perahia, Aimard, and Uchida"
Jed Distler, Classics Today

"Franzetti is a persuasive advocate throughout"
Gramophone




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Image Piano Works, Vol. 2
Tra Nguyen, piano

Joachim Raff, Liszt's amanuensis and confidante in Weimar, was one of Germany's leading composers, a reputation based largely on his symphonic works. But he was prolific in other forms as well, excelling in chamber and vocal music, and especially in numerous and varied compositions for the piano.

The three works on this second volume of Raff's piano works come from the very pinnacle of his career. The 1871 Fantasie Sonata is a fascinating and richly imaginative hybrid, whilst the Variations on an Original Theme is marked by fertility of invention. The Four Piano Pieces exemplifies Raff's gift for lyricism and characterisation.

British-Vietnamese pianist Tra Nguyen gave her first performance at the Hanoi Opera House when she was ten and has continued to engage audiences in other important venues worldwide. She studied with Lev Naumov at the Moscow Conservatory and with Christopher Elton at the Royal Academy of Music, London.

"Tra Nguyen has technique to burn and an instinctive feel for narrative pace; she delivers with the kind of conviction that suggests she has known the music all her life."
Martin Anderson, International Piano

"...The nimble-fingered soloist, the young British-Vietnamese pianist Tra Nguyen, despatches the Mendelssohnian filigree writing with stylish aplomb. Altogether an engaging and attractive discovery."
Jeremy Nicholas, Gramophone




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Image Piano Works
Gianluca Luisi
Alessandro Deljavan
Giampaolo Stuani

Johann Baptist Cramer's formidable reputation as a pianist of sensitivity and singing tone at the keyboard is transferred into his Études, the musical interest in these pieces including echoes of Bach and Scarlatti. This made them favourites with Beethoven and Schumann in their day, their influence resonating through pianistic history. Perhaps even more than Clementi's contemporaneous Gradus ad Parnassum, Cramer's Études established a keyboard style and tradition which can be traced through to Chopin, Busoni and beyond.

This recording of essential piano repertoire brings together a strong trio of pianists, including Gianluca Luisi, whose Liszt recording for Naxos stunned Fanfare by being filled "with so much joy, as well as so much musical integrity". The artists on this recording of the complete Etudes bring us historically significant and musically satisfying repertoire which is virtually unknown on recordings.

GIANLUCA LUISI
Gianluca Luisi has won many national and international piano competitions, including the Casella International Competition in Italy, and first prize at the Fourth J.S. Bach International Piano Competition in Saarbrücken. He has performed in leading international music festivals and appeared in some of the world's greatest concert venues, including the Carnegie Hall, New York, and the Musikverein, Vienna. Mr Luisi has been featured on a number of recordings.

ALESSANDRO DELJAVAN
Hailed by critics as one of the most accomplished and charismatic musicians of his generation, Deljavan - a Cliburn semifinalist - won the first John Giordano Jury Discretionary Award. He recorded his first CD at the age of 15 for the Stradivarius label, and while still a teenager took top prizes at several national and international competitions. He has performed extensively at piano and music festivals around the world, both as a recitalist and with chamber music ensembles, including the Takács Quartet, the Sine Nomine Quartet, and the Orchestra Sinfonica Verdi.

GIAMPAOLO STUANI
Giampaolo Stuani was awarded first prize at the Scottish International Piano Competition, International Alfredo Casella Piano Competition, International Rina Sala Gallo Piano Competition in Monza, the International V. Bellini Piano Competition at Caltanissetta and the National A. Speranza Piano Competition, Taranto. He also won major prizes in the Busoni, Ciani, Pozzoli, Viotti, Bachauer, Kapell, Cleveland, Pretoria, Hamamatsu and Epinal International Piano Competitions. He has given numerous recitals in Italy and abroad, and appeared as a soloist with major orchestras. Mr Stuani has recorded for the Dynamic, Olympia, OnClassical, Azzurra music and Fontec labels.




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Image Piano Works, Vol. 2
Geoffrey Burleson, piano

A seminal figure in the history of French Romantic music, Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) was also one of the greatest keyboard prodigies of the past 200 years.

When he made his piano recital debut at the age of 10 in the Salle Pleyel, he announced to the audience that he would be pleased to perform any of Beethoven's 32 sonatas as an encore. A good deal later, Liszt referred to him as the greatest organist on earth. Saint-Saëns was a prolific composer in all genres, and thus it is not at all surprising that he created a bountiful body of works for both organ and piano.

Not only was Camille Saint-Saëns a piano virtuoso, eulogised by Liszt amongst many others, but he was one of the most exciting and imaginative of composers for the instrument. He enjoyed taking baroque and classical forms and translating them into his own brand of romantic language, qualities that Geoffrey Burleson explores so adroitly in this second volume of the complete piano music.

His Six Fugues, Op. 161 are masterly and complex character studies, devoid of academic leanings, whilst his famous Allegro Appassionato, Op. 70 possesses brilliance and lyrical depth. The Thême Varié, Op. 97 is witty and explosive, the Suite, Op. 90 full of charm, and the Allegro, Op. 29 possessed of dazzling breadth.

Geoffrey Burleson has performed to wide acclaim throughout Europe and North America, and is equally active as a recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber musician and jazz performer. His numerous solo appearances include prominent venues in Paris, New York, Rome, Athens, Mexico City, Rotterdam, Chicago, Boston, Washington, Switzerland, England, Spain, and elsewhere. He made his New York City solo recital début at Merkin Hall in 2000, sponsored by the League of Composers/ISCM. His appearances as concerto soloist include the Boston Musica Viva, Arlington Philharmonic, New England Philharmonic, and the Holland Symfonia in The Netherlands, in repertoire ranging from Mozart, Weber and Saint-Saëns to Gershwin and Klaas de Vries. Geoffrey Burleson is principal pianist with the Boston Musica Viva, the New York Art Ensemble, David Sanford's Pittsburgh Collective, and is a member of Princeton University's Richardson Chamber Players. He has also performed and recorded frequently in duos with cellist Matt Haimovitz, violinist Mary Rowell (from ETHEL), and vocalist Maria Tegzes. A laureate of the International Piano Recording Competition (Silver Medal), and the Vienna Modern Masters International Performers' Competition, he was also the recipient of a DAA D Grant from the German government to support a residency at the Academy of Arts in Berlin.

"A top-notch pianist. Burleson's piquancy and poetry blended beautifully."
The Washington Post




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Image Complete Piano Music, Vol. 1
Giorgio Koukl, piano

This first volume of Alexander Tcherepnin's extensive list of works for piano takes us from some of his earliest works as a precocious Russian teenager, through to significant and intensely expressive compositions. From the vitally youthful picture stories of the Bagatelles, through the remarkable Sonatas to the exploratory late Ascension, each work is a gold mine of astoundingly inventive and distinctively individual craftsmanship The program demonstrates Tcherepnin's mastery of the miniature and the monumental, speaking to the heart from a basis in the Romantic tradition. Tcherepnin's is a voice which stands comparison with Prokofiev and at times Rachmaninov, but the over-riding impression is of striking individuality and compelling inventiveness.

Alexander Tcherepnin (1899-1977)
The Russian-born pianist, conductor and composer Alexander Tcherepnin moved with his composer father to Tbilisi in 1918 and in 1921 to Paris. His subsequent career took him to China and Japan; then, to America.

Constantly travelling, he wore the sobriquet "Musical Citizen of the World".

A lifelong pioneer in new composition techniques, Tcherepnin was also an enthusiastic internationalist whose fascination with folk idioms brought him through Eurasian culture to Far Eastern influences. Although he remained fundamentally Russian in his writing, he devised a new synthetic scale and made use of the Chinese scale. Married to a Chinese pianist, he wrote six piano concertos and four symphonies, returning to Russian themes in his final Russian Sketches of 1971.

Giorgio Koukl is a pianist/ harpsichordist and composer based in Lugano, Switzerland. Born in Prague in 1953, and studied at the State Music School and Conservatory, before moving to Switzerland in 1968 and continuing his studies at the Conservatories of Zürich and Milan. While studying there he took part in master-classes of N. Magalov, J. Février, and S.Neuhaus, and with Rudolf Firkušný, friend and advocate of Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu. Through Firkušný, Koukl fi rst encountered Martinu's music, prompting him to search out his compatriot's solo piano works. Since then he has developed these into an important part of his concert repertoire and is now considered as one of the world's leading interpreters of Martinu's piano music, having recorded the composer's complete solo piano music, piano concertos, and a disc of Martinu's vocal music.

Giorgio Koukl's complete recordings of Martinu's piano music for Naxos have been critically acclaimed as "a delight" (Gramophone) and "estimable and important" (MusicWeb International). Tcherepnin belonged to the same Parisian group of composers as Martinu, and Koukl's effortless technique and expertise with this fascinating repertoire make him a perfect advocate for this composer's remarkable music.

"Koukl has the technical authority for these works. His playing gives off a sense of being at ease, with the ability to extend himself as needed."
Barry Brenesal, Fanfare




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Image 12 Keyboard Sonatas
Susan Kagan, piano

Christian Gottlob Neefe flourished as the Baroque was giving way to the Classical period. These Twelve Sonatas represent important steps in this transition, each having a uniquely individual character and showing a mixture of styles. Neefe is remembered today as Beethoven's first main teacher in Bonn, the Dressler Variations being young Ludwig's first published composition.



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Image Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-3
Tatjana Blome, piano

Gerhard Frommel rejected pre-war Nationalism and Schoenberg's dodecaphony, finding his voice in individuality and tradition. His piano sonatas are rooted in Romanticism and allied to the expressive plasticity of Stravinsky and Hindemith, articulated with vitality and tenderness in No. 1, sparseness and clownish grotesquerie in No. 2, and the sensual impressionism of No. 3.

Tatjana Blome won first prize at the Steinway Competition at the age of twelve and gave her first full-length piano recital a year later. She studied with Josef-Matthias Blome, Renate Kretschmar-Fischer, Heidrun Holtmann, Aribert Reimann and Gerhard Oppitz, and as a student also devoted her time to German literature and theology. She made her début in the Berlin Philharmonic concert hall in 1995 with Johannes Brahms's First Piano Concerto.

"...Tatjana Blome, who unleashed a virtuoso firework of musical emotions with her instrument and who imitated a complete orchestra.... was just a marvel"
(Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung)




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Image Complete Piano Works, Vol. 1
Geoffrey Burleson, piano

A seminal figure of French Romantic music, Camille Saint-Saëns was also a great keyboard prodigy. The Études, Op. 52 unite exuberant virtuosity with shimmering delicacy, while the Six Études, Op. 111 pay homage to Chopin and Bach as well as anticipating Ravel's impressionism. The neo-Baroque Op. 135, for left hand alone, is modelled on Couperin and Rameau.

This title is the first volume of a series that brings together everything from Saint-Saëns' spellbinding three sets of études to first recordings of transcriptions and other works.

Geoffrey Burleson has performed to wide acclaim throughout Europe and North America, and is equally active as a recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber musician and jazz performer. His numerous solo appearances include prominent venues in Paris, New York, Rome, Athens, Mexico City, Rotterdam, Chicago, Boston, Washington, Switzerland, England, Spain, and elsewhere.




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Image Piano Works, Vol. 1
Tra Nguyen, piano

Although Raff is remembered primarily as one of the foremost symphonists of his day, by far his largest output was for the piano. The three works recorded here date from his early years in Weimar, and include the newly-discovered Fantaisie. One of Raff's first successes, Frühlingsboten portrays nature in many-layered miniature scenes. The Drei-Klavier-Soli concludes with one of Raff's greatest piano pieces, Metamorphosen.

British-Vietnamese pianist Tra Nguyen gave her fi rst performance at the Hanoi Opera House when she was ten and has continued to engage audiences in other important venues worldwide. She studied with Lev Naumov at the Moscow Conservatory and with Christopher Elton at the Royal Academy of Music, London.




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Image Complete Piano Works, Vol. 1
Allison Brewster Franzetti, piano

The works on this first volume of the complete piano works of Mieczyslaw Weinberg range from very early yet characterful Mazurkas and the remarkably intense Lullaby, his Opus 1, to the at times dissonant Piano Sonata No.1 and the more classically oriented Piano Sonata No. 2. The Sonata, Op. 49bis is a 1978 expansion and rebalancing of a work originally completed in 1951.

2008 Grammy® Nominee for Best Instrumental Soloist without Orchestra for 20th Century Piano Sonatas on Naxos Records, Allison Brewster Franzetti has received international acclaim from critics and audiences alike for stunning virtuosity and musicality.




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Image Piano Works, Vol. 1
Caroline Weichert, piano

During his short life Erwin Schulhoff absorbed a wide range of musical styles. The jazz-inspired Partita includes witty takes on the Tango, Foxtrot and Shimmy. Further synthesis comes in the Suite No. 3, written for the left hand alone, which adapts folk and jazz influences in a bracingly novel way, while the Variations and Fugue reveals indebtedness to Debussy, with whom Schulhoff studied.

A prize-winner at the Busoni, German Chopin and Schubert competitions, Caroline Weichert's double victory at the 'Young Artists' Concerts' competition, organized by the German Musikrat, was decisive in launching her career. She has appeared regularly as a soloist with orchestras such as the Baden-Baden Philharmonic, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie and the Telekom-Orchester, and has given numerous recitals and chamber music concerts, showing a particular affinity for lesser known repertoire. She received a Discobole award from the Académie du Disque Français for her recording début featuring works by Shostakovich in 2007.




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