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Image Piano Concertos
Niklas Sivelöv, piano

Malmö Symphony Orchestra • Victor Aviat
Track 1-3: Concerto Classico for piano and orchestra
Track 4-7: Concerto No. 2 for piano and strings

Livgardets Dragonmusikkår • David Björkman
Track 8-10: Concerto No. 5 "Riddarkonserten" for piano and brass band

Niklas Sivelöv is never “just” composer or “just” pianist. His aim is the same in both fields – just as it is the same in music, and in conversation as well. We must experience the vault of the sky with the right sound and hopefully come together to experience the timeless feeling of spirit.

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Image Complete Piano Music, Vol. 55: Transcriptions
Volume 55 in the critically acclaimed Liszt Complete Piano Works series features transcriptions of pieces by his contemporary Eduard Lassen, performed here by award-winning pianist Andrey Ivanov in his recording debut. Andrey gave his first concerto performance at the age of nine. In 2006, he was selected to study at the Central School of Music in Minsk, graduating to the Moscow Conservatoire. He won first prize at the Belgrade and Minsk International Piano Competitions and went on to perform in Moscow, St Petersburg, Belgrade, Brussels and Amsterdam. He is currently studying at the Birmingham Conservatoire with Pascal Nemirovski.

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Image Works for 2 Pianos
Ferruccio Busoni composed a significant number of works for two pianos throughout his life. While Bach’s pervasive influence is already evident in some of his early compositions including the Preludio e Fuga and Capriccio, it reaches its most complex and glorious expression in the definitive 1921 version of his Fantasia contrappuntistica. In the case of Schumann’s Op. 134 for piano and orchestra, Busoni simply reduced the orchestral part for a second piano. However, his skill as a master transcriber and composer is revealed in his brilliant arrangements of Mozart’s works, which also highlight the subtlety and originality of his style. Aldo Orvieto has recorded extensively, releasing more than 70 albums dedicated to composers of the 20th century on a wide variety of labels, many receiving critical acclaim. Aldo Ciccolini appeared on the Naxos release of Achille Longo’s PianoQuintet (Ciccolini’s teacher) with the Circolo Artistico Ensemble (8.572628), which was nominated for an International Classical Music Award (ICMA).Classical Lost and Found wrote that: ‘Considering Ciccolini’s intimate association with his mentor’s quintet, this would have to be considered a definitive performance.’ Marco Rapetti received his Diploma cum laude at the Accademia Perosi in Biella. Rapetti has been awarded many prizes in national and international competitions, and has released several recordings, including the complete piano works of Borodin, Liadov, Dukas and Debussy.

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Image Complete Music for Solo Piano
Murray McLachlan says of Edward Gregson’s piano music that ‘he knows the importance of restraint and control; nothing is overly stated, repeated or extended. Concentration and craftsmanship permeate every bar that the composer has penned.’ Renowned for his orchestral oeuvre, Gregson shows us a more intimate but no less impressive side in his piano music. From the Lullaby composed while a student, to the Tippett-inspired Piano Sonata, we are charmed, moved and thrilled in equal measure by this programme of his complete music for solo piano. Edward Gregson is best known for his dazzling orchestral works and music for brass and wind bands, but this recording of his complete piano works to date reminds us of his equally impressive catalogue of works for soloists and chamber ensembles. Naxos has released his Tuba Concerto(8.557754) as well as the Three Matisse Impressions (8.572503) for recorder, strings, harp and percussion, considered ‘lovely and charming’ by MusicWeb International.

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Image Piano Music
Muzio Clementi’s legacy to pianists lies not only in his teaching studies and in his exploration of new levels of virtuosity, but in compositions that were widely admired by contemporaries such as Beethoven. This album explores a variety of pieces, a number of which focus on variations. ‘The Black Joke’ was a popular English tune garnished by Clementi with 21 successive variations. Musical Characteristics captures the styles of leading figures of the time, including Mozart, Haydn and Koželuch, while the Variations on ‘Batti, batti’ is a virtuoso transcription. Nicholas Rimmer plays on an original fortepiano made in Clementi’s own workshop around 1806. A pianist with a keen interest in chamber music, Lied, as well as in historical keyboard instruments, Nicholas Rimmer has appeared in many major concert venues in Germany and the UK, among others. His collaborative partnerships with Gabriel Schwabe and Tianwa Yanghave resulted in acclaimed recordings of Brahms and Wolfgang Rihm; the latter (8.572730) received a Diapason d’Or, a Pizzicato Supersonic Award and an International Record Review ‘Outstanding’ Award.

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Image Complete Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 24
Domenico Scarlatti is best remembered for the hundreds of single-movement keyboard sonatas he composed for his pupil the Infanta Maria Bárbara, who married the heir to the Spanish throne in 1728, taking her music master with her from Lisbon to Madrid. Scarlatti’s panache and inventiveness is always on show in these compact sonatas, their delicacy and refinement hiding some surprising explorations of unexpected keys, and technical demands such as hand-crossing and chains of sixths and thirds that would have posed some interesting challenges to his clearly talented pupil. Alon Goldsteinis one of the most original and sensitive pianists of his generation. His discography includes Mozart’s Piano Concertos with the Fine Arts Quartet and Dvorák’s Piano Trios with the Tempest Trio and Mendelssohn’s Piano Concertos with the Israel Chamber Orchestra. A passionate advocate of music education, recent teaching engagements have included the Steans Institute at Ravinia Festival, The Gilmore Keyboard Festival, and Ensemble Connect (formerly Ensemble ACJW) at Carnegie Hall. Goldstein has performed at prestigious venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall, the Moscow Kremlin, Hollywood Bowl and the Southbank Centre. In 2019 he was inducted into the Society of Scholars of his alma mater, the Johns Hopkins University.

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Image French Piano Rarities
This album of French piano rarities features seldom-heard and recently discovered works by composers who had an influence on Pierre Boulez, as well as the premiere recording of Boulez’s Prélude, Toccata et Scherzo. This large-scale early work looks back on virtuosic Romantic music, while at the same time exploring the new compositional styles that Boulez would subsequently embrace. Among the rarities is a posthumously discovered piano study by Debussy, a reconstructed birdsong work by Messiaen, and a tiny masterpiece by Ravel found in a notebook. Ralph van Raathas been fascinated by classical music of the 20th century since the age of 14. Although his repertoire ranges from Bach to Boulez, his primary focus has always been on composers dating from Debussy, Bartók and Ives to present-day masters. Van Raat helps audiences identify with modern day composers by adhering to a classical approach: he firmly believes that a strong sense of classical structure as well as a refinement of tone is essential in conveying the logic and poetry of any music. This has not gone unrecognized: he is the recipient of a substantial number of national and international awards, many composers have written solo works for him, and he has performed over 50 piano concertos with orchestras worldwide.

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Image Works for Solo Piano
Composer, conductor and pianist Thomas Ades has been described by The New York Times as ‘among the most accomplished all-round musicians of his generation.’ His ‘Concert Paraphrase on Powder Her Face’ reflects the glamor of the opera’s subject in the grand manner of Liszt or Busoni, while ‘Still Sorrowing’ and ‘Darknesse Visible’ explore John Dowland’s haunting lute works. Heard here in its world premiere recording, competition piece ‘Blanca Variations’ is lyrical and flowing in character, and ‘Traced Overhead’ is a vivid description of ascent and flight. Ades captures and transforms Polish style in his ‘Mazurkas,’ and the spirit of Satie and Ravel in a ‘Souvenir’ from the film ‘Colette.’

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Image Solo Piano Recordings, Vol. 6
Volume 6 in Naxos’s Rachmaninov solo piano series features recordings made on the Victor label in 1922–24. It features short works by Chopin and popular encore pieces, a very rare test pressing of Le Cygne in Alexander Siloti’s transcription, and the first ever release of surviving first takes from part of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18. The previous volume (8.111408) won a Diapason d’Or award.

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Image Piano Pieces & Fragments
Including premiere recordings, this programme provides us with a privileged opportunity to engage with 36 of Ludwig van Beethoven’s rarely heard sketches, variations and briefest of compositions, even the earliest of which have much to teach us about the emergence of his unique voice and style. The range of Beethoven’s musical experimentation reveals a lasting interest in counterpoint, as well as practical pages such as cadenzas for a Mozart concerto, an incomplete sonata and a second version of the famous bagatelle Fur Elise. A significant supplement to his greatest works, these miniatures bring the full arc of Beethoven’s singular genius into ever clearer focus.

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Image Complete Piano Music, Vol. 54 - Historical Hungari
Born at Raiding in Hungary in 1811, the son of Adam Liszt, a steward in the service of Haydn’s former patrons, the Esterházy princes, Franz Liszt had early encouragement from members of the Hungarian nobility, allowing him in 1822 to go to Vienna, for lessons with Czerny and a famous meeting with Beethoven. From there he moved to Paris, where Cherubini refused him admission to the Conservatoire, as a foreigner. Nevertheless, he was able to impress audiences by his performance, now supported by the Erard family, piano manufacturers whose wares he was able to advertise in the concert tours on which he embarked. Liszt is perhaps best known for his invention of the symphonic poem. The works on this release are performed by Hungarian pianist Jeno Jandó.

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Image Piano Concertos Nos. 3 & 4 (Transc. for piano and
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Image Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
Critically acclaimed pianist Boris Giltburg presents Piano concertos Nos. 1 and 2 as well as the Rondo, WoO 6, which Beethoven originally intended to be the finale of the Second Piano Concerto. Giltburg has written the booklet notes; this is a feature that critics have remarked on favourably.

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Image Military Beethoven
Many of the rarities on this album have been designated ‘WoO’ (Works without Opus Number) or bear the numbering from the Hess catalogue of unpublished or unfinished pieces. These include the piano transcription of the Battle Symphony and variations on Rule Britannia and God Save the King. Pianist Carl Petersson has previously recorded several successful discs for Grand Piano.

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Image The Creatures of Prometheus (Version for piano)
Beethoven was commissioned by the dancer and choreographer Salvatore Vigano to write the ballet The Creatures of Prometheus – this rare piano version of the orchestral score was completed by Beethoven and published not long after its premiere in 1801. The Finale is crowned by a theme that would later be used in the ‘Eroica’ Symphony.

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Image Complete Piano Music, Vol. 54 - Historical Hungari
Born at Raiding in Hungary in 1811, the son of Adam Liszt, a steward in the service of Haydn’s former patrons, the Esterházy princes, Franz Liszt had early encouragement from members of the Hungarian nobility, allowing him in 1822 to go to Vienna, for lessons with Czerny and a famous meeting with Beethoven. From there he moved to Paris, where Cherubini refused him admission to the Conservatoire, as a foreigner. Nevertheless, he was able to impress audiences by his performance, now supported by the Erard family, piano manufacturers whose wares he was able to advertise in the concert tours on which he embarked. Liszt is perhaps best known for his invention of the symphonic poem. The works on this release are performed by Hungarian pianist Jeno Jandó.

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Image Complete Piano Music, Vol. 53: Harmonies poétiques
"A central element in Liszt’s life was his religious conviction. Harmonies poetiques et religieuses, one of his most famous religious works, was inspired by the poetry of Alphonse de Lamartine. Excerpts featured on Vol. 3 (8.553073) were critically acclaimed. Vol. 53 presents the 1847 cycle in its first version; one that follows the poetic works that inspired it more closely than the more frequently performed and recorded later version."

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Image Piano Music, Vol. 11
Wolf Harden continues his edition of Busoni’s piano music, probing further into the composer’s numerous transcriptions. This release follows on from Volume 10 (8.573806) which was released in March 2018. Previous volumes have received critical acclaim.

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Image Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-4
Bechara El-Khoury’s Naxos catalogue has until now been almost entirely orchestral works; this will be the first album featuring his piano works. Recent Naxos releases of El-Khoury’s music have included the critically praised Orages (8.573617) and Concertos (8.572773).

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Image Romantisches Klavierkonzert; Castelli Romani
First released in 2005 on the ASV label (ASV CD DCA 1174). Showcases Marx’s hugely demanding writing for piano. Part of a collection of Joseph Marx’s orchestral works now being re-released on the Naxos label: critically acclaimed Volume 1 of these orchestral works was released in December 2018 (8.573831) and Volume 2 (8.573832) was released in February 2019.

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Image Complete Piano Music, Vol. 52: Transcriptions from
Vol. 52 of the complete Liszt edition, featuring transcriptions and variations drawn from operas by Verdi and Auber. Wai Yin Wong was the youngest winner of the First Prize in the Southern Highlands International Piano Competition and the youngest gold medallist in the 7th International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz.

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Image Tranquillo II
PianoBasso spelar klassiska sång- och instrumentalstycken på sitt eget sätt. På deras nya album Tranquillo II som släpps 26 april har arbetat vidare på att fördjupa sitt skandinaviska uttryck.

PianoBasso består av pianopedagogen Thomas Gustavsson och akustikkonsulten och kontrabasisten Andreas Gustafson. Målsättning för deras tidigare album har varit att åstadkomma ett album med en lågmäld och avskalad klangbild, där av titeln Tranquillo, en musikterm som betyder lugnt. Nu har de arbetat vidare på att fördjupa sitt skandinaviska uttryck – naturligt rena och avskalade former utan svulstiga utsmyckningar och överdrivna tilltag.

Redan på planeringsstadiet fanns också en önskan om att nästa album skulle få utmana dem på något nytt sätt, och i sökandet efter ny musik började de känna på allt längre och mer komplexa stycken. Både arrangemangen och repertoaren på det nya albumet Tranquillo II har ställt större krav på det musikaliska samspelet.

”Tack vare att pianots och kontrabasens omfång i princip omfattar en orkesters hela register, har vi nästan obegränsade möjligheter att välja repertoar, säger Thomas Gustavsson som är duons arrangör. Samtidigt finns det en risk att man pressar in för många toner i arrangemanget. För att nå vårt klangideal försöker vi istället skala bort så mycket som möjligt. Utmaningen ligger i att hitta de bärande musikaliska elementen och lyfta fram dem. Vi vill att lyssnaren ska uppleva att kompositörens konstnärliga idéer finns bevarade, trots vår lilla sättning.”

De har inte heller ryggat tillbaka för att välja ikoniska stycken. ”Det kanske kan te sig skrämmande att ta sig an alltför kända titlar. Men vi tycker om alla stycken som vi har valt och vill gärna spela dem, och har inte låtit oss hindras av att de är så kända, utan vi spelar bara vår version av hur vi uppfattar musiken, säger Andreas Gustafson.” De arbetar också målmedvetet med använda klassisk improvisation, något som före ca 1850 var ett stort och starkt element i den klassiska konserten. Exempelvis har konserterna inslag av klangliga och tematiska improvisationer mellan styckena.

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Image Early Piano Works
These early piano works are exceptionally rare on disc. The two sonatas date from 1820 and it will be their 200th anniversary when the album is released.

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Image Piano Concertos Nos. 8 & 23 (arr. Lachner)
Transcriptions of piano concertos for string quartet and piano by Lachner, including a world premiere recording of Piano Concerto No. 8 ‘Lu¨tzow’. The previous release of Mozart’s Concertos Nos. 20 and 21 in the Lachner arrangements (8.573398) garnered critical acclaim including ClassicFM ‘CD of the Week'

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Image Piano Recital
Beginning and ending with music by Ravel this vividly contrasting recital by Chun Wang, winner of the 59th Jaén International Piano Competition in 2017, includes Bonnín de Góngora's mandatory work Fantasía Jiennense, based on folk songs from Jaén.

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Image Piano Concertos Nos. 23 & 24 (arr. Lachner)
Two of Mozart’s greatest and most popular piano concertos in splendid transcriptions by Ignz Lachner of the orchestral parts using only a string quartet with added bass. These artists’ recording of Lachner’s chamber music versions of Concertos Nos. 20 and 21 can be heard on 8.573398.

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Image Complete Piano Music, Vol. 51: Poems
This album features early versions of the Consolations (the second and better-known version of which can be heard on Volume 4, 8.553516), the second version of the dramatic Dante Sonata, and is rounded off with the popular and spectacular Mephisto Waltz No. 1 performed in a revised version.

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Image Piano Concerto; Symphonic Overtures Nos. 1 & 2
This recording presents eight world premiere recordings by Joly Braga Santos, Portugal’s greatest orchestral composer. Álvaro Cassuto, Braga Santos’ foremost interpreter, can also be heard conducting other orchestral works, including the complete symphonies, on five Marco Polo albums (8.225186, 8.223879, 8.225216, 8.225087 and 8.225233) and on Naxos 8.572815.

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Image Piano Concerto (Spiritualist); Poems of Life; Glac
Kenneth Fuchs celebrates his fifteen-year recording history with conductor JoAnn Falletta and the London Symphony Orchestra with this stunning release of three new concertos and an orchestral song cycle. The is the sixth album of Fuchs’ music on Naxos.

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Image Piano Laureate
This exciting programme from the 2016 Jaen international piano competition winner Alexander Panfilov features Mussorgsky’s showpiece Pictures at an exhibition. It also includes the first recording of the competition’s mandatory work, Manuel Seco de Arpe’s elegantly constructed and complex Anamorfosis, based on the tune of the folk song Morenita ven aqui (‘Come here, my dark-haired girl’).

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Image Complete Piano Music, Vol. 50: Ungarischer Romanze
Volume 50 combines the evergreen favourite and rousing R?k?czi March with less frequently performed transcriptions and other rarities such as the unpublished 18 Ungarischer Romanzero which are only to be found elsewhere in one other recording.

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Image Piano Concerto No. 3 & Variations on a theme of Co
The previous concerto disc in this series was the Second Concerto on 8.573629 of which Gramophone wrote: ‘The fusion of freshness with generous spirit and soul lends an enthralling dynamism to this familiar repertoire. Boris Giltburg faithfully observes Rachmaninov’s marks of expression in the concerto and the Op 33 Etudes, but there is a fluid imagination at work here tied to an enquiring musical intelligence.’

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Image Piano Concertos Nos. 4 & 5
The Fourth Piano Concerto reveals Saint-Saëns at his most inspired and innovative. The Fifth was composed in the Egyptian temple town of Luxor, and displays a rich tapestry of exotic cultural influences from Javanese, Spanish and Middle Eastern music, as well as portrayals of chirping Nile crickets and croaking frogs, and the composer’s representation of ‘the joy of a sea crossing’. Volumes 1 and 2 can be heard on 8.573476 and 77.

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Image Complete Piano Music, Vol. 49: Dances
Volume 49 features a wide-ranging selection of dance pieces. The Valses oubliées reveal a compound of wistful nostalgia and advanced harmonies while the remarkable Csárdás macabre, a characteristic Hungarian folk-dance, is full of innovative features. The effervescent Mazurka brillante is a very rare example of Liszt making original use of this Polish form, whilst simultaneously transforming it. The Grand Galop cromatique, heard here in two versions, is a bravura encore piece that the young Liszt often played in his virtuoso recitals.

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