Jul 12

Jean Martinon, Orchestre National De L’O.R.T.F – Debussy: Complete Orchestral Works (1974/2012) {2011 Remaster}
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 291:53 minutes | 5,47 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front cover | © EMI Classics

Renowned conductor Jean Martinon leads the Orchestre National De L’O.R.T.F through masterpieces by Claude Debussy. This is one of the definitive renditions, bursting with unparalleled virtuosity. Both the conductor and the orchestra are in exquisite form. Absolutely essential.

01 – La Mer : I De l’aube à midi sur la mer
02 – La Mer : II Jeux de vagues
03 – La Mer : III Dialogue du vent et de la mer
04 – Trois Nocturnes : I Nuages
05 – Trois Nocturnes : II Fêtes
06 – Trois Nocturnes : III Sirènes (with women’s choir)
07 – Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
08 – Marche écossaise
09 – Berceuse héroïque
10 – Musiques pour le Roi Lear : I Fanfare
11 – Musiques pour le Roi Lear : II Le sommeil de Lear
12 – Jeux (poème dansé)
13 – Images : I Gigues
14 – Images : II Ibéria – a) Par les rues et par les chemins
15 – Images : II Iberia – b) Les parfums de la nuit
16 – Images : III Rondes de printemps
17 – Images : II Iberia – c) Le matin d’un jour de fête
18 – Printemps (Suite symphonique, orch. Henri Büsser) : 1ère partie
19 – Printemps (Suite symphonique, orch. Henri Büsser) : 2ème partie
20 – Children’s Corner Suite (orch. André Caplet) : Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum
21 – Children’s Corner Suite (orch. André Caplet) : Jimbo’s lullaby
22 – Children’s Corner Suite (orch. André Caplet ) : Serenade for the doll
23 – Children’s Corner Suite (orch. André Caplet) : The snow is dancing
24 – Children’s Corner Suite (orch. André Caplet) : The little shepherd
25 – Children’s Corner Suite (orch. André Caplet) : Golliwogg’s cakewalk
26 – Petite Suite (orch. Henri Büsser) : I En bateau
27 – Petite Suite (orch. Henri Büsser) : II Cortège
28 – Petite Suite (orch. Henri Büsser) : III Menuet
29 – Petite Suite (orch. Henri Büsser) : IV Ballet
30 – Danse sacrée et danse profane : I Danse sacrée
31 – Danse sacrée et danse profane : II Danse profane
32 – La Boîte à joujoux (orch. André Caplet) : Prélude
33 – La Boîte à joujoux (orch. André Caplet) : II Le champ de bataille
34 – La Boîte à joujoux (orch. André Caplet) : I Le magasin de jouets
35 – La Boîte à joujoux (orch. André Caplet) : III La bergerie à vendre
36 – La Boîte à joujoux (orch. André Caplet) : IV Après fortune faite
37 – La Boîte à joujoux (orch. André Caplet) : Epilogue
38 – Fantaisie (for piano and orchestra) : I Andante – Allegro
39 – Fantaisie (for piano and orchestra) : II Lento e molto espressivo
40 – Fantaisie (for piano and orchestra) : III Allegro molto
41 – La plus que lente
42 – Première Rapsodie (for orchestra with principal clarinet)
43 – Rapsodie (for orchestra with saxophone solo)
44 – Khamma (Légende dansée – orch. Charles Koechlin)
45 – Danse (Tarentelle styrienne – orch. Maurice Ravel)

About the Mastering:
Four engineers at Abbey Road Studios in London have remastered these historic EMI recordings from their original analogue sources for release in pristine hi-def. Between them, Simon Gibson, Ian Jones, Andy Walter and Allan Ramsay have many years of experience remastering archive recordings for EMI and other record labels. The process always starts with finding all of the records and tapes in EMI’s archive in London and comparing different sources and any previous CD reissues. We consult each recording’s job file, which contains notes about the recording made by the engineer and producer. For example, this sometimes explain why there is more than one set of tapes to choose from. All of the tapes are generally in good condition and we play them on our Studer A80 π inch tape machine, after careful calibration of its replay characteristics.

In order to have the best digital remastering tools at our disposal for the remastering, we transfer from analogue to the digital domain at 96 KHz and 24-bit resolution using a Prism ADA-8 converter and capture the audio to our SADiE Digital Audio Workstation.

— Simon Gibson, January 2012

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Jul 12

Joseph Swensen, Scottish Chamber Orchestra – Sibelius Theatre Music (2003)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 65:45 minutes | 1,21 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Covers & Digital booklet | Source: LINN

The foundations of Sibeliuss reputation are his symphonies, tone poems and increasingly his songs but the music he wrote for the stage throughout his creative life includes some of his finest scores. This disc presents his theatre music from 2 distinct periods – the 1900s (contemporary with his Violin Concerto, and the Second and Third Symphonies) and the 1920s, including some of the last works of his to survive.

This album could have been merely a compilation of Sibelius’s incidental music were it not for Andante festivo, written not for a stage play but for a factory! Undeniably attractive, it doesn’t seem particularly festive, and Joseph Swensen – who omits the optional timpani parta – does nothing to revise my opinion.

The four numbers from Belshazzar’s Feast are infrequently recorded. Composers from cold countries bring out their brightest colours when painting Asia (think of Nielsen’s Aladdin), and Sibelius’s response to Hjalmar Procopé’s forgotten drama is exotic, yet unmistakably Sibelian, particularly in the ‘Nocturne’, with its beautiful flute melody. Swensen is at least as good as Jukka-Pekka Saraste……

More familiar yet is The Tempest. There might have been room for the first suite too had Linn omitted the Andante Festivo or the over recorded Valse Triste. Here and in Pelleas, Swensen comes up against the estimable Sir Thomas Beecham, who nevertheless omits numbers in both. Beecham and the RPO sound richer and make a more imposing impression than Swensen and the Scottish players, although the current performance is appropriately moody.

With Pelleas, we reach well-charted territory. (The BBC’s The Sky At Night never reached the United States, but those of us who have been reading booklet notes forever know that ‘At the Castle Gate’ is that programme’s theme.) I like the menace that Swensen fiinds in this music, and also in The Tempest. ‘At the Seashore’, (the number Beecham omits) is quite threatening; Nature’s violence anticipates the human violence lying ahead. Tuomas Ollila and Paavo Jarvi (especially) are plain beside Swensen.

Without overdoing it, the Scottish string players wash some of the colour from their tone by holding back on the vibrato. This was a good idea and it works well, so kudos to all for giving us a slightly different look at a very familiar piece. Roy McEwan’s booklet notes generously put the individual numbers into the context of the larger drama. Linn’s engineering is top notch.


01 – Pelleas and Melisande At the Castle Gate
02 – Pelleas and Melisande Melisande
03 – Pelleas and Melisande At the Seashore
04 – Pelleas and Melisande A Spring in the Park
05 – Pelleas and Melisande The Three Blind Sisters
06 – Pelleas and Melisande Pastorale
07 – Pelleas and Melisande Melisande at the Spinning-Wheel
08 – Pelleas and Melisande Entr’acte
09 – The Death of Melisande
10 – Kuolema Valse Triste
11 – Belshazzars Feast Oriental Procession
12 – Belshazzars Feast Solitude
13 – Belshazzars Feast Nocturne
14 – Belshazzars Feast Khadra’s Dance
15 – The Tempest: Suite No. 2 Chorus of the Winds
16 – The Tempest: Suite No. 2 Intermezzo
17 – The Tempest: Suite No. 2 Dance of the Nymphs
18 – The Tempest: Suite No. 2 Prospero
19 – The Tempest: Suite No. 2 Song 1
20 – The Tempest: Suite No. 2 Song 2
21 – The Tempest: Suite No. 2 Miranda
22 – The Tempest: Suite No. 2 Naiads
23 – The Tempest: Suite No. 2 Dance Episode
24 – Andante Festivo

Produced by Andrew Keener.
Engineered by Philip Hobbs and Calum Malcolm.
Recorded at the Usher Hall Edinburgh, U.K., March 2003.

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Jul 12

Katia & Marielle Labeque – Minimalist Dream House (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:09:01 minutes | 2,47 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

To be musically avant-garde in the 1950s meant to be difficult. Not by the end of the 1960s. That decade saw a group of American beatniks overthrow the musical givens of postwar Europe. In a series of disobediently straightforward compositions La Monte Young, Terry Jennings, Terry Riley, Steve Reich and Philip Glass declared that music could be clear, honest, pretty and experimental. Turning their backs on the conventional centres of musical power, the earliest minimalist works got their first public audience in La Monte Young’s 1960-61 Chamber Street Series in Yoko Ono’s New York loft. Through the 1960s in art galleries and alternative spaces, the minimalists slowly demystified, democratised and Americanised European modernism. They rejected the angst (what Philip Glass would call “crazy creepy music”). They rejected the invisible games. They rejected the theatricality. “I don’t know any secrets of structure that you can’t hear,” wrote Steve Reich in his 1968 minimalist manifesto, Music as a Gradual Process. Minimalism claimed that there was enough interest in the sounding process itself and enough new territory to be explored in rhythmic patterning to sustain a work. If one removed the Baroque complications – the harmonic story-telling and thematic cleverness – that were obscuring the natural beauties of rhythm and sound, what would be revealed and discovered could provide classical music with a new lease of life. They were right. Minimalism was the last great musical revolution of the 20th century. And it became the most influential and successful ism of them all. In the spirit of the loft concerts we also present new works by David Chalmin, Raphael Seguinier and Nicola Tescari.


Four Movements for Two Pianos (Philip Glass)
1 I. 05:59
2 II. 05:37
3 III. 06:47
4 IV. 05:15
Experiences No. 1 (John Cage)
5 Cage: Experiences No. 102:19
Hymn to a Great City (Arvo Part)
6 Part: Hymn to a Great City :03:17
The Poet Acts (Philip Glass)
7 Glass: The Poet Acts 03:42
The Time Curve Preludes (William Duckworth)
8 No. 1 02:26
9 No. 2 02:07
10 No. 17 02:32
Water Dances, Arr. for two pianos (Michael Nyman)
11 I. Dipping 04:48
12 II. Stroking 06:35
Images (Howard Skempton)
13 Interlude 4 01:20
14 Prelude 5 03:03
15 Interlude 5 00:51
16 Prelude 7 02:31
17 Postlude 01:47

Gameland (David Chalmin)
1 Chalmin: Gameland 06:06
The Time Curve Preludes (William Duckworth)
2 No. 7 03:18
3 No. 12 02:56
Pyramid Song (Radiohead)
4 Thom Yorke: Pyramid Song 05:09
In Dark Trees (Brian Eno)
5 Eno: In Dark Trees 03:48
Avril 14th (Richard James)
6 Avril 14 02:10
Water Dances, Arr. for two pianos (Michael Nyman)
7 IV. Gliding 04:43
8 V. Synchronising 05:55
In C (Terry Riley)
9 Riley: In C 28:58
Free to X (Raphael Seguinier)
10 Seguinier: Free to X 05:02

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Jul 12

Myung Whun Chung (정명훈) – Piano (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 54:59 minutes | 1,01 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: HighResAudio.com | Digital booklet | © ECM

The ECM New Series debut of Myung Whun Chung features the widely-celebrated conductor as pianist. Recorded at Venice’s Teatro La Fenice, in July 2013, the album marks the first occasion that Chung has recorded solo. In a performer’s note, he describes the album as a gift for younger listeners, as well as a personal thanks to those who share his love of this music. Chung’s touch and sensitivity for dynamics cast a new light on familiar pieces – by Debussy, Chopin, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Schumann and Mozart – as they are experienced in a gently flowing sequence which also serves to highlight affinities between the compositions. Although conducting now fully occupies his professional life, Chung (born 1953 in Seoul) made his debut as pianist with the Seoul Philharmonic at the age of seven. He later studied the piano with Maria Curcio, the last and favourite pupil of Artur Schnabel. In 1974 he was a prize winner in the Tchaikovsky Competition. He then began his career playing piano trios with his sisters, Kyung Wha Chung and Myung Wha Chung.

Better known as a dynamic conductor with a large repertoire of 19th and 20th century orchestral music, Myung Whun Chung is also a noted pianist, though he is seldom heard in this capacity. On his 2013 ECM New Series release, he presents ten greatest hits of the piano, and while they may be surprisingly easy for a musician of Chung’s abilities, their simplicity is deceptive. Such pieces as Debussy’s Clair de lune, Beethoven’s Für Elise, Tchaikovsky’s Autumn Song, Schumann’s Träumerei, Chopin’s Nocturne in C sharp minor, and Mozart’s Variations on “Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman!” are miniatures that are frequently heard on student recitals, though it’s less common to hear them interpreted by a sensitive and skilled pianist. Chung has selected these pieces because he has strong personal associations with them, dating back to his music lessons in childhood, and the impulse to record them for his grandchildren was a strong inducement to make this album. But beyond the artistry that Chung displays, which will be attractive to many listeners, these chestnuts may not be sufficiently challenging to entice experienced fans of piano music, and may miss the core ECM audience.

01 – Debussy: Clair de Lune
02 – Chopin: Nocturne in D-flat major, Op.27/2
03 – Beethoven: Fur Elise
04 – Tchaikovsky: Autumn Song
05 – Schubert: Impromptu in E-flat major, D899/2
06 – Schumann: Traumerei
07 – Schumann: Arabeske
08 – Schubert: Impromptu in G-flat major, D899/3
09 – Chopin: Nocturne in C-sharp minor, Op. Posth.
10 – Mozart: 12 Variations on ‘Ah! vous dirai-je, Maman’, K.265

Produced by Manfred Eicher. Engineered by Rainer Maillard.
Recorded July 2013 at Teatro La Fenice, Venice.

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Jul 12

Shahin Novrasli – Bayati (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 62:39 minutes | 666 MB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: BeeJazz.com | Digital booklet

Shahin Novrasli is an Azerbaijani jazz pianist. Elegantly blending his classical knowledge, Azerbaijan’s traditional folk “Mugham” and his jazz influences, Shahin created his own unique and accomplished musical universe, where he combines eastern and western cultures. A gentle wave of exotic melodies, powerful and sharp harmonies, capricious eastern rhythms struck by an American Jazz lightning, majestic and vigorous.

Shahin Novrasli is an eclectic Azerbaijani musician, who – like compatriot pianists Vagif Mustafazade and Aziza Mustafa Zadeh – has built a reputation beyond his homeland for a tumultuous fusion of American jazz and the local mugam folk tradition. Novrasli was a local classical star in his teens, and his jazz virtuosity is often breathtaking – like Brad Mehldau’s contrapuntal-improv approach delivered at blazing tempos, or Herbie Hancock’s left-hand chording reworked with jarring harmonies and wilful rhythmic diversions. Novrasli’s themes seem informed by his folk roots and Broadway songs, and he loves rapidly churning ostinato patterns over rocking hooks, multi-themed slow-burners (the tune of Bayati Shiraz is a rumble of low chords, briefly harrumphing rejoinders and short bursts of whirling dance melody), soft meditations against left-hand walks that snap into silky, Bill Evans-like swing. His touch is exquisite and his speed jaw-dropping, and if his flood-tides of sound can swamp you after an hour or so, there are more than enough startlingly fresh ideas here, from a culture still relatively unfamiliar to jazz.

01 – Nocturne For Natavan
02 – 1001 Nights
03 – Prelude In E Minor
04 – Bayati Shiraz
05 – From Mill To Station
06 – Insomnia
07 – Elinde Sazin Qurbani
08 – Baga Girdim Uzume
09 – Autumn Of Love
10 – Fir & Giz

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Jul 12

Illinois Jacquet – Swing’s The Thing (1956/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 34:20 minutes | 1,38 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover | © Verve Reissues

Swing’s The Thing is one of the first recordings by tenor saxophonist Illinois Jacquet. Recorded in Los Angeles in 1956, it features Illinois Jacquet on tenor sax, Roy Eldridge on trumpet, Jimmy Jones on piano, Herb Ellis on guitar, Ray Brown on bass, and Jo Jones on drums. These magical performances capture the genius that was Jacquet’s playing, backed by a stellar ensemble.

01 – Las Vegas Blues
02 – Harlem Nocturne
03 – Can’t We Be Friends?
04 – Achtung
05 – Have You Met Miss Jones?
06 – Lullaby Of The Leaves

Illinois Jacquet – tenor saxophone
Roy Eldridge – trumpet
Herb Ellis – guitar
Jimmy Jones – piano
Ray Brown – bass
Jo Jones – drums

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Jul 12

Janina Fialkowska – Chopin Recital 2 (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Time – 76:01 minutes | 1,16 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: LinnRecords.com | Front Cover

Very few composers exist whose piano music can fill an entire evening without straining the attention or good will of an audience of non-professional musicians. But all-Chopin recitals have been popular throughout the 20th and now the 21st centuries. For this reason Janina Fialkowska offers, without qualms, her second all-Chopin recital album.

Loved and admired by virtually all of his contemporaries, Chopin cast a magical spell on his generation as well as on all future generations of musicians. His music remains as fresh, as enchanting and as powerful as the day it was first penned. Janina Fialkowska has chosen a very personal program of Chopin’s most delightful piano music including Waltz, Preludes, Ballade and Mazurkas.

01 – Polonaise No. 2 in E flat minor, Op. 26, No. 2
02 – Waltz No. 14 in E minor, Op. posth.
03 – Waltz No. 3 in A minor, Op. 34, No. 2, ‘Valse brillante’
04 – Waltz No. 8 in A flat major, Op. 64, No. 3
05 – Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Op. 38
06 – 24 Preludes, Op. 28 – No. 10 in C sharp minor
07 – 24 Preludes, Op. 28 – No. 11 in B Major
08 – 24 Preludes, Op. 28 – No. 13 in F sharp Major
09 – Fantasy in F minor, Op. 49
10 – Nocturne No. 16 in E flat Major, Op. 55, No. 2
11 – Mazurka No. 5 in B flat Major, Op. 7, No. 1
12 – Mazurka No. 50 in A minor, Op. posth., ‘Notre temps’
13 – Mazurka No. 32 in C sharp minor, Op. 50, No. 3
14 – Scherzo No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 31

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Jul 12

Benjamin Grosvenor – Dances (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Digital Booklet | 1.16 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Highresaudio | Label: Decca

Dances is a dazzling display of solo works for piano from Bach to Boogie Woogie; via Chopin, Granados, Albeniz, Scriabin and the Blue Danube. For his second solo album on Decca, Benjamin Grosvenor has assembled a typically imaginative and appealing programme of piano music inspired by the dance form. Shining the spotlight on the music of movement, this album was inspired by a letter from the great pianist-composer Ferruccio Busoni to his pupil Egon Petri proposing a “dance programme” as a theme for Petri’s recitals, a concept Grosvenor expanded on for his Queen Elizabeth Hall debut recital in 2012.

A former Gramophone Young Artist of the Year, Grosvenor will appearing at two BBC Proms in 2014 with a performance of Chopin’s First Piano Concerto with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra (8th August), followed by a solo recital at Cadogan Hall (1st September). In 2011, he was awarded the honour of opening the BBC Proms Concerts season and was the youngest-ever soloist to perform on the ‘First Night’.

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach, Frédéric Chopin, Alexander Scriabin, Enrique Granados, …
Performer: Benjamin Grosvenor


Benjamin Grosvenor presents Dances, a glittering album shining the spotlight on music from Bach to Boogie Woogie via Chopin, Scriabin, Granados and the Blue Danube. Grosvenor states: “This album’s inspiration comes from a letter in 1909 from Busoni, proposing a ‘dance programme’ comprising original compositions and transcriptions. With Bach’s 4th Partita as its starting point, this recording presents a chronologically and geographically wide-ranging recital of works by composers (and transcribers) to whose output the keyboard was central, featuring both familiar and more obscure gems from the piano repertoire.”

A young pianist shines in Bach and boogie . . . [you’ll find lots of] artistic personality in this lively and intelligent double album . . . [J.S. Bach / Partita no. 4 BWV 828]: [Grosvenor gives] us Bach playing with elegant clarity and a gentle heart. The poise of the sarabande is particularly exquisite: Grosvenor at such points seems inside the notes, entirely the music’s servant . . . one pleasure follows another, with carefully balances textures, widely varied degrees of touch and virtuosity that comes as naturally as breathing. Three od Scriabin’s early mazurkas glide by, fluidly poetic, music poised between the concert hall and the salon . . . [Granados’s “Valses Poéticos” are] pitched with exquisite skill and delicacy . . . a deliciously smoky Albéniz tango . . . This is an exhilarating programme all told, from a greatly gifted young artist. Excellently recorded, too. –Record Review / Geoff Brown, The Times (London) / 01. August 2014

His virtuosity is most floridly displayed in Adolf Schulz-Evler’s gloss on Strauss’s “By the Beautiful Blue Danube”, but it’s the Bach Partita that best displays a talent where an assured modesty allows the music’s subtler charms to shine through. –Record Review / Andy Gill, Independent (London) / 01. August 2014

A superb collection from a brilliant young pianist . . . an outstanding collection of pieces . . . Here Grosvenor brings all of his virtuosic brilliance and musical intelligence to a wide-ranging and very attractive selection of pieces, all immaculately played and crisply recorded.


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Partita No.4 in D , BWV 828
1. 1. Overture 04:33
2. 2. Allemande 04:44
3. 3. Courante 01:40
4. 4. Aria 01:02
5. 5. Sarabande 02:51
6. 6. Menuet 01:00
7. 7. Gigue 01:55

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Andante spianato and Grande polonaise in E flat, Op.22
8. Andante spianato 04:02
9. Grande Polonaise 08:57
Polonaise No.5 In F Sharp Minor, Op.44
10. Polonaise No.5 In F Sharp Minor, Op.44 10:24

Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915)
10 Mazurkas, Op.3 (1889)
11. No.6 in C Sharp Minor (Scherzando) 02:17
12. No.4 in E (Moderato) 03:55
13. No.9 in G Sharp Minor 02:48
Valse in A flat major, op.38
14. Waltz No.4, Op.38 05:38

Enrique Granados (1867-1916)
15. Preludio: Vivace molto 01:04
16. I. Melodioso 01:21
17. 2.Tempo de Vals noble 01:07
18. 3. Tempo de Vals lento 01:32
19. 4. Allegro humoristico 00:39
20. 5. Allegretto (elegante) 01:09
21. 6. Quasi ad libitum (sentimental) 01:04
22. 7. Vivo 00:40
23. 8. Presto 01:55

Adolf Schulz-Evler (1852-1905)
24. An die schönen Blauen Donau – concert arabesques after a waltz by J. Strauss jr. 10:02

Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909)
25. Tango, Op. 165 No.2 02:40

Morton Gould (1913-1996)
26. Boogie Woogie Etude 02:08

Bonus Tracks
27. No.2 Gnomenreigen 02:51
28. Siciliano 03:34

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Jul 12

Benjamin Grosvenor – Chopin, Liszt, Ravel (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Digital Booklet | 1.15 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Highresaudio | Label: Decca

Chopin Liszt Ravel is the debut album from the incredible Benjamin Grosvenor. Decca Classics’ new signing made his name as an 11 year old prodigy when he performed at the BBC Young Musician Final, (narrowly missing out to winner, violinist Nicola Benedetti). Still only aged 18, Benjamin has burst onto the performance scene. His debut album, Chopin Liszt, Ravel is out this July.

Benjamin is due to receive nationwide media attention when he performs at the First Night of the Proms, which will be followed by a BBC Breakfast News appearance. He will also tour this season with the National Youth Orchestra (and play at their BBC Prom) showing his relevance and support to young classical musicians today.

Composer: Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt, Maurice Ravel
Performer: Benjamin Grosvenor


If you don’t believe the critical accolades praising 18-year-old pianist Benjamin Grosvenor’s astonishing command of the instrument and vivid interpretive gifts, you will when you’re done listening to this disc. His supple, light-fingered, playful, and imaginatively characterized Chopin Scherzi count among the best. Fanciful nuances, inner voices, and unexpected rubatos fall from Grosvenor’s sleeves like rabbits from a magician’s hat, yet these gestures enhance rather than dissipate Chopin’s structures.

The three Nocturnes are brisk but not rushed, and feature eloquently spun, gorgeously shaded, perfectly proportioned right-hand melodies. Both Chopin/Liszt song transcriptions stand out for exquisite, amazingly even filigree that yields nothing in finesse and control to Josef Hofmann’s 1935 HMV test pressings, and that’s the ultimate compliment! In contrast to pianists who play Liszt’s sparsely-textured late pieces in a gloomy, bleak manner, Grosvenor almost throws En rêve away.

Grosvenor’s gentle animation, delicacy, precision, and ravishing tonal palette set reference standards for those attracted to the underlying classicism in Ravel’s Gaspard de la nuit, despite a few clipped and undersold climaxes in the Scarbo movement. For edgier, more subjective and demonically tinted Gaspards, go to Argerich and Pogorelich, but Grosvenor’s approach is on par with (and indeed sometimes surpasses) Simon, Schuch, Bavouzet, and Michelangeli. A remarkable release no piano lover should miss.


Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 1849)
1. Scherzo No.1 In B Minor Opus 20 8:18
2. Nocturne No.5 in F sharp, Op.15 No.2 3:11
3. Scherzo No.4 In E Opus 54 9:59
4. Nocturne No.19 in E minor, Op.72 No.1 4:02
5. Scherzo No.3 in C sharp minor, Op.39 6:41
6. Nocturne In C Sharp Minor, Op. Posth. 3:46
7. Scherzo No.2 In B Flat Minor Opus 31 9:12
8. My Joys, Op.74 No.12 (arranged as No.5 of “Six Chants Polonais” S.480) 3:22
9. The Maiden’s Wish, Op.74, No.1 (arranged as No.1 of “Six Chants Polonais” S.480) 3:39

Franz Liszt (1811 – 1886)
10. En reve, nocturne, S.207 2:19

Maurice Ravel (1875 – 1937)
Gaspard de la nuit, M.55
11. Ondine 6:35
12. Le gibet 5:30
13. Scarbo 8:41

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Jul 12

レーベル VAP
配信開始日 2016.05.04
収録曲数 全10曲
販売データ ハイレゾ|FLAC|48.0kHz/24bit


スマッシュヒットとなった1stミニアルバム「First Sweet Wave」に続く、声優 楠田亜衣奈の2ndアルバム!!

楠田亜衣奈 2ndアルバム「Next Brilliant Wave」ハイレゾ音源をまとめてご購入された方に「デジタルブロマイドA」をプレゼント!



1 – Infinite Memories – 04:41
2 – POWER FOR LIFE – 04:26
3 – 恋愛対象Countdown – 04:16
4 – 内気なバービー – 04:24
5 – Nameless mind – 03:44
6 – 硝子のバタフライ – 04:10
7 – 群青シネマ – 04:14
8 – 進化系HEROINE – 04:02
9 – ラブリージーニアス – 04:26
10 – My yesterdays – 04:39

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