Maurice Ravel – Complete Piano Works – Walter Gieseking (1954/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:57:25 minutes | 794 MB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source:  | @ EMI Classics
Recorded: 12/1954, Abbey Road Studios, London

For a pianist so associated with the French repertoire it’s somewhat perplexing to find that these Ravel recordings have been out of the domestic catalogue for so long. His Debussy set, currently on EMI CHS 5 658552, has always occupied a central place in the discography – as Bryce Morrison says in his notes Gieseking is to Debussy as Schnabel is to Beethoven or Rubinstein to Chopin – whereas his sovereignty in Ravel seems to have been very slightly eroded over the years. Which again, if true, is a matter for bewilderment. Whilst other pianists may sometimes bring greater clarity of articulation to Ravel or a greater elegance very few can command the myriad exquisite nuances that constantly illuminate the music in the way Gieseking invariably does.

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Title: Harry Connick, Jr. – In Concert On Broadway
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Jazz, Swing, Traditional Pop, Big Band
Director: Francois Lamoureux, Pierre Lamoureux
Artist: Harry Connick, Jr. – Vocals, Conductor, Piano; Joe Barati – Trombone (Bass); Lucien Barbarin – Trombone; Mark Braud – Trumpet; Kevin Bryan – Trumpet; Geoff Burke – Copyist, Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano); Neal Caine – Bass; Jonathan Dinklage – Violin; Arthur Latin – Drums; Todd Low – Viola; Kristina Musser – Violin; Louise Owen – Violin; Philip Payton – Violin; Amy Ralske – Cello; Antoine Silverman – Violin; Kiroko Taguchi – Violin; Dion Tucker – Trombone; Jerry Weldon – Sax (Tenor); Orlando Wells – Viola; Anja Wood – Cello; Ming Yeh – Violin

Production/Label: Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment
Duration: 01:47:06
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio codec: AC-3, PCM
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 17967 kbps / 1920*1080p / 23,976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 / 96 kHz / 7822 kbps / 24-bit (AC3 Embedded: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps)
Audio#2: English Dolby Digital 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
Audio#3: English LPCM 2.0 / 96 kHz / 4608 kbps / 24-bit

Grammy and Emmy Award winner, Tony Award nominee and multi-platinum recording artist Harry Connick, Jr. will return to Broadway this summer for 11 performances only. Over the past two decades, Harry Connick, Jr. has proven to be among the world’s most successful and multi-talented artists. While he first reached a mass audience as a pianist, singer and bandleader, his subsequent success in film, television and theatre have secured his place in the public eye as a renaissance man and a versatile entertainer second to none, garnering him three Grammy Awards and an Emmy Award, as well as two Tony Award nominations. Following a sold-out concert series at Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in 1990 and Tony nominations for his performance in The Pajama Game and his music and lyrics in Thou Shalt Not, Harry Connick, Jr. is happy to return to Broadway. Raised in New Orleans, Connick first performed publicly at age five, appeared on his first recording at age ten and released his self-titled major-label debut on Columbia Records at 19. Since then he has recorded over 24 albums which have garnered sales of over 25 million, and is ranked among the top best-selling male artists in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America.

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Felix Mendelssohn – Songs without Words – Walter Gieseking (1956/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 00:48:40 minutes | 481 MB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | @ EMI Classics
Recorded: No.3 Studio, Abbey Road, London 1956/09/21-23

‘Gieseking achieved a paradox with these recordings: he devoted so much care to them that they seem absolutely artless. The pianist who mastered Beethoven’s epic edifices also had the modesty to efface himself in front of Mendelssohn’s. Not once does he say, “Look at me!” or “Now I’m going to show you how beautiful this is.” He simply plays the music without condescension or apology. However, this is not to say that his interpretations are simple! On the surface, Gieseking is depicting the jolly mischief of Shakespeare’s spirit, but on a lower level, Gieseking finds the darker colors that hint at the possibility, not necessarily realized, of a more maleficent disposition. And perhaps Mendelssohn’s miniatures are less emotionally complex but even here, Gieseking goes beyond their pretty surface and exposes their true Romanticism.’ –Raymond Tuttle, Classical Net

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