Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Sonatas Nos. 4 & 9-11 – Maurizio Pollini (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time ~ 01:12:42 minutes | 1.16 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: prestoclassical.co.uk | Digital Booklet, Front Cover
© Deutsche Grammophon | Recorded: KKL Luzern, 1/2012; Herkulessaal, Residenz, Munich, 5&6/2012

Beethoven’s Op. 7 and Op. 22, both standard four-movement works, frame the two lyrical Op. 14 sonatas, cast in three movements. These smaller-scale sonatas make fewer virtuosic demands on the soloist, yet are by no means lacking in poetic intensity and clarity. One of the greatest pianists of the 20th century, Maurizio Pollini embarked on a project to record the entire cycle of Beethoven’s piano sonatas in 1975. This 2013 installment, showcasing Pollini’s typical masterful artistry and technical bravado, is the second-to-last volume in the series. (more…)

Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Sonatas Nos. 16-20 – Maurizio Pollini (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time ~ 01:15:20 minutes | 1.19 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: prestoclassical.co.uk | Digital Booklet, Front Cover
© Deutsche Grammophon | Recorded: Munich, Herkulessaal, 6/2013 & 6/2014

Deutsche Grammophon is proud to release a stunning new recording of Beethoven piano sonatas by Maurizio Pollini. This final recording from 2014 brings a 40-year project to completion: he now presents studio recordings of all 32 Beethoven piano sonatas. The piano sonatas are central to Beethoven’s oeuvre. As a composer and virtuoso pianist himself, he wrote works for the instrument from the beginning to the end of his career, so a cycle of the piano sonatas gives an almost unparalleled insight into his development as a composer and as a master of the instrument. (more…)

Ludwig van Beethoven – Complete piano sonatas – Abdel Rahman El Bacha (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | Time ~ 10:36:48 minutes | 8,72 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Mirare
Recorded: avril 2012 et janvier 2013 à la Ferme de Villefavard (France)

“Over and above the purely musical aspect that makes Beethoven one of the greatest composers of all time, what stands out for me is the lesson of a moral being: insofar as Beethoven sets himself immensly high standards, immense rigour and courage – in his life, in everything he undertakes, in the authenticity of even the slightest of his artistic gestures – his attitude must rub off on his interpreter. That’s why I think that, for me, Beethoven has represented not only one of the most profound lessons in music, but also a lesson in life.” –Abdel Rahman El Bacha (more…)

Ludwig van Beethoven – Complete Piano Concertos – Paul Lewis, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jiri Belohlavek (2010)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time ~ 02:56:00 minutes | 1.52 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Harmonia Mundi
Recorded: July & November 2009, March 2010 London, BBC Maida Vale Studios & Air Studios (November 2009)

His complete set of the Beethoven sonatas enjoyed extraordinary acclaim in the UK, culminating in the prestigious ‘Recording of the Year’ award from Gramophone magazine for the fourth volume in 2008. Encouraged by what has now become a worldwide success, Paul Lewis has chosen to turn his attention to the five piano concertos with these distinguished partners. Recorded between July 2009 and March 2010, these interpretations paint a portrait of Beethoven full of light and shade.
Paul Lewis and Jirí Belohlávek have produced a set of the Beethoven piano concertos that puts them closer to their Classical-era roots while conveying a sense of excitement in Beethoven’s daring and innovative writing. This is not a boldly stated and theatrically dramatic reading of these works; one might say it’s conservative, but not so much so that the listener can’t help being moved by the rousing ending of the Emperor Concerto or caught up in the energy of the opening movement of the Concerto No. 3. Lewis gives the slow movements elegance and gracefulness with a touch that is wonderfully legato. Yet he knows how to change his articulation to help change the character and shape of each phrase throughout the concertos, adding interest to the music without overdoing any drama. He and Belohlávek work well together in this, neither one being indulgent, and with Belohlávek keeping the orchestral colors very much in line with the piano. Their interpretation sounds completely natural to Beethoven’s style, from the first to the last concerto. Harmonia Mundi’s sound is very clear and present, and equally balanced between the orchestra and piano. –Patsy Morita, AllMusic

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Сomposer: Ástor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
Artist: Isabelle van Keulen Ensemble
Title: Tango!
Genre: Classical, Jazz, Tango, Chamber Music, South American Traditions
Label: © Challenge Records Int.
Release Date: 2013
Recorded: MotorMusic Studios, Mechelen, Belgium
Recording dates: 29 January 2013
Quality: Blu-ray
Duration: 01:02:44 + 0:22:46  (documentary)
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 20893 kbps / 1920*1080p / 23,976 fps / 16:9 / Main Profile 4.1
Audio#1: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 96 kHz / 6492 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#2: English DTS-HD MA 2.0 / 96 kHz / 3118 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#3: English Dolby Digital 2.0 / 48 kHz / 384 kbps / DN -4dB
Audio#4 (documentary): English DTS-HD MA 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2126 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Subtitle (documentary): English, German, French, Dutch
Size: 17.55 GB

Classical music lovers all over the world will know her name: violinist Isabelle van Keulen is a soloist who, for many years now, has built a strong career worldwide. She plays with all the important orchestra’s, performs in the famous concert halls and keeps on recording extraordinary CD’s of a very high level. Take for instance her latest release of December 2012 with music of Prokofiev together with her duo partner Ronald Brautigam. But now she dares to do something totally different! She wanted to do this for many years and now her dream can come true to play and record the music of Astor Piazzolla. This music she has loved since she was a child of six years old. With her new ensemble she also plays in concert halls and she recorded this beloved tango music on SACD and on film (on DVD and Bluray) in January 2013 in mechelen (Belgium). In a bonus documentary that goes with the BluRay, Isabelle and her colleagues Ulrike Payer, Christian Gerber and Rudiger Ludwig tell about this music, about the tango technique and about their instruments. This not only gives us insight in Piazzolla himself but also tells more about the typical tango sound and how this is produced and why, according to the musicians, this music is so moving and goes straight to the heart! (more…)