Piano Masters

PIANO MASTERS celebrates our tradition of recording the greatest pianists of each age. From Argerich to Zimerman the series combines treasures of our archive with the broadening range and variety of music from the new recordings of our artists of today. Setting Martha Argerich alongside Murray Perahia, Daniel Barenboim alongside Paul Badura-Skoda, Daniil Trifonov alongside Sviatoslav Richter, Evgeny Kissin alongside Wilhelm Kempff, Piano Masters will also feature further new recordings by Seong-Jin Cho, Víkingur Ólafsson, Maurizio Pollini and Krystian Zimerman. 

The essence of PIANO MASTERS is captured in the playlist below and a parallel compilation album featuring as yet unreleased recordings, such as Daniil Trifonov in Chopin’s Fantaisie-Impromptu or Evgeny Kissin’s rendition of the fourth movement of Beethoven’s Sonata No.3, alongside historic performances from such artists as Walter Gieseking and Monique Haas. 

Drawing on over 2,500 recordings spanning three centuries of repertoire, this unique series forms an essential compendium for enthusiasts and curious newcomers alike, revealing how the history of piano music has been marked in very different and entirely personal ways by both composers and performers. 


New Releases


Chopin Evocations

Daniil Trifonov

Int. Release 06 Okt. 2017
2 CDs / 3 LPs / Download 479 7518 2;

"… among pianists a talent such as his is a phenomenon that appears no more than two or three times in a generation." Gramophone

Daniil Trifonov stands for virtuosity, musical poetry and evocative power. This album presents two-and-a-half hours of music uniting Chopin's two beautiful piano concertos with Chopin solo works and pieces by Mompou, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Grieg and Barber paying homage to the genius of Chopin who, in Trifonov's words, "revolutionized the expressive horizons of the piano."

The album features world premiere recordings of both Piano Concertos in fascinating orchestrations by pianist-composer Mikhail Pletnev.

The solo works include some of Chopin's earliest (Variations on "La ci darem la mano" Op. 2) and latest (Fantaisie-Impromptu Op. 66) works, together with the rarely-heard Rondo Op. 73a for two pianos, a devilishly difficult piece here performed by Trifonov together with his friend and mentor, Sergei Babayan.  The atmospheric tenth variation of Mompou's Variations on a Theme of Chopin is entitled "Evocation" and, in its poignant transformation of Chopin's famous melodies, inspired the name of this album.

Claude Debussy


Int. Release 17 Nov 2017
1 CD / Download 479 8308 8


Recent Releases

Compilation Album

Piano Masters

1 CD / Download

Int. Release: 8 Sep 2017 (Download / Stream)
Pre-Release Germany: 8 Sep 2017
Int. Release: 22 Sep 2017 (CD)


Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849)
1. Fantaisie-Impromptu In C Sharp Minor, Op. 66
Daniil Trifonov
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
2. Piano Sonata No. 3 In C Major, Op. 2, No. 3 - 4. Allegro assai
Evgeny Kissin
Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov (1873 - 1943)
3. Piano Concerto No.1 in F Sharp Minor, Op.1 - 3. Allegro vivace
Krystian Zimerman, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa
Franz Liszt (1811 - 1886)
4. Années de pèlerinage: Troisième année, S.163 - 4. Les jeux d'eau à la Villa d'Este
Pierre-Laurent Aimard
Edvard Grieg (1843 - 1907)
5. Lyric Pieces Book V, Op.54 - 4. Notturno
Alice Sara Ott
Christoph Willibald von Gluck (1714 - 1787)
6. Melodie From "Orfeo ed Euridice", Wq30, (Arr. Giovanni Sgambati)
Hélène Grimaud
Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924)
7. Ballade In F Sharp, Op.19
Yuja Wang
Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849)
8. Andante Spianato & Grande Polonaise Brillante In G Major / E Flat Major, Op. 22
Jan Lisiecki
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)
9. Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring (Arranged For Piano By Dame Myra Hess)
Rafal Blechacz
Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849)
10. Ballade No. 3 In A Flat Major, Op. 47
Seong-Jin Cho
Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918)
11. Préludes / Book 1, L.117 - La fille aux cheveux de lin
Monique Haas
Béla Bartók (1881 - 1945)
12. Sonatina Over Themes Of Peasants From Transsylvania, Sz 55
Andor Foldes
Philip Glass (*1937)
13. Études - No. 9
Víkingur Ólafsson
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)
14. French Suite No.5 in G, BWV 816 - Gigue
Murray Perahia
Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov (1873 - 1943)
15. Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op.43 - Variation 18
Lang Lang, Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gergiev
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)
16. Italian Concerto In F Major, BWV 971 - 1. Allegro
Walter Gieseking
Dimitri Borisovich Kabalevsky (1904 - 1987)
17. Sonatina, Op.13, No.1 - 3. Presto
Daniel Barenboim
Sergei Prokofiev (1891 - 1953)
18. Toccata, Op.11
Martha Argerich


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