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.
Ludwig van Beethoven
Debussy marked the beginning of Seong-Jin Cho’s career, since Children’s Corner was on the program of his first ever appearance on stage. Now Cho marks the centenary of the great French composer’s death next year with an album of solo piano works.
Debussy considered Chopin, who spent many of his most creative years in Paris, to be the most important composer of his time, and for Cho, whose formative years were also spent in Paris, Debussy is a composer with whom he feels a very strong affinity.
For his new album, Cho has brought together some of Debussy’s most popular works and cycles, including “Images I & II”, Suite Bergamasque, which includes the beloved “Clair de Lune”, and Children’s Corner, which contains favourites of every young aspiring piano student. While composed for children to listen to, they are acknowledged as requiring significant resourcefulness to interpret.
1 CD / Download
Int. Release: 8 Sep 2017 (Download / Stream)
Pre-Release Germany: 8 Sep 2017
Int. Release: 22 Sep 2017 (CD)
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