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
1 CD / 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.

Beethoven
Piano Sonatas 3, 14, 23, 26 & 32

Evgeny Kissin

Int. Release 25 Aug. 2017
2 CDs / Download 479 7581 6

“It has been clear for some time that Evgeny Kissin is a Beethoven player of rare pedigree and distinction, the finest Russian-born Beethovenian since Emil Gilels,” Gramophone
 
This is Evgeny Kissin’s first substantial collection on disc of solo works by Beethoven. The album provides impressive and at the same time personal evidence of his lengthy and intense engagement with the composer.

The album will be released on August 25.

Daniel Barenboim
The Solo Recordings on DG

Int. Release 11 Aug. 2017
39 CDs 479 7371 3

Daniel Barenboim is undoubtedly one of the outstanding musical figures of our time. Anticipating Daniel Barenboim's 75th birthday in November, we celebrate his remarkable artistry as a pianist with this 39-CD Anniversary Edition. With recordings spanning 60 years, this allows one to observe his artistic development through very early recordings as a talented 13 year old to the present day.

Tchaikovsky 
Piano Concerto No. 1

Martha Argerich

Int. Release 18 Aug. 2017
1 LP 479 7723 0

Martha Argerich’s celebrated live recording of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto with Claudio Abbado makes its way to a stand-alone single vinyl release for the first time (previously only available on this format within a boxed set). Recorded live in December 1994 at the Philharmonie in Berlin. Gramophone magazine (UK) commented: „Surpassing even those earlier and legendary performances.  Argerich has never sounded on better terms with the piano, more virtuoso yet engagingly human.”

Rachmaninov
Piano Concerto No. 2, 6 Preludes

Sviatoslav Richter

Int. Release 18 Aug. 2017
1 LP 479 7722 3

Sviatoslav Richter’s legendary interpretation of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 was recorded in April/May 1959 at the Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw. INTERNATIONAL PIANO, LONDON described it as: “The most amazing piano playing. The clarity of it is stunning … I’d never heard anything like that before – an amazing range of colour and orchestral effect.”  This recording has been mastered from original sources and pressed on 180g heavy-weight vinyl.

Beethoven
Piano Sonatas 8,14 & 23

Wilhelm Kempff

Int. Release 18 Aug. 2017
1 LP 479 7724 7

“Kempff's performances of all the great named sonatas … are triumphs of communicative music-making.”  GRAMOPHONE

Wilhelm Kempff's classic accounts of three Beethoven Sonatas were recorded in September 1964 (No. 23) and January 1965 (Nos. 8, 14), Beethovensaal, Hannover. This recording has been mastered from original sources and pressed on 180g heavy-weight vinyl.

Playlist


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