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.
"… 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.
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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