A record label featuring piano solo and piano concerto recordings only.
We will issue brand new recordings by young and established talent as well as licensed recordings of great note.
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We are very excited to welcome London based pianist Mark Viner to the Piano Classics roster.
We are very proud to be a part of his "bold championing of unfamiliar pianistic terrain".
GODOWSKY: Original piano works and transcriptions
Leopold Godowsky (1870-1938) was one of the greatest and most legendary pianists of the 20th century. As a composer he is most famous for his transcriptions and paraphrases, all displaying a daunting virtuosity. This new recording presents Godowsky’s original work the Passacaglia, 44 variations on Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony, one of the most complicated and difficult piano pieces ever written, as well as a selection of transcriptions of Schubert Songs. The Strauss paraphrases (Wein, Weib und Gesang, Alt Wien) are frequently played concert pieces, a firework display of virtuosity, ingenuity and brilliance.
Pianist Emanuele Delucchi (b. 1987) followed the famous Imola School in Italy, won the gold Medal at the Alkan/Zimmermann Competition and is a champion of lesser known romantic composers (Alkan, Godowsky, Bussotti), “A true lion of the keyboard, a discovery” (Matthias Ross).
Delucchi plays on a Steinway of 1906 from the collection of Marco Barletta, an instrument perfectly suited to the repertoire, from the same time as Godowsky’s compositions.
KAPUSTIN: Piano Works
The piano music of Nikolai Kapustin enjoys an ever increasing popularity. His irresistible fusion of classical and jazz is enthusiastically received by modern audiences.
This new recording presents the Piano Sonatas nos. 1 and 7, serious works of advanced complexity and emotional depth, a selection from the Etudes and Bagatelles, displaying great brilliance and dazzling virtuosity, and the famous Variations Op. 41, an homage to Stravinsky’s Sacre du Printemps (the bassoon solo is quoted in it).
Sun Hee You, born in Seoul, settled in Italy, where she worked with Lazar Berman, Boris Petrushansky
and Paul Badura-Skoda. Her playing displays a rare blend of technical brilliance and artistic profundity.
RACHMANINOFF: Etudes-tableaux (complete)
For her third album for Piano Classics Zlata Chochieva chose the complete Etudes-tableaux by Rachmaninoff, music close to her heart.
Zlata Chochieva tells us:
“I always feel immensely fortunate to perform these masterpieces of a composer whom I whole-heartedly adore. Rachmaninoff composed most of his works, including the Etudes-tableaux, at his family estate in Ivanovka, 600 km south of Moscow - he returned there each summer for more than twenty years, a habit only put to an end by his emigration in 1917. I visited his house there this August to absorb its special atmosphere, and to experience the inspiration and magical spirit which must have made this incredibly peaceful land such a joy and place of refuge for him.
It is a great privilege to be able to experience these worlds that the Tableaux present, full of emotional poetry, romantic beauty, painful tragedy, darkness and light, and a boundless love for Russia.
So much so that, for me, this music makes life worth living.”
Zlata’s two previous albums for Piano Classics received rave reviews in the international press.
The Chopin Etudes (PCL0068) was chosen “Editor’s Choice” in Gramophone.
"One of the most consistently inspired, masterfully executed and beautiful-sounding version I can recall” (Gramophone)
“Unusually distinctive, especially mature and insightful, a striking set” Fanfare
“In each piece she seems to be telling a story which words are unable to express..the natural, sensual, powerful flow of the music come straight into the soul” Piano News
“Zlata Chochieva tackles even the severest technical challenges easily and with a lyrical finesse bringing a touch of sophisticated process in the melodic swirl” Crescendo
“Despite her youth, her keyboard style divulges a sense of maturity in the Chopin etudes, a maturity supported by an arsenal of natural talent, good instincts and superior intelligence” Classical Net
“The possessor of a comprehensive technique who brings an inner glow to every bar. Her playing is indelibly Russian in its fullness and warmth, backed by a dauntless and easy command” Gramophone
“Zlata Chochieva, a pianist’s pianist” Musicweb International.
LOVE AND DEATH: Piano transcriptions of operas by Wagner and Verdi
These rarely heard piano transcriptions of Wagner and Verdi operas share a common theme: Love and Death, the two most important themes of opera, as a reflection of human life and fate.
First the pianist Abdiel Vazquez presents his own “Meistersinger Rhapsody”, a stunning pianistic tour de force. The three Wagner transcriptions (Ride of the Valkyries, Siegmund’s Love Song, Love Scene and Transfiguration from Tristan) are by Carl Tausig, Liszt’s favourite pupil, an awesome pianist and composer, died tragically young. The Concert Fantasy over themes from La Forza del Destino is by Italian composer Giuseppe Martucci (a wonderful composer with a fine ear for instrumental colours), followed by two famous paraphrases by Liszt (Rigoletto, Aida). The disc finds a spectacular conclusion in the fiendishly difficult Trovatore Paraphrase by György Cziffra.
Abdiel Vazquez is one of the foremost pianist of Mexico, a 1st Prize Winner of the New York Shining Stars Debut Series, which brought him his Carnegie Hall debut. He presently lives in New York.