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The Piano Guys – O come Emmanuel

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Rachmaninoff: 10 Preludes Op.23 (Lugansky)

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on November 24, 2018


Ashish Xiangyi Kumar

Published on Nov 5, 2015

It’s not easy to think of a composer who was Chopin’s match in writing miniatures, but Rachmaninoff at least comes very close. His preludes are marvels of textural innovation, harmonic imagination, gorgeous counterpoint (Rachmaninoff’s brilliance at counterpoint is really not noticed often enough), and lyricism in all its forms — bleak, sweeping, stark, doleful, lush. (Individual descriptions below.)

Lugansky’s performances are some of my favourites. I think of him as being for Rachmaninoff what Rubinstein was for Chopin. There’s nothing bloated or forced about his style, and it manages to find a perfect middle ground between harsh, steely banginess (a bit easy too easy to slip into with Rachmaninoff) and saccharine melodrama. The melodies are clear, the counterpoint well-formed, the tempi judicious, the musical peaks and troughs clear even in the densest passages. In some passages Lugansky also reveals a gift for startling coloration. With music as naturally rich as Rachmaninoff’s the result is a fantastic listening experience, completely bereft of the sense of weary struggle and stiffness you sometimes get.

1. Largo, F-sharp minor — 0:00 2. *Maestoso, B-flat major — 3:26. Lugansky’s performance is both thunderously exuberant and tightly controlled. The LH melodies in the middle section are impeccably outlined: 4:23 onward. 3. Tempo di minuetto, D minor — 6:53. Note the striking canonic passage with diminuition at 9:28. 4. Andante cantabile, D major — 10:27. Unorthodox harmonies scaffolding a simple but marvelous melody. 5. *Alla marcia, G minor — 15:04. Yet again, more striking counterpoint from 16:48 onward. 6. *Andante, E-flat major — 18:52. Note how carefully Lugansky parses the minor voices in an already contrapuntally dense prelude. E.g.: 20:15. 7. *Allegro, C minor — 22:04. One of Rachmaninoff’s best. Lugansky produces some stunning bell-like sounds [22:28] and dynamic changes [23:27]. 8. Allegro vivace, A-flat major — 24:28 9. Presto, E-flat minor — 27:41 10: *Largo, G-flat major — 29:27 This neglected prelude features some of Rachmanioff’s starkest and most beautiful counterpoint [31:35++] played with impeccable clarity, with some lovely harmonic turns and arpeggiation thrown into the mix [see e.g., 32:36++.]

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Graham J Lloyd – The Song of the Severn – piano, string quartet

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on November 23, 2018
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Amadeus Mozart – Piano Sonatas – w scores

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on November 12, 2018

 

 

 

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Edvard Grieg – Piano Concerto A Minor – Leif Ove Andsnes, Pianist – Leonard Slatkin, Conductor

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on September 26, 2018

 

Published on Sep 11, 2014

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Horacio Lavandera – Compositores Argentinos – Tribute to Argentinian Composers Full Concert

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on September 18, 2018

 

 

 

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Cesat Franck – Violin Sonata – Anne Sophie Mutter, Orkis

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on September 5, 2018

DUANE:   An emotionally rich performance; great clarity, perfect ensemble unity!

 

 

Published on Apr 6, 2017

S-VHS → PC 1st [0:27] 2nd [10:32] 3rd [14:58] 4th [22:18] Anne-Sophie Mutter [vn] Lambert Orkis [pf] 1989.12.9 Tokyo. Japan Live
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Franck: Violin Sonata / Mutter Orkis

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on August 10, 2018

 

Published on Apr 6, 2017

S-VHS → PC 1st [0:27] 2nd [10:32] 3rd [14:58] 4th [22:18] Anne-Sophie Mutter [vn] Lambert Orkis [pf] 1989.12.9 Tokyo. Japan Live

 

 

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Obit: Cecil Taylor — Hawkins Bay Dispatch — Hipster Sanctuary

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on July 8, 2018

 

 

https://youtu.be/3oiJMXAgZR0

Jazz pianist with a radical improvisation style described as one of the most ‘incorrigibly sublime’ figures in the recent history of music 08 April 2018 |John Fordham | The Guardian “The maverick African-American jazz pianist and poet Cecil Taylor, who has died aged 89, gave an impression of constant motion and restless speed. He fused […]

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CUBAN PIANO MASTER

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on June 29, 2018

 

Published on Apr 25, 2008

Musica cubana tradicional (salsa). Homenaje a Elio Reve, fallecido musico cubano.Salsa Dance,Timba y Rumba
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Rachmaninoff – Étude-Tableaux Op. 39 No. 5 (Kissin)

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on June 28, 2018

Published on Jan 31, 2016

Sergei Rachmaninoff – Étude-Tableaux, Op. 39 No. 5 in E-flat minor Piano: Evgeny Kissin

 

 

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Paul Hindemith – Bassoon Sonata – Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Chamber Soloists

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on June 24, 2018

Saint-Saens Bassoon Sonata:

 

 

Published on Dec 19, 2016

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Chamber Soloists play Paul Hindemith. Bassoon Sonata (1938) – Helma van den Brinck, Bassoon; Sepp Grotenhuis, Piano;

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Italian Summer – Piano, Violin

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on June 21, 2018

 

Provided to YouTube by TuneCore Italian Summer (Piano and Violin) · Classical New Age Piano Music Classical New Age Piano and Violin Duets ℗ 2014 BrianCrain.com Records Released on: 2011-11-14

 

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Articulations at Piano,

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on May 27, 2018

 

Published on Jan 23, 2013

Pianist magazine http://www.pianistmagazine.com presents Graham Fitch’s in-depth piano lesson on Articulation and Phrasing. This lesson complements his full-length article inside Pianist No 70. The masterclass takes place on a Steinway Model D concert grand at Steinway Hall, London http://www.steinwayhall.co.uk

 

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GEORGE GERSHWIN – Virtuosic arrangements by EARL WILD – 7 Etudes

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on April 18, 2018

 

 

 

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Bruce Tippette – 2 movements for Trumpet, Horn, and Piano. – I. Waves

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on March 4, 2018

 

Published on Apr 29, 2014

Trumpet – Derek Blankenship Horn – Mathew Evans Piano – Beau Mansfield Composer – Bruce Tippette
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Mozart Piano Sonata, K. 331, third movement, “Alla Turca,“ – Music analysis / music appreciation

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on March 2, 2018

Published on Nov 11, 2014

This video analyzes and explains important musical characteristics of the third movement of Mozart’s Piano Sonata in A Major, K. 331, “Alla Turca,” including its structure and themes. A piano performance is also included.

 

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Bill Evans – Like Someone in Love

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on February 19, 2018

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Beethoven / Alfred Brendel, 1965 – Rondo a Capriccio in G Op. 129, “Rage Over a Lost Penny”

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on January 18, 2018

From the LP shown above, “Beethoven” Variations and Vignettes.”

via Beethoven / Alfred Brendel, 1965: Rondo a Capriccio in G Op. 129, “Rage Over a Lost Penny” — davidhertzberg

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JOHANNES BRAHMS – Piamo, Strings Quartet in Cm – Great Clarity, Passion – EXCITING PERFORFORMANCE

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on January 16, 2018

 

Published on Jul 25, 2015

2014. 7.25 (Fri) 7:30pm / 알펜시아 콘서트홀 Alpensia Concert Hall, PyeongChang, Korea Brahms Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor, op. 60 Allegro non troppo Scherzo: Allegro (10:55) Andante (15:11) Finale: Allegro comodo (24:12) Svetlin Roussev 스베틀린 루세브, violin Maxim Rysanov 막심 리자노프, viola Jian Wang 지안 왕, cello Yeol Eum Son 손열음, piano
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