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“The Diabelli Variations, Op. 120; the Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111; and the Six Bagatelles, Op. 126, are among the most original and intellectually stimulating works Ludwig van Beethoven composed for the piano, and the sophisticated interpretations of András Schiff are especially worthwhile for their insights into authentic performance practice and reception.” [...]

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“Japanese-British pianist Mitsuko Uchida continues to impress with recordings that are not so much intellectual as simply well thought out, making a challenging yet extremely satisfying overall impression….Decca’s engineering staff outdoes itself with its capture of an ideal sound environment for the work: not the usual concert hall or studio but the well-known audiophile venue [...]

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“Macedonian pianist Simon Trpceski has emerged as a major recitalist, with a specialty in the high virtuoso repertory of the late Romantic period. There’s a lot to like in this London Wigmore Hall recital of music by Schubert and Liszt, which gives an idea of the nature of Trpceski’s talent.” –All Music Guide Check Our [...]

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Anna Gourari: Canto Oscuro

“The recording shows Gourari capable of performing repertoire in a wide range of moods: from the brash Ragtime movement found in the Hindemith suite to the gravitas and grandeur required in the Bach/Busoni transcriptions. One through line: she makes technically demanding repertoire sound far too achievable by mere mortals.” –Chamber Musician Today Check Our Catalog

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Jeremy Denk: Ligeti; Beethoven

“American pianist Jeremy Denk is emerging as his generation’s Alfred Brendel, offering cerebral but not dry programs and performances informed by a deep structural grasp of the piano literature… This fine release offers an excellent introduction to his work.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“After his widely praised recordings of Schubert’s late piano sonatas, British pianist Paul Lewis returns with another two-disc box covering the Wanderer-Fantasie in C major, Op. 15, the Piano Sonata in A minor, D. 845, and two sets of smaller works… Strongly recommended, as usual with this intelligent player.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Khatia Buniatishvili: Chopin

“Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili is a phenomenon, and kudos to Sony Classical for snagging her! This is Chopin of the old school, with massive interposition of the performer between music and listener. And it’s glorious…. This is the kind of Chopin playing that people used to line up to hear.” –All Music Guide Check Our [...]

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“Sminova makes her ECM debut with these rarely collected suites. …It is apparent that she gave much thought and practice to the material and has made its transition to the modern piano a revelation. …The faster-paced pieces are dispatched with the Baroque tartness of the harpsichord while taking advantage of the tonal well afforded the [...]

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Beethoven: Bagatelles

“A bagatelle is a short, light composition, generally considered to be of little substance, yet the bagatelles of Ludwig van Beethoven are usually placed among his most sophisticated and elusive compositions, even though he called them ‘trifles.’ …The playing throughout is alert and exciting, and Osborne gives the music a mixture of wit and seriousness [...]

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