Alto CD

Zdeněk Fibich: Piano Music (Moods, Impressions, Reminiscences; Studies of Paintings)

Zdeněk Fibich: Piano Music (Moods, Impressions, Reminiscences; Studies of Paintings) Radoslav Kvapil Catalogue Number: ALC 1351 Number of Discs: 1 Date/Runtime: Time: 70:20; DDD, 1993 Barcode: 5055354413513 CLICK TO CHANGE IMAGE: COVER INLAY “these vignettes (“Moods” etc, selection) are touching … and spring from a love affair … most are full of strong poetic feeling […]

April 14th, 2017
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Tchaikovsky: Grand Sonata Op.37 & Children’s Album Op.39

Tchaikovsky: Grand Sonata Op.37 & Children’s Album Op.39 Mikhail Pletnev (piano) Catalogue Number: ALC 1343 Number of Discs: 1 Date/Runtime: Time 62:30, DDD, 1989 Barcode: 5055354413438 CLICK TO CHANGE IMAGE: COVER INLAY “Tchaikovsky wrote the Children’s Album and the Op.37 Sonata at the same time,b and they’re so different. It amazes me that these are […]

April 14th, 2017
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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 12, 17, 22, 23 (includes ‘Funeral March’ ‘Tempest’ ‘Appassionata’)

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 12, 17, 22, 23 (includes ‘Funeral March’ ‘Tempest’ ‘Appassionata’) Sviatoslav Richter piano Catalogue Number: ALC 1326 Number of Discs: 1 Date/Runtime: Time 76:44, stereo 1960/61 studio recordings USA Barcode: 5055354413261 CLICK TO CHANGE IMAGE: COVER INLAY “(No.17) Richter makes the most of possibilities of contrast. He plays the opening extremely slowly […]

November 4th, 2016
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Edvard Grieg: Lyric Pieces

Edvard Grieg: Lyric Pieces Mikhail Pletnev, piano Catalogue Number: ALC 1330 Number of Discs: 1 Date/Runtime: DDD, 69:36 Moscow 1986/88 Barcode: 5055354413308 CLICK TO CHANGE IMAGE: COVER INLAY “this masterly recital … contains playing of great poetic feeling and sensibility .. Bell-Ringing has a remarkable range of colour and dynamics … there are many (other) […]

November 4th, 2016
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Edward Elgar: Piano Quintet; Spanish Lady Suite La Capricieuse; Elegy; Serenade Op.20

Edward Elgar: Piano Quintet; Spanish Lady Suite La Capricieuse; Elegy; Serenade Op.20 The Schubert Ensemble / Academy of St.Martin in-the-Fields / Neville Marriner / Royal Ballet Sinfonia / Gavin Sutherland Catalogue Number: ALC 1321 Number of Discs: 1 Date/Runtime: Time: 70:00 DDD, 1989-2001 Barcode: 5055354413216 CLICK TO CHANGE IMAGE: COVER INLAY “The meat in this […]

April 4th, 2016
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Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos 1 & 2

Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 Capriccio Brillante in B minor Op. 22 Rondo Brillante in E flat major, Op. 29 Serenade & Allegro Giocoso in B minor Op. 43 Rudolf Serkin Philadelphia Orchestra Eugene Ormandy Rena Kyriakou Pro Musica Symphony, Vienna Hans Swarovsky Catalogue Number: ALC 1319 Number of Discs: 1 Date/Runtime: Time, 77:41mins […]

February 8th, 2016
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Mozart: The Two Piano Quartets K478, K493

Mozart: The Two Piano Quartets K478, K493 The Nash Ensemble (Marianne Thorsen – violin Lawrence Power – viola Paul Watkins – cello lan Brown – piano) Catalogue Number: ALC 1304 Number of Discs: 1 Date/Runtime: 66:40; DDD 2005/6 Barcode: 5055354413049 CLICK TO CHANGE IMAGE: COVER INLAY “Mozart’s piano quartets, sharply contrasted, are among the finest […]

November 5th, 2015
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Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-75) 24 Preludes & Fugues, Op.87

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-75) 24 Preludes & Fugues, Op.87 Tatiana Nikolayeva, piano Catalogue Number: ALC 2507 Number of Discs: 1 Date/Runtime: DDD 168:23 1987 CLICK TO CHANGE IMAGE: COVER INLAY “..the first choice must inevitably be Nikolayeva.. the “onlie begetter” as it were…Her reading has enormous concentration and a natural authority that is majestic … wisdom […]

April 3rd, 2015
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Fauré: Piano Selection

Fauré: Piano Selection Kathryn Stott (piano) Catalogue Number: ALC 1280 Number of Discs: 1 Date/Runtime: DDD, 1986/8; Time: 76:25 CLICK TO CHANGE IMAGE: COVER INLAY “A most enjoyable recital, and one for which many listeners will be grateful. . . . What is Impressive here is the pianist’s integration of fragility and firmness, simplicity and […]

November 4th, 2014
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Erik Satie: ‘Velvet Gentleman’s’ Album for Piano

Erik Satie: ‘Velvet Gentleman’s’ Album for Piano Peter Dickinson (piano) Catalogue Number: ALC 1276 Number of Discs: 1 Date/Runtime: Time 77:31; DDD 1990 CLICK TO CHANGE IMAGE: COVER INLAY (‘A Gramophone TOP CHOICE’ “Dickinson has made Satie’s music a centrepoint of his repertoire, and his thoughtfull approach to this highly rewarding music is all his […]

November 4th, 2014
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Vladimir Horowitz (encores): Last of the Romantics

Vladimir Horowitz (encores): Last of the Romantics Vladimir Horowitz (piano) Catalogue Number: ALC 1257 Number of Discs: 1 Date/Runtime: Time 75:38 CLICK TO CHANGE IMAGE: COVER INLAY “His wizardry was undeniable, his technique unique. Playing with almost flat fingers, which requires great strength, and with minimum use of the pedal, he was frequently praised for […]

November 4th, 2014
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Ravel: Piano Music: Gaspard de la Nuit; Sonatine Le Tombeau de Couperin; Jeux d’eau; Pavane pur une Infante Défunte

Ravel: Piano Music: Gaspard de la Nuit; Sonatine Le Tombeau de Couperin; Jeux d’eau; Pavane pur une Infante Défunte Kathryn Stott Catalogue Number: ALC 1279 Number of Discs: 1 Date/Runtime: Time: 71:56 DDD 1991 CLICK TO CHANGE IMAGE: COVER INLAY “Stott has established herself as a sensitive interpreter of French music with recitals of Fauré […]

September 1st, 2014
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