Alto CD

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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Albéniz: Iberia Suite for Piano

Albéniz: Iberia Suite for Piano Alicia de Larrocha (piano) Catalogue Number: ALC 1259 Number of Discs: 1 Date/Runtime: Time 76:51 ADD 1962 CLICK TO CHANGE IMAGE: COVER INLAY “(her) reading of Albeniz’s Iberia is one of the great pianistic interpretations of our time … Most of the dozen pieces are very difficult to play, yet […]

September 1st, 2014
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Nikolai MYASKOVSKY (1881-1950) Piano Sonatas Nos. 4, 5, Sonatine, Prelude

Nikolai MYASKOVSKY (1881-1950) Piano Sonatas Nos. 4, 5, Sonatine, Prelude Murray McLachlan Catalogue Number: ALC 1245 Number of Discs: 1 Date/Runtime: Time: 73:27 DDD 1988 CLICK TO CHANGE IMAGE: COVER INLAY “the playing – intelligent and competent as before……the Fourth Sonata is at least, by my reckoning, easily the finest of the six….capturing the idealistic […]

May 31st, 2014
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Kabalevsky: Orchestral Music including “The Comedians” Suite

Kabalevsky: Orchestral Music including “The Comedians” Suite Russian Cinematographic Symphony Orchestra / Walter Mnatsakanov; Anatoly Sheludiakov (piano) Catalogue Number: ALC 1287 Number of Discs: 1 Date/Runtime: Time 77:27 DDD 1996 CLICK TO CHANGE IMAGE: COVER INLAY “’a never failing melodic inspiration, reliable harmonic imagination and a superb command of the orchestral palette’ (Per Skans). Kabalevsky […]

May 31st, 2014
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Khachaturian: Violin & Piano Concertos

Khachaturian: Violin & Piano Concertos Boris Gutnikov (vln) USSR Large S.O / Konstantin Ivanov Annette Servadei (pno) London Philharmonic Orc. Joseph Giunta Catalogue Number: ALC 1255 Number of Discs: 1 Date/Runtime: ADD/DDD 73:47 1981/7 CLICK TO CHANGE IMAGE: COVER INLAY Piano Concerto: previously on Hyperion) “She is nimble-fingered, clearly revelling in the showy passage-work of […]

April 1st, 2014
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Dvořák Theme & Variations; Poetic Tone Poems

Dvořák Theme & Variations; Poetic Tone Poems Radoslav Kvapil piano Catalogue Number: ALC 1212 Number of Discs: 1 Date/Runtime: Time: 68:37, DDD 1992 CLICK TO CHANGE IMAGE: COVER INLAY “Kvapil plays with great understanding. He cherishes these curious, reflective tonal sideslips, but also charges vigorously into the more energetic variations. His ability to characterize swiftly […]

April 10th, 2013
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Schumann & Tchaikovsky Piano Concertos

Schumann & Tchaikovsky Piano Concertos Sviatoslav Richter Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra / Stanislav Wislocki Vienna Symphony Orchestra / Herbert von Karajan Catalogue Number: ALC 1200 Number of Discs: 1 Date/Runtime: Time: 65:00, ADD stereo 1961/2 CLICK TO CHANGE IMAGE: COVER INLAY (Schumann): “lacks no style” (Tchaikovsky): “The element of struggle for which this work is […]

February 4th, 2013
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