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Spring 2019: Recordings

​ The two leading piano manufacturers in Paris during Chopin's lifetime were Érard and Pleyel. Chopin preferred Pleyel's instruments, praising what he heard as a more compelling cantabile , and subtler tonal palette. The 1847 Pleyel here possesses remarkable clarity, due in part to its quick decay time. Rutkowski's prowess with convincing agogic e...
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January/February 2019: Recordings

Mendelssohn's chamber works are musical conversations of supreme sophistication. Artymiw and Rosen offer a captivating recording of the composer's complete works for cello and piano, and their impressive virtuosity ensures that every line carries sufficient weight and interest to keep the listener engaged. The performance of Variations Concertantes...
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November/December 2018: Recordings

Leif Ove Andsnes: Sibelius Leif Ove Andsnes, piano| Sony Classical 88985408502 [Total Time 67:00] sonyclassical.com In this recording of Jean Sibelius's little-known piano works, Andsnes, the tremendous pianist from Norway, pays tribute to his fellow Nordic musician. Andsnes has handpicked twenty-four pieces, representing a...
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September/October 2018: First Looks, Recordings

Haydn-cover Haydn Piano Sonatas, Volume 2 Anne-Marie McDermott, piano BCD9497 [Total Time 68:36] bridgerecords.com
In her second recording of Haydn sonatas, American pianist Anne-Marie McDermott presents a dazzling display of scintillating articulation. The clarity of her tone is aptly suited for Haydn's humorous style, which dances to life in the finale movements of both the Sonata in G Major, Hob. XVI:39, and the Sonata in A-flat Major, Hob. XVI:46. Equally i...
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May/June 2018: Recordings

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Debussy   Steven Osborne, piano  Hyperion CDA68161  [Total Time 73:21]  hyperion-records. co.uk Debussy Steven Osborne, piano Hyperion CDA68161 [Total Time 73:21] hyperion-records. co.uk Eleven years after the release of his recording of Debussy's complete set of preludes, British pianist Steven Osborne offers a captivating rend...
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CD Reviews: July/August 2017

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David Rakowski Etudes, Vol 4 Amy Briggs, piano, toy piano and celesta Bridge 9477 Total Time [87:20] www.bridgerecrords.com This is the fourth volume of Briggs's survey of the staggering 100 piano études of David Rakowski, composed between 1998 and 2010. The studies are characteristically short, stylistically eclectic, and often cleverly titled. Ac...
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Do You Use Recordings to Reinforce Your Teaching of Repertoire?

from the series: ​Putting It All Together: Repertoire Marvin Blickenstaff, Editor "Listen carefully." How many times did you use that phrase yesterday in your lessons? Listen...for  what? How? Why? Most of us readily would agree that the hallmarks of artistic playing involve shaping of sound, balance of the texture, and tone color appropr...
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