NEW - Alexander Scriabin: The Piano Sonatas / Anna Malikova
Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915)
The Piano Sonatas
In 2015, we celebrate the hundredth anniversary of Alexander Scriabin's death. To commemorate this occasion, Russian pianist Anna Malikova and the ACOUSENCE label is issuing a new complete recording of the composer's ten piano sonatas, which will surely be regarded as definitive.
Scriabin completed his piano studies at what is today the Tchaikovsky Conservatory and, starting in Moscow, went on to have an international career. He himself was the first champion of his music, followed by Vladimir Sofronitsky, Heinrich Neuhaus and his pupil Lev Naumov. Naumov in turn was Anna Malikova's mentor for a period of 15 years, so with this background, she brings a high level of authenticity to these works.
Anna Malikova masters these sonatas, which test the very limits of piano technique, with impressive technical prowess and exceptional virtuosity. Not only does she display her deep understanding for the composer's mystical world, but also presents the incredible development of Scriabin's unique compositional style in a fascinating way. In his early years, he was still interested in the romantic, virtuosic tradition of Chopin and Liszt, only to break almost every compositional rule over the course of his career and blaze new paths.
NEW Vinyl - Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps
Stravinsky’s “Le Sacre du Printemps” as an exclusive Vinyl Edition celebrating the centenary of its premiere.
The year 2013 saw the hundredth anniversary of the legendary 1913 premiere of Stravinsky’s “Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring)” in Paris. Back then one of the largest scandals the world of music had ever seen, the work today is regarded as a masterpiece of epochal impact. It marks a turning point in the history of 20th century music as the new dawn of modernity. As unaccustomed as the audience back then was to the new sounds; as new as polytonality and polyrhythm were in these days; as unusual the highly complex layering of sounds and motifs – still this work originally composed for the ballet has quickly found a lasting place in concert halls in the whole world and to this day has lost nothing of its potential.
A few years ago, we already seized the opportunity to capture Jonathan Darlington’s highly energetic and dramatic interpretation of the work in a live setting as part of the LIVING CONCERT SERIES in the seasoned combination with the Duisburg Philharmonics. Darlington describes the images of the story with atmospheric intensity and a colorful musical idiom in such a captivating and excellent manner, that ACOUSENCE has decided to release this grand piece of music history on vinyl as an exclusive special edition to celebrate its hundredth anniversary.
The original master has again been balanced in sound down to the most delicate nuances to ideally adapt the large dynamics and impact of the work to the vinyl disc, but also to bring out even the tiniest details. The pressing was done at the highest quality “audiophile manufactory” at 180g “Virgin Vinyl”.
The result is an extraordinary record fully in the spirit of our ARTISTIC FIDELITY REFERENCE RECORDING: The masterful artistic performance in front of the microphone is reproduced in unsurpassed fidelity by means of an ingenious combination of the best technology from 50 years of audio engineering. The vinyl record is becoming a cutting-edge sound storage medium, setting the benchmark with a remarkably sonorous sound, superb dynamics and captivating musical intensity - the joy of music in its purest form.
NEW - Leonora Armellini / Album for the Young
Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
ALBUM FOR THE YOUNG, op. 68Leonora Armellini, piano
For her debut album, young Italian pianist Leonora Armellini treads resfreshingly new paths with her take on one of Robert Schumann's most successful and popular works, the Album for the Young, op. 68.
In the collection written in 1848, Schumann wanted to compose pieces of good quality primarily aimed to foster children's enjoyment in playing the piano. He immediately conceptualized kind of a house book appealing to all senses in which the atmosphere of the time in music, literature and painting was incorporated. In addition to that, almost all pieces of the album bear direct references to the family life of the Schumann's: He makes use of events, characteristics and actions of his children in a musical fashion. The Album for the Young affords Leonora Armellini a lot of room to bring across this very joy of playing the piano and to present her multi-faceted and delicate playing.
NEW - Tijana Andrejic / SERBIAN PIANO MUSIC
SERBIAN PIANO WORKS
This CD contains a cross section of piano works of Serbian composers, representative both musically and pianistically. Regardless of the style of each composer, the piano serves as a universal medium, and the miniature is the preferred choice of narrative: Marko Tajčević: BALKAN DANCES; Dejan Despić: NOCTURNE op. 5, VIGNETTES op. 43a; Vasilije Mokranjac: ETUDE No. 4 in B-flat minor; Miloje Milojević: CAMEOS – Impressions for Piano op. 51; Isidora Žebeljan: IL CIRCO for Piano
NEW - Trio Rafale / Brahms - Vasks
Trio Rafale / Piano Trios / Brahms – Vasks
Dramatic, Mysterious, Expressive
The name of the young piano trio Rafale comes from the French word for gust - in addition to gale force storm winds, gust can also mean a warm air stream or a cool breeze. It is thus a metaphor for every type of musical gesture.
Within a short time, the young trio has already won a remarkable number of prizes. Recently, Trio Rafale won both the jury prize and the audience prize at the Migros Culture Percentage Chamber Music Competition in 2013. Before that, Trio Rafale won the first prize at the prestigious Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition 2011.
They live up to their name in this new recording, whether it be powerful or agile, of Johannes Brahms C-major Piano Trio Op. 101 and "Episodi e Canto perpetuo"; the Latvian composer Peteris Vasks writes of his work, dedicated to French composer Olivier Messiaen": "It describes a difficult journey through the misery, disappointment and suffering of love; this journey is the centre of gravity of the canto." Trio Rafale captivates listeners' emotions in its portrayal.