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Discs Reminiscent of 2017

Louis Kentner Plays Balakirev, Lyapunov and the Liszt Sonata (2/2)
Louis Kentner (pf), Appian Publications & Recordings, 1949
Reproduction of legendary recording for Lyapunov's Études d'éxecution transcendent, which is flooded with virtuosity and nostalgia.
Fauré: Requiem / Pavane / Pelléas et Mélisande
Elly Ameling (sp), Bernerd Kruysen (br), Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Jean Fournet / David Zinman (con), Philips, 1975, 1979
My favorite lullaby for a long time. FournetÕs elegant direction and Ameling's transparent voice relieve my fatigue in daily life.
Scharwenka & Sauer: Piano Concertos
Stephen Hough (pf), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Lawrence Foster (con), Hyperion, 1994
Superb performance by the virtuoso in this age, which brings out the maximum brilliance in ScharwenkaÕs piano concerto no.4.
Alexandr Mosolov
Herbert Henck (pf), ECM, 1995
The Russian composer of the early Soviet era produced eccentric piano sonatas in the movement of Futurism, which are ultimately in a gloomy mood but fascinate me.
Messiaen: Vingt Regards (1&2/2)
Pierre-Laurent Aimard (pf), Teldec, 1999
The maestroÕs great recital for MessiaenÕs monumental masterpiece was realized in Tokyo this year. It was a religious experience rather than a concert.
Nikolai Kapustin Piano Music
Steven Osborne (pf), Hyperion, 1999
Fluent and sophisticated performance of KapustinÕs early sonatas incorporating colorful jazz idioms in the classical form.
Sokolov: Mozart / Rachmaninov Concertos
Grigory Sokolov (pf), Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Trevor Pinnock (con) / BBC Philharmonic, Yan Pascal Tortelier (con), Grammophon, 1995, 2005
Precious live recording of RachmaninoffÕs piano concerto no.3 with the maestroÕs full energy. The last coda is the most overwhelming in a variety of historical performances.
Michel Camilo at the Blue Note (1/2)
Michel Camilo (pf), Charles Flores (bs), Horacio Hernandez (dr), Telarc, 2003
The Dominican great jazz pianist fascinates me with amazing skills, sense of rhythm, and explosive passion. His ballades are also unexpectedly wonderful with delicate touch.

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