Recordings

Whether you download all of your music from iTunes, purchase CDs from Amazon or your local retailer, or carefully guard those pristine LPs, you understand the importance of listening to great recordings of your favorite piano music. In this section, we hope to keep you up-to-date on the latest information about new releases, re-releases of classic recordings and new advances in the recording industry.

Benjamin Grosvenor, ‘Homages’ Dazzles

New recordings are a mystery: you never know what you're going to get. Unless it's Benjamin Grosvenor! The artistry of the young English pianist Benjamin Grosvenor — a combination of interpretive strong-mindedness and remarkable delicacy of touch — has been the talk...

Danes Várjon Releases CD of Beethoven Piano Concertos Nos 1-5

A new disc for the fans of Dénes Várjon or Beethoven... 'His spacious, lyrical account of the Fourth Concerto is a constant pleasure' These generally fine performances get off to a slightly shaky start: in the opening movement of the First Concerto András Keller fails...

Glenn Gould Remembered

Glenn Gould's piano took a vacation a few weeks back while it's home was being renovated and coincidentally Sony has also issued his complete Columbia Masterworks recordings in a special edition box set. The late Glenn Gould was a Canadian national treasure. One of...

Legendary Josef Hofmann

Jeremy Nicholas of Gramophone Magazine celebrates the iconic life and music of the legendary Josef Hofmann. There are three pianists I’ve met over the years who heard Josef Hofmann in his prime. Earl Wild acknowledged Hofmann’s style as the biggest influence on him...

Grimaud Dives in with ‘Water’ CD

Hélène Grimaud is known for her love of wolves and nature. Now she has brought that passion to her recordings as well. Pianist Hélène Grimaud’s new album is all wet. That’s not a judgment, it’s a simple description. The album is called Water, and Grimaud says the idea...

Watching Horowitz Mature through His Recordings

We all know Vladimir Horowitz, right? But have you ever thought about the fact that Horowitz had to become Horowitz? This article makes the case that you can hear that development through his recordings. At the end of this past October, Sony Classical released the...

Bartók Piano Concertos

Geoffrey Norris at Gramophone discusses the piano concertos of Bartók. Bartók – and perhaps especially the Bartók of the piano concertos – tends to divide opinion. There are those who find them arid and charmless. There are others who relish the invigorating energy of...

UPDATE: 2015 Chopin Winner

It's been several months since Cho Seong-jin won the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw. What's he been up to? SEOUL, Feb. 1 (Yonhap) -- Cho Seong-jin, the first South Korean to win the prestigious International Chopin Piano Competition, said Monday the top...

Two Argerich CDs

Two Argerich recordings for your consideration Recorded at the Lucerne Festival, August 2013, these live performances of beautifully balanced Mozart concertos bid a poignant farewell to a collaborative partnership that had begun fifty years before.  The enclosed...