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.

Review: Hough’s CD Creates a Phantasmagoria

A highly descriptive review by Tim Pfaff of Stephen Hough's new CD of Scriabin and Janacek. If you know anything by Alexander Scriabin, it's probably his solo-piano "poeme" "Vers la flamme" ("Into the flame"). All the Scriabin pianists play it, and when Vladimir...

Tom Service Looks Back at 10 Key Works by Pierre Boulez

With the loss of Pierre Boulez, Tom Service at The Guardian surveys his works and picks the ten that best It’s a terrible prospect, imagining a musical world without Pierre Boulez. And yet, thanks to his influence as composer, conductor and cultural leader; as...

Happy 85th Birthday, Mr. Brendel!

Alfred Brendel's 85th birthday has been well covered by the media. Here's some background information from Deutsche Welle. It's been seven years since Alfred Brendel ended his concert career. "Sixty years of playing in public seemed sufficient," he remarked then with...

Review of Ursula Oppens’ People United CD

Jed Distler reviews Ursula Oppens' 2014 CD of Frederic Rzewski's variations People United. Frederic Rzewski wrote his monumental variation set based on Sergio Ortega’s Chilean resistance anthem song “El pueblo unido jamas sera vencido” for pianist Ursula Oppens, who...

Martha Argerich Carte Blanche CD Review

Gary Lemco reviews a CD by Martha Argerich of live performances in 2007. These live performances from the 2007 Verbier Festival (27 July) exist as a direct result of Martin Tison Engstroem’s invitation to Martha Argerich – whom the Founder and Director of the Festival...

Little Known Steibelt Piano Concertos

Daniel Steibelt is not a household name. But a new recording by Howard Shelley and the Ulster Orchestra may help bring him out of obscurity. Daniel Steibelt, now almost completely forgotten, was best known in his day for daring to challenge Beethoven to a piano duel –...

CD Review: Stephen Hough plays Grieg

A new CD by Stephen Hough receives a positive review by Jed Distler. It’s rare for a pianist to reveal familiar repertoire in fresh and newly minted ways without being willful, eccentric, or unorthodox. Not Stephen Hough. His expertly curated collection of Grieg Lyric...

Lebrecht Selects Pressler for Album of the Year 2015

Norman Liebrecht found a lot to like in recordings from 2015, but decided that one in particular rose to the top of his list for his annual honor as "Album of the Year"... Which album will I still refer to in five years’ time? Probably all of them. Which freezes a...

Hamelin and Takacs Quartet Score with Shostakovich

Pianist Marc-André Hamelin has a terrific recording for you and 50 of your close friends: Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet in G Minor first came into the world as his second string quartet. Then he wrote what we now know as his A Major, No 2 and reworked the G Minor piece...

Yuja Wang & Daniil Trifonov: new recordings available

Critic Timothy Mangan from the Orange County Register reviews several new recordings, including ones by Yuja Wang and Daniil Trifonov. Here’s Yuja Wang again, not in a little red dress, but fashionable all the same, in a halter-style top and long flowing skirt, the...