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GP753-55 - GRAND PIANO - THE KEY COLLECTION: 3 Centuries of Rare Keyboard Gems
GRAND PIANO THE KEY COLLECTION: THREE CENTURIES OF RARE KEYBOARD GEMS
Launched in 2012, the Grand Piano label quickly gained a reputation for producing high quality recordings of rare keyboard gems. Dedicated to the exploration of undiscovered piano repertoire, the label specialises in first recordings and complete cycles of piano works by lesser-known composers, whose output might otherwise have remained unknown and unrecorded.
Spanning three centuries of music from around the world, the Grand Piano catalogue includes music by past composers such as Leopold Koželuch, Alexander Tcherepnin and Mieczysław Weinberg, as well as works by living composers such as Valentin Silvestrov, Martial Solal and Philip Glass. Grand Piano artists are very often authorities on these less well-known composers and experts on the chosen repertoire, giving their performances a unique stamp of authenticity. Drawing on such a rich resource, the label is able to boast that the majority of its 100-plus releases to date include world premiere recordings.
The Grand Piano catalogue is not only historically comprehensive, but also geographically global in its reach. The Austro-German epicentre of piano music is naturally well represented, but its ripples of influence are also well documented. Grand Piano recordings will take you to France, Eastern Europe, Russia (with music from the 19th century and the Soviet and post- Soviet periods), Armenia, and further afield to Brazil, Venezuela and Mexico.
Adding emphasis to Grand Piano’s singularity, the covers of its releases are adorned either with figurative paintings by the award-winning artist Gro Thorsen or atmospheric images by international photographer Tony Price.
To mark its fifth anniversary, this special-edition, 3-CD sampler of the Grand Piano catalogue is a comprehensive map that will guide anyone curious for new keyboard experiences through “this treasure island of piano music” (Spiegel Online). Comprising single tracks from complete works, presented in the chronological order of their composition, it constructs a fascinating journey through the history of keyboard music, combining new names, unfamiliar sounds and fresh perspectives.
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