Alexei Lubimov

Keller Quartett, Alexei Lubimov - Alfred Schnittke, Dmitri Shostakovich: Lento (2003)

Keller Quartett, Alexei Lubimov - Alfred Schnittke, Dmitri Shostakovich: Lento (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 237 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 154 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1755, 461 815-2 | Time: 01:05:00

Schnittke's Piano Quintet, a creative response to his mother's death, is an austere, haunting work full of grief and tenderness that marks one of his early ventures into polystylistic writing. The opening piano solo is unique, a spare statement of puzzlement in the face of tragedy. It gives way to a waltz, as if recapturing a lost past, then the graceful dance melody literally disintegrates as the strings venture off into other regions, vainly trying to reassemble the theme and failing. At the end of its touching five movements the music's despair is transformed into serene, hard-won acceptance. Shostakovitch's 15th Quartet, his final statement in that form, premiered just months before his death. It's six slow movements are shot through with contemplative sadness and regret. The music is so rich in texture and substance that attention never flags.

Alexei Lubimov - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Tangere (2017)  Music

Posted by shamanicus at Oct. 18, 2017
Alexei Lubimov - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Tangere (2017)

Alexei Lubimov - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Tangere (2017)
WEB FLAC (tracks) | Artwork: d.booklet, front cover | 319 mb | MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 165 mb
Classical, Keyboard | Label: ECM Records - ECM 2112

Are you ready for extreme 18th century keyboard? The typically sparse packaging graphics of this ECM release may indicate only to German speakers what's contained inside: a "Tangentenflügel" is a tangent piano, a rare keyboard instrument of Mozart's time that used hammers, striking the strings at a tangent, but no dampers. The sound combines qualities of a clavichord (its nearest relative, but the tangent piano is louder), a fortepiano, and a harpsichord.
Alexei Lubimov - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Tangere (2017) [Official Digital Download]

Alexei Lubimov - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Tangere (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Artwork: d.booklet, front cover | RAR | 660 Mb
Classical, Keyboard | Label: ECM Records - ECM 2112

Are you ready for extreme 18th century keyboard? The typically sparse packaging graphics of this ECM release may indicate only to German speakers what's contained inside: a "Tangentenflügel" is a tangent piano, a rare keyboard instrument of Mozart's time that used hammers, striking the strings at a tangent, but no dampers. The sound combines qualities of a clavichord (its nearest relative, but the tangent piano is louder), a fortepiano, and a harpsichord.
Alexei Lubimov, Jana Ivanilova - Valentin Silvestrov: Stufen (Song Cycle) (1999)

Valentin Silvestrov: Stufen (Song Cycle) (1999)
Alexei Lubimov (piano), Jana Ivanilova (Soprano), Valentin Silvestrov (piano)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 154 Mb | Covers included | Time: 01:12:42
Classical, Contemporary | Label: Megadisc | # MDC 7832

Valentin Silvestrov is not just the Ukraine’s most prominent composer but also a major voice in the music of our time: a quiet voice, to be sure, and one that some will pigeon-hole at the soft-core end of the New Spirituality. But even a first encounter should suggest the presence of deeper perspectives, and encounters with the full range of his music only serve to confirm that impression. Russian commentators have long since ranged Silvestrov alongside Schnittke, Gubaidulina and Denisov as one of the most important figures that came to maturity in the 1970s. It was then that he produced music such as the two Cantatas – the earlier one for soprano and chamber orchestra, setting words by Tyuchev and Blok, the later one for a cappella choir to verses by Ukraine’s national poet, Taras Chevchenko. Both works blend Webernian angularity with an ecstatic lyricism.
Alexei Lubimov - French Harpsichord Music of the XVII Century: Louis Couperin & Jean-Henri d'Anglebert (1996)

Alexei Lubimov - French Harpsichord Music of the XVII Century (1996)
Harpsichord Suites by Louis Couperin & Jean-Henri d'Anglebert

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 427 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 173 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Russian Compact Disc | # RCD19102 | Time: 01:04:38

Alexei Lubimov is a Russian pianist who also plays fortepiano and harpsichord. In his early years he studied at the Moscow Central Music School, and in 1963, entered the Moscow Conservatory, where he studied with Heinrich Neuhaus and Lew Naumov. He developed a strong interest in Baroque music and 20th century modernist works. Lubimov gave the Soviet premieres of many western compositions, including pieces by Charles Ives, Arnold Schoenberg, John Cage, Terry Riley, Pierre Boulez, and Karlheinz Stockhausen, which brought censorship from the Soviet authorities. For a number of years he was prevented from traveling outside the Soviet Union. Turning to his interest in period instruments and authentic performance practices, he founded the Moscow Baroque Quartet and co-founded the Moscow Chamber Academy with Tatiana Grindenko.
The Hilliard Ensemble, Alexei Lubimov, Stuttgart RSO, Andrey Boreyko - Arvo Part: Lamentate; Da pacem Domine (2005)

Arvo Pärt - Lamentate; Da pacem Domine (2005)
Alexei Lubimov, piano; The Hilliard Ensemble
SWR Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andrey Boreyko

EAC | APE | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 145 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 118 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Contemporary | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1930, 476 3048 | 00:42:44

The brief opening piece for chorus on this new release, "Da Pacem Domine," is based on a 9th century Gregorian work and has the usual, familiar–and very beautiful–Pärt-ian characteristics: a soft, endless stream of easy tritones and harmonies that make this plea for peace immensely moving. The major work, Lamentate, is scored for large orchestra and solo piano–a very unusual combination for Pärt. Even his fans will be surprised. In ten brief sections, it begins with a quiet drum roll, immediately followed by horn calls. There are forte explosions for full orchestra and piano, with heavy percussion. At times the only thing we hear is a hushed piano part with strings supporting very quietly. The effect is dark yet alluring. It ends peacefully. This is another stunning CD of Pärt's music for his fans–old and new.
Alexei Lubimov, Alexander Trostiansky, Kirill Rybakov - Misterioso: Valentin Silvestrov, Arvo Part, Galina Ustvolskaya (2006)

Misterioso: Valentin Silvestrov, Arvo Pärt, Galina Ustvolskaya (2006)
Alexei Lubimov, piano; Alexander Trostiansky, violin; Kirill Rybakov, clarinet

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 245 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 199 Mb | Scans ~ 41 Mb | 01:19:54
Contemporary Classical, Chamber | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1959, 476 3108

The title of ECM's release of works by three composers born in the former Soviet Union perfectly captures the mood of the CD – it is truly mysterious. Although more than half a century separates the first of these pieces from the most recent, they share a sense of otherness that defies easy explanation. The pieces are not so much mysterious in the sense of being eerie (although there are several moments that might raise the hairs on the back of your neck if you were listening alone in the dark); they are unsettling because they raise more questions than they answer.

Alexei Lubimov- Der Bote. Elegies for Piano (2002)  Music

Posted by Aregak at May 23, 2017
Alexei Lubimov- Der Bote. Elegies for Piano (2002)

Alexei Lubimov- Der Bote. Elegies for Piano (CPE Bach, Cage, Mansurian, Liszt, Glinka, Chopin, Silvestrov, Debussy, Bartok) (2002)
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG, Scans (jpg) | 56’20 | 186.2 MB
Classical | ECM / 461 820-2

Comprising three centuries of noted composers' "minor" works, Lubimov's Der Bote (The Messenger) bears out its title with short, introspective pieces that capture thoughts of nostalgia, mourning, and meditation. The first work, C.P.E. Bach's 1787 Fantasy, sounds amazingly avant-garde, full of surprising darts and turns. And the experimental 20th-century composer John Cage's "In a Landscape" is an even bigger surprise. Instead of random keyboard plink-plunks, it's a diaphanous Debussyan tone poem, bound to startle party guests playing Name That Composer… –Dan Davis
Alexei Lubimov - Haydn: The Seven Last Words of Christ (2014) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

Alexei Lubimov - Haydn: The Seven Last Words of Christ (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | Time - 64:18 minutes | 1.13 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Alexei Lubimov chooses the repertoires he plays and records with the freedom of the inspired musician that he is. This time, the intention came from his encountering the sonority of a particular piano, a tangentenflugel, i.e., a tangent piano (the strings being struck by a metal piece called a ‘tangent’) that, in france, was sometimes called a ‘harmonious, heavenly harpsichord’. And it is the singular sonority of this instrument that made him want to record this keyboard transcription of Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross.
Alexei Lubimov - Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 14, 21 & 17 (2013) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

Alexei Lubimov - Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 14, 21 & 17 (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | Time - 66:44 minutes | 1.06 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

There are projects on which the artistic director of a record label straightaway asks himself a few questions.For example,when it comes to recording Beethoven's three greatest hit sonatas,recorded a multitude of times by the leading pianists.However,a forte-pianist of the calibre of Alexei Lubimov already constitutes one good reason to implement the project,as does the choice of the facsimile of an Erard piano(1802,copy made by Christopher Clarke)of which the original was within Beethoven's reach.