Peter Breiner Celebrates 65th Birthday

20% off Top 10 Recommended Albums

Peter Breiner is one of the world’s most recorded musicians with over 200 releases and more than two million albums sold. This week, we celebrate Peter's 65th birthday and are pleased to offer you 20% off* our Top 10 Recommended albums from Peter Breiner's wide catalogue.

Keep your eyes peeled for a new album of Peter Breiner's works, due this Autumn!

*Includes FREE DELIVERY | Subject to stock availability | Sale ends 8th July 2022 23:59 (GMT)
Viewing 10 items
Image Breiner: A Journey - Calm Romantic Piano Music
Slovak-born Peter Breiner is one of the world’s most versatile musicians. He is an acclaimed pianist, arranger and conductor with compositions that are universally admired, and whose Beatles Go Baroque album (8.555010) has to date sold a quarter of a million copies. In the second of Breiner’s Calm Romantic Piano Music series (Volume 1 is on 8.574256), he again achieves the rare feat of fusing melodic beauty with genuine musical expression. These beguiling original pieces sit alongside serenely beautiful new
arrangements drawn from the classical repertoire.

Image Breiner: Caressing Your Soul - Calm Romantic Piano
Peter Breiner is one of the world’s most recorded musicians, with acclaimed releases such as Beatles Go Baroque (Naxos 8.555010), accounting for millions of albums sold. An exceptional composer, arranger and an accomplished pianist, Breiner is equally at home in almost every genre of music. His origins in Slovakia and his experience in composing for films and for all kinds of audiences has resulted in a personal style that is both accessible and deeply touching. The tranquil and serene pieces for ‘Caressing Your Soul’ meld melodic substance with musical expression to provide solace, relief and peace of mind in an oasis of calming music.

Image Peter Breiner: Slovak Dances
Peter Breiner is one of the world’s most performed composer/arrangers, with a boundless musicality that has led him to create fusions of music from a variety of genres. Drawing on traditions established by Brahms and Dvorák and showcasing leading folk music soloists, his Slovak Dances are an exuberant and kaleidoscopic monument rooted in Slovak musical folklore. It comprises 16 symphonic fantasias on songs that evoke varying emotions with an autobiographical element that follows Breiner’s life from his origins in Humenné and Košice to New York.

Image Peter Breiner: Beatles Go Baroque Vol. 2
Classical musicians have always recognised the musicality and originality of The Beatles’ songs, Leonard Bernstein declaring the Lennon-McCartney composing team ‘the Schuberts of our time’. This sequel to Peter Breiner’s multi-platinum Beatles Go Baroque (Naxos 8.555010) takes the original concept even further, keeping 18th-century masterpieces such as Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and Bach’s famously stylish and beautiful Violin Concerto No. 1 largely intact, elegantly combining them with The Beatles’ most enduring melodies to create a joyously genuine 21st-century mashup.

Image The Beatles Go Baroque Vol. 1
The Beatles are frequently cited as one of the most influential bands in history. While their legacy is most apparent in the development of pop and rock music, The Beatles influenced nearly every aspect of the musical universe, including classical music.

Peter Breiner, one of the world’s most recorded classical musicians, created orchestral arrangements of Beatles songs, expertly blending them with iconic Baroque works from Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, and more. Titled ‘Beatles Go Baroque’, this project went on to be the most successful Naxos album to date, selling over a quarter of a million CDs worldwide to date, with impressive ongoing sales and streaming performance even 30 years after its initial release.

Since then, Peter Breiner has released a sequel to this wildly successful recording, titled ‘Beatles Go Baroque, Vol.2’.

Image Debussy: 24 Preludes
Debussy completed his two books of Preludes in 1910 and 1913 respectively, and they contain some of his most visionary and poetic writing for piano. There are evocations of calm seascapes, delicate wind tracery, and snow-covered landscapes. Some moments are steeped in antiquity, such as La cathedrale engloutie, others in expressive portraiture, as in La fille aux cheveux de lin. There is even a cake-walk. The Preludes are performed here in the subtle and colouristic orchestrations of much-admired Slovak-born composer Peter Breiner.

Throughout its history, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra has played an important part in Scotland's musical life, including performing at the opening ceremony of the Scottish Parliament building in 2004. Jun Markl has appeared as a guest conductor with the orchestras of Philadelphia, Cleveland, NHK Symphony, Tonhalle Zurich, and the Munich, Oslo and Czech Philharmonics among others, and at the Met, Covent Garden, Vienna State and Dresden Semper Operas.

Image Christmas Goes Baroque Vol. 2
In Christmas Goes Baroque II the Slovak musician Peter Breiner has made again witty arrangements of popular Christmas music in the style of major Baroque composers flourishing in the first part of the eighteenth century, among whom Johann Sebastian Bach, Handel and Vivaldi are pre-eminent. Echoes of Bach dominate "The Virgin Mary Had A Baby Boy, with more than a touch of a Brandenburg Concerto for "Away in a Manger". The famous Air on the G String, the Air from a Bach Orchestral Suite, is blended miraculously with "A White Christmas", while "Carol of the Bells" give scope for some busy fugal writing. "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing", provides a stately chorale and "Deck the Halls" brings recognizable reminiscences of Vivaldi, before launching into a fugue. "Come, O Come, Emmanuel" opens in the manner of a Corelli slow movement, leading to a passage of thicker texture and flute variants of the theme.

Image Christmas Goes Baroque Vol. 1
Zurich's bustling holiday shoppers, twinkling lights reflected in magical window displays; the famed Toy Museum in Nuremberg; a bountiful Christmas feast; an elaborate Nativity scene; the snow covered landscaped of Switzerland. These are the joyously evocative images of the Christmas season and inspiration for some of the most beloved Christmas carols of all time. The volume of the Naxos Musical Journey takes you on a magical European holiday tour swept up by the sounds of such holiday favorites as "Jingle Bells", "Silent Night," "The First Noel," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "O Tannenbaum" and many more. These eternal favourites are performed in the baroque style of Bach, Handel and Vivaldi - the sound of music as timeless as Christmas itself.

Image Tchaikovsky: Queen Of Spades; Voyevoda
Slovak-born composer and conductor Peter Breiner has received considerable international acclaim for his adaptations, and his Tchaikovsky arrangements are particularly impressive examples of his art. He has already arranged The Seasons (8.553510) and Songs (8.555332) but here he turns to opera. With deftness and subtlety he has taken motifs from Tchaikovsky’s first opera Voyevoda to craft six richly scored movements, two of which have rôles for solo strings. The Queen of Spades was composed in 1890 and Breiner’s selections fully explore the music’s romance and drama in their new form.

Image Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition
Originally written as a set of piano pieces, Mussorgsky's splendid Pictures at an Exhibition translates the artistry of the composer's friend Victor Hartmann into unforgettable music. Peter Breiner's new orchestration creates a showpiece for our times, achieving contemporary sounds through unusual instrumental combinations, right up to a spectacular Great Gate of Kiev performed by 104 musicians. Mussorgsky's remarkable song cycles contrast encounters with death against the often uneasy world of children in The Nursery.

Peter Breiner has been associated with some of our most successful orchestral recordings, not least the three disc series of Janácek's Operatic Orchestral Music which were also produced with the excellent New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Volume 1 (8.570555) of this set was a MusicWeb International 'Recording of the Year' and the arrangements in volume 3 (8.570706) described as 'beautifully crafted symphonic suites' by the Chicago Tribune.

Image Image Image
My account
My basket: 0 items