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Dario Tabbia, Insieme Vocale Daltrocanto - Il Codice di Staffarda (1996)

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Dario Tabbia, Insieme Vocale Daltrocanto - Il Codice di Staffarda (1996)

Dario Tabbia, Insieme Vocale Daltrocanto - Il Codice di Staffarda (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 352 Mb | Total time: 53:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Opus 111 | OPS 30-162 | Recorded: 1995

The Codice di Staffarda is a musical codex from Staffarda Abbey (Santa Maria di Staffarda), a Cistercian monastery located near Saluzzo in north-west Italy. The codex includes works by composers including the otherwise unknown Engarandus Juvenis and Antoine Brumel.
This recording received a 1998 "Critic's Choice" award from Gramophone magazine.

Lisa Goode Crawford - Bach: Goldberg Variations (2008)

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Lisa Goode Crawford - Bach: Goldberg Variations (2008)

Lisa Goode Crawford - Bach: Goldberg Variations (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 546 Mb | Total time: 75:28 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Centaur | CRC 2899 | Recorded: 2000

There is certainly no shortage of recordings of Bach's Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, but this version by a veteran American performer and teacher has something to offer to the interpretation of this work with so many facets and such a complex structure. Lisa Goode Crawford, a longtime professor at Ohio's Oberlin Conservatory and a performer on historical instruments since long before it was fashionable, plays a powerful harpsichord (apparently a copy of a Dutch Ruckers instrument, although this is not specified anywhere). It allows her to differentiate sharply among the variation types that make up Bach's massive edifice. Tempos in general are on the slow side, allowing the listener to luxuriate in the varied textures.

Andras Schiff - Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1- Live at the BBC Proms 2017 (2020) [Blu-Ray]

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Andras Schiff - Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1- Live at the BBC Proms 2017 (2020) [Blu-Ray]

András Schiff - Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1- Live at the BBC Proms 2017 (2020) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-2 Video / 27897 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 111 min | 28,0 Gb
Audio1: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3643 kbps / 24-bit
Classical | Naxos

Johann Sebastian Bach was undoubtedly the greatest musical thinker of his age. Dubbed ‘the Old Testament of music’ by the conductor and pianist Hans von Bülow, The Well-Tempered Clavier is acknowledged to be one of the most significant works ever written for the keyboard. Each of these 24 preludes and fugues encapsulates its own mood, and Bach’s delight in mixing technical strictness with freedom of expression has made this work an indispensable element of Western culture for centuries. Sir András Schiff is heralded as one of the finest Bach interpreters today, and this first complete performance at the prestigious BBC Proms was summed up as ‘stupendous’ by The Independent.

McNeil Robinson - Stations of the Cross (2020)

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McNeil Robinson - Stations of the Cross (2020)

McNeil Robinson - Stations of the Cross (2020)
FLAC tracks +booklet | 01:12:42 | 231 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Delos

The legendary late American organist, composer and pedagogue McNeil Robinson was especially prized for his skill at improvisation: a rare discipline largely restricted to European masters of the organ. Many distinguished composers of his day—including Marcel Dupré, Ned Rorem, Lukas Foss and Vincent Persichetti—were his regular collaborators, providing thematic materials for his peerless improvisatory events.Robinson himself regarded this revelatory March 21, 2006 performance of improvisations on the fourteen Stations of the Cross—a treasured ritual of sacred Christian liturgy—as the finest of his improvisatory efforts. His dying wish was to have it released to the musical public as the pinnacle of his storied legacy, hence this marvelous live recording of the event.

Géza Anda - Bartok: Piano Concertos 1-3 (1995)

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Géza Anda - Bartok: Piano Concertos 1-3 (1995)

Géza Anda - Bartok: Piano Concertos 1-3 (1995)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:18:01 | 388 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 4473992

Much as you'd like to tout the new as the best, there are some older recordings where a very special chemistry spells 'definitive', and that pose an almost impossible challenge to subsequent rivals. Such is this 1959 recording of Bartók's Second Piano Concerto, a tough, playful, pianistically aristocratic performance where dialogue is consistently keen and spontaneity is captured on the wing (even throughout numerous sessions). The first movement is relentless but never tires the ear; the second displays two very different levels of tension, one slow and mysterious, the other hectic but controlled; and although others might have thrown off the finale's octaves with even greater abandon, Anda's performance is the most successful in suggesting savage aggression barely held in check.

La Petite Bande; Sigiswald Kuijken - Arcangelo Corelli: Concerti Grossi Op.6 Nos. 1-6 (1995) [Re-Up]

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La Petite Bande; Sigiswald Kuijken - Arcangelo Corelli: Concerti Grossi Op.6 Nos. 1-6 (1995) [Re-Up]

Arcangelo Corelli: Concerti Grossi Op.6 Nos. 1-6 (1995)
La Petite Bande; Sigiswald Kuijken, violin & direction

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 357 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 169 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Baroque | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 05472 77432 2 | 01:08:32

La Petite Bande recorded its set during the late 1970s and these are performances which do considerable justice to the music. Brisker tempos, lighter bass string playing and an altogether more imaginative approach to continuo realization bring these concertos alive to an extent hardly realised by I Musici. Sigiswald Kuijken, the leader and director of La Petite Bande, includes a theorbo in his continuo group and this is invariably an effective addition. Both sets field a secure and lively concertino group of two violins, cello and continuo but listeners may well find that the warmer sound and greater degree of finesse provided by the concertino of I Musici is more to their liking than the thinner, wirier textures of the other. Having said that, I should add that in matters of baroque style, as in its more highly developed spirit of fantasy, La Petite Bande offers far and away the more satisfying performances.

Jean-Francois Paillard - Concert francais. Pièces de Couperin, Aubert & Dauvergne (Remastered) (2020)

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Jean-Francois Paillard - Concert francais. Pièces de Couperin, Aubert & Dauvergne (Remastered) (2020)

Jean-Francois Paillard - Concert francais. Pièces de Couperin, Aubert & Dauvergne (Remastered) (2020)
FLAC tracks | 46:08 | 258 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Warner Classics

Conductor and musicologist Jean-François Paillard was one of the most visible French exponents of Baroque music from the 1960s onward. Paillard earned a degree in mathematics from the Sorbonne, but he turned to music soon after. He attended the Paris Conservatory as a musicology student, where he won first prize in music history; he later studied conducting at the Salzburg Mozarteum with Igor Markevitch. He formed the Ensemble Jean-Marie Leclair in 1952, which was renamed the Jean-François Paillard Chamber Orchestra the following year. Comprised of a dozen string players and a harpsichord, the group paralleled such small-scale English ensembles as the Boyd Neel Orchestra in performing Baroque-era works – especially those from France – as well as contemporary works for string orchestra.

Martha Argerich - Martha Argerich and Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2011 (2012)

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Martha Argerich - Martha Argerich and Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2011 (2012)

Martha Argerich - Martha Argerich and Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2011 (2012)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 03:45:24 | 1 Gb
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | Catalog: 5099964470

The Martha Argerich Project, presented annually at Lugano, Switzerland, has yielded many exciting sets of live recordings for EMI, all starring its namesake but prominently featuring many musicians she enjoys working with, both established artists and rising talents. Live from Lugano 2011 encapsulates the tenth of these festivals, and this three-disc package offers selections by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Shostakovich, Ravel, and a name new to many of the participants: Juliusz Zarebski. This 19th century Polish composer is represented by a piano quintet he composed a few months before his death in 1885 at age 31, and Argerich has recorded this piece for the first time here.

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Haitink - Liszt: Complete Tone Poems, Vol. 2 (2001)

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London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Haitink - Liszt: Complete Tone Poems, Vol. 2 (2001)

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Haitink - Liszt: Complete Tone Poems, Vol. 2 (2001)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:11:12 | 686 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | Catalog: 438754

All recordings of Liszt's symphonic poems should be compared to the fabulous set by Kurt Masur and the Leipzig Gewandhash Orchestra. They are near perfection in their spontaneity and authenticity. These are good recordings - even great - although it would be hard not to perform such notables as Hungaria, the Mephisto Waltz and Hunnenschlacht.

Sergio Azzolini, Friedemann Wezel - Graupner: Bassoon and Violin Concertos (2011) (Repost)

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Sergio Azzolini, Friedemann Wezel - Graupner: Bassoon and Violin Concertos (2011) (Repost)

Sergio Azzolini, Friedemann Wezel - Graupner: Bassoon and Violin Concertos (2011)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 73:16 | 380 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Carus | Catalog: CARUS83443

Graupner is best known as a composer of cantatas but this CD highlights his compositions in other genres. Ensemble il capriccio plays on replicas of historical instruments and here presents four bassoon concertos, a double concerto for bassoon and chalumeau, as well as Graupner’s only violin concerto in what are mostly world premeiere recordings.

Adelina Oprean - Two Romantic Violin Concertos: Fiorillo, Viotti (1986)

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Adelina Oprean - Two Romantic Violin Concertos: Fiorillo, Viotti (1986)

Adelina Oprean - Two Romantic Violin Concertos: Fiorillo, Viotti (1986)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 46:38 | 262 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog: CDA66210

This is a delightful disc. The minor problem is that listening to the Fiorillo, one feels that one has heard this all before. Mind you, it is a lovely piece with Mozartian elegance and super hunting horn sounds. It is very fresh in sound and hugely enjoyable. Federigo Fiorillo was born in Germany in 1755 and his date of death is uncertain. It is thought to be after 1823. He travelled extensively and wrote much music for the violin some of which may be well known to students today. Apparently he wrote four violin concertos.

Martha Argerich - Martha Argerich and Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2012 (2013)

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Martha Argerich - Martha Argerich and Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2012 (2013)

Martha Argerich - Martha Argerich and Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2012 (2013)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 03:45:12 | 1 Gb
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | Catalog: 7211192

EMI Classics is pleased to release the 10th annual 3CD set of highlights from the Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano, “the delightful festival where youth meets experience and both benefit” (Gramophone). The Times described Argerich’s Lugano Festival as “community music-making on a deluxe scale, with performers and listeners mutually uplifted by music’s wonders”. The set is being released in anticipation of the Festival’s 2013 season. Reviewing the 2011 Live from Lugano release, Nicholas Kenyon wrote in The Observer, “There are not many reliable annual treats among classical CDs these days, but the series of live recordings from Martha Argerich's Lugano festival are now a highlight of each year.”

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 9] - Rossini Gala; Colbran, the Muse; The Rossini Tenor; Encore: Rossini (2018)

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Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 9] - Rossini Gala; Colbran, the Muse; The Rossini Tenor; Encore: Rossini (2018)

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 9]: Roger Norrington, Orchestra of St. Luke's - Rossini Gala; Joyce DiDonato - Colbran, the Muse; Rockwell Blake - The Rossini Tenor; Encore: Rossini; Rossini: Mélodies, Songs (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,42 Gb | Total time: 58:43+59:42+72:05+46:58+65:13+72:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 0190295611156 | Recorded: 1987, 1989, 1992, 1995, 2009

The most comprehensive edition devoted to Gioachino Rossini marking his 150th anniversary.
Born in 1792, Rossini was the most popular opera composer of his time. Although he retired from the Opera scene in 1829, he continued to compose in other genres, including sacred music, piano and chamber works. He did gather his late works under the ironic title Péchés de vieillesse (Sins of Old Age), which veils a true collection of masterworks.
It includes thirteen complete operas, the Rossini Gala - the legendary concert given at the Lincoln Center in 1992, five complete recitals including the recent recording with Joyce DiDonato or the famous Rockwell Blake.

Orchestre de Chambre de la Sarre, Karl Ristenpart - J.S. Bach: Oeuvres pour orchestre (6CD) (2000)

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Orchestre de Chambre de la Sarre, Karl Ristenpart - J.S. Bach: Oeuvres pour orchestre (6CD) (2000)

Orchestre de Chambre de la Sarre, Karl Ristenpart - J.S. Bach: Oeuvres pour orchestre (6CD) (2000)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 06:21:25 | 2.3 Gb
Genre: Classical | Label: Accord | Catalog: 465 977-2

This German conductor was heavily involved in creating three orchestras in his lifetime, most notably the Chamber Orchestra of the Saar. With this group he is often considered to have created one of the definitive recorded collections of Bach's orchestral music. These recordings originally saw the light of day in the early '60s as a Nonesuch release on both LP and cassette. Following an out of print period, it was cause for celebration among Bach lovers when the French Accord label released a six-CD set comprising the entire set of Ristenpart recordings of Bach orchestral works.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Charpentier: David et Jonathas (1990)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Charpentier: David et Jonathas (1990)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Charpentier: David et Jonathas (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 627 Mb | Total time: 60:16+62:19 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMA 1901289.90 | Recorded: 1988

Lully may have had a monopoly on the performance of actual opera in France, but David et Jonathas is effectively a sacred opera composed for performance at Jesuit colleges. The work is comprised mostly of arias and choruses; what recitative there is is unusually dramatic–especially in Saul's confrontation with David and his visit to the Witch of Endor to summon the ghost of Samuel. (Dominique Visse as the Witch deserves special mention for a convincing performance in a role that could easily descend into camp.) William Christie's choir and orchestra perform with all the expertise you'd expect; Monique Zanetti makes a rather feminine Jonathan but sings beautifully. In the role of David, the sensitive and heroic countertenor voice of Gérard Lesne is extraordinary.