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Riccardo Chailly - Stravinsky: Ballets (2003)

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Riccardo Chailly - Stravinsky: Ballets (2003)

Riccardo Chailly - Stravinsky: Ballets (2003)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:28:15 | 651 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | Catalog: 473 731-2DF2

This is a great little set, coupling a ravishing Apollon musagète with a truly stunning Rite ofSpring. The Petrushka is equally fine. The fact that Stravinsky's revision of Apollon dispensed with 'half the woodwind, two of the three harps, glockenspiel and celesta from the original scoring' hardly constitutes the bleaching process that a less colour-sensitive performance might have allowed. Part of the effect comes from a remarkably fine recording where clarity and tonal bloom are complementary, but Chailly must take the credit for laying all Stravinsky's cards on the table rather than holding this or that detail to his chest.

Philadelphia Orchestra & Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Mahler: Symphony No. 8 (Live) (2020)

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Philadelphia Orchestra & Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Mahler: Symphony No. 8 (Live) (2020)

Philadelphia Orchestra & Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Mahler: Symphony No. 8 (Live) (2020)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:23:21 | 192 Mb
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Recorded live in 2016—almost exactly 100 years to the day since Leopold Stokowski conducted The Philadelphia Orchestra in the US premiere of the work—Mahler’s Eighth once again awes and overwhelms. Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s superb musicianship and skill in choral repertoire make this very special indeed. The orchestra plays magnificently, the choirs sing as if their lives depended on it, and the numerous soloists are well chosen, with Erin Wall and Angela Meade the standouts. The recording captures the symphony’s scale as well as its complex spatial demands. A terrific account of a work whose performance still ranks as a major musical event.

Patrick Gallois & Kazunori Seo - The Art of Patrick Gallois, Vol. 1: Morceaux de concours de Paris (2020)

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Patrick Gallois & Kazunori Seo - The Art of Patrick Gallois, Vol. 1: Morceaux de concours de Paris (2020)

Patrick Gallois & Kazunori Seo - The Art of Patrick Gallois, Vol. 1: Morceaux de concours de Paris (2020)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:05:27 | 150 Mb
Classical | Label: Virtus Classics

This is the first album of the series by Maestro Patrick Gallois plays masterpieces for flute under the label VIRTUS CLASSICS. Here is a beautiful and charming collection of “morceaux de concours” (examination pieces) of the Paris Conservatory, starting from Faure in 1898 and the beginning of the 20th century.

Elsa Dreisig & Jonathan Ware - Morgen (2020)

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Elsa Dreisig & Jonathan Ware - Morgen (2020)

Elsa Dreisig & Jonathan Ware - Morgen (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 217 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 193 Mb | 01:24:02
Classical, Vocal | Label: Warner Classics, Erato Records

“Phenomenally good … Dreisig’s voice [is] youthful yet assured, agile yet fluid, and powerful through its entire range … We can certainly expect much more to come from this singer,” wrote BBC Music Magazine in its five-star review of Miroir(s), Elsa Dreisig’s debut album of operatic arias and scenes. It was subsequently nominated for two top awards, Gramophone and Opus Klassik.

Essen Philharmonic Orchestra & Tomas Netopil - Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A Minor "Tragic" (2020)

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Essen Philharmonic Orchestra & Tomas Netopil - Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A Minor "Tragic" (2020)

Essen Philharmonic Orchestra & Tomas Netopil - Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A Minor "Tragic" (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 335 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 195 Mb | 01:24:43
Classical | Label: Oehms Classics

Gustav Mahler’s Sixth Symphony was written between 1903 and 1904, mostly in Vienna, during a period of professional success and private happiness. But musically the ‘Tragic’, as the symphony is sometimes called, seems like a bizarre reversal of Mahler’s life events and an anticipation of future tragedies: the death of a daughter, the diagnosis of Mahler’s heart disease, and his profound occupational crisis at the Vienna Court Opera. They would soon bring to an abrupt end Mahler’s short spell of good fortune.

Pianoduo Amacord - Magical Garden (2020)

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Pianoduo Amacord - Magical Garden (2020)

Pianoduo Amacord - Magical Garden (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 176 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 125 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:52:14
Classical | Label: Zip Records

The debut CD of Pianoduo Amacord is devoted to the fairy tale world with works of three French composers who between 1870 and 1914 - gave free rein to fantasy. Fairy tales are literal in the famous Ma mère l’Oye suite, with which Maurice Ravel the children of a friend rejoiced.In addition, Ivana Alkovic and Maarten den Hengst two less famous cycles, Jeux d’enfants by Georges Bizet and Six épigraphes antiques by Claude Debussy, also in the original version for four-handed piano. Timbre, musical story art and a desire for Bygone times and distant places determine the delicate atmosphere that all these compositions radiate.

Lilya Zilberstein - Claude Debussy: Pour le Piano, Estampes; Maurice Ravel: Miroirs, Sonatine, Jeux d'eau (1994) [Re-Up]

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Lilya Zilberstein - Claude Debussy: Pour le Piano, Estampes; Maurice Ravel: Miroirs, Sonatine, Jeux d'eau (1994) [Re-Up]

Lilya Zilberstein - Claude Debussy: Pour le Piano; Estampes
Maurice Ravel: Miroirs; Sonatine; Jeux d'eau (1994)

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 215 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 189 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 439 927-2 | Time: 01:13:55

Lilya Zilberstein has already taken on some of the virtuoso pillars of the repertoire for DG—Brahms's Paganini Variations, the Mussorgsky Pictures, Rachmaninov's Third Concerto and so it is fascinating to hear her in music of a more subtle evocation and delicacy. And although her Debussy and Ravel are hardly consistent or to the manner born, they are rarely less than individual or distinguished. Like other Russian pianists before her she places greater emphasis on the music's sensuous and expressive warmth than on its formal clarity. Her response to say, ''Le soiree dans Grenade'' (from Estampes) is richly coloured and inflected (a reminder, perhaps, of Falla's awe of Debussy's Hispanicism) and in ''Jardins sous la pluie'' her virtuosity evokes a coldly drenched and windswept garden its flowers momentarily bejewelled by passing sunlight. She is also highly successful in the more objective patterning of Pour le piano, making the opening Prelude's fortissimo chording and shooting-star glissandos resonate with unusual power.

Xenia Jankovic, Christoph Richter - Julius Klengel: Cello Concertos (2001)

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Xenia Jankovic, Christoph Richter - Julius Klengel: Cello Concertos (2001)

Xenia Jankovic, Christoph Richter - Julius Klengel: Cello Concertos (2001)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:13:51 | 347 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: CPO | Catalog: CPO999714-2

While not many listeners in the present day may remember the name Julius Klengel, his name was virtually synonymous with the cello less than 100 years ago. The majority of Klengel's career centered around either performing – as principal cellist of the Gewandhaus Orchestra, as a chamber musician, or as a soloist – or pedagogy. In fact, he was one of the most sought-after teachers of his time, and his numerous students include the likes of Feuermann and Piatigorsky. Klengel also composed a great deal of music for the cello, especially pedagogical works. His performance works, including the three concertos heard on this disc, are infrequently played. Compositionally, they are generally enjoyable works but not terribly original or moving.

Jean-Philippe Collard - Granados: Goyescas (2020)

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Jean-Philippe Collard - Granados: Goyescas (2020)

Jean-Philippe Collard - Granados: Goyescas (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 173 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 127 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:53:53
Classical | Label: La Dolce Vita

Jean-Philippe Collard belongs to that category of artists who move through space in the same way as they play: the measured gestures brush past the lights until he sits down in front of the instrument. The pianist has come to listen to those who have come to hear him. What he proposes is a dialogue without words. Just through the eyes and then through sound. An infinity of sounds.

Pascal Rogé, Jean-Philippe Collard - Satie: The Four Handed Piano (2000)

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Pascal Rogé, Jean-Philippe Collard - Satie: The Four Handed Piano (2000)

Pascal Rogé, Jean-Philippe Collard - Satie: The Four Handed Piano (2000)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:03:09 | 209 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | Catalog: 455 401-2

In the music of Erik Satie, the sublime and the ridiculous reside in such tantalizingly close proximity that it's useless to try to separate them–which may, after all, be the point. For example, what can one say about 'Three Pieces in the Form of a Pear' other than there are really seven of them and regardless what fruit they may sound or look like they comprise a set of dances as disarming as any in piano literature? Fortunately, the case is well made in the performances of Pascal Rogé and Jean-Philippe Collard, who bring just the right balance of lightness and weight, wit, and beauty and plainness to the music.

Christina Ortiz - Addinsell: 'Warsaw' Concerto, Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2, Litolff: Scherzo (1986)

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Christina Ortiz - Addinsell: 'Warsaw' Concerto, Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2, Litolff: Scherzo (1986)

Christina Ortiz - Addinsell: 'Warsaw' Concerto, Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2, Litolff: Scherzo (1986)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 57:47 | 245 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | Catalog: 414 348-2

This is one of my favorite recordings with Ortiz's renditions of the Rachmaninov and Addinsell ranking with some of the best I've heard. For me, the real attraction of this recording, however, is Gottschalk's "Grand Fantasia Triumfal" (Variations on the Brazilian National Anthem). Although originally a solo piano piece, it was arranged for piano and orchestra by Samuel Adler, which I recall hearing on a budget recording from the 1980s that I've long lost. In all honesty, it didn't really grab me as worthwhile. However, on this recording, pianist Ortiz and Chris Hazell (the producer of this recording) re-worked Adler's arrangement into something far more exciting and noble.

Utah SO, Maurice Abravanel - Louis Moreau Gottschalk: A Night in the Tropics; Morton Gould: Latin American Symphonette (1995)

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Utah SO, Maurice Abravanel - Louis Moreau Gottschalk: A Night in the Tropics; Morton Gould: Latin American Symphonette (1995)

Gottschalk: A Night in the Tropics; Morton Gould: Latin American Symphonette (1995)
Reid Nibley, piano; Utah Symphony Orchestra; Maurice Abravanel, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 246 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 120 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Vanguard Classics | # SVC-9 | Time: 00:46:56

This program offers three lively, colorful, and captivating orchestral works by two United States composers, born almost a century apart. These pieces exhibit the fruitful exchange and flow of musical material between North and South America that has long played a role in popular music, apparent not only in commercial song and dance music using Latin American melodies and rhythms but also in early jazz and blues where tango rhythms are so often heard, as in W. C. Handy's St. Louis Blues. And both Gottschalk in the 1850s, close to the beginning of a creative American musical tradition, and Gould in the 1950s, when such a tradition had flowered considerably, show a combination of seriousness of approach with a popular touch.

Christian Gerhaher, Rosamunde Quartett - Othmar Schoeck: Notturno (2009)

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Christian Gerhaher, Rosamunde Quartett - Othmar Schoeck: Notturno (2009)

Christian Gerhaher, Rosamunde Quartett - Othmar Schoeck: Notturno (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 179 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 98 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Vocal | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 2061, 476 6995 | 00:42:55

Although being generally acknowledged as one of the leading composers of his native Switzerland, Othmar Schoeck (1886–1957) has never acquired a stable reputation outside the German-speaking world. This is partly due to his strong focus on the sung word: His output comprises eight operas, some 400 songs and a couple of smaller works for instrumental forces. Moreover, Schoeck’s essentially late-romantic style was considered démodé after the second world war when the avant-garde was arguing for a more rational and emotionally restricted approach to composition. One of his most personal works is the “Notturno” for baritone voice and string quartet. Written between 1931 and 1933 it served as a personal confession after an unhappy extra-marital love affair. Its five movements set verses by German 19th-century-poet Nikolaus Lenau and by the great Swiss writer Gottfried Keller. The highly differentiated interpretation by baritone Christian Gerhaher – one of the most distinguished young German “Lied” singers and a former disciple of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau – and the Rosamunde Quartett offers a strong plea for Schoeck’s expressive music and sheds an exciting light on his artistic preoccupation with the dark abysses of human existence.

Ian Bostridge, Antonio Pappano - Shakespeare Songs (2016)

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Ian Bostridge, Antonio Pappano - Shakespeare Songs (2016)

Ian Bostridge, Antonio Pappano: Shakespeare Songs (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 223 Mb | Artwork included | Time: 01:06:54
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Warner Classics | # 0190295944735

Grammy® Award winners Ian Bostridge and Sir Antonio Pappano have been working together on the stage and in the recording studio for over 20 years. Together they have produced award-winning recordings and played sold out concert halls all over the world to huge critical acclaim. Now they embark on a project marking the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare with a new album out in September. Shakespeare Songs celebrates the four centuries of music and performance that his plays and sonnets have inspired. Shakespeare’s peerless feeling for the music of the English language has inspired countless composers, from those who set the Bard’s verse during his lifetime to musicians as diverse as Britten, Finzi, Korngold and Stravinsky.

Celibidache in Rehearsal and Performance - Dvořák: Symphony No.9; Prokofiev: Symphony No.1 (2011/1988,1991)

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Celibidache in Rehearsal and Performance - Dvořák: Symphony No.9; Prokofiev: Symphony No.1 (2011/1988,1991)

Celibidache in Rehearsal and Performance - Dvořák: Symphony No.9; Prokofiev: Symphony No.1 (2011/1988,1991)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 6.00 Gb (DVD9) | 114 min
Classical | EuroArts | Subtitles: English, Francais, Espanol

Sergiu Celibidache (1912-1996) has been called a musical giant, a magician, a brilliant lion-tamer and an enfant terrible of classical music. He was a legend in his own lifetime, mesmerizing orchestras audiences and critics with his intensity and brilliance. Celibidache himself claimed that not a single French conductor was capable of conducting French music - a bold statement that makes this recording even more interesting. This DVD shows most of what made Celibidache a legend in his own lifetime and offers todays viewer to participate in the musical wonders he produced.