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Vladimir & Vovka Ashkenazy - Russian Fantasy: Mussorgsky, Rachmaninov, Glinka, Borodin, Scriabin (2011) [Re-Up]

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Vladimir & Vovka Ashkenazy - Russian Fantasy: Mussorgsky, Rachmaninov, Glinka, Borodin, Scriabin (2011) [Re-Up]

Vladimir & Vovka Ashkenazy - Russian Fantasy (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 212 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 173 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 478 2940 DH | Time: 00:59:41

Following their album of French music for two pianos, father and son Vladimir and Vovka Ashkenazy revel in their musical heritage with this dazzling programme by the great composers of Russia, with Rachmaninov's two-piano Suite No.1 at its heart. Three of the works have been arranged by Vovka Ashkenazy himself, including Mussorgsky's Night On The Bald Mountain and the album's virtuosic finale - Borodin's Polovtsian Dances from his opera Prince Igor. His two-piano arrangement of Glinka's lilting Valse-fantaisie is itself based on Sergei Lyapunov's arrangement for four hands. The two works originally written for two pianos are Rachmaninov's poetic Suite no 1, Op. 5 "Fantaisie Tableaux" (which the young composer dedicated to another giant of Russian music - Piotr Tchaikovsky) and the Fantasy in A minor by Rachmaninov's contemporary at the Moscow Conservatoire, Scriabin.

Mischa Maisky, Giuseppe Sinopoli - Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto, 'Enigma' Variations, 'Pomp and Circumstance' (2012)

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Mischa Maisky, Giuseppe Sinopoli - Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto, 'Enigma' Variations, 'Pomp and Circumstance' (2012)

Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto, 'Enigma' Variations, 'Pomp and Circumstance' (2012)
Mischa Maisky, cello; Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Giuseppe Sinopoli

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 328 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 187 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 478 3619 GB | Time: 01:14:33

Enigma Variations is the work that secured Elgars reputation as a composer of international significance. The 14 variations are all character portraits of friends, including his wife and the composer himself, the most famous being the ninth, the achingly nostalgic Nimrod. The Cello Concerto is Elgars last substantial work and has become not only one of his best loved, but also one of the most popular concertos ever written for the instrument.

Vladimir & Vovka Ashkenazy - Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel: Music for Two Pianos (2009) [Re-Up]

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Vladimir & Vovka Ashkenazy - Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel: Music for Two Pianos (2009) [Re-Up]

Vladimir & Vovka Ashkenazy - Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel: Music for Two Pianos (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 213 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:06:01
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 478 1090 DH

With this disc, Vladimir Ashkenazy, celebrated for his readings of Rachmaninoff and Chopin, and his son, Vovka, take on music by Debussy and Ravel for two pianos, and the results, utterly unlike virtually anything Ashkenazy père has ever recorded before, make it a real winner. From the electric excitement of the opening En blanc et noir, through the hazy mysteries of Jeux, and the luminous colors of the Rapsodie espagnole, to the inexorable hysteria of La Valse, Ashkenazy père and fils turn in performances that match the music for poise, drive, and technical brilliance. Some might find their sonorities a bit hard-edged at points – should the opening of En blanc et noir and the close of La Valse really be hit so strongly? – but the results are so consistently thrilling that most listeners are likely to be swept away. Recorded in close but clear and vivid digital sound, this disc may not be for every Debussy and Ravel fan, but it should certainly appeal to fans of Ashkenazy.

Andrew Davis, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus - Elgar: The Music Makers; The Spirit of England (2018)

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Andrew Davis, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus - Elgar: The Music Makers; The Spirit of England (2018)

Andrew Davis, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus - Elgar: The Music Makers; The Spirit of England (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 270 Mb | Total time: 61:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos ‎| CHSA 5215 | Recorded: 2018

Distinguished British music interpreter Sir Andrew Davis joins forces with the BBCSO once again, this time with acclaimed soloists Dame Sarah Connolly and Andrew Staples, in this thoughtful presentation of the last two substantial choral works of Sir Edward Elgar. The matury of Elgar as an orchestrator is obvious in both works on this album, notably, in 'The Music Makers' (1912), during passages in which he quotes from 'Sea Pictures' and the Violin Concerto, and in representing the sound of aircraft in 'The Spirit of England' (1917). Elgar uses self-quotation to reflect: 'The Music Makers' is a canvas of self-reflection, written quickly following a period of illness.

Ivry Gitlis - The Art of Ivry Gitlis: Tchaikovsky, Bruch, Sibelius, Mendelssohn, Bartok (1992) 2CDs

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Ivry Gitlis - The Art of Ivry Gitlis: Tchaikovsky, Bruch, Sibelius, Mendelssohn, Bartok (1992) 2CDs

Ivry Gitlis - The Art of Ivry Gitlis (1992) 2CDs
Tchaikovsky - Bruch - Sibelius - Mendelssohn - Bartók

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 529 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: VoxBox | # CDX2 5505 | Time: 02:39:09

There are several reasons to own this Vox Box 2CD set. For the first, it includes five great violin concertos in some of the very best performances in their discography. For the second, Ivry Gitlis (born 1922) is a great living violinist and these recordings made in early 1950s show his art in the best way, when Ivry's violin sounded powerful and brilliant.

Richard Bonynge, Joan Sutherland, Horst Stein, Josef Sivo - Glière: Coloraturo Concerto; Glazunov: Violin Concerto (1990)

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Richard Bonynge, Joan Sutherland, Horst Stein, Josef Sivo - Glière: Coloraturo Concerto; Glazunov: Violin Concerto (1990)

Richard Bonynge, Joan Sutherland, Osian Ellis, Horst Stein, Josef Sivo - Glière: Coloraturo Concerto, Harp Concerto; Glazunov: Violin Concerto (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 293 Mb | Total time: 62:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 430 006-2 | Recorded: 1968, 1971

Of the rarities presented in this unusual Russian music collection, the most tantalizing is Gliére’s Concerto for Coloratura Soprano and Orchestra. Judging by the slight surface noise, it sounds as if this transfer could have been made from an LP. No matter, the sound is fine, and Joan Sutherland sings radiantly, pouring out beguiling tone throughout her range, while her trademark trills are put to good use by Gliére’s vocal writing, which isn’t particularly original, especially considering it was composed in 1943. The same can be said for Gliére’s 1938 Harp Concerto: beguiling solo writing set against standard-fare 19th-century orchestral accompaniment.

Leningrad PO, Yevgeny Mravinsky - Igor Stravinsky: 'Petrushka' (1947 version), 'The Fairy's Kiss' (complete ballet) (2015)

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Leningrad PO, Yevgeny Mravinsky - Igor Stravinsky: 'Petrushka' (1947 version), 'The Fairy's Kiss' (complete ballet) (2015)

Igor Stravinsky: 'Pétrouchka' (1947 version), 'Le Baiser De La Fée' (complete ballet) (2015)
Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Yevgeny Mravinsky

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 383 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 194 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Praga Digitals | # PRD/DSD 350 113 | Time: 01:16:25

A provocative and probably previously unreleased reunion of two quintessential ballet scores evocative of the Paris of before and after World War I. The Russian conductor Yevgeny Mravinsky, who stayed in his homeland but managed to remain impervious to any authoritative decrees, either political or artistic, presents this daring programme of Stravinsky's 'Petrushka' and 'The Fairy's Kiss', both with the same accuracy of interpretation, Impressive and without competition! Live recorded in Leningrad/St.Petersburg, October 24, 1964 (Petrushka), June 20,1982.

Vienna PO, Sir Georg Solti - Kodaly: The Peacock Variations; Blacher: Paganini Variations; Elgar: Enigma Variations (1997)

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Vienna PO, Sir Georg Solti - Kodaly: The Peacock Variations; Blacher: Paganini Variations; Elgar: Enigma Variations (1997)

Zoltán Kodály: The Peacock Variations; Boris Blacher: Paganini Variations;
Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sir Georg Solti

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 302 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 178 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: London/Decca | # 452 853-2 | Time: 01:07:41

Celebrating his half-century as a Decca artist, as well as his eighty-fifth birthday, Sir Georg Solti here offers a nicely autobiographical collection of three sets of variations: the Peacock Variations of Kodaly representing his Hungarian roots, the lively Paganini Variations of Blacher a recognition of his years as German citizen, and finally a tribute to his unique Britishness in Elgar's Enigma Variations. The disc is also a tribute to the Vienna Philharmonic and Solti's special relationship with that orchestra, with whom he recorded these live performances in the Musikverein last April. You have only to compare this warmly expressive, subtly nuanced, and deeply felt account of the Elgar with Solti's earlier Chicago version of 1974 to appreciate not only the quality of this great Viennese orchestra, but the way in which Solti has mellowed over the last two decades.

Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Tanguy de Williencourt - Debussy: Les Trois Sonates (2018)

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Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Tanguy de Williencourt - Debussy: Les Trois Sonates (2018)

Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Javier Perianes, Xavier de Maistre, Antoine Tamestit, Magali Mosnier, Tanguy de Williencourt - Debussy: Les Trois Sonates: The Late Works (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 197 Mb | Total time: 54:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi ‎| HMM902303 | Recorded: 2017, 2018

The harmonia mundi label's ongoing series of recordings marking the centenary of the death of Claude Debussy continues with this fascinating album of chamber works. On it, violinist Isabelle Faust has brought together an all-star team of musicians including cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, violist Antoine Tamestit, flutist Magali Mosnier, harpist Xavier de Maistre and pianists Alexander Melnikov, Javier Perianes, and Tanguy de Williencourt. Three sonatas are the focal point here, with accompanied works for cello and violin complemented by the glorious Sonata for flute, Viola and Harp. The remainder of the program features a colorful selection of piano works from the composer's late period.

Lothar Zagrosek, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin - Franz Schreker: Die Gezeichneten (2012)

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Lothar Zagrosek, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin - Franz Schreker: Die Gezeichneten (2012)

Lothar Zagrosek, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin - Franz Schreker: Die Gezeichneten (2012)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.07 Gb | Total time: 170:42 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | 478 4157 | Recorded: 1993-1994

As part of Decca's acclaimed Entartete (German for Degenerate) series devoted to either suppressed or forbidden music during the first half of the 20th century, Franz Schreker's opera Die Gezeichneten (The Branded) is a period masterpiece. This story of a dying woman painter Carlotta betraying here longstanding faithful lover Alviano for a newer more physically attractive Tamare and the consequences that ensue is certainly intriguing. Lovers of expertly-crafted, infectiously beautiful orchestration however will simply rejoice in the massive 120+ member ensemble Schreker requires assembled here. All of the vocalists deliver energetic, passionate performances throughout and Decca's sound is state of the art. All in all a remarkable achievement!

Rosamunde Quartett - Anton Webern, Dmitri Shostakovich, Emil Frantisek Burian (1997) [Re-Up]

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Rosamunde Quartett - Anton Webern, Dmitri Shostakovich, Emil Frantisek Burian (1997) [Re-Up]

Rosamunde Quartett - Anton Webern, Dmitri Shostakovich, Emil Frantisek Burian (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 200 Mb | Scans included | Time: 00:46:37
Classical | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1629, 457 067-2

String quartet fans will relish this excellent release from ECM. Although the Shostakovich 8th is one of the most over-recorded pieces in the string quartet literature, the performance here is worth having, and is combined with a somewhat familiar but not as widely recorded piece by Webern (for those who might be afraid to listen to anything by Webern, let me assure you that this is a most lovely, lyrical, hauntingly beautiful work, not at all daunting) and a quartet by a composer that will be unfamiliar to most, Emil Burian (1904-1959), whose String Quartet No. 4 is a haunting piece that makes for an attractive finish for this fine CD by the Rosamunde Quartet. The sound quality is rich and radiant in the best ECM tradition.

Susan Hoeppner & Rachel Gauk - The Sea in Spring: Japanese Music for Flute and Guitar (1999) [Re-Up]

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Susan Hoeppner & Rachel Gauk - The Sea in Spring: Japanese Music for Flute and Guitar (1999) [Re-Up]

Susan Hoeppner & Rachel Gauk - The Sea in Spring: Japanese Music for Flute and Guitar (1999)
Michio Miyagi · Teruyuki Noda · Tōru Takemitsu · Katsutoshi Nagasawa · Yoshiharu Ganryu
Haseo Sugiyama · Ryūtarō Hirota · Kōhachiro Miyata

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 286 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 205 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, World Music | Label: BIS | # BIS-CD-969 | Time: 01:13:24

During the Meiji Restoration (1868-1912) a broad diffusion of Western music flowed into Japan, first in the form of military band music and. later, Protestant hymns. By 1900, recitals of piano, violin and song were quite popular. Composers like Prokofiev, and performers such as Heifetz, Kreisler and Segovia also encouraged this musical direction, which strongly followed German Romanticism and French Impressionism. The new Western repertoire found a place with the traditional Japanese music, hdgaku, and as the two traditions came in contact, a new and unique form of music emerged. One of the most fascinating developments in Japanese music was the introduction of new instruments in the south of Japan, and their metamorphosis as they migrated north via Kyoto and Tokyo. Several composers on this disc have focused on natural themes, with water being a favourite and obvious choice. The works have been chosen to give a sampling of the diversity of Japanese music, from the beautiful, traditional folk-songs to the complex and challenging multi-movement works, many of which evoke the traditional instruments, namely shakuhachi and koto.

Riccardo Chailly, Lucerne Festival Orchestra - Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé Suites 1 & 2, Boléro (2019) [BDRip]

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Riccardo Chailly,  Lucerne Festival Orchestra - Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé Suites 1 & 2, Boléro (2019) [BDRip]

Riccardo Chailly, Lucerne Festival Orchestra - Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales, La valse, Daphnis et Chloé Suites Nos. 1 & 2, Boléro (2019) [BDRip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 87 min | 4,18 Gb
Audio: AC3 / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 640 Kbps
Classical | Accentus Music

Riccardo Chailly pays tribute to Maurice Ravel with a program of waltzes and wild reveries of ecstasy and elegance. He ushers us into Ravels musical worlds filled with ever-changing colors, scents, and flavors: the pulsating three-quarter time of waltzes that reflect just how much the Great War transformed European culture, the ancient love story of Daphnis and Chloé, and the relentless rhythms of Boléro. Magnifique! Recorded live at the Concert Hall of KKL Luzern, August 2018.

Halle Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli - Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto, Enigma Variations, Introduction and Allegro, Elegy (1991)

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Halle Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli - Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto, Enigma Variations, Introduction and Allegro, Elegy (1991)

Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto, Enigma Variations, Introduction and Allegro, Elegy (1991)
Hallé Orchestra, conducted by Sir John Barbirolli; André Navarra, cello

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 347 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 174 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI | # CDM 7639552 | Time: 01:13:08

Barbirolli made later recordings of all the works on this CD and these have become cornerstones of the catalogue. These are earlier recordings that he did with his own orchestra, the Halle, in the 1950s. To start with, the recording quality is pretty amazing. They were recorded on 35mm film tape rather than half inch recording tape by the Mercury team and have astonishing immediacy and amazingly lifelike. Barbirolli uses an organ in the finale of the Enigma Variations. The recording is a little bass heavy but this is a small caveat. For people who consider Barbirolli to be a bit indulgent as a conductor, these recordings may come as a surprise. The performances are very direct and nicely flowing. They therefore complement rather than compete with the later recordings. Of course, Barbirolli's later recording of the Cello Concerto with Jacqueline du Pre is a very famous and special rendition of the work. However, it is not without its detractors. Andre Navarra, by contrast, plays with golden tone. He plays gorgeously. Highly recommended.

Günther Herbig, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Saarbrücken - Dmitry Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8 (2006)

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Günther Herbig, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Saarbrücken - Dmitry Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8 (2006)

Günther Herbig, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Saarbrücken - Dmitry Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8 (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 273 Mb | Total time: 63:13 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Berlin Classics ‎| 0017932BC | Recorded: 2006

Diese beiden Veröffentlichungen sind der Beginn einer exklusiven Herbig-Reihe auf Berlin Classics. Günther Herbig, der seit 2001 das Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Saarbrücken leitet, wird seine Tätigkeit dort in diesem Jahr beenden – ein Anlass mehr, seine besten Aufnahmen und Mitschnitte auf CD zu veröffentlichen.