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Giuliano Carella, Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Fiorenza Cedolins, Vincenzo La Scola - Bellini: Norma (2009)

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Giuliano Carella, Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Fiorenza Cedolins, Vincenzo La Scola - Bellini: Norma (2009)

Giuliano Carella, Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Fiorenza Cedolins, Vincenzo La Scola - Bellini: Norma (2009/2007)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 5.68 Gb+5.40 Gb (2xDVD9) | 169 min
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Catalan

Bellini's "Norma" is a classic of the bel canto tradition, combining lavish vocal splendor with a story of great passion and nobility. The title character in "Norma" is a role with emotions ranging from haughty to desperately passionate to vengeful and defiant. Italian soprano Fiorenza Cedolins is one of the most thrilling Normas of the younger operatic generation. Along with a distinguished supporting cast, including Sonia Ganassi as Adalgisa and Vincenzo La Scola as Pollione, this psychologically staged production by Francisco Negrin, conducted by Giuliano Carella, makes the belcanto tradition vivid and exciting.

Truls Mørk - Schumann: Cello Concerto, Bloch: Schelomo, Bruch: Kol Nidrei (2005)

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Truls Mørk - Schumann: Cello Concerto, Bloch: Schelomo, Bruch: Kol Nidrei (2005)

Truls Mørk - Schumann: Cello Concerto, Bloch: Schelomo, Bruch: Kol Nidrei (2005)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 58:47 | 242 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | Catalog: 45664

As one of the world's cello stars, Truls Mørk is sure to garner extravagant praise for this CD of Schumann's Concerto in A minor, Bloch's Schelomo, and Bruch's Kol Nidrei, all three essential vehicles for any cello virtuoso. However, there are two weaknesses in his playing that need addressing. First, and most noticeable, Mørk is too loose in his tempi and rhythms, almost to the point of amorphousness. His licentious rubato is most alarming in Schumann's Concerto, which really needs a rigorously shaped solo to hold the piece together; and even though Schelomo is patently more rhapsodic and Kol Nidrei more freely lyrical, Mørk pushes his freedom too far, almost as if his love for producing a gorgeous sound makes him forget the bar lines.

Gil Shaham, Orli Shaham - Dvořák for Two (1997)

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Gil Shaham, Orli Shaham - Dvořák for Two (1997)

Gil Shaham, Orli Shaham - Dvořák for Two (1997)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 52:06 | 244 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 449 820-2GH

The Shaham siblings play Dvorak's Sonatina, wonderful music with great tones recorded with great clarity! The piano sound is remarkably clear and sharp sounding and no introduction needs to be said about the incredible violin tone displayed here. DG really did an amazing production on this recording. The violin is played with incredible warmth and awesome phrasing, every heartfelt note is carefully shaped by a master craftsman: Gil Shaham shows yet again his ability to speak with every note. The piano is played with a great sense of dynamics and effortless technique while never being obtrusive. Orli shows great maturity in how she handles and shapes the music with her great hands.

Bernd Glemser, Antoni Wit - Tchaikovsky: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-3, Andante and Finale, Op. 79 (1996)

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Bernd Glemser, Antoni Wit - Tchaikovsky: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-3, Andante and Finale, Op. 79 (1996)

Bernd Glemser, Antoni Wit - Tchaikovsky: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-3, Andante and Finale, Op. 79 (1996)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 73:37 | 289 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | Catalog: 8.550819

This Naxos CD was recorded in March 1995 in the Concert Hall in Katowice and contains a very good performance of that old warhorse, Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor, Op.23. The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra sound just great thanks to the producer Günter Appenheimer and, particularly, conductor Antoni Wit. Pianist Bernd Glemser has plenty of fire when needed coupled with delicacy as appropriate. It's a really good performance.

Franco Mezzena - Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50, TH 117 - Rachmaninoff: Trio élégiaque No. 1 in G Minor (2019)

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Franco Mezzena - Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50, TH 117 - Rachmaninoff: Trio élégiaque No. 1 in G Minor (2019)

Franco Mezzena, Sergio Patria & Elena Ballario - Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50, TH 117 - Rachmaninoff: Trio élégiaque No. 1 in G Minor (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 275 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 149 Mb | 01:05:02
Classical | Label: Dynamic

Highly praised for his orchestral works, Tchaikovsky never reached great popularity as a chamber music composer but, although his chamber output does not comprise many titles, it does includes works of distinct value, such as the beautiful but little known Trio for violin, cello and piano, Op.50 which we are featuring on this release. The work was composed in memory of his friend Nikolaj Rubinstein, who had passed away at the age of 46 and was considered at the time one of the greatest European pianists. It was premiered in Moscow on 30 October, 1882.

Bernd Glemser, Antoni Wit - Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 4, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (1998)

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Bernd Glemser, Antoni Wit - Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 4, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (1998)

Bernd Glemser, Antoni Wit - Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 4, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (1998)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:18:44 | 291 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | Catalog: 8.550809

This Naxos CD was released in 1998 and features 1995 recordings of Rachmaninov's Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 4 with the considerable bonus of the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op.43. As is often the case with Naxos orchestral recordings of this vintage, the sound is a little distant but opens up to reveal more than adequate engineering at higher volume levels.

Gundula Janowitz, Herbert von Karajan - Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder, Tod und Verklärung, Metamorphosen (1995)

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Gundula Janowitz, Herbert von Karajan - Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder, Tod und Verklärung, Metamorphosen (1995)

Gundula Janowitz, Herbert von Karajan - Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder, Tod und Verklärung, Metamorphosen (1995)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:17:13 | 393 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 447 422-2

Karajan recorded Tod und Verklärung 3 times; 1960 with Vienna Philharmonic, 1971 and 1982 with Berlin Philharmonic. This is the second recording in 1971. The conductor extracts every detail of Strauss’s orchestration in a brilliant intensity. From the pianissimo in the opening to the climax near the end, the 100% engaged orchestra vividly expresses the transfiguration.

Alejandro Sandler, Caroline Lieby & Orchestre de Lutetia - Debussy & Ginastera: Le rêve et la terre (2019)

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Alejandro Sandler, Caroline Lieby & Orchestre de Lutetia - Debussy & Ginastera: Le rêve et la terre (2019)

Alejandro Sandler, Caroline Lieby & Orchestre de Lutetia - Debussy & Ginastera: Le rêve et la terre (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 213 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 121 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:47:43
Classical | Label: Klarthe Records

For his first CD, the Lutetia orchestra has chosen to bring together two major figures of French and Argentine music. Two countries, two composers, two worlds directly linked to the influences that rocked his conductor Alejandro Sandler. The dream and the earth are the clever mix between Debussy's delicate sound palette and Ginastera's lyrical nervousness. The journey between two worlds linked to each other, which everything separates and brings together. Debussy's three selected works are both distinct and yet closely related. Symbolist and impressionist, Debussy was very early on rich and varied in his compositions from the first part of his creative life. The Estancia suite reveals in energetic and nostalgic terms the harsh life of the nomadic Gauchos in the wild plains of Argentina. Through a version that is intended to be descriptive and subjective, the Lutetia orchestra wanted to highlight what was the true life of an Argentine gaucho in the middle of the 19th century. They have kept the impressionist colours of the Argentine literary work that inspired the sequel: the "Martin Fierro".

Roberto Abbado, Orchestra of Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Sonia Ganassi, Marianna Pizzolato - Rossini: Ermione (2009)

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Roberto Abbado, Orchestra of Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Sonia Ganassi, Marianna Pizzolato - Rossini: Ermione (2009)

Roberto Abbado, Orchestra of Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Sonia Ganassi, Marianna Pizzolato - Rossini: Ermione (2009)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 5.89 Gb+3.87 Gb (DVD9+DVD5) | 143 min
Classical | Dynamic | Sub: Italiano, English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol

Set during the Second World War, this live recording of Ermione opened the Rossini Opera Festival in 2008. An exceptional vocal cast, in particular Sonia Ganassi in the title role, described by David Blewitt in The Stage as “deploy[ing] an astonishing vocal armoury to searing effect. Her fury during the Act I finale is hair-raising”. This production sees a collaboration between cousins Roberto and Daniele Abbado, nephew and son respectively of celebrated conductor Claudio Abbado.

Alfred Brendel, Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 (1992)

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Alfred Brendel, Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 (1992)

Alfred Brendel, Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 (1992)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 233 MB | 48:48
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips

In 1991 Brendel and the Berliners wee headliners at the Proms in London, wowing the huge Bank Holiday crowd with this Brahms Second; they returned to Berlin and set it down on tape. At the time, Abbado was still considered rather provisional as Karajan's successor, but he has always been a dedicated Brahmsian. It shows in the smooth, large-scaled, confident phrasing, and the plushness of the orchestra's sound in the latter days of Karajan's long reign remains.

Nobuyuki Tsujii - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2, Liszt: Piano Pieces (2011)

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Nobuyuki Tsujii - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2, Liszt: Piano Pieces (2011)

Nobuyuki Tsujii - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2, Liszt: Piano Pieces (2011)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 249 MB | 59:46
Genre: Classical | Label: Challenge Classics

Pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii tackles the war horse non pareil, the Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor by Sergey Rachmaninov, along with a handful of keyboard favorites by Franz Liszt, to make this album a showpiece for Romantic piano fans. Ably supported by the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, under the direction of Yutaka Sado, Tsujii turns in a credible performance of the concerto that is full of pianistic fireworks and long-breathed melodies, and the 2008 performance was warmly recorded by Teldex Studio Berlin.

Nicola Luisotti, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Angela Gheorghiu, Ramon Vargas - Puccini: La Boheme (2008)

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Nicola Luisotti, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Angela Gheorghiu, Ramon Vargas - Puccini: La Boheme (2008)

Nicola Luisotti, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Angela Gheorghiu, Ramón Vargas - Puccini: La Bohème (2008)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.72 Gb (DVD9) | 132 min
Classical | EMI | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol

Angela Gheorghiu leads a magnificent cast in Franco Zeffirelli’s iconic production of Puccini’s La Bohème – filmed live at the Metropolitan Opera in Hi-Definition. This grand, sumptuous production of Puccini’s timeless masterpiece is brought to you on DVD by EMI Classics, continuing its collaboration with the Metropolitan Opera and its hugely successful Metropolitan Opera : Live in High-Definition series.

Davit Melkonyan, Mikayel Balyan - Brahms: Cello Sonatas (2014)

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Davit Melkonyan, Mikayel Balyan - Brahms: Cello Sonatas (2014)

Davit Melkonyan, Mikayel Balyan - Brahms: Cello Sonatas (2014)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 52:30 | 244 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | Catalog: 1017705

This disc gives us the two cello sonatas that Brahms wrote, Opus 38, and Opus 99. As the distance between the opus numbers suggests, one is fairly early in the composer's work (1862, to 1965), and the second one is rather later (1886). Though the second, later sonata evidences a deepening and intensification of his music, the first sonata is by no means a callow piece. Brahms was said to be inspired to write a cello sonata because he was studying the cello in his twenties, or thereabouts.

George Li, Vasily Petrenko & London Philharmonic Orchestra - Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 - Liszt: Solo Piano Works (2019)

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George Li, Vasily Petrenko & London Philharmonic Orchestra - Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 - Liszt: Solo Piano Works (2019)

George Li, Vasily Petrenko & London Philharmonic Orchestra - Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 - Liszt: Solo Piano Works (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 247 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 156 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:04:40
Classical | Label: Warner Classics

George Li gained international attention in 2015 when he won the silver medal in the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Now he has recorded one of Tchaikovsky’s greatest and best-loved works, the Piano Concerto No 1 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Vasily Petrenko. The New York Times has called him a “real revelation” in the work. It is complemented by three solo pieces by Liszt, a composer who featured on his debut Warner Classics recital, judged “a winner” by International Piano magazine.

Jacques Mercier, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie - Theodore Gouvy: Symphony No. 6, Sinfonietta op. 80 (2009)

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Jacques Mercier, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie - Theodore Gouvy: Symphony No. 6, Sinfonietta op. 80 (2009)

Jacques Mercier, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie - Théodore Gouvy: Symphony No. 6, Sinfonietta op. 80 (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 244 Mb | Total time: 57:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 777 380-2 | Recorded: 2007

Previous reviews of Gouvy’s music in Fanfare have commented upon its echoes of Mendelssohn and Schumann, and those certainly are present here. The first subject of the symphony’s finale, with its rapid triplet accompaniment, immediately recalls the opening of the “Italian” Symphony, and the spirit of Schumann hovers over portions of the first movement, and also of the last two movements of the Sinfonietta. The early Brahms of the serenades also makes his presence felt in the second subject of the symphony’s first movement. Occasional phrases recall Bizet (one figure in the symphony’s scherzo is close kin to a smuggler’s chorus in Carmen ), Gounod, and Berlioz. Yet, in listening to both compositions, the music of a different figure came immediately and strikingly to mind—Max Bruch.