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Julia Kirchner, Georg Poplutz, La Stagione Frankfurt, Michael Schneider - Liebe, was ist schöner als die Liebe (2021)

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Julia Kirchner, Georg Poplutz, La Stagione Frankfurt, Michael Schneider - Liebe, was ist schöner als die Liebe (2021)

Julia Kirchner, Georg Poplutz, La Stagione Frankfurt, Michael Schneider - Liebe, was ist schöner als die Liebe (2021)
FLAC tracks | 1:16:02 | 407 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: CPO

Georg Philipp Telemann never missed the opportunity to delight those around him with countless compositions treating the subject of love and its consequences. The origins of his enormous achievement in this field are certainly to be sought in his personal disposition: in his exuberant joy in composition, combined with an open, optimistic attitude in his dealings with his environment, which in his works not rarely revealed his roguish sense of humor. And so he above all was very much in demand as a composer of wedding pieces.

Simon Keenlyside - Schumann: Dichterliebe / Brahms: Lieder (2009)

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Simon Keenlyside - Schumann: Dichterliebe / Brahms: Lieder (2009)

Simon Keenlyside - Schumann Dichterliebe Brahms Lieder (2009)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 269 MB | 01:16:43
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical

Simon Keenlyside has the instrument, the technique, and the intelligence required of great lieder singers. His burnished baritone is large, but he can deploy it with tenderness, as well as power, and he has the flexibility to bring a broad array of colors to the songs' varied moods. This is especially impressive in Schumann's Dichterliebe, where the songs have an emotional arc with an implied narrative, and Keenlyside captures the mercurial shifts with passion and integrity. Even in a song as brief as "Ich grolle nicht," the subtlety of the lover's evolving feelings come across honestly and with precision.

Hardy Rittner - Brahms: Early Piano Works, Vol. 2 (2009)

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Hardy Rittner - Brahms: Early Piano Works, Vol. 2 (2009)

Hardy Rittner - Brahms: Early Piano Works, Vol. 2 (2009)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 222 MB | 01:07:46
Genre: Classical | Label: MDG Scene

Hardy Rittner seemed on top of his game both technically and interpretively in his first volume of Brahms' early piano works, but for some reason he seems less assured and less interpretively attuned to Brahms' music in this, his second volume. Performing the north German composer's C major and F minor sonatas, Rittner does not bring out of the piano the massive sonorities the music's out-sized chords require. This may be due in part to his choice of instrument. On the first volume, Rittner performed on a rich-toned 1851 Johann Baptist Streicher piano, but here he's playing an 1850 Bösendorfer lacking both depth and resonance.

Anne Gastinel, Claire Desert, Liege PO, Louis Langree - Robert Schumann: Cello Concerto; Works for Cello and Piano (2001)

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Anne Gastinel, Claire Desert, Liege PO, Louis Langree - Robert Schumann: Cello Concerto; Works for Cello and Piano (2001)

Robert Schumann: Cello Concerto; Works for Cello and Piano (2001)
Anne Gastinel, cello; Claire Désert, piano
Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège; Louis Langrée, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 252 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 149 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Naive | # V4897 | Time: 00:59:24

A remarkably intimate recording of Schumann's Cello Concerto in A minor, this performance by Anne Gastinel and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège, directed by Louis Langrée, may be a little too forward for the average listener's comfort. Direct Stream Digital engineering places Gastinel front and center – almost in one's living room – and the orchestra is not far behind. Such "living presence" may be an audiophile's delight, but others may find the proximity disconcerting, especially because Gastinel's bowing seems overly resinous up close. However, this is the only complaint worth making about this disc, for Gastinel is wonderfully expressive and the orchestra is extraordinarily balanced and clear in its timbres, no mean achievement in Schumann's problematic, thick orchestration. The remaining performances are less forwardly recorded and sound pleasant and natural, with a fresh spontaneity that feels more like a recital than a studio session.

Paganini Ensemble Vienna - Paganini: Quartets for Strings & Guitar Nos. 1, 2 & 9 (2021)

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Paganini Ensemble Vienna - Paganini: Quartets for Strings & Guitar Nos. 1, 2 & 9 (2021)

Paganini Ensemble Vienna - Paganini: Quartets for Strings & Guitar Nos. 1, 2 & 9 (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 265 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 137 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:59:38
Classical | Label: Dynamic

Nicolò Paganini’s Quartets for Strings and Guitar are among his finest chamber compositions. The First Guitar Quartet was a wedding gift from Paganini to his younger sister; and both this and the Second Quartet share neo-classical poise with warmly expressive romantic lyricism. The Ninth Quartet features sweet and melancholy moods containing some of Paganini’s most disarmingly simple melodies, and as the composer himself stated, ‘a very fanciful minuet and a moving trio’.

Andreas Bauer Kanabas, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra & Karsten Januschke - Love and Despair (2021)

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Andreas Bauer Kanabas, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra & Karsten Januschke - Love and Despair (2021)

Andreas Bauer Kanabas, Tanja Ariane Baumgartner, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra & Karsten Januschke - Love and Despair (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 248 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 136 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:58:55
Classical, Vocal | Label: Oehms Classics

With the Latvian Festival Orchestra Riga directed by Karsten Januschke, German bass Andreas Bauer Kanabas unleashes passions of love, treason and despair in a well-chosen programme of arias. At the point of deception, the soul not only experiences the greatest disappointment, but also clarity and truthfulness. Andreas Bauer Kanabas traces these moments of deep longing and melancholy with interpretations that are rooted in great emotional power.

Akiko Suwanai, Ivan Fischer, BFO - Dvorak: Violin Concerto, Mazurek; Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen, Carmen Fantasy (2001)

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Akiko Suwanai, Ivan Fischer, BFO - Dvorak: Violin Concerto, Mazurek; Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen, Carmen Fantasy (2001)

Antonín Dvořák: Violin Concerto; Mazurek, Op.49
Pablo de Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen; Carmen Fantasy (2001)
Akiko Suwanai, violin; Budapest Festival Orchestra, conducted by Iván Fischer

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 252 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 147 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips Classics | # 464 531-2 | Time: 00:55:27

Dvorák’s Violin Concerto has been undergoing a renaissance of sorts on disc, one that it entirely deserves. Its critics (starting with Joachim and Brahms) dismissed it for not adopting the usual sonata-form first movement structure, instead welding the truncated opening to the gorgeous slow movement. But really, how many violin concertos are there where you can really say that the best, most characterful and highly developed movement is the finale? And what could possibly be bad about that? Clearly Fischer and Suwanai understand where the music’s going: the performance gathers steam as it proceeds, and really cuts loose in that marvelous last movement. Suwani displays a characteristically polished technique and fine intonational ear (lending a lovely purity of utterance to the slow movement), but she’s not afraid to indulge in some “down and dirty” gypsy fiddling in the finale, or in the two Sarasate items that open the program.

Roger Norrington, London Classical Players - Bruckner: Symphony No. 3 in D minor (1996)

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Roger Norrington, London Classical Players - Bruckner: Symphony No. 3 in D minor (1996)

Roger Norrington, London Classical Players - Bruckner: Symphony No. 3 in D minor (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 268 Mb | Total time: 57:25 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # 7243 5 56167 2 2 | Recorded: 1995

This disc is an important one as regards the performance of Bruckner’s symphonies. Norrington tends to be renowned for fast speeds: here he is eight minutes quicker than the only other current recording, Eliahu Inbal’s, of this original (1873) version of the symphony. This is a cogently argued account using the orchestral forces of the Vienna Philharmonic of the 1870s. Forty-five gut string instruments are used, with leather-covered timpani, distinctively different sounding wind and brass, forward-facing cellos and basses and a platform layout which highlights cross-stage dialogue between related instruments.

Bolshoi Theatre Chorus and Orchestra, Mark Ermler, Soloists - P.I. Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades) (1974)

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Bolshoi Theatre Chorus and Orchestra, Mark Ermler, Soloists - P.I. Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades) (1974)

P.I. Tchaikovsky - Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades) (1974)
Bolshoi Theatre Chorus and Orchestra, Mark Ermler, conductor
Vladimir Atlantov, Tamara Milashkina, Vladimir Valaitis, Andrey Fedoseyev, Valentina Levko
Andrey Sokolov, Valery Yaroslavtsev, Vitaly Vlasov, Yury Dementyev, Galina Borisova

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 718 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 365 Mb | Scans ~ 37 Mb
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Philips | # 420 375-2 | Time: 02:40:13

This version of The Queen of Spades was originally recorded in 1974 and made available as a special import; it was then generally released by Philips in 1988. Reviewing it at the time, AB gave a level account of its strengths, but had little difficulty in preferring the Tchakarov set when it was issued in 1990. Deleted by Philips, the Ermler performance has now been restored to the Melodiya catalogue. I cannot see anyone dissenting from AB's view: certainly I do not, except perhaps to regard him as being over-generous in his account of Atlantov's Herman in calling it ''loud and unsubtle''. Stronger words would also be appropriate, especially when Atlantov is compared with the sensitive Wieslaw Ochman on the Tchakarov set. Valentina Levko is a good Countess in what is a well-established Russian tradition of responses to the role: AB thought the old lady's reminiscences not so pointedly delivered as by some other singers, and I would add that she would certainly have acquired a better French accent during her long sojourn as the Venus of Paris.

The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge & Stephen Layton - Stanford: Choral Music (2017)

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The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge & Stephen Layton - Stanford: Choral Music (2017)

The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge & Stephen Layton - Stanford: Choral Music (2017)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 370 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 189 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:21:02
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Hyperion Records

A programme spanning the variety and sheer emotional range of Stanford’s Anglican choral music (with a notable contribution from Owain Park in the Fantasia and Toccata for organ). You are unlikely to hear quite so stirring a rendition of ‘St Patrick’s Breastplate’ for some time to come…

Stephen Hough - Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos (Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 17) (1997)

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Stephen Hough - Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos (Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 17) (1997)

Stephen Hough - Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos (Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 17) (1997)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 75:13 | 323 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog: CDA66969

With Stephen Hough's Mendelssohn we enter a new dimension. The soft, stylish arpeggios that open the first work here, the Capriccio brillant, announce something special. But this is just a preparation for the First Concerto. Here again, 'stylish' is the word. One can sense the background – especially the operatic background against which these works were composed. The first solo doesn't simply storm away, fortissimo; one hears distinct emotional traits: the imperious, thundering octaves, the agitated semiquavers, the pleading appoggiaturas.

William Anderson - Genius Loci (2021)

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William Anderson - Genius Loci (2021)

William Anderson - Genius Loci (2021)
FLAC tracks / MP3 320 kbps | 1:12:21 | 166 / 298 Mb
Genre: Soundtrack / Label: Ravello Records

Guitarist William Anderson presents GENIUS LOCI, an anthology compilation highlighting his storied career as both a composer and a performer. The album features Anderson’s work with a variety of ensembles as well as his solo guitar music. The New York Times has deemed Anderson “the alert guitarist,” and with good reason; his playing reveals his passionate attention to detail. Anderson was mentored in the musical values of late Modernism, but now seeks compelling music without strictly aligning himself with particular aesthetic ideologies. The resulting anthology from Ravello Records captures the color and breadth of Anderson’s more-than three decades in the music industry.

Bergen PO, Neeme Jarvi - Saint-Saens: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Le Carnaval des animaux; Africa (2016)

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Bergen PO, Neeme Jarvi - Saint-Saens: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Le Carnaval des animaux; Africa (2016)

Camille Saint-Saëns: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Le Carnaval des animaux; Africa (2016)
Truls Mørk, cello; Louis Lortie, piano; Helene Mercier, piano;
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Neeme Järvi

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 293 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 178 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHSA 5162 | Time: 01:15:30

The essence of Camille Saint-Saëns' music comes through perhaps most clearly in his music for solo instrument and orchestra, which exemplifies his elegant combination of melody and conservatory-generated virtuosity. The two cello concertos are here, plus a pair of crowd-pleasing short works for piano and orchestra, and the evergreen Carnival of the Animals, with pianists Louis Lortie and Hélène Mercier joining forces along with a collection of instruments that includes the often-omitted glass harmonica. There are all kinds of attractions here: the gently humorous and not over-broad Carnival, the songful cello playing of Truls Mørk, and the little-known piano-and-orchestra scene Africa, Op. 89, with its lightly Tunisian flavor (sample this final track). But really, the central thread connecting them all is the conducting of Neeme Järvi and the light, graceful work of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra; French music is the nearly 80-year-old Järvi's most congenial environment, and in this recording, perhaps his last devoted to Saint-Saëns, he has never been better.

Kinetic, Maia String Quartet, Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra, Larry Rachleff - String Theory (2021)

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Kinetic, Maia String Quartet, Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra, Larry Rachleff - String Theory (2021)

Kinetic, Maia String Quartet, Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra, Larry Rachleff - String Theory (2021)
FLAC tracks / MP3 320 kbps | 1:01:04 | 248 / 139 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Orchid Classics

Full of world-premiere recordings, "String Theory" is an album of works by Pierre Jalbert, an American composer described in The New Yorker as “an acknowledged chamber-music master”. Drawing on influences as diverse as medieval plainchant, the natural world and his French-Canadian heritage, Pierre Jalbert creates music that is “rhapsodic and skillfully written” (The New York Times).

Joë Christophe, Vincent Mussat - Idylle (2021)

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Joë Christophe, Vincent Mussat - Idylle (2021)

Joë Christophe, Vincent Mussat - Idylle (2021)
FLAC tracks / MP3 320 kbps | 1:02:26 | 142 / 198 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Genuin

On this Genuin recording, these are the young clarinetist Joë Christophe and his piano partner Vincent Mussat on an emotional journey that passes through familiar and unfamiliar terrain and encounters sophistication, simplicity, passion, and tenderness. The prize-winning recording of the ARD Music Competition is also the duo's debut recording, which, in the selected works of the 20th and 21st centuries, proves to be highly versatile and rich in colors. In addition to music by Claude Debussy and Rebecca Clarke, the tracklist includes Mark Simpson's Three Pieces: A world premiere recording of the music written by the British composer as a commission for the ARD Music Competition.