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Cher - Bittersweet: The Love Songs Collection (1999)

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Cher - Bittersweet: The Love Songs Collection (1999)

Cher - Bittersweet: The Love Songs Collection (1999)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 420 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 153 MB | 58:11
Genre: Pop, Rock | Label: MCA

Subtitled The Love Songs Collection, this collection promotes the idea of Cher as torch ballad singer, a notion not as far-fetched as one would imagine. Taken from five different albums recorded during her '70s stay at the MCA and Kapp labels, Bittersweet states a strong case for the lung power of Cher's vocal range, as well as her taste for challenging and off-the-beaten-path material. Her Bittersweet White Light album from 1973 (her first with a full orchestra) is here in its entirety, along with selections from Foxy Lady, Dark Lady, Half Breed and Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves, all from Sonny & Cher's second wave of popularity and many featuring Sonny Bono at the production helm.

Petersen Quartett - Boccherini: String Quartets (2008)

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Petersen Quartett - Boccherini: String Quartets (2008)

Petersen Quartett - Boccherini: String Quartets (2008)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:02:10 | 299 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Capriccio | Catalog: 67 208

First off let me say that Luigi Boccherini was probably the most important (yet nowadays overlooked) contributor to the string quartet genre if sheer number and overall quality are weighed as equals. He wrote around 90 quartets and composed the very first string quartet for a permanent ensemble in the history of music (see my review of his opus 2). This disc begins with Boccherini's last finished quartet which will absolutely blow you away given its context in his life. By the time he wrote it (probably in 1804) he had witnessed the death of his second wife and two of his daughters and was living in poverty, on the verge of death from tuberculosis (May 25, 1805).

Thomas Dunford - Bach (2018)

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Thomas Dunford - Bach (2018)

Thomas Dunford - Bach (2018)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 56:07 | 248 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Alpha | Catalog: ALPHA 361

Thomas Dunford was once called the teenage rock star of the lute; he's 30 here, but he's still making albums that cross the usual boundaries of lute music. There's nothing so outwardly unusual about this one. Bach himself transcribed his own and others' music in various ways, and set the precedent for arranging other music for the lute with the version of the Suite No. 5 in C minor for solo cello, BWV 1011, heard here. The lute version moves to the key of G minor, and the work has its own catalog number, BWV 995. Listened to closely, it's a little tour of the ways Bach thought about the relationships among harmony, counterpoint, texture, and register, and what makes the album so compelling is that Dunford has applied his insights to his own transcriptions of Bach for archlute.

Keller Quartet - Cantante e Tranqulio (2015)

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Keller Quartet - Cantante e Tranqulio (2015)

Keller Quartet - Cantante e Tranqulio (2015)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 291 MB | 01:04:43
Genre: Classical | Label: ECM New Series

For Cantante e tranquillo Keller Quartett leader András Keller and producer Manfred Eicher developed a carefully balanced program based entirely upon slow movements. “Together we began reviewing the recordings we had made over the last twenty years,” says Eicher, “juxtaposing works of different historical eras, uncovering correspondences between composers of the past and the present.” As a contextual frame for the project it was decided to record the slow movements of Beethoven’s Op.130 and 135, add new recordings of Kurtág, and integrate older and newer interpretations of Knaifel, Ligeti and Bach into the album.

Anna Gourari - Visions fugitives (2014)

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Anna Gourari - Visions fugitives (2014)

Anna Gourari - Visions fugitives (2014)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 225 MB | 01:00:55
Genre: Classical | Label: ECM New Series

Pianist Anna Gourari’s ECM debut, 2012’s Canto Oscuro, earned praise far and wide. Gramophone declared her version of the Bach-Busoni Chaconne “one of the most riveting on record,” while The Absolute Sound judged the entire disc “devastating.” Visions fugitives, Gourari’s second ECM release, showcases the intense beauty of her sound in Prokofiev’s title work, a set of 20 “fleeting visions” whose moods swing from lyrical to sardonic, grotesque to calm, melancholy to boisterous, nostalgic to insistent, and back again. The album also features Medtner’s “Fairy Tale in F minor”, from one of his sets of skazki – tales of musical figments, of melodies and harmonies, rhythmic profiles and altered chords, shapes and gestures and atmospheres.

Patricia Kopatchinskaja - Rapsodia (2010)

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Patricia Kopatchinskaja - Rapsodia (2010)

Patricia Kopatchinskaja - Rapsodia (2010)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 317 MB | 01:15:06
Genre: Classical | Label: Naïve

Moldovan violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaya has recorded both traditional repertoire and music by contemporary Turkish composer Fazil Say, and on this album she turns to folk traditions of Eastern Europe and music based on those traditions. In addition to the folk music of Hungary, Romania, and the Ukraine, she plays works by Romanians George Enescu and Grigoras Dinicu, Transylvanian György Ligeti, Hungarian György Kurtág, Maurice Ravel, and Cuban-Chinese composer Jorge Sanchez-Chiong, who was a classmate of Kopatchinskaya's in Vienna. The roots of this music are close to Kopatchinskaya's heart and the album is clearly a labor of love.

Koeckert Quartett - Haydn, Schubert, Reger: String Quartets (1993)

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Koeckert Quartett - Haydn, Schubert, Reger: String Quartets (1993)

Koeckert Quartett - Haydn, Schubert, Reger: String Quartets (1993)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:07:00 | 338 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Orfeo | Catalog: 319931

Es wurde 1939 zunächst unter dem Namen Sudetendeutsches Quartett gegründet, später in Prager Streichquartett umbenannt. Es bestand aus Mitgliedern der Deutschen Philharmonie in Prag (1939–1945), die auf Befehl von Joseph Goebbels gegründet worden war. 1947 nahm es den Namen Koeckert-Quartett an, nach seinem 1. Violinisten Rudolf Koeckert (1913–2005). Seit 1949 residierte das Quartett in München, und die Mitglieder waren Solisten des Symphonieorchesters des Bayerischen Rundfunks.

Michala Petri, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Iona Brown - Vivaldi: 6 Flute Concertos Op.10 (1990)

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Michala Petri, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Iona Brown - Vivaldi: 6 Flute Concertos Op.10 (1990)

Michala Petri, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Iona Brown - Vivaldi: 6 Flute Concertos Op.10 (1990)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 49:24 | 291 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | Catalog: 412 874-2

Michala Petri’s version of Vivaldi’s Six Flute Concertos op. 10 with the Academy of Saint-Martin-In-The-Fields under its first fiddler Iona Brown was recorded in July 1980 – almost the prehistory of Vivaldi interpretation, seen 35 years later. And after all, yes, 1980 is almost exactly the middle point between the beginning of the great 20th century Vivaldi revival, heralded by Louis Kaufman’s ground-breaking recording of the Four Seasons on Concert Hall in 1948 (Vivaldi: Twelve Concertos, Op. 8), and today.

Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky, Wiener Philharmoniker, Leonard Bernstein - Brahms: Violin Concerto, Double Concerto (1983)

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Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky, Wiener Philharmoniker, Leonard Bernstein - Brahms: Violin Concerto, Double Concerto (1983)

Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky, Wiener Philharmoniker, Leonard Bernstein - Brahms: Violin Concerto, Double Concerto (1983)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:14:34 | 338 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 445 595-2

Of the current CD, I can enthuse completely. In the Violin Concerto, Gidon Kremer plays with a rhapsodic flair that almost reminds me of Heifetz. I do not know whose cadenza he uses in the first movement; it is new to me. In the slow movement, Bernstein and Kremer weave textures that are beautiful without ever seeming solemn. The last movement is slightly faster than I am used to hearing, but if this does make for some awkward phrasing it is still very exciting. The Double Concerto receives the best performance I ever have heard.

Kim Kashkashian, Robert Levin, Eduard Brunner - Kurtág, Schumann: Hommage à R. Sch. (1995)

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Kim Kashkashian, Robert Levin, Eduard Brunner - Kurtág, Schumann: Hommage à R. Sch. (1995)

Kim Kashkashian, Robert Levin, Eduard Brunner - Kurtág, Schumann: Hommage à R. Sch. (1995)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 324 MB | 01:15:00
Genre: Classical | Label: ECM New Series

Bartók serves as the link between Schumann and Kurtág: when Kurtág says 'My mother tongue is Bartók, and Bartók's mother tongue was Beethoven' he is referring to the historically linked musical traditions of Germany and Austria, which are his special concern. In addition to this general connection, the works of Kurtág and Schumann reveal astonishing and fascinating affinities in terms of both literary and musical references…

Garth Knox, Agnès Vesterman - D'Amore (2008)

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Garth Knox, Agnès Vesterman - D'Amore (2008)

Garth Knox, Agnès Vesterman - D'Amore (2008)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 296 MB | 53:13
Genre: Classical | Label: ECM New Series

Celebrated as one of the most outstanding contemporary violists through his association with the Ensemble InterContemporain and the Arditti Quartet Music and his work as a soloist, Garth Knox turns his attention to the viola d’amore for the first ECM disc issued under his name. In Knox’s hands this almost-forgotten baroque instrument takes on a new life as he applies it to music from 1600 to the present day. Repertoire includes music by Tobias Hume and Marin Marais from the 17th century, by Attilio Ariosti from the 18th century, by Klaus Huber and Roland Moser from the 20th, and by Knox himself from the 21st.

The Hilliard Ensemble - Il Cor Tristo (2013)

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The Hilliard Ensemble - Il Cor Tristo (2013)

The Hilliard Ensemble - Il Cor Tristo (2013)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 258 MB | 53:03
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: ECM New Series

The Hilliard Ensemble, formed in the early 1970s, had announced its retirement when this album appeared, but one is hard pressed to detect any diminution in the originality of its programming or in its trademark vocal blend, structured as as to allow each singer to emerge as an individual. Three composers are represented on this album of madrigals: Bernardo Pisano, Jacques Arcadelt, and the contemporary British composer Roger Marsh. Pisano has not been much heard since the rediscovery of the Renaissance Italian madrigal repertory in the 1960s and 1970s, and the simple, melancholy pieces here, focused on the "sad heart" of the title, are worth a new look.

The Hilliard Ensemble - In Paradisum: Music Of Victoria And Palestrina (2000)

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The Hilliard Ensemble - In Paradisum: Music Of Victoria And Palestrina (2000)

The Hilliard Ensemble - In Paradisum: Music Of Victoria And Palestrina (2000)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 347 MB | 01:15:11
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: ECM New Series

In Paradisum combines music from three sources: the Officium Defunctorum of Victoria, polyphony by Palestrina and Gregorian chant from a 17th century manuscript. Placing the work of the Spanish and Italian religious composers in a historically authentic context, the Hilliard Ensemble also give us a sense of the overwhelming musical experience that the Catholic Mass was at the time of the Renaissance.

The Hilliard Ensemble - J.S. Bach: Motetten, BWV 225-230 (2007)

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The Hilliard Ensemble - J.S. Bach: Motetten, BWV 225-230 (2007)

The Hilliard Ensemble - J.S. Bach: Motetten, BWV 225-230 (2007)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 372 MB | 01:15:53
Genre: Classical | Label: ECM New Series

Bach’s choral oeuvre has marked an obvious gap in the huge repertoire of the Hilliard Ensemble which ranges from Perotinus Magnus to contemporary composition. Now the four singers – enhanced by four additional voices to form a soloist double choir – present their a-cappella-readings of Johann Sebastian Bach’s wonderful motets, fascinating us once again with their seamless blend of sound and unique intonation.

Heinrich Schiff, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Sir Neville Marriner - Vieuxtemps: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (1987)

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Heinrich Schiff, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Sir Neville Marriner - Vieuxtemps: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (1987)

Heinrich Schiff, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Sir Neville Marriner - Vieuxtemps: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (1987)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 48:44 | 235 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | Catalog: CDC 7 47761 2

Kaum jemand hatte geahnt, dass der Belgische Komponist Henri Vieuxtemps (1820-1881) zwei Cellokonzerte geschrieben hat. Angesichts der schmalen Celloliteratur der Romantik eine schoene Bereicherung! Die Konzerte sind dramatisch-verspielt, bieten alles, was sich der Hoerer bei Werken aus dieser Epoche wuenscht. Absolut fantastisch ist diese Einspielung mit dem charismatischen Solisten Heinrich Schiff. Neuere Einspielungen koennen seiner Interpretation nicht das Wasser reichen!