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Li-Wei Qin, London PO, Zhang Yi - Edward Elgar; Benjamin Britten; William Walton: Cello Concertos (2014)

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Li-Wei Qin, London PO, Zhang Yi - Edward Elgar; Benjamin Britten; William Walton: Cello Concertos (2014)

Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto; Benjamin Britten: Four Sea Interludes
William Walton: Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra (2014)
Li-Wei Qin, cello; London Philharmonic Orchestra; Zhang Yi, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 315 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 173 Mb | Scans ~ 92 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 8896661 | Time: 01:15:26

An offering of two iconic British cello concertos, recorded with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and distinguished cellist Li-Wei Qin, separated by an atmospheric and musically detailed recording of Britten’s Four Sea Interludes conducted by Zhang Yi.

Steven Osborne - Modest Musorgsky: Pictures From an Exhibition; Sergei Prokofiev: Visions Fugitives, Five Sarcasms (2013)

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Steven Osborne - Modest Musorgsky: Pictures From an Exhibition; Sergei Prokofiev: Visions Fugitives, Five Sarcasms (2013)

Steven Osborne - Modest Musorgsky: Pictures From an Exhibition;
Sergei Prokofiev: Visions Fugitives, Five Sarcasms (2013)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 175 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 152 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67896 | Time: 01:05:57

GRAMOPHONE AWARD WINNER: INSTRUMENTAL AWARD 2013 & BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE RECORDING OF THE MONTH. Steven Osborne has become one of the most valuable pianists recording today. His recent complete Rachmaninov Preludes release was critically acclaimed as the greatest modern version since Ashkenazy. Now he turns to further cornerstones of the Russian repertoire in this recording of Musorgsky’s Pictures from an Exhibition (a work which has been in Osborne’s concert repertoire for many years), and two sets of Prokofiev’s miniatures. Musorgsky’s masterpiece is one of the most popular programmatic works of the 19th century. Yet it is also a great pianistic challenge, with the spectacular textures of the climactic movement ‘The Great Gate of Kiev’ requiring the highest technical accomplishments.

Shlomo Mintz, Yefim Bronfman - Gabriel Faure: Violin Sonatas (1987)

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Shlomo Mintz, Yefim Bronfman - Gabriel Faure: Violin Sonatas (1987)

Shlomo Mintz, Yefim Bronfman - Gabriel Fauré: Violin Sonatas (1987)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 207 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 118 Mb | Scans ~ 42 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 423 065-2 | 00:51:49

In the 41 - year gap between these two sonatas Fauré, increasingly beset by deafness, withdrew into a more private, recondite world all his own. The Second, in consequence, has never enjoyed the popularity of the First—and in fact was conspicuous by its absence from the CD catalogue until this welcome new release. Collectors may recall that when Lydia Mordkovitch and Gerhard Oppitz recorded the First for Chandos they preferred to couple it with Richard Strauss's early Sonata in E flat. Comparison of the two teams in the A major Sonata, Op. 13, leaves me in no doubt that the newcomers would be my first choice. In saying that, I don't want to underestimate Mordkovitch. But with her fine-spun, silken tone and sensitively tapered phrasing she is far too often overpowered by Oppitz, who in the resonant acoustic of St Luke's Church, Chelsea, emerges not only too loud but also rather too often the victim of his own over-generously used right pedal. The Cologne venue accorded to Mintz and Bronfman is kinder: though anything but timid Bronfman preserves far greater textural clarity, and never allows his piano to outweigh Mintz's violin unless at the composer's own behest.(Gramophone, 1/1988)

Patricia Petibon, Josep Pons, Orquestra Nacional de España - Melancolía: Spanish Arias and Songs (2011)

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Patricia Petibon, Josep Pons, Orquestra Nacional de España - Melancolía: Spanish Arias and Songs (2011)

Patricia Petibon, Josep Pons, Orquestra Nacional de España - Melancolía: Spanish Arias and Songs (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 293 Mb | Total time: 57:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophone | # 477 9447 | Recorded: 2010

Patricia Petibon's album Melancolía: Spanish Arias and Songs is a result of the soprano's lifelong fascination with the music and culture of Spain, with a special interest in the ways Spanish and French influences have cross-pollinated. She has put together an exceptionally attractive selection of songs and arias from zarzuelas, most of them likely to be unfamiliar to general audiences. Petibon is known for her light, silvery coloratura, and her gift for inhabiting her roles, both dramatic and comic, with great spirit and penetrating insight. This repertoire doesn't especially exploit her coloratura abilities, but it gives free range to her expressive talents, from the feral intensity of the traditional Yoruba chant Ogundé uareré and the unrestrained yawps of Giménez's aria "La tarantula é un bicho múmalo" to the suave lyricism of the familiar Aria from Villa-Lobos' Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5.

Borodin Quartet - Ravel & Debussy: String Quartets (2012)

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Borodin Quartet - Ravel & Debussy: String Quartets (2012)

Borodin Quartet - Ravel & Debussy: String Quartets (2012)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 54:57 | 257 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Melodiya | Catalog: 1001973

I reviewed this recording a decade ago ( Fanfare 26:1) when it was issued on Chandos 9980. As that album is still available, I’m left wondering why Melodiya, a label with only moderate distribution, would want to go up with a rerelease of something already in Chandos’s active catalog. Sonically, there’s next to nothing to choose between them. The Chandos is reproduced at a slightly higher volume in the Debussy, but otherwise there isn’t any significant difference. The Ravel still suffers from miking that’s a touch too distant, an issue corrected in the Debussy. Pricewise, they are competitive.

Minguet Quartett, Matthias Kirschnereit - Josef Suk: Complete Works for String Quartet; Piano Quintet (2014)

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Minguet Quartett, Matthias Kirschnereit - Josef Suk: Complete Works for String Quartet; Piano Quintet (2014)

Minguet Quartett, Matthias Kirschnereit - Josef Suk: Complete Works for String Quartet; Piano Quintet (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 553 Mb | Total time: 124:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 777 652–2 | Recorded: 2010-2012

For CPO the Minguet Quartet has now recorded Suk's complete oeuvre for string quartet with Matthias Kirschnereit joining them for the early piano quintet. From this early quintet, a cosmos of the most wonderful chamber music spreads out before us, now finally documented by a young generation of artists.

Ensemble Ulf Hoelscher - Max Bruch: String Octet, String Quintet, Piano Quintet (2000)

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Ensemble Ulf Hoelscher - Max Bruch: String Octet, String Quintet, Piano Quintet (2000)

Ensemble Ulf Hoelscher - Max Bruch: String Octet, String Quintet, Piano Quintet (2000)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:18:47 | 419 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: CPO | Catalog: CPO999 451-2

Anyone who knows and loves the warmth of expression in Bruch's famous first violin concerto will find the same lyrical gifts amply displayed here - the slow movements are particularly heartfelt and Bruch, even at this late stage in his life, seems to have had an undiminished fund of touching melody. That is not to suggest that the Romantic ardour of these works is solely confined to the slow movements, though: the opening 'allegro' of the octet, for instance, contains writing of deeply felt passion too, as does the development section of the string quintet's first movement.

Jean-Louis Haguenauer, Soloists - Claude Debussy: Integrale des Melodies (Complete Songs) (2014) 4CD Box Set

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Jean-Louis Haguenauer, Soloists - Claude Debussy: Integrale des Melodies (Complete Songs) (2014) 4CD Box Set

Claude Debussy: Intégrale des Mélodies (Complete Songs) (2014) 4CD Box Set
Liliana Faraon & Magali Léger, sopranos; Marie-Ange Todorovitch, mezzo-soprano
Gilles Ragon, tenor; François Le Roux, baritone
Jean-Louis Haguenauer, piano Blüthner

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 642 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Ligia Digital | # LIDI 0201285-14 | Time: 04:39:24

The historic four-CD set is the first compilation of all the voice and piano compositions of Debussy—containing over 100 songs and five hours of music.

Prazak Quartet - Leos Janacek: String Quartets; Concertino (2014)

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Prazak Quartet - Leos Janacek: String Quartets; Concertino (2014)

Pražák Quartet - Leoš Janáček: String Quartets; Concertino (2014)
with Slávka Pěchočová-Vernerová, piano; Milan Polák, clarinet
Lukáš Kořínek, bassoon; Jan Vobořil, french horn

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 280 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 142 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Praga Digitals | # PRD/DSD 250 301 | Time: 00:59:46

In the last 30 years, the relationship between the leading Czech string quartets and Janáček two String Quartets has evolved markedly. The best Czech performers have always produced fine recordings of these extraordinary works, but more recent generations of players have pursued a different level of engagement. While performances such as that of the Talich Quartet (2005) show remarkable insight, recordings by other quartets, such as the Haas and ≤kampa, grapple with the passion and drama, occasionally even sadism in these turbulent works. The Pražák Quartet has an international reputation in Czech repertoire, in particular for their Dvořák their new recording of Janáček’s Quartets shares many of their fellow ensembles’ keen engagement with the composer’s language.

Herbert von Karajan, Wiener Philharmoniker - Puccini: Madama Butterfly (2014/1974) [BDRip]

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Herbert von Karajan, Wiener Philharmoniker - Puccini: Madama Butterfly (2014/1974) [BDRip]

Herbert von Karajan, Wiener Philharmoniker - Puccini: Madama Butterfly (2014/1974) [BDRip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 146 min | 7,90 Gb
Audio: Italiano / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean

In his sumptuous filming of Puccini's opera, directer Jean-Pierre Ponnelle uses an array of cinematic effects (including a memorable dream sequence) to evoke the protagonists' irreconcilably separate lives and worlds. As Butterfly, Mirella Freni is unbearably moving in one of the finest performances of her career, while Plácido Domingo makes Lt. Pinkerton a more sympathetic figure then usual.

Elsa Grether & David Lively - Prokofiev: Masques & Sonatas for Violin and Piano (2019)

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Elsa Grether & David Lively - Prokofiev: Masques & Sonatas for Violin and Piano (2019)

Elsa Grether & David Lively - Prokofiev: Masques & Sonatas for Violin and Piano (2019)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 334 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 181 Mb | Scans included | 01:09:39
Classical | Label: Fuga Libera

Masques, the title of this album, is a reference to Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet; it mirrors his visionary music, so full of wit, colour and drama, that expresses every possible human emotion. The thousand characters created by the music are both actors in and spectators of their own lives by turns. The Sonata No. 1 is a truly epic work; it leads us from an anguish-laden grief permeated with a gust of wind from the grave to a nostalgic lyricism — the memory of a lost paradise? — that is then driven by tremendous rhythmic energy to the apocalyptic climax of the work: we experience an explosion, a dissolution of every hope, before a return to the frozen whiteness of the beginning and an ending in resignation. The Sonata No. 2, unrestrainedly lyrical and punctuated with humour, can be seen as a contrasting counterpart to the previous work. The album also includes the undervalued Sonata for solo violin and two miniatures in Prokofiev’s characteristic style: they are filled with alacrity, humour and biting wit — an extract of life! Elsa Grether

Piers Lane, Bergen PO, Andrew Litton - Eyvind Alnaes & Christian Sinding: Piano Concertos (2007)

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Piers Lane, Bergen PO, Andrew Litton - Eyvind Alnaes & Christian Sinding: Piano Concertos (2007)

The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 42: Eyvind Alnæs & Christian Sinding (2007)
Piers Lane, piano; Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra; Andrew Litton, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 233 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 152 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67555 | Time: 01:05:10

You're going to love this disc. It does everything this wonderful series of "Romantic Piano Concertos" is supposed to: present captivating repertoire in excellent performances. Christian Sinding was a notoriously spotty composer when working in large forms. After all, if you live well into your 80s writing tons of music along the way, but remain famous for one three-minute piano miniature ("Rustle of Spring"), then something's not right. That said, this youthful concerto offsets its tendency to ramble with an abundance of fresh, enjoyable tunes and fistfuls of pianistic fun and games. When the melodies are so attractive it's impossible to deny Sinding his right to dwell on them at length.

Gidon Kremer, Seiji Ozawa - Schumann, Shostakovich: Violin Concertos (1994)

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Gidon Kremer, Seiji Ozawa - Schumann, Shostakovich: Violin Concertos (1994)

Gidon Kremer, Seiji Ozawa - Schumann, Shostakovich: Violin Concertos (1994)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 263 MB | 54:25
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Gidon Kremer, instead of coupling the Shostakovich Second Concerto with its natural partner, No. 1, enterprisingly chooses a concerto which Shostakovich labelled as his own Op. 129, but which in fact confusingly enough is Schumann's Op. 129. This is a novelty on two counts. Not only does it bring us Shostakovich's orchestration of the work, aiming to improve on Schumann's own, but for the first time to my knowledge puts on disc Schumann's violin version of his cello concerto. Shostakovich's aim in renovating the orchestration with changes predominating in the tuttis was to improve the work for his protege, Rostropovich.

Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Thierry Fischer - Igor Stravinsky: Mavra; Symphonies of Wind Instruments; Octet; Concertino (1998)

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Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Thierry Fischer - Igor Stravinsky: Mavra; Symphonies of Wind Instruments; Octet; Concertino (1998)

Igor Stravinsky: Mavra; Symphonies of Wind Instruments; Octet; Concertino (1998)
Netherlands Wind Ensemble, conducted by Thierry Fischer; Soloists of the Kirov Opera

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 222 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 141 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 9488 | Time: 00:59:44

This CD offers a rare opportunity to hear Igor Stravinsky's opera buffa, 'Mavra.' At only 28 minutes, the opera is short, but interesting. By scoring the orchestra with full winds and just a handful of strings, Stravinsky molded the usually romantic opera genre into his cool, neoclassical form. Both the singing and the playing are highly energetic, and contain a certain wittiness. Conductor Thierry Fischer does something quite amazing: instead of the usual separation between voice and pit orchestra, Fischer puts the orchestra in direct dialogue with the stage action, creating an incredible integration. The 'Octet' and 'Concertino', more standard works, are also well played. Attacks and articulations are so very clean, and it was this cleanliness that attracted Stravinsky to wind instruments in the first place. Unlike other Stravinsky recordings, this one has the vitality and moodiness that make the notes sparkle. One always feels a sense of propulsion. In the 'Concertino', this rhythmic drive is contrasted beautifully with eerie string lines. The 'Octet' manages to achieve a perfect chamber music feel. The ensemble never forces the sound, and the result is an elegant, interesting and contagious performance. The same could be said for the whole album.

Nightingale String Quartet - Langgaard: Works for String Quartet (2019)

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Nightingale String Quartet - Langgaard: Works for String Quartet (2019)

Nightingale String Quartet - Langgaard: Works for String Quartet (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 899 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 479 Mb | Digital booklet | 03:28:21
Classical | Label: Dacapo

The Nightingale String Quartets survey of the complete quartet works of Rued Langgaard (1893-1952) heralded the arrival of a major new ensemble and won the maverick Danish composer thousands of new fans. Poised and restrained one minute, wild and emotional the next, Langgaards string quartets reveal the composers breathtaking originality and individuality, oscillating between luscious Romanticism and outlandish experimentation. They are played with love and understanding on these multiple prize-winning recordings, here gathered together in a single release for the first time.