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New Hellenic Quartet - Nikos Skalkottas: String Quartets Nos. 3 & 4 (2000)

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New Hellenic Quartet - Nikos Skalkottas: String Quartets Nos. 3 & 4 (2000)

New Hellenic Quartet - Nikos Skalkottas: String Quartets Nos. 3 & 4 (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 270 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 137 Mb | Artwork included
Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-CD-1074 | Time: 00:57:40

The BIS Skalkottas series goes from strength to strength, opening up a series of fascinating doors on the music of this neglected composer. The Third Quartet is a concise, three-movement piece, which seems to have been written at white heat, from its arresting opening, through the lyrical central Andante, to the contrasts of the final rondo. People often complain that they can’t follow serial music, but Skalkottas has a knack of writing memorable melodic shapes and devising contrasting textures which really underpin the musical structure: the first movement is one of the clearest examples of sonata form imaginable. The New Hellenic Quartet, led by Georgios Demertzis, who has already shown his prowess in recordings of Skalkottas’s solo violin music, performs with extraordinary virtuosity, passion and love – qualities which are even more apparent in the Fourth Quartet, a massive piece of amazing power and energy. The angry first movement must be one of the most concentrated eight-and-a-half minutes of music since Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, while in the extended variations which follow, Skalkottas encompasses an enormous variety of moods. And, after the frenetic scherzo, the short finale (another rondo) reconciles the lyrical and incisive sides of the work. Terrific music – a terrific CD.

Anne Akiko Meyers - American Album (1996)

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Anne Akiko Meyers - American Album (1996)

Anne Akiko Meyers - American Album (1996)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 238 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 139 MB | 54:18
Genre: Classical | Label: RCA Victor

RCA Victor's The American Album is the most daring and ambitious program undertaken by violinist Anne Akiko Meyers for RCA Victor and features some of the most challenging and invigorating music to be found among her early playing. The showpiece here is Meyers' rendering of Charles Ives' Sonata No. 4 "Children's Day at the Camp Meeting," in which she transits seamlessly from the elementary, student-like playing at the opening through the fierce transcendentalism in the middle section to the whimsical, scherzo-like final movement. Meyers' playing matches Ives' rub-your-head-while-you-pat-your-tummy requirements without losing her sense of line or even tonal beauty.

Dame Clara Butt - 'Abide with Me' (2000) {Pearl GEM 0081 rec 1910-1930}

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Dame Clara Butt - 'Abide with Me' (2000) {Pearl GEM 0081 rec 1910-1930}

Dame Clara Butt - 'Abide with Me' (2000) {Pearl GEM 0081 rec 1910-1930}
XLD rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 260 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 181 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (jpg) -> 26 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1910-30, 2000 Pearl | GEM 0081
Classical / Vocals / Opera / Operetta / Folk / Historical

Even though Dame Clara Butt engaged in operatic performances at venues such as Covent Garden, her fame was founded in her appearances on the concert stage as well as at festivals. Celebrated for her sturdy and broad lower range, she achieved musical success in Britain quickly after she completed her academic studies. She went on to lead a charmed life, eventually marrying and touring with the prominent baritone Kennerley Rumford.

Eldbjørg Hemsing, Olari Elts, Wiener Symphoniker - Borgström, Shostakovich: Violin Concertos (2018)

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Eldbjørg Hemsing, Olari Elts, Wiener Symphoniker - Borgström, Shostakovich: Violin Concertos (2018)

Eldbjørg Hemsing, Olari Elts, Wiener Symphoniker - Borgström: Violin Concerto Op. 25; Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1 (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 365 Mb | Total time: 74:12 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-SACD-2366 | Recorded: 2015

Eldbjørg Hemsing has been a household name in her native Norway since childhood and made her solo debut with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 11. During and after her studies in Vienna, she has absorbed repertoire ranging from Beethoven to Tan Dun, a composer she has collaborated with on several projects in both Europe and Asia. The present disc marks Eldbjørg Hemsing s first appearance on BIS, and is also her début CD. For the occasion she has chosen to highlight an all but forgotten work by a countryman, Harald Borgström. Like Grieg in the preceding generation, and indeed like many Nordic composers in the late nineteenth century, Borgström went to Germany to study. However, in contrast to Grieg who returned from Germany firmly resolved to carve out an authentic, Norwegian idiom, Borgström came back a staunch proponent of new German symphonic music.

Alisa Weilerstein; Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim - Elgar, Carter: Cello Concertos; Bruch: Kol Nidrei (2012) [Re-Up]

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Alisa Weilerstein; Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim - Elgar, Carter: Cello Concertos; Bruch: Kol Nidrei (2012) [Re-Up]

Edward Elgar, Elliott Carter: Cello Concertos; Max Bruch: Kol Nidrei (2012)
Alisa Weilerstein, cello; Staatskapelle Berlin, conducted by Daniel Barenboim

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 279 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 153 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 478 2735 | Time: 01:02:25

Making her debut on Decca, Alisa Weilerstein presents three major works of the cello repertoire with Daniel Barenboim leading the Staatskapelle Berlin. The star vehicle, naturally, is Edward Elgar's Concerto in E minor, which Weilerstein plays with commanding presence, rich tone, and emotional depth. Most listeners will be drawn primarily to this performance because of the piece's familiarity, and Weilerstein's charisma and passionate playing make it the album's main attraction. Yet listeners should give Weilerstein and Barenboim credit for following the Elgar with an important if not instantly recognizable or approachable modernist work, Elliott Carter's powerful Cello Concerto. Weilerstein is quite bold to play this intensely dramatic and angular composition, and while it's unlikely to appeal to the majority of fans who adore the Elgar, it deserves its place on the program for its seriousness and extraordinary displays of solo and orchestral writing. To close, Weilerstein plays Max Bruch's Kol Nidrei, a Romantic work that returns the program to a mellow and melancholy mood and brings the CD to a satisfying close. Decca's reproduction is excellent, putting Weilerstein front and center with full resonance, but not leaving the vibrant accompaniment of the orchestra too far behind her.

Chamber Orchestra of Europe - Lachrymae - Music for Strings: Purcell, Britten, Part, Vaughan Williams, Walton, Tippett (2012)

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Chamber Orchestra of Europe - Lachrymae - Music for Strings: Purcell, Britten, Part, Vaughan Williams, Walton, Tippett (2012)

Lachrymae - Music for Strings: Purcell, Britten, Pärt, Vaughan Williams, Walton, Tippett (2012)
Chamber Orchestra of Europe; Nicolas Bône (viola)
Douglas Boyd, William Conway, Richard Egarr (conductors)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 288 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 175 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Apex | # 2564 66070-5 | Time: 01:12:00

This CD is one of two Warner Classics recordings taped live during a series of concerts presented by the world renowned Chamber Orchestra of Europe during Easter Week 2003. The title for the concert series, presented in London, was Passions and Diversions as the works relate to different aspects of reflection and inspiration. In this program, Britten and Stokowski interpret works by Purcell in their own idioms; Britten draws on his English musical roots to inspire an original work, Lachrymae and Britten himself is the source of inspiration in Pärt’s Cantus. In the case of the Vaughan Williams, Tippett and Walton works, the inspirations are other composers and literature. The Chamber Orchestra of Europe has been described in The Financial Times as “the best orchestra in Europe.” The COE was founded in 1981 and has a membership of 50 musicians from 15 countries who perform together mainly in continental Europe and occasionally in the US and Japan. Since its inception, it has appeared with the world’s leading conductors and soloists, and its recordings have consistently won the highest praise and international prizes, including three Gramophone “Record of the Year” awards.

Per Enoksson, Kathryn Stott - Emil Sjögren: Violin Sonatas (2000)

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Per Enoksson, Kathryn Stott - Emil Sjögren: Violin Sonatas (2000)

Per Enoksson, Kathryn Stott - Emil Sjögren: Violin Sonatas (2000)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:07:22 | 311 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | Catalog: 995

Swedish composer Emil Sjögren (1853-1918) is perhaps best remembered outside his native land for his songs that were popularized by the great tenor Jussi Björling, who made a point of sharing works by his countrymen in his recitals. However, Sjögren wrote many chamber, piano, and organ compositions that deserve to be reexamined and revived on a more international level. Certainly, a gorgeous, lush, high Romantic work such as the Sonata No. 2 would be a welcome addition to the concert stage, especially when it is given as fine a performance as violinist Per Enoksson and pianist Kathryn Stott offer on this release from BIS.

Doric String Quartet - Korngold: The String Quartets (2010) (Repost)

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Doric String Quartet - Korngold: The String Quartets (2010) (Repost)

Doric String Quartet - Korngold: The String Quartets (2010)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 79:57 | 358 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos Records | Catalog: CHAN 10611

Erich Wolfgang Korngold is best remembered today for his popular film scores for Captain Blood, The Adventures of Robin Hood, and The Sea Hawk, among other Hollywood classics, and for his opera Die tote Stadt, but his oeuvre of concert and chamber music has been undergoing a gradual revival since the 1970s, with a steady increase of recordings of key works. The three string quartets are represented in the catalog on a handful of CDs, but they remain somewhat exclusive items for string players and connoisseurs and have yet to be widely performed.

Gruppo Montebello - Mahler: Verein für musikalische Privataufführungen, Vol. 5 - Arrangements for Chamber Ensemble (2019)

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Gruppo Montebello - Mahler: Verein für musikalische Privataufführungen, Vol. 5 - Arrangements for Chamber Ensemble (2019)

Gruppo Montebello & Henk Guittart - Mahler: Verein für musikalische Privataufführungen, Vol. 5 - Arrangements for Chamber Ensemble (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 288 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 174 Mb | 01:15:48
Classical, Vocal | Label: Etcetera Records

In 1918 Arnold Schoenberg founded the Verein für musikalische Privatauff hrungen (Society for Private Musical Performances) in Vienna. At the age of forty-four, Schoenberg was widely considered one of the most important and influential composers of his time. After his experiences in the ultra-conservative Viennese music life, culminating in the horrors of the infamous Scandal-concert of March 31, 1913, Schoenberg must have felt that the time had come to introduce a different way of presenting new music to an interested audience. With Schoenberg as president and a board of nineteen friends and students, an innovative format was developed: weekly concerts that would be open only to members of the Verein, with critics not allowed and audible approval or disapproval not permitted. The programs would remain secret until the evening of the concert. On this new recording we can hear Schoenberg’s arrangement of Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and conductor Henk Guittart’s own arrangement of Das Lied von der Erde. This is Volume 5 of Etcetera’s Verein für musikalische Privatauff hrungen. Ludwig Mittelhammer puts in a stunning performance in Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen.

Richard Studt - English String Music: Britten, Holst, Delius, Williams, Warlock (1994) (Repost)

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Richard Studt - English String Music: Britten, Holst, Delius, Williams, Warlock (1994) (Repost)

Richard Studt - English String Music: Britten, Holst, Delius, Williams, Warlock (1994)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:05:36 | 312 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | Catalog: 550823

This is a sensational, bang up CD. The sound engineering is rich and full, giving you a full injection of glorious string sound. As for the performances, they are some of the best I've ever heard. The Britten is comparable to the composer's own recording, while the Warlock is absolutely the finest I know of. If you are familiar with recordings of these works by William Boughton and the English String Orchestra or by Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, these performances will not seem out of place in their company.

Lubotsky Trio - Sergei Taneyev: String Trios (2017)

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Lubotsky Trio - Sergei Taneyev: String Trios (2017)

Lubotsky Trio - Sergei Taneyev: String Trios (2017)
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Genre: Classical | Label: Melodiya | # MELCD1002456 | Time: 00:50:59

Firma Melodiya presents a rarity of Russian chamber music, string quartets by Sergei Taneyev performed by Lubotsky Trio. In the early 20th century, they called Taneyev “musical conscience of Moscow.” Tchaikovsky’s best student and friend, the first recipient of the Big Gold Medal of the Moscow Conservatory, and a teacher of Rachmaninoff, Scriabin and other famous composers, Taneyev proved to be an outstanding pianist, composer, educator and music theorist. A true master of polyphonic composition and a fine ensemble performer, Taneyev devoted special attention to thematic development, vibrant voiceleading, subtle palette of strokes, and sought to find an ideal balance between emotional and rational in music. The chamber and instrumental genres were perhaps the ones that answered his artistic demands to the greatest extent. Two string trios – E flat major, Op. 31, and B minor (no opus) – on this album belong to the 1910’s, the last period of Taneyev’s life. The latter one remained unfinished and was published many years after the composer’s death. The recording was made in Germany in 2015, the year of the 100th anniversary of the prominent Russian composer’s death.

Überbrettl Ensemble, Pierpaolo Maurizzi, Ivan Rabaglia & Sabina von Walther - Salviucci: Chamber Works (2019)

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Überbrettl Ensemble, Pierpaolo Maurizzi, Ivan Rabaglia & Sabina von Walther - Salviucci: Chamber Works (2019)

Überbrettl Ensemble, Pierpaolo Maurizzi, Ivan Rabaglia & Sabina von Walther - Salviucci: Chamber Works (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 369 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 192 Mb | 01:23:02
Classical | Label: Naxos Records

In the interwar period, Giovanni Salviucci was recognized as one of Italy’s most talented composers alongside Luigi Dallapiccola and Goffredo Petrassi but his early successes and all future hopes were quashed by his untimely death in 1937. The Serenade for 9 Instruments, at times rhythmically restless, at others tender and cantabile, and the angular, harmonically daring, neo-Classical Chamber Symphony for 17 Instruments, are two of his most forward-looking compositions. The unpublished String Quartet, at the heart of which lies an Adagio molto of extraordinary emotional impact, is a true gem. This release of the complete published chamber music stands as a vibrant testament to a future curtailed of a composer described by Petrassi in a letter to Casella, Salviucci’s teacher and mentor, as ‘il migliore di noi tutti’ (‘the best of us all’).

East-West Chamber Orchestra & Rostislav Krimer - Weinberg: Chamber Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3 (2019)

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East-West Chamber Orchestra & Rostislav Krimer - Weinberg: Chamber Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3 (2019)

East-West Chamber Orchestra & Rostislav Krimer - Weinberg: Chamber Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3 (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 218 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 138 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:58:13
Classical | Label: Naxos Records

The East-West Chamber Orchestra is the resident orchestra of the Yuri Bashmet International Music Festival and is made up of concertmasters from leading orchestras and competition laureates. On this, their debut recording, they celebrate the centenary of Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s birth. Weinberg’s Chamber Symphonies reflect his creativity and the dramatic times in which he lived- the formal lucidity and directness of the First and the elegiac Third- both derived from string quartets composed in the shadow of the Second World War. The East-West Chamber Orchestra is comprised of outstanding soloists, including laureates of prestigious international competitions, and concertmasters and leaders of renowned orchestras, performing on exceptional instruments including Stradivarius, Guarneris and Guadagninis.

Emmanuele Baldini & Karin Fernandes - Velásquez & Miguez: Violin Sonatas (2019)

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Emmanuele Baldini & Karin Fernandes - Velásquez & Miguez: Violin Sonatas (2019)

Emmanuele Baldini & Karin Fernandes - Velásquez & Miguez: Violin Sonatas (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 307 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 170 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:12:26
Classical | Label: Naxos Records

Leopoldo Miguez and Glauco Velasquez were both leading figures in Brazil’s classical music scene at the turn of the 20th century, bringing back influences from Europe to a homeland in a state of enormous social upheaval. The lyrical character of Miguez’s ambitious Violin Sonata, Op. 14 is developed in far more sophisticated and contrapuntal manner to anything previously experienced in Brazil, while Velasquez’s two sonatas are even richer in nuance. The tropical Romanticism of these three works marked an important change in Brazil’s chamber music, from pieces intended largely for domestic use to works equal to the noble expression of its new Republic.

Trío Pangea - Portuguese Piano Trios, Vol. 2 (2019)

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Trío Pangea - Portuguese Piano Trios, Vol. 2 (2019)

Trío Pangea - Portuguese Piano Trios, Vol. 2 (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 282 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 143 Mb | 01:02:03
Classical | Label: Naxos Records

Chamber music played a substantial role in the renewal of Portuguese music that took place during the 20th century. Freitas Branco’s kaleidoscopic Trio has an experimental feel, brimming with his typical rhythmic fluidity and sweeping melodic style, while Frederico de Freitas’s Preludio, coral e fuga is both colorful and technically impressive. Braga Santos’s infectious lyricism is evident in his Trio, and the origins of Delgado’s Trio Camoniano as a sequence of songs connects the worlds of classical music and fado. Volume 1 of Trio Pangea’s ‘superbly played’ (MusicWeb International) Portuguese Piano Trios can be heard on Naxos as well.