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Igor Kipnis ‎– The Spanish Harpsichord: D. Scarlatti, Blasco de Nebra, Soler, Falla (1993)

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Igor Kipnis ‎– The Spanish Harpsichord: D. Scarlatti, Blasco de Nebra, Soler, Falla (1993)

Igor Kipnis ‎– The Spanish Harpsichord: D. Scarlatti, Blasco de Nebra, Soler, Falla (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 292 Mb | Total time: 76:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | SNYI 53264 | Recorded: 1967, 1975

This is a wonderful collection of Spanish Baroque harpsichord music. Of course Scarlatti, who came from Italy, is the king. Igor Kipnis plays one of Scarlatti's single sonatas and the great triptych, K. 490- 92. He gives an object lesson in performing Scarlatti with imagination, virtuosity, taste, and ornamented repeats, the latter adding a great deal of interest to the music. José Nebra and Josep Soler aren't quite on Scarlatti's level, but the way Igor Kipnis plays their entertaining music is bound to hold your attention.

Carlos Bonell, Charles Dutoit, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal - Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez (1988)

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Carlos Bonell, Charles Dutoit, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal - Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez (1988)

Carlos Bonell, Charles Dutoit, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal - Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez, Fantasía para un Gentilhombre; Falla: El sombrero de tres picos (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 232 Mb | Total time: 55:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca ‎| 417 748-2 | Recorded: 1980, 1981

Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez is performed and recorded more than all the other guitar concertos put together, and the outer movements are full of Spanish warmth and color, framing a central adagio that builds in intensity like a poignant prayer. This recording is justly famous for "Bonell's imaginative account of the solo part" and "an exceptionally clear, atmospheric recording".

London Symphony Orchestra & Sir John Barbirolli - Ireland, Bax & Delius: English Tone Pictures (Remastered) (1967/2020)

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London Symphony Orchestra & Sir John Barbirolli - Ireland, Bax & Delius: English Tone Pictures (Remastered) (1967/2020)

London Symphony Orchestra & Sir John Barbirolli - Ireland, Bax & Delius: English Tone Pictures (Remastered) (1967/2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 286 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 142 Mb | 00:54:41
Classical | Label: Warner Classics

English Tone Pictures by Sir John Barbirolli - Side One features two very gifted composers in John Ireland and Arnold Bax, Band 1 features John Ireland (1879-1962) who is described as one of the most gifted composers of the English 'Renaissance'. Arnold Bax confessed himself a brazen romantic; yet his romanticism was as much intellectual as purely emotional, and though his music is full of personal feeling he was not an emotionally self indulgent composer.

Boston SO, Andris Nelsons - Dmitri Shostakovich: Under Stalin's Shadow: Symphony No. 10; Passacaglia (2015)

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Boston SO, Andris Nelsons - Dmitri Shostakovich: Under Stalin's Shadow: Symphony No. 10; Passacaglia (2015)

Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10; Passacaglia (2015)
Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andris Nelsons

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 283 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 151 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 479 5059 GH | Time: 01:04:50

The "Under Stalin's Shadow" subtitle of this release may be confusing inasmuch as the opening Passacaglia from the opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District dates from before the period when Stalin made Shostakovich's life a living hell, and the main attraction, the Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93, was finished ten months after Stalin's death. Actually the album is the first in a set of three; the others will cover the symphonies No. 5 through No. 9, all written during the period of Stalinist cultural control. But even here the theme is relevant: the pieces are linked by a dark mood that carries overtones (of a feminist sort in the case of the opera) of repression. And the Symphony No. 10 is decidedly some kind of turning point, with repeated (and finally triumphant) assertions of the D-S-C-H motif (D, E flat, C, B natural in the German system) that would appear frequently in the composer's later work.

Mats Lidstrom, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Kabalevsky: Cello Concerto No. 2; Khachaturian: Cello Concerto; Rachmaninov: Vocalise (1995)

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Mats Lidstrom, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Kabalevsky: Cello Concerto No. 2; Khachaturian: Cello Concerto; Rachmaninov: Vocalise (1995)

Dmitri Kabalevsky: Cello Concerto No. 2;
Aram Khachaturian: Cello Concerto; Sergei Rachmaninov: Vocalise (1995)
Mats Lidström, cello; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Vladimir Ashkenazy, conductor & piano

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 264 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 192 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-CD-719 | Time: 01:05:28

Mats Lidström is that rare thing, an original musician. The sheer mercurial energy which drives his performances can be both engaging and disturbing, but there is always a searching intelligence at work. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra lost much when its compelling, if unpredictable, lead cellist departed. These two concertos show him at his persuasive best, bringing lesser known works to life. Kabalevsky’s 1964 Concerto stretches and yawns with slow pizzicato before springing into urgent life. Sub-Shostakovich in its motifs and tonality, it is nevertheless well-constructed and uses the saxophone to great effect. In both Allegro movements Lidström achieves a lightning speed and attack and, though Raphael Wallfisch’s recording on Nimbus has a more solid beauty of tone, the Swede’s nervous anticipation makes up for the thinner sound of his Grancino cello. Khachaturian’s 1946 Concerto would make a wonderful soundtrack to a cinematic faux-Oriental extravaganza, with its twisting major and minor intervals, and almost sleazy chromaticism. Lidström really knows how to swing, and makes the most of the memorable melodies.

Sergei Babayan - Rachmaninoff: Préludes; Études-Tableaux; Moments musicaux (2020)

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Sergei Babayan - Rachmaninoff: Préludes; Études-Tableaux; Moments musicaux (2020)

Sergei Babayan - Rachmaninoff: Préludes; Études-Tableaux; Moments musicaux (2020)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:01:14 | 140 Mb
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

A selection of lucid, intimate, and short-from Rachmaninoff works, interpreted with pinpoint technical precision.

Vladimir & Vovka Ashkenazy - Russian Fantasy: Mussorgsky, Rachmaninov, Glinka, Borodin, Scriabin (2011) [Re-Up]

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Vladimir & Vovka Ashkenazy - Russian Fantasy: Mussorgsky, Rachmaninov, Glinka, Borodin, Scriabin (2011) [Re-Up]

Vladimir & Vovka Ashkenazy - Russian Fantasy (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 212 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 173 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 478 2940 DH | Time: 00:59:41

Following their album of French music for two pianos, father and son Vladimir and Vovka Ashkenazy revel in their musical heritage with this dazzling programme by the great composers of Russia, with Rachmaninov's two-piano Suite No.1 at its heart. Three of the works have been arranged by Vovka Ashkenazy himself, including Mussorgsky's Night On The Bald Mountain and the album's virtuosic finale - Borodin's Polovtsian Dances from his opera Prince Igor. His two-piano arrangement of Glinka's lilting Valse-fantaisie is itself based on Sergei Lyapunov's arrangement for four hands. The two works originally written for two pianos are Rachmaninov's poetic Suite no 1, Op. 5 "Fantaisie Tableaux" (which the young composer dedicated to another giant of Russian music - Piotr Tchaikovsky) and the Fantasy in A minor by Rachmaninov's contemporary at the Moscow Conservatoire, Scriabin.

Mischa Maisky, Giuseppe Sinopoli - Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto, 'Enigma' Variations, 'Pomp and Circumstance' (2012)

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Mischa Maisky, Giuseppe Sinopoli - Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto, 'Enigma' Variations, 'Pomp and Circumstance' (2012)

Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto, 'Enigma' Variations, 'Pomp and Circumstance' (2012)
Mischa Maisky, cello; Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Giuseppe Sinopoli

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 328 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 187 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 478 3619 GB | Time: 01:14:33

Enigma Variations is the work that secured Elgars reputation as a composer of international significance. The 14 variations are all character portraits of friends, including his wife and the composer himself, the most famous being the ninth, the achingly nostalgic Nimrod. The Cello Concerto is Elgars last substantial work and has become not only one of his best loved, but also one of the most popular concertos ever written for the instrument.

Vladimir & Vovka Ashkenazy - Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel: Music for Two Pianos (2009) [Re-Up]

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Vladimir & Vovka Ashkenazy - Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel: Music for Two Pianos (2009) [Re-Up]

Vladimir & Vovka Ashkenazy - Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel: Music for Two Pianos (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 213 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:06:01
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 478 1090 DH

With this disc, Vladimir Ashkenazy, celebrated for his readings of Rachmaninoff and Chopin, and his son, Vovka, take on music by Debussy and Ravel for two pianos, and the results, utterly unlike virtually anything Ashkenazy père has ever recorded before, make it a real winner. From the electric excitement of the opening En blanc et noir, through the hazy mysteries of Jeux, and the luminous colors of the Rapsodie espagnole, to the inexorable hysteria of La Valse, Ashkenazy père and fils turn in performances that match the music for poise, drive, and technical brilliance. Some might find their sonorities a bit hard-edged at points – should the opening of En blanc et noir and the close of La Valse really be hit so strongly? – but the results are so consistently thrilling that most listeners are likely to be swept away. Recorded in close but clear and vivid digital sound, this disc may not be for every Debussy and Ravel fan, but it should certainly appeal to fans of Ashkenazy.

Andrew Davis, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus - Elgar: The Music Makers; The Spirit of England (2018)

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Andrew Davis, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus - Elgar: The Music Makers; The Spirit of England (2018)

Andrew Davis, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus - Elgar: The Music Makers; The Spirit of England (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 270 Mb | Total time: 61:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos ‎| CHSA 5215 | Recorded: 2018

Distinguished British music interpreter Sir Andrew Davis joins forces with the BBCSO once again, this time with acclaimed soloists Dame Sarah Connolly and Andrew Staples, in this thoughtful presentation of the last two substantial choral works of Sir Edward Elgar. The matury of Elgar as an orchestrator is obvious in both works on this album, notably, in 'The Music Makers' (1912), during passages in which he quotes from 'Sea Pictures' and the Violin Concerto, and in representing the sound of aircraft in 'The Spirit of England' (1917). Elgar uses self-quotation to reflect: 'The Music Makers' is a canvas of self-reflection, written quickly following a period of illness.

Ivry Gitlis - The Art of Ivry Gitlis: Tchaikovsky, Bruch, Sibelius, Mendelssohn, Bartok (1992) 2CDs

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Ivry Gitlis - The Art of Ivry Gitlis: Tchaikovsky, Bruch, Sibelius, Mendelssohn, Bartok (1992) 2CDs

Ivry Gitlis - The Art of Ivry Gitlis (1992) 2CDs
Tchaikovsky - Bruch - Sibelius - Mendelssohn - Bartók

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 529 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: VoxBox | # CDX2 5505 | Time: 02:39:09

There are several reasons to own this Vox Box 2CD set. For the first, it includes five great violin concertos in some of the very best performances in their discography. For the second, Ivry Gitlis (born 1922) is a great living violinist and these recordings made in early 1950s show his art in the best way, when Ivry's violin sounded powerful and brilliant.

Richard Bonynge, Joan Sutherland, Horst Stein, Josef Sivo - Glière: Coloraturo Concerto; Glazunov: Violin Concerto (1990)

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Richard Bonynge, Joan Sutherland, Horst Stein, Josef Sivo - Glière: Coloraturo Concerto; Glazunov: Violin Concerto (1990)

Richard Bonynge, Joan Sutherland, Osian Ellis, Horst Stein, Josef Sivo - Glière: Coloraturo Concerto, Harp Concerto; Glazunov: Violin Concerto (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 293 Mb | Total time: 62:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 430 006-2 | Recorded: 1968, 1971

Of the rarities presented in this unusual Russian music collection, the most tantalizing is Gliére’s Concerto for Coloratura Soprano and Orchestra. Judging by the slight surface noise, it sounds as if this transfer could have been made from an LP. No matter, the sound is fine, and Joan Sutherland sings radiantly, pouring out beguiling tone throughout her range, while her trademark trills are put to good use by Gliére’s vocal writing, which isn’t particularly original, especially considering it was composed in 1943. The same can be said for Gliére’s 1938 Harp Concerto: beguiling solo writing set against standard-fare 19th-century orchestral accompaniment.

Leningrad PO, Yevgeny Mravinsky - Igor Stravinsky: 'Petrushka' (1947 version), 'The Fairy's Kiss' (complete ballet) (2015)

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Leningrad PO, Yevgeny Mravinsky - Igor Stravinsky: 'Petrushka' (1947 version), 'The Fairy's Kiss' (complete ballet) (2015)

Igor Stravinsky: 'Pétrouchka' (1947 version), 'Le Baiser De La Fée' (complete ballet) (2015)
Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Yevgeny Mravinsky

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 383 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 194 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Praga Digitals | # PRD/DSD 350 113 | Time: 01:16:25

A provocative and probably previously unreleased reunion of two quintessential ballet scores evocative of the Paris of before and after World War I. The Russian conductor Yevgeny Mravinsky, who stayed in his homeland but managed to remain impervious to any authoritative decrees, either political or artistic, presents this daring programme of Stravinsky's 'Petrushka' and 'The Fairy's Kiss', both with the same accuracy of interpretation, Impressive and without competition! Live recorded in Leningrad/St.Petersburg, October 24, 1964 (Petrushka), June 20,1982.

Vienna PO, Sir Georg Solti - Kodaly: The Peacock Variations; Blacher: Paganini Variations; Elgar: Enigma Variations (1997)

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Vienna PO, Sir Georg Solti - Kodaly: The Peacock Variations; Blacher: Paganini Variations; Elgar: Enigma Variations (1997)

Zoltán Kodály: The Peacock Variations; Boris Blacher: Paganini Variations;
Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sir Georg Solti

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 302 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 178 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: London/Decca | # 452 853-2 | Time: 01:07:41

Celebrating his half-century as a Decca artist, as well as his eighty-fifth birthday, Sir Georg Solti here offers a nicely autobiographical collection of three sets of variations: the Peacock Variations of Kodaly representing his Hungarian roots, the lively Paganini Variations of Blacher a recognition of his years as German citizen, and finally a tribute to his unique Britishness in Elgar's Enigma Variations. The disc is also a tribute to the Vienna Philharmonic and Solti's special relationship with that orchestra, with whom he recorded these live performances in the Musikverein last April. You have only to compare this warmly expressive, subtly nuanced, and deeply felt account of the Elgar with Solti's earlier Chicago version of 1974 to appreciate not only the quality of this great Viennese orchestra, but the way in which Solti has mellowed over the last two decades.

Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Tanguy de Williencourt - Debussy: Les Trois Sonates (2018)

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Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Tanguy de Williencourt - Debussy: Les Trois Sonates (2018)

Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Javier Perianes, Xavier de Maistre, Antoine Tamestit, Magali Mosnier, Tanguy de Williencourt - Debussy: Les Trois Sonates: The Late Works (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 197 Mb | Total time: 54:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi ‎| HMM902303 | Recorded: 2017, 2018

The harmonia mundi label's ongoing series of recordings marking the centenary of the death of Claude Debussy continues with this fascinating album of chamber works. On it, violinist Isabelle Faust has brought together an all-star team of musicians including cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, violist Antoine Tamestit, flutist Magali Mosnier, harpist Xavier de Maistre and pianists Alexander Melnikov, Javier Perianes, and Tanguy de Williencourt. Three sonatas are the focal point here, with accompanied works for cello and violin complemented by the glorious Sonata for flute, Viola and Harp. The remainder of the program features a colorful selection of piano works from the composer's late period.