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Kyung Wha Chung, London Symphony Orchestra, André Previn - Prokofiev, Stravinsky: Violin Concertos (1990)

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Kyung Wha Chung, London Symphony Orchestra, André Previn - Prokofiev, Stravinsky: Violin Concertos (1990)

Kyung Wha Chung, London Symphony Orchestra, André Previn - Prokofiev, Stravinsky: Violin Concertos (1990)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 376 MB | 01:10:29
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca

Violinist Kyung-Wha Chung's highly intense compelling performances especially in the Prokofiev Concerti here have made them favorites in Decca's catalogue for years. Rather than purely dwell on the technical rigor these works demand (as many violinists often do), Chung instead focuses more on Prokofiev's lyricism in an effort to draw out the full and varied range of emotional qualities in the score. Conductor Andre Previn and the London Symphony Orchestra couldn't be more understanding and supportive collaborators and Decca's sound, while spotlighting Chung slightly, is quite good.

Schoenberg Quartet - Alban Berg: Complete Chamber Music (2002)

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Schoenberg Quartet - Alban Berg: Complete Chamber Music (2002)

Schoenberg Quartet - Alban Berg: Complete Chamber Music (2002)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 75:52 | 326 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos Records | Catalog: CHAN 9999

The Schoenberg Quartet displays a great affinity for Alban Berg's chamber music. The larger string quartets are masterpieces of the twentieth century and are here played with a a wonderful understanding of their constant shifts in mood. The shorter pieces are also perfect and give a new way of looking at the larger works that they are normally a part of. The viola and piano sonata is a good transcription from the clarinet sonata and also adds a new dimension to the original version.

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.

Carducci String Quartet - Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos. 1, 2 & 7 (2019)

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Carducci String Quartet - Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos. 1, 2 & 7 (2019)

Carducci String Quartet - Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos. 1, 2 & 7 (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 253 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 138 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:59:26
Classical | Label: Signum Classics

This CD marks the second release of the Carducci’s Shostakovich 15 project, which includes performances of the complete cycles of the Shostakovich Quartets in cities including Washington DC, London, Oxford, Cardiff, Bogota and concerts throughout the UK to mark the 40th anniversary of the composer’s death.

Belcea Quartet, Nicolas Bone, Antônio Meneses - Berg, Webern & Schönberg: Chamber Music (2015)

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Belcea Quartet, Nicolas Bone, Antônio Meneses - Berg, Webern & Schönberg: Chamber Music (2015)

Belcea Quartet, Nicolas Bone, Antônio Meneses - Berg, Webern & Schönberg: Chamber Music (2015)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 334 MB | 01:19:24
Genre: Classical | Label: Alpha

For some listeners, the music of the Second Viennese School is still a stumbling block, due to the complexity of techniques and the intense expressionism found in the innovative works of Arnold Schoenberg, Alban Berg, and Anton Webern. However, this 2015 release by the Belcea Quartet is notable for the relative accessibility of its program, which reflects the profound emotional impulses at the heart of the music, perhaps most apparent in Schoenberg's passionate string sextet, Verklärte Nacht (1899), and Webern's poignant Langsamer Satz for string quartet (1905).

Hansheinz Schneeberger, Daniel Cholette - Charles Ives: Sonatas for Violin and Piano (1999)

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Hansheinz Schneeberger, Daniel Cholette - Charles Ives: Sonatas for Violin and Piano (1999)

Charles Ives - Sonatas for Violin and Piano (1999)
Hansheinz Schneeberger, violin; Daniel Cholette, piano

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 321 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 195 Mb | Scans included
Classical | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1605, 449 956-2 | Time: 01:15:57

Whereas most musicians seem to emphasize the music's reflective, nostalgic elements, Schneeberger and Cholette are more attuned to the abstract qualities in the music. On balance, I find that I still prefer the traditional approach, exemplified by Shannon and Fulkerson. To my ears, these artists manage to capture something wonderfully magical and mysterious that just eludes Schneeberger and Cholette. However, I should note that some critics have given high praise to this ECM disc. For example, it was awarded five stars in a BBC Music Magazine review. Another bonus: The ECM recording squeezes all four sonatas on a single disc.

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.

VA - Debussy: Complete Works (2018)

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VA - Debussy: Complete Works (2018)

VA - Debussy: Complete Works (2018)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) | 26:24:28 | 5,45 Gb
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Fluid forms, delicately-etched sonorities and subtle harmonies soon established Claude Debussy as one of the immense originals of the 20th century. Deutsche Grammophon commemorates the 100th anniversary of his passing with a new Limited-Edition Set presenting the Complete Published Works, which brings together legendary performances by acclaimed Debussy performers and conductors, several recordings new to CD, and a number of additional historical performances.

Alexei Lubimov - Messe Noire: Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Scriabin (2005)

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Alexei Lubimov - Messe Noire: Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Scriabin (2005)

Alexei Lubimov - Messe Noire: Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Scriabin (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 203 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 166 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1679, 465 1372 | Time: 01:05:54

This CD's title, Messe Noire, and its dark cover art may mislead some into thinking this album is filled with evil, forbidden things; but the only selection that suggests the diabolical is Alexander Scriabin's macabre Sonata No. 9, "Black Mass," and it comes at the very end, after Igor Stravinsky's light, neo-Classical Serenade in A, Dmitry Shostakovich's sardonic Sonata No. 2, and Sergey Prokofiev's witty but brutal knuckle-buster, the Sonata No. 7, which all have their dark moments, certainly, but not the same sinister mood found in Scriabin. If pianist Aleksei Lubimov's aim in bringing these Russian masterworks together points to some other unifying idea – perhaps the significance of the piano in these composers' thinking – then some other title might have been more helpful. As it is, though, this album seems most unified in Lubimov's vigorous style of playing, brittle execution, and emphasis on the piano's percussive sonorities, evident in each performance. This spiky approach works best in Prokofiev's sonata, and fairly well in Shostakovich's and Stravinsky's pieces; but it seems too sterile in Scriabin's music, which needs more languor and sensuous writhing than clarity or crispness.

Van Cliburn in Moscow Vol.3 - Rachmaninoff: Piano Concertos Nos.2 & 3 (2008/1958 & 1972)

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Van Cliburn in Moscow Vol.3 - Rachmaninoff: Piano Concertos Nos.2 & 3 (2008/1958 & 1972)

Van Cliburn in Moscow Vol.3 - Rachmaninoff: Piano Concertos Nos.2 & 3 (2008/1958 & 1972)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 4,09 Gb (DVD5) | 95 min
Classical | Video Artists International

The third volume features live performances of Rachmaninoff’s Second and Third Piano Concertos, with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Kirill Kondrashin. The Third Concerto is the legendary performance of 1958 which occurred right after Cliburn won the gold medal.

Quatuor Diotima, Sandrine Piau, Marie-Nicole Lemieux - Schoenberg, Webern, Berg: The String Quartet and the Voice (2010)

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Quatuor Diotima, Sandrine Piau, Marie-Nicole Lemieux - Schoenberg, Webern, Berg: The String Quartet and the Voice (2010)

Arnold Schoenberg, Anton Webern, Alban Berg - The String Quartet and the Voice (2010)
Quatuor Diotima, string quartet; Sandrine Piau, soprano; Marie-Nicole Lemieux, contralto

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 265 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 159 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Naive | # V 5240 | Time: 01:04:19

Recordings that include strings quartets by Schoenberg, Berg, and Webern are common, but an album that includes music for quartet and voice by each of them is a rarity. Schoenberg's Second String Quartet, with a part for soprano in its third and fourth movements, is standard repertoire, but the version of Berg's Lyric Suite with a vocal part in the final movement is highly unusual, and Webern's bagatelle with voice, an unpublished movement apparently once intended to be part of the Six Bagatelles, Op. 9, receives what is probably its first recording. Novelty aside, the high standards of these performances make this a formidable release. Founded just before the turn of the millennium, Quatuor Diotima plays with the assurance and mutual understanding of a seasoned ensemble. The quartet has a lean, clean sound and the ensemble is immaculate, playing with exquisite expressiveness, an ideal combination for this repertoire.

Joshua Bell, Jeremy Denk - French Impressions: Camille Saint-Saens, Cesar Franck, Maurice Ravel (2012) [Re-Up]

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Joshua Bell, Jeremy Denk - French Impressions: Camille Saint-Saens, Cesar Franck, Maurice Ravel (2012) [Re-Up]

Joshua Bell, Jeremy Denk - French Impressions (2012)
Camille Saint-Saëns, Cesar Franck, Maurice Ravel

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 286 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 163 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 88697891822 | Time: 01:07:19

Unusually the liner note deserves a mention ahead of the music: the fine pianist Jeremy Denk, half of this regular duo, manages to encapsulate the elusiveness of French romantic music with such insight in a few sharp sentences, his words almost shape the way we listen to this superbly played disc. Saint-Saëns' wistful and emotional Sonata No 1 and Ravel's bluesy, ironic sonata have a whipped, airy quality. Joshua Bell plays with fire and finesse, with Denk a powerful ally. Franck's dark-light violin sonata, mysterious, ardent and far more than the sum of its parts when played as majestically as here, forms the centrepiece of this seriously beguiling disc.

VA - Fauré: Sonate pour violon No. 1, Quatuor avec piano No. 1, Poème d'un jour, Elégie, Ballade pour piano et orchestre (2018)

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VA - Fauré: Sonate pour violon No. 1, Quatuor avec piano No. 1, Poème d'un jour, Elégie, Ballade pour piano et orchestre (2018)

Zino Francescatti, Robert Casadesus. Camille Maurane, Marguerite Long, Trio Fournier, Grant Johannesen, Orchestre Radio Luxembourg, Louis de Froment, Pierre Fournier & Ernest Lush - Fauré: Sonate pour violon No. 1 / Quatuor avec piano No. 1 / Poème d'un jour / Elégie / Ballade pour piano et orchestre (2018)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 304 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 192 Mb | 01:22:01
Classical | Label: Les Indispensables de Diapason

Marguerite Long et les Pasquier dans le Quatuor op. 15 ? Trésor d'une discographie comparée, et centre d'un album résumant les années 1870 de Fauré. Nul de ses élèves, de ses contemporains et des lecteurs de son livre Au piano avec Gabriel Fauré ne devait l'ignorer : Marguerite Long (1874-1966) savait mieux que personne jouer la musique de son « ami », elle qui l'avait bue à la source. Si Fauré n'était pas pressé de distinguer un gardien du temple, elle s'installait à l'entrée avec autant de fierté batailleuse (mais pouvait-il en être autrement pour une musicienne dans le Paris des années 1900 ?), de petits arrangements avec le souvenir du compositeur (« ami » surtout de son mari le musicologue Joseph de Marliave, mort à la Grande Guerre) et de vanité (terribles interviews) que d'exigence perspicace, de fierté légitime et d'amour pour une musique qu'elle aura servie sans relâche. C'est d'ailleurs à quatre-vingts ans que la pianiste invite le Trio Pasquier à graver avec elle le Quatuor op. 15 !

Nikolai Lugansky - Rachmaninov: Études-Tableaux, Op. 33 & 39 (2003)

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Nikolai Lugansky - Rachmaninov: Études-Tableaux, Op. 33 & 39 (2003)

Nikolai Lugansky - Rachmaninov: Études-Tableaux, Op. 33 & 39 (2003)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 241 MB | 01:03:50
Genre: Classical | Label: Challenge Classics

This disc, recorded in 1992 in Moscow, does far more than reproduce just the notes that Rachmaninov wrote. It also delivers a series of performances that dig deep into the Russian soul of Rachmaninov's creations. The recording, although not the finest that I have heard, is still up to the required task.

Lusine Grigoryan - Komitas: Seven Songs (2017)

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Lusine Grigoryan - Komitas: Seven Songs (2017)

Lusine Grigoryan - Komitas: Seven Songs (2017)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | Digital booklet | 00:49:26 | 120 Mb
Classical | Label: ECM Records, ECM New Series

Complete in itself, this solo piano album by Lusine Grigoryan, can also be considered a companion volume to the Gurdjieff Ensemble’s critically-acclaimed album of Komitas’s music. It was recorded at the same 2015 session in Lugano, directed by Manfred Eicher, and has some overlapping of repertoire. Where Levon Eskenian’s versions with the Gurdjieff Ensemble explored some of the composer’s sonic inspirations with folk instruments, Lusine Grigoryan conveys some of the same colours with her wide palette of piano articulation and her exploration of timbral possibilities: in her playing one can catch the flavour of the duduk, the tar, the zurna et cetera, as Komitas intended. As Levon Eskenian has noted, Grigoryan “conveys the mysterious presence typical of rustic and ritual music.” Pieces heard on this recording, the ECM debut of Lusine Grigoryan, include Komitas’s Seven Songs, Seven Dances, Pieces for Children, and Msho Shoror.