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The Nash Ensemble - American Chamber Music: Herrmann, Gershwin, Waxman, Copland (2015)

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The Nash Ensemble - American Chamber Music: Herrmann, Gershwin, Waxman, Copland (2015)

The Nash Ensemble - American Chamber Music: Herrmann, Gershwin, Waxman, Copland (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 292 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 177 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68094 | Time: 01:15:36

This programme features concert music by composers who also wrote film scores for Hollywood. While this was just one string to the considerable bows of Gershwin and Copland, Bernard Herrmann and Franz Waxman are best known for their music for Hitchcock films (Vertigo, North by Northwest, Marnie and Psycho for Herrmann; and Rebecca and The Paradine Case for Waxman). Centre stage is Gershwin’s Song-book, arranged by the composer for solo piano in order to present the songs ‘as George Gershwin plays them himself’.

Natalia Gutman - Portrait Series Vol. II: Debussy, Schnittke, Bach (2000)

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Natalia Gutman - Portrait Series Vol. II: Debussy, Schnittke, Bach (2000)

Natalia Gutman - Portrait Series Vol. II: Debussy, Schnittke, Bach (2000)
Natalia Gutman, cello, Alexei Nassedkin, piano; Vassily Lobanov, piano

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 223 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 128 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Live Classics | # LCL 203 | Time: 00:50:03

Live Classics’ Natalia Gutman “Portrait” series continues with a second volume documenting the cellist’s work from her early career up to the present. A 1967 German radio broadcast of the Debussy Cello Sonata stands out for Gutman’s warm, expansive tone and strong, fluid support from pianist Alexei Nassedkin. A few moments of uncertain intonation and less-than-centered articulation in the second movement’s opening pizzicatos are a small price to pay for fine overall ensemble values. Gutman shines in the declamatory, slow-motion passages that dominate the outer movements of Schnittke’s First Cello Sonata, and throws herself head first into the central Presto’s roller-coaster arpeggios and ruthless clusters. A gripping performance, this: every bit as authoritative as Alexander Ivashkin’s with the composer’s widow Irina Scnittke at the piano. She’s a more sensitive colorist than Gutman’s solid yet comparatively monochrome Vassily Lobanov.

Nicola Benedetti - The Violin (2013) [Re-Up]

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Nicola Benedetti - The Violin (2013) [Re-Up]

Nicola Benedetti - The Violin (2013)
Vivaldi, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Johannes Brahms, Arvo Pärt, Frédéric Chopin, P.I. Tchaikovsky
Jules Massenet, Max Bruch, Vittorio Monti, Nigel Hess, John Williams, Carlos Gardel

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 329 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 176 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 478 5338 DH | Time: 01:16:06

Just 26 years old, Nicola Benedetti has been making chart-topping recordings for 10 years. This album celebrates the best of those recordings, and her other successes – from winning the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition in 2004, to her 2012 best-selling album ‘The Silver Violin’, the highest charting classical instrumental album in the UK of the last two decades. A collection of great violin music – from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending to the Tchaikovsky and Bruch violin concertos and Arvo Part’s Spiegel Im Spiegel. Featuring brand new recordings – Brahms’ invigorating Hungarian Dance no. 5, Monti’s ever-popular Czardas, and Chopin’s emotional Nocturne in C# minor. The album includes Nicola performing with leading orchestras and conductors, as well as some of her favorite chamber players. This album showcases the incredible range of Nicola’s playing and demonstrates her wide appeal. In January 2013 Nicola was appointed a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for her services to music and charity.

Marzio Conti, I Virtuosi Italiani - Nino Rota: Concertos (2002)

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Marzio Conti, I Virtuosi Italiani - Nino Rota: Concertos (2002)

Marzio Conti, I Virtuosi Italiani - Nino Rota: Concertos (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 225 Mb | Total time: 61:52 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 9954 | Recorded: 2001

Altogether a pleasure. These are bright, capable, affectionate, well-pointed performances in good sound, with soloists who sound totally at home with the music…
— International Record Review

Christian Lindberg, Roland Pöntinen - Los Bandidos: The criminal trombone 2½ (2000)

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Christian Lindberg, Roland Pöntinen - Los Bandidos: The criminal trombone 2½ (2000)

Christian Lindberg, Roland Pöntinen - Los Bandidos: The criminal trombone 2½ (2000)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 69:05 | 279 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | Catalog: BIS-CD-988

Subtitled "The criminal trombone No 2 ½" this is another release by two Swedish musicians, Christian Lindberg and Roland Pöntien. Previously issues by the pair have included "The Criminal Trombone" featuring 'stolen works' with Lindberg as 'defendant' and Pöntinen as 'accomplice'. This CD continues in a similar vein with comic illustrations and a spoof introduction.

Christina & Michelle Naughton - Visions: Olivier Messiaen, J.S. Bach, John Adams (2016)

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Christina & Michelle Naughton - Visions: Olivier Messiaen, J.S. Bach, John Adams (2016)

Christina & Michelle Naughton - Visions: Olivier Messiaen, J.S. Bach, John Adams (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 201 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 157 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 0825646011360 | Time: 01:01:36

Their Warner Classics debut makes clear that Christina & Michelle Naughton show great imagination in their programming: Messiaen's mystical and epic Visions de l'Amen, composed during World War II, appears alongside John Adams' boisterous and percussive Hallelujah Junction, inspired by a truck stop on the border of Nevada and California. The CD is completed with J.S. Bach's serenely moving Gotttes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, BWV 106, in an arrangement by the contemporary Hungarian composer Gyorgy Kurtag.

Filarmonica ’900 del Teatro Regio di Torino, Marzio Conti - Nino Rota: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 (2009) [Re-Up]

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Filarmonica ’900 del Teatro Regio di Torino, Marzio Conti - Nino Rota: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 (2009) [Re-Up]

Nino Rota - Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 (2009)
Filarmonica ’900 del Teatro Regio di Torino, conducted by Marzio Conti

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 278 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 146 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos Records | # CHAN 10546 | Time: 01:02:10

The concert works of film composer Nino Rota, best known for his scores for the Godfather trilogy and for a long series of films by Federico Fellini, have increasingly often been finding space in classical recording catalogs. Here's a nicely recorded rendering of Rota's two numbered symphonies, virtually unknown until perhaps the turn of the century, issued on a major British label, Chandos. Both are attractive pieces that could be profitably programmed by any symphony orchestra. They were composed in the 1930s, when Rota was as much American as Italian; he won a scholarship to the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and studied there for several years. Both reflect the French neo-classic trends that flourished in the U.S. between the wars, and, although Rota sounds nothing like Copland, you do experience in these works an evocation of what annotator Michele Rene Mannucci aptly calls "landscape in sound." Each work is in the conventional four movements, with a slow movement placed second in the Symphony No. 1 in G major and third in the Symphony No. 2 in F major.

Richard Hickox, London Symphony Orchestra - Vaughan Williams: Pastoral Symphony; Norfolk Rhapsodies (2002)

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Richard Hickox, London Symphony Orchestra - Vaughan Williams: Pastoral Symphony; Norfolk Rhapsodies (2002)

Richard Hickox, London Symphony Orchestra - Vaughan Williams: Pastoral Symphony; Norfolk Rhapsodies (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 236 Mb | Total time: 66:26 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 10001 | Recorded: 2001

Vaughan Williams had been interested in folk music since he was a boy. In December 1903, he noted down the tune of Bushes and Briars from a 70 year-old labourer who lived in the Essex village of Ingrave. Over the next ten years he collected more than 800 songs, and they had a profound effect on his development as a composer. Particularly significant was a week long visit to King’s Lynn in 1905, during which he collected some 30 songs. One was The Captain’s Apprentice as sung by the fisherman James Carter. This melody was used in the Norfolk Rhapsody No 1, the Sea Symphony and the Pastoral Symphony. Another was Ward the Pirate, used as a theme in both the first and second Rhapsodies.

Martin Outram, Julian Rolton & Mark Padmore - Williams: Viola Fantasia (2019)

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Martin Outram, Julian Rolton & Mark Padmore - Williams: Viola Fantasia (2019)

Martin Outram, Julian Rolton & Mark Padmore - Williams: Viola Fantasia (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 296 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 159 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:08:34
Classical | Label: Albion

Martin Outram (Viola) and Julian Rolton (piano) play all of the works of Ralph Vaughan Williams for viola and piano. Mark Padmore (tenor) joins them to record Four Hymns for Tenor, Viola and Piano.

Kristian Benedikt - Tenore di forza: Kristian Benedikt Sings Favorite Tenor Arias (2019)

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Kristian Benedikt - Tenore di forza: Kristian Benedikt Sings Favorite Tenor Arias (2019)

Kristian Benedikt, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra & Modestas Pitrėnas - Tenore di forza: Kristian Benedikt Sings Favorite Tenor Arias (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 303 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 160 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:08:07
Classical, Opera | Label: Delos Music

Tenor Kristian Benedikt began his career as a lyric tenor in his native Lithuania, but has since blossomed into one of the opera world’s finest dramatic tenors in challenging roles like Otello. His immensely powerful and dark-hued voice enables him to shine in several of Wagner’s “Heldentenor” roles as well; yet he remains a highly versatile singer who also continues to excel in lyric and spinto roles.In this, Kristian’s debut recording, he proves his wide-ranging artistry in a highly varied program of mostly well-known arias by composers including Verdi, Puccini, Saint-Saëns, Massenet, Tchaikovsky and Wagner (among others). He also treats us to a rarely-heard novelty: an aria from his countryman Vytautas Klova’s Pilėnai—an opera that is practically unknown beyond Lithuania.Kristian is beautifully supported by the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra and the Lithuanian National Opera Chorus under the deft baton of conductor Modestas Pitrenas.

Charles Bruffy, Phoenix Bach Choir - Shakespeare in Song (2004)

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Charles Bruffy, Phoenix Bach Choir - Shakespeare in Song (2004)

Charles Bruffy, Phoenix Bach Choir - Shakespeare in Song: Harris, Martin, Sametz, Mäntyjärvi, Lindberg, Argento, Williams (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 217 Mb | Total time: 55:52 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 5031 | Recorded: 2003

There’s more to Shakespeare’s songs than a hey-nonny-nonny, and the depth of the bard’s texts has inspired composers from well beyond the cultural borders of the English language. Nearly half of the Phoenix Bach Choir’s “Shakespeare in Song” disc offers intriguing music by composers who are neither English nor American. Chief among these is Switzerland’s Frank Martin, whose Songs of Ariel constitute a modern choral classic. These are haunting, harmonically unsettled settings, and for an example of the skill and beauty the Phoenix Bach Choir brings to this program, just listen to the wonderful intonation on the last chord of “Before You Can Say ‘Come’ and ‘Go’.”

Dennis Lee - Karol Szymanowski: Etudes, Fantasy, Metopes, Masque (2001)

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Dennis Lee - Karol Szymanowski: Etudes, Fantasy, Metopes, Masque (2001)

Dennis Lee - Karol Szymanowski: Etudes, Fantasy, Métopes, Masque (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 199 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 147 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Helios/Hyperion | # CDH55081 | Time: 01:03:51

Perhaps Szymanowski’s music is too cool and sophisticated ever to become popular. Even the third of his Op. 4 Studies, which Paderewski made famous, is less full-bodied than Scriabin’s early C sharp minor Étude, and while Scriabin believed in the madness of his later music, Szymanowski’s apparent abandon in his voluptuous period around the First World War is crafted with detachment. Dennis Lee clarifies the cascades of notes – or rather sonorities – in the two major sets, Métopes and Masques, so that these complex pieces are understood more easily than usual. The recorded sound is a bit thin and small, but clean.

Jan Kraybill - The Orchestral Organ (2019)

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Jan Kraybill - The Orchestral Organ (2019)

Jan Kraybill - The Orchestral Organ (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 268 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 173 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:14:40
Classical | Label: Reference Recordings

Sonic Splendor! Amazing organ performances give new dimensions to beloved orchestral favourites. In the 19th and early 20th century, organists of exceptional artistic skill developed organ transcriptions of orchestral music into a true art form. Each of the works on this disc is spectacular in its original form. To create The Orchestral Organ, we have chosen works of many different composers, adapted into organ transcriptions of the highest artistic order. These transcriptions are not intended for comparison with, or replacement of, the original orchestral versions. In presenting them we are offering fascinating new dimensions for these compositions, whether familiar or new to the listener. Within the pieces are a variety of tone colors and compositional details that exhibit the remarkable abilities of organist Jan Kraybill, and showcase the spectacular Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant Organ at the Kauffman Center’s Helzberg Hall in Kansas City.

Anna Shelest - Donna Voce (2019)

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Anna Shelest - Donna Voce (2019)

Anna Shelest - Donna Voce (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 216 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 176 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:03:23
Classical | Label: Sorel Classics

This new release features works for solo piano by female composers from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries, performed by Anna Shelest. Hailed by The New York Times as a pianist of a fiery sensibility and warm touch, Anna Shelest is an international award-winning pianist who has thrilled audiences throughout the world. An effective collaborator (The New York Times), Anna made her orchestral debut at the age of twelve with the Kharkiv Symphony Orchestra, playing Rachmaninoffs Piano Concerto No. 1. Since then she has been a soloist with some of the worlds finest orchestras, including the Montreal Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, and Estonian National Symphony, among others. Born in Ukraine, she received her early music education at Kharkiv Special Music School. Since graduating from The Juilliard School with a Masters Degree in the class of Jerome Lowenthal, Anna has made her home in New York City with her husband and two sons.

Garrick Ohlsson - Etudes: Debussy, Bartok, Prokofiev (2015)

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Garrick Ohlsson - Etudes: Debussy, Bartok, Prokofiev (2015)

Garrick Ohlsson - Études: Debussy, Bartók, Prokofiev (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 176 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 155 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68080 | Time: 01:06:36

Études are primarily intended as exercises to train musicians in specific techniques, but since the Romantic era they have become associated with other miniature forms, such as the prelude and the intermezzo, and frequently regarded as evocative character pieces or tonal pictures. Garrick Ohlsson's album of piano études by Claude Debussy, Sergey Prokofiev, and Béla Bartók offers a brief survey of the genre in modern practice, and demonstrates the blending of pedagogy and poetry in these works. Ohlsson has become internationally known as an exquisite interpreter of the music of Frédéric Chopin, and much of the subtlety and atmosphere found in his previous recordings is present here. Ohlsson's finesse and humor are perhaps most evident in Debussy's Études, L. 143, which have a lighter character than Prokofiev's Études, Op. 2, which tend toward the sardonic side, and Bartók's Études, Op. 18, which are intensely virtuosic and mysterious. Hyperion's recording captures the nuances of Ohlsson's playing, and the piano is close enough to hear every detail, while the acoustics lend it a pleasant natural aura.