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Paradisi Gloria - Stabat Mater: Francis Poulenc, Karol Szymanowski, Krzysztof Penderecki, Wolfgang Rihm (2004)

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Paradisi Gloria - Stabat Mater: Francis Poulenc, Karol Szymanowski, Krzysztof Penderecki, Wolfgang Rihm (2004)

Paradisi Gloria - Stabat Mater: Poulenc, Szymanowski, Penderecki, Rihm (2004)
Munich Radio Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Chorus, Soloists
conducted by Marcello Viotti, Krzysztof Penderecki, Helmuth Rilling

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 271 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 184 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Sacred | Label: Profil | # PH04035 | Time: 01:06:02

This 2004 survey of modern settings of the medieval sequence Stabat Mater Dolorosa is part of conductor Marcello Viotti's project to record the little-known but worthy sacred works of the twentieth century, in conjunction with the Munich Radio Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Chorus for their concert series Paradisi gloria. The four works by Francis Poulenc, Karol Szymanowski, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Wolfgang Rihm are dramatically different in conception and musical content, and may be regarded more as reflections of personal faith than as practical works for ecclesiastical purposes.

Berliner Philharmoniker - Simon Rattle's Farewell Concert: Mahler Symphony No. 6 (2018) [Blu-Ray]

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Berliner Philharmoniker - Simon Rattle's Farewell Concert: Mahler Symphony No. 6 (2018) [Blu-Ray]

Berliner Philharmoniker - Simon Rattle's Farewell Concert: Mahler Symphony No. 6 (2018) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 16997 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 95 min + 77 min (bonus) | 39,5 Gb
Audio1: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 16-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3869 kbps / 24-bit

Audio BluRay | Audio1: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 96 kHz | Audio2: DTS-HD MA / 5.1 / 96 kHz / 24-bit | 162 min

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 9322 kbps / 29,97 fps | 95 min + 77 min (bonus) | 10,8 Gb
Audio: DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24-bits
Classical | Berliner Philharmoniker | Sub.: German, English, Spanish, Korean, Japanese

On 14 November 1987, a promising conductor made his Berliner Philharmoniker debut with Gustav Mahler’s Sixth Symphony: Simon Rattle. In retrospect Rattle says, “I felt that I was finding my voice on that day.” Mahler’s multifaceted work is now again on the programme when Sir Simon appears for the last time as chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker in the Philharmonie. The wheel comes full circle.

Nikolai Lugansky - Rachmaninov: 24 Preludes (2018)

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Nikolai Lugansky - Rachmaninov: 24 Preludes (2018)

Nikolai Lugansky - Rachmaninov: 24 Preludes (2018)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:22:07 | 277 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | Catalog: HMM902339

Nikolai Lugansky's 2018 release on Harmonia Mundi of Rachmaninov's 24 Preludes consists of the two sets of the Preludes, Op. 23 and the Preludes, Op. 32, but opens with the most famous (or infamous) of all of his solo keyboard pieces, the Prelude in C sharp minor. Originally published in Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3, the Prelude in C sharp minor has always seemed to exist independently from the others in the series, and early on became a greatest hit for Rachmaninov; yet because he was always obligated to play it as an encore at his concerts, he came to resent its extraordinary popularity and considered it an albatross.

Westminster Cathedral Choir, London Sinfonia; James O'Donnell - Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms; Mass; Canticum Sacrum (1991)

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Westminster Cathedral Choir, London Sinfonia; James O'Donnell - Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms; Mass; Canticum Sacrum (1991)

Igor Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms; Mass; Canticum Sacrum (1991)
Westminster Cathedral Choir; City of London Sinfonia; James O'Donnell, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 233 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 158 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Choral, Sacred | Label: Hyperion | # CDA66437 | Time: 01:07:58

Here's a Symphony of Psalms that successfully captures the spirit and letter of the work–reverence, jubilation, and celebration, as well as specifics of orchestral color and texture. Boys' voices–supposedly Stravinsky's original choice–contribute their share to the bright choral timbre, an effect that works very well. We also get first-rate performances of the Mass and the rarely recorded Canticum sacrum.

Alice Ader - Maurice Ravel: Complete Piano Works (2012) 2CD [Re-Up]

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Alice Ader - Maurice Ravel: Complete Piano Works (2012) 2CD [Re-Up]

Alice Ader - Maurice Ravel: Complete Piano Works (2012) 2CD
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 458 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 329 Mb | Scans ~ 129 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Fuga Libera | # Fug592 | Time: 02:23:44

Alice Ader’s first Debussy disc (Erato) won all the awards in the specialist press on its release twenty years ago and is still regarded as an unequalled benchmark. Now this unconventional pianist at last unveils her recording of the complete Ravel piano works. And what better moment could there be than Debussy Year to present these two hours or so of music in dialogue, en Miroirs as it were, with the œuvre of ‘Claude de France’? Ravel, the hot-blooded Swiss watchmaker, the discreet Lisztian, the mediocre pianist who made such extreme demands on his colleagues, the man of so many sublime paradoxes, deserves only the finest interpreters: those who take the time to explore his deepest recesses. Alice Ader, light-years away from the flashy gestures often encountered in this music, takes us to the very heart of one of the most secretive composers of his time.

Thomas Zehetmair, Budapest FO, Ivan Fischer - Bela Bartok: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (1995)

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Thomas Zehetmair, Budapest FO, Ivan Fischer - Bela Bartok: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (1995)

Béla Bartók: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (1995)
Thomas Zehetmair, violin; Budapest Festival Orchestra; Iván Fischer, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 245 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 130 Mb | Scans ~ 64 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Berlin Classics/Edel | # 0115292 | Time: 00:56:58

Neither too nationalist nor too internationalist, this 1995 recording of Béla Bartók's two violin concertos featuring Thomas Zehetmair with Ivan Fischer leading the Budapest Festival Orchestra is just right. Austrian-born Zehetmair has a fabulous technique, a warm but focused tone, and lively sense of rhythm, all of which make him an ideal Bartók player. His interpretations are less about showing off then about digging in, and his performances are more about the music than they are about the musician. Hungarian conductor Fischer and his Hungarian orchestra are not only up for the music in a technical sense, they are also down with the music in an emotional sense, and their accompaniments ground Zehetmair's coolly flamboyant performances. Captured in white-hot sound that is almost too vivid for its own good, these performances deserve to stand among the finest ever recorded.

Tasmin Little & John Lenehan - Partners in Time: From Bach to Bartok (2009)

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Tasmin Little & John Lenehan - Partners in Time: From Bach to Bartok (2009)

Tasmin Little & John Lenehan - Partners in Time: From Bach to Bartók (2009)
Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Edvard Grieg
Fritz Kreisler, Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky, Béla Bartók

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 311 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 163 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-CD-1744 | Time: 01:09:40

Tasmin Little has been a leading light on the British and international music scene for close to two decades. Her flourishing career includes numerous television broadcasts and appearances at the BBC Proms and continues to take her to major orchestras in every continent around the world. Empowered by a vision to reach new audiences she devised Partners in Time – a disc of works for violin and piano illustrating the chronological development of the relationship between the two instruments and the ways that composers have fallen in love with, and responded to, this partnership. Tasmin’s partner on this journey through musical history is the eminent British pianist John Lenehan whose performances and recordings have been acclaimed throughout the world.

Alec Frank-Gemmill & Alasdair Beatson - A Noble and Melancholy Instrument (2017)

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Alec Frank-Gemmill & Alasdair Beatson - A Noble and Melancholy Instrument (2017)

Alec Frank-Gemmill & Alasdair Beatson - A Noble and Melancholy Instrument (2017)
Music for horns and pianos of the 19th century

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 234 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 161 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-2228 SACD | Time: 01:05:56

The 19th century saw huge developments in the design of many musical instruments. In some cases changes were adopted more or less universally: the fortepiano that Mozart knew, a five-octave instrument constructed entirely of wood, had by around 1900 grown into the modern grand piano with over seven octaves and a cast-iron frame. With other instruments, progress was less streamlined. As late as 1865, the natural, valveless horn of Beethoven's time remained the instrument of choice for Brahms when he wrote his famous Horn Trio, and when valves began to be introduced, makers and musicians in Germany, France and Vienna favoured different solutions, offering different results in terms of sound and requiring different playing techniques. The present disc is a unique combination of recital and history lesson, with a young British team performing music from between 1800 and 1942 on no less than eight different historic instruments: four horns and four pianos.

Geoffrey Tozer, BBC Philharmonic, Sir Edward Downes - Respighi: Belfagor Overture; Toccata; Tre Corali; Fantasia slava (1994)

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Geoffrey Tozer, BBC Philharmonic, Sir Edward Downes - Respighi: Belfagor Overture; Toccata; Tre Corali; Fantasia slava (1994)

Ottorino Respighi: Belfagor Overture; Toccata; Tre Corali; Fantasia slava (1994)
Geoffrey Tozer, piano; BBC Philharmonic; Sir Edward Downes, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 197 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 142 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 9311 | Time: 00:59:49

Respighi’s colourful music could have been written with the clear, full-bodied Chandos sound in mind. Following on from where Geoffrey Simon began for the label in the Eighties, Edward Downes is now exploring the more symphonic side of Respighi’s output, showing there is more to him than the Roman trilogy (if not that much, qualitatively). The present disc includes two of his four concertante works for piano and orchestra, the extended Toccata (according to Tozer’s booklet note, the longest such work in existence) and the quirky Slavonic Rhapsody, with its humorous sideswipe at Dvorák. More characteristic of Respighi is the concert overture derived from his opera Belfagor, about the exploits of a Till Eulenspiegel/Don Juan figure, portrayed with suitably colourful sound-painting. All these, together with the Bachian Three Chorales, are played with marvellous verve and commitment – the BBC PO under Downes has a way with this out-of-the-way repertoire that few can equal. The sound quality on this disc is nothing short of stunning.

Markus Hinterhauser - Galina Ustvolskaya: Piano Sonatas (1998)

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Markus Hinterhauser - Galina Ustvolskaya: Piano Sonatas (1998)

Markus Hinterhäuser - Galina Ustvolskaya: Piano Sonatas (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 239 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 180 Mb | Scans included | 01:13:01
Classical, Modern, Avant-Garde, Contemporary | Label: col legno | # WWE 1CD 20019

They say that Galina Ustvolskaya led a very secluded life, that she was a loner. It is amazing, though, how distinct an image of her emerges from the almost meditative way in which she immersed herself in structures, dynamics and combinations of pitches. And not only that. You can hear the concentration on her work and the contrasts within the scope of an existence, some even say you can hear St. Petersburg. Markus Hinterhäuser plays Ustvolskaya’s sonatas as though it were the music of an intimate friend. The piano is vibrating, the music seems nearly torn apart with the tension. The pieces characterized by extreme dynamics, economy and cluster blocks are interpreted by Hinterhäuser with great intensity.

Camerata Bern, Heinz Holliger - Sandor Veress: Passacaglia Concertante; Songs Of The Seasons; Musica Concertante (1995)

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Camerata Bern, Heinz Holliger - Sandor Veress: Passacaglia Concertante; Songs Of The Seasons; Musica Concertante (1995)

Sándor Veress: Passacaglia Concertante; Songs Of The Seasons; Musica Concertante (1995)
Camerata Bern; Heinz Holliger, oboe & conductor; London Voices; Terry Edwards, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 272 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 155 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Modern | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1555, 447 390-2 | 01:02:41

Hungarian-born Sándor Veress (1907-1992) is a sadly neglected figure in modern music. Despite his pupilage under Bela Bartók and Zoltán Kodály, and even his succession over the latter as professor of composition at the Budapest School of Music in 1943, Veress has never attained the same international recognition as his two most successful compatriots. One might blame his preference for solitude or his idiomatic methodology for keeping him in obscurity. Yet as one who made the most of his outlier status and ideological exile, he seems never to have been one to wallow in self-pity. Exposed to much of the folk music that also captivated his mentors, Veress nurtured that same spirit when sociopolitical upheaval exacerbated his emigration to Switzlerland in 1949. Whereas Kodály in particular saw cultural preservation as central to the musical act, Veress saw it as an incision to be teased open and unraveled.

Bruno Maderna, Philharmoniker der Staatsoper Hamburg - Berg: Wozzeck (2008)

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Bruno Maderna, Philharmoniker der Staatsoper Hamburg - Berg: Wozzeck (2008)

Bruno Maderna, Philharmoniker der Staatsoper Hamburg - Berg: Wozzeck (2008)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 106 min | 6,90 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Arthaus Musik | Sub: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Italiano | Recorded: 1970

In his autobiography Opera Years Rolf Liebermann wrote: “Of all the film versions of operas in which I was involved, my favourite has always been Wozzeck, mainly because the interpreters and location were so convincingly authentic.” And truly, this film adoption of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck, recorded in 1970, fascinated with its constantly developing tension from the first tone to the last accord. Indeed the cast could not has been any better than in this production: Toni Blankenheim as Wozzeck and Sena Jurinac as Marie. Clearly and precisely in picture and speech, this film can truly be considered a classic and is now available on DVD for the first time.

Utah SO, Maurice Abravanel - Louis Moreau Gottschalk: A Night in the Tropics; Morton Gould: Latin American Symphonette (1995)

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Utah SO, Maurice Abravanel - Louis Moreau Gottschalk: A Night in the Tropics; Morton Gould: Latin American Symphonette (1995)

Gottschalk: A Night in the Tropics; Morton Gould: Latin American Symphonette (1995)
Reid Nibley, piano; Utah Symphony Orchestra; Maurice Abravanel, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 246 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 120 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Vanguard Classics | # SVC-9 | Time: 00::

This program offers three lively, colorful, and captivating orchestral works by two United States composers, born almost a century apart. These pieces exhibit the fruitful exchange and flow of musical material between North and South America that has long played a role in popular music, apparent not only in commercial song and dance music using Latin American melodies and rhythms but also in early jazz and blues where tango rhythms are so often heard, as in W. C. Handy's St. Louis Blues. And both Gottschalk in the 1850s, close to the beginning of a creative American musical tradition, and Gould in the 1950s, when such a tradition had flowered considerably, show a combination of seriousness of approach with a popular touch.

Alexei Sultanov: Live Performances from the Tchaikovsky State Conservatory (2007)

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Alexei Sultanov: Live Performances from the Tchaikovsky State Conservatory (2007)

Alexei Sultanov: Live Performances from the Tchaikovsky State Conservatory (2007)
J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Scriabin, Prokofiev

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 241 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 172 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Melodiya | # MEL CD 1001194 | Time: 01:13:17

A compelling performance… "Recorded live in the Great Hall of the Tchaikovsky State Conservatory at the 1st and 2nd rounds of the XI International Tchaikovsky Competition" in June 1998… by one of the era's most talented musicians. In his too-short life and altogether too-brief career, Mr. Sultanov engendered controversy and conflict in the music world with his take-no-prisoners style that demanded complete surrender, enchanting many and offending others, and, as a result, he was unfairly denied the acclaim and honors for which he strove, which he had every right to expect from us, and which he so richly deserved. In every performance (now, alas, recorded only), he offers a precious gift, as if to say, each time, "Here, take it, it's yours." Those who acknowledge and accept the gift are blessed by a new and greater understanding of what they hear, as though for the first time.

Christian Gerhaher, Rosamunde Quartett - Othmar Schoeck: Notturno (2009)

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Christian Gerhaher, Rosamunde Quartett - Othmar Schoeck: Notturno (2009)

Christian Gerhaher, Rosamunde Quartett - Othmar Schoeck: Notturno (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 179 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 98 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Vocal | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 2061, 476 6995 | 00:42:55

Although being generally acknowledged as one of the leading composers of his native Switzerland, Othmar Schoeck (1886–1957) has never acquired a stable reputation outside the German-speaking world. This is partly due to his strong focus on the sung word: His output comprises eight operas, some 400 songs and a couple of smaller works for instrumental forces. Moreover, Schoeck’s essentially late-romantic style was considered démodé after the second world war when the avant-garde was arguing for a more rational and emotionally restricted approach to composition. One of his most personal works is the “Notturno” for baritone voice and string quartet. Written between 1931 and 1933 it served as a personal confession after an unhappy extra-marital love affair. Its five movements set verses by German 19th-century-poet Nikolaus Lenau and by the great Swiss writer Gottfried Keller. The highly differentiated interpretation by baritone Christian Gerhaher – one of the most distinguished young German “Lied” singers and a former disciple of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau – and the Rosamunde Quartett offers a strong plea for Schoeck’s expressive music and sheds an exciting light on his artistic preoccupation with the dark abysses of human existence.