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Andrey Gugnin - Homage to Godowsky (2020)

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Andrey Gugnin - Homage to Godowsky (2020)

Andrey Gugnin - Homage to Godowsky: Hofmann, Sauer, Pirani, Chasins, Friedman, Gabrilowitsch, Holbrooke, Sternberg, Leschetizky, Moszkowski, Liszt (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 255 Mb | Total time: 80:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA68310 | Recorded: 2019

An anniversary accolade with a twist: one hundred and fifty years after his birth, this is a wonderful recital of some of the many works dedicated to Leopold Godowsky. It’s difficult to imagine more persuasive performances than these by Andrey Gugnin, who makes a second appearance on Hyperion after his universally—and vociferously—acclaimed Shostakovich.

Modestas Pitrėnas, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra - Čiurlionis: The Sea; In the Forest; Kęstutis (2020)

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Modestas Pitrėnas, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra - Čiurlionis: The Sea; In the Forest; Kęstutis (2020)

Modestas Pitrėnas, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra - Čiurlionis: The Sea; In the Forest; Kęstutis (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 229 Mb | Total time: 59:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ondine | ODE 13442 | Recorded: 2019

This release by the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Modestas Pitrėnas includes the complete surviving symphonic oeuvre of the great Lithuanian composer Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis (1875–1911) restored back into their original versions. Čiurlionis was conceptually ahead of his time and the uniqueness and aesthetic value of his compositions have been fully understood only during the last decades.

Bernard Herrmann - At 20th Century Fox (2011) 14 CD Box Set

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Bernard Herrmann - At 20th Century Fox (2011) 14 CD Box Set

Bernard Herrmann - At 20th Century Fox (2011) 14 CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC (Tracks) + cue.+log ~ 3.6 Gb | Mp3, CBR320 kbps ~ 1.99 Gb | 14:44:35
Soundtracks, Film Score, Classical | Label: Varèse Sarabande | # VCL 1211 1128

Limited-edition boxed set from Varese Sarabande (only 1000 copies and now out-of-print) of 14 CDs featuring music from 18 scores: "Jane Eyre", "Anna and the King of Siam", "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir", "The Day the Earth Stood Still", "5 Fingers", "Hangover Square", "The Snows of Kilimanjaro", "A Hatful of Rain", "White Witch Doctor", "Beneath the 12-Mile Reef", "The Egyptian", "Garden of Evil", "King of the Khyber Rifles", "Blue Denim", "Prince of Players", "The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit", "Journey to the Center of the Earth", and "Tender Is the Night." The set includes many previously unreleased tracks, improved sound on previously released scores, and four previously unreleased scores ("The Snows of Kilimanjaro", "White Witch Doctor", "5 Fingers", and "Hangover Square").

Claude Debussy - The Composer As Pianist (2000)

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Claude Debussy - The Composer As Pianist (2000)

Claude Debussy - The Composer As Pianist (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 132 Mb | Scans included | Time: 00:49:01
Genre: Classical | Label: Pierian Recording Society | # PIR0001

This Pierian CD, advertised in the May 2012 Naxos catalog as an “also available” disc, is the label’s first issue from 2000 featuring the complete recordings of Debussy as pianist. All of his records were made in two sessions, a series of four short 78-rpm sides with soprano Mary Garden (his first Mélisande) at the Paris G&T studio in 1904 and 14 Welte-Mignon piano rolls recorded on November 11, 1913. Both are famous groups of recordings, restored and reissued over the decades, but this release is the best I’ve ever heard them.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Berglund - Jean Sibelius: Orchestral Works (1997) 2CDs [Re-Up]

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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Berglund - Jean Sibelius: Orchestral Works (1997) 2CDs [Re-Up]

Jean Sibelius: Orchestral Works (1997) 2CD
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Paavo Berglund, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 626 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 388 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI | # 7243 5 69773 2 7 | Time: 02:33:33

This double CD from EMI features the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra conducted by their Finnish principal conductor at the time (1970s), Paavo Berglund. It doesn't have to be that a conductor originates from the same country as the composer whose works he or she is conducting, but it often happens that this combination seems to produce performances of greatest sensitivity. So it is here, as Berglund conducts 10 works by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. The discs include quite familiar works like En Saga, one of Sibelius' first compositions when he was in his late 20s. We also have Pohjola's Daughter, The Bard and two of the four Lemminkäinen Legends, and a beautiful version of Luonnotar sung by the Finnish soprano Taru Valjakka. The rest of the discs is made up of less frequently heard pieces. We have the five-movement suite from the incidental music Sibelius wrote for Adolf Paul's play King Christian II (1898); the Spring Song (Vårsång) of 1894; the suite of incidental music from Maeterlinck's Pelleas and Melisande.

Louis Lortie, Helene Mercier, BBC Philharmonic, Edward Gardner - Francis Poulenc: Piano Concertos; Aubade (2015)

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Louis Lortie, Helene Mercier, BBC Philharmonic, Edward Gardner - Francis Poulenc: Piano Concertos; Aubade (2015)

Francis Poulenc: Piano Concertos; Aubade (2015)
Louis Lortie, piano; Hélène Mercier, piano; BBC Philharmonic, conducted by Edward Gardner

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 265 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 175 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN10875 | Time: 01:12:43

After a successful cycle of Chopin works for solo piano, exclusive Chandos artist Louis Lortie plays here works by Poulenc with his duet partner Hélène Mercier. In Aubade and the two concertos they are joined by Edward Gardner and the BBC Philharmonic.

Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra & Temple University Choirs - Orff: Catulli Carmina (Remastered) (1967/2017)

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Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra & Temple University Choirs - Orff: Catulli Carmina (Remastered) (1967/2017)

Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra & Temple University Choirs - Orff: Catulli Carmina (Remastered) (1967/2017)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 179 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 82 Mb | 00:35:49
Classical, Opera | Label: Sony Classical

In 1943, Orff followed up the overwhelming success of his Carmina Burana with Catulli Carmina, another staged choral work scored for percussion and pianos. The text of this parable of the power of Eros is drawn from poems by Catullus. The 1967 American Columbia recording, with Eugene Ormandy conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra and Temple University Choir and featuring soprano Judith Blegen and tenor Richard Kness “has plenty of vitality” (Gramophone). Its first appearance on CD is sure to be welcomed by the many devotees of Orff’s music.

Steven Osborne - Debussy: Images · L'Isle Joyeuse · Estampes · Masques · Children's Corner · D'Un Cahier D'Esquisses (2017)

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Steven Osborne - Debussy: Images · L'Isle Joyeuse · Estampes · Masques · Children's Corner · D'Un Cahier D'Esquisses (2017)

Steven Osborne - Debussy: Images · L'Isle Joyeuse · Estampes · Masques · Children's Corner · D'Un Cahier D'Esquisses (2017)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 213 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 172 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:13:21
Classical | Label: Hyperion Records

Steven Osborne’s unerring command of the elusive ambiguities of Debussy’s piano-writing has already been amply confirmed by his earlier recording of the two books of Préludes; these lustrous new accounts of the Images, Estampes and Children’s Corner are every bit their equal.

Christopher Herrick - Power Of Life (2015)

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Christopher Herrick - Power Of Life (2015)

Christopher Herrick - Power Of Life (2015)
Mons Leidvin Takle, George Shearing, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Marius Monnikendam
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Hans-André Stamm, Marcel Dupré, William Walton,
Camille Saint-Saëns, Vincenzo Petrali, Peter Warlock, Franz Wagner

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 263 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 157 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Organ | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68129 | Time: 01:07:06

Christopher Herrick makes no quasi-intellectual claims for this album: its intention is to entertain. And with twelve tracks of (largely) ridiculous organ fare, and the beast of an instrument that is the new Metzler organ of Poblet Monastery in Catalonia, the requisites quickly fall into place. If you like your organs meaty, but with a good sense of humour, this one is for you.

Lang Lang at the Royal Albert Hall (2014) [Blu-ray]

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Lang Lang at the Royal Albert Hall (2014) [Blu-ray]

Lang Lang at the Royal Albert Hall (2014) [Blu-ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 37991 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 123 min | 40,1 Gb
Audio1: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3956 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 123 min | 8,62 Gb
Audio: PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Sony Classics

Sony Classical is proud to release Lang Lang at the Royal Albert Hall on Blu-Ray. The superstar classical pianist performs a solo piano concert in front of a sold-out audience at the legendary Royal Albert Hall in London. The program features the three Mozart sonatas (K 282, K 283, K 310), Chopin's four Ballades and includes all eight of Lang Lang's encores.

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.

BBC Concert Orchestra, Kathryn Rudge, Henk Neven & Barry Wordsworth - Elgar: Orchestral Songs (2018)

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BBC Concert Orchestra, Kathryn Rudge, Henk Neven & Barry Wordsworth - Elgar: Orchestral Songs (2018)

BBC Concert Orchestra, Kathryn Rudge, Henk Neven & Barry Wordsworth - Elgar: Orchestral Songs (2018)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 352 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 207 Mb | 01:30:30
Classical, Vocal | Label: SOMM Recordings

SOMM Recordings is delighted to present a revelatory collection of orchestral songs by Sir Edward Elgar (on double slimline selling as a single disc), performed by two of today’s most exciting young singers – mezzo-soprano Kathryn Rudge and baritone Henk Neven – accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Barry Wordsworth. The Hills of Dreamland takes its title from a line in Elgar’s well-known setting, beautifully still and beseeching, of Arthur L Salmon’s Pleading. Historically the least regarded part of Elgar’s output, his songs contain a treasure-trove of vocal gems and here receive performances of insight, imagination and emotional directness.

Boris Giltburg - Sergey Rachmaninov: Etudes-tableaux, Op. 39; Moments musicaux (2016)

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Boris Giltburg - Sergey Rachmaninov: Etudes-tableaux, Op. 39; Moments musicaux (2016)

Boris Giltburg - Rachmaninov: Études-tableaux, Op. 39; Moments musicaux (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 225 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 168 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.573469 | Time: 01:10:36

Boris Giltburg's 2016 release on Naxos consists of two sets of piano pieces by Sergey Rachmaninov, the Études-tableaux, Op. 39 (1916-1917), and the Moments musicaux, Op. 16 (1896). The Études-tableaux are a cross between technical studies and character pieces, reminiscent of the etudes of Frédéric Chopin, and they present considerable challenges, even to virtuoso pianists. Here, Giltburg displays his remarkable skills, as well as a range of expressions that run from the fiery and turbulent to the atmospheric and melancholy. In the Moments musicaux, Rachmaninov experimented with short forms, such as the nocturne, etude, funeral march, barcarolle, and theme with variations, and these pieces demonstrated his mastery of piano technique, if not yet his full maturity as a composer. Giltburg's playing brings out a variety of colors and textures, and his passionate interpretations accord with Rachmaninov's youthful, ardent style.

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.

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.