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Murray Perahia - Schubert: Wanderer-Fantasie, Schumann: Fantasie (1986)

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Murray Perahia - Schubert: Wanderer-Fantasie, Schumann: Fantasie (1986)

Murray Perahia - Schubert: Wanderer-Fantasie, Schumann: Fantasie (1986)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 51:51 | 175 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: CBS Masterworks | Catalog: 42124

This is the best recording of both Schumann's and Schubert's fantasies. Perahia plays Schubert Fantasy with such clarity, delicacy and sophistication that Pollini's Wanderer Fantasy sounds flat and bland. (well, all the recordings by early Pollini are super flat without any depth anyways). Richter's Schubert Fantasy is one of the best around, yet Perahia does it with extra flair and depth. Perahia sounds even better with Schumann as his Schumann always sounds impeccable. Perahia gives so much air to the fantasy and the music flows just so naturally. Richter's Schumann sounds a bit too self-indulgent to me.

Will Crutchfield, Orchestra Sinfonica G. Rossini - Rossini: Aureliano in Palmira (2015) [BDRip]

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Will Crutchfield, Orchestra Sinfonica G. Rossini - Rossini: Aureliano in Palmira (2015) [BDRip]

Will Crutchfield, Orchestra Sinfonica G. Rossini - Rossini: Aureliano in Palmira (2015) [BDRip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 200 min | 10,8 Gb
Audio: Italiano / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Japanese, Korean

Aureliano in Palmira celebrated its fi rst première on 26 December 1813 at the Scala In Milan. Soon afterwards the work was played in different theatres all over Europe. Nevertheless Rossini’s piece fell into oblivion more and more compared to the great competitors like “Tancredi” or the “Barber of Seville” for which Rossini recycled musical parts of “Aureliano”. But since a few years there are ambitions to play this work about love, war, jealousy, loyalty and magnanimity more frequently.

Engegard Quartet - Edvard Grieg, Jean Sibelius, Olav Anton Thommessen: String Quartets (2015)

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Engegard Quartet - Edvard Grieg, Jean Sibelius, Olav Anton Thommessen: String Quartets (2015)

Engegård Quartet - Edvard Grieg, Jean Sibelius, Olav Anton Thommessen (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 327 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 171 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-SACD-2101 | Time: 01:12:23

A string quartet was among the very first works that Edvard Grieg presented after completing his studies in 1861, but the Quartet in G minor, Op. 27, was the only such work to be published in his lifetime. In 1878, while composing it, Grieg wrote that ‘it aims at breadth, to soar, and, above all, at vigorous sound’, and the amplitude of the sound is indeed striking: the generous use of double-stops creates an almost orchestral effect, unusual for the genre. This caused some reviewers to criticize the quartet as being unidiomatic, while others, including Liszt, greeted it with enthusiasm. Some thirty years later, when Jean Sibelius composed his D minor quartet Op. 56, he too had previous experience of writing for the medium, but Op. 56 is the only quartet among his mature works. The often used 'nickname' Voces intimae is often taken to refer to the intimate interchange between the four voices in a quartet, but is probably a more specific allusion to a brief passage in the third movement: Sibelius wrote the remark into a score some time after the work had been published.

Sergei Rachmaninoff - The Complete Recordings (1992) (10CD Box Set)

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Sergei Rachmaninoff - The Complete Recordings (1992) (10CD Box Set)

Sergei Rachmaninoff - The Complete Recordings (1992) (10CD Box Set)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | 1.29 Gb | Artwork, d.booklet | 00:10:41:20 | MP3 CBR 320kbps | 1.5 Gb
Classical, Romantic | Label: RCA Victor ‎- 09026-61265-2

This 10-CD set wowed audiences when it first appeared in 1992, and with good reason – although music scholars and classical record collectors were well aware of it, the general classical audience of the late twentieth century likely had no inkling of how extensively Rachmaninov had recorded and otherwise preserved aspects of his playing and performances (in addition to his actual recordings, there were also the piano rolls that he did for the American Piano Company, which are a matter separate from this collection, and transcribed and released by Decca/London Records on CD).

Guerassim Voronkov - Chapi: Obra sinfónica (2008)

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Guerassim Voronkov - Chapi: Obra sinfónica (2008)

Guerassim Voronkov - Chapi: Obra sinfónica (2008)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:01:10 | 294 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Columna Musica | Catalog: 1CM0176

The presented orchestral works by Alacant composer Ruperto Chapí is a sample that proves his talent. The composer and his works have been for long time forgotten and are now being recovered. In the background of his symphonic and lyric works echoes of his subsequent Zarzuelas can be heard.

Sherban Lupu, Ian Hobson - Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst: Complete Music for Violin and Piano, Vol. 2 (2011)

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Sherban Lupu, Ian Hobson - Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst: Complete Music for Violin and Piano, Vol. 2 (2011)

Sherban Lupu, Ian Hobson - Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst: Complete Music for Violin and Piano, Vol. 2 (2011)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:19:35 | 416 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Toccata Classics | Catalog: TOCC0138

Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst (1812–65) was one of the leading musicians of his day, a friend of Berlioz, Chopin, Liszt and Mendelssohn, and for Joseph Joachim ‘the greatest violinist I ever heard’. But the popular encore pieces by which Ernst is remembered today represent only a fraction of his output. This second CD – in a series of six presenting his complete violin works for the first time – combines brilliant display and expressive melody: the Otello Fantasy and Rossini Variations show Ernst developing Paganini’s inheritance, and the Boléro, Two Romances and Pensées fugitives show why he was such a favourite in Parisian salons.

Martha Argerich - Schumann: Chamber Works (1995)

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Martha Argerich - Schumann: Chamber Works (1995)

Martha Argerich - Schumann: Chamber Works (1995)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:25:38 | 630 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | Catalog: 555484

This box of Schumann's chamber works makes a superb package, and is often available at bargain price. It is a bit like one of Martha Argerich's box sets from Lugano, except that here she is present in a large number of the formations. All of the works where she features, including the Piano Quintet, the 2nd Violin Sonata and the Marchenbilder, are unmissable and full of passion and excitement, conveying a continuous sense of transport. Where she is not the pianist Alexandre Rabinovitch takes over at the keyboard and also gives us some superlative versions.

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala - Puccini: Tosca (2011/2000)

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Riccardo Muti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala - Puccini: Tosca (2011/2000)

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala - Puccini: Tosca (2011/2000)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.69 Gb (DVD9) | 121 min
Classical | EuroArts | Sub.: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol

Tosca was revived to great acclaim at La Scala in this 2000 production, which built on Luca Ronconi's 1996 version with musical direction from principal conductor Riccardo Muti and Lorenza Cantini's nightmarishly distorted set. Puccini's most recorded opera is loved and derided in equal measure for its high-octane dramatics, rich arias and the fire-spitting exchanges of the eponymous heroine and her wily tormentor Scarpia. Under Muti, the music takes precedence over the self-conscious theatricality of the book. As a result, some high dramatic points–the stabbing, always tricky, and Tosca's suicide, equally dicey–are underplayed here.

Siegfried Köhler - Gernsheim: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (1999)

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Siegfried Köhler - Gernsheim: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (1999)

Siegfried Köhler - Gernsheim: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (1999)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:08:55 | 613 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Arte Nova | Catalog: 63635

Listeners should not come to these symphonies expecting works worthy of Brahms, Mendelssohn and Schumann. They lack the melodic inspiration of these composers and the ingenuity of development and form of Schumann and Brahms. Having noted this, they are still fine symphonies, worth an occasional listen. The orchestration is very similar in places to Brahms, so that if you're not listening very closely, you might think actually think you're hearing an obscure Brahms orchestral piece, perhaps a discarded movement from the First Serenade.

Pascal Roge - Claude Debussy: Clair de lune and Other Piano Works (2013)

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Pascal Roge - Claude Debussy: Clair de lune and Other Piano Works (2013)

Pascal Rogé - Claude Debussy: Clair de lune and Other Piano Works (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 233 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 192 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 478 5405 | Time: 01:19:20

Rogé produces consistently beautiful tone and this recital gives no mean pleasure an this score. His playing is distinguished by intelligence and sympathy, as well as subtle of colour. He is moreover supported by recording quality of real excellence.

Christiane Edinger, Hans-Peter Frank - Eduard Franck: Violin Concerto, Sinfonie Op. 47 (1999)

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Christiane Edinger, Hans-Peter Frank - Eduard Franck: Violin Concerto, Sinfonie Op. 47 (1999)

Christiane Edinger, Hans-Peter Frank - Eduard Franck: Violin Concerto, Sinfonie Op. 47 (1999)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 71:54 | 382 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Fermate | Catalog: 20025

Eduard was the brother of Hermann (1802-1855) who, as a writer on music, had contact with Wagner, Goethe and Heine. The other brother, Albert, had a bookshop in Paris and kept company with Chopin, Charles Hallé and Stephen Heller. The E minor Violin Concerto was composed in Cologne to which Franck had moved at the request of Ferdinand Hiller. It was premiered by another Hiller invitee, Theodor Pixis. It is a work of streaming intensity deliciously prone to lyrical flights akin to the Mendelssohn concerto (in the same key) but without the ineffable surge of smiling quicksilver. The last movement recalls a village fiddler and rustic dance floors across the continent.

Sherban Lupu, Ian Hobson - Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst: Complete Music for Violin and Piano, Vol. 1 (2011)

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Sherban Lupu, Ian Hobson - Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst: Complete Music for Violin and Piano, Vol. 1 (2011)

Sherban Lupu, Ian Hobson - Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst: Complete Music for Violin and Piano, Vol. 1 (2011)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:15:56 | 368 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Toccata Classics | Catalog: 118

Violin virtuoso and composer Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst was well known to audiences and musicians in the middle of the 19th century. At first he was a slavish follower of Paganini, whom he followed from place to place; often, by listening to the Italian master, he was able to reproduce his new works before they had been published or disseminated. But there is a kind of elegant artistry in some of his music that displays his own personality, and Joseph Joachim, the violinist most closely associated with the Beethoven/Brahms line of musical thinking, called Ernst the greatest violinist he had ever heard.

Joshua Bell & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields - Bruch: Scottish Fantasy, Op. 46 - Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor (2018)

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Joshua Bell & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields - Bruch: Scottish Fantasy, Op. 46 - Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor (2018)

Joshua Bell & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields - Bruch: Scottish Fantasy, Op. 46 - Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26 (2018)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 277 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 128 Mb | 00:55:43
Classical | Label: Sony Classical

Bruch’s tribute to Scotland was written before he had set foot in the country. Even so, the Scottish Fantasy suggests someone steeped in the folk songs of the Highlands, with traditional Scottish melodies threaded throughout. Joshua Bell, soloist and conductor, leads his orchestra through the fens with playing of exquisite dramatic sensitivity and a golden tone, resulting in a rich, characterful portrait of the wild landscape. They also put their attention to the Violin Concerto No. 1, a work they first recorded together in 2000. There’s a good deal more sureness to the playing from both parties this time, underlining these musicians’ burgeoning artistic relationship.

Scottish National Orchestra, Neeme Järvi - Dvořák: Symphony No. 6, The Noon Witch (1992)

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Scottish National Orchestra, Neeme Järvi - Dvořák: Symphony No. 6, The Noon Witch (1992)

Scottish National Orchestra, Neeme Järvi - Dvořák: Symphony No. 6, The Noon Witch (1992)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 55:42 | 257 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | Catalog: 8530

In the 1980's, conductor Neeme Jarvi recorded the nine Dvorak symphonies with the Scottish National Symphony for Chandos. Most of the recordings have received favorable reviews, and some critics believe the cycle established Jarvi the interpreter of Dvorak's music. While I do not own all the recordings in the series and for that reason cannot compare it to other Dvorak recordings by Jarvi, I can say it is an excellent recording and one of my favorites in my collection (consisting of nearly 800 recordings). It begins with the tone poem "The Noon Witch." It is a musical telling of a story similar to "Hansel and Gretel" and Dvorak cleverly uses different instruments and themes to tell the story.

Steven Isserlis, Daniel Harding, Mahler Chamber Orchestra - Antonín Dvořák: Cello Concertos (2013)

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Steven Isserlis, Daniel Harding, Mahler Chamber Orchestra - Antonín Dvořák: Cello Concertos (2013)

Steven Isserlis, Daniel Harding, Mahler Chamber Orchestra - Antonín Dvořák: Cello Concertos (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 356 Mb | Total time: 79:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA67917 | Recorded: 2012

Hyperion is delighted to present the world’s best-loved cello concerto performed by one of the world’s best-loved cellists: national treasure Steven Isserlis. Isserlis has waited 40 years to record this pinnacle of the repertoire, and here with his regular collaborators, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Daniel Harding, this long gestation has proved to be overwhelmingly fruitful. Isserlis writes of the concerto that ‘the power of its emotional journey, expressed with Dvorák’s characteristically folk-like simplicity and directness, offers an irresistible mix of the epic and the touchingly confessional’. The combination of emotional power and simplicity is also a feature of Isserlis’s playing, and part of what makes him such a consummate performer of this work.