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Marianne Crebassa, Fazil Say - Secrets: Debussy, Ravel, Faure, Duparc (2017)

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Marianne Crebassa, Fazil Say - Secrets: Debussy, Ravel, Faure, Duparc (2017)

Marianne Crebassa, Fazil Say - Secrets: Debussy, Ravel, Faure, Duparc (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 264 Mb | Total time: 79:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | 9029576897 | Recorded: 2017

Mezzo-soprano Marianne Crebassa and pianist Fazıl Say share some tantalising, captivating and sensuous Secrets in this album of songs, centred on Debussy’s Trois Chansons de Bilitis, Ravel’s Shéhérazade and Fazıl Say’s own Gezi Park 3 – which he and Crebassa premiered in 2014. Describing the recording sessions, Marianne Crebassa says: “Sometimes we worked in a kind of trance … there were some moments when nothing seemed to exist around us …”

Tra Nguyen - Joachim Raff: Piano Works (2015) 6CDs Box Set [Re-Up]

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Tra Nguyen - Joachim Raff: Piano Works (2015) 6CDs Box Set [Re-Up]

Tra Nguyen - Joachim Raff: Piano Works (2015) 6CDs Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.31 Gb | Scans included
Classical | Label: Grand Piano | # GP728X | Time: 07:06:37

Joachim Raff (1822–1882) was regarded by his contemporaries as one of the foremost symphonists of his age, but in his extensive oeuvre of 329 compositions over half of them are for the piano. This selection of 21 works offers a cross section of the best of this large catalogue for the instrument, chosen by acclaimed Raff interpreter Tra Nguyen to showcase the varied aspects of his art. Raff’s melodic generosity, his piquant harmonic sensibility and ravishing textures are all on display in these pieces which span the whole of his career, from the exuberant Douze Romances to the majestic Grande Sonate.

Claudio Abbado, Orchesrta of the Wiener Staatsoper - Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina (2015/1989) [Blu-Ray]

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Claudio Abbado, Orchesrta of the Wiener Staatsoper - Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina (2015/1989) [Blu-Ray]

Claudio Abbado, Orchesrta of the Wiener Staatsoper - Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina (2015/1989) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 13499 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 172 min | 19,9 Gb
Audio: Русский / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 172 min | 9,36 Gb
Audio: Русский / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 16 bits
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: English, German, French, Spanish

Arguably Modest Mussorgsky's greatest work, Khovanshchina was incomplete at the time of his death and so this glorious production, from the Vienna State Opera, employs Shostakovich's scoring with the addition of the final chorus composed by Stravinsky in 1913. It is a work of immense power and humanity, set at the time when Peter the Great assumed power in Russia, a turning point in Russia's history when old forces came into conflict with new.

Angela Hewitt - Robert Schumann: Humoreske Op.20 ; Sonata No.1 in F sharp minor Op.11 (2007)

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Angela Hewitt - Robert Schumann: Humoreske Op.20 ; Sonata No.1 in F sharp minor Op.11 (2007)

Angela Hewitt - Schumann: Humoreske Op.20 ; Sonata No.1 in F sharp minor Op.11 (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 180 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 152 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67618 | Time: 01:05:53

One of the pleasant surprises of the first decade of the twenty first century was the way pianist Angela Hewitt developed from one of the most celebrated of Bach specialists into an all-around first-class performer in a much wider range of repertoire. Take her 2007 disc with Schumann's Humoreske with his Piano Sonata No.1 in F sharp minor. While one might have expected clarity and drive from Hewitt, who had long mastered those qualities in Bach, the evident passion and fantasy reveal new aspects of her playing, especially in her F sharp minor Sonata, which sounds like an ardent musical bildungsroman. Her Humoreske, similarly, has the poetic imagination and the lyrical fervor characteristic of great German romantic poetry. As on her Bach recordings, Hewitt's tone is pearly, her technique formidable, and her interpretations combine thoughtfulness with spontaneity. Recorded by Hyperion with winning warmth and an uncanny sense of immediacy, this disc will delight Hewitt's fans and enlarge Schumann's discography by one excellent disc.

John Ogdon, Paavo Berglund, Sir John Barbirolli - Grieg: Peer Gynt, Piano Concerto / Schumann, Franck (1995)

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John Ogdon, Paavo Berglund, Sir John Barbirolli - Grieg: Peer Gynt, Piano Concerto / Schumann, Franck (1995)

John Ogdon, Paavo Berglund, Sir John Barbirolli - Grieg: Peer Gynt, Piano Concerto / Schumann, Franck (1995)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:24:37 | 631 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Seraphim | Catalog: 7243 5 68522 2 8

Sir John Barbirolli was always considered a strong proponent of Grieg. The first disc in this two disc set feaures a marvelous 1969 performance from the Halle Orchestra of music from Grieg's incidental music to the Ibsen play "Peer Gynt", and not just the eight pieces which make up the two popular suites but also some essential additional selections. First and foremost "Solveig's Song" and "Lullaby" both beautifully sung by soprano Sheila Armstrong. Also the addition of the chorus to "In the Hall of the Mountain King" adds even more power to this already exciting moment from the music.

Malmö Symphony Orchestra & Jun Märkl - Saint-Saëns: Orchestral Works (2019)

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Malmö Symphony Orchestra & Jun Märkl - Saint-Saëns: Orchestral Works (2019)

Malmö Symphony Orchestra & Jun Märkl - Saint-Saëns: Orchestral Works (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 336 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 179 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:13:35
Classical | Label: Naxos Records

Saint-Saëns’ operatic works contain instrumental music of vivacity and charm but have been undeservedly overlooked. Ascanio contains a substantial and elaborate divertissement that fellow composer Reynaldo Hahn termed ‘the entire Renaissance in a few pages’. Les Barbares, a tale of conquest and revenge, includes a vivid Prologue and joyful ballet, while La Princesse jaune with its pentatonic writing, and La Jota aragonese laced with Spanish vitality, show the composer at his most generously carefree. Jun Markl is a highly-respected interpreter of core Germanic repertoire and has become known for his refined and idiomatic explorations of the French Impressionists.

Emmanuel Krivine - Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition, Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade (2014)

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Emmanuel Krivine - Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition, Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade (2014)

Emmanuel Krivine, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg - Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition, Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 323 Mb | Total time: 77:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Zig-Zag Territoires | ZZT329 | Recorded: 2012

For this second collaboration between the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, Emmanuel Krivine and Zig-Zag Territoires, two major Russian works were chosen. Both make the orchestra sound sumptuous with, for the first, the complicity of that fantastic colourist and orchestrator Maurice Ravel, and for the second, the skill of a composer nicknamed ‘the magician of the orchestra’. Emmanuel Krivine excels in these works, which demand much of all the musicians and necessitate as much commitment as perspicacity from the conductor, at the service of scores magnifying the fantastic musical instrument that is the modern symphony orchestra.

Marc-André Hamelin - Max Reger: Variations and Fugue on Bach, Variations and Fugue on Telemann (1999)

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Marc-André Hamelin - Max Reger: Variations and Fugue on Bach, Variations and Fugue on Telemann (1999)

Marc-André Hamelin - Max Reger: Variations and Fugue on Bach, Variations and Fugue on Telemann (1999)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:13:51 | 260 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog: 66996

Max Reger's music is never likely to be popular. Among this century's great pianists, only Rudolf Serkin championed some of it (the piano concerto in particular), and it's easy to see why this composer's dense, uncompromisingly note-heavy scores fail to appeal to most players. Simply put, when badly performed the music sounds like mud. All of its excruciating difficulties in performance are intellectual: the pianist has to plow through (and clarify) thickets of contrapuntal detail, and though the music really does demand a virtuoso technique, there's nothing flashy or spectacular about it at all.

Piers Lane - Eugen d'Albert: Solo Piano Music (1997)

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Piers Lane - Eugen d'Albert: Solo Piano Music (1997)

Piers Lane - Eugen d'Albert: Solo Piano Music (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 213 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 184 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA66945 | Time: 01:19:31

Here is a superb recital following Piers Lane’s earlier Hyperion release of d’Albert piano concertos (4/96) and, once again, provoking astonishment that music of such quality could have lain neglected for so long. Variety is, indeed, the spice of d’Albert (1864-1932), the legendary, six times married pianist so greatly admired by Liszt. Tending to leave his wives as soon as they bore him children (one for the Freudians), his occasional sense of confusion – including an outburst to Teresa Carreno, his second conquest, “Come quickly, my child and your child are fighting with our child” – hardly detracted from a dazzling career and a series of compositions of a special richness.

Noga Quartet & Siobhan Stagg - Aquarelles (2019)

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Noga Quartet & Siobhan Stagg - Aquarelles (2019)

Noga Quartet & Siobhan Stagg - Aquarelles (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 281 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 157 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:07:59
Classical, Vocal | Label: CAvi-music

Playing string quartet is a matter of the heart for all four members of the Noga Quartet. Avishai Chameides dreamed of playing viola in a string quartet ever since he was a child, but only after his musical career had taken him from conservatory in Givatayim and Tel Aviv to Milan and Berlin did he finally meet the three French musicians Simon Roturier, Lauriane Vernhes, and Joan Bachs, with whom he founded the ensemble ten years ago.

Christoph Prégardien & Kammerorchester Basel - Der Einsiedler (2019)

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Christoph Prégardien & Kammerorchester Basel - Der Einsiedler (2019)

Christoph Prégardien & Kammerorchester Basel - Der Einsiedler (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 241 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 149 Mb | 01:04:48
Classical, Vocal | Label: Solo Musica

Several times Max Reger started composing a requiem. A year before his death, he succeeded in composing the poem "Requiem" by Friedrich Hebbel, a work in which he appeals against being forgotten, without any clear Christian references.

Sviatoslav Richter, Benjamin Britten - Mozart, Schubert, Debussy: Piano Duets (2000)

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Sviatoslav Richter, Benjamin Britten - Mozart, Schubert, Debussy: Piano Duets (2000)

Sviatoslav Richter, Benjamin Britten - Mozart, Schubert, Debussy: Piano Duets (2000)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:18:12 | 367 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | Catalog: 466 821-2

Between 1965 and 1967 Benjamin Britten and Sviatoslav Richter teamed up at the Aldeburgh Festival for piano duo programs that were taped by the BBC for future broadcast. Music and Arts brought out this material on several CD issues, which stemmed from excellent tape sources. The selections on Decca's "official" release sound marginally fuller with less tape hiss. Do the performances live up to their legend? In most ways, yes. The dream team understates the theme of Schubert's ravishing Andantino Varié, yet opens up more as the four variations effortlessly segue from one to the next.

Stéphanie d'Oustrac, Tanguy de Williencourt & Thibaut Roussel - Une soirée chez Berlioz (2019)

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Stéphanie d'Oustrac, Tanguy de Williencourt & Thibaut Roussel - Une soirée chez Berlioz (2019)

Stéphanie d'Oustrac, Tanguy de Williencourt & Thibaut Roussel - Une soirée chez Berlioz (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 216 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 148 Mb | 01:04:32
Classical, Vocal | Label: harmonia mundi

Another facet of Berlioz! We may find it hard to imagine that the composer of such epics as Les Troyens started out as a guitarist… and that his first compositional experience was to transcribe songs, inherited from the Ancien Regime, for voice and guitar.The particular instrument that was given to Berlioz by Paganini survives to this day; here it brings us closer to the repertoire suitable for a musicale hosted by Berlioz: airs for voice and guitar, but also art songs (a genre which the composer pioneered), along with chamber music and pieces for solo piano. Another way of listening to Berlioz!

Stefan Muhmenthaler, Anna Barbara Dütschler, Marc Pantillon - Ignaz Lachner: The Six Trios (1998)

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Stefan Muhmenthaler, Anna Barbara Dütschler, Marc Pantillon - Ignaz Lachner: The Six Trios (1998)

Stefan Muhmenthaler, Anna Barbara Dütschler, Marc Pantillon - Ignaz Lachner: The Six Trios (1998)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:25:19 | 708 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Claves | Catalog: CD 50-9802/3

Ignaz’s is probably the least well-documented life of the Lachner brothers who numbered Franz and Vinzenz and who were born in Bavaria. Ignaz was a string player – violin and viola – and worked in Munich until Franz managed to secure him a job in Vienna in 1826. He composed and travelled widely, spending a period in Frankfurt between 1861 and 1875 where he conducted Wagner operas which he then cut to fit local taste. Though he achieved a degree of renown during his lifetime Lachner’s works have sunk almost without trace and I doubt whether many, if any, are now in print.

Marcello Viotti, English Chamber Orchestra, I Filarmonici di Torino - Rossini: The Five One-act Operas (2005)

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Marcello Viotti, English Chamber Orchestra, I Filarmonici di Torino - Rossini: The Five One-act Operas (2005)

Marcello Viotti, English Chamber Orchestra, I Filarmonici di Torino - Rossini: The Five One-act Operas (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.72 Gb | Total time: 6 h 51 min | Scans included
Classical | Label: Brilliant | # 92399 | Recorded: 1988, 1990. 1992

Brilliant's breezy survey of Rossini's one-act operas is assembled from five different recordings originally released on the Claves label in the early '90s. All were well received in their original form, and since all five were conducted by the veteran Marcello Viotti in similar-enough-for-non-audiophile acoustics, they make a convincing box set, and an attractive buy for those looking for a lighthearted Rossini infusion. The packaging is minimal, and the included libretti are in Italian only, so if you're counting on a translation you'll have to find it somewhere else. Viotti's work is exemplary and idiomatic throughout, always putting Rossini's most tuneful and lighthearted foot forward, while never forgetting that every good comedy has real moments of pathos. The overtures all seem a bit under tempo, and could use an extra shot of fun, but they are still upbeat enough to elicit a smile.