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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Gluck: Demofoonte (2020)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Gluck: Demofoonte (2020)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Gluck: Demofoonte (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 1.10 Gb | Total time: 192:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | 95283 | Recorded: 2014, 2015

Demofoonte dates from the early Milan years of Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787), long before the radical reform operas for which he is most famous and his break with opera seria and the librettos of Pietro Metastasio. Gluck arrived in the northern Italian city in 1737 and was mentored there by composer Giovanni Battista Sammartini. Though Sammartini primarily composed symphonies and music for the church, Milan boasted a vibrant opera scene, and Gluck soon formed an association with one of the city's up-and-coming opera houses, the Teatro Regio Ducal.

Nicholas Angelich - Prokofiev: Visions fugitives, Piano Sonata No. 8, Romeo & Juliet (2021)

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Nicholas Angelich - Prokofiev: Visions fugitives, Piano Sonata No. 8, Romeo & Juliet (2021)

Nicholas Angelich - Prokofiev: Visions fugitives, Piano Sonata No. 8, Romeo & Juliet (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 214 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 189 Mb | 01:22:55
Classical | Label: Warner Classics, Erato Records

Nicholas Angelich’s new album is dedicated to Prokofiev, the so-called unclassifiable artist– considered revolutionary by some, neo-classical by others. Coming to public attention as a virtuoso pianist, Sergei Prokofiev left a fascinating body of work, that of a composer torn between two societies, between the culture of his homeland and the unchallenged culture of the West.

Christian Heinrich Rinck - Works for Organ (Organ by Bernhard Dreymann (1837) St. Ignaz Church, Mainz) (2021)

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Christian Heinrich Rinck - Works for Organ (Organ by Bernhard Dreymann (1837) St. Ignaz Church, Mainz) (2021)

Christian Heinrich Rinck - Works for Organ (Organ by Bernhard Dreymann (1837) St. Ignaz Church, Mainz) (2021)
FLAC tracks +booklet | 01:54:14 | 438 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Coviello Classics

An “exemplary instrument” was the Dreymann organ built in 1837 in the St. Ignaz Church in the centre of Mainz. This was written by someone who should know: Johann Christian Heinrich Rinck, composer, organ virtuoso, author of an organ school and expert in the service of the Grand Duke of Hesse-Darmstadt, who commissioned the construction of the instrument. Unfortunately, the organ did not survive the centuries and wars unscathed; minor repairs were made again and again, but it was not until 2015 to 2019 that it was restored from the ground up. This inspired organ professor Gerhard Gnann from Mainz to embark on a project close to his heart: students are bringing the old sound back to life; he himself is also involved, of course. The chosen works were naturally obvious: they are all by the aforementioned Rinck, who, by the way, was born in the same year as Beethoven and is thus also a 250th anniversary of this year. His works at the transition from the late classical to the romantic period bring out the fine nuances of the organ’s timbres to best advantage.

Collectif Trytone - BACK TO BACH (2021)

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Collectif Trytone - BACK TO BACH (2021)

Collectif Trytone - BACK TO BACH (2021)
FLAC tracks +booklet | 00:58:56 | 287 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Paraty

On perçoit souvent une distinction nette entre la pratique de l’improvisation et la pratique de la musique savante occidentale. L’une est considérée comme spontanée, périlleuse et sur le vif, tandis que l’autre comme l’art de la perfection, de la reproduction et de l’interprétation. Le Collectif Trytone estime, comme Nadia Boulanger, qu’aucune distinction franche ne devrait les séparer. Bien que l’écriture de Bach soit sans doute au sommet de l’activité artistique humaine, pourquoi devrait-elle être considérée comme intouchable ? Même le retour depuis les années 1970 à une ‘’interprétation historiquement informée’’ mettant l’accent sur la recherche, les sources et l’interprétation sur instruments d’époque, n’est garant d’aucune réponse définitive sur le monde sonore de Bach. L'aspect non-certain de l'imaginaire sonore de J. S. Bach permet d'envisager ce projet du Collectif Trytone avec grande curiosité. Voici repensées et ré-orchestrées des pages diverses du Cantor, des extraits de la Passion selon St. Jean ou autres cantates, et quelques pièces instrumentales, etc.

Les Talens Lyriques & Christophe Rousset - Salieri: Armida (2021)

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Les Talens Lyriques & Christophe Rousset - Salieri: Armida (2021)

Les Talens Lyriques & Christophe Rousset - Salieri: Armida (2021)
FLAC tracks +booklet | 02:05:34 | 601 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Aparté

Enregistrée du 10 au 13 juillet 2020 à la Philharmonie de Paris, cette Armida nous en apprend un peu plus sur Antonio Salieri, si aimé de son vivant et si décrié par la suite, notamment à cause de ses rapports obscurs avec Mozart que le XIXe siècle a inventés et que le film de Milos Forman a perpétué à notre époque.

Chouchane Siranossian & Capriccio Barockorchester - Romberg: Violin Concertos (2021)

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Chouchane Siranossian & Capriccio Barockorchester - Romberg: Violin Concertos (2021)

Chouchane Siranossian & Capriccio Barockorchester - Romberg: Violin Concertos (2021)
FLAC tracks +booklet | 01:16:52 | 364 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Alpha

Né en Basse-Saxe à peine trois ans avant Beethoven, le violoniste Andreas Romberg (1767-1821) était lui aussi un instrumentiste virtuose et précoce. Son parcours a également été chamboulé par les guerres napoléoniennes et une rencontre formatrice avec Haydn. Et tout comme Beethoven, son œuvre la plus populaire était une adaptation chorale d’un poème de Schiller, Das Lied von der Glocke, créée en 1809. Romberg a écrit énormément de concertos pour violon, mais il ne reste que seize partitions manuscrites de toute son œuvre, conservées à Hambourg. Chouchane Siranossian a décidé d’exhumer trois concertos et d’en réaliser l’enregistrement, trois premières mondiales qui permettent de découvrir un compositeur plutôt intéressant et des œuvres hautement virtuoses.

Sebastien Rouland, Chœurs et Orchestre de l'Opera de Lyon - Offenbach: La vie parisienne (2008)

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Sebastien Rouland, Chœurs et Orchestre de l'Opera de Lyon - Offenbach: La vie parisienne (2008)

Sébastien Rouland, Chœurs et Orchestre de l'Opéra de Lyon - Offenbach: La vie parisienne (2008)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Français (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 5 ch) | 7.61 Gb (DVD9) | 135 min
Classical | Virgin Classics | Sub: Francais, English, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol

After La Grande Duchesse de Gérolstein, and La Fille du régiment, Virgin Classics develops its DVD catalogue with yet a new stage production by renowned director Laurent Pelly (his 3rd for the label) accompanied by his assistant Agathe Mélinand who again adapted the dialogues as in the other productions. Filmed in Lyons during the performances (18th December – 1st January 2008) the production and the cast re-enacted in our moderns times the satirical portrayal of Parisian life in the Second Empire. The performances were a hit: Laurent Pelly brought to Offenbach’s operetta all the gusto and humour the subject calls for – his staging is wild and frenzied. La Vie parisienne was Offenbach's first full-length piece to portray contemporary Parisian life, unlike his earlier period pieces and mythological subjects. It became one of Offenbach's most popular operettas.

VA - Landmarks of Recorded Pianism, Volume 2 (2020)

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VA - Landmarks of Recorded Pianism, Volume 2 (2020)

VA - Landmarks of Recorded Pianism, Volume 2 (2020)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 494 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 457 Mb | Covers included | 02:38:49
Classical | Label: Marston Records

In this second volume of the series Landmarks of Recorded Pianism, producers Ward Marston and Gregor Benko once again select piano recordings of great historical significance. There are several broadcast items presented: “live” performances by Rosenthal of Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, as well as Mark Hambourg playing Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No. 1 and short selections from a Japanese broadcast by Ignaz Friedman, all of which expand our understanding of these pianists’ artistic contributions. Additional broadcast performances by Etelka Freund, Percy Grainger, and Reah Sadowsky, plus a unique broadcast of Grace Castagnetta improvising, are joined by commercial recordings of composer Federico Mompou and pianists Rosita Renard and Frank La Forge that have never been reissued before, as well as what is probably the earliest fortepiano recording, Arnold Dolmetsch playing the first movement of the Moonlight Sonata.

Schoenberg Quartet - Janáček, Szymanowski: String Quartets (2007)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Schoenberg Quartet - Janáček, Szymanowski: String Quartets (2007)

Schoenberg Quartet - Janáček, Szymanowski: String Quartets (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 334 Mb | Total time: 78:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos| CHAN 10405 | Recorded: 2005

This is a brilliant idea for a CD. Composed within a time-frame of 11 years (1917-28), at a similar geographical distance from the main cosmopolitan centres of music, and with similar stylistic overlaps between late Romanticism and modernism, these two pairs of quartets make for genuinely illuminating comparison.

Sasha Cooke, Daniel Hope, Kay Stern, Dawn Harms, Patricia Heller, Emil Miland - Violins of Hope (Live) (2021)

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Sasha Cooke, Daniel Hope, Kay Stern, Dawn Harms, Patricia Heller, Emil Miland - Violins of Hope (Live) (2021)

Sasha Cooke, Daniel Hope, Kay Stern, Dawn Harms, Patricia Heller, Emil Miland - Violins of Hope (Live) (2021)
FLAC tracks +booklet | 01:15:11 | 271 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: PentaTone

"Violins of Hope" presents instruments that were owned by Jewish musicians before and during the Holocaust, representing strength and optimism for the future during mankind’s darkest hour. They have been refurbished by luthiers Amnon and Avshalom Weinstein, founders of the "Violins of Hope" project.On this album, recorded live at Kohl Mansion, the instruments are used to perform two string quartet masterpieces by Schubert and Mendelssohn, alongside a new composition by Jake Heggie, inspired by the violins’ histories. Schubert’s unfinished Quartettsatz is often considered Schubert’s first mature work, and displays a typically Schubertian mix of impetuous agitation and sublime lyricism.

Corinne Morris & Petr Limonov - Belle Époque 1886 (2021)

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Corinne Morris & Petr Limonov - Belle Époque 1886 (2021)

Corinne Morris & Petr Limonov - Belle Époque 1886 (2021)
FLAC tracks +booklet | 64:20 | 235 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: SOMM Recordings

"Belle Époque 1886" celebrates a golden age of French chamber music, uniquely coupling Cello Sonatas by César Franck and Benjamin Godard. Franck’s Cello Sonata – an arrangement by cellist Jules Delsart of his Violin Sonata, originally composed for violinist Eugène Ysaÿe’s wedding and the only alternative version sanctioned by the composer – is notable for the lyrical, singing quality of its cello writing while boasting complex harmonies and sophisticated thematic devices throughout.A prolific composer, versatile musician and close associate of Franck’s, Godard’s Cello Sonata, says Gavin Dixon in his booklet notes, “demonstrates an innate knowledge of the instrument, especially of the varied expressive potential of its different ranges”. It is shot through with vivid colouring of the cello’s voice in shifting registers and Godard’s penchant for the operatic.

Reinier van Houdt & Bruno Duplant - Lettres et Replis (2019)

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Reinier van Houdt & Bruno Duplant - Lettres et Replis (2019)

Reinier van Houdt & Bruno Duplant - Lettres et Replis (2019)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 230 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 133 Mb | 00:58:15
Classical, Minimalism | Label: elsewhere

This album contains six pieces written by French composer/artist Bruno Duplant, all composed and realized by Dutch pianist/composer Reinier van Houdt. Duplant's scores 'Lettres (pour Reinier van Houdt)' (2017) are three letter-form scores personally addressed to van Houdt containing letter sequences distributed across the page. 'Trois replis d'incertitude' (2018) are also three letter-form scores but with the notion of 'repli' (meaning 'fold' in a Deleuzian postmodern baroque sense as well as 'withdrawal' of incertitude and reactionaries toward the neglect of ecology, humanism, and culture). Duplant's scores also reflect Mallarmé's notion of textual space and chance, leaving a large room for the interpreter/performer.

Jan Vermeulen, Veerle Peeters - Schubert: Works for Four Hands Vol. 2 (2015)

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Jan Vermeulen, Veerle Peeters - Schubert: Works for Four Hands Vol. 2 (2015)

Jan Vermeulen, Veerle Peeters - Schubert: Works for Four Hands Vol. 2 (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 263 Mb | Total time: 76:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Etcetera Records | KTC 1502 | Recorded: 2014

This is the second in line of the series of Jan Vermeulen's twelve CDs of the complete works of Schubert for piano solo was greeted with praise by the Belgian and the international music press. He was named Musician of the Year in Flanders on the occasion of the completion of the cycle in 2010 and also carried off one of the coveted Klara awards; several international music magazines described him at the time as an ideal interpreter of Schubert’s music. It was only to be expected that a recording of Schubert’s works for piano duet would soon follow.

Lea Salonga - Live in Concert with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (2020)

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Lea Salonga - Live in Concert with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (2020)

Lea Salonga - Live in Concert with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (2020)
FLAC tracks | 1:13:12 | 438 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Broadway Records

Known for her powerhouse vocals and perfect pitch, Tony Award winner Lea Salonga wows audiences once again with Broadway hits and movie greats, including songs from Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Aladdin and The Greatest Showman. Her vocal flair is matched by the best band in town, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Gerard Salonga.Lea - the voice behind Disney Princesses Jasmine and Mulan - celebrated her 40th Anniversary in the entertainment industry in 2018 with a special concert in her native Manila, Philippines. More recently, Lea has performed in the Broadway revival of Once on This Island which won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical.

Bastian Stein & Hathor Consort - Aries Point (2021)

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Bastian Stein & Hathor Consort - Aries Point (2021)

Bastian Stein & Hathor Consort - Aries Point (2021)
FLAC tracks +booklet | 51:12 | 250 Mb
Genre: Classical Jazz / Label: Outnote Records

"Since my first encounter with the Hathor Consort, it has been obvious to me that the sound of the viola da gamba complements the harmonic and melodic style of my compositions wonderfully well and with utter naturalness. The pieces on Aries Point therefore not only combine two musical eras, but also give the sound color of the viola da gamba a central place as a key compositional element. It's unique timbre influences the process of composition and improvisation and resonates in a completely new musical context. It's subtle intensity brings out textures which, in their turn, inspire jazz musicians to adopt new forms of melodic and sonic expression in the course of their improvisations. In jazz, the process of improvisation could also be called 'instant composing'. A central element is the variation of the themes and the interaction between the musicians. In composition too, the repeated variation of patterns - through changes in key, rhythm, note order - creates material that serves to weave the melodies and harmonies of the work. With the Aries Point project, I wish to introduce a wider public to the beauty and diversity of improvisation, that ancestral form which lies at the source of all musical expression."