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Torleif Torgersen - Carl Arnold: Piano Concerto · Grand Sextet (2020)

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Torleif Torgersen - Carl Arnold: Piano Concerto · Grand Sextet (2020)

Torleif Torgersen - Carl Arnold: Piano Concerto · Grand Sextet (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 236 MB | Tracks: 7 | 60:15 min
Style: Classical | Label: Simax Classics

The German composer Carl Arnold (1794–1873) brought the spirit of Beethoven with him when he established himself in Oslo, building the foundations of professional music life in Norway. Fortepianist Torleif Torgersen has previously released a critically acclaimed album with Arnold's solo piano music. Now he presents a recording with the grand piano concerto and sextet by the composer, together with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Rinaldo Alessandrini. Arnold himself was somewhat of a fiend at the keyboard, and both the concerto and the sextet are grand works demanding everything of the soloist.

George Gruntz - Jazz Goes Baroque (1964) & Jazz Goes Baroque 2 (1965) [Reissue 2012]

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George Gruntz - Jazz Goes Baroque (1964) & Jazz Goes Baroque 2 (1965) [Reissue 2012]

George Gruntz - Jazz Goes Baroque (1964) & Jazz Goes Baroque 2 (1965) [Reissue 2012]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 526 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 194 MB | Covers (6 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Classical | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Universal Music (06025 2796529)

The original title of the album in the US was "Bach Humbug! Jazz Goes Baroque" on the Philips label which was released in 1964. It features George Gruntz on harpsichord, Klaus Doldinger on clarinet and sax, Emil Mangelsdorff on flute, Peter Trunk on bass and Klaus Weiss on drums. The performances are improvisations on classical Baroque themes by various composers including Telemann, Handel, Corelli, Couperin and others in a quartet/quintet format. But that's not all. This CD includes a second album, "Jazz Goes Baroque 2 - The Music of Italy". The second album is just as much fun with a different group of musicians backing Gruntz again on the harpsichord. The new digital stereo remastering by Universal Music is very good reflecting the recording technology of the time. If you enjoy the Classical/Jazz improvisations of Jacques Loussier, Pierre Gossez or The Swingle Singers, you will love this one!

Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, Michel Plasson - Milhaud: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2, Suite Provençale (1992)

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Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, Michel Plasson - Milhaud: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2, Suite Provençale (1992)

Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, Michel Plasson - Milhaud: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2, Suite Provençale (1992)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 69:49 | 323 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 4354372

Milhaud was so prolific and also so uneven that few of us stray far beyond the handful of works which have stayed in the repertoire. The last work of his that I heard, Le train bleu, a ballet for Diaghilev which I had long wanted to hear, was typical: it was pleasant, competent and forgettable. So when it comes to his twelve numbered symphonies I wonder whether to take the plunge. Here we have an opportunity to sample his work in the most demanding of genres. This disc of the first two symphonies was a product of Plasson’s short-lived contract with DG.

Wilhelm Kempff - Schubert: The Piano Sonatas (1988)

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Wilhelm Kempff - Schubert: The Piano Sonatas (1988)

Wilhelm Kempff - Schubert: The Piano Sonatas (1988)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 07:40:06 | 1.85 Gb
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 423 496-2

Wilhelm Kempff was a master of poetic lyricism, with a wondrous keyboard touch and a breathtaking command of subtle dynamics and tonal colorations–all invaluable attributes of any Schubert interpreter. He also had the knack of holding together large structures that can often seem aimless, thus avoiding another trap many pianists fall into, that of lavishing so much attention on passing detail that Schubert's "heavenly lengths" can seem wayward wanderings. The one criticism often heard is that Kempff emphasizes poetry at the expense of drama. This magnificent set leaves that claim unsubstantiated.

Alfred Brendel, Claudio Abbado - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 (1992)

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Alfred Brendel, Claudio Abbado - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 (1992)

Alfred Brendel, Claudio Abbado - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 (1992)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 48:48 | 241 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | Catalog: 432975

…There can be little doubt that it is the orchestra as ever, peerless in Brahms that gives this recording its distinctive character. It provides exactly the right fully-fledged symphonic context for Brendel. It also inspires him to realize the solo part with a weightiness of tone and concentration of line that hasn't always been there to complement the natural clarity of his Brahms. Thus, though individual movement timings are virtually identical with those on Brendel's earlier 1973 Amsterdam version on Philips, the scale and musical reach of the performance is considerably extended, as, indeed, is the shrewdness of page after page of musical detailing.

Henning Kraggerud - Metamorphoses – Beethoven · Kraggerud (2020)

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Henning Kraggerud - Metamorphoses – Beethoven · Kraggerud (2020)

Henning Kraggerud - Metamorphoses – Beethoven · Kraggerud (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 301 MB | Tracks: 8 | 68:55 min
Style: Classical | Label: Simax Classics

Arctic Philharmonic celebrates Beethoven 250! With their new Chief Conductor Christian Kluxen and Henning Kraggerud as soloist/composer/arranger, everything is ready for a release containing the most iconic of all violin concertos.

Alexander Gilman - Barber, Korngold, Waxman, Williams: Works for Violin and Orchestra (2012)

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Alexander Gilman - Barber, Korngold, Waxman, Williams: Works for Violin and Orchestra (2012)

Alexander Gilman - Barber, Korngold, Waxman, Williams: Works for Violin and Orchestra (2012)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 68:09 | 384 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Oehms Classics | Catalog: 799

Except for John Williams’s theme from Schindler’s List , the compositions on violinist Alexander Gilman’s program with Perry So conducting the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra all suffered a certain amount of neglect after their first performances and recordings. Isaac Stern (and Louis Kaufman and Robert Gerle) brought Samuel Barber’s concerto to the attention of listeners, and now it has just about entered the repertoire, and students adopt it for competitions. Alexander Gilman produces a glowing tone from his Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin, but the engineers don’t set him so far forward as Columbia’s did Isaac Stern; if Gilman plays with less ruddy energy, he more than compensates for it in subtlety and refinement.

Alexander Kniazev, Edouard Oganessian - Mozart: Cello Sonatas, Vol. 1 (2005)

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Alexander Kniazev, Edouard Oganessian - Mozart: Cello Sonatas, Vol. 1 (2005)

Alexander Kniazev, Edouard Oganessian - Mozart: Cello Sonatas, Vol. 1 (2005)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:00:36 | 243 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Toccata Classics | Catalog: 2

Customarily, the booklet notes for recordings containing music transcribed for instruments other than those for which it was written make the argument that such transcriptions were normal, accepted, and so on, in the years when the music was written. The ones for this disc make the same argument, but it's not so relevant in this case – the musicians here join performance style to transcription in an effort to make something new, not just to fill a hole in the cellist's repertory (Mozart never wrote anything for solo cello). The transcriptions from Mozart's sonatas for violin and keyboard were made by cellist Alexander Kniazev, but it is pianist Edouard Oganessian who sets the tone for much of the music.

Leonard Slatkin - Bach: Transcriptions (2000)

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Leonard Slatkin - Bach: Transcriptions (2000)

Leonard Slatkin - Bach: Transcriptions (2000)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 73:03 | 337 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | Catalog: 9835

Having already extensively explored Leopold Stokowski's famous Bach transcriptions, Chandos now turns to famous arrangements by everyone else. There are some real discoveries here, particularly Raff's warmly Romantic setting of the famous D minor Chaconne, which has some amazingly Brahmsian moments and clearly deserves an occasional airing in concert.

Iris Trio - Homage and Inspiration (2020)

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Iris Trio - Homage and Inspiration (2020)

Iris Trio - Homage and Inspiration (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks+booklet) - 272 MB | Tracks: 14 | 62:45 min
Style: Classical | Label: Coviello Classics

The Trio Iris sees a “communicative and amicable attitude” in Mozart's well-known bowling trio; therefore and because of the unusual line-up for clarinet, viola and piano, the work forms the nucleus of the program Homage and Inspiration, which consists of two unique pairs of works. Robert Schumann was the first composer to be inspired by Mozart's trio in 1853 - he was particularly enthusiastic about the “extremely romantic” line-up, although the romantic probably refers to the mysterious mood of his fairy tale tales op. In 1990 György Kurtág, who called his work with the same cast Hommage a R. Sch. Again, Christoph Weiss refers directly to Mozart and his mentioned attitude in his commissioned work from 2013 - this closes a fascinating circle of relationships through the centuries.

Jean Yves Ossonce - Chabrier: Briséïs (1995)

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Jean Yves Ossonce - Chabrier: Briséïs (1995)

Jean Yves Ossonce - Chabrier: Briséïs (1995)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:14:08 | 351 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog: 66803

Chabrier’s extraordinary, if incomplete, opera is surely a precursor to Salome and approaches even that most lurid work in the gloriously opulent sensuality of its music. Performed at the Edinburgh Festival by some of the greatest singers of the day and recorded live by Hyperion, this thrilling performance stunned critics and public alike. A genuinely wonderful discovery.

Jennifer Koh - Saariaho X Koh (2018)

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Jennifer Koh - Saariaho X Koh (2018)

Jennifer Koh - Saariaho X Koh (2018)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:08:01 | 306 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Cedille Records | Catalog: CDR 90000 183

Jennifer Koh, a brilliant violinist (The New Yorker) who performs with conviction, ferocity, and an irresistible sense of play (Washington Post), showcases works by Kaija Saariaho, the visionary and influential Finnish composer with whom Koh has closely collaborated and feels a deep personal bond. The album offers the world-premiere recording of Saariahos Light and Matter for violin, cello, and piano, inspired by sunlit colors and shadows in a city park outside the composers window. Also receiving its first recording is the violin and cello version of Aure, meaning a gentle breeze, created for and dedicated to Koh and cellist Anssi Karttunen, another champion of Saariahos music.

Edinger Quartett, Leo Klepper, Mathias Donder - E. Franck: String Sextets op. 41 & op. 50 (2004)

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Edinger Quartett, Leo Klepper, Mathias Donder - E. Franck: String Sextets op. 41 & op. 50 (2004)

Edinger Quartett, Leo Klepper, Mathias Donder - E. Franck: String Sextets op. 41 & op. 50 (2004)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 74:05 | 349 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Audite | Catalog: 97501

In Audite's survey of the music of Eduard Franck, this has long been one of my favourite discs. The string sextet can be a tricky genre to master, which perhaps partly accounts for its rarity compared to the string quartet and even the piano quartet during the Romantic era: there are six musical parts that have to retain a degree of independence, as opposed to four in the quartet form, of course; and there is also the problem of balance, with the two violins effectively set against four instruments in lower registers.

Okeanos - Birdsongs in Silence: A musical portrait of Beth Wiseman and Geoff Poole (2020)

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Okeanos - Birdsongs in Silence: A musical portrait of Beth Wiseman and Geoff Poole (2020)

Okeanos - Birdsongs in Silence: A musical portrait of Beth Wiseman and Geoff Poole (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 267 MB | Tracks: 16 | 73:14 min
Style: Classical | Label: Prima Facie

Birdsongs in Silence is a re-release of the first project recorded by Prima Facie. it celebrates the life of composers Beth Wiseman and Geoffrey Poole. Beth died in 2007 after a long struggle with cancer; here we can remember her in her vivid yet reticent compositions. There are also compositions by her husband Geoffrey Poole. Prima Facie are in the process of recording a double-CD set of piano music by Geoffrey Poole.

St. John's College Choir, Cambridge & Andrew Nethsingha - Ash Wednesday (2020)

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St. John's College Choir, Cambridge & Andrew Nethsingha - Ash Wednesday (2020)

St. John's College Choir, Cambridge & Andrew Nethsingha - Ash Wednesday (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 260 MB | Tracks: 11 | 53:21 min
Style: Classical | Label: Signum Records

Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent, the forty-day period of fasting and penitence which precedes Easter. Ashes are placed on worshippers’ foreheads in the shape of a cross, as a sign of repentance. Evensong on this day has been an especially important service in the liturgical year at St John’s; the BBC started transmitting it live in 1972. For several decades the service was broadcast annually; more recently it has been biennial. 2019 was a live broadcast year, however the recording on this release uses our own microphones, permanently installed in St John’s College Chapel for webcasting, rather than those of the BBC.