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Hamish McLaren & Matthew Jorysz - Persian Love Songs (EP) (2021)

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Hamish McLaren & Matthew Jorysz - Persian Love Songs (EP) (2021)

Hamish McLaren & Matthew Jorysz - Persian Love Songs (EP) (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 56 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 36 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:15:18
Classical | Label: Orchid Classics

Anton Rubinstein wrote his Persian Songs in 1854, while on tour in Germany. The source was a recent collection of poems by Friedrich von Bodenstedt, who advertised them as translations from the work of the Azeri poet Mirza Shafi Vazeh (Mirzə Şəfi Vazeh, 1805-52), with whom he had studied during his travels to the Caucasus. Tchaikovsky was later commissioned to produce a singable Russian translation of the German texts, but he disputed the provenance, maintaining that Bodenstedt, whom he had met, did not know Persian and simply invented the poems (Bodenstedt, as it happens, had by then decided to claim the authorship of these bestselling poems for himself). The 20th century saw a revival of Vazeh’s work, and an examination of the original texts showed that Bodenstedt had indeed translated them, although his versions were much more effusive than Vazeh’s.

Swedish Chamber Orchestra & Thomas Dausgaard - Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3 (2021)

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Swedish Chamber Orchestra & Thomas Dausgaard - Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3 (2021)

Swedish Chamber Orchestra & Thomas Dausgaard - Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3 (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 294 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 156 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:06:26
Classical | Label: BIS

Having begun their collaboration in 1997, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and its conductor laureate Thomas Dausgaard have developed an unusually tight partnership. Nowhere is this demonstrated more clearly than in their cycles of the symphonies of Schumann, Schubert and, most recently, Brahms – performances which have been characterized by reviewers as variously ‘fresh’, ‘vivid’, ‘transparent’ and ‘invigorating’.

Michael Collins & Stephen Hough - Brahms: 3 Sonatas (2021)

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Michael Collins & Stephen Hough - Brahms: 3 Sonatas (2021)

Michael Collins & Stephen Hough - Brahms: 3 Sonatas (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 214 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 152 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:03:22
Classical | Label: BIS

Friends of long standing as well as regular partners in chamber music, Michael Collins and Stephen Hough bring their combined musical insights and expertise to bear on Johannes Brahms’s sonatas for clarinet and piano. Together with the composer’s trio for clarinet, cello and piano and clarinet quintet, the sonatas are among the most treasured works in the repertoire of the instrument – but it is partly down to good luck that we have them at all. When Brahms in 1891 heard the clarinettist Richard Mühlfeld, principal clarinet of the Meiningen Court Orchestra, he had already announced his retirement. He was enraptured by Mühlfeld’s playing and its vocal qualities, however, and made a ‘comeback’: during the following couple of years he composed all four of his clarinet works.

Alexandre Kantorow - Brahms: Piano Works (2021)

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Alexandre Kantorow - Brahms: Piano Works (2021)

Alexandre Kantorow - Brahms: Piano Works (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 219 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 197 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:25:16
Classical | Label: BIS

In 2019, when Alexandre Kantorow, at the age of 22, became the first French pianist to win the Gold Medal at the Tchaikovsky competition, his programme included no less than three works by Johannes Brahms. Two of these, Piano Sonata No. 2 and the Rhapsody in B minor, he went on to record for release on his previous, highly praised recital disc, which was awarded distinctions such as Gramophone’s Editor’s Choice, Diapason d’Or, and Choc de Classica. The Brahms interpretations won Kantorow particular praise – the Guardian (UK) described them as ‘magisterial’ while the website ResMusica placed his sonata ‘among the great reference recordings of the piece – if not the modern one.’

Marek Janowski, Staatskapelle Dresden - Richard Wagner: Die Walküre (1989)

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Marek Janowski, Staatskapelle Dresden - Richard Wagner: Die Walküre (1989)

Marek Janowski, Staatskapelle Dresden - Richard Wagner: Die Walküre (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 917 Mb | Total time: 64:35+61:26+49:37+44:25 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Eurodisc | # GD69005 | Recorded: 1981

Janowski's unfussy, clearly laid out performances, with the Dresden Staatskapelle on superlative form, may lack the sweep and energy of Solti's, or the compelling beauty of Karajan's, but they still have much to recommend them… Jessye Norman, then at the height of her vocal powers, is a rich-toned Sieglinde.

VA - Best Of The Millennium: Top 40 Classical Hits (1999)

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VA - Best Of The Millennium: Top 40 Classical Hits (1999)

VA - Best Of The Millennium: Top 40 Classical Hits (1999)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log) - 668 MB
2:34:14 | Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionist, Modern | Label: Deutsche Grammophon / UTV

For those who want the most remembered passages of classical music's best-loved works, here's a package for you. On this bargain priced double-CD, you'll find music from 40 different classical composers; for the most part, the recordings excerpted here are some of the very best. Of course, you only get one Bach sampling (Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, played by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra) and one Mozart (A Little Night Music conducted by Herbert von Karajan), but this is still a nice collection–perhaps the starting point for a budding collection of classical music. This set's downfall? Unfortunately, though the liner notes discuss the evolution of classical music chronologically, the tracks are programmed in alphabetical order by composer's last name. This makes for some startling transitions! Emil Gilels's reflective performance of the Adagio from Beethoven's "Moonlight" sonata is followed by the crashing cymbals and bombast of Carmen's "March of the Toreadors," a recipe for a heart attack if there ever was one. Still, there's something here for everyone and the liner notes even explain what movies this music can be found in. A nice touch. –Jason Verlinde

Constantine Orbelian, Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, Dmitri Hvorostovsky - Giuseppi Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (2015)

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Constantine Orbelian, Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, Dmitri Hvorostovsky - Giuseppi Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (2015)

Constantine Orbelian, Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, Dmitri Hvorostovsky - Giuseppi Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 519 Mb | Total time: 65:50+64:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Delos | # DE 3457 | Recorded: 2013

Our first-ever full-length Italian opera recording, Delos’s star-studded current release of Giuseppi Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra promises to make quite a splash among today’s opera fans. As Verdi was entering his glorious “late period” (Otello and Falstaff) he wrote and re-worked much of Simon Boccanegra, a work that he had first tackled in 1857. The opera emerged in 1881 as a powerful masterpiece, although one that has been unfairly neglected, in comparison with Verdi’s other works on that level. So it’s high time for an authoritative new release of an opera that gives glamorous title star Dmitri Hvorostovsky – considered by many to be the world’s greatest Verdi baritone – the chance to record what he calls “…one of the most complex, deepest characters in the whole baritone repertoire.”

Joseph Moog - Reger: Piano Concerto, 6 Intermezzi (2021)

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Joseph Moog - Reger: Piano Concerto, 6 Intermezzi (2021)

Joseph Moog - Reger: Piano Concerto, 6 Intermezzi (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 218 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 141 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:01:17
Classical | Label: Onyx Classics

Joseph Moog, after recording both Brahms piano concertos for Onyx Classics, turns his attention to one of the most demanding and forbidding of piano concertos. Max Reger's concerto dates from 1910. This rugged giant of a concerto displays all Reger's formidable skill at using large orchestral forces with great clarity, making the piano part of the orchestral fabric. The concerto has much music that is both brilliant and poetic as well as passages of great turmoil. The album includes the 6 Intermezzi, which display a different facet of this complex composer. These are delightful pieces, tender, romantic with much poetry.

Clément Lebrun & Orchestre de Paris - Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique (Le Décodeur du Classique) (2021)

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Clément Lebrun & Orchestre de Paris - Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique (Le Décodeur du Classique) (2021)

Clément Lebrun & Orchestre de Paris - Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique (Le Décodeur du Classique) (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 303 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 194 Mb | 01:24:29
Classical | Label: Alpha Classics, Outhere Music

The classical decoder! Clément Lebrun is a born pedagogue: in just a few words, this inspired all-rounder makes the greatest works of classical music accessible… In this programme intended for all ears, he tells the story of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique , movement by movement, with the enthusiastic participation of the Orchestre de Paris (conducted by Quentin Hindley), which we also hear perform the work in its entirety under the direction of its eminent former music director Paavo Järvi. Classical is Fantastic!

Joseph Moog - Brahms & Schumann (2021)

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Joseph Moog - Brahms & Schumann (2021)

Joseph Moog - Brahms & Schumann (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 210 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 155 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:07:22
Classical | Label: Onyx Classics

Paganini’s Caprices have exerted a mesmeric attraction for composers since their publication in 1820 (they were composed between 1802 – 1817). Liszt, Chopin, Berlioz, Rachmaninov to name a few. Schumann’s two sets of Etudes were the result of hearing Paganini play in Frankfurt in April 1830. These early compositions are comparatively rare in performance – they were composed at the same time as the Abegg Variations Op.1, Papillons Op.2, Davidsbündlertänze Op.6, the Toccata Op.7 and the famous Carnaval Op.9. From these early works to his last days in the asylum at Endenich where he composed a piano accompaniment to the 24th Caprice, Paganini was still working his magic on Schumann.

Clément Lebrun & Orchestre de Paris - Brahms: Symphonie n°4 (Le Décodeur du Classique) (2021)

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Clément Lebrun & Orchestre de Paris - Brahms: Symphonie n°4 (Le Décodeur du Classique) (2021)

Clément Lebrun & Orchestre de Paris - Brahms: Symphonie n°4 (Le Décodeur du Classique) (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 270 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 155 Mb | 01:07:33
Classical | Label: Alpha Classics, Outhere Music

The classical decoder! Clément Lebrun is a born pedagogue: in just a few words, this inspired all-rounder makes the greatest works of classical music accessible… In this programme intended for all ears, he tells the story of Brahms’s Fourth Symphony, movement by movement, with the enthusiastic participation of the Orchestre de Paris (conducted by Fabien Gabel), which is also heard performing the work in its entirety under the direction of Simone Young. Just listen to the Fourth and you too will love Brahms…

Maïa Brami, Camerata Zürich & Igor Karsko - Leoš Janáček: On An Overgrown Path (2021)

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Maïa Brami, Camerata Zürich & Igor Karsko - Leoš Janáček: On An Overgrown Path (2021)

Maïa Brami, Camerata Zürich & Igor Karsko - Leoš Janáček: On An Overgrown Path (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 274 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 157 Mb | 01:07:59
Classical | Label: ECM Records

On An Overgrown Path, Leoš Janáček’s 15 pieces-spanning piano cycle, is here presented in a reshaped guise, arranged for string orchestra and interpreted by the Camerata Zürich under lead violinist Igor Karsko’s direction. This is the premiere recording of the orchestral adaption. In this programme, Janáček’s cycle is bookended by Josef Suk’s Meditation on the Old Czech Chorale St. Wenceslas and Antonín Dvořák’s Notturno – pieces that are thematically connected to the folkloric elements found in Janáček’s composition. French writer Maïa Brami wrote poems to accompany the new arrangement of On An Overgrown Path, and their recorded versions, spoken by the writer herself, are included on the album, contextualizing the cycle with inventive analogies to Janáček’s life.

David Haroutunian, Mikayel Hakhnazaryan & Sofya Malikyan - Brahms: Piano Trios 2 & 3 (2021)

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David Haroutunian, Mikayel Hakhnazaryan & Sofya Malikyan - Brahms: Piano Trios 2 & 3 (2021)

David Haroutunian, Mikayel Hakhnazaryan & Sofya Malikyan - Brahms: Piano Trios 2 & 3 (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 194 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 114 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:49:27
Classical | Label: Rubicon Classics

Brahms keenly sensed the shadow of Beethoven, saying “You do not know what it is like, hearing his footsteps constantly behind one.” It was this towering presence that spurred the young Brahms to master his craft and establish his voice.

Gabriel Schwabe, ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra & Christopher Ward - Elgar & Bridge: Cello Concertos (2021)

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Gabriel Schwabe, ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra & Christopher Ward - Elgar & Bridge: Cello Concertos (2021)

Gabriel Schwabe, ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra & Christopher Ward - Elgar & Bridge: Cello Concertos (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 292 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 134 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:56:08
Classical | Label: Naxos Records

These two masterpieces are shadowed by the events of the First World War. Elgar’s Cello Concerto, an intensely poignant, reflective and individual musical statement, has enjoyed unflagging popularity among musicians and listeners for over 100 years. By contrast, Frank Bridge’s Oration (Concerto elegiaco) remained unperformed for decades after its early hearings. Yet it shares spiritual affinities with Elgar’s work and serves as a funeral address of huge solemnity and narrative power in its outcry against the futility of war.

Ferenc Vizi - Schubert (2021)

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Ferenc Vizi - Schubert (2021)

Ferenc Vizi - Schubert (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 173 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 137 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:59:10
Classical | Label: Paraty

The D. 664 sonata was written during the summer of 1819, the same period as the Trout Quintet and in the same key of A major, when Schubert was accompanied by the famous singer and devoted friend Vogl on a journey to upper Austria, Linz and then Steyr.