Florian Boesch, Malcolm Martineau - Schubert: Schwanengesang (2014)

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Florian Boesch, Malcolm Martineau - Schubert: Schwanengesang (2014)

Florian Boesch, Malcolm Martineau - Schubert: Schwanengesang (2014)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 66:16 | 277 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Onyx | Catalog: ON 4131

Published shortly after Franz Schubert's death in 1828, Schwanengesang is a collection of 14 lieder on seven texts by Ludwig Rellstab, six by Heinrich Heine, and one by Johann Gabriel Seidl, whose poem became Die Taubenpost, claimed to be Schubert's final song. Unlike most performances of Schwanengesang, which follow the published edition, baritone Florian Boesch's rearranged version on Onyx lacks Die Taubenpost, which was not included in Schubert's fair copy of the cycle. Instead, Boesch adds five songs on Sturm und Drang poems by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, making this recording somewhat controversial among purists.

Prague Piano Duo - Dvořák: Slavonic Dances (2000)

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Prague Piano Duo - Dvořák: Slavonic Dances (2000)

Prague Piano Duo - Dvořák: Slavonic Dances (2000)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:08:03 | 249 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Praga | Catalog: 250151

This is a very fine delivery of these dances in their original 4-handed version. As many collectors will be aware, there are quite a few examples of composers initially writing works for the piano in various formats. This might be for solo piano (Ravel’s Alborada or La Valse for example), for two pianos (Rachmaninov’s Symphonic dances for example) or for two pianists at one piano such as here or as in the Brahms Hungarian Dances. In all these cases the original piano version was not written as a practice version for an orchestral version.

Dominic Frasca - Deviations (2005)

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Dominic Frasca - Deviations (2005)

Dominic Frasca - Deviations (2005)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 56:45 | 313 MB
Genre: Jazz, Neo-Classical | Label: Cantaloupe Music | Catalog: 21032

Dominic Frasca is kind of like a cross between Andrés Segovia and Elliott Sharp. Although classically trained and still deeply influenced by classical guitar tradition, Frasca doesn't create music that sounds classical in any meaningful way, and his instrument (a customized ten-string guitar) is a bizarre Frankenstein's monster of acoustic and electronic parts that he uses simultaneously as a melodic and percussive instrument.

Karol Stryja - Szymanowski: Harnasie, Mandragora, Etude for Orchestra (1996) (Repost)

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Karol Stryja - Szymanowski: Harnasie, Mandragora, Etude for Orchestra (1996) (Repost)

Karol Stryja - Szymanowski: Harnasie, Mandragora, Etude for Orchestra (1996)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 57:28 | 253 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | Catalog: 8.553686

Harnasie is a choral ballet with folk inspired songs and dances that can perhaps be best compared to Stravinsky's Les Noce (The Wedding). It has a similar enlivening sense of rhythm and some really fresh and appealing tunes. The only reason it isn't more popular, no doubt, is because it's hard to find a chorus comfortable singing in Polish.

Mauro Peter, Helmut Deutsch - Schumann: Dichterliebe, Selected Songs (2016)

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Mauro Peter, Helmut Deutsch - Schumann: Dichterliebe, Selected Songs (2016)

Mauro Peter, Helmut Deutsch - Schumann: Dichterliebe, Selected Songs (2016)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 65:11 | 242 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Sony Classical | Catalog: 88985338492

Swiss tenor Mauro Peter is equally at home on the operatic stage and in the recital hall. He began his career singing in the Lucerne Boys Choir. He studied at the Munich University of Music and Theater and the Bavarian Theater Academy, and his teachers included Fenna Kügel-Seifried, August Everding, Christoph Adt, and Helmut Deutsch.

Amarillis - Charpentier: Hommage pastoral au Roi Soleil et autres grivoiseries (2004)

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Amarillis - Charpentier: Hommage pastoral au Roi Soleil et autres grivoiseries (2004)

Amarillis - Charpentier: Hommage pastoral au Roi Soleil et autres grivoiseries (2004)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 57:06 | 409 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Ambroisie | Catalog: ABM 9954

C'est le premier enregistrement mondial d'une très belle pastorale inédite de Charpentier, fruit de la collaboration entre le compositeur et Molière, afin de célébrer le tricentenaire de la mort de Charpentier. Chœurs somptueux, airs et duos magnifiques, des couleurs instrumentales chatoyantes et variées font de cette pastorale un petit joyau.

Henning Kraggerud - Sibelius, Sinding: Violin Concertos (2004)

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Henning Kraggerud - Sibelius, Sinding: Violin Concertos (2004)

Henning Kraggerud - Sibelius, Sinding: Violin Concertos (2004)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 71:08 | 322 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | Catalog: 8.557266

Sibelius ranks as one of the most important and strikingly original symphonic composers of the twentieth century. His Violin Concerto, a wonderful synthesis of technical brilliance and poignant, deeply-felt melody, is one of the greatest concertos in the repertoire. It is coupled on this disc with the rarely recorded Violin Concerto No. 1, by Christian Sinding, widely remembered as the composer of The Rustle of Spring.

Jouko Harjanne - Gruner, Jolivet, Bloch, Hartmann: Works for Trumpet (2002)

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Jouko Harjanne - Gruner, Jolivet, Bloch, Hartmann: Works for Trumpet (2002)

Jouko Harjanne - Gruner, Jolivet, Bloch, Hartmann: Works for Trumpet (2002)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:12:36 | 338 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Apex | Catalog: 0927 43935 2

The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, although a relatively small orchestra, is one of the most adventurous orchestras in Europe and one of the best orchestras in a country that has more symphonies per capita than any other country. Based in Helsinki, it is the primary radio orchestra of the Finnish Broadcasting Company.

Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset - Jean-Baptiste Lully: Alceste (2017)

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Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset  - Jean-Baptiste Lully: Alceste (2017)

Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset - Jean-Baptiste Lully: Alceste (2017)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:30:56 | 836 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Aparté | Catalog: AP164

L’histoire entre Les talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset et Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687) est l’histoire d’une réussite. Les sept disques (Persée, Roland, Armide, Amadis, Phaéton, Bellérophon et cet Alceste) du compositeur d'origine italienne naturalisé français enregistrés par l’ensemble et le chef et claveciniste Français sont tous un véritable succès critique. En quelques années, Les talens Lyriques et Christophe Rousset sont passés maître du style et de l’écriture Lulliste au point d’être devenus un (le ?) véritable intournable du genre.

Dorothee Oberlinger, Ensemble 1700 - Telemann: Chamber Music for Recorder (2009) (Repost)

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Dorothee Oberlinger, Ensemble 1700 - Telemann: Chamber Music for Recorder (2009) (Repost)

Dorothee Oberlinger, Ensemble 1700 - Telemann: Chamber Music for Recorder (2009)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 69:31 | 372 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | Catalog: 88697397692

Dorothee Oberlinger was born in Aachen and raised in Simmern. At the University of Cologne, she studied music education and German studies. After university, she studied recorder in Cologne, Amsterdam and Milan. Her teachers include Günther Höller (Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln), Walter van Hauwe (Amsterdam) and Pedro Memelsdorff (Milan). In 1997 she won the first prize at the international "Moeck" UK / SRP competition. In 1998, she made her solo debut at London's Wigmore Hall.

Mikko Ikäheimo, Carla Rees, Neue Musik im Ostseeraum - Tomi Räisänen: Sauna, Ensemble Works (2016)

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Mikko Ikäheimo, Carla Rees, Neue Musik im Ostseeraum - Tomi Räisänen: Sauna, Ensemble Works (2016)

Mikko Ikäheimo, Carla Rees, Neue Musik im Ostseeraum - Tomi Räisänen: Sauna, Ensemble Works (2016)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 74:38 | 309 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Edition Troy | Catalog: 634654798350

The pieces of music on this live album were recorded during the concert tour of the Finnish composer, Tomi Räisänen in North Germany in 2014 and 2015, organised by Neue Musik im Ostseeraum (Lübeck). The tour documented the composer’s long-time collaboration and connection with Northern Germany, or as one perhaps can say more descriptively, from a Finnish perspective, with the Southern Baltic Sea.

Fenwick Smith - Charles Koechlin: Music for Flute (2003)

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Fenwick Smith - Charles Koechlin: Music for Flute (2003)

Fenwick Smith - Charles Koechlin: Music for Flute (2003)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 66:10 | 278 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog: CDH55107

Composer Charles Koechlin, 1867-1950, one of the underrated geniuses of modern music, has written some of the most challenging, thrilling and interesting music for the modern flute. The dynamic range of his music, from passionate lyricism to explosive, angular motifs has been a great gift to the modern flute, extending its range and expressivness.

The American Boychoir - On Christmas Day (1989)

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The American Boychoir - On Christmas Day (1989)

The American Boychoir - On Christmas Day (1989)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 51:38 | 275 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Rykodisc | Catalog: RCD 30129

Boys in fourth through eighth grades come from across the United States and around the world to pursue a rigorous musical and academic curriculum at The American Boychoir School. The programs offered by The American Boychoir School are made possible in part through a grant by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts / Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding has been provided by the New Jersey Cultural Trust.

Patrick Bruel - Entre-deux (2002) (Repost)

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Patrick Bruel - Entre-deux (2002) (Repost)

Patrick Bruel - Entre-deux (2002)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:16:57 | 587 MB
Genre: Chanson | Label: BMG | Catalog: 74321959922

This double disc is a real gift to all lovers of the French chanson. Popular singer and film actor Patrick Bruel selected and performed 20 odd classic songs from the period between the two World Wars – hence the title of the album, Entre Deux (Between Two). Bruel and his arrangers managed to be both respectful to their source material and to come up with a new interpretation of it. Some numbers were sung in duet with such French luminaries as Charles Aznavour, Laurent Voulzy, Johnny Hallyday, Jean-Jacques Goldman, and Alain Souchon.

Glen Wilson - Johann Jacob Froberger: 23 Suites for Harpsichord, Tombeau & Lamentation (2016)

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Glen Wilson - Johann Jacob Froberger: 23 Suites for Harpsichord, Tombeau & Lamentation (2016)

Glen Wilson - Johann Jacob Froberger: 23 Suites for Harpsichord, Tombeau & Lamentation (2016)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:07:21 | 799 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | Catalog: 8.573493-94

Froberger was one of the most humane composers of the 17th century, and it would be a cold player indeed who did not respond to the searching expressiveness not only of his allemande-form meditations and lamentations, but of many other movements as well. Wilson does not fail them. A pupil of Leonhardt (himself a great Froberger player), he seeks a similar ‘delicate balance of freedom and rigour’, resulting in deeply considered interpretations, never hurried or frivolous, but with each note given proper placing and weight.