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VA - Debussy: Édition centenaire (2018)

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VA - Debussy: Édition centenaire (2018)

VA - Debussy: Édition centenaire (2018)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 981 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 672 Mb | 04:52:36
Classical | Label: Sony Classical

March 25th marks the hundredth anniversary of the death of French composer Claude Debussy. His work and life will be celebrated all year with numerous events and concerts dedicated to him. This 4CD compilation gathers rare and great recordings addressed to both specialists and curious consumers. Some of these recordings have been out of the market for years and are now available again, like Mikko Franck and Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra orchestral program (Images, Printemps, Prélude à l'après-midi d'un Faune), which received many awards, or the great Catherine Collard's Préludes (books I and II). Other performers included on this product are Nathalie Stutzmann, M. Tilson-Thomas, E. Pekka Salonen, Günter Wand.

Czech PO, Sir Charles Mackerras - Josef Suk: Summer Tale, Op.29; Fantastic Scherzo, Op.25 (1999) [Re-Up]

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Czech PO, Sir Charles Mackerras - Josef Suk: Summer Tale, Op.29; Fantastic Scherzo, Op.25 (1999) [Re-Up]

Josef Suk - Summer Tale, Op.29; Fantastic Scherzo, Op.25 (1999)
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Sir Charles Mackerras, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 230 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 151 Mb | Scans ~ 62 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 466 443-2 | Time: 01:05:33

The steady increase in recordings of his music has now established Suk as one of the great musical poets of the early 20th century. Too much is made of his affinities with his teacher and father-in-law, Dvorák; for his own part, Dvorák never imposed his personality on his pupils and Suk's mature music owes him little more than a respect for craft and an extraordinarily well developed ear for orchestral colour. His affinities in the five-movement A Summer's Tale, completed in 1909 – a magnificent successor to his profound Asrael Symphony – reflect Debussy and parallel the music of his friend Sibelius and Holst, but underpinning the musical language is a profound originality energising both form and timbre.
Mackerras's recording joins a select band: Šejna's vintage performance on Supraphon and Pešek's inspired rendition with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic; his is an equal to them both and the Czech Philharmonic's playing is both aspiring and inspiring. While their reading is suffused with a feeling for the work's myriad orchestral colours, they recognise that Suk's music is much more than atmosphere. In particular they excel in their handling of the drama and overwhelming emotional urgency of this remarkable, big-boned symphonic poem.

Sonja van Beek & Andreas Frolich - Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Complete Works for Violin & Piano (2000) [Re-Up]

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Sonja van Beek & Andreas Frolich - Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Complete Works for Violin & Piano (2000) [Re-Up]

Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Complete Works for Violin & Piano (2000)
Sonja van Beek, violin; Andreas Frölich, piano

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 337 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 219 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: cpo | # cpo 999 709-2 | Time: 01:12:03

Although Korngold’s ‘complete works for violin and piano’ make up a reasonably full disc, it is only fair to point out that the Violin Sonata is the single work that is not an arrangement from one of his other pieces. Yet this Sonata, written at the age of 15 for Carl Flesch and Artur Schnabel no less, is a fine example of his early style, with its echoes of Zemlinsky and early Schoenberg. The young Dutch violinist Sonja van Beek and German pianist Andreas Frölich negotiate its challenges with ease: as in Rachmaninoff’s Cello Sonata, the pianist has as tough a role as the melody instrument. Much Ado about Nothing is one of several arrangements of a suite of four movements derived from incidental music to Shakespeare’s play written in 1918, performed here with affection and a silken suavity. The remainder of the repertoire is made up of arrangements of Korngold lollipops, hit numbers from his operas, such as the unforgettable ‘Marietta’s Lied’ from Die tote Stadt, arranged by the composer as salon pieces and popularised by Kreisler and his ilk. Here, the almost vocal qualities of van Beek’s tone come into their own. An essential disc for the Korngold addict.

Nathalia Milstein - Prokofiev / Ravel (2018)

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Nathalia Milstein - Prokofiev / Ravel (2018)

Nathalia Milstein - Prokofiev / Ravel (2018)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) | 01:14:16 | 240 Mb
Classical | Label: Mirare

Figures of modernity in France and in Russia, Prokofiev and Ravel were both interested in older musical forms such as the suite of dances: through a reinvented Baroque language, their compositional research shed light on all the richness of their musical world. Written in times that were marked by the war and the historic upheavals of the early 20th century, Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin and Prokofiev's Fourth Sonata are linked to the memory of their dedicatees. Between memory and imagination, the works carry on a dialogue…

Sheku Kanneh-Mason - Inspiration (2018)

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Sheku Kanneh-Mason - Inspiration (2018)

Sheku Kanneh-Mason - Inspiration (2018)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) | Artwork included | 01:04:19 | 276 Mb
Classical | Label: Decca Classics

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2016, pays tribute to his mentors and heroes on his thrilling debut album. The cellist shows impressive maturity and confidence, whether he’s harking back to his time in a school klezmer band (“Evening of Roses”) or playing Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1, his performance of which so moved the Young Musician judges. There are touching, personal nods to early 20th-century cello master Pablo Casals and genius performer Jacqueline du Pré, while the album is rounded off with superb arrangements of iconic songs by Bob Marley and Leonard Cohen.

Steven Isserlis, Thomas Adès - Lieux retrouvés (2012) (Repost)

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Steven Isserlis, Thomas Adès - Lieux retrouvés (2012) (Repost)

Steven Isserlis, Thomas Adès - Lieux retrouvés (2012)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 76:44 | 253 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog: CDA67948

The coherence of the program on this release by the increasingly popular British cellist Steven Isserlis may not be evident at first glance, but it's a nifty idea, and one with a weight that not so many contemporary composers can comfortably support. What Franz Liszt, Leos Janácek, Gabriel Fauré, and György Kurtág have in common is that they all influenced the last composer on the program, Thomas Adès. This gives you an idea of Adès' eclecticism, which is brought into relief when you hear the strands of music that he likes.

Henri Demarquette & Vanessa Benelli Mosell - Echoes: Philip Glass & Sergei Rachmaninov (2018)

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Henri Demarquette & Vanessa Benelli Mosell - Echoes: Philip Glass & Sergei Rachmaninov (2018)

Henri Demarquette & Vanessa Benelli Mosell - Echoes: Philip Glass & Sergei Rachmaninov (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 248 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 161 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 481 629-9 | Time: 00:59:59

Pianist Vanessa Benelli Mosell and cellist Henri Demarquette find common ground between Philip Glass and Rachmoninov in this release that revels in both composers passion for sonic storytelling. Presenting a program of personal, dramatic and spiritual music, Mosell and Demarquette perform these selections with intimate ardor.

Quatuor Hermès - Quatuor Hermès: Ravel, Dutilleux & Debussy (2018)

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Quatuor Hermès - Quatuor Hermès: Ravel, Dutilleux & Debussy (2018)

Quatuor Hermès - Quatuor Hermès: Ravel, Dutilleux & Debussy (2018)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) | 01:10:33 | 303 Mb
Classical | Label: La Dolce Volta

There is no need by now to introduce the Quatuor Hermès, which has become the most brilliant of the young generation of French quartets thanks to its solid track record of faultless yet never flashy performances.

Puccini - Madama Butterfly - Freni - Pavarotti ( CD 1987 )

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Puccini - Madama Butterfly - Freni - Pavarotti ( CD 1987 )

Giacomo Puccini - Madama Butterfly (CD 1987)
Mirella Freni - Luciano Pavarotti - Herbert von Karajan

EAC Rip | FLAC-TRACKS+CUE+LOG Stereo ADD | 3 CD | Scans+Libretto | 145 Min. | 625 MB
Label : Decca / Catalogue : 4175772DH3 /
Opera / LP Released in 1974

Since Madama Butterfly has more stage time than other sopranos, it is imperative that the singing actress captures extensive dramatic variety in addition to singing with exquisite tone and an affinity to Puccini. Mirella Freni, one of the greatest recorded Butterfly's of all time, succeeds at these demands with vocal sensitivity and eloquence. She is assisted by Karajan's superb, symphonic conducting, crisply and poignantly realizing all of Puccini's vast moods; Ludwig's urgent, loving and tenderly sung Suzuki; and Pavarotti's endearing and almost likeable Pinkerton. In addition, the Pavarotti-Freni duets are nectars of the gods. Get out the tissues and indulge. - Barbara Eisner Bayer- Amazon -

Yevgeny Mravinsky, Leningrad PO - Russian Treasure Series: Debussy, Rimsky-Korsakov, Ravel, Scriabin (1993)

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Yevgeny Mravinsky, Leningrad PO - Russian Treasure Series: Debussy, Rimsky-Korsakov, Ravel, Scriabin (1993)

Yevgeny Mravinsky, Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra - Russian Treasure Series (1993)
works by Claude Debussy, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Maurice Ravel, Alexander Scriabin

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 324 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 184 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Multisonic | # 31 0178-2 | Time: 01:08:41

Like so many Russian musicians, Mravinsky seemed first headed toward a career in the sciences. He studied biology at St. Petersburg University, but had to quit in 1920 after his father's death. To support himself, he signed on with the Imperial Ballet as a rehearsal pianist. In 1923, he finally enrolled in the Leningrad Conservatory, where he studied composition with Vladimir Shcherbachov and conducting with Alexander Gauk and Nikolai Malko. He graduated in 1931, and left his Imperial Ballet job to become a musical assistant and ballet conductor at the Bolshoi Opera from 1931 to 1937, with a stint at the Kirov from 1934. Mravinsky gave up these posts in 1938, after winning first prize in the All-Union Conductors' Competition in Moscow, to become principal conductor of the Leningrad Philharmonic. He remained there until his death, long ignoring many guest-conducting offers from abroad. Under Mravinsky's direction the Leningrad Philharmonic came to be regarded as one of the finest orchestras in the world, although the world had comparatively few opportunities to hear it aside from the rare tour (about 30 performances in 25 years, starting in 1956), some dim Soviet recordings, and a very few highly acclaimed records for such Western European companies as Deutsche Grammophon and, in the end, Erato.

Jean Françaix - 100 Anniversary Box (2012)

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Jean Françaix - 100 Anniversary Box (2012)

Jean Françaix - 100 Anniversary Box (2012)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 944 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 526 Mb | 03:47:43
Classical | Label: Wergo

Jean Françaix declared motto of always having aimed to create "musique pour faire plaisir" partially conceals the great variability and frequent inscrutability of the music created by this composer, born in Le Mans in 1912. Françaix succeeded in finding and consolidating his own style at an early stage and became known almost overnight in 1932: According to the critic Heinrich Strobel, this work communicated the impression of "fresh water gushing forth from the source with the elegant originality of all natural elements and at the same time appears as the creation of an artist with a clarity and awareness seldom observed in our time." He retained his mastery of composition which effervesced with ingenious ideas and musical humour and his ability to combine musical grace and irony up to an advanced age. 2012 sees the 100th birthday of Jean Françaix. In an anniversary box, WERGO has compiled selected works from original recordings (CDs and LP from our program), showing the wide range of music by the French composer and pianist.

Sao Paulo SO; John Neschling - Camargo Guarnieri: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4; Abertura Festiva (2003)

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Sao Paulo SO; John Neschling - Camargo Guarnieri: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4; Abertura Festiva (2003)

Camargo Guarnieri: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4; Abertura Festiva (2003)
São Paulo Symphony Orchestra; John Neschling, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 228 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 141 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-CD-1290 | Time: 00:58:04

Continuing its excellent series of Guarnieri Symphonies, the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra under John Neschling presents another program of marvelous music that deserves the widest possible exposure outside of its native Brazil. Guarnieri's First Symphony was composed in 1944 and dedicated to Serge Koussevitsky. It's as fine an example of American (in the widest sense) neo-classicism as anything by Copland, Harris, or Piston, and it's worth pointing out that this confidently mature work actually precedes much of those composers' symphonic output, as it does, say, Tippett's, whose rhythmic complexity and contrapuntal business it in some ways resembles. The central slow movement, marked "Profundo", is particularly well sustained and supports the composer's claim to be regarded a major 20th century symphonist.

Emma Kirkby, The Romantic Chamber Group of London - Amy Beach: Chanson d'amour (2002)

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Emma Kirkby, The Romantic Chamber Group of London - Amy Beach: Chanson d'amour (2002)

Amy Beach - Chanson d'amour (2002)
Emma Kirkby, soprano; The Romantic Chamber Group of London

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 227 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 157 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: BIS | # BIS-CD-1245 | Time: 01:05:45

Emma Kirkby, doyenne of the Early Music scene, here shows that she's just as comfortable in music of a more recent vintage. Amy Beach was a woman ahead of her time, performing as solo pianist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra by the age of 18. The same year (1885), she married Henry Beach and, no longer able to perform publicly (it would have gone against her social status), she instead settled down to composing. And delightful stuff it is, too, as Kirkby and friends demonstrate in this charming recital. A number of the songs add violin, cello, or both to the piano and voice combination. "Ecstasy," for instance, has a most effective violin part that is an ideal foil to the purity of Kirkby's voice. Other highlights include the Schumannesque Browning Songs and the amiable Shakespeare Songs (the last of which, "Fairy Lullaby," is irresistible). The final item here, "Elle et moi," is an upbeat little number that suits Kirkby's lithe soprano to perfection. Occasionally, in some of the more lushly textured songs, such as "A Mirage" and "Stella Viatoris," perhaps a fuller voice would have been preferable, but then sample "Chanson d'amour" (written when Beach was only 21 and with a wonderful cello part in addition to the piano) and try to imagine it being better sung. The purely instrumental items are played with unfailing sensitivity and elegance. The Romance is straight out of the salon, while the much later Piano Trio (though actually based on early material) packs plenty of emotion and variety into its 14 minutes. The recording is exemplary, as are the concise notes and texts and translations.

ARC Ensemble - Laks: Chamber Works (2017)

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ARC Ensemble - Laks: Chamber Works (2017)

ARC Ensemble - Laks: Chamber Works (2017)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) | 01:23:04 | 306 Mb
Classical | Label: Chandos Records

Following the Grammy nominated Volume 2 featuring the music of Fitelberg, the Canadian ARC Ensemble presents Volume 3 in its "Music in Exile" series, dedicated to the music of Szymon Laks. Born in Warsaw in 1901, Laks studied in Paris before being deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau. He soon joined and conducted the Auschwitz orchestra (his auditioning with a 'Jewish' work - Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto - went unnoticed). Although the trauma of his imprisonment left him alienated and reclusive, few of his works refer specifically to the Holocaust.

Sir Andrew Davis, BBC Symphony Orchestra - Bliss: The Beatitudes, Introduction and Allegro & God Save the Queen (2018)

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Sir Andrew Davis, BBC Symphony Orchestra - Bliss: The Beatitudes, Introduction and Allegro & God Save the Queen (2018)

Sir Andrew Davis, BBC Symphony Chorus & BBC Symphony Orchestra - Bliss: The Beatitudes, Introduction and Allegro & God Save the Queen (2018)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 282 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 157 Mb | 01:06:27
Classical, Choral, Opera | Label: Chandos Records

Excelling in recordings of Delius, Elgar, and Holst, Sir Andrew Davis here presents a spirited programme of works by Sir Arthur Bliss. It follows a recording of Morning Heroes that made the top recommendations of 2015; likewise recorded in surround-sound, it conveys the energy of both the exceptional soloists and the impeccable BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Premiered along with Britten’s War Requiem at the consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral in 1962, but hardly ever heard since, The Beatitudes is remarkable for its dramatic intensity, ‘full of contrast and striking orchestral effects’, as The Times noted after a recent Barbican performance given by the same forces. The reviewer added that ‘soprano Emily Birsan was silvery clear, well supported by the tenor Ben Johnson. And the biggest round of applause should go to the BBC Symphony Chorus, full of passion.’ To complete the album are an arrangement of the national anthem having all the flair that made the tenure of Bliss as Master of the Queen’s Music distinctive and successful, as well as the virtuosic Introduction and Allegro, dedicated to Stokowski and inspired by the powerful sound of American orchestras post-World War I.