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Kathleen Battle - Schubert Lieder (James Levine, Karl Leister) [1990]

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Kathleen Battle - Schubert Lieder (James Levine, Karl Leister) [1990]

Kathleen Battle - Schubert Lieder (James Levine, Karl Leister) [1990]
EAC Rip | FLAC, TRACKS+CUE, LOG | Covers | 1cd, 200 MB
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog Number: 419 237-2 | TT: 57’18

The songs that Kathleen Battle chooses for her recital mostly eschew deep drama for sheer lyricism. If you want an album that explores the lyric impulse in Schubert songs, then, this is certainly for you. Battle sings these pieces with unfailingly beautiful vocal production, plus a winning charm and insouciance that border on the–well, girlish, one wants to say, if that isn't entirely politically incorrect. Her voice is a beautiful instrument, no doubt about it…
By M. C. Passarella

Doric String Quartet - Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartets, Op.76 (2016) 2CDs

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Doric String Quartet - Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartets, Op.76 (2016) 2CDs

Doric String Quartet - Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartets, Op.76 (2016) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 640 Mb | Artwork included | 02:26:59
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 10886

This is the second volume in the Doric String Quartet’s series devoted to Haydn’s String Quartets. Op. 76 turned out to be the last full set of six string quartets that Haydn was to compose. While they were written over the period 1796-97, they were not published until 1799. They had been commissioned by Count Joseph Erdödy, and such arrangements often entailed, as in this case, a period of time during which the works were reserved for that person’s exclusive use and enjoyment. The composition of Op. 76 coincided with Haydn’s work on Die Schöpfung and the first few of the six masses which Haydn wrote for the name day of Princess Maria Hermenegild Esterházy, and one can readily imagine that such compositional preoccupations rubbed off onto the composition of the quartets. However, that cannot be equated with a particular predominant ‘opus character’, a feature of some of Haydn’s previous sets. Rather – like Op. 20, also recently recorded by the Doric String Quartet (CHAN10831(2)) – the quartets seem to be most remarkable for their sheer variety.

Mozart - Oratorios, Cantatas, Masonic Music (Peter Schreier) [1991]

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Mozart - Oratorios, Cantatas, Masonic Music (Peter Schreier) [1991]

Mozart - Oratorios, Cantatas, Masonic Music (Peter Schreier) [1991]
EAC Rip | FLAC, TRACKS+CUE, LOG | Covers | 1cd, 268 MB
Classical | Label: Elite Classics | Catalog Number: AS-364-A | TT: 61'26

Wolfgang Mozart joined the order of the freemasons at the lodge "Zur Wohltдtigkeit" (Benefaction) in Vienna on December 14, 1784. Mozart and freemasonry seemed an ideal match, and in a little over a year he would achieve the status of "master mason." A small number of works among Mozart's late output was intended directly for use in Masonic lodges, and two major non-Masonic works, the opera Die Zauberflцte (The Magic Flute, K. 620) and the Requiem K. 626, share strong Masonic connections. The best known of Mozart's Masonic compositions is the Maurerische Trauermusik, K. 477 (479a) scored originally for two violins, two violas, clarinet, basset horn, two oboes, two horns, and bass. Mozart later added parts for two additional basset horns and bassoon, resulting in an instrumentation absolutely unique in Mozart's vast output…
- David Lewis

Schubert - Symphony No.8 'Unfinished'_Symphony No.5_Serenade (Kosler, Warchal) [1996]

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Schubert - Symphony No.8 'Unfinished'_Symphony No.5_Serenade (Kosler, Warchal) [1996]

Schubert - Symphony No.8 'Unfinished'_Symphony No.5_Serenade (Kosler, Warchal) [1996]
EAC Rip | FLAC, TRACKS+CUE, LOG | Covers | 1cd, 308 MB
Classical | Label: Prestige Classics | Catalog Number: 1730.2074 | TT: 58’31"

Bohdan Warchal (27 January 1930, Orlová, Czechoslovakia – 30 December 2000, Bratislava, Slovakia) was a Slovak violinist, a member of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra and founder, chief conductor and soloist of the Slovak Chamber Orchestra.
His Naxos Records discography includes the Bach Brandenburg Concerti and Handel's Water and Fireworks Music. For cpo he has recorded many of Michael Haydn's symphonies.

Boris Giltburg - Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Sonatas: No. 8 'Pathétique'; No. 21 'Waldstein'; No. 32, Op. 111 (2015)

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Boris Giltburg - Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Sonatas: No. 8 'Pathétique'; No. 21 'Waldstein'; No. 32, Op. 111 (2015)

Boris Giltburg - Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Sonatas:
No. 8 'Pathétique'; No. 21 'Waldstein'; No. 32, Op. 111 (2015)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 204 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 164 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.573400 | Time: 01:09:08

Ludwig van Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas form an unparalleled canon, remaining one of the greatest and most rewarding challenges for pianists to this day. These three sonatas represent Beethoven’s Early, Middle and Late periods but are united in the key of C – minor, for the dramatic and stormy intensity of mood in the Pathétique, and major for the radiant and poetic Waldstein sonata. In his sonata Op. 111 the cycle is completed with music of utmost dramatic tension and the deepest spirituality.

Igor Levit - Bach, Beethoven, Rzewski (2015)

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Igor Levit - Bach, Beethoven, Rzewski (2015)

Igor Levit - Bach: Goldberg Variations, Beethoven: Diabelli Variations, Rzewski: The People United Will Never Be Defeated! (2015)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 03:13:45 | 623 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | Catalog: 88875060962

Following his landmark recordings, "Beethoven - The Late Piano Sonatas" and "Bach - Partitas", both of which has won him international acclaim, Igor Levit is now tackling another three major works: Bach's Goldberg Variations, Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, and Frederic Rzewski's Variations on "The People United Will Never Be Defeated".
It is testament to Igor Levit's invention and the command of his repertoire that in one release he is able to combine arguably two of history’s greatest sets of variations for the keyboard, complete alongside a classic of late 20th century piano music by contemporary composer Frederic Rzewski.

Daria van den Bercken - Keys To Mozart (2015)

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Daria van den Bercken - Keys To Mozart (2015)

Daria van den Bercken - Keys To Mozart (2015)
MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) | 01:05:13 | 164 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical

To classify this Mozart release by Dutch pianist Daria van den Bercken might mean putting it under the heading of modern-piano interpretations influenced by the historical-performance movement. Van den Bercken herself says in her notes that although she comes "up against a wall" when she plays Mozart on a fortepiano, she admires and has been inspired by the work of fortepianist Malcolm Bilson and conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Her Mozart is sharply articulated and only lightly pedaled. On another level, though, her readings owe little to historically oriented performances. The "keys to Mozart" in the album title are pretty general (look to opera to understand Mozart's melodies), but van den Bercken's readings are individual and very finely wrought.

Emma Kirkby, Rufus Muller, Timothy Roberts - Georg Benda: Cephalus and Aurora - Lieder & Fortepiano Music (1994)

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Emma Kirkby, Rufus Muller, Timothy Roberts - Georg Benda: Cephalus and Aurora - Lieder & Fortepiano Music (1994)

Georg Benda - Cephalus and Aurora: Lieder & Fortepiano Music (1994)
Emma Kirkby (soprano), Rufus Müller (tenor), Timothy Roberts (fortepiano)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 225 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 148 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Hyperion | # CDA66649 | Time: 01:02:48

This entertaining CD takes its name from a cantata, which forms one part of this recital devoted to the music of Georg Benda (1722-95), one of a distinguished family of Bohemian musicians who settled in Berlin in the 18th century and became part of the German enlightenment. Georg became Kapellmeister at Gotha in 1750 and gained widespread approval for his compositions and for his skill as a violinist, oboist and keyboard player. Mozart admired Benda’s music and carried two of his melodramas with him on his travels. Hyperion have put together a pretty record containing piano pieces (played here expertly on the fortepiano by Timothy Roberts), lieder and the above cantata for soprano or tenor by two of our best ‘chamber singers’ (which does not mean that they do not sing other genres, only that they excel in this kind of intimate sphere). It might be a good idea not to play the whole hour of music at one go but (say) to have half before dinner and half afterwards.

The London Haydn Quartet - Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 9 (2007)

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The London Haydn Quartet - Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 9 (2007)

The London Haydn Quartet - Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 9 (2007)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 02:13:03 | 652 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog: CDA67611

Though he had already produced works he called "diverimenti a Quattro" in his Opus 1 and 2, Haydn only really got serious about the string quartet genre 10 years later with his Opus 9, 17, and 20. The earlier works had been five movement, serenade-like pieces, but starting with Opus 9 the composer favored four-movement, sonata-form works that were lyric, dramatic, cogent, and entertaining and they became the model for all subsequent quartets.

Lumieres - La musique du XVIIIeme siecle (29 CD): Part 09 [2011]

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Lumieres - La musique du XVIIIeme siecle (29 CD): Part 09 [2011]

Lumières - La musique du XVIIIème siècle (29 CD): Part 09 [2011]
Classical | Harmonia Mundi 2908601.30 | TT: 62.34+80.15+71.50 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 963 Mb

The eighteenth century is probably the most extraordinary period of transformation Europe has known since antiquity. Political upheavals kept pace with the innumerable inventions and discoveries of the age; every sector of the arts and of intellectual and material life was turned upside down. Between the end of the reign of Louis XIV and the revolution of 1789, music in its turn underwent a radical mutation that struck at the very heart of a well-established musical language. In this domain too, we are all children of the Age of Enlightenment: our conception of music and the way we ‘consume’ it still follows in many respects the agenda set by the eighteenth century. And it is not entirely by chance that harmonia mundi has chosen to offer you in 2011 a survey of this musical revolution which, without claiming to be exhaustive, will enable you to grasp the principal outlines of musical creation between the twilight of the Baroque and the dawn of Romanticism.

English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate - Joseph Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 94, 95 & 97 (1991) Reissue 2006

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English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate - Joseph Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 94, 95 & 97 (1991) Reissue 2006

Joseph Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 94 "Surprise", 95 & 97 (1991)
English Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Jeffrey Tate

EAC | WV | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 281 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 183 Mb | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # 0946 3 55678 2 3 | Time: 01:10:54

This recording, made in 1991, dates from what was perhaps the heyday of the English Chamber Orchestra (although the group's vigorous activities remain undiminished). The ECO, with origins as a conductorless Baroque orchestra, functioned smoothly as an ensemble, with a restrained sound and a high level of mutual sensitivity among the players. In these late Haydn symphonies, that translated into readings that were exceptionally effective in bringing out the humorous details and asides, the extensions of phrases so that they end with a wink or a joke, that are the essence of late Haydn. The orchestra is probably about the size of the one Haydn had at his disposal in London.

Classic Kathleen Battle: A Portrait [2002]

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Classic Kathleen Battle: A Portrait [2002]

Classic Kathleen Battle: A Portrait (Puccini, Handel, Traditional, Vangelis, Mozart, Faure, Ellington, Mahler, Bach, Dvorak) [2002]
EAC Rip | FLAC, TRACKS+CUE, LOG | Covers | 1cd, 303 MB
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | Catalog Number: SK 89464 | TT: 68:28

Kathleen Battle initially made her considerable reputation on the operatic stage, but quickly went on to become a premier recitalist and a vibrant interpreter of a wide variety of musical styles. CLASSIC KATHLEEN BATTLE - A PORTRAIT is an overview of the dynamic soprano's career that emphasizes her remarkable versatility. Her extraordinary technical control is shown to great effect in works by Handel and Bach, and her crystal clear readings of Mozart's "Laudate Dominum" and "Alleluja" leave no doubt as to why she's considered one of the leading exponents of his work…

Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini - Haydn 2032 project, Volume 1: La Passione (2014)

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Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini - Haydn 2032 project, Volume 1: La Passione (2014)

Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini - Haydn 2032 project, Volume 1: La Passione (2014
XLD | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 70:50 | 347 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Alpha Productions | Catalog: AJ 0670

It's not exactly made clear in the packaging and notes, but this appears to be the first item in what would seem to be a massive series leading up to the bicentennial of Haydn's birth in 2032. How will music be acquired in 2032? Will it be directly transferred to the brain from the neurocloud? Be that as it may, the historical-instrument group Il Giardino Armonico and its leader Giovanni Antonini make one curious to hear what's coming down the pike. The plan is to place Haydn in a "thematic dialogue with other composers."

Ronald Brautigam, Concerto Copenhagen, Lars Ulrik Mortensen - Haydn: Piano Concertos (2004)

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Ronald Brautigam, Concerto Copenhagen, Lars Ulrik Mortensen - Haydn: Piano Concertos (2004)

Ronald Brautigam, Concerto Copenhagen, Lars Ulrik Mortensen - Haydn: Piano Concertos (2004)
MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) | 75:54 | 193 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS

After recording the complete solo fortepiano works of Haydn, it was inevitable that Ronald Brautigam would record the complete fortepiano concertos of Haydn. Of course, it helps that while Haydn's complete solo fortepiano works take up 11 discs, his complete fortepiano concertos take up only a single disc, so Brautigam could record it before moving on to record the inevitable complete fortepiano music of Beethoven. On its own, Brautigam's recording of Haydn's concertos is wonderful: light, bright, ebullient, full of humanity, and suffused with poetry. Brautigam's tone is clear but ringing, his touch is graceful but powerful, his interpretations characterful but self-effacing.

Robert Levin - Mozart: Piano Sonatas, K. 279, K. 280 &, K. 281 On Fortepiano, Vol. 1 (2006)

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Robert Levin - Mozart: Piano Sonatas, K. 279, K. 280 &, K. 281 On Fortepiano, Vol. 1 (2006)

Robert Levin - Mozart: Piano Sonatas, K. 279, K. 280 &, K. 281 On Fortepiano, Vol. 1 (2006)
EAC | FLAC (log,tracks+cue) -> 259 Mb (5% Rec.) | Mp3 CBR320 Kbps -> 139 Mb (5% Rec.) | Scans included
Classical | Label: deutsche harmonia mundi, #:82876-84236-2 | 2006 | 0:55:05

These bracing, unorthodox fortepiano readings of Mozart's first three keyboard sonatas are the first in a series by Robert Levin, a professor at Harvard University. Levin is among the first players to use the fortepiano's agility in the service of speed and flash. His Mozart is quick, jumpy, technically impressive, and distinctly unlyrical – "un-Mozartian" will be the first reaction for many listeners…