Mitsuko Uchida - Mozart: 3 Piano Sonatas KV 279, 457 & 576, Fantasia KV 475 (1985)

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Mitsuko Uchida - Mozart: 3 Piano Sonatas KV 279, 457 & 576, Fantasia KV 475 (1985)

Mitsuko Uchida - Mozart: 3 Piano Sonatas KV 279, 457 & 576, Fantasia KV 475 (1985)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 176 Mb | Total time: 59:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | 412 617-2 | Recorded: 1984

Mitsuko Uchida is one of the finest interpreters of Mozart's piano music. She brings to this music a lightness and delicacy that fits it perfectly. Uchida plays with an incredible humility. Her performances are never overbearing - she offers subtlety and emotion rather than force. Both lyrical and expressive, she uses her brilliant technique to play the virtuoso parts of the sonatas, yet never seems to be showing off. Her nimble fingers give the most attractive ornaments to these pieces, yet, again, these ornaments are not gratuitous - they fit perfectly with the tone and colours of the works.

Yasunori Imamura, Fons Musicæ - Francesco Gasparini: Sonate e Cantate (2006)

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Yasunori Imamura, Fons Musicæ - Francesco Gasparini: Sonate e Cantate (2006)

Yasunori Imamura, Fons Musicæ - Francesco Gasparini: Sonate e Cantate (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 418 Mb | Total time: 78:41 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Pan Classics | PC 10189 | Recorded: 2006

Francesco Gasparini was active in Italy during the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries; he served for a time at the Venetian orphanage called the Ospedale della Pietà, where he hired the young violinist Antonio Vivaldi. His music has been mostly unheard for several centuries, and this high-quality revival will be welcomed by Baroque vocal fans and those interested in Vivaldi and his world. Included are a quartet of cantatas, two for soprano and alto, and two solo cantatas, mostly with a pair of violins and continuo. Despite the plural "sonate" promised by the disc title, there is only one sonata, placed in the middle of the program as a kind of intermission.

Wolfgang Rübsam - Johann Sebastian Bach: Trio Sonatas BWV 528, 529 and 530; Prelude & Fugue BWV 547 (1993)

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Wolfgang Rübsam - Johann Sebastian Bach: Trio Sonatas BWV 528, 529 and 530; Prelude & Fugue BWV 547 (1993)

Wolfgang Rübsam - Johann Sebastian Bach: Trio Sonatas BWV 528, 529 and 530; Prelude & Fugue BWV 547 (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 258 Mb | Total time: 54:13 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | 8.550653 | Recorded: 1989

The six Trio Sonatas for organ seem to belong to the earlier years of Bach's period in Leipzig, dated conjecturally to 1727, apparently devised for the use of the composer's eldest son Wilhelm Friedemann, who became one of the most distinguished organists of his generation in Germany. The sonatas demand clarity of performance and distinct enunciation of the two melodic lines and bass pedal part.

Sakari Oramo, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra - Russian Masquerade: Prokofiev, Scriabin, Arensky, Tchaikovsky (2019)

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Sakari Oramo, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra - Russian Masquerade: Prokofiev, Scriabin, Arensky, Tchaikovsky (2019)

Sakari Oramo, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra - Russian Masquerade: Prokofiev, Scriabin, Arensky, Tchaikovsky (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 276 Mb | Total time: 59:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS | BIS-SACD-2365 | Recorded: 2017

Composed in Russia between 1884 and 1917, the four works appearing on this disc all do so in some kind of disguise. Prokofiev and Scriabin both conceived their respective collections for the piano, and it is later arrangers that have adapted them for string orchestra. Rudolf Barshai took on Prokofiev’s Visions Fugitives in 1962, selecting 15 of the 20 brief pieces and arranging them for his own ensemble, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra. Scriabin’s Preludes received a similar treatment in 1999 when the Finnish composer Jouni Kaipainen chose 13 from the original 24, rearranging the order they appear in and transposing them in some cases.

Mitsuko Uchida - Mozart: 2 Sonatas KV 533/494 & KV 545; Rondo KV 511 (1984)

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Mitsuko Uchida - Mozart: 2 Sonatas KV 533/494 & KV 545; Rondo KV 511 (1984)

Mitsuko Uchida - Mozart: 2 Sonatas KV 533/494 & KV 545; Rondo KV 511 (1984)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 150 Mb | Total time: 47:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | 412 122-2 | Recorded: 1983

There is no doubt that Mitsuko Uchida is one of the leading Mozart pianists. And that fact alone gives this release credibility. But if we look deeper we find that this release is a magnificent example of her ability.

Mitsuko Uchida - Mozart: 2 Sonatas KV 331 "Alla Turca" & KV 332; Fantasie KV 397 (1984)

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Mitsuko Uchida - Mozart: 2 Sonatas KV 331 "Alla Turca" & KV 332; Fantasie KV 397 (1984)

Mitsuko Uchida - Mozart: 2 Sonatas KV 331 "Alla Turca" & KV 332; Fantasie KV 397 (1984)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 153 Mb | Total time: 50:11 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | 412 123-2 | Recorded: 1983

There is no doubt that Mitsuko Uchida is one of the leading Mozart pianists. And that fact alone gives this release credibility. But if we look deeper we find that this release is a magnificent example of her ability.

Carlo Ipata, Auser Musici - Francesco Gasparini: Dori e Daliso, Mirena e Floro (2004)

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Carlo Ipata, Auser Musici - Francesco Gasparini: Dori e Daliso, Mirena e Floro (2004)

Carlo Ipata, Auser Musici - Francesco Gasparini: Dori e Daliso, Mirena e Floro (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 287 Mb | Total time: 57:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Symphonia | SY 03207 | Recorded: 2003

Davvero bella e coinvolgente l’interpretazione dei tre cantanti che sanno calarsi con efficacia e la giusta teatralità in queste du fascinose pagine, sorretti con brio e vitalità da Auser Musici, diretto con intelligenza, buon gusto e assoluta proprietà da Carlo Ipata.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Salve Regina: Sacred Music from Naples: Leo, A. Scarlatti, Pergolesi (2009)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Salve Regina: Sacred Music from Naples: Leo, A. Scarlatti, Pergolesi (2009)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Salve Regina: Sacred Music from Naples: Leo, A. Scarlatti, Pergolesi (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 330 Mb | Total time: 67:42 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi ‎| 88697539442 | Recorded: 2008

Greek mezzo-soprano, Mary-Ellen Nesi, who sings all five works, produces a stream of gloriously firm tone reminiscent of Bernada Fink, another superb mezzo on the scene these days. Her diction and moulding of phrases here is excellent. The two Leonardo Leo settings of the Salve Regina (in C Minor and F Major) which begin the disc are followed by a cello Concerto (also by Leonardo Leo) and a world premiere recording of an Alessandro Scarlatti setting of salve Regina (in C Minor) and then the two better known Pergolesi settings (in C and A Minor) conclude the disc. The cello soloist is lovely too and all works receive excellent support from Alan Curtis and Il Complesso Barocco.

Dominique Visse, Ensemble Clément Janequin - Clément Janequin: Messes (1995)

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Dominique Visse, Ensemble Clément Janequin - Clément Janequin: Messes (1995)

Dominique Visse, Ensemble Clément Janequin - Clément Janequin: Messes (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 251 Mb | Total time: 50:10 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901536 | Recorded: 1994

The Renaissance French composer Clément Janequin is rightfully regarded today as a master of the chanson, of which 286 have survived. Had only the program chansons "La Bataille de Marignan" (which imitates the sounds of battle) and "Le Chant des oiseaux" (which imitates the sound of birds) survived today, he would still lay claim to greatness in the genre.

Yo-Yo Ma, Eugene Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra - Shostakovich, Kabalevsky: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 (1983)

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Yo-Yo Ma, Eugene Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra - Shostakovich, Kabalevsky: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 (1983)

Yo-Yo Ma, Eugene Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra - Shostakovich, Kabalevsky: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 (1983)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 237 Mb | Total time: 45:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CBS Masterworks | D 37840 | Recorded: 1983

Over the last three or four years, Yo-Yo Ma has been exploring the peaks of the cello repertory in a quickly growing series of LPs. Those disks, in turn, have helped establish him not only as one of the finest cellists of his generation… The Kabalevsky…boasts a melancholy central Largo with the kind of long, arching cello line that allows Mr. Ma to display his rich sound.

Otto Klemperer, New Philharmonia Orchestra - Mahler: Symphony No. 9; Wagner: Siegfried Idyll (1989)

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Otto Klemperer, New Philharmonia Orchestra - Mahler: Symphony No. 9; Wagner: Siegfried Idyll (1989)

Otto Klemperer, New Philharmonia Orchestra - Mahler: Symphony No. 9; Wagner: Siegfried Idyll (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 457 Mb | Total time: 46:58+57:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | CMS 7 63277 2 | Recorded: 1961, 1967

Otto Klemperer's Mahler is invariably dry-eyed, yet urgent, a valuable corrective to the number of latter-day interpreters who would either self-indulgently wallow in the music's sentiment or, even worse, treat it as pure sonic architecture, as though it were pre-Schoenberg. If this 1967 reading of the Ninth sounds slightly detached by modern standards, if its expressive points seem slightly understated, it is nevertheless deeply engaged and masterfully controlled. Klemperer was beginning to slow down by this point in his career, and the tempos are just a hair on the slow side, especially in the two middle movements. But the old firmness of conception and rocklike steadiness are still there, even in the stormy weather of the Rondo-Burleske.

The Sound and the Fury - Johannes Ockeghem 2: Missa 'Ecce ancilla Domini', Missa My my (2012)

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The Sound and the Fury - Johannes Ockeghem 2: Missa 'Ecce ancilla Domini', Missa My my (2012)

The Sound and the Fury - Johannes Ockeghem 2: Missa 'Ecce ancilla Domini', Missa My my (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 482 Mb | Total time: 63:22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: ORF Alte Musik | # CD 3130 | Recorded: 2010

Johannes Ockeghem is one of the most famous composers of the renaissance and belongs to the most prominent representatives of the Franco-Flemish school. Despite his high reputation during his lifetime we know very little about him. Even the exact year of his birth is still not established. He was at the service of Charles, Duke of Bourbon, and later he became a member of the French royal chapel. His fame is documented by the various laments in both text and music which were written on his death in 1497. As one of the very few composers from the Franco-Flemish school he has never worked in Italy, and this has consequences for the performance practice.

Roel Dieltiens, Ensemble Explorations - Boccherini: Quintettes avec deux violoncelle G.287, 318 & 347 (2006)

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Roel Dieltiens, Ensemble Explorations - Boccherini: Quintettes avec deux violoncelle G.287, 318 & 347 (2006)

Roel Dieltiens, Ensemble Explorations - Boccherini: Quintettes avec deux violoncelle G.287, 318 & 347 (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 275 Mb | Total time: 60:46 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HMC901894 | Recorded: 2005

In their general layout and their style, the three quintets recorded here illustrate Boccherini’s formal variety and freedom: whether first violin and first cello are deliberately highlighted, or the roles are distributed in more balanced fashion, this composer had an unrivalled ability to use the group of instruments to create a limpid, shimmering soundscape, traversed by fleeting zones of shadow and sudden bursts of light.

Gianandrea Noseda, London Symphony Orchestra - Shostakovich: Symphony No.8 (2018)

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Gianandrea Noseda, London Symphony Orchestra - Shostakovich: Symphony No.8 (2018)

Gianandrea Noseda, London Symphony Orchestra - Shostakovich: Symphony No.8 (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 236 Mb | Total time: 65:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: LSO Live | LSO0822 | Recorded: 2018

Composed against a cataclysmic backdrop of Stalinist oppression and the Second World War, Shostakovich's Symphony No.8 is a deeply affecting poem of suffering. The composer described it as, ''an attempt to reflect the terrible tragedy of war,'' and it contains some of the most terrifying music he ever wrote. Here, Gianandrea Noseda conducts the London Symphony Orchestra with intensity and understanding, allowing the music to tell its own story as it travels from darkness into light, yearning more for peace than for victory.

Yasunori Imamura - Silvius Leopold Weiss: Lute Sonatas, Vol. 1 (2006)

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Yasunori Imamura - Silvius Leopold Weiss: Lute Sonatas, Vol. 1 (2006)

Yasunori Imamura - Silvius Leopold Weiss: Lute Sonatas, Vol. 1 (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 341 Mb | Total time: 74:42 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Claves | 50-2613 | Recorded: 2005

This attractively presented disc is not the same one recorded by Japanese-French lutenist Yasunori Imamura for the Capriccio label in 1998, even though the keys of the two lute sonatas, and the presence of a central pair of shorter works, makes the program look almost identical. Sylvius Leopold Weiss was nearly an exact contemporary of Bach's, and the notes by Beat Hänggi contend that were it not for the difficulty and obscurity of the lute, he would be nearly as well known as today. That's hard to swallow, considering the versatility of Bach's talents and the fact that Weiss occupies one small corner of the Baroque musical universe. Nevertheless, Bach is thought to have admired Weiss' playing, and may have written lute music for him. The comparison has some validity.