Guntis Kuzma, Andris Poga, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra - Tālivaldis Ķeniņš: Symphony No.1 & Two Concertos (2020)

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Guntis Kuzma, Andris Poga, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra - Tālivaldis Ķeniņš: Symphony No.1 & Two Concertos (2020)

Guntis Kuzma, Andris Poga, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra - Tālivaldis Ķeniņš: Symphony No.1 & Two Concertos (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 245 Mb | Total time: 57:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ondine | ODE 1350-2 | Recorded: 2020

Tālivaldis Ķeniņš (1919–2008) is a name that is not known to most classical listeners despite of his long international career as a composer. This album presents three orchestral works by one of Latvia’s greatest 20th century composers performed by the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Andris Poga and Guntis Kuzma.

Michael Schneider, Deutscher Kammerchor, La Stagione Frankfurt - Kraus: Miserere, Requiem, Stella Coeli (2009)

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Michael Schneider, Deutscher Kammerchor, La Stagione Frankfurt - Kraus: Miserere, Requiem, Stella Coeli (2009)

Michael Schneider, Deutscher Kammerchor, La Stagione Frankfurt - Kraus: Miserere, Requiem, Stella Coeli (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 263 Mb | Total time: 61:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 777 409-2 | Recorded: 2008

Joseph Martin Kraus was born in the same year as Mozart and died only one year after him; like him, he was also a musician who revealed his extraordinary talent at an early age. It is only in recent years, however, that Kraus has again begun to receive somewhat more attention as a multitalented artistic personality. Born in Miltenberg am Main, Kraus enjoyed a career that took him to Stockholm as court music director to the music-loving King Gustavus III. In their originality his sacred compositions tower above the conventional liturgical repertoire produced in Southern Germany during the second half of the eighteenth century.

Juilliard String Quartet - Franz Schubert: String Quartets Nos. 12-15 (1989)

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Juilliard String Quartet - Franz Schubert: String Quartets Nos. 12-15 (1989)

Juilliard String Quartet - Franz Schubert: String Quartets Nos. 12-15 (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 570 Mb | Total time: 134:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CBS Masterworks | MB2K 45617 | Recorded: 1980, 1981, 1983

Schubert's final four quartets represent the last flowering of the Viennese Classical style. Their melodic generosity has always appealed to music lovers (and quartet players), though in the hands of some less disciplined ensembles the music can tend to sprawl. That's never a danger with these warm, impulsive performances, which allow the music's natural lyricism to flow vigorously without ever becoming sticky or sentimental. Schubert's String Quartet No. 12 is the single movement also known as the Quartettensatz ("Quartet Movement"), but the other three quartets are full-length, indeed epic works that bear comparison with the late works of Beethoven in musical richness and profundity.

Simone Stella - Johann Gottfried Walther: Complete Organ Music [12 CDs] (2015)

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Simone Stella - Johann Gottfried Walther: Complete Organ Music [12 CDs] (2015)

Simone Stella - Johann Gottfried Walther: Complete Organ Music [12 CDs] (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2.67 Gb | Total time: 12:07:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | 94730 | Recorded: 2013

The complete organ works by Walther! Johann Gottfried Walther (1684-1748, a near contemporary of Bach) spent the major part of his life as the organist of the Church of St. Peter and Paul in Weimar, where he also was teacher of the Duke of Weimar. He formed a close friendship with Johann Sebastian Bach, of whom he was a second cousin. Walthers organ music may be divided into a large corpus of Chorale settings, in which he followed the tradition of Bach, and the transcriptions of fashionable concertos by composers like Telemann, Albinoni, Torelli, Vivaldi, Gentili and many others.

Jürgen Sonnentheil, Das Neu-Eröffnete Orchestre, canto tanto - Valentin Rathgeber: Augsburgisches Tafel-Confect (2005)

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Jürgen Sonnentheil, Das Neu-Eröffnete Orchestre, canto tanto - Valentin Rathgeber: Augsburgisches Tafel-Confect (2005)

Jürgen Sonnentheil, Das Neu-Eröffnete Orchestre, canto tanto - Valentin Rathgeber: Augsburgisches Tafel-Confect (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 415 Mb | Total time: 77:42 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | 999 995-2 | Recorded: 2003

Valentin Rathgeber was a very successful composer in Germany in the first half on the 18th century. He was born in Fulda and studied theology in Würzburg where he also became a schoolmaster and an organist. In 1707 he entered the monastery at Banz as a chamber musician, and there he was ordained in 1711. In the same year he was appointed choirmaster, a post he held until his death. As a composer he concentrated on writing sacred music for churches which couldn't afford professional singers and players. His music is melodious and technically not very demanding. This was the main reason it became very popular throughout Germany.

Wilhelm Furtwängler: Das Vermächtnis / The Legacy - Box 3: Brahms (2010)

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Wilhelm Furtwängler: Das Vermächtnis / The Legacy - Box 3: Brahms (2010)

Wilhelm Furtwängler: Das Vermächtnis / The Legacy - Box 3: Brahms (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.86 Gb | Total time: 07:40:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Membran Music | # 233110 | Recorded: 1926-1954

Conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler already enjoyed a worldwide legendary standing during his lifetime - he was considered the German conductor and performances were greeted with rapturous applause. Today, more than 50 years after his death, Wilhelm Furtwangler is still an icon and his work has become an integral part ofthe music scene.

Baptiste Romain, Le Miroir de Musique - Johannes de Lymburgia: Gaude Felix Padua (2019)

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Baptiste Romain, Le Miroir de Musique - Johannes de Lymburgia: Gaude Felix Padua (2019)

Baptiste Romain, Le Miroir de Musique - Johannes de Lymburgia: Gaude Felix Padua (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 305 Mb | Total time: 65:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ricercar | RIC402 | Recorded: 2018

Born around 1380 in the Duchy of Limburg, possibly in the little town of the same name, Johannes de Limburgia was active for a long time in Liège, then in Italy. We have evidence of his presence in Vicenza between 1431 and 1436, and several of his works refer explicitly to Vicenza, as well as to Venice and Padua, demonstrating a strong connection with northern Italy, where his music was compiled. His output – more than 45 works – is contained in three large manuscripts from the first half of the fifteenth century, alongside music by other composers from north of the Alps, such as Johannes Ciconia and Guillaume Dufay.

Hubert Hoffmann, Gunar Letzbor, Ars Antiqua Austria - Wenzel Ludwig Edler von Radolt: Viennese Lute Concertos (2008)

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Hubert Hoffmann, Gunar Letzbor, Ars Antiqua Austria - Wenzel Ludwig Edler von Radolt: Viennese Lute Concertos (2008)

Hubert Hoffmann, Gunar Letzbor, Ars Antiqua Austria - Wenzel Ludwig Edler von Radolt: Viennese Lute Concertos (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 399 Mb | Total time: 78:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Challenge Classics | CC 72291 | Recorded: 2008

Wenzel Ludwig Edler von Radolt’s collection of lute music entitled ”To my most true and confiding friend”, inclined both to the merry and to the sad humours, herewith in the company of other faithful vassals of our innermost sensibility’ was printed in 1701 in Vienna by J(oh)ann Michael Nestler and bears a dedication to the then‚ Roman King’ Josef I.
Radolt was of Austro-Italian aristocratic descent. He was born and died in Vienna. According to his own account, he spent his life ”so allured by the beguiling countenance of most pleasurable music, as to dedicate the course of my life to her“. The ‘Most true and confiding friend’ is the only work of Radolt that survives today.

Benjamin Appl, James Baillieu - Heimat (2017)

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Benjamin Appl, James Baillieu - Heimat (2017)

Benjamin Appl, James Baillieu - Heimat (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 235 Mb | Total time: 66:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | 88985393032 | Recorded: 2016, 2017

German-born baritone Benjamin Appl studied with the legendary Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, whose voice his own resembles on the surface. But then he moved to England and has stayed on there. Heimat (Homeland) is not just an exploration of that German concept, but a personal statement and even a bit of an autobiography, with notes from the artist himself (find these if you listen via download or stream) explaining the resonances of each individual song. This kind of personal connection is what classical music in general needs right now, and all the more so in the rather closed tradition of the German Lied.

Georg Solti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 1 (1985)

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Georg Solti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 1 (1985)

Georg Solti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 1 (1985)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 223 Mb | Total time: 48:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | 414 458-2 | Recorded: 1979

Solti finds all the detail in the score not only in the very grand passages but brings tenderness to the more reflective sections which is a joy to listen too. The CSO are magnificent, the strings have that bloom that makes you think of the Vienna Philharmonic at their peak, the rest of the ensemble are no less perfect either. The Decca recording, which just predates digital sound, is full and opulent and puts you in the best seat in the concert hall and is as just as good, if not better, then many later recordings of these works.

Federico Del Sordo, Alberto Turco, In Dulci Jubilo - Fasolo: Magnificat; Salve Regina; Ricercates (2017)

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Federico Del Sordo, Alberto Turco, In Dulci Jubilo - Fasolo: Magnificat; Salve Regina; Ricercates (2017)

Federico Del Sordo, Alberto Turco, In Dulci Jubilo - Fasolo: Magnificat; Salve Regina; Ricercates (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 627 Mb | Total time: 128:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | 95512 | Recorded: 2016

Giovanni Battista Fasolo (1598-1680) was born in Asti (Italy) and spent his life as a Franciscan Friar in Rome, Naples and finally as Maestro di Cappella at the Cathedral of Monreale, Sicily. He is mainly known for his “Annuale”, the largest compendium of organ music for liturgical use written in the 17th century.

Fritz Wunderlich, Hubert Giesen - Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin (1989)

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Fritz Wunderlich, Hubert Giesen - Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin (1989)

Fritz Wunderlich, Hubert Giesen - Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 297 Mb | Total time: 71:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 423 956-2 | Recorded: 1966

Uncritical admiration is appropriate for these Schubert Lieder, where no forcing, no technical difficulties, not even a single spoiled note are to be found. It is not possible to perform Die schöne Müllerin and the other songs more heartily, more expressively than Fritz Wunderlich and his congenial, subtle accompanist Hubert Giesen do and, fortunately, will be able to do again and again, on these two records that every music lover will have to listen to stirringly.

Dorothee Mields, Simone Eckert, Hamburger Ratsmusik - Johann Philipp Krieger: Musicalischer Seelen-Frieden (2013)

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Dorothee Mields, Simone Eckert, Hamburger Ratsmusik - Johann Philipp Krieger: Musicalischer Seelen-Frieden (2013)

Dorothee Mields, Simone Eckert, Hamburger Ratsmusik - Johann Philipp Krieger: Musicalischer Seelen-Frieden (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 322 Mb | Total time: 58:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Carus | # 83.372 | Recorded: 2012

On the CD Musicalischer Seelen-Frieden Dorothee Mields and the ensemble Hamburger Ratsmusik present several of the most beautiful solo cantatas of the baroque composer Johann Philipp Krieger. Krieger understood how to unite French and Italian elements of style in his music and thus as a composer he was an important role model for the generation in which Bach and Telemann were active. His altogether twenty sacred concertos from the collection "Musikalischer Seelen-Friede", the only edition of Krieger’s sacred music, which was printed in 1990 and 1996, are among the most important contributions to this important genre in his time.

Frédérick Haas - Jean-Henry d'Anglebert: Suites pour le Clavecin (1996)

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Frédérick Haas - Jean-Henry d'Anglebert: Suites pour le Clavecin (1996)

Frédérick Haas - Jean-Henry d'Anglebert: Suites pour le Clavecin (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 498 Mb | Total time: 79:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Calliope | CAL 9878 | Recorded: 1996

Frédérick Haas possède une connaissance approfondie de la facture des instruments, et des secrets de leurs réglages. C’est cela qui lui permet ce dialogue si intime avec l’instrument. Car le clavecin de Haas est tout sauf métallique. Sous ses doigts d’une précision jamais répétitive, l’écriture ciselée et fort ornementée de D’Anglebert résonne avec l’amplitude de l’orchestre lullyste, tandis que le claveciniste nous submerge de couleur. Peut-on vraiment croire que l’intégralité du programme a été enregistré sur ce clavecin Henri Hemsch de 1751 tant l’artiste parvient à tirer de sonorités différentes de cet assemblage savant? A la manière d’un peintre, Haas sculpte chaque pièce comme un petit chef-d’œuvre.

Wilhelm Furtwängler: Das Vermächtnis / The Legacy - Box 2: Beethoven (2010)

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Wilhelm Furtwängler: Das Vermächtnis / The Legacy - Box 2: Beethoven (2010)

Wilhelm Furtwängler: Das Vermächtnis / The Legacy - Box 2: Beethoven (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 3.32 Gb | Total time: 14:08:42 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Membran Music | # 233110 | Recorded: 1926-1954

Conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler already enjoyed a worldwide legendary standing during his lifetime - he was considered the German conductor and performances were greeted with rapturous applause. Today, more than 50 years after his death, Wilhelm Furtwangler is still an icon and his work has become an integral part ofthe music scene.