Frank Duval - The Best Of (2CD) (2001)

Posted By: tirexiss
Frank Duval - The Best Of (2CD) (2001)

Frank Duval - The Best Of (2CD) (2001)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) - 746 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 331 MB | Covers Included | 02:07:21
Genre: Classical | Label: QG | Catalog: QGA 039/040

Television composer Frank Duval scored several hits in Germany, including 1979's "Todesengel" and the following year's "Angel of Mine." Born in Berlin in 1940, he studied as an actor and dancer, but also sang with his sister, Maria. By the '60s, Duval was also composing music, both orchestral and pop, and his debut soundtrack for an episode of the German serial Tatort aired in 1977. Much busier with composition work during the late '70s, Duval also released some of his recordings through Teldec. From his 1979 debut Die Schönsten Melodien Aus Derrick und der Alte, "Todesengel" became a moderate hit.

Wilhelm Kempff, Géza Anda, Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Pierre Fournier - Beethoven: The Complete Concertos, Vol. 2 (2016)

Posted By: tirexiss
Wilhelm Kempff, Géza Anda, Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Pierre Fournier - Beethoven: The Complete Concertos, Vol. 2 (2016)

Wilhelm Kempff, Géza Anda, Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Pierre Fournier - Beethoven: The Complete Concertos, Vol. 2 (2016)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:17:49 | 727 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 0289 459 4032 8

Wilhelm Kempff's cycle of the Beethoven Piano Concertos with Ferdinand Leitner and the Berlin Philharmonic is one of the great achievements of the golden age of stereo. Kempff had already recorded a magnificent mono cycle in the mid-1950s with the same orchestra under Paul Van Kempen (recently reissued on the box set "Wilhelm Kempff: The Complete 1950s Concerto Recordings" in DG's Original Masters series – see my review), but these new performances maintained his highest playing standards while offering the added dimension of stereo sound.

Per Enoksson, Kathryn Stott - Emil Sjögren: Violin Sonatas (2000)

Posted By: tirexiss
Per Enoksson, Kathryn Stott - Emil Sjögren: Violin Sonatas (2000)

Per Enoksson, Kathryn Stott - Emil Sjögren: Violin Sonatas (2000)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:07:22 | 311 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | Catalog: 995

Swedish composer Emil Sjögren (1853-1918) is perhaps best remembered outside his native land for his songs that were popularized by the great tenor Jussi Björling, who made a point of sharing works by his countrymen in his recitals. However, Sjögren wrote many chamber, piano, and organ compositions that deserve to be reexamined and revived on a more international level. Certainly, a gorgeous, lush, high Romantic work such as the Sonata No. 2 would be a welcome addition to the concert stage, especially when it is given as fine a performance as violinist Per Enoksson and pianist Kathryn Stott offer on this release from BIS.

Doric String Quartet - Korngold: The String Quartets (2010) (Repost)

Posted By: tirexiss
Doric String Quartet - Korngold: The String Quartets (2010) (Repost)

Doric String Quartet - Korngold: The String Quartets (2010)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 79:57 | 358 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos Records | Catalog: CHAN 10611

Erich Wolfgang Korngold is best remembered today for his popular film scores for Captain Blood, The Adventures of Robin Hood, and The Sea Hawk, among other Hollywood classics, and for his opera Die tote Stadt, but his oeuvre of concert and chamber music has been undergoing a gradual revival since the 1970s, with a steady increase of recordings of key works. The three string quartets are represented in the catalog on a handful of CDs, but they remain somewhat exclusive items for string players and connoisseurs and have yet to be widely performed.

The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood - J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concertos (1985)

Posted By: tirexiss
The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood - J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concertos (1985)

The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood - J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concertos (1985)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:25:07 | 568 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: L'Oiseau-Lyre | Catalog: 414 187-2

This new set of Bach's most famous concertos does not have to compete with any of the others presently on the market for it is based on sources which predate the fair copy which Bach dedicated to the Margrave of Brandenburg in 1721. It is not the first time that such an enterprise has found its way on to gramophone records and many readers will doubtless remember Thurston Dart's pioneering work, along similar lines of thought, which resulted in recordings issued by Philips during the early 1970s. The differences, both large and small, between Bach's fair copy of the six Brandenburg Concertos and the earlier forms are too numerous to discuss fully in these pages, but they are dealt with in Christopher Hogwood's interesting introductory essay which accompanies the set.

Charivari Agréable, Kah-Ming Ng - Torelli: The Original Brandenburg Concertos (2009)

Posted By: tirexiss
Charivari Agréable, Kah-Ming Ng - Torelli: The Original Brandenburg Concertos (2009)

Charivari Agréable, Kah-Ming Ng - Torelli: The Original Brandenburg Concertos (2009)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:01:48 | 377 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Signum Classics | Catalog: 157

The "original Brandenburg concertos" subtitle of this release means less than it seems to suggest; the works have nothing to do with Bach's Brandenburg Concertos, which didn't even have that name until many years after the fact. The connection is that Torelli's concertos here were dedicated, in 1698, to Sophie Charlotte, Electress of Brandenburg-Ansbach and eventually the leader honored by the Charlottenburg castle in Berlin. Bach's concertos were dedicated to the Margrave of Brandenburg, member of another branch of the Prussian ruling line. The big news here is not the Brandenburg connection but the entirely fresh performances of Torelli's Op. 6 concertos.

Claudio Arrau - Beethoven Edition (5CD) (1991)

Posted By: tirexiss
Claudio Arrau - Beethoven Edition (5CD) (1991)

Claudio Arrau - Beethoven Edition (5CD) (1991)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 06:22:25 | 1.3 Gb
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | Catalog: 7673792

When EMI made their various sonata and concerto recordings with Claudio Arrau in the 1950s, his reputation in this country was at its zenith; and rightly so, to judge from much that their five-CD Beethoven Edition has to offer. Later, a reaction set in, something that first became apparent in these pages in 1963 as Arrau, now a Philips artist, embarked on his cycle of all 32 Beethoven piano sonatas.

Ulf Hoelscher - Spohr: Violin Concertos Nos. 2 & 5 (2013)

Posted By: tirexiss
Ulf Hoelscher - Spohr: Violin Concertos Nos. 2 & 5 (2013)

Ulf Hoelscher - Spohr: Violin Concertos Nos. 2 & 5 (2013)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 49:23 | 286 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: CPO | Catalog: 9990672

Louis Spohr was a slightly younger contemporary to Beethoven and was the only main contender to Paganini as a violin virtuoso. His earlier violin concerti here are a good example of his style and how it was in great parts similar to that of Paganini's. The performance and direction is well done. More gifted than Paganini in terms his greater diversity of compositions and ability for instrumental arrangement, Spohr's obscurity is somewhat more the product of academic questions on his originality in method and application and his merit for them in contrast to Paganini's whose genius talent was unquestionable.

I Musici - Vivaldi: 12 Concerti op. 7 (1991)

Posted By: tirexiss
I Musici - Vivaldi: 12 Concerti op. 7 (1991)

I Musici - Vivaldi: 12 Concerti op. 7 (1991)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:46:32 | 653 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | Catalog: 426 940 2

These recordings by I Musici, with soloists Salavatore Accardo (violin) and Heinz Holliger (oboe) display both attributes in spades. The recordings were made in 1975. While maybe not displaying the same cutting-edge tempi as the most recent competition (Federico Guglielmo and Il Arte Dell'Arco in the new Brilliant Classics Vivaldi edition) they are still very very good. If you see this set for sale I wouldn't hesitate to grab it.

Quatuor Turner - Beethoven: String Quartets Op.18 (1995)

Posted By: tirexiss
Quatuor Turner - Beethoven: String Quartets Op.18 (1995)

Quatuor Turner - Beethoven: String Quartets Op.18 (1995)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:28:30 | 765 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | Catalog: HMN 911540/41

An apocryphal notion of the composer as iconoclastic revolutionary infuses this new cycle from the Turner Quartet, authenticists who consistently outflank rival period accounts from the Smithson Quartet, also on Harmonia Mundi. These are curtly doctrinal readings; the emphatic urgency propelling the opening Allegro con brio of No. 6 and heroic muscularity of the finale of No. 2 underscore another familiar dictum, as ‘Napoleon [or rather his musical alter ego, Beethoven] bursts into the Classical drawing-room’ with these works. The Turner Quartet heralds his triumphant arrival, yet asserts that he’s in no hurry to leave.

Kian Soltani, Aaron Pilsan - Home: Schubert, Schumann, Vali (2018)

Posted By: tirexiss
Kian Soltani, Aaron Pilsan - Home: Schubert, Schumann, Vali (2018)

Kian Soltani, Aaron Pilsan - Home: Schubert, Schumann, Vali (2018)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 78:46 | 315 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 4798100

You can tell a great deal about performance quality from one crucial consideration: timing. In the context of Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata as played by Kian Soltani and Aaron Pilsan, it’s in the first movement. Listen to 2'58", an arpeggio piano chord at the close of the exposition, then the pause before the repeated opening – sheer perfection. No one on disc judges it better. The overriding impression is of a watertight musical partnership, one’s attention divided equally between cellist and pianist.

Ars Antiqua Austria, Gunar Letzbor - Mozart: Grabmusik, Gallimathias Musicum (1998)

Posted By: tirexiss
Ars Antiqua Austria, Gunar Letzbor - Mozart: Grabmusik, Gallimathias Musicum (1998)

Ars Antiqua Austria, Gunar Letzbor - Mozart: Grabmusik, Gallimathias Musicum (1998)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 49:41 | 253 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Chesky Records | Catalog: CD 172

Every so often, one becomes enchanted by the accomplishments of a true genius. When such a genius is only 11 years of age, we cannot help but reflect on mankind's wonderful gifts. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart granted the world with a source of pleasure, beauty and inspiration that will be ours to enjoy forever. The goal of this recording was to produce, as simply, organically and accurately as possible, a journey back to what might have happened when the 11-year-old Mozart wrote and performed the music featured here.

Fazil Say - Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 12, 21 & 23 (2004)

Posted By: tirexiss
Fazil Say - Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 12, 21 & 23 (2004)

Fazil Say - Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 12, 21 & 23 (2004)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:14:34 | 325 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Naïve | Catalog: 4992

Before talking to Fazil Say about these performances, I’m not sure that I would have used the word “operatic” to describe them—but from the beginning, I was struck by their conversational quality, by the superbly characterized playing of the solo winds and by the exceptional chamber-music rapport of pianist and orchestra as they toss material back and forth. And while I might not have thought of the word “smiling,” I certainly noticed the high level of wit, both in the playing itself and in the slightly anachronistic cadenza that Say offers for K 467.

Nanci Griffith - Ruby's Torch (2006)

Posted By: tirexiss
Nanci Griffith - Ruby's Torch (2006)

Nanci Griffith - Ruby's Torch (2006)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 286 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 108 MB | 41:46
Genre: Folk, Country | Label: Rounder

In her brief liner essay, Nanci Griffith claims that Ruby's Torch – a collection of torch songs, what else? – is a "dream come true" and something her listeners have requested over the years. Fair enough, but in typical fashion Griffith has put a spin on these nuggets, only two of which are her own compositions (old ones at that). In addition to "Brave Companion of the Road" and "Late Night Grande Hotel," there are three songs by Tom Waits (including his classic "Ruby's Arms," which the album title is adapted from), Jimmy Webb's "If These Walls Could Talk," Sandy Mason's "When I Dream" (the best-known version is by Willie Nelson, but Crystal Gayle's is better), "Bluer Than Blue" by Randy Goodrum (and a hit by Michael Johnson in the '70s), and "Never Be the Sun" by Donagh Long.

Massimo Palumbo - Haydn: Complete Piano Concertos, Vol.1 (2003)

Posted By: tirexiss
Massimo Palumbo - Haydn: Complete Piano Concertos, Vol.1 (2003)

Massimo Palumbo - Haydn: Complete Piano Concertos, Vol.1 (2003)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:21:01 | 301 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Arts Music | Catalog: 47629

In history, the beginning of the genre of piano or cembalo concertos is usually associated with the name of Johann Sebastian Bach, whose sons had continued the undertaking which their father had begun. Thus, for example, Mozart was influenced by C.P.E. Bach in his own, further development of the genre, the "classical" character of which would become significantly influenced by him. The source of Haydn's inspiration to write piano concertos, and knowledge of appropriate compositions by his contemporaries, cannot be determined for certain, as we do not have any reliable documentation.