Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan - Karajan conducts Tchaikovsky (8CD) (2001)

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Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan - Karajan conducts Tchaikovsky (8CD) (2001)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan - Karajan conducts Tchaikovsky (8CD) (2001)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 2.54 Gb | 08:47:31
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Karajan was unquestionably a great Tchaikovsky conductor. Yet although he recorded the last three symphonies many times, he did not turn to the first three until the end of the 1970s, and then proved an outstanding advocate. In the Mendelssohnian opening movement of the First, the tempo may be brisk, but the music's full charm is displayed and the melancholy of the Andante is touchingly caught.

Pablo Casals - Bach Festival: Prades 1950, Volume 1 (2003)

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Pablo Casals - Bach Festival: Prades 1950, Volume 1 (2003)

Pablo Casals - Bach Festival: Prades 1950, Volume 1 (2003)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:17:36 | 409 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Pearl | Catalog: 201

Rarely if ever have music festivals gathered together such a stellar array of names as those in Prades and Perpignan, thanks to the glory of Casal's name and the force of nature which was Alexander Schneider. This release of the Prades Festival is rarely heard and contains the most stunning performances of the 'Brandenburg Concertos', together with items from 'The Musical Offering'.

Louis Lortie, Residentie Orchestra The Hague, George Pehlivanian - Liszt: Works for Piano and Orchestra (2006)

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Louis Lortie, Residentie Orchestra The Hague, George Pehlivanian - Liszt: Works for Piano and Orchestra (2006)

Louis Lortie, Residentie Orchestra The Hague, George Pehlivanian - Liszt: Works for Piano and Orchestra (2006)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 03:33:43 | 814 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos Records | Catalog: CHAN 10371(3)X

These are exuberant performances, overflowing with arch character and impish brio. Lortie doesn't merely phrase responsively; he deftly teases and articulates, so that even routine passage-work lifts into scintillant repartee, wittily met by Pehiavanian and The Hague Residentie Orchestra. For salient instance, this is the first time I've heard the young Liszt's hilariously slapdash, formally sprawling Lelio Fantasy actually.

Sophie Yates - English Virginals Music (1995)

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Sophie Yates - English Virginals Music (1995)

Sophie Yates - English Virginals Music (1995)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:10:40 | 466 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | Catalog: CH0574

Sophie Yates follows her French and Iberian collections (11/93 and 11/94) with an English one, an overview of the period that ended in the 1620s after the death of Byrd, its central figure, Gibbons and Bull, though Tomkins delayed the stylistic rigor mortis for another 30 years. The anonymous My Lady Carey's Dompe and Aston's Hornepype provide quasi-improvisational precursors (though they are not so placed in the programme) of the ubiquitous divisions upon whatever, including Byrd's or Aston's Ground – he looked both backwards to Aston and sideways to Dowland and Harding in writing divisions on their works.

Huguette Gremy-Chauliac - Buxtehude: L’Œuvre pour Clavecin (1992)

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Huguette Gremy-Chauliac - Buxtehude: L’Œuvre pour Clavecin (1992)

Huguette Gremy-Chauliac - Buxtehude: L’Œuvre pour Clavecin (1992)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 03:35:00 | 1.5 Gb
Genre: Classical | Label: FY ‎| Catalog: FYCD 035/37

Dieterich Buxtehude was a Danish-German organist and composer of the Baroque period. His organ works represent a central part of the standard organ repertoire and are frequently performed at recitals and in church services. He composed in a wide variety of vocal and instrumental idioms, and his style strongly influenced many composers, including Johann Sebastian Bach. Today, Buxtehude is considered one of the most important composers in Germany of the mid-Baroque.

Melvyn Tan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan - Mozart: Piano Concertos No. 18 & 19 (1995)

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Melvyn Tan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan - Mozart: Piano Concertos No. 18 & 19 (1995)

Melvyn Tan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan - Mozart: Piano Concertos No. 18 & 19 (1995)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 54:10 | 257 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi France | Catalog: HMU 907138

Sparkling performances of Mozart's piano concertos No.18 and No.19 by keyboard virtuoso Melvyn Tan, "that princeling among fortepianists" (San Francisco Examiner). "Nimble, thoughtful musicianship… a sweet, crystalline tone" - San Francisco Chronicle "Two of the most seductive Mozart performances available" - Chicago Tribune

Edna Stern, Amandine Beyer - Brahms, Busoni, Lutz, Bach: Chaconne (2005) (Repost)

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Edna Stern, Amandine Beyer - Brahms, Busoni, Lutz, Bach: Chaconne (2005) (Repost)

Edna Stern, Amandine Beyer - Brahms, Busoni, Lutz, Bach: Chaconne (2005)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 60:02 | 259 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Zig-Zag territories | Catalog: ZZT050601

A terrific idea that almost but not quite comes off, this disc called Chaconne takes as its basis Bach's Chaconne from his D minor Partita for solo violin and adds transcriptions of the work for piano by Johannes Brahms, Ferruccio Busoni, and Rudolf Lutz, the last named the teacher of pianist Edna Stern. It nearly succeeds. Stern's playing in the transcriptions is far more than professional, but not quite up to the level of the music.

Svyatoslav Richter, Evgeny Mravinsky - Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2 & Symphony No.3 (2013)

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Svyatoslav Richter, Evgeny Mravinsky - Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2 & Symphony No.3 (2013)

Svyatoslav Richter, Evgeny Mravinsky - Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2 & Symphony No.3 (2013)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:18:29 | 425 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Praga | Catalog: DSD 350103

An unusual pairing of two of Brahms’ most popular scores by uncontested Russian masters and the resurrection of Svjatoslav Richter’s only too rare encounters with that most Russian conductor of the 20th century, Yevgeny Mravinsky. An indispensable reference left by two legendary artists.

Wilhem Backhaus - Beethoven: Piano Concertos 1-5, Diabelli Variations (1992)

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Wilhem Backhaus - Beethoven: Piano Concertos 1-5, Diabelli Variations (1992)

Wilhem Backhaus - Beethoven: Piano Concertos 1-5, Diabelli Variations (1992)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 208:45 | 1.1 Gb
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | Catalog: 433891

Of how many recordings do you suppose you can say: This sounds just right; I can hardly imagine it being bettered? In a field as competitive as Beethoven's concertos, this might sound like reaching too far? Yet history, an unimpeachable witness, has already declared in favour of this album.

Ivan Moravec, Jiří Bělohlávek - Brahms: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (2006)

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Ivan Moravec, Jiří Bělohlávek - Brahms: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (2006)

Ivan Moravec, Jiří Bělohlávek - Brahms: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (2006)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:38:33 | 432 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Supraphon | Catalog: SU 3865-2

This is a very convenient coupling of the two concertos played by Moravec and recorded in 1988 and 1989. The recordings need to be played at a slightly higher playback setting, 2 decibels or so, for them to have full impact. If this is not done the orchestral sound in particular can seem rather spongy, especially noticeable at the very start of the first concerto ans in particular as regards the lower strings and timpani. So long as the volume level is raised as suggested, the recording is OK.

Pinchas Zukerman, Marc Neikrug, Zubin Mehta - Beethoven: Violin Concerto, Violin Sonata No. 10 (1992)

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Pinchas Zukerman, Marc Neikrug, Zubin Mehta - Beethoven: Violin Concerto, Violin Sonata No. 10 (1992)

Pinchas Zukerman, Marc Neikrug, Zubin Mehta - Beethoven: Violin Concerto, Violin Sonata No. 10 (1992)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:12:23 | 311 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: RCA Victor Red Seal | Catalog: 61219-2

With a celebrated career encompassing five decades, Pinchas Zukerman reigns as one of today's most sought after and versatile musicians - violin and viola soloist, conductor, and chamber musician. He is renowned as a virtuoso, admired for the expressive lyricism of his playing, singular beauty of tone, and impeccable musicianship, which can be heard throughout his discography of over 100 albums.

Parnassi Musici - Telemann: Trietti metodichi e Scherzi (2008)

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Parnassi Musici - Telemann: Trietti metodichi e Scherzi (2008)

Parnassi Musici - Telemann: Trietti metodichi e Scherzi (2008)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) | 01:03:22 | 414 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: CPO | Catalog: 777301

This album of three and four movements Trios, quartets and scherzos for various instruments (transverse flutes, violins, and bassoon) along with basso-continuo consisting of violin, cello, harpsichord and flute are delightful. They are played so very well on "original instruments" by members of Parnassi Musici that plays beautifully with no harsh tones.

Martin Fröst - Mozart (2013) (Repost)

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Martin Fröst - Mozart (2013) (Repost)

Martin Fröst - Mozart (2013)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 53:43 | 254 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | Catalog: BIS-SACD-1893

Swedish clarinetist Martin Fröst is one of the world's top players, with a creamy, utterly consistent tone that is the envy of many a young player. It may be a surprise to see him take up Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622, once again; he recorded it in the early 2000s with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, along with its usual partner on disc, the Clarinet Quintet in A major, K. 581. But there are several new things this time around.

Sergio Azzolini, Parnassi Musici - Telemann: Trio Sonatas (2003) (Repost)

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Sergio Azzolini, Parnassi Musici - Telemann: Trio Sonatas (2003) (Repost)

Sergio Azzolini, Parnassi Musici - Telemann: Trio Sonatas (2003)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 1:08:36 | 378 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: CPO | Catalog: 999934

Telemann is said to have transformed traditional trio sonatas as composed and performed in Germany from esoteric music for virtuoso players into a considerably more popular form. I am not sure what "popular" means, but what we have here is music of the highest order, performed by a group of accomplished musicians. Admittedly, the sound of period instruments is not always to everyone's taste (including, at times, mine), but here they work well with the material and the result is on the musical mark.

Allison Iraheta - Just Like You (2009)

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Allison Iraheta - Just Like You (2009)

Allison Iraheta - Just Like You (2009)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 364 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 114 MB | 44:25
Genre: Pop, Rock | Label: Sony Legacy

The spunky kid sister to Kris Allen and Adam Lambert on season eight of American Idol, Allison Iraheta was the bridge between Allen’s sweet, sincere balladeering and Lambert’s arch camp, stretching over Danny Gokey’s lukewarm water. She still had some of Adam’s spice but could be packaged like Kris, not unlike her clear forebear Kelly Clarkson, who proved that sass could be bottled and sold.