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RCO - Anthology of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Vol 1, 1935-1950 (2002) {13CD Box Set Q Disc 97017, Limited Edition}

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RCO - Anthology of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Vol 1, 1935-1950 (2002) {13CD Box Set Q Disc 97017, Limited Edition}

RCO - Anthology of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Vol 1, 1935-1950 (2002) {13CD Box Set Q Disc 97017, Limited Edition}
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© 1935-50, 2002 Radio Netherlands Music / Q Disc | 97017
Classical / Orchestral / Symphony / Romantic / Early 20th Century

Böhm was reported to have told the Wiener Philharmoniker towards the end of his life "I loved you as one can only love a woman". Listening to this boxset, capturing the Concertgebouworkest at the peak of its powers (between 1935 and June 1941), still at a commendable level (between July 1941 and 1944) before having to rebuild from the ashes of war (1945 to 1947) to finally come back to the highest level (1949-1950), the careful auditor has history in the making unfolding with its drama, its joys, but essentially its incommensurable beauty.

Fenella Humphreys - Bach 2 the Future, Vol.2 (2016)

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Fenella Humphreys - Bach 2 the Future, Vol.2 (2016)

Fenella Humphreys - Bach 2 the Future, Vol.2 (2016)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 72:02 | 352 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Champs Hill Records | Catalog: CHRCD118

Take one motivated and talented young British violinist, inspired by the solo violin music of JS Bach, and mix with some of the best British composing talent of today and the result is: Fenella Humpreys’ “Bach 2 the Future”. Fenella Humphreys came to performing Bach’s masterpieces in their complete form relatively recently, but was frustrated by a lack of solo works to perform alongside them.

Hakon Austbo - Edvard Grieg: Piano Works (2010) 7CD Box Set

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Hakon Austbo - Edvard Grieg: Piano Works (2010) 7CD Box Set

Håkon Austbø - Edvard Grieg: Piano Works (2010) 7CD Box Set
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Genre: Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 94046 | Time: 07:40:14

Edvard Grieg will always be remembered as the composer of the highly effective Piano Concerto in A minor, and his incidental music to Ibsen's play Peer Gynt. However, it is as a miniaturist that Greig's true genius lies. Grieg was a very capable pianist, and had in fact made his early career as a concert pianist, his songs and solo piano music form the heart of his output. The early piano sonata although interesting shows clearly why the less restricting forms of the miniatures for solo piano suited his genius. The Lyric Pieces and Peasant Dances display his keen ear for traditional folk music, matched probably only by Bartok and Kodaly. The 66 works that comprise the 10 books of Lyric Pieces date from 1867 to 1901, and are extraordinary, exquisitely crafted works that can stand comparison to any of the great sonatas of his contemporaries. This 7 CD set includes the complete Lyric Pieces, the Sonata, The Holberg Suite and the lesser-known piano works of this great composer who captured the very essence of his native Norway in music.

Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Thierry Fischer - Igor Stravinsky: Mavra; Symphonies of Wind Instruments; Octet; Concertino (1998)

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Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Thierry Fischer - Igor Stravinsky: Mavra; Symphonies of Wind Instruments; Octet; Concertino (1998)

Igor Stravinsky: Mavra; Symphonies of Wind Instruments; Octet; Concertino (1998)
Netherlands Wind Ensemble, conducted by Thierry Fischer; Soloists of the Kirov Opera

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Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 9488 | Time: 00:59:44

This CD offers a rare opportunity to hear Igor Stravinsky's opera buffa, 'Mavra.' At only 28 minutes, the opera is short, but interesting. By scoring the orchestra with full winds and just a handful of strings, Stravinsky molded the usually romantic opera genre into his cool, neoclassical form. Both the singing and the playing are highly energetic, and contain a certain wittiness. Conductor Thierry Fischer does something quite amazing: instead of the usual separation between voice and pit orchestra, Fischer puts the orchestra in direct dialogue with the stage action, creating an incredible integration. The 'Octet' and 'Concertino', more standard works, are also well played. Attacks and articulations are so very clean, and it was this cleanliness that attracted Stravinsky to wind instruments in the first place. Unlike other Stravinsky recordings, this one has the vitality and moodiness that make the notes sparkle. One always feels a sense of propulsion. In the 'Concertino', this rhythmic drive is contrasted beautifully with eerie string lines. The 'Octet' manages to achieve a perfect chamber music feel. The ensemble never forces the sound, and the result is an elegant, interesting and contagious performance. The same could be said for the whole album.

Jonathan Plowright - Ignacy Jan Paderewski: Piano Sonata Op. 21; Variations and Fugues Opp. 11 & 23 (2007)

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Jonathan Plowright - Ignacy Jan Paderewski: Piano Sonata Op. 21; Variations and Fugues Opp. 11 & 23 (2007)

Jonathan Plowright - Ignacy Jan Paderewski:
Piano Sonata Op. 21; Variations and Fugues Opp. 11 & 23 (2007)

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Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67562 | Time: 01:19:56

Defining Polish composer Ignacy Jan Paderewski’s musical personality inevitably sends commentators rushing for comparisons with influential predecessors and contemporaries: Chopin is usually in the lead, followed in short order by Liszt, Wagner and Rachmaninov. But at his best, and that is very much the case with the works recorded here, there is much more to Paderewski. Chopin may be clearly evident in the Piano Sonata of 1903, but a distinctive and distinguished melodic voice shines through in the slow movement and everywhere there is always a strong sense of forward momentum. The A minor Variations from the mid-1880s inhabit a very different world. A soulful, almost neo-Baroque theme sets the tone for wide-ranging figuration over which the spirit of Brahms hovers perceptibly. Although the E flat minor Variations were originally composed at much the same time, a major rewrite in 1903 gave them far greater scope and seriousness with much richer textures and a questing musical accent sometimes of quite modernist cut. In Jonathan Plowright these works have a near-ideal interpreter. Not only does he negotiate Paderewski’s dizzying virtuoso demands with evident ease, but also his ability to bring an almost string-like tone to the more lyrical passages constantly fascinates in this excellent recording.

Piers Lane, Bergen PO, Andrew Litton - Eyvind Alnaes & Christian Sinding: Piano Concertos (2007)

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Piers Lane, Bergen PO, Andrew Litton - Eyvind Alnaes & Christian Sinding: Piano Concertos (2007)

The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 42: Eyvind Alnæs & Christian Sinding (2007)
Piers Lane, piano; Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra; Andrew Litton, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 233 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 152 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67555 | Time: 01:05:10

You're going to love this disc. It does everything this wonderful series of "Romantic Piano Concertos" is supposed to: present captivating repertoire in excellent performances. Christian Sinding was a notoriously spotty composer when working in large forms. After all, if you live well into your 80s writing tons of music along the way, but remain famous for one three-minute piano miniature ("Rustle of Spring"), then something's not right. That said, this youthful concerto offsets its tendency to ramble with an abundance of fresh, enjoyable tunes and fistfuls of pianistic fun and games. When the melodies are so attractive it's impossible to deny Sinding his right to dwell on them at length. Eyvind Alnaes was one of those composer/performer/administrators whose busy schedule prevented him from writing much music, but thank God he turned out this piano concerto. Scored for a massive orchestra with an enormous brass section (six trombones!), the piece is, believe it or not, actually rather light and vivacious, except for those moments when the full ensemble really cuts loose. The finale, a free-flowing waltz, would be a "pops" favorite if the scoring weren't so extravagant. It's just the kind the music you'll want to enjoy on disc because you'll never hear it live: a big, juicy, Wagnerian love-fest between the soloist and the orchestra that leaves you wanting more.

John Cage - Complete Piano Music, Vols. 1-10 - Steffen Schleiermacher (2004) {18CD Set MDG 613 1731-2 rec 1997-2002}

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John Cage - Complete Piano Music, Vols. 1-10 - Steffen Schleiermacher (2004) {18CD Set MDG 613 1731-2 rec 1997-2002}

John Cage - Complete Piano Music, Vols. 1-10 - Steffen Schleiermacher (2004) {18CD Set MDG 613 1731-2 rec 1997-2002}
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© 1997-2002, 2004 Musikproduktion Dabringhaus Und Grimm | MDG 613 1731-2
Classical / Contemporary Classical / Piano

Steffen Schleiermacher's monumental traversal of the complete piano music of John Cage will be essential for the collection of any fan of the composer's, unless he or she has already purchased the previously released ten volumes (a total of 18 discs) that are boxed together here and reissued in recognition of the composer's 100th anniversary in 2012. The 20-hour compilation is a testimony to Cage's hugely prolific output, and certainly constitutes one of the most significant collections of keyboard music of the 20th century. There could hardly be a more sympathetic and skillful interpreter of Cage's oeuvre than German pianist/composer Steffen Schleiermacher.

Kurt Atterberg - Symphonies No. 7 & 9, Orchestral Works Vol. 5 (Neeme Jarvi/Järvi) - 2016

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Kurt Atterberg - Symphonies No. 7 & 9, Orchestral Works Vol. 5 (Neeme Jarvi/Järvi) - 2016

Kurt Atterberg - Symphonies No. 7 & 9, Orchestral Works Vol. 5 (Anna Larsson, Olle Persson, Gothenburg Symphony Chorus/Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi/Järvi) - 2016
WEB FLAC (tracks, cover, logs) | 01:02:49 | 296.54 MB
Classical | Chandos / CHSA5166

The final volume in our Atterberg series with Neeme Järvi and his Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra is finally out. Recorded on SACD like most of the previous ones, it features two late, again rarely performed symphonies.
The seventh, featured here in its final, three-movement form, was written in 1942, fourteen years after its famous predecessor, the Dollar Symphony. Originally in four movements, the work was received dismissively by the critics, and only acquired its final shape in 1969, when Atterberg decided to tear out the last movement from the original score (it became Vittorioso, see Vol. 4). In response to what he regarded as a critical insult, he also decided to baptise the work Sinfonia romantica, just to infuriate the modernistically inclined critics even further….

Gil Shaham, Mikhail Pletnev - Glazunov, Kabalevsky: Violin Concertos (1997)

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Gil Shaham, Mikhail Pletnev - Glazunov, Kabalevsky: Violin Concertos (1997)

Gil Shaham, Mikhail Pletnev - Glazunov, Kabalevsky: Violin Concertos (1997)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 61:58 | 284 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 457 064-2

This is a very enjoyable program of some really worthwhile music. Glazunov's superb violin concerto from 1905 is a conservative, melodic work, but a splendid one whose popularity is definitely well deserved. Gil Shaham's approach is also rather conservative, but in the best sense of the word. The playing is beautifully phrased, warm-toned and romantic, and it is excellently supported by the Russian National Orchestra under Mikhail Pletnev. No, Shaham does not really provide any new insights, but as a library version of the work this is, I assume, possibly the best you could do.

Gerald Finley, Julius Drake - Samuel Barber: Songs (2007)

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Gerald Finley, Julius Drake - Samuel Barber: Songs (2007)

Gerald Finley, Julius Drake - Samuel Barber: Songs (2007)
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Classical, Vocal | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67528 | Time: 01:02:14

Baritone Gerald Finley's generous selection of Barber's songs includes two of his most familiar cycles, 11 individual songs, and Dover Beach, for baritone and string quartet. The songs all come from Barber's early period and range from "There is nae Lark," written when he was 17, to the Hermit Songs of 1953. Finley doesn't have a huge voice, but he can deliver plenty of power when required, and he has an appealing warmth and ease. His delivery is refreshingly free and unmannered, and it is ideally suited to the directness of Barber's songs. He shows wonderful sensitivity to the texts and makes even the most overdone songs, such as "The Daisies," sound convincing and newly imagined. The Hermit Songs are sung almost exclusively by women, perhaps because of the tradition that Barber established when he gave the premiere performance accompanying Leontyne Price, whose recording remains a gold standard. The texts, mostly written by Medieval Irish monks, largely reflect a male perspective, and Finley's fine performance ought to give courage to more men to take up the cycle.

Sharon Bezaly, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Richard Tognetti - Pipe Dreams (2012) (Repost)

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Sharon Bezaly, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Richard Tognetti - Pipe Dreams (2012) (Repost)

Sharon Bezaly, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Richard Tognetti - Pipe Dreams (2012)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 60:23 | 253 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | Catalog: BIS-CD-1789

On a wide selection of recordings solo, with orchestra, and in chamber music Sharon Bezaly has demonstrated not only ‘utter commitment to the works’ but also ‘the most technically assured, breathtakingly brilliant flute-playing around’ (Fanfare). On Pipe Dreams, she appears with the eminent Australian Chamber Orchestra and their leader Richard Tognetti in a programme which takes its name from the Australian composer Carl Vine’s work for flute and orchestra.

Royal Liverpool PO, Libor Pesek - Josef Suk: Asrael Symphony, Op. 27 (1991) [Re-Up]

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Royal Liverpool PO, Libor Pesek - Josef Suk: Asrael Symphony, Op. 27 (1991) [Re-Up]

Josef Suk: Asrael Symphony, Op. 27 (1991)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Libor Pešek, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 275 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 199 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # VC 7 91221-2 | Time: 01:02:09

Josef Suk was a pupil of the great Czech composer Dvorák. He married Dvorák's daughter Otilie (who, by the way, was also talented as a composer). Suk began this symphony after the death of his beloved mentor and father-in-law, Dvorák. Otilie died toward the end of its composition, which prompted Suk to recompose it and invest it with even deeper feeling. At that time he added the subtitle, which is the name of the legendary "Angel of Death" who attends the souls of the departed and offers them hope. The hour-long, five-movement work is a passionate outpouring of feeling. The first contrasts two themes representing, on the one hand, destiny and death and, on the other, happiness in life. The second, an Andante, is a funeral march. The third is a scherzo contrasting the dance of death and reminiscences of life. The fourth movement, a radiantly tragic Adagio, is said to be a portrait of Otilie. The fifth movement begins in a stern mood, but gradually offers hope, closing in peace and bliss. It is a deeply affecting work in a style fairly similar to that of Richard Strauss' tone poems.

Henri Mulet - Complete Organ Works (Virgile Monin) - 2015

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Henri Mulet - Complete Organ Works (Virgile Monin) - 2015

Henri Mulet - Complete Organ Works (Virgile Monin) - 2015
WEB FLAC (tracks, cover, logs) | 01:17:45 | 228.40 MB
Classical | Solstice / SOCD311

(organ of Notre-Dame de la Dalbade, Toulouse)
This is a typically eccentric Solstice release: a booklet with shoddy photography, long, vaguely political and poorly translated booklet essay, the point-blank range François Carbou recording … and gorgeous performances of neglected and evocative music. Henri Mulet has for too long been known for just two pieces, the ‘Tu es Petra’ toccata from the Esquisses byzantines and the Carillon sortie. As this collection of the complete organ works (compiled thanks to generous help from British organist Paul Derrett) shows, though, the Esquisses in particular constitute a colourful, if often melancholy, trove of delights. The young French organist Virgil Monin plays with great warmth and empathy. …
CHRIS BRAGG

Hélène Grimaud – Resonances (2010)

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Hélène Grimaud – Resonances (2010)

Hélène Grimaud – Resonances (2010)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:08:57 | 322 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 477 8766 GH

Hélène Grimaud's 2010 album Resonances has a program with a unifying theme, though some explaining is needed to tease it out of the music. All of the works presented on this CD are notable products of the musical heritage of the Austro-Hungarian empire, and the connections Grimaud makes go backward in time to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, then pass through Franz Liszt to Alban Berg and Béla Bartók.

Henri Mulet - The Complete Organ Works (Paul Derrett) - 2017

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Henri Mulet - The Complete Organ Works (Paul Derrett) - 2017

Henri Mulet - The Complete Organ Works (Paul Derrett) - 2017
WEB FLAC (tracks, cover, logs) | 01:40:41 | 294.37 MB
Classical | Priory Records / PRCD5041

(the organ of Notre Dame de France, London)
…Henri Mulet was born in Paris in 1878 and by all accounts was a good student, a skilled organist, and professor of music. However in 1937 he burnt his manuscripts and left Paris for Provence where he served as organist at the cathedral in Draguignan living out the remaining thirty years of his life in seclusion among the monks at the abbey there until his death in 1967…