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Kim Kashkashian & Robert Levin - Paul Hindemith: Sonatas for Viola/Piano & Viola Alone (1988) 2CDs [Re-Up]

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Kim Kashkashian & Robert Levin - Paul Hindemith: Sonatas for Viola/Piano & Viola Alone (1988) 2CDs [Re-Up]

Kim Kashkashian & Robert Levin - Paul Hindemith: Sonatas for Viola/Piano & Viola Alone (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 537 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 313 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Chamber Music | Label: ECM | # ECM 1330-32, 833 311-2 | Time: 02:07:46

The viola was Hindemith's instrument (though he could play almost any), and he wrote some of his most expressive chamber music for it. This two-disc set includes all four of Hindemith's sonatas for solo violin and the three for viola and piano. I prefer the wildness of Hindemith's earlier music to the sometimes arid calm of his later music, so listeners like myself who like Hindemith can have a feast here as most of these are early works. They are played with energy and passion by an outstanding violist and a fine pianist.

Midori, Christoph Eschenbach - Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis, Violin Concerto, Concert Music, Op.50 (2013)

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Midori, Christoph Eschenbach - Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis, Violin Concerto, Concert Music, Op.50 (2013)

Midori, Christoph Eschenbach - Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis, Violin Concerto, Concert Music, Op.50 (2013)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 67:23 | 303 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Ondine | Catalog: ODE 1214-2

German composer Paul Hindemith wrote concertos for nearly every instrument in the orchestra. Here you get a concert for one of the most common instruments, the violin, along with two distinctively textured orchestral works, the giant Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by C.M. von Weber and the somewhat obscure Konzertmusik für Streichorchester und Blechbläser (Concert Music for Strings and Brass Instruments), the earliest piece on the program (it was written in 1930).

Markus Hinterhauser - Galina Ustvolskaya: Piano Sonatas (1998)

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Markus Hinterhauser - Galina Ustvolskaya: Piano Sonatas (1998)

Markus Hinterhäuser - Galina Ustvolskaya: Piano Sonatas (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 239 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 180 Mb | Scans included | 01:13:01
Classical, Modern, Avant-Garde, Contemporary | Label: col legno | # WWE 1CD 20019

They say that Galina Ustvolskaya led a very secluded life, that she was a loner. It is amazing, though, how distinct an image of her emerges from the almost meditative way in which she immersed herself in structures, dynamics and combinations of pitches. And not only that. You can hear the concentration on her work and the contrasts within the scope of an existence, some even say you can hear St. Petersburg. Markus Hinterhäuser plays Ustvolskaya’s sonatas as though it were the music of an intimate friend. The piano is vibrating, the music seems nearly torn apart with the tension. The pieces characterized by extreme dynamics, economy and cluster blocks are interpreted by Hinterhäuser with great intensity.

Sviatoslav Richter, Mstislav Rostropovich - Beethoven, Brahms, Prokofiev, Grieg: Sonatas for Cello and Piano (2008)

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Sviatoslav Richter, Mstislav Rostropovich - Beethoven, Brahms, Prokofiev, Grieg: Sonatas for Cello and Piano (2008)

Sviatoslav Richter, Mstislav Rostropovich - Beethoven, Brahms, Prokofiev, Grieg: Sonatas for Cello and Piano (2008)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:22:22 | 641 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Doremi Records | Catalog: 7931/2

Fans of either cellist Mstislav Rostropovich or pianist Sviatoslav Richter will have to hear the performances on this two-disc Doremi set. It contains the four pieces they performed in Moscow on March 1, 1950 Brahms' Sonata No. 1 and Beethoven's sonatas No. 3 and No. 4, plus the world premiere of Prokofiev's sonata and two of the pieces they played at the Aldeburgh Festival on June 20, 1964 Grieg's sonata as well as another Brahms' Sonata No. 1.

Antoni Wit, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra - Szymanowski: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4 (2009) Repost, New Rip

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Antoni Wit, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra - Szymanowski: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4 (2009) Repost, New Rip

Antoni Wit, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra - Szymanowski: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4 (2009)
EAC | FLAC (log,image+cue) -> 265 Mb (5% Rec.)
Mp3 CBR320 Kbps -> 143 Mb (5% Rec.) | Covers (d.booklet) included
Classical | Label: Naxos, #:8.570722 | 01:07:15

Polish composer Karol Szymanowski was touched by many of the stylistic currents that crossed Europe in the early twentieth century, but a good performance of his music is one that emphasizes the Polishness he brought to his music even as he adopted ideas from the outside. This one, part of a fine series from Naxos exploring the works of this somewhat underrated composer, is superb. Featured here are the beginning and ending works of Szymanowski's symphonic career, entirely different in character.

Antoni Wit, Warsaw Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra - Szymanowski: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3 (2008) Repost, New Rip

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Antoni Wit, Warsaw Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra - Szymanowski: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3 (2008) Repost, New Rip

Antoni Wit, Warsaw Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra - Szymanowski: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3 (2008)
EAC | FLAC (log,tracks+cue) -> 268 Mb (5% Rec.)
Mp3 CBR320 Kbps -> 146 Mb (5% Rec.) | Covers (d.booklet) included
Classical | Label: Naxos, #:8.570721 | 01:00:48

Listeners who have wholeheartedly embraced the fin de siecle music of Austrian composer Gustav Mahler, Russian composer Alexander Scriabin, and French composers Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel have never really responded to the fin de siecle music of Polish composer Karol Szymanowski. Who can say why? As this disc coupling the composer's Second and Third symphonies performed by Antoni Wit and the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra proves, Szymanowski certainly wrote much first-rate music.

Lin Cho-Liang, Paul Grossley - Poulenc, Ravel, Debussy: Works for Violin & Piano (1996)

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Lin Cho-Liang, Paul Grossley - Poulenc, Ravel, Debussy: Works for Violin & Piano (1996)

Lin Cho-Liang, Paul Grossley - Poulenc, Ravel, Debussy: Works for Violin & Piano (1996)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 77:04 | 332 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | Catalog: 66839

The Poulenc Violin Sonata is still a relative rarity on record. I'm baffled by this, as it is one of Poulenc's most unique and musically rewarding works. This performance by Lin and Crossley is excellent; indeed they nearly match the superlative recording made by Kolja Blacher and Eric Le Sage for RCA. The brighter, more lively RCA recording adds a little extra sparkle and energy to the latter. However, in both instances, each violinist has the benefit of being joined by pianists who have made a specialty of Poulenc.

VA - Martinů: Bouquet of Flowers - Novák: Philharmonic Dances (2017)

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VA - Martinů: Bouquet of Flowers - Novák: Philharmonic Dances (2017)

VA - Martinů: Bouquet of Flowers - Novák: Philharmonic Dances (2017)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:05:35 | 150 Mb
Classical | Label: Supraphon

Recorded at the Dvořák Hall of the Rudolfinum, Prague, 17-19 December 2016 (Martinů – live) and on 24 August 2017 (Novák). Bohuslav Martinů and Jan Novák shared similar fates – both of them left their country and wandered around the world. The two composers also had a relationship as a teacher and pupil. Novák referred to his studies with Martinů in New York in 1947 as having had a major impact on his development as a music creator and human. Martinů’s influence is palpable in Novák’s Philharmonic Dances (Choreae Philharmonicae, 1956), three symphonic fantasies that provide wide scope for showcasing the virtuosity of both the soloists and the groups of instruments. The present recording of the work (the very first made in a studio) helps us to pay off our great debt to Novák, an artist who gave preference to being a “free exile” against having to breathe the oppressive air in his homeland, reigned over by a dictatorial regime.

Myrthen Ensemble - Songs to the Moon (2016) 2CDs

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Myrthen Ensemble - Songs to the Moon (2016) 2CDs

Myrthen Ensemble - Songs to the Moon (2016) 2CDs
Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann, Peter Warlock, Samuel Barber, Elizabeth Maconchy
Camille Saint-Saëns, Joseph Szulc, Federico Mompou, Jules Massenet, Henri Duparc
Claude Debussy, Ernest Chausson, Reynaldo Hahn, Gabriel Fauré

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 320 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 186 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Vocal | Label: Signum | # SIGCD443 | Time: 01:20:42

Described by The Telegraph as "the crème de la crème of young British-based musical talent", and praised in BBC Music Magazine for their "irresistible combination of arresting programing and vocal flair assembled around pianist Joseph Middleton", the newly formed Myrthen Ensemble brings together rising stars in the world of art-song and Lieder. This disc features performances by founder members Mary Bevan, Clara Mouriz, Allan Clayton, Marcus Farnsworth and Joseph Middleton. Joseph Middleton writes to introduce the recording: "The moon has, since antiquity, inspired artists, musicians and wordsmiths. The programme on this disc looks to its many characteristics for inspiration. The songs are at turns consoling, sometimes seductive in serenades and occasionally paint the moon as a threatening force through its extinguishing of the sun's rays. The moon’s silver beams cast their magic in music by Brahms and Schumann in the first of these CDs, and in the second, inspire the exquisite treatment of 'Clair de lune' by a selection of the finest French song composers. Short English nocturnal overtures begin each disc".

Geoffrey Tozer, BBC Philharmonic, Sir Edward Downes - Respighi: Belfagor Overture; Toccata; Tre Corali; Fantasia slava (1994)

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Geoffrey Tozer, BBC Philharmonic, Sir Edward Downes - Respighi: Belfagor Overture; Toccata; Tre Corali; Fantasia slava (1994)

Ottorino Respighi: Belfagor Overture; Toccata; Tre Corali; Fantasia slava (1994)
Geoffrey Tozer, piano; BBC Philharmonic; Sir Edward Downes, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 197 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 142 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 9311 | Time: 00:59:49

Respighi’s colourful music could have been written with the clear, full-bodied Chandos sound in mind. Following on from where Geoffrey Simon began for the label in the Eighties, Edward Downes is now exploring the more symphonic side of Respighi’s output, showing there is more to him than the Roman trilogy (if not that much, qualitatively). The present disc includes two of his four concertante works for piano and orchestra, the extended Toccata (according to Tozer’s booklet note, the longest such work in existence) and the quirky Slavonic Rhapsody, with its humorous sideswipe at Dvorák. More characteristic of Respighi is the concert overture derived from his opera Belfagor, about the exploits of a Till Eulenspiegel/Don Juan figure, portrayed with suitably colourful sound-painting. All these, together with the Bachian Three Chorales, are played with marvellous verve and commitment – the BBC PO under Downes has a way with this out-of-the-way repertoire that few can equal. The sound quality on this disc is nothing short of stunning.

Boston SO, Andris Nelsons - Dmitri Shostakovich - "Under Stalin's Shadow": Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 & 9; Suite From "Hamlet" (2016)

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Boston SO, Andris Nelsons - Dmitri Shostakovich - "Under Stalin's Shadow": Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 & 9; Suite From "Hamlet" (2016)

Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 & 9; Suite From "Hamlet" (2016)
Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 624 Mb | Artwork included | Time: 02:37:35
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 479 5201 GH2

Andris Nelsons is the Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and in fall 2015 he was announced as Gewandhauskapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, commencing in the 2017/18 season. With both appointments, and in leading a pioneering alliance between these two esteemed institutions, Andris Nelsons is firmly underlined as one of the most renowned and innovative conductors on the international scene today. The goal is a complete Shostakovich cycle on Deutsche Grammophon with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. This recording provides a kaleidoscope of Shostakovichs struggle with historical events and political pressures. The pre-war eclectic but accessible and popular 5th, in which he would seem to bow to political pressure, ensured his temporary rehabilitation. The beautiful but dark and gloomy mid-war 8th provoked yet again his fall from favor and instead of providing the political authorities with a triumphant post-war 9th Symphony, Shostakovich wrote a light Haydnesque work which would not be performed until after Stalins death. Selections from the Hamlet Suite, possibly Shostakovichs best film score, rounds out this 2 CD set.

Joonas Ahonen, Pekka Kuusisto - Charles Ives: Piano Sonata No.2 'Concord' & Violin Sonata No.4 (2017)

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Joonas Ahonen, Pekka Kuusisto - Charles Ives: Piano Sonata No.2 'Concord' & Violin Sonata No.4 (2017)

Charles Ives - Piano Sonata No.2 & Violin Sonata No.4 (2017)
'Concord' & 'Children’s Day at the Camp Meeting'
Joonas Ahonen (piano) & Pekka Kuusisto (violin)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 199 Mb | Artwork included
Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-2249 SACD | Time: 00:58:55

Charles Ives’s ‘Concord Sonata’ is often described as one of the greatest of American piano works. Published in 1920, at the composer’s own expense, it contains radical experiments in harmony and rhythm and would have to wait until 1939 for its first public performance. In the course of its four movements, Ives depicts some of the famous inhabitants of the small town of Concord in Massachusetts, a centre of the mid-19th century transcendentalism movement. Luminaries of the movement such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau are alluded to in various ways in music that includes references to Beethoven, religious and patriotic hymns and circus marches, as well as brief ‘guest appearances’ by a viola and a flute. Lasting 47 minutes on the present recording, Ives’s second piano sonata is a massive work of a staggering complexity, and a true challenge for any performer – a challenge more than readily accepted by the young Finnish pianist Joonas Ahonen, who has previously recorded Ligeti’s piano concerto for BIS.

Evgeny Kissin, Vladimir Ashkenazy - Prokofiev: Piano Concertos 2 & 3 (2009) (Repost)

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Evgeny Kissin, Vladimir Ashkenazy - Prokofiev: Piano Concertos 2 & 3 (2009) (Repost)

Evgeny Kissin, Vladimir Ashkenazy - Prokofiev: Piano Concertos 2 & 3 (2009)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:01:00 | 238 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | Catalog: 5099926453

For Evgeny Kissin, recording Prokofiev's Third Piano Concerto must be déjà vu all over again, to quote noted American philosopher Yogi Berra, because every time the Russian pianist switches labels, he records the piece again. In 1985, he recorded it for RCA with Andrei Chistyakov and the Moscow Philharmonic, and in 1994, he recorded it for Deutsche Grammophon with Claudio Abbado and the Berliner Philharmoniker. In 2008 he recorded it for EMI with Vladimir Ashkenazy leading the Philharmonia Orchestra.

Anne-Sophie Mutter - Dutilleux, Bartok, Stravinsky (2005) (Repost)

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Anne-Sophie Mutter - Dutilleux, Bartok, Stravinsky (2005) (Repost)

Anne-Sophie Mutter - Dutilleux, Bartok, Stravinsky (2005)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 68:45 | 311 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 477 9492

Long admired for her powerful playing and respected as a champion of new music, Anne-Sophie Mutter is the recipient of numerous pieces composed especially for her by the leading contemporary masters. Henri Dutilleux wrote his nocturne for violin and orchestra, Sur le même accord, for Mutter, and this live, world-premiere recording of the debut performance demonstrates why composers trust her with their music.

Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker, Anne-Sophie Mutter - Silvesterkonzert 2015 [Blu-Ray]

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Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker, Anne-Sophie Mutter - Silvesterkonzert 2015 [Blu-Ray]

Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker, Anne-Sophie Mutter - Silvesterkonzert 2015 [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 19998 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 82 min | 18,3 Gb
Audio1: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit / 4608 kbps | Audio2: DTS-HD MA / 5.0 / 96 kHz / 5061 kbps / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 82 min | 4,47 Gb
Audio: DTS / 5ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | EuroArts

It is one of the highlights in the calendar of every classical music fan in Berlin - and beyond: On New Year‘s Eve, the Berliner Philharmoniker invite an exceptional soloist for a festive gala. Together the musicians bid farewell to the old year and welcome the new. In 2015, the orchestra has invited German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter. Together, they performed works by Saint-Saëns, Massenet, Ravel, Poulenc and Chabrier.