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Steven Prutsman, Marin Alsop - Barber: Piano Concerto, Medea's Meditation & Dance of Vengeance (2002)

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Steven Prutsman, Marin Alsop - Barber: Piano Concerto, Medea's Meditation & Dance of Vengeance (2002)

Steven Prutsman, Marin Alsop - Barber: Piano Concerto, Medea's Meditation & Dance of Vengeance (2002)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 60:32 | 246 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | Catalog: 8.559133

This disc is another installment in the Naxos Barber series, conducted by Marin Alsop. It has some interesting, little-heard music: Die Natalie, variations on Christmas carols, and the Commando March. Both show Barber's versatility and Die Natalie contains some deft counterpoint as Barber creates some remarkable music on those themes. The Piano concerto is well played by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the soloist, Stephan Prutsman.

James Buswell, Marin Alsop - Barber: Violin Concerto, Souvenirs, Serenade for Strings, Music for a Scene from Shelley (2002)

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James Buswell, Marin Alsop - Barber: Violin Concerto, Souvenirs, Serenade for Strings, Music for a Scene from Shelley (2002)

James Buswell, Marin Alsop - Barber: Violin Concerto, Souvenirs, Serenade for Strings, Music for a Scene from Shelley (2002)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 64:20 | 258 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | Catalog: 8.559044

While Gil Shaham's interpretation of Barber's violin concerto may have been more soulful, or David Zinman's interpretation of his Music for a Scene From Shelley more dramatic, no one would say that James Buswell's interpretation of the concerto is anything less than heartfelt or that Marin Alsop's interpretation of the Shelley music is anything less than affecting.

Emanuel Feuermann - The Emanuel Feuermann Edition (2016) {Heritage Digital Download}

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Emanuel Feuermann - The Emanuel Feuermann Edition (2016) {Heritage Digital Download}

Emanuel Feuermann - The Emanuel Feuermann Edition (2016) {Heritage Digital Download}
FLAC (tracks) - 16bit/44kHz - Official Digital Download -> 1.02 Gb | MP3 @320 -> 668 Mb | Cover | 5% repair rar
© 2016 Heritage Records | HTGCD401 – 5060332660438
Classical / Cello / Chamber Music / Historical Works / Orchestral Music

The Complete English Columbia Recordings & Early German Parlophone Recordings. The first Heritage release to re-issue material from the Pearl catalogue. This 4 CD set brings together the complete English Columbia recordings and rare, early German Parlophone recordings of Emanuel Feuermann. Feuermann is the cellist’s cellist par excellence, and many would claim him as the greatest of the century. He did not however, in his lifetime, make the headway he deserved, partly because he died at such an early age and partly because he was forever overshadowed by the colossal figure of Pablo Caslas. This edition includes extensive biographical and discographical notes – an illuminating package which provides an invaluable overview of one of the most talented string players ever to have graced the stage.

Antonio Meneses, Víctor Pablo Pérez - Heitor Villa-Lobos: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Fantasia for Cello and Orchestra (1999)

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Antonio Meneses, Víctor Pablo Pérez - Heitor Villa-Lobos: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Fantasia for Cello and Orchestra (1999)

Heitor Villa-Lobos: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Fantasia for Cello and Orchestra (1999)
Antonio Meneses, cello; Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia; Víctor Pablo Pérez, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 277 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 148 Mb | Scans ~ 40 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Auvidis-Valois | # V 4843 | Time: 01:04:12

These three magnificent works belong in the repertoire of cellists everywhere. They are full of Villa-Lobos’ signature exotic instrumental textures, folk-like melodies, and abundant invention. They are also harder than hell to play, and difficult to balance. Villa-Lobos was a cellist himself, and loved the instrument’s low, dark register. Penetrating his dense orchestration without making the instrument sound like a dying cow is just one of the many challenges facing cellists attempting to come to grips with this marvelously expressive music, though recordings can solve this problem with sensitive microphone placement. Antonio Meneses understands both the music and its performance problems, and his lower register manages to sound gruff without undue signs of bovine distress. He’s helped by some very sensitive accompaniments; Pérez projects the music’s lush timbres without laying it on too thick.

Hagai Shaham, Arnon Erez - Bloch: Violin Sonatas (2005)

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Hagai Shaham, Arnon Erez - Bloch: Violin Sonatas (2005)

Hagai Shaham, Arnon Erez - Bloch: Violin Sonatas (2005)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 01:08:54 | 295 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog: 67439

Ernest Bloch's major works for violin and piano may compel respect, but they might not inspire love or give much pleasure. The violent, unstable Violin Sonata No. 1 (1920) is a bracing expression of the turbulence of World War I, and Bloch pushes the music's tension to incredible lengths over the work's 30 minutes. One may appreciate the sincerity of Bloch's expression and the effort he put in this wrenching work, but still not find it enjoyable or moving for its severity and frequent ugliness.

Richard Strauss - Oboe Concerto etc. - Alexei Ogrintchouk (2017) {BIS Digital Download BIS-2163 SACD}

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Richard Strauss - Oboe Concerto etc. - Alexei Ogrintchouk (2017) {BIS Digital Download BIS-2163 SACD}

Richard Strauss - Oboe Concerto etc. - Alexei Ogrintchouk (2017) {BIS Digital Download BIS-2163 SACD}
FLAC (tracks) - 16bit/44kHz - Official Digital Download -> 318 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 182 Mb
Full Artwork (pdf+jpg) -> 8 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2017 BIS Records | BIS-2163 SACD
Classical / Concertos / Woodwind / Late Romantic / Early 20th Century

Despite his advanced age and the chaos surrounding him, Richard Strauss remained highly productive well into the 1940s. As the Second World War was coming to an end in 1944-45, the eighty-year-old composer was working on his Oboe Concerto and Sonatina No. 2 for winds, as well as the Metamorphosen for strings. While the latter work was an explicit response to the destruction Strauss was witnessing, in the Concerto and the Sonatina the composer seemed to be turning his mind away from the events surrounding him. There is a pastoral quality to the oboe concerto, with a highly tuneful solo part and more than occasional touches of nostalgia for the 18th century. Similarly, Strauss headed the score of the sonatina with a dedication ‘to the spirit of the immortal Mozart at the end of a life full of thankfulness’.

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf - Lehar: The Land of Smiles (1988)

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Elisabeth Schwarzkopf - Lehar: The Land of Smiles (1988)

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf - Lehar: The Land of Smiles (1988)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:27:03 | 268 MB
Genre: Classical, Operetta | Label: EMI | Catalog: CHS 7 69523 2

The Land of Smiles was, after The Merry Widow, the biggest of Lehar's successes, an unusually tragic and serious operetta that he rewrote from an earlier failure, The Yellow Jacket. Richard Tauber originated the role of Prince Sou-Chong, the Chinese diplomat, and everyone since has stood in his shadow. A very serious work for an operetta, it is filled with achingly beautiful melodies and complex characterizations, as well as a score of Puccini-like delicacy and richness.

Kirill Kondrashin & Orchestre Du Concertgebouw D'Amsterdam - Mahler: Symphonie N°7, "Lied Der Nacht" (2002)

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Kirill Kondrashin & Orchestre Du Concertgebouw D'Amsterdam - Mahler: Symphonie N°7, "Lied Der Nacht" (2002)

Kirill Kondrashin & Orchestre Du Concertgebouw D'Amsterdam - Mahler: Symphonie N°7, "Lied Der Nacht" (2002)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue, log) ~ 339.68 Mb | 72:22 | Scans included
Orchestral | Label: Tahra (TAH 451)

Kondrashin was born in Moscow on March 6 1914. His mother was a violinist and his father a viola player. Although he started learning the piano at the age of six, music didn’t interest him a lot at first. At the age of fourteen, however, everything changed: he developed a deep interest in the orchestra and started taking private lessons with Nieolai Ziliaiev. In 1931, he joined the Moscow Academy of Music and began working with the great pedagogue Boris Khaikin. Between 1936 and 1943, he was director of the Maly theatre in Leningrad where he conducted a great number of operas. As a result, he received many invitations to guest-conduct, especially orchestras in Leningrad and Moscow.

Sir Mark Elder & Hallé Orchestra - Colin Matthews: The Debussy Preludes (2CD) (2010)

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Sir Mark Elder & Hallé Orchestra - Colin Matthews: The Debussy Preludes (2CD) (2010)

Sir Mark Elder & Hallé Orchestra - Colin Matthews: The Debussy Preludes (2CD) (2010)
WEB FLAC (tracks) ~ 123.35 Mb (CD1) + 163.11 (CD2) | 96:16 | Covers + pdf booklet
Orchestral | Label: Halle Concerts Society (HLD 7527)

Musical literalists may not be pleased with Colin Matthews' free orchestral arrangements of the 24 movements of Debussy's two books of Préludes pour le piano; this is certainly not the equivalent of Ravel's faithful orchestration of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. Fans of impressionist orchestral music and some fans of the piano originals, though, may well experience a thrill, as if a lost Debussy orchestral piece had been rediscovered.

Karl Bohm, Wiener Philharmoniker, Astrid Varnay, Leonie Rysanek, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau - Strauss: Elektra (2005/1981)

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Karl Bohm, Wiener Philharmoniker, Astrid Varnay, Leonie Rysanek, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau - Strauss: Elektra (2005/1981)

Karl Böhm, Wiener Philharmoniker, Astrid Varnay, Leonie Rysanek, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau - Strauss: Elektra (2005/1981)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.77 Gb+4.16 Gb (DVD9+DVD5) | 208 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Götz Friedrich’s 1981 Elektra film sets Richard Strauss’ opera in a dark and dingy abandoned 20th-century factory populated by grungy denizens in psuedo-Greek garb. Elektra herself appears like some deranged homeless woman reeking with sweat and slime (in the rain). And the depravity doesn’t stop there. Friedrich plays up the work’s sado-masochistic elements, with bloody whippings and an orgy sequence involving nude lesbians bathing themselves in the blood of a sacrificial ram. Now you might think that all of this detracts from the score, but on the contrary, the production matches image to music so brilliantly that anyone seeing this opera for the first time would think they were created for each other (which allows you to ignore the occasional useless, almost silly gesture, such as the frequent and prolonged shots of Agamemnon’s bloodied visage during Elektra’s opening monologue).

Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim - Live from Buenos Aires: Schumann, Debussy, Bartók (2016)

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Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim - Live from Buenos Aires: Schumann, Debussy, Bartók (2016)

Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim - Live from Buenos Aires: Schumann, Debussy, Bartók (2016)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 59:04 | 189 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 002460802

The connections between Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim run deeper than the fact that they are both Argentines; Argerich studied with Vincenzo Scaramuzza, who also taught Barenboim's father, and the pianists both have Russian-Jewish-Argentine ancestry. They have the kind of instinctive understanding, coming from shared experiences, that makes for successful duo piano work, and that sets this live recording apart from the majority of superstar pairings.

Brett Dean - Hindemith: Viola Concertos (1999)

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Brett Dean - Hindemith: Viola Concertos (1999)

Brett Dean - Hindemith: Viola Concertos (1999)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:16:27 | 340 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: CPO | Catalog: 999492

Brett Dean (born 1961 in Brisbane, Australia) is beginning to be a much talked about name in the music world. Long established as a fine violist (he was a violist with the Berlin Philharmonic for fifteen years) both as an ensemble member and soloist, Dean is spending more time composing these days than playing.

Alessandro Marangoni, Malmö SO, Andrew Mogrelia - Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2; 4 Dances (2012)

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Alessandro Marangoni, Malmö SO, Andrew Mogrelia - Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2; 4 Dances (2012)

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2; Four Dances (2012)
Alessandro Marangoni (piano); Malmö Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Mogrelia, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 332 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 201 Mb | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.572823 | Time: 01:16:41

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s two Piano Concertos form a contrasting pair. Concerto No 1, written in 1927, is a vivid and witty example of his romantic spirit, exquisite melodies and rich yet transparent orchestration. Concerto No 2, composed a decade later, is a darker, more dramatic and virtuosic work. The deeply-felt and dreamlike slow movement and passionate finale are tinged with bleak moments of sombre agitation, suggestive of unfolding tragic events with the imminent introduction of the Fascist Racial Laws that led Castelnuovo-Tedesco to seek exile in the USA in 1939. The Four Dances from ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’, part of the composer’s recurring fascination for the art of Shakespeare, are atmospheric, richly characterised and hugely enjoyable. This is their first performance and recording.

Stravinsky - Petrouchka (original 1911 version) - LSO, Abbado (1981) {Deutsche Grammophon 400 042-2}

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Stravinsky - Petrouchka (original 1911 version) - LSO, Abbado (1981) {Deutsche Grammophon 400 042-2}

Stravinsky - Petrouchka (original 1911 version) - LSO, Abbado (1981) {Deutsche Grammophon 400 042-2}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 145 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 81 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (png) -> 65 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1981 Polydor / Deutsche Grammophon | 400 042-2
Classical / Early 20th Century

Abbado's splendid Petrushka was among the very first CDs to be reviewed in these pages. Robert Layton extended a warm welcome in March 1983. The fact that it appeared with no coupling didn't seem to bother him unduly at the time; I've no doubt that it would today. … The Petrushka is full of sensitive and dramatic detail: I don't know of a more intense account of the poignant scene in Petrushka's tiny backstage cell—all shadow and nervous apprehensiveness. Nor have we seen any more clearly into the elaborate texturing of the outer tableaux (this is the more lavishly scored original version); the tactility of the inner-part writing is constantly arresting. Vividly and imaginatively characterized, these performances are shining examples of Abbado's best work with the LSO. (from the review of the Mussorgsky/Stravinsky reissue DG 423901)

Denes Varjon - Precipitando (2012) {ECM New Series 2247}

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Denes Varjon - Precipitando (2012) {ECM New Series 2247}

Dénes Várjon - Precipitando (2012) {ECM New Series 2247}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 165 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 135 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (jpg) -> 43 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2012 ECM Records | ECM New Series 2247
Classical / Solo Piano

After important contributions to Heinz Holliger’s “Romancendres” and acclaimed performance, with Carolin Widmann, of Schumann’s Violin Sonatas, here is the first New Series solo recording from Hungarian pianist Dénes Várjon. It is a recital that draws the listener in from the first moments – beginning with the dark, brooding language of Alban’s Berg’s Piano Sonata Op. 1, shaped in the shadow of Schoenberg, and continuing into the nebulous regions of Janáček’s impressionistic and near-contemporaneous “In the mists”, finally emerging into the clear light of Liszt’s immense - and immensely-influential - B-minor Sonata.