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Hitomi Niikura - Elgar: Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85 - Bruch: Kol nidrei, Op. 47 (2019)

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Hitomi Niikura - Elgar: Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85 - Bruch: Kol nidrei, Op. 47 (2019)

Hitomi Niikura, Yamagata Symphony Orchestra & Norichika Iimori - Elgar: Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85 - Bruch: Kol nidrei, Op. 47 (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 163 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 98 Mb | 00:42:36
Classical | Label: ART_INFINI

Praised by the Baseler Zeitung and Bangkok Post for her „personal and captivating style“ and „polished, powerful and refined“ performance, Hitomi Niikura pursues a successful career as a soloist who with her passion has captured the hearts of audiences across the world.

Aitzol Iturriagagoitia & Enrique Bagaría - Debussy, Janacek, Strauss: Violin & Piano Sonatas (2019)

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Aitzol Iturriagagoitia & Enrique Bagaría - Debussy, Janacek, Strauss: Violin & Piano Sonatas (2019)

Aitzol Iturriagagoitia & Enrique Bagaría - Debussy, Janacek, Strauss: Violin & Piano Sonatas (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 259 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 147 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:02:34
Classical | Label: Eudora Records

Two leading artists team up and bring together a selection of violin and piano masterpieces, performed in an outstanding and insightful way. Debussy’s sonata, composed in the last years of the French composer’s life, is full of sensuosity, while Janáček’s four-movement sonata is full of nationalistic feelings and of intense fragmentary gestures. The recording closes with Richard Strauss’s monumental and overtly romantic sonata, composed by the great German composer when still in his early twenties. We can unashamedly say that Iturriagagoitia and Bagaría give one of the finest performances of these works and we truly believe this recording is a must have!

Walter Gieseking - Debussy: The Complete Works for Piano (1997)

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Walter Gieseking - Debussy: The Complete Works for Piano (1997)

Walter Gieseking - Debussy: The Complete Works for Piano (1997)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 04:34:45 | 600 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | Catalog: 7243565855

These classic performances belong in the collection of anyone who cares about Debussy's piano music. Walter Gieseking's career was a troubled one his pandering to the Nazi party cast a shadow over his last years, but the greatest irony of all was that this German nationalist turned out to be the greatest exponent of French music of his era. His Debussy playing marries an effortlessly subtle control of the keyboard to a real sense of fantasy. The music truly shimmers in his hands, and despite the limited range of the mono recording, the ear quickly adjusts. This is, in short, one of those classic recordings that critics and music lovers have enjoyed for nearly 50 years.

Julia Zilberquit - Three Centuries of Bagatelles (2007)

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Julia Zilberquit - Three Centuries of Bagatelles (2007)

Julia Zilberquit - Three Centuries of Bagatelles (2007)
Works by Couperin, Beethoven, Liszt, Saint-Saëns, Lyadov, Bartók, Tcherepnin, Denisov

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 212 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 177 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.570237 | Time: 01:17:11

Three Centuries of Bagatelles: what a neat idea! Although most of the music comes from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries – the only work that comes from eighteenth century is Couperin's Les Bagatelles (Rondeau) from Book Two of his Pièces de Clavecin – the selection is so cool – Beethoven's supremely well-known Bagatelle Für Elise, plus other far-less-well-known works by Saint-Saëns, Liszt, Bartók, Lyadov, Tcherepnin, and Denisov – and the performances are so sweet it's almost impossible to resist this disc. Superbly played by Russian-born, American-based pianist Julia Zilberquit, each little work comes alive with its own personality and its own melodic charms and stylistic quirks. With an agile technique and a brilliant tone – listeners may recall her superlative 1996 recording of Shostakovich's concertino arranged for piano and string orchestra by the performer – Zilberquit never fails to find what's distinctive about each tiny piece – the 36 pieces here average only a bit longer than two minutes – and never fails to make it appealing. Recorded in clear, round digital sound by producer Vadim Ivanov in the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory in 2001, this disc will delight all but the stubbornest fans of musical giganticism.

Garrick Ohlsson, Christoph von Dohnányi - Busoni: Piano Concerto (2002)

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Garrick Ohlsson, Christoph von Dohnányi - Busoni: Piano Concerto (2002)

Garrick Ohlsson, Christoph von Dohnányi - Busoni: Piano Concerto (2002)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:11:43 | 334 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Telarc | Catalog: 80207

Busoni's fascinating, mammoth Piano Concerto no longer can claim to be the rarity it once was, when just about the only version available was John Odgon's not-really-as-great-as-its-reputation-would-lead-us-to-believe recording for EMI. For the performance that really is great, look no further. Dohnányi and Ohlssen play the spots off the work, rugged and impassioned in the opening two movements, thoughtfully intense in the long central Pezzo serioso, scintillating in the All'Italiana, and refreshingly cogent and truly "moderato" in a finale that never drags or sounds anti-climactic.

Kai Laursen - Danish Violin Concertos, Vol. 1 (2009)

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Kai Laursen - Danish Violin Concertos, Vol. 1 (2009)

Kai Laursen - Danish Violin Concertos, Vol. 1 (2009)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:58:12 | 648 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Danacord | Catalog: DACOCD461-462

An American musicologist once noted that compared to its population, no other country has as many symphonists as Denmark. The release of this fine collection of violin concertos marks the beginning of a five volume, 2CD set series. The complete series will be available as 2 CDS for the price of 1, offering excellent value for money to explore these delightful and little known concertos.

Josef Feigelson - Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Complete Music for Solo Cello 1 (2010)

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Josef Feigelson - Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Complete Music for Solo Cello 1 (2010)

Josef Feigelson - Mieczysław Weinberg: Complete Music for Solo Cello 1 (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 219 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 133 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.572280 | Time: 00:57:30

The importance of Mieczysław Weinberg’s 24 Preludes for solo cello, written for Rostropovich, lies beyond their superficial resemblance to Bach’s Well-tempered Clavier or the piano preludes of Chopin or Weinberg’s colleague Shostakovich. Instead, it resides in Weinberg’s remarkable ability to write for solo cello with almost limitless imagination, using myriad musical styles and varied techniques. These fascinating qualities are also to be found in his more expansively lyrical Sonata, a masterfully written outpouring of deep emotions. Latvian-born cellist Josef Feigelson has enjoyed a solo career spanning over three decades and champions neglected cello repertoire.

Anu Vehvilainen - Karol Szymanowski: Piano Works, Vol. 2 (2012)

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Anu Vehvilainen - Karol Szymanowski: Piano Works, Vol. 2 (2012)

Anu Vehviläinen - Karol Szymanowski: Piano Works, Vol. 2 (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 177 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 142 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Alba | # ABCD 337 | Time: 00:57:58

This Alba CD sees the second volume of Karol Szymanowski’s piano works being released. He was brought up in the Ukrainian village of Tymoszówka on the eastern border of what was then still the kingdom of Poland. The Ukraine’s culturally rich and tolerant atmosphere was the perfect mix for the composer. Top performing Finnish pianist, Anu Vehviläinen brings these delightful works to life.

Gautier Capuçon, Frank Braley - Schubert, Schumann, Debussy, Britten: Works for Cello and Piano (2013) (Repost)

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Gautier Capuçon, Frank Braley - Schubert, Schumann, Debussy, Britten: Works for Cello and Piano (2013) (Repost)

Gautier Capuçon, Frank Braley - Schubert, Schumann, Debussy, Britten: Works for Cello and Piano (2013)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:14:20 | 335 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Erato | Catalog: 5099993415828

In the first decade of his recording career, cellist Gautier Capuçon has demonstrated great versatility, playing as often as a chamber musician as he has appeared as a concerto soloist. His repertoire covers the standard cello works, though he frequently performs pieces that are less expected. Thus, on this 2014 release from Erato, Capuçon delivers a stirring performance of Franz Schubert's famous Arpeggione Sonata, which is regularly recorded by cellists, yet he fills the rest of the disc with pieces a bit off the beaten path, such as Robert Schumann's Five Pieces in Folk Style, Claude Debussy's Sonata for cello and piano, and Benjamin Britten's Sonata in C.

Cristina Ortiz, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi - Stenhammer: Piano Concerto No. 2, Chitra (1992)

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Cristina Ortiz, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi - Stenhammer: Piano Concerto No. 2, Chitra (1992)

Cristina Ortiz, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi - Stenhammer: Piano Concerto No. 2, Chitra (1992)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 51:24 | 217 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | Catalog: 476

This is a nice performance of a beautiful and unfortunately little known piano concerto by probably Sweden's greatest composer Wilhelm Stenhammar. Stenhammar was a famous concert pianist in his day but had an odd aversion to playing his own music. He also quit composing piano music early in adulthood, turning instead to composing other music such as vocal compositions. Because of his failure to promote his piano compositions, a performance tradition was not established for them and they became largely unknown until recently.

Johanna Martzy, Erica Morini, Ferenc Fricsay - Dvořák, Bruch, Glazunov: Violin Concertos (2001)

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Johanna Martzy, Erica Morini, Ferenc Fricsay - Dvořák, Bruch, Glazunov: Violin Concertos (2001)

Johanna Martzy, Erica Morini, Ferenc Fricsay - Dvořák, Bruch, Glazunov: Violin Concertos (2001)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:14:42 | 345 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 0289 463 6512 0

Before the great conductor Ferenc Fricsay died (tragically young at the age of 48 in 1963), he made dozens of brilliant mono and stereo recordings for Deutsche Grammophon. Many of his most significant recordings have been released on CD, though some have already drifted out-of-print (Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra, Mozart Syms 29, 39-41 and Beethoven Syms 3, 5 & 7) and others are only available as expensive imports. This past year there has even been a limited edition boxed set of his music released (in the "Original Masters" series – see my review).

Jessye Norman - Strauss: Lieder (1985)

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Jessye Norman - Strauss: Lieder (1985)

Jessye Norman - Strauss: Lieder (1985)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 50:42 | 198 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Philips | Catalog: 416 298-2

Not the least of the remarkable features of this album is Norman's German pronunciation. It can hardly be faulted. If there are tiny slips, as once or twice with an American rolled "r" or the soft "ch", they are no more serious than the occasional intrusions of dialect by native German singers' into their vocalisations. Not all of them sing in perfect High German (even though the Kammersänger title demands it!). The tone is set right from the outset with a vivacious and big-voiced "Ständchen". Praise must be accorded to Geoffrey Parsons, too. He is the ideal foil to Norman's approach.

Diana Tomsche, Armin Kolarczyk, Jeannette La-Deur - Margarete Schweikert: Verlorene Liebe (2018)

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Diana Tomsche, Armin Kolarczyk, Jeannette La-Deur - Margarete Schweikert: Verlorene Liebe (2018)

Diana Tomsche, Armin Kolarczyk, Jeannette La-Deur - Margarete Schweikert: Verlorene Liebe (2018)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 74:30 | 275 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: TYXArt | Catalog: TXA16085

Margarete Schweikert (1887-1957) war in Karlsruhe, wo sie ihr ganzes Leben verbrachte, eine hochgeehrte Geigerin und Pädagogin. Ihre zahlreichen Kompositionen (Vokal- und Kammermusik), von denen sie selbst kein großes Aufhebens machte, fanden Anklang, aber – obwohl großenteils im Druck erschienen - keine große Verbreitung. Dass sie in der Musikgeschichte keine Spuren hinterlassen hat und bis vor wenigen Jahren gänzlich in Vergessenheit geraten war, hängt wohl weniger damit zusammen, dass sie eine Frau war.

Anu Vehvilainen - Karol Szymanowski: Piano Works, Vol. 1 (2008)

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Anu Vehvilainen - Karol Szymanowski: Piano Works, Vol. 1 (2008)

Anu Vehviläinen - Karol Szymanowski: Piano Works, Vol. 1 (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 170 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 148 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Alba | # ABCD 296 | Time: 01:01:41

Anu Vehviläinen gave her début recital in Helsinki in spring 2000 to excellent reviews and has been giving recitals and performing chamber music actively for several years now. She has appeared at festivals in Finland and given concerts in France, Estonia and Poland (including the Szymanowski Festival in Zakopane). As a soloist she has appeared with the Mikkeli City Orchestra and is an active member of the TampereRaw chamber music ensemble. The music of Karol Szymanowski (1882–1937)—especially the late works—must rank as some of the most overtly sensual, even sensuous, music ever written for the piano. To play this music well, one must be able to bring this quality out in the music.

Jo Anne Sukumaran & Kseniia Vokhmianina - The Night Garden (2019)

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Jo Anne Sukumaran & Kseniia Vokhmianina - The Night Garden (2019)

Jo Anne Sukumaran & Kseniia Vokhmianina - The Night Garden (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 194 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 126 Mb | 00:54:48
Classical | Label: Hello Stage

It is a sound garden inspired by the night, nature and spirituality to represent safe spaces for a digitalised and a conflicted society. It provides a "breathing space" from the crowds and brings the listener on a journey through the different moods of the night being calm, meditative, mysterious and even of turmoil. The Night Garden is a metaphor of using music and art as a 'safe space' of self-expression and healing, promote happiness and well-being in society and the message of hope that suffering and darkness is temporal. It is about journeying through the darkness, confronting it and coming out a better person. Compositions from classical composers such as Saint-Saens, Tansmann, Koechlin, Hersant, Robert Ronnes are in the programme.