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Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Camerata Bern - Time & Eternity (2019)

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Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Camerata Bern - Time & Eternity (2019)

Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Camerata Bern - Time & Eternity (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 314 Mb | Total time: 77:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha Classics | ALPHA 545 | Recorded: 2018

With a title like Time & Eternity and graphics featuring the disembodied head of violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, you know you're in for an ambitious program. Kopatchinskaja's albums have been getting increasingly experimental as her career has developed, and this one is at no time boring, whatever you may think of the overall concept. Sample Crux, by Lubos Fiser, for violin, timpani, and bells, with the timpani pounding away as a kind of avatar of dread. This said the structure of the program is not quite as unconventional as it may at first appear to be.

Hellen Weiß & Gabriel Schwabe - Kodály & Ligeti: Cello Works (2020)

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Hellen Weiß & Gabriel Schwabe - Kodály & Ligeti: Cello Works (2020)

Hellen Weiß & Gabriel Schwabe - Kodály & Ligeti: Cello Works (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 281 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 157 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:05:12
Classical | Label: Naxos Records

Zoltán Kodály’s later years were dominated by a series of choral works but his early reputation centred upon chamber music, notably two string quartets, a Cello Sonata (8.553160) and the two masterpieces heard on this recording. The Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7 combines Classical form with folk influence, while the Sonata for Solo Cello, Op. 8, with its expanded harmonies and tone colours, is one of the greatest solo cello works since Bach’s Cello Suites. György Ligeti continued the Hungarian lineage with his Sonata for Solo Cello, a succinct but pivotal work in his compositional development. Gabriel Schwabe has established himself among the leading cellists of his generation.

Ufuk & Bahar Dordoncu - Sergei Prokofiev & Dmitri Shostakovich: Works For 2 Pianists Under Soviet Rule (2009)

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Ufuk & Bahar Dordoncu - Sergei Prokofiev & Dmitri Shostakovich: Works For 2 Pianists Under Soviet Rule (2009)

Ufuk & Bahar Dördüncü - Sergei Prokofiev & Dmitri Shostakovich:
Works For 2 Pianists Under Soviet Rule (2009)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 221 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: hat[now]ART | # 177 | Time: 00:59:54

These are excellent performances of exceptionally interesting repertoire. Prokofiev himself arranged 19 numbers from his Cinderella ballet for solo piano, so he surely would not have objected in principle to their reworking for two pianos; nor in practice, I suspect, because Pletnev’s arrangements are fabulously idiomatic and the playing here has all the requisite sparkle and drive. Shostakovich’s Op 6 Suite is far too seldom heard. True, it is an apprentice piece and open to criticism – both the first two movements peter out rather unconvincingly and the blend of grandiosity à la Rachmaninov and academic dissection of material à la Taneyev is not always a happy or very original one. But as a learning experience the Suite was a vital springboard for the First Symphony a couple of years later and there is real depth of feeling in the slow movement, as well as intimations elsewhere of the obsessive drive of the mature Shostakovich. What a phenomenally talented 16-year-old he was!

Christina Pluhar, L'Arpeggiata - Mediterraneo (2013)

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Christina Pluhar, L'Arpeggiata - Mediterraneo (2013)

Christina Pluhar, L'Arpeggiata - Mediterraneo (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 355 Mb | Total time: 66:13 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | 5099946454928 | Recorded: 2012

Christina Pluhar and l'Arpeggiata invite you on a musical cruise that will take you from Portugal to Turkey, following the coasts of Spain, Catalonia, Greece, and Italy, caressed by the rocking of the waves and the captivating dialogue between traditional plucked instruments of the Mediterranean region the qanun, saz, Greek lyre and lavta, the oud and Portuguese guitar and the Baroque strings of l'Arpeggiata.

Katrin Zenz - John Cage: Complete Works for Flute, Vol. 1 (2015)

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Katrin Zenz - John Cage: Complete Works for Flute, Vol. 1 (2015)

Katrin Zenz - John Cage: Ryoanji; Two; Three Pieces for Flute Duet; Music for Two (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 229 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 158 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Contemporary, Avant-Garde | Label: Naxos | # 8.559773 | Time: 01:02:50

This first volume of John Cage’s complete works for flute spans a fifty year period, from the Three Pieces for Flute Duet of 1935—deft studies in chromatic writing—to the 1984 Ryoanji, which involves the use of pre-recorded flutes and percussion with resultant diverse and intricate textures. Two is the first of Cage’s important ‘number’ series and is edgily ruminative, while Music for Two, written for any combination of the 17 different instrumental ‘parts without scores’ provided by the composer, is heard in an arrangement described by Katrin Zenz as a ‘new piece for flute and piano’.

Orchestre National de Lille & Alexandre Bloch - Mahler: Symphony No. 7 (2020)

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Orchestre National de Lille & Alexandre Bloch - Mahler: Symphony No. 7 (2020)

Orchestre National de Lille & Alexandre Bloch - Mahler: Symphony No. 7 (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 319 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 176 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:14:14
Classical | Label: Alpha Classics, Outhere Music

Alexandre Bloch, who has been Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lille since 2016, has chosen to devote a whole season of concerts to Mahler's symphonies. The Seventh (1904-05) is the most rarely recorded of the cycle unjustly, because this work later nicknamed Song of the Night testifies as clearly as its companions to the metaphysical grandiloquence that haunted Mahler during its gestation. From the gloomy Adagio of the first movement to the thundering Rondo that concludes the work, Alexandre Bloch and his orchestra lead us from the anguish of twilight to the ecstasies of dawn.

Amihai Grosz & Sunwook Kim - Schubert, Shostakovich & Pártos (2020)

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Amihai Grosz & Sunwook Kim - Schubert, Shostakovich & Pártos (2020)

Amihai Grosz & Sunwook Kim - Schubert, Shostakovich & Pártos (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 291 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 163 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:10:19
Classical | Label: Alpha Classics, Outhere Music

Fascinated by the viola, which he chose at the age of eleven after learning the violin for six years, Amihai loves the sound of his instrument, which is so close to the human voice. He also likes the ambivalence of its timbre, midway between the violin and the cello, which in a sense reflects his own musical education in Israel, with its combination of Mediterranean influences and Russian and Germanic traditions. Initially a quartet musician and founding member of the famous Jerusalem Quartet, Amihai Grosz now pursues a solo career while holding the post of principal viola of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

Alicia de Larrocha - Manuel de Falla: Cuatro pieza espanolas; Fantasia Baetica; Suites (2010)

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Alicia de Larrocha - Manuel de Falla: Cuatro pieza espanolas; Fantasia Baetica; Suites (2010)

Alicia de Larrocha - Manuel de Falla: Cuatro pieza españolas; Fantasia Baetica; Suites (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 201 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 149 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Newton Classics | # 8802009 | Time: 00:54:41

Manuel de Falla was one of the 20th century's most original and distinctive composers. His music was firmly rooted in the folk music of Spain. Here his vivid scores are interpreted by the foremost exponent of this repertoire, the late, great Alicia de Larrocha.

Pedro Aguiar - Brazilian Guitar Music: Pereira, Gnattali, Reis, Sardinha, Escobar, Villa-Lobos, García Aguilera (2020)

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Pedro Aguiar - Brazilian Guitar Music: Pereira, Gnattali, Reis, Sardinha, Escobar, Villa-Lobos, García Aguilera (2020)

Pedro Aguiar - Brazilian Guitar Music: Pereira, Gnattali, Reis, Sardinha, Escobar, Villa-Lobos, García Aguilera, Pernambuco, Guerra-Peixe (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 184 Mb | Total time: 63:48 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos ‎| 8.574069 | Recorded: 2019

Rooted in European music, native folk traditions and often infused by jazz, Brazilian music encompasses a huge variety of dance forms and songs. Prize-winning guitarist Pedro Aguiar has selected a panoramic recital to illustrate these elements which include the choro and music rich in melody and rhythmic vitality. From Villa-Lobos, whose Choros No. 1 is one of the most popular guitar solos ever written, through to the work of the revered Dilermando Reis, and on to contemporary examples of the genre, this is music of dazzling virtuosity and finesse.

Tasmin Little, BBC PO, Sir Andrew Davis - The Lark Ascending: Works by Moeran, Delius, Holst, Elgar, Vaughan Williams (2013)

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Tasmin Little, BBC PO, Sir Andrew Davis - The Lark Ascending: Works by Moeran, Delius, Holst, Elgar, Vaughan Williams (2013)

The Lark Ascending: E.J. Moeran - Violin Concerto (2013)
and works by Frederick Delius, Gustav Holst, Sir Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughan Williams
Tasmin Little (violin); BBC Philharmonic; Sir Andrew Davis, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 306 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 176 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 10796 | Time: 01:15:44

Tasmin Little's 2013 release on Chandos is an exploration of lush and lyrical music for violin and orchestra, composed by the leading British composers of the early 20th century, and it is an album of remarkable depth and beauty. Opening the program is the Concerto for violin & orchestra by E.J. Moeran, which sets the mood for the disc with its long-breathed, melancholy lines and pastoral atmosphere. While this is a technically challenging work that shows Little to her best advantage as a virtuoso, listeners may come away from the piece recalling its sweet ambience more than its flashiness. The same could also be said for Frederick Delius' Légende, Gustav Holst's A Song of the Night, and Ralph Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending, all three of which provide tests for the violinist's skills, yet are filled with such gorgeous music that listeners may only remember the general opulence of the scores. Also included are premiere recordings of Roger Turner's arrangements of Edward Elgar's Chanson de matin, Chanson de nuit, and Salut d'amour, which in orchestration, mood, and style fit the rest of the album nicely.

DSO Berlin, Robin Ticciati, Magdalena Kozena - Debussy: La mer; Ariettes oubliees; Faure: Pelleas et Melisande (2017)

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DSO Berlin, Robin Ticciati, Magdalena Kozena - Debussy: La mer; Ariettes oubliees; Faure: Pelleas et Melisande (2017)

Claude Debussy: La mer; Ariettes oubliées; Gabriel Fauré: Pelléas et Mélisande (2017)
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Robin Ticciati, conductor; Magdalena Kožená

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 237 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 159 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Orchestral, Vocal | Label: Linn Records | # CKD 550 | Time: 01:08:33

This marks the first release with Robin Ticciati leading the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, and it makes the requisite splash. There's a world premiere: even if you're not on board with the trend of enlarging the repertory through arrangements of works that are perfectly good in their original form, you will likely be seduced by mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozená's ravishing reading of Debussy's voice-and-piano Ariettes oubliées, inventively arranged by Brett Dean. There's a little-known work: the opening one, Fauré's Prelude to Pénélope (a sparsely performed opera, with a slightly less sparsely performed prelude) is a lush and beautifully controlled arc. Controlled and detailed are two words that come to mind for Ticciati's interpretation of La mer, the warhorse work on the program; it may seem a bit deliberate, but there are many hues in his performance. The two Debussy works are balanced by two of Fauré's: the fourth work is the suite from Fauré's incidental music to Pélleas et Mélisande (in Charles Koechlin's version), also deliberate and lush. Linn recorded the performance in Berlin's Jesus Christus Kirche, which allows the full spectrum of orchestral colors to come through. Worth the money for Kozená fans for her turn alone, and a fine French program for all.

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 | Scans included | Time: 02:07:46
Classical, Chamber Music | Label: ECM | # ECM 1330-32, 833 311-2

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.

Alicia de Larrocha, London PO; Fruhbeck de Burgos - Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain; Albeniz; Turina (1984) [Re-Up]

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Alicia de Larrocha, London PO; Fruhbeck de Burgos - Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain; Albeniz; Turina (1984) [Re-Up]

Manuel de Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain;
Isaac Albéniz: Rapsodia Española; Joaquín Pérez Turina: Rapsodia sinfonica
Alicia de Larrocha, piano; London Philharmonic Orchestra; Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 224 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 140 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 410 289-2 | Time: 00:52:05

This was Alicia de Larrocha’s finest account of Nights in the Gardens of Spain, fully capturing the Andalusian atmosphere of this evocative score. After all, it’s not a work about landscapes and flowers – it’s about love. Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos does a superb job of drawing perfume and color out of an English orchestra.

Klara Kormendi - Erik Satie: Piano Works (Naxos Selection) (2007)

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Klara Kormendi - Erik Satie: Piano Works (Naxos Selection) (2007)

Klára Körmendi - Erik Satie: Piano Works (Naxos Selection) (2007)
EAC | WavPack | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 221 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 178 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.571112 | Time: 01:12:01

The Hungarian pianist Klára Körmendi was born in Budapest and studied under Kornel Zempleni at the Bartók Conservatory, later becoming a student of Peter Solymos at the Liszt Academy, where she received her diploma with distinction in 1967. She enjoyed early success in a number of national competitions, before embarking on a career that has taken her to the major musical centres of Europe, with broadcasts in Vienna, Paris and London, as well as Basie, Cologne, Lausanne and Lubljana. Klara Kormendi has a wide repertoire, and has always shown particular interest in contemporary repertoire, both Hungarian and foreign. Her recordings for Hungaroton include music by Pierre Boulez, Oliver Messiaen, Luciano Berio and Heinz Hollinger. For Naxos she has recorded works by Debussy and Ravel and the complete piano music of Eric Satie.

Isasi Quartet - Andrés Isasi: Complete String Quartets, Volume 2: Nos. 3 & 4 (2013)

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Isasi Quartet - Andrés Isasi: Complete String Quartets, Volume 2: Nos. 3 & 4 (2013)

Isasi Quartet - Andrés Isasi: Complete String Quartets, Volume 2: Nos. 3 & 4 (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 295 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 160 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.572464 | Time: 01:03:47

The second of three volumes devoted to Andrés Isasi’s complete string quartets is again performed by the composer’s foremost champions, the Isasi Quartet, who premièred all the works on this recording. String Quartet No 4 in D major reveals his vibrant and imaginative use of textures and his affiliations with the music of Dvořák. Though unfinished, the 1921 String Quartet No 3 in E minor fuses melodic richness and serenity. Each of the three smaller pieces shows contrast and warmth, not least the beautifully eloquent Prelude in A major.