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Christoph Deluze - Dmitri Kabalevsky: Piano Sonatas Opp. 6, 45, 46 (Nos. 1-3) (2011)

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Christoph Deluze - Dmitri Kabalevsky: Piano Sonatas Opp. 6, 45, 46 (Nos. 1-3) (2011)

Christoph Deluze - Dmitri Kabalevsky: Piano Sonatas Opp. 6, 45, 46 (Nos. 1-3) (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 204 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 138 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Praga | # PRD/DSD 250 279 | Time: 00:57:44

The 24 Preludes and the last Sonatas of Dmitri Kabalevsky figure amongst the finest piano works of the 1940s, ranking with those of Prokofiev and Shostakovich. The first Sonata is reminiscent of the first Scriabin, whereas the second and the third are ‘war pieces’ with frankly virtuosic pages. Gilels, to whom the work was dedicated, was the first to play the second (1946), Yakov Zak, his senior and alter ego, newly rediscovered on PRD350054, the third in 1947. Christoph Deluze has become well known for his interpretation of the 24 Preludes: here he groups the 3 Sonatas and confirms their impressive stature, their intense lyricism and rythmic vigour. A demonstrative programme for those fond of spectacular and symphonic piano.

Sean Chen - Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin, M. 68 & Sonatine, M. 40 (2021)

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Sean Chen - Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin, M. 68 & Sonatine, M. 40 (2021)

Sean Chen - Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin, M. 68 & Sonatine, M. 40 (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 121 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 87 Mb | 00:37:51
Classical | Label: Steinway & Sons

This addition to the Steinway Classics series features evocative performances by pianist Sean Chen of Ravel’s much loved Le tombeau de Couperin and the captivating Sonatine.

Budapest FO, Ivan Fischer - Zoltan Kodaly: Hary Janos Suite; Dances of Galanta & Marosszek; Children's Choruses (1999)

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Budapest FO, Ivan Fischer - Zoltan Kodaly: Hary Janos Suite; Dances of Galanta & Marosszek; Children's Choruses (1999)

Zoltán Kodály: Háry János Suite; Dances of Galánta & Marosszék; Children's Choruses (1999)
Children's Choir Magnificat, Budapest; Children's Choir Miraculum, Kecskemét
Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 309 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 178 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | # 462 824-2 | Time: 01:06:13

Coupling the Hary Janos Suite with Kodaly ’ s two highly contrasted sets of Hungarian dances, urban and rural, is a time - honoured gambit, but Fischer has had the birght idea of adding some of the composer ’ s children ’ s choruses, and instrumental movements from the seldom - heard Hary Janos Singspiel that was the ultimate source for the perennially popular suite, in order to give a broader picture of Kodaly, both as musician and musical humorist. On the whole it works well: the Singspiel extracts are very slight, but the choruses are highly characteristic – and flawlessly sung by superbly disciplined childrens ’ choirs trained, inevitably, in the ‘ Kodaly Method ’. Nevertheless the three principal orchestral works remain the point for buying the disc, and these are very vivid, exciting interpretations. Fischer comes up against stiff competition in Antal Dorati ’ s classic 1973 recording of Hary and the dance - suites with the Philharmonia Hungarica. Dorati is ‘ straighter ’ in his readings of the pieces than Fischer, and the playing packs a tremendous punch: he also adds the Peacock Variations as coupling, and thus probably still remains the first choice.

Tasmin Little, Piers Lane - Richard Strauss, Ottorino Respighi: Violin Sonatas (2012)

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Tasmin Little, Piers Lane - Richard Strauss, Ottorino Respighi: Violin Sonatas (2012)

Richard Strauss, Ottorino Respighi: Violin Sonatas (2012)
Tasmin Little, violin; Piers Lane, piano

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 258 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 154 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 10749 | Time: 01:05:52

Tasmin Little has decided to showcase works by Ottorino Respighi and Richard Strauss in her latest recital album for Chandos. She is joined by the well-respected Australian pianist Piers Lane.

Leonard Bernstein - A Tribute to Benjamin Britten (Remastered) (1977/2018/2021)

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Leonard Bernstein - A Tribute to Benjamin Britten (Remastered) (1977/2018/2021)

Leonard Bernstein - A Tribute to Benjamin Britten (Remastered) (1977/2018/2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 175 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 92 Mb | 00:40:06
Classical | Label: Sony Classical

Leonard Bernstein was an American conductor, composer, pianist, music educator, author, and humanitarian. Among the most important conductors of his time, he was also the first American conductor to receive international acclaim. According to music critic Donal Henahan, he was "one of the most prodigiously talented and successful musicians in American history".

Elina Garanca - Meditation (2014)

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Elina Garanca - Meditation (2014)

Elīna Garanča - Meditation (2014)
with Latvian Radio Choir, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Karel Mark Chichon

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 255 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 164 Mb | Scans ~ 110 Mb
Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # B0021327-02 | Time: 01:11:42
Genre: Classical, Vocal, Choral, Sacred

Meditation, mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca's 2014 release on Deutsche Grammophon, is an album of serene vocal and choral works that express religious feelings with an operatic touch and showcase the Latvian singer's warm and radiant voice. Choosing pieces from the early Baroque era to contemporary works, Garanca presents a soothing program that is consistent in its comforting tone and gentle treatment, though as a purely musical consideration, it tends to flow a bit too evenly and predictably. Insofar as the selections represent the Christian tradition, including settings of the Ave Maria, the Salve Regina, the Sanctus, the Agnus Dei, and the Regina Coeli, the character of the collection admits little variety, except for the general alternation between penitential and quietly ecstatic moods.

Christian Tetzlaff, Danish National SO, Thomas Dausgaard - Jean Sibelius: The Complete Works For Violin and Orchestra (2002)

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Christian Tetzlaff, Danish National SO, Thomas Dausgaard - Jean Sibelius: The Complete Works For Violin and Orchestra (2002)

Jean Sibelius: The Complete Works For Violin and Orchestra (2002)
Christian Tetzlaff, violin; Danish National Symphony Orchestra; Thomas Dausgaard, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 363 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 217 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Virgin | # 7243 5 45534 2 4 | Time: 01:18:45

Christian Tetzlaff’s effortless virtuosity, purity of intonation, and slight emotional reticence perfectly suits Sibelius, making this the finest available collection of the Finnish composer’s music for violin and orchestra. In the concerto, Tetzlaff’s relative coolness makes the music sound more like Sibelius and less like a violin concerto, which is all to the good. That doesn’t mean he lacks anything in sheer technique: indeed, his first-movement cadenza impresses as one of the most impressively concentrated and musically satisfying on disc. Tetzlaff’s slow movement sings but avoids panting and heaving, while the finale realizes the music’s gentle melancholy as well as its more thrusting elements. He’s nicely accompanied by Thomas Dausgaard, whose gentle support perfectly suits the overall interpretation.

Gidon Kremer, Yulianna Avdeeva, Giedré Dirvanauskaité - Mieczysław Weinberg: Chamber Music (2019)

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Gidon Kremer, Yulianna Avdeeva, Giedré Dirvanauskaité - Mieczysław Weinberg: Chamber Music (2019)

Gidon Kremer, Yulianna Avdeeva, Giedré Dirvanauskaité - Mieczysław Weinberg: Chamber Music (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 240 Mb | Total time: 58:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 483 7522 | Recorded: 2018

Following the success of the Weinberg Symphonies 2 & 21 with conductor Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, Deutsche Grammophon now features chamber music by Mieczysław Weinberg under the direction of Gidon Kremer.
Included among others are his “Three Pieces for Violin and Piano”, which Weinberg completed in the winter of 1934/35 when he was only 15 years old and had not yet received any compositional training. What connects Weinberg’s works is not only their compositional perfection, but above all their constant commitment to beauty. It is a confession that in Weinberg’s music is above all pain and suffering.

Andrew Haveron, John Wilson, RTÉ Concert Orchestra - Korngold: Violin Concerto; String Sextet (2020)

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Andrew Haveron, John Wilson, RTÉ Concert Orchestra - Korngold: Violin Concerto; String Sextet (2020)

Andrew Haveron, John Wilson, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Sinfonia of London Chamber Ensemble - Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Violin Concerto; String Sextet (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 283 Mb | Total time: 56:32 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 20135 | Recorded: 2019

Andrew Haveron and John Wilson deliver a fresh and intensely idiomatic reading of Korngolds Violin Concerto, coupled with the formidable String Sextet. One of the most sought-after violinists of his generation and a laureate of some of the most prestigious international violin competitions, Andrew Haveron studied in London at the Purcell School and the Royal College of Music. As a soloist, he has collaborated with conductors such as Jií Blohlávek, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Roger Norrington, David Robertson, Stanisaw Skrowaczewski, and John Wilson, performing a broad range of well-known and less familiar concertos with many of the finest orchestras in the UK. In 1999 he was appointed first violinist of the internationally acclaimed Brodsky Quartet.

PaTRAM Institute Male Choir & Vladimir Gorbik - More Honourable Than the Cherubim (2021)

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PaTRAM Institute Male Choir & Vladimir Gorbik - More Honourable Than the Cherubim (2021)

PaTRAM Institute Male Choir & Vladimir Gorbik - More Honourable Than the Cherubim (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 276 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 168 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:11:36
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Chandos Records

The Patriarch Tikhon Russian-American Music Institute strives to present Russian Orthodox choral music in its highest possible form, uniting deep spirituality, a profound love for the rich traditions of Orthodox Christian singing, and an uncompromising standard of musical professionalism rooted in the great traditions of Russian choral composers.

Natalia Prishepenko, Dina Ugorskaja - Prokofiev, Shostakovich: Violin Sonatas (2020)

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Natalia Prishepenko, Dina Ugorskaja - Prokofiev, Shostakovich: Violin Sonatas (2020)

Natalia Prishepenko, Dina Ugorskaja - Prokofiev, Shostakovich: Violin Sonatas (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 222 Mb | Total time: 59:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Avi-Service for music | # 8553425 | Recorded: 2016

In February 2016 the recording took place in the Studio 2 of the Bayerischer Rundfunk in Munich. Dina Ugorskaja pursued the finishing process of the master with great impulse and unbelievable energy during all the time when her health abated, even to the point where she selected and approved herself the booklet notes by Tatjana Frumkis. This project will stay simply as a singular milestone, there was a lot planned by the two artists They were also ambivalent toward one another. Prokofiev accused Shostakovich of devouring everything (the fact that the younger composer dared to incorporate the street genres of entertainment music into his classical compositions), and affirmed that Shostakovich had no gift for melody.

Leipziger Streichquartett - Ives: Complete Music for String Quartet (2002)

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Leipziger Streichquartett - Ives: Complete Music for String Quartet (2002)

Leipziger Streichquartett - Ives: Complete Music for String Quartet (2002)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 308 MB | 01:05:47
Genre: Classical | Label: MDG Gold

Charles Ives’s innovations, his seemingly cluttered experiments, his use of quotation (from indigenous folk-tunes to Beethoven’s Fifth!) and his visionary ability to suggest and collide his childhood (Holidays Symphony) and look beyond ourselves (The Unanswered Question) has his detractors seeing him, at best, as eccentric. This CD brings maximum contrast from the off – first comes the 90-second Scherzo, gnarled and angular, from a European acolyte of radical Schoenberg maybe, which is followed by the hymnal opening of the First Quartet, music that became the third movement of Ives’s remarkable Fourth Symphony, and which could easily have been composed by Dvorak in America, save the harmony wouldn’t have ’slipped’ so much! This Quartet, completed in 1902, is in the conventional four movements.

Raffi Besalyan - The Sound of Black and White (2021)

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Raffi Besalyan - The Sound of Black and White (2021)

Raffi Besalyan - The Sound of Black and White (2021)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | Digital booklet | 01:12:03 | 187 Mb
Classical | Label: Sono Luminus

This program is a loving tribute to A. Khachaturian, the towering musical figure from my native Armenia and to G. Gershwin, the musical genius from my adopted home, the United States. These two composers are bridged here by the phenomenal pianist/composer and Hollywood superstar, Oscar Levant. Some of the works on the album have been my loyal recital companions since childhood, the others have become such upon my immigration to America as a young adult. The album includes a world premiere recording of Oscar Levant's jazzy Sonatina.

Coline Jaget & Akilone Quartet - Legends (2021)

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Coline Jaget & Akilone Quartet - Legends (2021)

Coline Jaget & Akilone Quartet - Legends (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 176 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 132 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:56:15
Classical | Label: Evidence Classics

Usually reserved to the sacred, the harp and its crystalline sound evoke the invisible and on which French composers from the 20th Century will draw inspiration. This recording pays homage to them and shows the many different facets of the harp, with a programme broadcasting the various aspects of the fantastic.

Vienna Art Orchestra - The Minimalism of Erik Satie (1989) [Re-Up]

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Vienna Art Orchestra - The Minimalism of Erik Satie (1989) [Re-Up]

Vienna Art Orchestra - The Minimalism of Erik Satie (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 275 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 177 Mb | Scans included
Experimental Big Band, Creative Orchestra | Label: Hat Hut | # hat ART CD 6024 | 01:15:11

Mathias Rüegg's Vienna Art Orchestra had always been an eclectic bunch, working in the odd jazz or classical cover into its repertoire with some regularity, but for this release, the ensemble went whole hog, leaping into the oeuvre of that grandfather of minimalism, Erik Satie. Originally issued as a two-LP set, every track (save one evocative Gil Evans-y piece by Rüegg) is a Satie composition rearranged, often brilliantly, and generally highlighting two or three individual VAO members. This reductionist technique serves the band well, as it has often had a tendency toward weighty ponderousness. Here, the arrangements are light and linear, affording a supple but transparent platform for the soloists, who are clearly encouraged to venture out into jazzy territory.