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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!

John Eliot Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir, Wiener Philharmoniker - Bruckner: Mass No. 1 in D minor; Motets (2001)

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John Eliot Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir, Wiener Philharmoniker - Bruckner: Mass No. 1 in D minor; Motets (2001)

John Eliot Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir, Wiener Philharmoniker - Bruckner: Mass No. 1 in D minor; Motets (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 260 Mb | Total time: 66:01 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 459 674-2 | Recorded: 1996, 1998

Bruckner is one of those composers you either love or loathe. The trouble is, most people make up their minds only after hearing his symphonies. But Bruckner also composed some of the most original and profound church music after Bach, and although there are clear connections between the symphonies and the liturgical works, the musical voice is quite distinct. The connections with Rococo and Renaissance choral styles are much clearer – it’s surprising how well the shades of Haydn, Wagner and Palestrina get on with each other – and yet the music never sounds derivative or nostalgically archaic.

Murray Perahia, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis - Schumann & Grieg: Piano Concertos (1989)

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Murray Perahia, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis - Schumann & Grieg: Piano Concertos (1989)

Murray Perahia, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis - Schumann & Grieg: Piano Concertos (1989)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 253 MB | 01:06:40
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical

Murray Perahia's account of the Grieg Concerto is utterly absorbing. The playing is brilliant, but the pianist's approach–more Chopinesque than Lisztian–keeps that brilliance at the service of larger expressive goals. The result is a performance aglow with understated intensity, one in which the prevalent feeling is often melancholy, at times even bleak. Sir Colin Davis draws a wonderfully refined accompaniment from the Bavarian orchestra in this live reading of the score. The recording, from Munich's Philharmonic Hall, is excellent and effectively captures the beautiful tone Perahia coaxes from his piano.

Murray Perahia - Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (1990)

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Murray Perahia - Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (1990)

Murray Perahia - Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (1990)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 260 MB | 01:07:15
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical

I suppose if I had to choose a single recording coupling both of Chopin's concertos, it would be this one. Perahia is a sensitive, extremely persuasive artist who understands his own particular gifts better than anyone. He's not a muscle-bound virtuoso by any means–neither was Chopin, for that matter. All of Perahia's interpretations are finely graded, carefully prepared, and sensitive to the music's every nuance, but they never sound stiff or studied.

Piers Lane - Ignaz Moscheles: Complete Concert Studies (2003) Reissue 2011

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Piers Lane - Ignaz Moscheles: Complete Concert Studies (2003) Reissue 2011

Piers Lane - Ignaz Moscheles: Complete Concert Studies (2003) Reissue 2011
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 242 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 180 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion/Helios | # CDH55387 | Time: 01:18:04

Given Moscheles contemporary fame it is surprising how much his reputation has faded. He bridged the gap between the Classical and Romantic movements and, though a fine pianist and a sincere and skilled craftsman as a composer, his downfall was surely that his transitional idiom was quickly overshadowed by the Titans of the new Romantic movement such as Chopin, Schumann and Liszt. None of this need concern us now—his music has its own worth, as our recordings of his concertos have shown. This CD brings together all his works that could be described as ‘concert studies’ (it excludes the Op 70 set as these are much more didactic in nature). The Op 95 set is probably his greatest solo piano work and the many foretastes of later composers such as Schumann and Brahms reveal the influence that Moscheles had on later generations. Piers Lane does his customary magnificent job in presenting these studies, most of which are premiere recordings.

Lorin Maazel, Symphonica Toscanini, Coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino - Verdi: Messa da Requiem (2012)

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Lorin Maazel, Symphonica Toscanini, Coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino - Verdi: Messa da Requiem (2012)

Lorin Maazel, Symphonica Toscanini, Coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino - Verdi: Messa da Requiem (2012)
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 24989 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 96 min | 23,2 Gb
Audio1: Latin / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 16-bit | Audio2: Italian / DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 16-bit / 2479 kbps

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 96 min | 5,2 Gb
Audio: Latin / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 16 bits
Classical | EuroArts | Sub: English, German, French, Latin, Spanish

The fiftieth anniversary of Toscanini’s death in 2007 was celebrated with gala concerts around the world, one of the most glamorous events being this benefit concert at the basilica of St Mark’s in Venice. The 11-year-old child prodigy Lorin Maazel once met the Italian maestro in New York, and Toscanini’s legacy left a permanent mark on Maazel as a musician. His tour with the Symphonica Toscanini, called “In the Footsteps of Toscanini”, culminated in two concerts in Venice featuring Verdi’s Requiem, a showpiece of Toscanini’s, and St Mark’s, the birthplace of stereophonic and quadraphonic sound, proved to be an ideal venue for this eloquent and musically impressive confessional work.

Ulf Hoelscher - Spohr: Violin Concertos Nos. 1, 14 & 15 (1997)

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Ulf Hoelscher - Spohr: Violin Concertos Nos. 1, 14 & 15 (1997)

Ulf Hoelscher - Spohr: Violin Concertos Nos. 1, 14 & 15 (1997)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:06:08 | 346 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: CPO | Catalog: 999403

With this record, Ulf Hoelscher and Christian Frohlich conclude their cycle of Spohr’s 15 numbered violin concertos (they have also recorded one of the three works without an opus number). Hoelscher has the elegance and the almost vocal quality with which Spohr’s violin writing is associated, but he can also master the virtuosity which is needed for the oddest work here, entitled Sonst und Jetzt, or “Then and Now”. There is something of an in-joke for violinists here.

André Cluytens - Fauré: Requiem (1998)

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André Cluytens - Fauré: Requiem (1998)

André Cluytens - Fauré: Requiem (1998)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 39:49 | 205 MB
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: EMI Classics | Catalog: 724356689428

The growing popularity of Faure's Requiem has made it fashionable in some music circles to be slightly superior about it. Revisiting this classic recording (which was first re-issued by EMI in 1989, having been available as a budget LP for over 30 years) reminds me why that is a wholly misplaced reaction. Victoria de los Angeles and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau bring real depth to their solos. The Paris Conservatoire under Cluytens dwells on the luscious instrumental textures at the surface of the work, but there is loss and longing in there too. Faure's Requiem sits on the cusp of religiosity and agnosticism. This classic performance captures its sheer warmth and humanity.

Bruce Levingston - Nightbreak: Works by Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms, Wolfgang Rihm, Philip Glass (2011) [Re-Up]

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Bruce Levingston - Nightbreak: Works by Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms, Wolfgang Rihm, Philip Glass (2011) [Re-Up]

Bruce Levingston - Nightbreak (2011)
works by Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms, Wolfgang Rihm, Philip Glass

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 205 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 181 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Sono Luminus | # DSL-92144 | Time: 01:03:45

In his release, Nightbreak, acclaimed pianist Bruce Levingston has recorded an album of works that display the light and dark of the human soul. From the dramatic sound-portraits of Franz Liszt’s powerful and moving “Vallée d’Obermann” and Brahms anguished “Edward” Ballade to the world premiere recording of Philip Glass’s brilliant and thrilling “Dracula Suite”, Levingston’s virtuosic and deeply searching performance on this CD captures a panoramic range of colors and emotions. The second release in a triptych by Mr. Levingston for Sono Luminus, Nightbreak also contains Mr. Levingston’s signature creative programming with elegant and poetic interpretations of nocturnes and waltzes by Liszt, Brahms and Wolfgang Rihm. In addition, he has recorded Liszt’s magnificent, impressionistic “Les jeux d’eaux à la Villa d’Este”, a tour de force of color and chiaroscuro in sound.

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.

Christian Fröhlich - Louis Spohr: Overtures (1993)

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Christian Fröhlich - Louis Spohr: Overtures (1993)

Christian Fröhlich - Louis Spohr: Overtures (1993)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 55:03 | 265 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: CPO | Catalog: 999093

Louis Spohr gehörte als Geiger, Komponist, Dirigent und Pädagoge zu den vielseitigsten und einflussreichsten Persönlichkeiten des europäischen Musiklebens in der ersten Hälfte des 19. Jahrhunderts. Als Komponist wurde er von seinen Zeitgenossen in einem Atemzug mit Beethoven genannt. Heute existieren über ihn Vorurteile, die viele Rezensenten und Wissenschaftler meist nur von einer Generation zur nächsten ungeprüft und in Unkenntnis der besten Werke übernommen haben. cpo will dem jetzt abhelfen und legt eine großangelegte Spohr-Edition vor, in deren Mittelpunkt die erste Gesamteinspielung der Violinkonzerte mit Ulf Hoelscher steht.

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.

Oleg Caetani, Wiener Symphoniker, Katia Ricciarelli, José Carreras - Donizetti: Poliuto (1989)

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Oleg Caetani, Wiener Symphoniker, Katia Ricciarelli, José Carreras - Donizetti: Poliuto (1989)

Oleg Caetani, Wiener Symphoniker, Katia Ricciarelli, José Carreras - Donizetti: Poliuto (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 480 Mb | Total time: 46:41+59:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CbS Records | # M2K 44821 | Recorded: 1986

Donizetti's opera "Poliuto", based on the play "Polyeucte" by the French composer Pierre Corneille, is now one of the rarest works in the classical opera repertoire. However, this live recording, recorded in the Vienna Konzerthaus in 1986, impresses her with an impressive cast: star tenor José Carreras in the role of Poliuto is accompanied by Italian soprano Katia Ricciarelli as Paolina, who is an absolutely equal star in this recording. The choir of the Wiener Sängerakademie sings, accompanied by the Wiener Symphoniker under the direction of Oleg Caetani.

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.