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Angela & Jennifer Chun - Philip Glass - In The Summer House, Mad Rush; Nico Muhly - Four Studies, Honest Music (2016)

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Angela & Jennifer Chun - Philip Glass - In The Summer House, Mad Rush; Nico Muhly - Four Studies, Honest Music (2016)

Philip Glass: In The Summer House, Mad Rush; Nico Muhly: Four Studies, Honest Music (2016)
Angela & Jennifer Chun, violins; Nico Muhly, piano & keyboard

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 295 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 165 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Minimalism | Label: harmonia mundi | # HMU 907599 | Time: 00:56:57

The music on this recital was specifically written or arranged for duo violinists Angela and Jennifer Chun. It highlights the personal and professional connections between Philip Glass and Nico Muhly, a longtime colleague and admirer of Glass's work. Glass's miniaturist works, Mad Rush and In the Summer House, create a maximum effect when paired with Muhly's minimalist Four Studies and Honest Music.

Konzerthausorchester Berlin & Christoph Eschenbach - Brahms: The Symphonies (2021)

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Konzerthausorchester Berlin & Christoph Eschenbach - Brahms: The Symphonies (2021)

Konzerthausorchester Berlin & Christoph Eschenbach - Brahms: The Symphonies (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 728 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 398 Mb | 02:53:52
Classical | Label: Berlin Classics

Christoph Eschenbach goes into raptures when he speaks about recording Brahms with his Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin:” They were the ideal partner for the Brahms cycle! A lot of ideas, which I was happy to incorporate into my overall concept, derived from the musicians themselves. And they in turn were interested in my approach.” Eschenbach sees the musicians of the orchestra as the perfect counterpart to his love of Brahms. “The Konzerthaus Orchestra has fabulous soloists, especially in the woodwinds and the horn department. Furthermore, their string sound is very ‘Brahmsian’. We very quickly came to an agreement as to how Brahms should sound.”

Giovanni Sollima, Orchestra Filarmonica Della Calabria & Filippo Arlia - Elgar: Cello Concerto, Enigma Variations (2021)

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Giovanni Sollima, Orchestra Filarmonica Della Calabria & Filippo Arlia - Elgar: Cello Concerto, Enigma Variations (2021)

Giovanni Sollima, Orchestra Filarmonica Della Calabria & Filippo Arlia - Elgar: Cello Concerto, Enigma Variations (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 324 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 163 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:10:43
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics

From Arturo Toscanini and Sir John Barbirolli to Riccardo Muti and Antonio Pappano in our own time, Italian-heritage performers have often brought special qualities of sympathy and understanding to Edward Elgar’s (1857-1934) music. Now comes a new recording made in the ‘boot’ of southern Italy, lending Mediterranean warmth and passion to a trio of Elgarian masterpieces.

Duilio Meucci & Marcello Nardis - Britten: Complete Music with Guitar & Voice (2021)

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Duilio Meucci & Marcello Nardis - Britten: Complete Music with Guitar & Voice (2021)

Duilio Meucci & Marcello Nardis - Britten: Complete Music with Guitar & Voice (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 224 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 132 Mb | 00:57:43
Classical, Vocal | Label: Brilliant Classics

The guitar music of eminent 20th-century British composer Benjamin Britten (1913–1976) comprises three works, all of them written with the great guitarist Julian Bream in mind. Two of these are sets of songs for high voice, for which Britten’s vocal model was of course the famous English tenor – and Britten’s long-time personal and professional partner – Peter Pears.

Kronos Quartet - Black Angels (1990) [Re-Up]

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Kronos Quartet - Black Angels (1990) [Re-Up]

Kronos Quartet - Black Angels (1990)
George Crumb, Thomas Tallis, István Mártha, Charles Ives, Dmitri Shostakovich

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 243 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 149 Mb | Scans included
Label: Nonesuch/Elektra | # 7559-79242-2 | Time: 01:01:39
Classical, Contemporary, Avant-Garde

This disc is supposed to hurt. Just look at the program: it starts with Crumb's Black Angels for electric string quartet, a work that is the aural equivalent of Coppola's Apocalypse Now, and ends with Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 8, a work that is either the aural equivalent of a monument to the victims of war and fascism written in the ruins of Dresden or the musical equivalent of a suicide note written before the composer joined the Communist Party. With the spooky and evocative performances of Thomas Tallis Spem in Alium, Istvan Marta's Doom. A Sigh, and Charles Ives' There They Are!, this disc is so painful it could be the soundtrack for an unmade Kubrick movie. The question is, is this disc supposed to hurt so much? The Kronos Quartet is a harsh and aggressive ensemble with an angular approach to rhythm and structure and an overwhelming need to assert its individual and collective identity.

Andrea Bocelli, Myung-Whun Chung - Bizet: Carmen (2010)

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Andrea Bocelli, Myung-Whun Chung - Bizet: Carmen (2010)

Andrea Bocelli, Myung-Whun Chung - Bizet: Carmen (2010)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 661 MB | 02:18:39
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca

What a pleasant surprise that this recording of Carmen, that, on the basis of its packaging looks like it was intended to be essentially a showcase for Andrea Bocelli, is an entirely respectable version of the opera. Much of the credit goes to Myung-Whun Chung, who leads Orchestra Philharmonique de Radio France in an exceptionally brisk account of the score, starting with a prelude that's bracingly impetuous, but he can be languidly flexible when the music calls for it. He uses a sort of hybrid version of the score, with some of the spoken dialogue and some of Guiraud's recitatives, and it works just fine.

Gustav Leonhardt - William Byrd: Harpsichord Music (2005) [Re-Up]

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Gustav Leonhardt - William Byrd: Harpsichord Music (2005) [Re-Up]

Gustav Leonhardt - William Byrd: Harpsichord Music (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 317 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 119 Mb | Scans ~ 157 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Alpha Productions | # ALPHA 073 | Time: 00:52:13

If the Alpha label had done nothing more than return Gustav Leonhardt to the studio, it would still be one of the best contemporary classical record companies. That everything else about its releases – the sound, the liner notes, even the reproductions on the covers – is as good or better than what any other classical company manages is only icing on the cake. Leonhardt has been one of the finest harpsichordists in the world for more than 40 years, and his recordings of the repertoire from Frescobaldi to Bach have been the standards against which all other recordings have been judged. But Leonhardt had made no recordings for most of the last decade, and listeners began to wonder if he ever would again. Now, with his fourth release for Alpha, listeners can finally relax, confident in the knowledge that Leonhardt has indeed returned. This 2005 disc of keyboard music by Byrd finds Leonhardt at the top of his form. As always, his technique is secure, and nothing in Byrd's virtuoso writing is beyond him. And, as always, his musicianship is assured, and nothing in Byrd's sensitive music is beyond him.

Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker - Adagio (1994) [Re-Up]

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Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker - Adagio (1994) [Re-Up]

Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker - Adagio (1994)
Mahler, Pachelbel, Massenet, Brahms, Vivaldi, Grieg, Mozart, Albinoni, Beethoven, J.S. Bach, Sibelius

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 348 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 212 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 445 282-2 | Time: 01:18:51

In light of the "chill-out" trend of the 1990s, major labels released many albums of slow, meditative pieces to appeal to listeners who wanted relaxing or reflective background music. Deutsche Grammophon's vaults are full of exceptional recordings of classical orchestral music, and the performances by Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic are prominent in the label's catalog. The slow selections on Karajan: Adagio are in most cases drawn from larger compositions, though these movements are frequently anthologized as if they were free-standing works. Indeed, many have come to think of the Adagietto from Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 5 as a separate piece in its own right, largely because of its evocative use in the film Death in Venice. Furthermore, the famous Canon by Johann Pachelbel is seldom played with its original companion piece, the Gigue in D major, let alone in its original version for three violins and continuo; it most often appears in an arrangement for strings.

Victor Nicoara - Busoni: Piano Works (2021)

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Victor Nicoara - Busoni: Piano Works (2021)

Victor Nicoara - Busoni: Piano Works (2021)
FLAC tracks / MP3 320 kbps | 1:10:37 | 200 / 161 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: haenssler CLASSIC

“One day during my studies, as I came in for my piano lesson, my teacher, Andrew Ball, asked if I knew the piece the previous student was working on. The student, still there, played the first few pages and I was instantly mesmerized. Some gestures seemed familiar, but the sonority and discourse were both alien and fascinating. It turned out to be Busoni’s Sonatina Seconda. I had heard about Busoni, mostly as an editor and arranger and had some vague knowledge of a work or two, but now a strong connection was suddenly established. Shortly after the lesson I took the score out of the library and set about to learn it. I find many musicians and audience members have a similar experience with Busoni’s music. They might at best give it some polite respect once they know a bit about his extraordinary personality, but rarely have an emotional connection to it. At the same time, I personally know several people who, either through exposure (mostly from myself), or through their own study, have slowly turned relative indifference into ardent admiration”.

Tomasz Bartoszek, Dorota Cegielska, Agata Piotrowska-Bartoszek, Andare Trio - Head, Hope, Baldwin & Previn: Chamber Works (2021

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Tomasz Bartoszek, Dorota Cegielska, Agata Piotrowska-Bartoszek, Andare Trio - Head, Hope, Baldwin & Previn: Chamber Works (2021

Tomasz Bartoszek, Dorota Cegielska, Agata Piotrowska-Bartoszek, Andare Trio - Head, Hope, Baldwin & Previn: Chamber Works (2021
FLAC tracks / MP3 320 kbps | 52:11 | 196 / 119 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: DUX

British composer Michael Head (1900–1976) initially studied piano with Jean Adair, a student of famous Clara Schumann, and vocal performance with Fritz Marston. It was only in 1919 that he began studying composition in the class of Prof. Frederick Corder after he had been admitted to the Royal Academy of Music in London as a Sir Michael Costa scholarship holder. After completing his education, Head lectured at that university for many years.

Duo Marcanto - Après un rêve (2021)

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Duo Marcanto - Après un rêve (2021)

Duo Marcanto - Après un rêve (2021)
FLAC tracks | 41:24 | 190 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: haenssler CLASSIC

Swantje Asche-Tauscher belongs to that generation of young German violinists who win people over with their “expressive, sonorous playing”. At the age of 14, this talented artist appeared as a soloist in the Stuttgart Liederhalle. She had played at the Mozarteum Foundation in Salzburg, performs at festivals such as the Palermo Classica Festival, and is a lecturer at Strings in Motion. For the 2019/2020 season, Swantje Asche-Tauscher held the position of principal second violinist in the Tyrol Symphony Orchestra in Innsbruck.

Alexei Lyubimov - Claude Debussy: Preludes (2012) 2CDs [Re-Up]

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Alexei Lyubimov - Claude Debussy: Preludes (2012) 2CDs [Re-Up]

Alexei Lubimov - Claude Debussy: Preludes (2012) 2CDs, Recorded in 1971
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 379 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 245 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Melodiya | # MEL CD 10 02002 | Time: 01:34:45

Two books of Debussy’s piano preludes were composed in 1910 and 1913, respectively. Unlike similar opuses by Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin and others, they had no tonal sequence, and each piece was conceived as an individual work. In whole, the cycle is a sort of concise encyclopedia of the great French composer’s music with its fanciful and sophisticated, but so imperceptibly attractive combination of romanticism and impressionism, centuries-old traditions of piano music and cultural paradoxes of the 20th century. The titles Debussy gave to each of the preludes (they are sooner poetic metaphors) are put in the end rather than in the beginning of the notes and not intended to impose a certain character on the listener. Instead, they seem to ask riddles as if they check whether the mood of a piece is caught correctly. Debussy’s preludes found a fine and thoughtful interpreter in the person of Alexei Lyubimov.

Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Myung-Whun Chung - Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 "Pathétique" / Rachmaninov: Vocalise (2012)

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Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Myung-Whun Chung - Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 "Pathétique" / Rachmaninov: Vocalise (2012)

Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Myung-Whun Chung - Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 "Pathétique" / Rachmaninov: Vocalise (2012)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 238 MB | 54:03
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

The Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1948 and has always played a key role in the development of the classical music scene in South Korea. The appointment of the respected Myung-Whun Chung as music director and principal conductor in 2005 heralded an artistic renaissance for the orchestra. And now that the famous German yellow label has, by way of maestro Chung, taken the Seoul Philharmonic under its wings, the ensemble also seems destined for brilliant horizons outside of the Korean border.

Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Myung-Whun Chung - Mahler: Symphony No. 2 (2012)

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Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Myung-Whun Chung - Mahler: Symphony No. 2 (2012)

Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Myung-Whun Chung - Mahler: Symphony No. 2 (2012)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 360 MB | 01:27:53
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

In the opening funeral movement, the rich and rock solid sound of the orchestra is quite ear-catching. To borrow some critic's word, it is 'beefy', a quality that is hard to find in Asian orchestras. Based on this and previous CD releases that feature Chung/SPO, it is clear that under maestro Chung's leadership the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra has grown into a world class ensemble with the unique sonority and high discipleship.

Angelica Selmo - Royer: Pièces de clavecin (2021)

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Angelica Selmo - Royer: Pièces de clavecin (2021)

Angelica Selmo - Royer: Pièces de clavecin (2021)
FLAC tracks / MP3 320 kbps | 1:02:45 | 393 / 144 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Stradivarius

The first half of the XVIII century witnessed the triumph of the harpsichord. The 1685 generation gave a solid contribution to the development of the proceeding: this was the year when Bach, Händel and Scarlatti were born. A remarkable generation, along with the composers of the French court such as Couperin and, in the following years, Rameau. But, in addition, other minor authors must be mentioned. While most of the anthologies quoted Fisher, Fiocco, Daquin and Balbastre, some of the minor composers have been forgotten for many decades. Nowadays such an incomplete review would not go unnoticed.