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Nikolaus Harnoncourt - The Complete Sony Recordings, Part 8 [5CDs] (2016)

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Nikolaus Harnoncourt - The Complete Sony Recordings, Part 8 [5CDs] (2016)

Nikolaus Harnoncourt - The Complete Sony Recordings, Part 8 (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,25 Gb | Total time: 05:04:10 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 88875173752 | Recorded: 1991-2015

Nikolaus Harnoncourt The Complete Sony Recordings brings together for the first time Harnoncourt s complete recordings from 2002-2015 with his Concentus Musicus Wien, the Wiener Philharmonike, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Symphonieorchester des Bayrischen Rundfunks. The Sony Classical edition features his famous symphony recordings of Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven and Bruckner, alongside his celebrated performances of great choral works such as the Verdi, Brahms and Mozart Requiems and Haydn's Die Schöpfung, as well as Mozart's opera Zaide, Haydn's Orlando paladino and Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. Also included are previously authorized but unreleased recordings of J. S. Bach s Cantatas Nos. 26 & 36, Beethoven's Christus am Ölberge and Dvorák's Stabat Mater.

Günter Wand, Sinfonieorchester des Norddeutschen Rundfunks - Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 (1989)

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Günter Wand, Sinfonieorchester des Norddeutschen Rundfunks - Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 8  (1989)

Günter Wand, Sinfonieorchester des Norddeutschen Rundfunks - Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 394 Mb | Total time: 86:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: RCA Victor Red Seal | # RD60364 | Recorded: 1987

There are not a lot of recordings of the 1887 edition of the 8th. Of those, the selection of actually good (i.e. not marred by performance or recording problems) is even smaller. Out of the small number of recordings of this edition, this is in my opinion the best. The fast movements are paced just right (fast but not too fast), and the slow movement is not too ponderous. The playing is top-notch, with a particular nod to the horns and low brass, and the interpretation is fiery and not too reserved.

Zsolt Kalló, Nicholas McGegan, Capella Savaria - Felix Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto; Symphony No. 4 'Italian' (2013)

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Zsolt Kalló, Nicholas McGegan, Capella Savaria - Felix Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto; Symphony No. 4 'Italian' (2013)

Zsolt Kalló, Nicholas McGegan, Capella Savaria - Felix Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64; Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 'Italian' (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 273 Mb | Total time: 56:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Centaur | # CRC 3287 | Recorded: 2012

This album features the seldom-played Second Version of the Italian Symphony, and the seldom-played first version of the Violin Concerto. Both are played by the superb early music chamber orchestra, Capella Savaria, conducted by Nicholas McGegan. Zsolt Kalló is the superb violin soloist.

Frans Brüggen, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century - Felix Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1997)

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Frans Brüggen, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century - Felix Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1997)

Frans Brüggen, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century - Felix Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 220 Mb | Total time: 44:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glossa | # GCD 921101 | Recorded: 1997

"…a performance full of character and joy. It bristles with energy without adopting extreme tempos; period instrument sonorities refresh even that over-exposed Wedding March."
— BBC Music Magazine

Philip Edward Fisher - Piano Works by 'The Mighty Handful' (2011)

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Philip Edward Fisher - Piano Works by 'The Mighty Handful' (2011)

Philip Edward Fisher - Piano Works by 'The Mighty Handful' (2011)
works by Mussorgsky, Balakirev, Borodin, Rimsky-Korsakov and César Cui

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 241 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 195 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 10676 | Time: 01:21:07

On his first solo recital disc for Chandos, Philip Edward Fisher performs piano works by members of the so-called ‘Mighty Handful’, a group of five Russian composers – César Cui, Alexander Borodin, Mily Balakirev, Modest Mussorgsky, and Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov – who in the 1860s banded together in an attempt to create a truly national school of Russian music, free of the perceived stifling influences of Italian opera, German lieder, and other western European forms.

Angela Hewitt - Robert Schumann: Kinderszenen; Davidsbundlertanze; Sonata No.2 in G minor (2010)

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Angela Hewitt - Robert Schumann: Kinderszenen; Davidsbundlertanze; Sonata No.2 in G minor (2010)

Angela Hewitt - Robert Schumann: Kinderszenen;
Davidsbündlertänze; Sonata No.2 in G minor (2010)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 218 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 174 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67780 | Time: 01:15:30

Angela Hewitt has earned a richly deserved reputation for her interpretations of Bach and the Baroque, and something of that characteristic clarity illuminates her Schumann performances. Her first disc of this repertoire was praised for its ‘seemingly effortless but always adventurous interpretations … her poise and amplitude lending it an unearthly beauty’ and this second volume, containing some of the composer’s most bewitchingly beautiful music, should be no less lauded.

Hans-Christoph Rademann, Berlin RIAS Chamber Choir, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Felix Mendelssohn: Elias (2016)

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Hans-Christoph Rademann, Berlin RIAS Chamber Choir, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Felix Mendelssohn: Elias (2016)

Hans-Christoph Rademann, Berlin RIAS Chamber Choir, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Felix Mendelssohn: Elias (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 541 Mb | Total time: 126:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Accentus Music | # ACC-30356 | Recorded: 2015

"Never was there a more complete triumph - never a more thorough and speedy recognition of a great work of art." This was the response of the critic in the London Times to the wildly successful premiere of Felix Mendelssohn's Elias in 1846. Hans-Christoph Rademann began his tenure as Principal Conductor of the RIAS Chamber Choir with this groundbreaking oratorio. After eight productive and successful years, his final concert in July 2015 also featured the work.

Sviatoslav Richter & VA - Music Festival 'December Nights', Moscow 1985: Schumann, Schubert, Chopin (2014) 2CDs [Re-Up]

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Sviatoslav Richter & VA - Music Festival 'December Nights', Moscow 1985: Schumann, Schubert, Chopin (2014) 2CDs [Re-Up]

Music Festival 'December Nights', Moscow 1985: Schumann, Schubert, Chopin (2014) 2 CDs
Sviatoslav Richter, piano; Anatoly Kamyshev, clarinet; Oleg Kagan, violin;
Natalia Gutman, cello; Yuri Bashmet, viola

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 616 Mb | Scans included | Time: 02:29:03
Genre: Classical | Label: Melodiya | # MEL CD 10 02204

Firma Melodiya continues the series of compact discs dedicated to December Evenings Festival that takes place at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts. This album, like the previous one, is dedicated to the 1985 festival World of Romanticism and includes recordings featuring Sviatoslav Richter. The atmosphere of December Evenings, an event initiated by the great pianist, differed from usual philharmonic concerts. The spirit of music as an inseparable part of "fusion of arts" the romanticists dreamt of was invisibly felt in each number; a sensitive listener can catch it in these, perhaps technically imperfect, concert recordings from thirty years ago. The works by Schubert, Schumann and Chopin were performed by Sviatoslav Richter in ensemble with his outstanding contemporaries, violinist and David Oistrakh's student Oleg Kogan who passed away prematurely, violist Yuri Bashmet, cellist Natalia Gutman and clarinettist Anatoly Kamyshov.

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.

Herman Krebbers, Amsterdam RCO, Kirill Kondrashin - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35 (1980)

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Herman Krebbers, Amsterdam RCO, Kirill Kondrashin - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35 (1980)

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade, Op. 35 (1980)
Herman Krebbers, solo violin; Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam; Kirill Kondrashin, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 226 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 114 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | # 400 021-2 | Time: 00:44:21

Even with 15 other versions of Rimsky's masterpiece of orchestral virtuosity to choose from — some in the top flight — this was recognized from the first as one of the most rewarding, thanks largely to Krebbers's exceptionally sweet, gently appealing and bewitching personification of the story - spinning Scheherazade and to Kondrashin's skill in pacing and shaping movements as a whole, relating the diverse tempos and building up tension and dynamics by careful control so as to create climaxes of thrilling intensity and power. the 'shipwreck' finale, in particular, was overwhelming; and this was achieved without resorting to the ultra - fast tempos adopted by some conductors to whip up excitement. The Concertgebouw's crisp, sonorous and sensitive playing (full marks both to the splendid strings and to the wind soloists) was caught with the utmost fidelity; but the Compact Disc's total exclusion even of minimal extraneous background now marks a still further improvement, as can be judged by the dead silence against which Scheherazade's pleadings are heard. The final coda is ravishingly beautiful.

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.

Frans Brüggen, Orchestra of the 18th Century - Felix Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 3, 4 & 5 (1997)

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Frans Brüggen, Orchestra of the 18th Century - Felix Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 3, 4 & 5 (1997)

Frans Brüggen, Orchestra of the 18th Century - Felix Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 3, 4 & 5 (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 563 Mb | Total time: 01:59:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | # 4562672 | Recorded: 1990, 1994, 1995, 1996

The best period instrument recording of Mendelssohn Symphonies 3,4,5 and Overtures " the Hebrides" and "Calm sea and Prosperous Voyage". Bruggen's tempos are moderate and textures are very clear: you can hear individual voices in the orchestra not obvious in many recordings. The Orchestra of the 18th Century play with a full sound and are never scrawny. Orchestra of the 18th Century's horns, clarinet, and flutes were very well played in these live recordings from 1990, 1994, 1995, and 1996.

Maria Caturelli & Michele Tozzetti - Kuhlau: Complete Sonatas for Flute & Piano (2021)

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Maria Caturelli & Michele Tozzetti - Kuhlau: Complete Sonatas for Flute & Piano (2021)

Maria Caturelli & Michele Tozzetti - Kuhlau: Complete Sonatas for Flute & Piano (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 564 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 343 Mb | 02:29:45
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics

Friedrich Kuhlau (1786 - 1832) lived and worked during a transitional period of classical music. A contemporary of Beethoven and Schubert, his works remain almost unknown to this day, except for some compositions for the flute.

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra & Juanjo Mena - Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 in A Major, WAB 106 (2021)

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BBC Philharmonic Orchestra & Juanjo Mena - Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 in A Major, WAB 106 (2021)

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra & Juanjo Mena - Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 in A Major, WAB 106 (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 218 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 142 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:59:50
Classical | Label: Chandos Records

Considered by some to be the ‘Cinderella’ of his symphonies, the Sixth Symphony of Anton Bruckner was composed in 1879 – 81. It may well demonstrate a reaction to the severe criticism of the first Viennese performance, in 1877, of his Third Symphony, which Eduard Hanslick described as a vision of how Beethoven’s Ninth befriends Wagner’s Walküre and ends up being trampled under her horses’ hoofs’. Much the shortest of his mature symphonies, the Sixth also reverts to a more classical form than its predecessors. This recording was made in 2012, during the first season of Juanjo Mena as Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, and just a month before their acclaimed performance of the work at the BBC Proms. Classical Source commented: ‘Mena didn’t miss a trick and the result for the whole symphony was a revelation, and you don’t get many of those. This was a thrilling, delightful performance.’

Roberto Abbado, Munchner Rundfunkorchester, Vesselina Kasarova, Eva Mei - Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi (2011)

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Roberto Abbado, Munchner Rundfunkorchester, Vesselina Kasarova, Eva Mei - Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi (2011)

Roberto Abbado, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Vesselina Kasarova, Eva Mei - Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 665 Mb | Total time: 62:30+69:04+39:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony | # 88697856522 | Recorded: 1997

Make no mistake, this is not William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. This version, by Vincenzo Bellini with a libretto by Felice Romani, has often been dismissed for its story line, which is very different from the familiar tale of the star-crossed lovers. Actually, as noted by musicologist-bel canto answer man Philip Gossett in his liner notes, Bellini and Romani hadn't read Shakespeare when they composed the opera. They had, however, read the sources on which Shakespeare based his play, but while both they and the Bard departed from the original, they departed in different directions. No matter: the opera has some gorgeous music, and it's given some gorgeous performances here by some very fine singers.