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François-Xavier Roth, Les Siècles - Hector Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique (2019)

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François-Xavier Roth, Les Siècles - Hector Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique (2019)

François-Xavier Roth, Les Siècles - Hector Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 304 Mb | Total time: 65:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMM 902644 | Recorded: 2019

The large collection of antique instruments at Les Siècles' command makes its recordings more than just speculative period exercises, but something approaching musical time travel. Led since 2003 by its founder, François-Xavier Roth, this singular French orchestra has given thrilling historically-informed recreations of the repertoire of the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries on vintage instruments that were available to the musicians of the time, crafted by hand, and possessing the unique sonorities and tunings of different regions.

Carlos Kleiber, Wiener Philharmoniker - Johannes Brahms: Symphonie No. 4 (1998)

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Carlos Kleiber, Wiener Philharmoniker - Johannes Brahms: Symphonie No. 4 (1998)

Carlos Kleiber, Wiener Philharmoniker - Johannes Brahms: Symphonie No. 4 (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 189 Mb | Total time: 39:41 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 400 037-2 | Recorded: 1980

​A classic returns! Carlos Kleiber reportedly suffers from such nerves that he rarely manages the fortitude necessary to commit his interpretive thoughts to disc. That makes every one of his all too few recordings special, and this is no exception. Kleiber's Brahms is straightforward, rock steady, and superbly played. There are many versions of this symphony that feature more emphatic highlights and individual features, but few have the sort of cumulative power that carries right up to the last note. This one does. Kleiber's architectural grasp is especially evident in the finale, which, as a series of variations over a repeated bass line, is in itself a type of musical architecture. An unforgettable experience.

Kevin Griffiths, Phion, Orchestra of Gelderland & Overijssel - Andreas Romberg: Symphonies 1 & 3 (2020)

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Kevin Griffiths, Phion, Orchestra of Gelderland & Overijssel - Andreas Romberg: Symphonies 1 & 3 (2020)

Kevin Griffiths, Phion, Orchestra of Gelderland & Overijssel - Andreas Romberg: Symphonies 1 & 3; Overture to "Die Großmut des Scipio" (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 228 Mb | Total time: 49:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 777 052-2 | Recorded: 2018

Andreas Romberg is now more than an insiders tip; he is a recognized composer situated on the interface between Classicism and Romanticism. Romberg was regarded as a celebrated violin virtuoso, concertmaster, and composer, and his stays in Paris, Vienna, Prague, and Italy spread his fame internationally. He met Ludwig van Beethoven, Joseph Haydn, and many other musical personalities of his times. A great deal of his oeuvre covering all sorts of different genres was forgotten, but this is slowly changing, primarily owing to the Arbeitsstelle Andreas Romberg at the University of Vechta, a research center that since 1993 has engaged in the systematic investigation of this composers works.

Osmo Vänskä, Minnesota Orchestra - Mahler: Symphony No.4 (2019)

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Osmo Vänskä, Minnesota Orchestra - Mahler: Symphony No.4 (2019)

Osmo Vänskä, Minnesota Orchestra - Mahler: Symphony No.4 (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 215 Mb | Total time: 58:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS Records | # BIS-SACD-2356 | Recorded: 2018

In Gustav Mahler's first four symphonies many of the themes originate in his own settings of folk poems from the collection Des Knaben Wunderhorn (The Boy's Magic Horn). A case in point, Symphony No. 4 is built around a single song, Das himmlische Leben (The Heavenly Life) which Mahler had composed some eight years earlier, in 1892. The song presents a child's vision of Heaven and is hinted at throughout the first three movements. In the fourth, marked ‘Sehr behaglich’ (Very comfortably), the song is heard in full from a solo soprano instructed by Mahler to sing: ‘with serene, childlike expression; completely without parody!’

Eliahu Inbal, SWR Symphonieorchester - Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11 'The Year 1905' (2021)

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Eliahu Inbal, SWR Symphonieorchester - Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11 'The Year 1905' (2021)

Eliahu Inbal, SWR Symphonieorchester - Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11 'The Year 1905' (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 219 Mb | Total time: 58:18 | Scans included
Classical | Label: SWR Classic | # SWR19106CD | Recorded: 2018

This is the first release from the recently formed SWR Symphonieorchester Stuttgart, and there was good reason for it to be a performance of a Shostakovich symphony. This live recording under the experienced baton of Eliahu Inbal shows the extraordinary level at which this orchestra is performing after only five years of existence! Shostakovich’s 11th Symphony focuses on the so-called St Petersburg Bloody Sunday which, according to the Julian calendar, took place on 9 January 1905. Following the format of a classical symphony, the work has four movements; these follow one another without a break, creating a continuous narrative flow.

Bernhard Forck, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Beethoven: Sinfonien 1 & 2; C.P.E. Bach: Sinfonien Wq 175 & 183/4 (2020)

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Bernhard Forck, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Beethoven: Sinfonien 1 & 2; C.P.E. Bach: Sinfonien Wq 175 & 183/4 (2020)

Bernhard Forck, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Beethoven: Sinfonien 1 & 2; C.P.E. Bach: Sinfonien Wq 175 & 183/4 (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 335 Mb | Total time: 78:41 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMM902420 | Recorded: 2018

Cleverly paired with two symphonies by C.P.E. Bach – written in 1755/56 and 1775/76 respectively – Beethoven’s first two contributions to the symphonic genre reveal the bubbling creativity of a thirty-year-old composer determined to go even further in the renewal of the genre than another, very recent reference, Mozart’s ‘Jupiter’. So much is clear from the very first chord of his Symphony no.1! Relive this decisive moment in the company of the musicians of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, under the guidance of their Konzertmeister Bernhard Forck.

Herbert Blomstedt, Bamberger Symphoniker - Mahler IX (2019)

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Herbert Blomstedt, Bamberger Symphoniker - Mahler IX (2019)

Herbert Blomstedt, Bamberger Symphoniker - Mahler IX (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 376 Mb | Total time: 83:29 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Accentus | # ACC30477 | Recorded: 2018

For Gustav Mahler, composing his early symphonies meant „building a world”. His Ninth, however, seems more concerned with the deconstruction of this world – a look back, a long farewell. In the draft of his score, he noted words like „O youth! Vanished! O love! Blown away!“. In 1909, his idyllic world was destroyed, having been diagnosed with a heart valve defect two years earlier – a disease that would ultimately lead to his death.

The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood - Beethoven: The Symphonies (5CD) (1997)

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The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood - Beethoven: The Symphonies (5CD) (1997)

The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood - Beethoven: The Symphonies (5CD) (1997)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 1.7 Gb | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 922 MB | 06:03:48
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca

Stylistically, Hogwood is on firm ground, and there is much to be said for his insights into the music. He prefers not to "conduct" the symphonies in the conventional manner, but to "coordinate" their performance as a musician of the period might have done. His Eroica and Pastorale are outstanding, and his Ninth most impressive. The symphonies were recorded in the order of their composition, and the sound is consistently good throughout.

Paavo Järvi, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich - Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5; Francesca da Rimini (2020)

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Paavo Järvi, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich - Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5; Francesca da Rimini (2020)

Paavo Järvi, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich - Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5; Francesca da Rimini (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 312 Mb | Total time: 74:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha Classics | ALPHA 659 | Recorded: 2019

Paavo Järvi, Principal Conductor and Music Director of the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich since October 2019, launches a complete recording of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies, the first in both his rich discography and that of the Swiss orchestra.
Jarvi writes: ‘When I think of the Fifth Symphony, I think of vulnerability and hope. It looks directly into our soul. It is perhaps the finest of his symphonies. The famous horn solo moves me and enriches me every time I hear it . . . Unlike the Sixth, the Fifth still holds out hope for life.’

Andris Nelsons, Wiener Philharmoniker - Beethoven: Complete Symphonies [5CDs] (2019)

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Andris Nelsons, Wiener Philharmoniker - Beethoven: Complete Symphonies [5CDs] (2019)

Andris Nelsons, Wiener Philharmoniker - Beethoven: Complete Symphonies (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.42 Gb | Total time: 05:56:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 483 7071 | Recorded: 2017-2019

The Wiener Philharmoniker, or Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, has attained a kind of exalted status among symphonic ensembles of the German-speaking world. In fact, it may be so exalted that it only occasionally, when properly motivated, bestirs itself to creativity. From this perspective, this cycle of Beethoven symphonies, with Andris Nelsons conducting the venerable Viennese, is a success worthy of the shelf and hard drive space among all the other hundreds of Beethoven symphony cycles. Nelsons generally makes his Beethoven brisk enough to put the players into a bit of a state of tension, and when they execute, the results are thrilling indeed, in a way that brings the entire weight of the Vienna tradition alive.

Bernard Haitink, London Philharmonic Orchestra – Vaughan Williams: Sinfonia Antartica (1986)

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Bernard Haitink, London Philharmonic Orchestra – Vaughan Williams: Sinfonia Antartica (1986)

Bernard Haitink, London Philharmonic Orchestra – Vaughan Williams: Sinfonia Antartica (1986)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 167 Mb | Total time: 41:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # CDC 7 47516 2 | Recorded: 1985

This disc, suitably and finely recorded with depth in 1985, is a very fine rendition of Vaughan Williams' seventh symphony, subtitled Antarctica, reflecting the source of its inspiration. The film depicts Scott's ill-fated expedition to the South Pole and Vaughan Williams was commissioned to write the music. While doing so, he became so engrossed by the subject that he reworked much of the material into his next symphony. The degree of reworking combined with fresh material took the music out of the realm of a film score suite and more properly into a symphonic conception.

Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam - Mahler: Symphony No. 3, Das Klagende Lied (2006)

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Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam - Mahler: Symphony No. 3, Das Klagende Lied (2006)

Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam - Mahler: Symphony No. 3, Das Klagende Lied (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 590 Mb | Total time: 73:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | # 420 113-2| Recorded: 1966, 1873

Originally released in 1966, Bernard Haitink's vivid recording of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 3 in D minor is coupled here with a 1973 performance of Das klagende Lied; since these are among the least performed and least familiar works in Mahler's catalog, the pairing is mutually beneficial to each, and listeners who have neither in their collections would do well to consider snapping up this affordable set. Perhaps the only flaw should be mentioned up front: though virtually no tape hiss is audible, there is a bit of an acoustic "vacuum" around the sound of the musicians, suggesting that the analog masters have been cleaned up a bit too efficiently and some resonance seems lost.

John Storgårds, Sakari Oramo - Ernst Mielck: Symphony, Concert Piece for Violin and Orchestra (2003)

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John Storgårds, Sakari Oramo - Ernst Mielck: Symphony, Concert Piece for Violin and Orchestra (2003)

John Storgårds, Sakari Oramo - Ernst Mielck: Symphony, Concert Piece for Violin and Orchestra (2003)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 55:49 | 265 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Ondine | Catalog: ODE10192

Symphony in F minor represents national romantic phase in Finnish music. The composer accomplished this symphony in the age of 20 and was deceased by tuberculosis at the age of 22. Mielck studies composing in Berlin 1895-94 where he was influenced by Max Bruch. This work is dark in its colours, even pathetic utilizing heavy brass sections and large strings. The Concert Piece for Violin and Orchestra Op. 8 represents more calm and lighter side of the composer. John Storgårds does an exellent job in interpreting this late 19th century symphohy not underevaluating the performance of Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sakari Oramo.

Jean Martinon - Bizet, Lalo: Symphonic Music (1992)

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Jean Martinon - Bizet, Lalo: Symphonic Music (1992)

Jean Martinon - Bizet, Lalo: Symphonic Music (1992)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:13:25 | 682 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 437 371-2

Unlike some of the old RCA and Columbia Records classical works on LP, the DGG performances are excellent for getting the dynamics as realistic as possible, and this is an excellent example of this. Lalo I believe was French but with Spanish ancestry, I presume that is why he was paired with Bizet. But I find their styles of composition are not alike. Lalo loves to use various tempos of 3, either waltz type tempos or 6/8, but what I find interesting is that his music can at times be very fiery, probably due to the Spanish influence. This is displayed in many of the pieces in CD#2, and I've not found another composer who does this so effectively. He also is a master of orchestral color, using castanets, cymbals, and other percussion perfectly.

Rafael Kubelik - Dvořák: Overtures, Symphonic Poems, Symphonic Variations (1992)

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Rafael Kubelik - Dvořák: Overtures, Symphonic Poems, Symphonic Variations (1992)

Rafael Kubelik - Dvořák: Overtures, Symphonic Poems, Symphonic Variations (2006)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:37:12 | 751 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 435074

One of the very greatest collections of Dvorák recordings in the catalog, this set contains the four late tone poems based on folk legends, all of the major overtures (including the In Nature's Realm, Carnival, and Othello trilogy), and the magnificent Symphonic Variations. That's over two and a half hours of the some of the most colorful, appealing music in the history of the universe, all magnificently performed and recorded. If you don't own this set, you haven't lived.