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Patrick Gallois, Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice - Michael Haydn: Symphonies, Vol.2 (2016)

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Patrick Gallois, Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice - Michael Haydn: Symphonies, Vol.2 (2016)

Patrick Gallois, Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice - Michael Haydn: Symphonies, Vol.2 (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 358 Mb | Total time: 69:25 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.573498 | Recorded: 2015

This is part of a series of releases on the Naxos label devoted to the 40 symphonies of Michael Haydn, younger brother of Franz Joseph. These have been commercially successful, and it's easy to see why: there's music of unsuspected high quality here, and you can see why the younger Haydn's work was taken for Mozart's in several cases for decades, and why Mozart, who was spare in his praise of other composers, bestowed it upon this one. All four of these symphonies are in the three-movement form that Mozart had mostly left behind by the late 1770s and 1780s (when the Haydn works were composed), but the individual movements are quite confidently handled, with the elegant but harmonically wide-ranging slow movements perhaps the best of the lot.

Patrick Gallois, Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice - Michael Haydn: Symphonies, Vol.1 (2016)

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Patrick Gallois, Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice - Michael Haydn: Symphonies, Vol.1 (2016)

Patrick Gallois, Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice - Michael Haydn: Symphonies, Vol.1 (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 366 Mb | Total time: 70:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.573497 | Recorded: 2015

This album, the first in a series devoted to the 41 symphonies of Michael Haydn, leads off with perhaps the most historically famous one of all: the Sinfonia in G major, Perger 16, is none other than the missing Symphony No. 37 of Mozart, which was not removed from the Mozart canon until 1907. The reason for the error was that a copy of the work exists in Mozart's handwriting; he wrote a slow introduction to the first movement (not performed here), and apparently copied out the piece in preparation. It remains difficult to believe that listeners' suspicions weren't raised before that; the work's simple, squarish movements resemble those of the symphonies Mozart wrote in his mid-teens.

Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker - Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 & 6 (2007/1974)

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Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker - Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 & 6 (2007/1974)

Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker - Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 & 6 (2007/1974)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.70 Gb (DVD9) | 136 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon

Karajan's mid-1970s Tchaikovsky interpretations are regarded as his finest in a career of performing the Russian composer's last three symphonies. Unitel's films from this period - released here for the first time on DVD - documented the maestro with his great Berlin orchestra on 35mm colour film and in stereo. “Others have gotten more sadness out of Tchaikovsky… but not more virility and controlled intense beauty than Karajan in the Unitel film.” - New York Times

Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Shostakovich: Symphony No. 14; 6 Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva (1986)

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Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Shostakovich: Symphony No. 14; 6 Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva (1986)

Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Shostakovich: Symphony No. 14; 6 Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva (1986)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 277 Mb | Total time: 72:05 | Scans included
Classical | Decca | 417 514-2 | Recorded: 1980, 1983

Despite the fact that there are multiple recordings of Shostakovich's deeply moving Symphony No. 14, this rather old but remastered recording is unique in the quality of performance: Bernard Haitink conducts his Concertgebouw Orchestra and elected to use non-Slavic singers Julia Varady and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau who in turn sing the poems in their original languages rather than the Russian translations used in the original premiere. The effect is staggeringly beautiful and if one must choose a single recording of this symphony, this would be the one that captures the essence of Shostakovich's vision.

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon [55CDs] Part 6 (2021)

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Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon [55CDs] Part 6 (2021)

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon [55CDs] Part 6 (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.26 Gb | Total time: 05:04:48 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 483 9948 | Recorded: 1982-2018

Anticipating the 50th anniversary of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in 2022, we present their complete recordings on DG. The intriguing sound culture of Orpheus, especially of the string section, is often explained as a result of the cooperative mindset of the orchestra and its artistic process of rehearsing.

Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink - Schumann: The Four Symphonies (1985)

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Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink - Schumann: The Four Symphonies (1985)

Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink - Schumann: The Four Symphonies (1985)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 130:52 | 646 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | Catalog: 416 126-2

This is the Schumann's Bicentennial year. There are many symphonic cycles to celebrate that, but very seldom we can find a truly great one along the whole of the 4 symphonies. Haitink's is one of these. Those are brilliant, solid and thrilling performances that show the mastery of maestro Haitink. Concertgebouw orchestra plays heavenly and sound by Philips is, one more time, a matter of admiration. Among cycles in modern and digital sound, this is one of the best choices.

Gottfried von der Goltz, Freiburger Barockorchester - Mozart: Youth Symphonies (2019)

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Gottfried von der Goltz, Freiburger Barockorchester - Mozart: Youth Symphonies (2019)

Gottfried von der Goltz, Freiburger Barockorchester - Mozart: Youth Symphonies (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 332 Mb | Total time: 64:48 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Aparté | # AP215 | Recorded: 2019

It is true that images have the power to keep a trace of the past. Gottfried von der Goltz and the Freiburger Barockorchestra prove with this recording that music too conceals the secret of the memory deep within. Though rarely played, much less recorded, Mozart’s youth symphonies bear the reminiscence of the child the composer used to be, as well as including the seeds of his future masterpieces.

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon [55CDs] Part 5 (2021)

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Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon [55CDs] Part 5 (2021)

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon [55CDs] Part 5 (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.52 Gb | Total time: 06:07:53 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 483 9948 | Recorded: 1982-2018

Anticipating the 50th anniversary of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in 2022, we present their complete recordings on DG. The intriguing sound culture of Orpheus, especially of the string section, is often explained as a result of the cooperative mindset of the orchestra and its artistic process of rehearsing.

Wiener Philharmonic Orchestra, Myung-Whun Chung - Dvorák: Symphonies Nos. 6 & 8 (2000)

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Wiener Philharmonic Orchestra, Myung-Whun Chung - Dvorák: Symphonies Nos. 6 & 8 (2000)

Wiener Philharmonic Orchestra, Myung-Whun Chung - Dvorák: Symphonies Nos. 6 & 8 (2000)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 336MB | 01:16:16
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Myung-Whun Chung previously has proven his affinity for Dvorák on two occasions: an excellent recording of Symphonies Nos. 7 and 8 for BIS, and later with Symphonies 3 and 7 for Deutsche Grammophon. No, there’s nothing wrong with your computer screen: he’s already recorded Symphony No. 7 twice, and this disc gives us his second reading of No. 8, undoubtedly DG’s response to millions of fan letters sent to their offices by love-struck teenage girls threatening suicide unless Chung’s Vienna Dvorák cycle was allowed to continue. His recording of Symphonies Nos. 3 and 7 was never released domestically, by the way, leading us to speculate about what makes this disc more marketable than that one, assuming of course that such considerations have anything to do with DG’s decision to schedule a recording for domestic distribution.

Sigiswald Kuijken, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 85 'La Reine', 86 & 87 (1990)

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Sigiswald Kuijken, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 85 'La Reine', 86 & 87 (1990)

Sigiswald Kuijken, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 85 'La Reine', 86 & 87 (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 334 Mb | Total time: 78:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # VC 7 90844-2 | Recorded: 1989

This two discs dedicated to the great Paris Symphonies that Haydn composed for Count D'Ogny in the mid-1780s. These were designed for a large and talented ensemble, and the atmospheric, clear and balanced sound achieved by the recording engineers allows for plenty of impact whenever it is required.

Philadelphia Orchestra, Myung-Whun Chung - Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4 (2002)

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Philadelphia Orchestra, Myung-Whun Chung - Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4 (2002)

Philadelphia Orchestra, Myung-Whun Chung - Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4 (2002)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 260 MB | 01:00:29
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Shostakovich's Fourth Symphony is an extraordinary work by any standards. It is cast in three movements, with each of the outer two approaching half an hour in duration, astride a shorter central scherzo. Together these occupy a playing time in excess of an hour. There is a huge orchestra, of some 140 players, so the range of timbres and colours is very wide indeed, and the climaxes are overwhelmingly powerful. But more significant than any of these issues is the nature of the music itself, since the development is flexible and remarkably open-ended, veering this way and that, through passages slow and fast, thinly scored and richly powerful. It is a roller-coaster ride for both the musicians and the audience.

Sigiswald Kuijken, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 82 'L'Ours', 83 'La Poule' & 84 (1989)

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Sigiswald Kuijken, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 82 'L'Ours', 83 'La Poule' & 84 (1989)

Sigiswald Kuijken, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 82 'L'Ours', 83 'La Poule' & 84 (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 400 Mb | Total time: 78:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # VC 7 90793-2 | Recorded: 1988

This two discs dedicated to the great Paris Symphonies that Haydn composed for Count D'Ogny in the mid-1780s. These were designed for a large and talented ensemble, and the atmospheric, clear and balanced sound achieved by the recording engineers allows for plenty of impact whenever it is required.

Martyn Brabbins, BBC Symphony Orchestra - Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5 (2020)

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Martyn Brabbins, BBC Symphony Orchestra - Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5 (2020)

Martyn Brabbins, BBC Symphony Orchestra - Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5 (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 282 Mb | Total time: 66:59 | Scans included
Classical | Hyperion | CDA68325 | Recorded: 2018, 2019

This release is part of the complete cycle of Vaughan Williams' symphonies undertaken by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the energetic Martyn Brabbins holding the baton. Like others in the series, the reading of the Symphony No. 5 is a strong performance, understated in the English way, with themes arising naturally, as if organically. Listen to the emergence of the second theme in the opening movement for a good idea of what to expect from the whole. The big news here is the presence of a new Vaughan Williams work: the Scenes Adapted from Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, composed in 1906.

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.

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon [55CDs] Part 1 (2021)

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Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon [55CDs] Part 1 (2021)

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon [55CDs] Part 1 (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 694 Mb | Total time: 02:59:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 483 9948 | Recorded: 1982-2018

Anticipating the 50th anniversary of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in 2022, we present their complete recordings on DG. The intriguing sound culture of Orpheus, especially of the string section, is often explained as a result of the cooperative mindset of the orchestra and its artistic process of rehearsing.