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Lea Desandre, Thomas Dunford, Jupiter - Antonio Vivaldi: Arias & Concertos (2019)

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Lea Desandre, Thomas Dunford, Jupiter - Antonio Vivaldi: Arias & Concertos (2019)

Lea Desandre, Thomas Dunford, Jupiter - Antonio Vivaldi: Arias & Concertos (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 372 Mb | Total time: 78:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha | 550 | Recorded: 2019

"Brace yourself for some exquisitely dizzy spells, at the hand of Jupiter," the booklet notes here confidently proclaim. The simple album title Vivaldi is confident in its own way, and indeed, among all the thousands of Vivaldi releases on the market, this one by the chamber group Jupiter stands out. There are some exceptionally strong soloists, both vocal and instrumental. Sample Peter Whelan in the lovely slow movement of the Bassoon Concerto in G minor, RV 495, and there is mezzo-soprano Lea Desandre, who is not to all tastes but strongly to some.

Angela Hewitt - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Six Partitas (2019)

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Angela Hewitt - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Six Partitas (2019)

Angela Hewitt - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Six Partitas (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 488 Mb | Total time: 149:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA68271/2 | Recorded: 2018

‘Brilliant, well-sounding, expressive and always new’ was the verdict of Bach’s first biographer on the six Partitas, a description which applies equally to Angela Hewitt’s wonderful new recording of what Bach designated his ‘Opus 1’. Angela describes a lifetime of living with Bach’s music as ‘a great gift and a lifelong adventure’; an adventure in which we are fortunate to have such an authoritative companion and guide.

Nikolai Demidenko - Domenico Scarlatti: Sonatas (2009)

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Nikolai Demidenko - Domenico Scarlatti: Sonatas (2009)

Nikolai Demidenko - Domenico Scarlatti: Sonatas (2009)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 241 Mb | Total time: 69:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sanctus Recordings | # SCS016 | Recorded: 1999

A highly enjoyable disc. The clarity and precision of (Demidenko s) playing are impeccable, both tonally and rhythmically. Demidenko is brilliant and he revels in it… There is so much here to enjoy!

Herbert von Karajan - Karajan A-Z: Richard Strauss (2024)

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Herbert von Karajan - Karajan A-Z: Richard Strauss (2024)

Herbert von Karajan - Karajan A-Z: Richard Strauss (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 4,32 Gb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 2,48 Gb | 18:23:28
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Herbert von Karajan was an Austrian conductor. He was principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic for 34 years. During the Nazi era, he debuted at the Salzburg Festival, with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, and during World War II he conducted at the Berlin State Opera. Generally regarded as one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century, he was a controversial but dominant figure in European classical music from the mid-1950s until his death. Part of the reason for this was the large number of recordings he made and their prominence during his lifetime. By one estimate, he was the top-selling classical music recording artist of all time, having sold an estimated 200 million records.

Peter Tantsits, Rachel Harnisch, Symfonisch Orkest Opera Ballet Vlaanderen, Peter Rundel - Hector Parra: Les Bienveillantes

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Peter Tantsits, Rachel Harnisch, Symfonisch Orkest Opera Ballet Vlaanderen, Peter Rundel - Hector Parra: Les Bienveillantes

Peter Tantsits, Rachel Harnisch, Symfonisch Orkest Opera Ballet Vlaanderen, Peter Rundel - Hector Parra: Les Bienveillantes
FLAC (tracks), Lossless +Booklet | 2:53:08 | 1.1 Gb
Genre: Classical

Commissioned by Opera Ballet Vlaanderen at the suggestion of director Calixto Bieito, Les Bienveillantes is based on Jonathan Littell's novel, a harsh and monumental work in terms of its length, subject, scope and depth - a bestseller in France, Grand Prix du roman de l'Academie francaise and Prix Goncourt, translated into over twenty languages - told in the first person by Maximilian Aue, a former SS officer. Together with Handl Klaus, who wrote the libretto, Hector Parra has achieved a musical, intellectual and human tour de force. These 3 b-records CDs, which inaugurate the new "Villa Medicis Live" collection, allow us to relive the extraordinary world premiere, bringing together a first-rate vocal team and the great conductor Peter Rundel.

Harry Christophers, The Sixteen - António Teixeira: Te Deum (2002)

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Harry Christophers, The Sixteen - António Teixeira: Te Deum (2002)

Harry Christophers, The Sixteen - António Teixeira: Te Deum (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 318 Mb | Total time: 79:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Coro | # COR 16009 | Recorded: 2002

This remains the only recording of this exuberant and unique baroque piece, and a multiple award-winner. António Teixeira's extraordinary and grandly structured setting of the Te Deum was written for a New Year's Eve performance in 1734 in the Italian Church of his home city, Lisbon. Calling for eight soloists, five spaced choirs and a large orchestra, this lavish and ornate piece bubbles and sparkles through the text with an easy zest and breezy charm that is distinctively Portuguese, giving us a rare insight into musical life in Lisbon before the devastating earthquake of 1755.

Nikolai Lugansky - Richard Wagner: Famous Opera Scenes (2024)

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Nikolai Lugansky - Richard Wagner: Famous Opera Scenes (2024)

Nikolai Lugansky - Richard Wagner: Famous Opera Scenes (2024)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 183 Mb | Total time: 61:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMM 902393 | Recorded: 2023

Wagner's genius is often associated with his unique feeling for orchestration. Yet the transcriptions and paraphrases for piano solo recorded here lay bare the beauty and boldness of his harmonic language, with an evocative power unrivalled at the time. Nikolai Lugansky, at once narrator and virtuoso, immerses us in a world where the heroes of legend tell us - and with what loftiness of spirit! - of the torments and aspirations of humanity.

Clas Pehrsson, Predrag Novović, Alf Petersén, Arnold Östman - Original Instruments (1994)

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Clas Pehrsson, Predrag Novović, Alf Petersén, Arnold Östman - Original Instruments (1994)

Clas Pehrsson, Predrag Novović, Alf Petersén, Arnold Östman - Original Instruments: Music by Telemann, Quantz, Vivaldi, C.P.E. Bach (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & no Log) ~ 220 Mb | Total time: 51:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS Records | # BIS-CD-220 | Recorded: 1975, 1982

Clas Pehrsson, recorder, studied both music teaching and musicology and was active as a violinist and violist before deciding in the mid-1960s to dedicate most of his time to the recorder. His extensive international career as a soloist and chamber musician has included collaboration with the Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble in many countries in Europe and Asia as well as in the USA and Australia.

Ian Bostridge, Antonio Pappano - Shakespeare Songs (2016)

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Ian Bostridge, Antonio Pappano - Shakespeare Songs (2016)

Ian Bostridge, Antonio Pappano: Shakespeare Songs (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 223 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 167 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Warner Classics | # 0190295944735 | Time: 01:06:54

Grammy® Award winners Ian Bostridge and Sir Antonio Pappano have been working together on the stage and in the recording studio for over 20 years. Together they have produced award-winning recordings and played sold out concert halls all over the world to huge critical acclaim. Now they embark on a project marking the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare with a new album out in September. Shakespeare Songs celebrates the four centuries of music and performance that his plays and sonnets have inspired. Shakespeare’s peerless feeling for the music of the English language has inspired countless composers, from those who set the Bard’s verse during his lifetime to musicians as diverse as Britten, Finzi, Korngold and Stravinsky.

Lisetta Rossi - Giovanni Francesco Giuliani: Harp Sonatas (2012)

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Lisetta Rossi - Giovanni Francesco Giuliani: Harp Sonatas (2012)

Lisetta Rossi - Giovanni Francesco Giuliani: Harp Sonatas (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 315 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 187 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 94305 | Time: 01:18:54

The composer and musician Giovanni Francesco Giuliani (c.1760-1818) lived and worked in Florence during an immense flourishing of creativity during the late 18th and early 19th centuries; this era witnessed, among other events, the founding of Pietro Nardini’s prestigious music school, premiere performances of important new works, and a choir and new instrumental ensembles, all influenced by the creation of a small state court with close links to Vienna. Within this climate, Giuliani worked as an orchestral and operatic violinist and music teacher, and was known for his instrumental compositions. Not only is this recording of interest because of its focus on a composer whose work is rarely performed, yet who lived within a time of great musical creativity, harp sonatas were rare during Giuliani’s era, and the repertoire heard here is part of just a few examples of this type of work. While the early sonatas tend to feature the standard instrumental sonata form, later pieces often contain prelude or interlude movements of a freer or improvisatory nature. All, however, are similar in their use of the Galant style, with predictable harmonic and tonal structures, chordal accompaniments, and simple, flowing melodies. The repertoire featured in this recording is complemented by the use of an Erard harp from 1818, performed by Lisetta Rossi.

Reed Tetzloff, Prague Philharmonic Orchestra & Paweł Kapuła - Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 4 & 5 (2024)

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Reed Tetzloff, Prague Philharmonic Orchestra & Paweł Kapuła - Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 4 & 5 (2024)

Reed Tetzloff, Prague Philharmonic Orchestra & Paweł Kapuła - Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 4 & 5 (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 327 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 185 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:13:07
Classical | Label: Aparté

Although Beethoven is often regarded as the revolutionary composer par excellence, Reed Tetzloff sets out here to highlight his above all 'evolutionary' musical approach.

Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, György Vashegyi - Jules Massenet: Werther (2024)

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Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, György Vashegyi - Jules Massenet: Werther (2024)

Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, György Vashegyi - Jules Massenet: Werther (2024)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless +Booklet | 2:06:40 | 595 Mb
Genre: Classical

Massenet’s Werther is one of those masterpieces that were rejected or shunned at the time of their creation. Sketched in the 1880s, the score was turned down by the director of the Opéra-Comique and had to make do with a premiere in German, far from Paris, before finally being heard in Paris in 1893. It gradually established itself as one of the composer’s most personal works, in which he showed himself to be as fine a colourist as he was a master of the art of the ‘motif de rappel’. In adapting Goethe’s novel, Massenet and his librettists gave greater prominence to the character of Charlotte, thus placing the struggle between duty and passion at the centre of the narrative. The role of Werther, originally assigned to a tenor, was also sung by the baritone Mattia Battistini with the composer’s approval. Provided the singer makes skilful use of voix mixte , this version gives the work a melancholy colouring ideal for portraying its hero’s suicidal temperament. Tassis Christoyannis follows this approach in exemplary fashion, opposite the reserved yet moving Charlotte of Véronique Gens. Both singers give the text the preponderant role allotted to it by French operatic tradition.

Geoffroy Couteau, Nicolas Baldeyrou, Amaury Coeytaux & Antoine Dreyfuss - Brahms: Clarinet Sonatas, Horn Trio (2024)

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Geoffroy Couteau, Nicolas Baldeyrou, Amaury Coeytaux & Antoine Dreyfuss - Brahms: Clarinet Sonatas, Horn Trio (2024)

Geoffroy Couteau, Nicolas Baldeyrou, Amaury Coeytaux & Antoine Dreyfuss - Brahms: Clarinet Sonatas, Horn Trio (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 274 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 161 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:09:24
Classical | Label: La Dolce Volta

French pianist Geoffroy Couteau moves with sovereign ease from one mood to another in these works, bringing out their vividly contrasting colours and emotions in perfect unison with his attentive partners. The clarinet sonatas mark the end of Brahms’s output of chamber music and perhaps its peak; their gentleness and tenderness combine gracefully with the twilight glow that emanates from these pieces, showing a disarming simplicity close to Mozart. The Horn Trio, on the other hand, expresses the ardour and energy of a composer in his early thirties and at the height of his artistic powers.

Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective - Brahms & Contemporaries, Vol. 1 (2024)

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Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective - Brahms & Contemporaries, Vol. 1 (2024)

Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective - Brahms & Contemporaries, Vol. 1 (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 279 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 152 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:12:47
Classical | Label: Chandos Records

In this new series, the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective juxtaposes piano quartets by Brahms with ones by his lesser-known contemporaries. For this first volume the group has chosen the Piano Quartet of Luise Adolpha Le Beau. Born in 1850 in Rastatt, in Baden, she studied with Clara Schumann and Franz Lachner, as well as Josef Rheinberger. Her extensive output covers all genres: orchestral works, plenty of choral music, two operas, and an extensive number of Lieder, solo piano pieces, and chamber music. Her Piano Quartet was composed in 1884 and performed in the Leipzig Gewandhaus that year to great critical acclaim; indeed, Julius Riedel, who was responsible for concerts in that venue, told her that her success eclipsed any he had known there. On a concert tour to Vienna in the same year, she met Brahms and Hanslick; both invited her to show them her compositions, and responded positively.

Rachel Podger & Brecon Baroque - The Muses Restor'd (2024)

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Rachel Podger & Brecon Baroque - The Muses Restor'd (2024)

Rachel Podger & Brecon Baroque - The Muses Restor'd (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 424 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 187 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:20:44
Classical | Label: Channel Classics Records

Award-winning Baroque violinist Rachel Podger takes the resurgence of the Arts in England post-1660 as the compelling inspiration for her new album, T he Muses Restor’d . Adopting its title as its theme, Rachel and her vivacious Brecon Baroque take the listener on a journey of captivating violin-led chamber music from Jacobean to Early Georgian England. Ranging from the gentle intimacy of consort idioms to the full-blown instrumental virtuosity of the evolving Baroque period, this album uncovers little known glories of English instrumental music and its influences.