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Dong Hyek Lim – Chopin: 24 Preludes, Barcarolle, Berceuse & Variations brillantes (2015) [Qobuz 24-96]

Frederic Chopin – 24 Preludes, Barcarolle, Berceuse & Variations brillantes – Dong Hyek Lim (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:00:53 minutes | 980 MB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: 27–29 March 2015, Henry Wood Hall, London

Dong Hyek Lim arrived on the scene at just 18 years old ‘in a blaze of pianistic glory’ (Gramophone) with a debut album championed by his mentor Martha Argerich. The South Korean virtuoso went on to take third prize in the 15th International Chopin Piano Competition. Ten years later, following studies with Emmanuel Ax at the Juilliard School in New York, his artistry has matured and deepened for this long-awaited recital of the 24 Preludes and other works by Chopin – a composer who remains especially close to his heart. His new recital of works by Chopin, centred on the set of 24 Preludes, continues a relationship with the label that goes back to 2002. Lim, then just 18 years old, was introduced to the world with a CD in the ‘Martha Argerich Presents’ series. Gramophone noted his arrival “in a blaze of pianistic glory”, while in France, the album was awarded the prestigious Diapason d’Or. It was followed in 2008 with an album of Bach’s Goldberg Variations coupled with the Bach-Busoni Chaconne. The French magazine Le Monde de la Musique awarded it a ‘Choc’, while Gramophone wrote that: “There’s no question that he’s a very impressive pianist … [who gives] the sense of profound pleasure in the music … And he’s not afraid to experiment with what he can do in this music … An artist to watch.”

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Charles Munch, Boston Symphony Orchestra – Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique (1962/2012) [HDTT 24-192]

Charles Munch, Boston SO – Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique (1962/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 49:01 minutes | 1,85 GB | Genre: Classical
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…Munch and his orchestra are utterly persuasive in their view of the work and thanks to HDTT, they are with us again in wonderful, near-analogue sound. Incidentally, this 1962 version is rarely seen on a reissue, the 1956 version is the one thats almost always used….

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Chamber Soloists of the RPO – Mozart: Wind Serenades (2007) [Naim 24-88,2]

Chamber Soloists of the RPO – Mozart: Wind Serenades (2007)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 71:14 minutes | 1,14 GB | Genre: Classical
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The Viennese newspapers of 23 March 1784 announced a concert at the Imperial Royal National Court Theatre to be given by the clarinettist Anton Stadler, ‘at which, among other well chosen pieces, a large wind work of a very special kind composed by Herr Mozart will be performed’. A member of the audience, Johann Friedrich Schink, listed the thirteen instruments in his diary and noted that ‘at each instrument sat a master – oh, what an effect it made – glorious and grand, excellent and sublime!’ Although Schink heard only four movements, this must have been the Serenade in B flat, K361. (The misspelt title ‘Gran Partitta’ and the erroneous date ‘1780′ were added to Mozart’s manuscript by an unknown hand.) Mozart was a close friend of Anton Stadler, and later wrote the Clarinet Concerto and Quintet for him: in his honour, Mozart augmented the basic ‘Harmonie’ octet with a second pair of horns, two basset-horns and a string bass (or contrabassoon), thus creating this ‘large wind work of a very special kind’. We do not know which four movements Schink heard; nor do we know when, or for what occasion, the remaining three movements were added.

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Concordia College-Faculty and Ensemble Performances-CD-FLAC-2003-FATHEAD

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Release Name: Concordia_College-Faculty_and_Ensemble_Performances-CD-FLAC-2003-FATHEAD
Artist: Concordia College
Album: Faculty & Ensemble Performances
Genre: Classical
Year: 2003
Tracks: 17
Duration: 01:08:38
Size: 318.76 MB

Tracklist:

  1. Concordia College – ”dance Of The Comedians” From The Bartered Bride – 4:23 (674 kbps , 21.12 MB)
  2. Concordia College – Quintett Fu Klavier, Oboe, Klarineete, Horn Und Fagot In Eb Major, Op. 16 – 5:25 (598 kbps , 23.13 MB)
  3. Concordia College – ”au Fond Du Temple Saint” From Les Pecheurs De Perles (The Pearl Fishers) – 5:34 (669 kbps , 26.63 MB)
  4. Concordia College – A View From The Edge – 5:17 (937 kbps , 35.34 MB)
  5. Concordia College – ”bordel 199” From Histoire Du Tango (History Of The Tango) – 3:40 (604 kbps , 15.86 MB)
  6. Concordia College – ”ritual Fire Dance” From El Amor Brujo – 4:00 (649 kbps , 18.55 MB)
  7. Concordia College – Mary Had A Little Lamb (Chorale And Chorale Prelude) – 1:29 (554 kbps , 5.88 MB)
  8. Concordia College – ”elsa’s Procession To The Cathedral” From Lohengrin – 6:08 (587 kbps , 25.73 MB)
  9. Concordia College – Largo – 3:32 (727 kbps , 18.34 MB)
  10. Concordia College – ”allegro Moderato” From Four Romantic Pieces, Op. 75 – 2:54 (669 kbps , 13.87 MB)
  11. Concordia College – Over The Rainbow – 2:48 (448 kbps , 8.97 MB)
  12. Concordia College – An Den Mond, Op. 57, No. 3 – 3:40 (608 kbps , 15.96 MB)
  13. Concordia College – Rastiose Liebe, Op. 5, No. 1 – 1:26 (629 kbps , 6.49 MB)
  14. Concordia College – Quintet In Eb Major, Op. 88, No. 2 III. Andante Grazioso – 3:29 (597 kbps , 14.9 MB)
  15. Concordia College – Quintet In Eb Major Op. 88, No. 2 V. Finale- Allegro Molto – 2:45 (655 kbps , 12.88 MB)
  16. Concordia College – Summertime – 6:47 (717 kbps , 34.82 MB)
  17. Concordia College – Our Father – 5:31 (514 kbps , 20.29 MB)

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Murray Perahia – Brahms: Handel Variations (2010) [FLAC 24-96]

Murray Perahia – Brahms: Handel Variations (2010)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 1:17:52  minutes | 0,99 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source:  | Digital Booklet | © Sony Classical

This release sees Murray Perahia returning to Brahms after a significant series of excellent Bach recordings for Sony Classical. His 1991 Sony recording of the Sonata No.3 has an assortment of Intermezzos and Rhapsodies as a filler, but this new disc sees Perahia taking the later opus numbers head-on, working up to them chronologically via the Handel Variations and Rhapsodies Op.79 which, as Katrin Eich says in her booklet notes, each represent an ‘end point’ at certain stages in Brahms’ compositional output.

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Bellini – Norma (2013) [Qobuz 24-96]

Vincenzo Bellini – Norma – Cecilia Bartoli, Sumi Jo, John Osborn, Michele Pertusi, Orchestra La Scintilla, Giovanni Antonini (2013) 
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:22:45 minutes | 2,59 GB | Genre: Classical, Opera
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | © Decca

In collaboration with Giovanni Antonini, Riccardo Minasi and Maurizio Biondi, Cecilia Bartoli restores the sound and spirit of Norma in a landmark Decca recording based on the opera’s original sources. Cecilia Bartoli leads a fabulous cast in Decca’s groundbreaking new recording, which presents Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma in a form that is complete with the exquisite mix of vocal and instrumental colours that Bellini intended for his ‘tragic opera’.

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Glenn Gould – Bach: The Toccatas, BWV 910-916 (complete) (2012) [Qobuz 24-44.1]

Johann Sebastian Bach – The Toccatas, BWV 910-916 (complete) – Glenn Gould (2012)
FLAC Tracks 24bit/44.1kHz | Time – 01:21:05 minutes | 721MB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded 1976-1979 at Eaton’s Auditorium, Toronto, Canada, and 30th Street Studio, New York City

There is an often-repeated adage that piano recordings of the Bach’s Toccatas, like those of the Goldberg Variations, fall into two categories: Glenn Gould and not Glenn Gould. These recordings embody the elements of Gould’s Bach without necessarily falling under the shadow of his larger-than-life musical persona. The performance style favours smooth legato, reserved ornamentation and an even balance between the hands. He is rarely tempted to emphasise fugal subjects or thematically significant bass lines. His touch is delicate rather than muscular; everything is confident and decisive but nothing is emphatic or overstated. Gould at his finest!

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Rachel Barton Pine – Bach – Testament: Complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin (2016) [PrestoClassical 24-96]

Rachel Barton Pine – Bach – Testament: Complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 2:05:43 minutes | 2,38 GB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: 16–18 April, 28–30 May, 29 & 31 August 2015, St. Pauls United Church of Christ, Chicago

‘Testament’ is Rachel Barton Pine’s very personal homage to the music of J. S. Bach, on which she performs the composer’s complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin in the acoustic of her hometown St. Pauls Church in Chicago, where she first heard and fell in love with Bach’s music.

Best-selling violinist Rachel Barton Pine’s relationship with the music of Bach runs deep. She first heard and fell in love with Bach’s music in her hometown St. Pauls Church in Chicago, which had a stained glass window of the composer in the sanctuary. That church is where Rachel first played Bach’s music, at the age of four, and where she returned to record Bach’s Six Sonatas and Partitas in its beautiful yet clear acoustic. Rachel says, “I’m so pleased to have recorded the Six Sonatas and Partitas in my favourite sound space for these works, the place that I consider to truly be my emotional home for playing them.”

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Johann Sebastian Bach – Orchestral Suites, BWV 1066-1069 – Münchener Bach-Orchester, Karl Richter (1961/2002) [Qobuz 24-96]

Johann Sebastian Bach – Orchestral Suites, BWV 1066-1069 – Münchener Bach-Orchester, Karl Richter (1961/2002)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192kHz  | Time – 01:33:57 minutes | 3.46 GB | Genre: Classical
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Karl Richter’s recordings of Bach’s orchestral and sacred music influenced an entire generation of musicians and listeners, presenting the conductor’s unique sound and style. When Richter recorded Bach’s works, he freed them from a ponderous tradition that had mired the music in romantic sounds and idiom. Richter lightened Bach’s music, and, with an orchestra of outstanding musicians, helped bring it toward the more modern interpretations that listeners have become familiar with today. This is still a bit far from the historically-informed performances that are pretty much the norm, but there is a unity and natural originality that comes through the music in these recordings. This set includes Richter’s excellent recordings of the Brandenburg concertos, the Orchestral Suites, and the Triple Concerto for flute, violin, harpsichord and strings. In the Brandenburgs, Richter provides a light, airy sound for the strings, very different from what was common in the 1960s. His tempi, relatively quick, give the music vigour it had not known perhaps for some 200 years. The instruments take their rightful place here as soloists in an ensemble, and the balance among them is exemplary. Rare indeed, even today, are the conductors who manage to play the Second Concerto with such joy and brio as Richter. Each instrument – the trumpet, the flute, and the oboe – stands out perfectly in the first movement, with its brilliantly lively tempo. The contrast of the second movement, andante, is excellent, and the trumpet shines again as the third movement opens, in this delightful performance. Richter’s Orchestral Suites are much denser than the Brandenburgs, and the tempi more ‘standard’. He reads these more as symphonies than suites, but, then again, he puts his own imprimatur on the music. They sound a bit too German, and not French enough for my taste, but one cannot ignore that these performances are full of deep spirit and thought.

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Florilegium, Elin Manahan Thomas – Vivaldi: Sacred Works for Soprano and Concertos (2011) [ChannelClassics 24-192]

Florilegium, Thomas – Vivaldi: Sacred Works for Soprano and Concertos (2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 00:58:45 minutes | 1,91 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: ChannelClassics | Digital Booklet | © Channel Classics

This very attractive release from Channel Classics features the terrific British period instrument ensemble Florilegium in performances of three Vivaldi concertos and two sacred vocal works. The group plays without a conductor and the players’ shapely unanimity of phrasing and nuanced expressiveness give the performances the character of chamber music. It sidesteps the metric squareness that can plague performances of Vivaldi and let the music breathe and surge organically. The strings have the slight tartness of Baroque instruments and the overall sound of the orchestra has an appealing burnished sheen. This is relatively obscure repertoire and includes a flute concerto that was only discovered in 2010 and is recorded here for the first time, played beautifully by Ashley Solomon, the artistic director of Florilegium.

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