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Ewald Demeyere – 18th-Century Flemish Harpsichord Music (2011) [nativeDSDmusic DSF 5.0 Surround DSD64/2.82MHz]

Ewald Demeyere – 18th-Century Flemish Harpsichord Music (2011) 
DSF 5.0 Surround DSD64/2.82MHz | Time – 01:14:12 minutes | 8,79 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: nativeDSDmusic | Digital Booklet |  © Challenge Records / Northstar Recordings
Recorded: March 28-31/2011 at the Vleeshuis Museum Antwerpen, Belgium

Highly regarded harpsichordist Ewald Demeyer performs a selection of rarely heard 18th century Flemish solo pieces by some of the lesser known composers of the period, including Josse Boutmy, Dieudonné Raick, F.I. de Boeck, Ferdinand Staes, Charles-Joseph van Helmont, and Natalis Vander Borcht.

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Antonin Dvorak – Piano Trio Op. 65; Trio Op. 90 ‘Dumky’ – Osiris Trio (2008) [nativeDSDmusic DSF 5.0 Surround DSD64/2.82MHz]

Antonin Dvorak – Piano Trio Op. 65; Trio Op. 90 ‘Dumky’ – Osiris Trio (2008)
DSF 5.0 Surround DSD64/2.82MHz | Time – 01:09:43 minutes | 6,89 GB | Genre: Classical
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Antonin Dvorák is considered to be the most significant Czech composer of the nineteenth century, although he was certainly not the only prominent composer of that period from that area of Europe. Bedrich Smetana and Zdenek Fibich also enjoyed a great reputation. Nonetheless, Dvorák’s fame soon became unparalleled, in the first place probably because his music is such a successful synthesis of Czech – or, more accurately, Bohemian – folk music and Western techniques. And no doubt also because Dvorák was such a ‘natural’ composer: his music sounds so self-evident, so natural, music such as in Western Europe only Schubert was known for. It was precisely this aspect of Dvorák’s art of which Brahms was rightly jealous.

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Dmitry Ferschtman, Mila Baslawskaya – The Cello’s Russian Voice (2009) [nativeDSDmusic DSD64]

Dmitry Ferschtman, Mila Baslawskaya – The Cello’s Russian Voice (2009)
DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz | Time – 01:01:05 minutes | 2,44 GB | Genre: Classical
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In our youth, music and poetry were the lifeblood of our Soviet upbringing. They provided colour and meaning to the drab existence of many Russians. Together with the breathtaking Russian countryside, they became almost like a religion in the atheist Soviet Union.“If a musician is a true artist, his experience of the music of poetry is just as acute as that of the poetry of music”. These words of the great Russian pianist and teacher Heinrich Neuhaus became our motto. As classically- trained musicians, we were not only fascinated by Russian classical music but also by Russian classical poetry. Nowhere are these two high art forms so interwoven as in the Russian Art Song.

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Saint-Saens, Loevendie, Ravel – Piano Trios – Van Baerle Trio (2012) [nativeDSDmusic DSF DSD64/2.82MHz]

Saint-Saens, Loevendie, Ravel – Piano Trios – Van Baerle Trio (2012)
DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz | Time – 01:06:17 minutes | 2,62 GB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: Philipshall, Eindhoven, NL, 19-21 August 2011

The members of the Van Baerle Trio met each other as students at the Amsterdam Conservatory. From the beginning they were coached by Dmitri Ferschtman, and followed lessons and master classes with a.o. Willem Brons, Ana Chumachenco, Mark Lubotsky and the Parkanyi Quartet. Most crucial for the development of the trio was their meeting with Menahem Pressler, who follows the trio since 2008. The Van Baerle Trio is a multiple prize winner on national and international competitions – in April 2011 the trio was awarded the 1st Prize, the Audience Prize and 2 special prizes at the Lyon International Chamber Music Competition, and one month later the trio won the Vriendenkrans Competition, where they were awarded both the Radio 4 “Talent of the Year” Award and the Audience Prize. In March 2011 the Van Baerle Trio made a successful tour in the Netherlands, acclaimed both by audiences and critics, and made their Concertgebouw debut the same month. The trio is a regular guest on the Dutch radio and television, and participated at international festivals in the Netherlands and in France. Recently, the Van Baerle Trio was guest at the radio programme of France Musique “Concert de midi et demi, jeunes interprètes”

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Sergei Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No. 1 / Maurice Ravel: Sonatine & Miroirs – Hannes Minnaar (2011) [nativeDSDmusic DSF DSD64/2.82MHz]

Sergei Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No. 1 / Maurice Ravel: Sonatine & Miroirs – Hannes Minnaar (2011)
DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz | Time – 01:06:17 minutes | 3,11 GB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: Westvest, Schiedam, NL, June 2011

Only a few works for piano, notably the Menuet antique (1895), his first composition for piano, the Pavane pour une infante défunte (1899) and Jeux d’eau (1902) preceded Miroirs (1905), the suite in five movements composed when Ravel was thirty years old, although he was also working on his unsurpassed Sonatine at the same time. Unlike Rachmaninoff, Ravel did not prepare himself for his larger and more complete piano works with a series of miniatures or Moments musicaux; Ravel’s music was fully formed from the beginning, although he had nonetheless made use of forms used by earlier composers in the Menuet antique and the Sonatine as well as in the Liszt-inspired Jeux d’eau. He shook himself free of classicism in Miroirs, seeing in them the possibility of developing a style of composition for piano from a primarily harmonic viewpoint. He said that he had composed Miroirs in order to break away from his Jeux d’eau, writing later in 1928 that “Miroirs was a collection of piano pieces that marked such a pronounced change in my harmonic development that it bewildered all of the musicians who until then had dan no difficulties with my style whatsover”.

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Mahler: Symphony No.1 “Titan” – Thierry Fischer, Utah Symphony Orchestra (2015) [nativeDSDmusic DSF DSD64/2.82MHz]

Gustav Mahler – Symphony No.1 “Titan” – Thierry Fischer, Utah Symphony Orchestra (2015)
DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz | Time – 00:52:55 minutes | 2,08 GB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: Live September 12 and 13, 2014 at Maurice Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City, Utah

Older collectors will remember with affection the cycle of Mahler symphonies recorded by Maurice Abravanel and the Utah Symphony Orchestra that began in the 1960s. Those pioneering recordings (the first complete Mahler cycle to be recorded in the USA) not only introduced Mahler to many listeners but raised the profile of this fine Salt Lake City based orchestra.

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Franz Joseph Haydn – Cello Concertos & Symphony – Quirine Viersen, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, Jan Willem de Vriend (2006) [nativeDSDmusic DSF DSD64/2.82MHz]

Franz Joseph Haydn – Cello Concertos & Symphony – Quirine Viersen, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, Jan Willem de Vriend (2006)
DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz | Time – 01:15:33 minutes | 2,99 GB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: Waalse Kerk, Amsterdam, 8-10 February 2006

John Keats once wrote that Haydn is like a child: you never know what he is going to do next. Haydn kept his playful character combined with an increasing depth in his music throughout his life and it makes him irresistible. Take the first movement of his Cello Concerto in C major: in the development section he plays a delightful game with the melodic theme and the thrumming rhythmic motive; the composer’s own enjoyment is palpable. Unexpected endings in the adagio and a finale which bursts with the joy of life and virtuoso acrobatics. The more lyrical Cello Concerto in D major also has passages that never cease to surprise: the lyrical entrance of the soloist is abruptly terminated with a sort of drum-roll. Such moments as these are splendid, for they leaven the musical brew and seem to bear Haydn’s personal stamp and signature. This second concerto has greater depth than the earlier concerto in C major, especially in the Adagio, giving clear proof of the composer’s later maturity. The music of Haydn’s Symphony no. 60 (six movements) was originally composed for the play entitled The Absent-minded Man, ‘Per la Commedia intitolata il Distratto’. It was with most likely only a few minor adaptations that Haydn transformed his distracted character into a figure for the symphonic stage. It is an enchanting work that has much more to offer the listener whenever the listener has a good conception of the play’s concert. Dutch cellist Quirine Viersen is one of the foremost musical personalities of the younger generation on the international music scene today. Her intense, powerful and virtuoso playing has thoroughly convinced her colleagues, the press and the public of her great musical talent and strength. The Combattimento Consort Amsterdam (founded by Jan Willem de Vriend in 1982) is a close-knit group of musicians that dares to realise the struggle between a line and its counterpoint. It is a baroque ensemble in which contradictions are employed in order to create beauty and whose contrasts lead to intense pleasure. It is an ensemble that creates a bridge between players and public with its fresh impertinence in matters musical.

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Mikhail Glinka – Ruslan and Lyudmila – Soloists, Chorus & Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, Alexander Vedernikov (2004) [nativeDSDmusic DSF DSD64/2.82MHz]

Mikhail Glinka – Ruslan and Lyudmila – Soloists, Chorus & Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, Alexander Vedernikov (2004)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,8 MHz | Time – 03:23:10 minutes | 8,03 GB | Genre: Classical, Opera
Official Digital Download – Source: nativeDSDmusic | Front Cover | © Pentatone Music B.V.
Recorded live at the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, April 23rd –27th , 2003

This is the Ruslan and Lyudmila we’ve been waiting for. The music flows. The singers are all excellent. The chorus is clear, the Bolshoi orchestra is fantastic. Performance-wise, there is little if anything that I would complain about. In multichannel, the orchestra, the chorus and soloists are in perfect balance. Virtually every detail of the orchestration is crystal clear, the different vocal timbres of the choir nicely separated, the soloists in good perspective, all the while harmony and balance between the assembled forces is maintained. The violins are bright, but always nice and warm. There is good separation between the various string voices. The brass instruments are the most spectacular: recorded with a true three-dimensional sonority. They are never two-dimensional, squeeky or congested. Percussion has just the right amount of bang and reverb. In other words, this thing sounds like a concert. I’ll go even further and say that it actually sounds better than a concert. This new critical version goes back to the original Glinka scores and attempts to recreate the opera as it was meant to be heard, rather than the version which has been played in the past century. A very special Thank You to Pentatone for releasing this. I’ve waited a long time to hear Ruslan and Lyudmila given the proper treatment. The result is worth the wait.

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Ewald Demeyere – Tears – Harpsichord Laments of the Seventeenth Century (2012) [nativeDSDmusic DSF DSD64/2.82MHz]

Ewald Demeyere – Tears – Harpsichord Laments of the Seventeenth Century (2012)
DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz | Time – 00:58:02 minutes | 6,81 GB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: 24-25 October 2012 at Galaxy Studios, Mol (Belgium)

Amongst the seventeenth-century harpsichord repertoire, the genre of pieces referring to a loss, whether or not the death of a person, takes a special place, and forms the leitmotif of this disc. These introspective pieces, actually being meditations or contemplations, achieve in a uniquely profound way an almost spiritual level. John Downland’s Lachrimae Pavan, initially a lute piece which the composer reworked as a lute song to the words Flow my Tears and as a consort piece, enjoyed great popularity in the seventeenth century. In fact, it occurs in more than one hundred manuscripts or prints in a variety of arrangements. For this CD I have included two of the finest of those transcriptions, by William Byrd and by Melchior Schildt. Byrd was one of the most influential composers of his generation, in his time called a Father of Musick and Brittanicae Musicae Parens.

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George Enescu – Symphony No. 2 & Chamber Symphony – Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Hannu Lintu (2012/2015) [nativeDSDmusic DSF DSD64/2.82MHz]

George Enescu – Symphony No. 2 & Chamber Symphony – Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Hannu Lintu (2012/2015)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,8 MHz | Time – 01:09:21 minutes | 2,74 GB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: Tampere Hall, 24.8.2011 (Chamber Symphony), 3–5.1.2012 (Symphony No. 2)

A 24-bit recording in DXD (Digital eXtreme Defnition)

There is a pedigreed narrative about the emergence of canonic composers in the eastern half of Europe in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Like social modernisation, cultural renewal during the nineteenth century was supposedly a response to ideas and practices from the charismatic cultural capitals of Western Europe: an appropriation and then a transformation of modalities developed elsewhere.
And because of this response mode, so it is argued, there was initially an element of ‘forms without substance’ about the process. Then, as this response slowly fused with a developing nationalist commitment, music in these regions found its ‘historical moment’, initially in the Czech lands, and then in Hungary, Poland and Romania. When the conditions were right, significant composers, including Béla Bartók, Karol Szymanowski and George Enescu, appeared on cue.

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