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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
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: prestoclassical.co.uk  | Digital Booklet | © Avie Records
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.

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Franz Joseph Haydn – Cello Concertos And Kindersinfonie – Enrico Dindo, I Solisti di Pavia (2015) [PrestoClassical 24-96]

Franz Joseph Haydn – Cello Concertos And Kindersinfonie – Enrico Dindo, I Solisti di Pavia (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 56:19 minutes | 1,02 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: prestoclassical.co.uk | Digital Booklet | © Decca/Universal Music Italia srl
Recorded: 12, 13, 14 october 2015, Museo del Violino Antonio Stradivari Cremona, Auditorium Arvedi

Born into a musical family, he began to study the cello at the age of six. He refined his skills with Antonio Janigro, and in 1997 he won the First Prize at the Rostropovich Cello Competition in Paris.
From then on, he pursued a solo career which led him to perform with prestigious orchestras, such as the BBC Philharmonic, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the French National Orchestra, the Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, the Filarmonica della Scala, the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra of Tokyo, the Tokyo Symphony, the Toronto Symphony, the Gewandhausorchester, and the Chicago Symphony, alongside important conductors including Riccardo Chailly, Aldo Ceccato, Gianandrea Noseda, Myung-Whun Chung, Daniele Gatti, Yutaka Sado, Paavo Jarvj, Valery Gergev, Yuri Temirkanov, Riccardo Muti, and Mstislav Rostropovich himself, who wrote about him: “…he is an extraordinarily gifted cellist, an all-round artist and a fully-fledged musician, his excellent sound flows like a tuneful Italian voice”.

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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
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: prestoclassical.co.uk  | Digital Booklet | © Avie Records
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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Roberto Alagna – My Life Is An Opera (2014) [PrestoClassical 24-96]

Roberto Alagna – My Life Is An Opera (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 00:57:23 minutes | 1,05 GB | Genre: Classical, Oprera
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Recorded: AIR Studios (Londres) du 1er au 6 septembre 2014 et à Abbey Road Studios (Londres) le 8 Septembre 2014

Roberto Alagna is THE most well-known French tenor worldwide, with 30 years of career on stage, and 60 opera roles in his repertoire. For this all-new album, he sings selections both familiar and less well-known as well as duets with soprano Aleksandra Kurzak. Highlghts include selections from I Pagliacci, Manon Lescaut, Madama Butterfly, Roberto Devereux and many more.

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Scriabin – Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-10, Varduhi Yeritsyan [PrestoClassical 24-96]

Alexander Scriabin – Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-10 – Varduhi Yeritsyan (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:08:24 minutes | 1,92 GB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: March 2015 at Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne

A fellow student of Rachmaninov’s at the Moscow Conservatory, where he studied under Arensky and Taneyev, Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915) occupies a unique sphere in Russian music. Rejecting the vocal and folkloristic music that occupied most of his contemporaries, he wrote exclusively for piano and for orchestra. His musical language constantly evolved over the length of his life, passing from the early influence of Chopin and Liszt, through a Wagnerian period, before reaching an atonal style that gazes far into the future of the 20th century’s sound world. Known for her interpretations of Scriabin’s music, which she plays often in recital, Franco-Armenian pianist Varduhi Yeritsyan studied with both Brigitte Engerer and Pierre-Laurent Aimard. She made her UK debut with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in February 2014 at the Barbican where she premiered a new concerto for two pianos, by Bruno Mantovani, written for her and François-Frédéric Guy.

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Nelson Freire – Bach (2016) [PrestoClassical 24-96]

Nelson Freire – Bach (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:21:34 minutes | 1,33 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: prestoclassical.co.uk  | Digital Booklet | © Decca
Recorded: Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Harburg, 17–21 August 2015

Nelson Freire brings a lifetime’s experience to his first-ever album devoted to the music of J.S Bach. It was recorded in Freire’s 70th birthday year and provides a superb overview of Bach on the piano: towering original works such as the Fourth Partita and Chromatic Fantasy & Fugue; one of Bach’s own keyboard transcriptions (the sublime slow movement of Marcello’s Oboe Concerto) plus a selection of transcriptions by Busoni, Siloti and Myra Hess.

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Handel – Arminio – Max Emanuel Cencic, Armonia Atenea, George Petrou (2016) [PrestoClassical 24-96]

George Frideric Handel – Arminio – Max Emanuel Cencic, Armonia Atenea, George Petrou (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:30:05 minutes | 2,81 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: prestoclassical.co.uk | Digital Booklet | © Decca
Recorded: Megaron, The Athens Concert Hall, Athens, 7–18 September 2015

Described by one contemporary commentator as “a miracle”, and another as “in every respect excellent & vastly pleasing”, Arminio is ripe for reappraisal and new presentation.

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Duo – Hélène Grimaud & Sol Gabetta (2012) [PrestoClassical 24-96]

Duo – Helene Grimaud & Sol Gabetta (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:15:08 minutes | 1,38 GB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: May 2012 at Philharmonie Essen, Germany

Two of today’s most passionate and inspirational artists join forces in the recital programme that brought audiences to their feet at the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad in Summer 2011. The chemistry between Hélène Grimaud and Sol Gabetta left critics and audiences nothing short of euphoric and this first duo recording captures the revelatory magic of their collaboration

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Johannes Brahms – Piano Concerto No. 2 – Helene Grimaud, Wiener Philharmoniker, Andris Nelsons (2013) [PrestoClassical 24-96]

Johannes Brahms – Piano Concerto No. 2 – Helene Grimaud, Wiener Philharmoniker, Andris Nelsons (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 52:15 minutes | 939 MB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: November 2012 at Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Wien, Austria

French pianist Hélène Grimaud has been called a Glenn Gould for our time, the creator of highly original, technically superb readings that are either brilliant or idiosyncratic, depending on your personal reaction. You might consider that a red flag for Brahms, for Gould was at his worst in Romantic repertory, seeming to push against the structures the composer intended. Here Grimaud comes out all right, however. Yes, the readings are unusual. The opening movement of the Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15, is taken extremely slowly, with each note and each detail almost hammered out. It’s very much the interpretation of the young woman who, as Grimaud once said in an interview, broke down and cried after playing the concerto for the first time. You may or may not like this way of approaching the work, but objectively you’ll likely have to admit that she pulls it off. This is in no small part due to the work of conductor Andris Nelsons, who lays out a lengthy orchestral exposition that Grimaud plays off of in many ways. The second and third movements are more straightforward. The orchestra for the first concerto is the Bavarian Radio Symphony; for the second you get the Vienna Philharmonic, again under Nelsons, and even more capable of delivering the ripe, Romantic mood Grimaud sets out. The precise, intellectual Brahms so prized by some listeners is nowhere in evidence here, but this is a charismatic, exciting recording. Deutsche Grammophon’s engineering is a plus in Munich’s Herkulessaal in the first concerto, a major plus in the second, where they set up shop in Vienna’s Musikverein. They must have recorded there hundreds of times, and the orchestra played there just as often. But nothing at all here is done by rote.

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Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 – Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (2016) [PrestoClassical 24-96]

Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 – Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:10:45 minutes | 1,21 GB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: May 8-11, 2015, Goldener Saal, MusikVerein, Vienna (live)

Nikolaus Harnoncourt is celebrated as one of the most influential musical personalities of the second-half of the twentieth century, and this new release is the last recording made by the great conductor, having announcing his retirement in December 2015. It is also the first time Harnoncourt conducts Beethoven’s symphonies 4 and 5 with Concentus Musicus Vienna, which he founded in 1953 and now is the longest existing period instrument ensemble.

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