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Max Bruch – Scottish Fantasy; Violin Concerto No. 2 – Itzhak Perlman, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Jesus Lopez-Cobos (2015) [Qobuz 24-96]

Max Bruch – Scottish Fantasy; Violin Concerto No. 2 – Itzhak Perlman, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Jesus Lopez-Cobos (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 58:29 minutes | 1,03 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Artwork: Digital Booklet | © Parlophone Records/Warner Classics
Recorded: No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London, 27 & 28 February 1976

These two works for violin by Max Bruch owe a great deal to Jascha Heifetz, who was really the first to champion them and, most importantly, the first to record them: the Scottish Fantasy in 1947 and the Second Concerto in 1954. Itzhak Perlman, who has often acknowledged Heifetz’s influence on his taste in and choice of repertoire, recorded both works early in his career (1976) before returning to them a decade later (see volume 40). The Concerto in D minor, Op.44 was written for the great Spanish virtuoso Pablo de Sarasate, who gave its premiere in London in November 1878. Overshadowed, as was No.3, by Bruch’s First Violin Concerto, Op.26, it soon fell into neglect. It is, however, a work full of innovative touches, such as the choice of an Adagio to open the concerto, in place of the conventional Allegro, or the instrumental recitative that follows and both harks back to the first movement and anticipates the finale. Despite its dramatic gestures and the beauty of the solo part, however, this second work failed to match its predecessor’s success. Heifetz’s recording, as well as that made a few years later by Mischa Elman (1956), played an essential role in establishing its place in the repertoire.

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Johannes Brahms – Violin Concerto – Itzhak Perlman, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini (2015) [Qobuz 24-96]

Johannes Brahms – Violin Concerto – Itzhak Perlman, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 43:10 minutes | 804 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Artwork: Digital Booklet | © Parlophone Records/Warner Classics
Recorded: Medinah Temple, Chicago, 30 November & 1 December 1976

Brahms’s Opus 77 exemplifies the violin concerto of the Romantic era, just as Beethoven’s Opus 61 does that of the Classical age. As imposing as it is virtuosic, more than almost any other work in the genre, it leaves the soloist with nowhere to hide. For generations, it has been a work that any violinist aspiring to join the very select club of great masters of the instrument has had to conquer.

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Johannes Brahms – Ein Deutsches Requiem – Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Wiener Philharmoniker, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (2010) [Qobuz 24-96]

Johannes Brahms – Ein Deutsches Requiem – Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Wiener Philharmoniker, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (2010) 
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:12:01 minutes |1,14 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Artwork: Front cover | © RCA Red Seal / Sony Music
Recorded: December 2007, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria

Something new is always to be expected whenever Nikolaus Harnoncourt turns his attention to an important piece of music. In recent years he has been giving audiences a fresh view on some of the masterpieces of Romantic and late-Romantic music. His account of Brahms’ German Requiem is based on a thorough study of the composer’s ideas on how it should be performed. His is a sensitive interpretation that takes a completely new approach to the work. Technically and artistically, the new disc is a perfect record of the concert given in Vienna in December 2007, which was greeted enthusiastically by music press and audiences alike. A high-profile line-up comprises the Arnold Schoenberg Choir, whose connection with Harnoncourt goes back more than thirty years, and the Vienna Philharmonic, one of the world’s greatest orchestras. The two solo vocal parts are ideally cast with soprano Genia Kühmeier and internationally-renowned baritone Thomas Hampson. In 2009 Harnoncourt was honoured with the much-deserved Gramophone Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber – Imitatio – Ricercar Consort, Philippe Pierlot (2016) [Qobuz 24-96]

Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber – Imitatio – Ricercar Consort, Philippe Pierlot (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:19:22 minutes | 1,47 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | © Mirare
Recorded: Beaufays en décembre 2014

At the end of the Thirty Years War, the support of the Viennese Imperial Court allowed the emergence of an extraordinarily talented generation of musicians speaking with virtuosity, humour and depth. Schmelzer, Biber and Kerll were at the forefront. For Carnival festivities where music has pride of place they regale us with earthy works that mimic the sounds of nature and everyday life. They also had to meet the taste of Emperor Leopold I, who particularly appreciated imitative counterpoint, and for whom they composed these sonatas which have the power to elevate the soul and spirit.

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Berg, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Ravel – Modern Times – Yeol Eum Son (2016) [Qobuz 24-96]

Berg, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Ravel – Modern Times – Yeol Eum Son (2016) 
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:14:19 minutes | 1,26 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | © Decca

Classical pianist Son Yeol-eum has returned to the limelight with her first album in eight years, “Modern Times.” It features a wide range of music from jazzy razzmatazz swing tunes to sounds that remind listeners of a dark and desolate night.

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Beethoven-Liszt – Symphony No. 9 – Yury Martynov (2016) [Qobuz 24-88.2]

Beethoven-Liszt – Symphony No. 9 – Yury Martynov (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:10:49 minutes | 606 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | © Alpha Classics / Outhere Music
Recorded: 21-25 September 2015 in Doopsgezinde Gemeente Church, Haarlem, Netherlands

After four previous discs devoted to Franz Liszt’s transcriptions of the Beethoven symphonies, the pianist Yury Martynov completes the cycle with the transcription of the Ninth Symphony. The reduction of this complex work for a single piano and two hands – he had already adapted it for two pianos – constituted a genuine challenge for Liszt, who was obliged to omit certain inner parts. Yet he succeeded in reproducing the symphony’s prodigious character and revealing its incredible power. The piano combines the orchestra, the soloists and the chorus, unifying these disparate voices in a single instrument. The work’s energy and its textures are displayed to the full in Yury Martynov’s performance on a Blüthner piano dating from 1867 and belonging to the Edwin Beunk collection.

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Beethoven-Liszt – Symphonies Nos. 7 & 1 – Yury Martynov (2013) [Qobuz 24-88.2]

Beethoven-Liszt – Symphonies Nos. 7 & 1 – Yury Martynov (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 01:07:36 minutes | 971 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | © Zig-Zag Territoires / Outhere Music
Recorded: 17 to 21 september 2012 in Doopsgezinde Gemeente Church, Haarlem, Netherlands

The Russian pianist Yury Martynov presents here the second volume of the complete recording he has undertaken of the cycle of the Beethoven symphonies as transcribed for the piano by Franz Liszt. For both the pianist and his listeners, this recording constitutes a genuine adventure, combining the creative genius of Beethoven, the inspired vision of these works of the composer and pianist Franz Liszt, and a piano with the same sonic resources as were available to Liszt.

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Beethoven-Liszt – Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 – Yury Martynov (2015) [Qobuz 24-48]

Beethoven-Liszt – Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 – Yury Martynov (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:08:51 minutes | 578 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | © Zig-Zag Territoires / Outhere Music
Recorded: 29 september to 3 october 2014 in Doopsgezinde Gemeente Church, Haarlem, Netherlands

“I salute the whole achievement as an astonishing, musically enlightening and historically absorbing must-listen. Recommended.” International Record Review on Yury Martynov’s Beethoven/Liszt cycle Yury Martynov here plays the same Blüthner piano of 1867 chosen for the previous volume in this series as he moves on to Beethoven’s Fourth and Fifth symphonies in their transcriptions by Liszt. The Hungarian composer wrote of his approach: ‘I will be satisfied if I have accomplished the task of the intelligent engraver, the conscientious translator, who grasp the spirit of a work along with the letter, and thereby help to propagate knowledge of the masters and the appreciation of the beautiful.’

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Beethoven-Liszt – Symphonies Nos. 3 & 8 – Yury Martynov (2014) [Qobuz 24-88.2]

Beethoven-Liszt – Symphonies Nos. 3 & 8 – Yury Martynov (2014) 
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 01:21:45 minutes | 1,21 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | © Zig-Zag Territoires / Outhere Music
Recorded: 23 to 27 september 2013 in Doopsgezinde Gemeente Church, Haarlem, Netherlands

Transcription, for Franz Liszt, was in equal measure a means of celebrating the genius of Beethoven and of meditating on his works. It was also a way of provoking a well-nigh titanic confrontation between the resources of the pianist and his instrument and the immense potential of the orchestra. Thus the power of the interpreter’s conception, his understanding of the essence of the work, become the crucial factor in Liszt’s approach and in the adventure offered to the listener.

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Beethoven & Schubert – The Last Sonatas – Benjamin Moser (2015) [Qobuz 24-48]

Beethoven & Schubert – The Last Sonatas – Benjamin Moser (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:05:42 minutes | 546 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | © Deutschlandradio
Recorded: IV 2014, Köln, Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal

Benjamin, for your new CD recording you have selected Beethoven’s and Schubert’s very last piano sonatas. Why have you chosen these works specifically, just now, in 2014?

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