Krystian Zimerman, Carlo Maria Giulini - Frederic Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (1990) Re-Up

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Krystian Zimerman, Carlo Maria Giulini - Frederic Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (1990) Re-Up

Krystian Zimerman, Carlo Maria Giulini - Frederic Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (1990)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 72:12 | 290 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 415970

It was an eminently sensible decision to couple Zimerman's previously separate Chopin concertos on a single CD. The Ax/Ormandy/RCA disc is the only rival as a coupling, so let me say at once that in different moods I would be equally happy with either. The main difference, I think, is the actual sound. From DG we get a closer, riper sonority, with Zimerman's piano much more forwardly placed. Both orchestra and piano are more distanced on the RCA recording, especially Ax's piano. This, together with Ax's lighter, more translucent semiquaver figuration (and sometimes his greater willingness to stand back and merely accompany—as in certain episodes in the F minor Concerto's finale) often conjures up visions of Chopin himself at the keyboard, and we know he was often criticized for insufficiently strong projection.

Mary Oleskiewicz, Concerto Armonico, Miklós Spányi - Johann Joachim Quantz: Flute Concertos (2013) Re-Up

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Mary Oleskiewicz, Concerto Armonico, Miklós Spányi - Johann Joachim Quantz: Flute Concertos (2013) Re-Up

Mary Oleskiewicz, Concerto Armonico, Miklós Spányi - Johann Joachim Quantz: Flute Concertos (2013)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) - 460 MB | Covers + Digital Booklet | 77:36
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | Catalog: 8.573120

American Baroque flutist Mary Oleskiewicz has established herself as a specialist in the music of Johann Joachim Quantz, not only performing it but discovering a cross-section of pieces that were hidden in various libraries. Quantz's name is ubiquitous in discussions of German musical life in the middle of the 18th century, but his actual music, almost all of it for flute, was virtually unknown until Oleskiewicz came along. The four concertos heard here are pleasant examples of the galant style, with mostly major-key slow movements that highlight the gentle sound of Oleskiewicz's wooden Baroque flutes.

Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Michael Collins - Crusell: The Three Clarinet Concertos; Introduction et air suédois (2018)

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Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Michael Collins - Crusell: The Three Clarinet Concertos; Introduction et air suédois (2018)

Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Michael Collins - Crusell: The Three Clarinet Concertos; Introduction et air suédois (2018)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 74:22 | 346 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos Records | Catalog: CHSA 5187

Clarinetist Bernhard Henrik Crusell, who played the first performance of Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622, after its posthumous publication, considered himself a Finn despite his Swedish background. He is now regarded as the most prominent Finnish composer before Sibelius, and he wrote a lot for his chosen instrument. The three concertos and the variation set recorded here by Michael Collins, performing and conducting the Swedish Chamber Orchestra (a feat in itself), are virtuoso pieces built on a Mozartian base. S

Hilary Hahn, Neville Marriner - Brahms, Stravinsky: Violin Concertos (2001)

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Hilary Hahn, Neville Marriner - Brahms, Stravinsky: Violin Concertos (2001)

Hilary Hahn, Neville Marriner - Brahms, Stravinsky: Violin Concertos (2001)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:01:36 | 308 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | Catalog: 89649

One of the most technically accomplished young musicians, Hilary Hahn is also ambitious. Performing Johannes Brahms' violin concerto at age 21 is a serious-minded choice, since this piece has acquired a reputation for being appropriate for mature artists. Hahn removes that dubious impediment by playing it on her own terms, with new ears, and by taking no heed of pretensions imposed on this masterpiece.

Hilary Hahn - Barber, Meyer: Violin Concertos (2000) (Repost)

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Hilary Hahn - Barber, Meyer: Violin Concertos (2000) (Repost)

Hilary Hahn - Barber, Meyer: Violin Concertos (2000)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 49:43 | 252 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | Catalog: SK 89029

Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto is well-suited to Hilary Hahn’s expressive range and technical proficiency. Perhaps it is also an ideal vehicle for her impressive musicality, which always overrides virtuosic flashiness. Hahn’s seriousness is matched by the work’s earnest style, and her intellectual grasp of the music is as strong as her emotional commitment to it. Hahn opens the neo-Romantic Allegro with a full sound, complemented by the artful writing for winds. B

Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Stefan Blunier - Eugen D'Albert: Der Golem (2012) (Repost)

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Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Stefan Blunier - Eugen D'Albert: Der Golem (2012) (Repost)

Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Stefan Blunier - Eugen D'Albert: Der Golem (2012)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:58:58 | 490 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: MDG| Catalog: MDG9371637-6

Scots-born composer Eugen d'Albert established his career in Germany, considered himself a German composer, and his 21 operas (written in German) are saturated with the musical language of Germanic post-Romanticism. Der Golem (1926) came from late in his career, and while its Frankfurt premiere was considered a success, it has not held the stage. This MDG recording comes from a first-rate production at Theater Bonn in 2010.

Johnny Hallyday - On Stage (Deluxe Version) (2013)

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Johnny Hallyday - On Stage (Deluxe Version) (2013)

Johnny Hallyday - On Stage (Deluxe Version) (2013)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 1 Gb | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 356 MB | 02:15:18
Genre: Pop, Rock, Chanson | Label: Warner Music France

Bon d'accord les titres sont connus, mais quelques fois il y a une légère modification de l'orchestration par rapport à la parution originale. D'aucuns le critique mais faire cela à l'age de 70 ans et bien chapeau. L'idée d'avoir pris les sons dans plusieurs concerts différents est un plus. Le concepteur de cette maquette a eu une bonne idée. Le troisième CD oui bon bof….

Johnny Hallyday - 50 titres: L'album de sa vie (2015)

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Johnny Hallyday - 50 titres: L'album de sa vie (2015)

Johnny Hallyday - 50 titres: L'album de sa vie (2015)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 1.4 Gb | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 471 MB | 03:01:48
Genre: Pop, Rock, Chanson | Label: Mercury

France's first and only full-fledged rock star, Johnny Hallyday was still a distinctly French phenomenon, never achieving worldwide recognition (partially because a good chunk of his repertoire consisted of French-language covers of early American rock hits). Other French artists may have been influenced by rock & roll, but none was as beholden to the original sources, or as enduringly successful, as Hallyday.

Akikazu Nakamura, Shin Miyashita - Somei Satoh: Sun / Moon (1994) Re-Up

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Akikazu Nakamura, Shin Miyashita - Somei Satoh: Sun / Moon (1994) Re-Up

Akikazu Nakamura, Shin Miyashita - Somei Satoh: Sun / Moon (1994)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 43:52 | 126 MB
Genre: Modern Classical, Avant-Garde | Label: New Albion | Catalog: 69

With Sun/Moon, Somei Satoh speaks with the ancient, distinct voice of Buddha, with enough melodramatic romanticism to stir the emotions of even the most Western ears. Perhaps less cinematic than his previous album, Toward the Night, but no less passionate in tone, with gorgeous, rich dialogue between shakuhachi and koto that circulates between whispers, cries, gasps, and deep contemplation. The opening piece, "Kougetsu," is the sound of a rock garden minding its own business, a dragonfly dreaming restlessly amongst the bamboo. "Sanyou" follows in much the same way, in an expression of (as the composer puts it) "the purity of the early morning air." Shin Miyashita plucks his 17-string koto with patience, reverence, and in perfect symbiosis with Akikazu Nakamura, a stoic virtuoso on the shakuhachi.

Ensemble 415, Chiara Banchini - Tomaso Albinoni - Sinfonie a Cinque op.2 (2009) (Repost)

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Ensemble 415, Chiara Banchini - Tomaso Albinoni - Sinfonie a Cinque op.2 (2009) (Repost)

Ensemble 415, Chiara Banchini - Tomaso Albinoni - Sinfonie a Cinque op.2 (2009)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 54:11 | 294 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Zig-Zag Territoires | Catalog: ZZT 090202

One of the darkest corners of Tomaso Albinoni's worklist is his chamber music. Albinoni's Opus 2, published in 1700, is particularly problematical, as half of its 12 numbers are chamber sonatas and the other half consists of concertos, chamber concertos to be sure, but the very word concerto is often taken automatically to mean orchestral music. T

Janine Jansen - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (2004) (Repost)

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Janine Jansen - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (2004) (Repost)

Janine Jansen - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (2004)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 39:01 | 240 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | Catalog: 475 6907

Eschewing its usual heavy orchestral sound in favor of a more stripped-down instrumentation, Dutch violinist Janine Jansen's second album offers a fresh interpretation of one of the most performed classical works, Vivaldi's The Four Seasons. The 2005 follow-up to her Barry Wordsworth-conducted debut, the subtle but passionate renditions of the "La Primavera," "L'estate," "L'autunno," and "L'inverno" concertos are performed with a sparse, eight-piece ensemble including Lithuanian violinist Julian Rachlin, her cellist brother Maarten, and harpsichordist father Jan.

Sarah Chang, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (2007) Re-Up

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Sarah Chang, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (2007) Re-Up

Sarah Chang, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (2007)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 54:04 | 240 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | Catalog: 0946394431

This EMI release of The Four Seasons gives violinist Sarah Chang top billing (as would be expected) and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra a smaller, less significant listing. As far as the quality of performance goes, however, Orpheus should absolutely be considered the star of this recording with Chang getting the footnote instead. This is simply not the case; from the ridiculously posed glamour photos filling the liner notes to the balance of the performance itself, this album is all about Chang. The most fulfilling aspects are the orchestral tuttis. Orpheus is truly at its best here, playing with as much energy and passion as the much ballyhooed recording with the Venice Baroque Orchestra.

Simon Rattle - Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1-7 (5CD) (2007)

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Simon Rattle - Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1-7 (5CD) (2007)

Simon Rattle - Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1-7 (5CD) (2007)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 05:30:06 | 1.3 Gb
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | Catalog: 5099950075

English conductors, including Thomas Beecham, John Barbirolli, Anthony Collins, and Colin Davis, have an excellent track record recording the symphonies of Jean Sibelius. Thus, when Simon Rattle first took a shot at Sibelius with his 1981 recording of the Fifth with the London Philharmonia, hopes were high that the next generation of English Sibelius conductors was ready to take up the torch.

Sarah Chang, Leif Ove Andsnes, Sir Colin Davis - Dvorak: Violin Concerto, Piano Quintet (2005)

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Sarah Chang, Leif Ove Andsnes, Sir Colin Davis - Dvorak: Violin Concerto, Piano Quintet (2005)

Sarah Chang, Leif Ove Andsnes, Sir Colin Davis - Dvorak: Violin Concerto, Piano Quintet (2005)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 72:06 | 337 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | Catalog: 7243557521

With the performers on this disc, you would expect first-rate performances of Dvorák's Violin Concerto and his Piano Quintet. Unfortunately, no matter what you think of the performances, the sound quality of the recording will leave you disappointed. In both the concerto and the quintet, the sound from everyone is rather thin and flat. The depth of the vibratos, the reverberation of the strings, and the orchestra in general are all very shallow.

Bela Banfalvi, Budapest Strings, Karoly Botvay - Albinoni: 12 concertos for violin, strings & continuo Opus 5 (1999)

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Bela Banfalvi, Budapest Strings, Karoly Botvay - Albinoni: 12 concertos for violin, strings & continuo Opus 5 (1999)

Bela Banfalvi, Budapest Strings, Karoly Botvay - Albinoni: 12 concertos for violin, strings & continuo Opus 5 (1999)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 78:38 | 466 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Capriccio | Catalog: 10 709

The Budapest strings make a delightfull sound and you can get a complete set of the Op.5, 7 and 9 concertos on the same box, for a very affordable price (in this offer you get only Op.5) The sound is not cristal clear but the playing is exciting. You can try either the Naxos series of these concertos, the Nikol Matt with the Sttutgart Chamber and even the Negri version on PHILIPS with a clear spaciouos sound although a bit old, but very good.