Johann Johannsson - Retrospective II - Rarities (2020)

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Johann Johannsson - Retrospective II - Rarities (2020)

Johann Johannsson - Retrospective II - Rarities (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 106 MB | Tracks: 5 | 20:14
Style: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

DG celebrates the musical legacy of Icelandic composer/sound innovator, J¢hann J¢hannsson, with RETROSPECTIVE VOL. 2. The deluxe hardcover book edition features a comprehensive selection of his award-winning influential albums, original soundtracks (The Theory of Everything, The Mercy), plus previously unreleased tracks (like Olafsson rework of track, Flight from the City), essays by Wyndham Wallace/John Schaefer, rare photographs and bonus DVD of his memorable 2016 Funkhaus Berlin concert.

Montserrat Caballé - The Art of Montserrat Caballé (2020)

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Montserrat Caballé - The Art of Montserrat Caballé (2020)

Montserrat Caballé - The Art of Montserrat Caballé (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 1.1 GB | Tracks: 52 | 4:26:10
Style: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Montserrat Caballé's career, which began with a legendary lucky break, would eventually make her one of Spain's greatest sopranos – equaled in status and reputation only by fellow Barcelonian Victoria de los Angeles.

Alexander Rudin - Hasse, C.P.E. Bach & Hertel_ Cello Concertos (2016)

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Alexander Rudin - Hasse, C.P.E. Bach & Hertel_ Cello Concertos (2016)

Alexander Rudin - Hasse, C.P.E. Bach & Hertel: Cello Concertos (2016)
WEB FLAC (tracks+booklet) - 383 MB | Tracks: 13 | 71:08 min
Style: Classical | Label: Chandos

This album presents three rarely performed or heard early German cello concertos, played by Alexander Rudin. The multi-prize winning soloist is also a well-established conductor, in his native Russia as well as worldwide, fulfilling both roles in this recording, his first on Chandos.

John Barbirolli - Sibelius: Symphony No. 2, Op. 43 & The Swan of Tuonela (1967/2020)

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John Barbirolli - Sibelius: Symphony No. 2, Op. 43 & The Swan of Tuonela (1967/2020)

John Barbirolli - Sibelius: Symphony No. 2, Op. 43 & The Swan of Tuonela (1967/2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 259 MB | Tracks: 5 | 53:56 min
Style: Classical | Label: Warner Classics

Born in London of Italian-French parents, Sir John Barbirolli (1899–1970) trained as a cellist and played in theatre and café orchestras before joining the Queen’s Hall Orchestra under Sir Henry Wood in 1916. His conducting career began with the formation of his own orchestra in 1924, and between 1926 and 1933 he was active as an opera conductor at Covent Garden and elsewhere. Orchestral appointments followed: the Scottish Orchestra (1933–36), the New York Philharmonic (1936–42), the Hallé Orchestra (1943–70) and the Houston Symphony (1961–67). Barbirolli guest conducted many of the world’s leading orchestras and was especially admired as an interpreter of the music of Mahler, Sibelius, Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Delius, Puccini and Verdi. He made many outstanding recordings, including the complete Brahms and Sibelius symphonies, as well as operas by Verdi and Puccini and much English repertoire.

Friedrich Gulda - Mozart_ Piano Concertos Nos. 25 & 27 (1976/2020)

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Friedrich Gulda - Mozart_ Piano Concertos Nos. 25 & 27 (1976/2020)

Friedrich Gulda - Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 25 & 27 (1976/2020) FLAC
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 284 MB | Tracks: 6 | 66:57 min
Style: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

The year 1786 was one of Mozart's most fruitful, full of diverse works in his most mature vein. It was crowned with the production of the C major Concerto, K. 503, and the "Prague" Symphony. This concerto is the last of the series in C major, and combines with its companion K. 491 in C minor, which in turn succeeded the A major K. 488, to make a trilogy that has been likened to the three great symphonies of two years later. Whatever the family similarities between the other pieces may be, there is no doubt that the C major Concerto, like the C major Symphony, show Mozart glorying in the complete mastery of means and offering a certain Olympian grandeur that at the same time does not exclude his more tender, eloquent vein.

Fiorenza Cossotto - The Artistry Of Fiorenza Cossotto (1963/2020)

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Fiorenza Cossotto - The Artistry Of Fiorenza Cossotto (1963/2020)

Fiorenza Cossotto - The Artistry Of Fiorenza Cossotto (1963/2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 243 MB | Tracks: 10 | 45:16 min
Style: Classical | Label: Everest Records

One of the great mezzo-sopranos of the 20th century, Fiorenza Cossotto made her operatic debut as Sister Matilde in the world premiere of Poulenc's "Dialogues of the Carmelites" in 1957 at La Scala in Milan, and went on to become the leading Italian mezzo-soprano of the 1960s and 1970's. The classic recordings presented here feature Gianandrea Gavazzeni conducting the Ricordi Symphony Orchestra and clearly display Cossotto's command of the Italian operatic repertoire. Vintage recording, newly remastered.

London Symphony Orchestra - Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 1 (2020)

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London Symphony Orchestra - Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 1 (2020)

London Symphony Orchestra - Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 1 (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 244 MB | Tracks: 8 | 75:34 min
Style: Classical | Label: Lso

Gianandrea Noseda and the London Symphony Orchestra continue their Shostakovich cycle with a pairing of the iconic Fifth Symphony alongside the composer's First. Few pieces of classical music have been the subject of so much debate and discussion as the Fifth Symphony of Dmitri Shostakovich. Following the 'justified criticism' of his opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk the Fifth marked a turning point in his career, after which he balanced an even more precarious position as an artist under Stalin’s brutal regime. Completed by the composer at just 18 years old, Shostakovich’s First Symphony propelled him into the international spotlight. Breathtakingly unpredictable, the piece charts a course through soundscapes of blazing passion, melancholy introspection and caustic humour.

Niv Ashkenazi - Niv Ashkenazi: Violins of Hope (2020)

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Niv Ashkenazi - Niv Ashkenazi: Violins of Hope (2020)

Niv Ashkenazi - Niv Ashkenazi: Violins of Hope (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 217 MB | Tracks: 14 | 58:27 min
Style: Classical | Label: Albany Records

Violins of Hope is an artistic and educational project composed of instruments that were owned by Jewish musicians before and during the Holocaust. Violins in the collection were played in the concentration camps and ghettos, providing a source of comfort for some and a means of survival for others. Above all, the instruments represented strength and optimism for the future during mankind's darkest hour. The project was founded by Amnon and Avshalom Weinstein, Israeli luthiers who collect and refurbish the instruments and bring them to communities around the world. Violinist Niv Ashkenazi was invited to join other musicians performing on instruments from this collection and now holds one of the instruments on a long-term loan.

Kindra Scharich - To My Distant Beloved - Beethoven: An die Ferne Geliebte; Schumann: Frauenleben und Leben, Fantasie in C Majo

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Kindra Scharich - To My Distant Beloved - Beethoven: An die Ferne Geliebte; Schumann: Frauenleben und Leben, Fantasie in C Majo

Kindra Scharich - To My Distant Beloved - Beethoven: An die Ferne Geliebte; Schumann: Frauenleben und Leben, Fantasie in C Major (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 217 MB | Tracks: 17 | 74:10 min
Style: Classical | Label: MSR Classics

Peter Davison has composed music scores for Indie Features, the History Channel, A+E, Biography, PBS, Warner Bros., Disney, Universal, Discovery, Gaiam (Yoga/Relaxation music) and others. Over 30 CDs of his music are on Universal/Higher Octave, Gaiam, Davisounds and TSR/Baja. His CDs “Meditate” and “Exhale” were both in the Billboard Top 10 New Age Albums.

PETER DAVISON - The Colors of Sound (2020)

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PETER DAVISON - The Colors of Sound (2020)

PETER DAVISON - The Colors of Sound (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 295 MB | Tracks: 9 | 57:16 min
Style: New Age | Label: Davisounds

Peter Davison has composed music scores for Indie Features, the History Channel, A+E, Biography, PBS, Warner Bros., Disney, Universal, Discovery, Gaiam (Yoga/Relaxation music) and others. Over 30 CDs of his music are on Universal/Higher Octave, Gaiam, Davisounds and TSR/Baja. His CDs “Meditate” and “Exhale” were both in the Billboard Top 10 New Age Albums.

Isabel Bayrakdarian, Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra & Constantine Orbelian - The Other Cleopatra: Queen of Armenia (2020)

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Isabel Bayrakdarian, Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra & Constantine Orbelian - The Other Cleopatra: Queen of Armenia (2020)

Isabel Bayrakdarian, Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra & Constantine Orbelian - The Other Cleopatra: Queen of Armenia (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks+booklet) - 319 MB | Tracks: 16 | 64:04 min
Style: Classical | Label: Delos

Yes, there was another Cleopatra! She was married to Tigranes the Great, King of Armenia, and together they created an Armenia that reached from the Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean. The resplendent and regal voice of soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian is perfectly suited to the role of Cleopatra. Bayrakdarian shines in arias from three rarely heard operas about King Tigranes and his queen. Bayrakdarians multi-hued voice relates the passion, drama, and fervor of the love story of Tigranes and Cleopatra. Bayrakdarian sparkles in five arias from Il Tigrane by Baroque master Johann Adolph Hasse, famous in his day as one of the foremost composers of opera.

Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra & Per Kristian Skalstad, Thomas Søndergård - Bent Sørensen: Co

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Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra & Per Kristian Skalstad, Thomas Søndergård - Bent Sørensen: Co

Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra & Per Kristian Skalstad, Thomas Søndergård - Bent Sørensen: Concertos (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks+booklet) - 270 MB | Tracks: 11 | 56:59 min
Style: Classical | Label: Dacapo

Bent Sørensens (b. 1958) distinctive music thrives on the intangible, from atmospheres and feelings to memories and dreams. This recording assembles three recent concertos from the GrawemeyerAward-winning composer performed by distinguished Nordic soloists, beginning with a second piano concerto played by its dedicatee and inspiration, Leif Ove Andsnes. Sørensensclarinet concerto for Martin Fröstis inspired by the scents of Spanish poetry, while his trumpet concerto for Tine Thing Helsethfeeds of his constant obsession with the beauty and vulnerability of Venice. Each is highly evocative and filled with Sørensens own etched beauty.

Sirinu - The Man, Hurdy-Gurdy & Me (2020)

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Sirinu - The Man, Hurdy-Gurdy & Me (2020)

Sirinu - The Man, Hurdy-Gurdy & Me (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks+booklet) - 257 MB | Tracks: 14 | 63:29 min
Style: Classical | Label: Metier

Howard Skempton has established over the last 50 years a reputation as one of the UKs most accomplished and internationally-acclaimed composers, with a style which is based on traditional tonality and lyricism; but he also delights in working with unusual instruments and settings, as is clear from this superb new album including music for hurdy-gurdy, viol, medieval harp, accordion and gamelan alongside normal contemporary Western instruments.

Piotr Lemańczyk Trio - In Simplicity (2020)

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Piotr Lemańczyk Trio - In Simplicity (2020)

Piotr Lemańczyk Trio - In Simplicity (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 271 MB | Tracks: 8 | 50:28 min
Style: Jazz | Label: Soliton

The In Simplicity album is the result of cooperation of extremely experienced and recognized musicians. Piotr Lemańczyk - double bass player, bass guitarist and composer - invited to his original formation the pianist and teacher Dominik Wania, awarded twice, and drummer Michał Miśkiewicz, also the conqueror of Fryderyk, who for many years co-founded the group Tomasz Stańko and the trio of Marcin Wasilewski.

Metis Piano Duo - Fauré, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Barber: EnSuite (Suite for Piano 4-Hands) (2020)

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Metis Piano Duo - Fauré, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Barber: EnSuite (Suite for Piano 4-Hands) (2020)

Metis Piano Duo - Fauré, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Barber: EnSuite (Suite for Piano 4-Hands) (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 235 MB | Tracks: 22 | 72:03 min
Style: Classical | Label: Da Vinci Classics

The Metis Piano Duo was born around 2014, from the meeting between the two pianists Loretta Proietti and Alessandra Felice, both coming from a wide experience in chamber music. Their common passion for chamber repertoire and in particular for piano duo, gave birth to a natural exchange and fusion of opinions, creating a particular artistic and musical understanding. The idea of Metis Piano Duo name, must be sought first of all in the common interest in ancient Greek literature. In particular Metis has implicit meaning of “cunning of intelligence”, because Metis, a very mighty goddess in Greek mythology, personified wisdom, reason and intelligence, able to identify the best way for the successful solution to the traps of life.