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.

Pierre Gallon - Blancrocher - L'Offrande (2020)

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Pierre Gallon - Blancrocher - L'Offrande (2020)

Pierre Gallon - Blancrocher - L'Offrande (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks+booklet) - 462 MB | Tracks: 25 | 77:40 min
Style: Classical | Label: L'encelade

The programme for Pierre Gallon’s new record enjoys the high patronage of a gentleman who was famous in Parisian musical circles in the first half of the 17th century, a certain Charles Fleury Sieur de Blancrocher (1605-1652). Although he was much admired as a lutenist in his own time, he never took the instrument up professionally. We know relatively little about his life - merely that he became friends with the harpsichordist Johann Jakob Froberger (1616-1667)… and then that he died in rather comical circumstances, falling down his own stairs in the aforesaid Mr Froberger’s presence. Finally, he has left us a single piece, for the lute - L’Offrande (The Offering), which is to be found in two major sources from the period.

Fanni Edocs, Kinga Gáborjáni and Szabolcs Illés - Les forjerons (2020)

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Fanni Edocs, Kinga Gáborjáni and Szabolcs Illés - Les forjerons (2020)

Fanni Edocs, Kinga Gáborjáni and Szabolcs Illés - Les forjerons (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 349 MB | Tracks: 40 | 63:11 min
Style: Classical | Label: Hungaroton

Music-lovers interested in Baroque music can gain an insight into the highly particular individual style of French violinist-composer Jean-Jacques-Baptiste Anet (1676-1755), considered to be one of the greatest violinists of his time. The most interesting pieces from the composer’s two extant volumes of violin sonatas are performed by Szabolcs Illés on the Baroque violin, Kinga Gáborjáni on the Baroque cello, and Fanni Edőcs on the harpsichord.

La Tempestad feat. Silvia Márquez Chulilla - At the Spanish Royal Chamber (2020)

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La Tempestad feat. Silvia Márquez Chulilla - At the Spanish Royal Chamber (2020)

La Tempestad feat. Silvia Márquez Chulilla - At the Spanish Royal Chamber (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks+booklet) - 306 MB | Tracks: 10 | 64:38 min
Style: Classical | Label: IBS Classical

Chamber music is traditionally associated with music for a small group of instruments. However, in the past the Royal Chamber welcomed a wide variety of both vocal and instrumental repertoires, as well as devotional music. In the palaces of the Spanish royal family the rooms of the kings and infants had ample dimensions, which made possible the attendance of a large group of musicians and listeners.

Orquesta Sinfónica de Las Palmas feat. Rafael Sánchez Araña - Cantos isleños (2020)

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Orquesta Sinfónica de Las Palmas feat. Rafael Sánchez Araña - Cantos isleños (2020)

Orquesta Sinfónica de Las Palmas feat. Rafael Sánchez Araña - Cantos isleños (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks+booklet) - 241 MB | Tracks: 10 | 42:44 min
Style: Classical | Label: IBS Classical

This is a CD of celebration, of encounter, which aims to give universal meaning to the island identity, which has been worked with care, delicacy, heart and rigour. A work and a trajectory of Las Palmas Symphony Orchestra, which we can all be proud of. With this album, our beloved orchestra celebrates its twentieth birthday and has chosen the path of rereading old melodies of folklore and folk song. They contain a review of genres and songs that keep all their freshness, but seasoned with curious arrangements, melodic and rhythmic turns that give a new aesthetic value to our popular musical heritage. In the Canary Islands it is not new that classical musicians are interested in folklore.

Berliner Camerata feat. Joan Enric Lluna - Weber: Symphonies & Clarinet Concertos (2020)

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Berliner Camerata feat. Joan Enric Lluna - Weber: Symphonies & Clarinet Concertos (2020)

Berliner Camerata feat. Joan Enric Lluna - Weber: Symphonies & Clarinet Concertos (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks+booklet) - 417 MB | Tracks: 14 | 90:11 min
Style: Classical | Label: IBS Classical

In the first of his two great concertos for clarinet, Weber’s operatic style is evident from the dramatic start in the form of a tragic aria. The delightful final rondo, in the style of an opera buffa cavatina, is preceded by a slow movement that is a clear reminder that Weber was a relative by marriage of Mozart. Not only was Constanze Weber’s famous husband (already enjoying legendary status) the role model for Weber’s father when he set out to make his son a prodigy, but Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto K.622 formed the foundation for much of 19th-century composition for the instrument. The second of his clarinet concertos, in E flat major, is a marked contrast to the first; the more symphonic wind of the first movement is structured in a much more classical style, while still demonstrating the coloraturas and virtuosic leaps and runs of the soloist.

Hille Perl - J.S. Bach: Viola da gamba Sonatas, BWVV 1027-1029 (2020)

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Hille Perl - J.S. Bach: Viola da gamba Sonatas, BWVV 1027-1029 (2020)

Hille Perl - J.S. Bach: Viola da gamba Sonatas, BWVV 1027-1029 (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks+booklet) - 216 MB | Tracks: 11 | 37:44 min
Style: Classical | Label: haenssler CLASSIC

"Bach's three sonatas for viola da gamba and harpsichord (BWV 1027-1029) were written around the year 1740. At those time Bach was Thomaskantor in Leipzig and also director of the Collegium Musicum, a chamber music society. Hille Perl was born in 1965 as daughter of a musicologist and harpsichordist. She studied viola da gamba with some of the leading experts in the field of historically informed performance. For more than 30 years she is travelling around the world, playing con certs and recording CDs ( more than 25) with different groups or soloizing, mostly in the field of 17th and 18th century music. Michael Behringer, born in 1956, studied church music, harpsichord and organ playing. He is travelling the world extensively, giving concerts with Jordi Savall, Musica Antiqua Koln, Hesperion XX, Freiburger Barockensemble and many more."