London Brass, Rumon Gamba - Music of the Angels (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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London Brass, Rumon Gamba - Music of the Angels (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

London Brass, Rumon Gamba - Music of the Angels (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 65:13 minutes | 1.06 GB
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Edward Gregson began composing from a very early age, and his extensive output covers a wide range of musical sound-worlds. Music for film, television, and theatre sits alongside choral pieces and works for full orchestra. Having played in a brass band as a teenager, he has shown a special affinity in his compositions for brass throughout his career – both for brass band and for symphonic brass, which we celebrate with this new album. His seminal Quintet for Brass, Three Dance Episodes, and Aria for Philip mark his connection to the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble.

Louis Lortie - In paradisum: A Fauré Recital, Vol. 2 (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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Louis Lortie - In paradisum: A Fauré Recital, Vol. 2 (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Louis Lortie - In paradisum: A Fauré Recital, Vol. 2 (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 75:43 minutes | 1.18 GB
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The Canadian pianist Louis Lortie returns with the second volume of his overview of the solo piano works of Gabriel Fauré. The two major works in this recital are the Ballade, Op. 19 and the Thème et variations, Op. 73. The earlier Ballade shows Fauré’s debt to Liszt, whilst the Thème et variations was modelled on Schumann’s Études symphoniques. The rest of the programme consists of shorter Nocturnes and Barcarolles, and is book-ended by the Pie Jesu and In paradisum from the Requiem – Fauré’s bestknown work – in transcriptions by Louis Lortie himself.

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra & John Storgårds - Shostakovich: "The Year 1905" (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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BBC Philharmonic Orchestra & John Storgårds - Shostakovich: "The Year 1905" (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra & John Storgårds - Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11 in G Minor, Op. 103 "The Year 1905" (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 66:43 minutes | 1.08 GB
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1905 was a year of revolutionary upheaval in pre-Soviet Russia. Shostakovich based this work on the events of one episode of that year, when thousands of workers and their families converged on the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg to petition the Tsar over their working and living conditions. The Tsar had been advised to leave, no-one was there to accept the petition, and the authorities resorted to cavalry charges to disperse the crowd. With 200 dead and 500 wounded, this incident damaged the Tsar’s reputation and flamed the fire of revolution in the masses.

Edward Gardner - Schubert: Symphonies, Vol. 2 * Nos. 2 & 6 & Italian Overtures (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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Edward Gardner - Schubert: Symphonies, Vol. 2 * Nos. 2 & 6 & Italian Overtures (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Edward Gardner - Schubert: Symphonies, Vol. 2 * Nos. 2 & 6 & Italian Overtures (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 75:49 minutes | 1.25 GB
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For the second volume in his Birmingham Schubert symphony cycle, Edward Gardner turns to the Second and Sixth Symphonies. Composed between December 1814 and March 1815, the Second Symphony is not only a response by Schubert to the works of Beethoven, and especially the Prometheus Overture, but also strives to push the conventional symphonic boundaries, most notably in the extended exposition of the first movement. Completed in February 1818, the Sixth Symphony was the first to be titled "Große Sinfonie" (grand symphony) by Schubert, a mark of his growing confidence in his work in the symphonic idiom. The two Overtures were composed at the same time as the Sixth Symphony, and are clearly modelled on the overtures of Rossini, whose music was all the rage in Vienna at that time.

William Vann - Parry: Judith (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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William Vann - Parry: Judith (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Sarah Fox, Kathryn Rudge, Toby Spence, Henry Waddington, London Mozart Players & William Vann - Parry: Judith (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 130:53 minutes | 2.24 GB
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Recorded after the first London performance for over 130 years, Parry’s neglected oratorio here appears for the very first time. Having been commissioned by the Birmingham Festival, Parry decided to combine the Old Testament stories of Manasseh and Judith. A good deal of the libretto was provided by Parry himself, who took other texts from the biblical books of Isaiah, Psalms, and Judith. Having originally conceived the work in four acts, Parry condensed it into two. Judith was premiered by Richter in Birmingham in August 1888, and it consolidated Parry’s reputation as a choral composer, numerous performances following in Edinburgh and in London. Although popular in his lifetime, Judith fell into obscurity after Parry’s death.

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet - Mozart: Orchestral Works (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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Jean-Efflam Bavouzet - Mozart: Orchestral Works (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet - Mozart: Orchestral Works (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 124:59 minutes | 2.10 GB
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Jean-Efflam Bavouzet’s acclaimed series of piano concertos by Mozart reaches its fifth instalment. Concertos Nos 5, 6, 8, and 9 are complemented by the overtures to Il sogno di Scipione, Lucio Silla, La finta giardiniera, Il re pastore, and Zaide. That all of these works were composed by Mozart between the ages of fifteen and twenty-five serves as a vivid reminder of his unique talents as a child prodigy: these are not childhood efforts but mature works. The Fifth Concerto was actually Mozart’s first, as Nos 1 – 4 are arrangements of works by other composers. As in the previous volumes, Bavouzet is partnered by Manchester Camerata and Gábor Takács-Nagy, all recorded in The Stoller Hall in Manchester.

Federico Colli - Domenico Scarlatti: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 2 (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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Federico Colli - Domenico Scarlatti: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 2 (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Federico Colli - Domenico Scarlatti: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 2 (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 62:24 minutes | 0.98 GB
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For his second volume of Scarlatti sonatas, Federico Colli takes as his starting point the double sonata KK 63 and KK 64. These are two dances, the first (G major) full of vivacity and happiness, the second (D minor) full of indignation and peremptoriness. Working from this concept that opposition is needed to truly experience beauty, Colli has created his own personal double sonatas by pairing works with contrasting tempi, dynamics, character, or feeling. Like the first volume, the album was recorded on a Steinway Model D at Potton Hall in Suffolk.

Estonian National Symphony Orchestra & Neeme Järvi - Kapp, Lüdig & Lemba: Orchestral Works (2020) [24/48]

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Estonian National Symphony Orchestra & Neeme Järvi - Kapp, Lüdig & Lemba: Orchestral Works (2020) [24/48]

Estonian National Symphony Orchestra & Neeme Järvi - Kapp, Lüdig & Lemba: Orchestral Works (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time - 73:17 minutes | 674 MB
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In his latest recording for Chandos with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi explores pieces by three of Estonia’s first composers. The bulk of the works in the programme were composed in the first decade of the twentieth century, and are all excellent representations of the birth of Estonian Music, as Estonia transitioned from a territory in the Russian Empire to an independent nation state. As was the norm at the end of the nineteenth century, these composers studied at the St Petersburg Conservatory, and Estonian symphonic music certainly has its roots in the Russian nationalist style. Like so much of European music of this era, ethnic identity is emphasised by the inclusion of native folk tunes, and the ‘Nordic’ style of Grieg and others is clearly an influence.

Michael Collins & Michael McHale - The Lyrical Clarinet, Vol. 3 (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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Michael Collins & Michael McHale - The Lyrical Clarinet, Vol. 3 (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Michael Collins & Michael McHale - The Lyrical Clarinet, Vol. 3 (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 70:01 minutes | 1.13 GB
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Michael Collins MBE is one of the most complete musicians of his generation. Continuing his distinguished career as a soloist, he has in recent years also become highly regarded as a conductor and in 2010 took up the position as Principal Conductor of City of London Sinfonia; he works with leading orchestras around the world both as a soloist and as a conductor.

Sinfonia of London & John Wilson - Escales: French Orchestral Works (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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Sinfonia of London & John Wilson - Escales: French Orchestral Works (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Sinfonia of London & John Wilson - Escales: French Orchestral Works (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 79:01 minutes | 1.58 GB
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John Wilson and Sinfonia of London release their second album, following widespread and universal critical acclaim for their first recording, of Korngold’s Symphony in F sharp. This new recording explores the unique sound world of French orchestral music of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The programme juxtaposes well-known favourites, such as Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, Massenet’s ‘Méditation’ from Thaïs, with pieces far more rarely heard, for example Duruflé’s Trois Danses and Saint-Saëns’s Le Rouet d’Omphale.

Olga Mykytenko, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & Kirill Karabits - I vespri verdiani: Verdi Arias (2020) [24/96]

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Olga Mykytenko, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & Kirill Karabits - I vespri verdiani: Verdi Arias (2020) [24/96]

Olga Mykytenko, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & Kirill Karabits - I vespri verdiani: Verdi Arias (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 73:58 minutes | 1.16 GB
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The Ukrainian soprano Olga Mykytenko has won numerous international awards, including the Grand Prix at the Maria Callas International Singing Contest in Athens. Her extraordinary musicality, solid vocal technique, easy coloraturas, and strong expression allow her to sing major roles, from Iolanta, Mimì, and Nedda to Gilda, Violetta, and Lucia. Engaged for many years as a soloist at the National Opera of Ukraine in Kiev, where she made her debut, Olga has performed in opera houses and concert halls around the world.

BBC National Chorus & Orchestra of Wales, Richard Hickox - Dyson: Quo Vadis (2003) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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BBC National Chorus & Orchestra of Wales, Richard Hickox - Dyson: Quo Vadis (2003) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

BBC National Chorus & Orchestra of Wales, Richard Hickox - Dyson: Quo Vadis (2003)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | 1:41:20 | 880 mb
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Like so many British composers Dyson, even before he died in 1962, suffered neglect through writing in a conservative idiom that critics were all too ready to label 'out of date'. Originally written for the Three Choirs Festival in Hereford in 1939, its first performance was-cancelled because of the outbreak of war, and it was only given its premiere in Hereford a decade later.

Joseph Middleton & Louise Alder - Lines Written During a Sleeplesss Night: The Russian Connection (2020) [24/96]

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Joseph Middleton & Louise Alder - Lines Written During a Sleeplesss Night: The Russian Connection (2020) [24/96]

Joseph Middleton & Louise Alder - Lines Written During a Sleeplesss Night: The Russian Connection (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 73:25 minutes | 1.15 GB
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The soprano Louise Alder has been described as 'the brightest lyric soprano of the younger generation' (The Arts Desk), 'a born actress' (Opera), and as having 'a voice of sparkling beauty' (Gramophone).

Edward Gardner - Saint-Saëns: Piano Concertos Nos. 3, 5 & Other Works (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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Edward Gardner - Saint-Saëns: Piano Concertos Nos. 3, 5 & Other Works (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Louis Lortie, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra & Edward Gardner - Saint-Saëns: Piano Concertos Nos. 3, 5 & Other Works (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 66:48 minutes | 1.13 GB
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Louis Lortie completes his survey of the piano concertos of Saint-Saëns with Nos 3 and 5 (the Egyptian), adding the Rhapsodie dAuvergne and Allegro appassionato for good measure. As before, he is joined by Edward Gardner and the BBC Philharmonic.

Brodsky Quartet - Beethoven: Late String Quartets (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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Brodsky Quartet - Beethoven: Late String Quartets (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Brodsky Quartet - Beethoven: Late String Quartets (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 230:00 minutes | 3.95 GB
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The late quartets of Beethoven are renowned as the pinnacle of his output, and stand among the greatest compositions of all time. The Brodsky Quartet’s keenly anticipated recording celebrates the Beethoven year.