Ensemble Correspondances, Sébastien Daucé - Les Plaisirs du Louvre. Airs pour la Chambre de Louis XIII (2020) [24/96]

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Ensemble Correspondances, Sébastien Daucé - Les Plaisirs du Louvre. Airs pour la Chambre de Louis XIII (2020) [24/96]

Ensemble Correspondances, Sébastien Daucé - Les Plaisirs du Louvre. Airs pour la Chambre de Louis XIII (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 81:07 minutes | 1.54 GB
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Before Versailles, the epicentre of power in the Kingdom of France was the Louvre, a genuine theatre of ceremonies where music was duty- bound to impress with its magnificence.

Andreas Staier - Beethoven: Ein neuer Weg (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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Andreas Staier - Beethoven: Ein neuer Weg (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Andreas Staier - Beethoven: Ein neuer Weg (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 105:08 minutes | 1.66 GB
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The year 1802 was a decisive one for Beethoven. In the autumn, he wrote the Heiligenstadt Testament, in which he clearly expressed his awareness of the outcome of his inexorably increasing deafness. At almost the same time, he told his friend Krumpholz that he was, "not satisfied" with his "work so far," and he was planning to embark on "a new path." The works, skillfully grouped together by Andreas Staier, correspond precisely to that new direction.

Stéphane Degout & Simon Lepper - Lieder & Balladen (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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Stéphane Degout & Simon Lepper - Lieder & Balladen (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Stéphane Degout & Simon Lepper - Lieder & Balladen (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 63:10 minutes | 1.08 GB
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“The mystery of the ballad comes from the way it is told” - Goethe. This fascinating repertory requires the performer to play each of the characters as he or she would in an opera.

Nikolai Lugansky - Franck: Préludes, Fugues & Chorals (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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Nikolai Lugansky - Franck: Préludes, Fugues & Chorals (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Nikolai Lugansky - Franck: Préludes, Fugues & Chorals (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 66:29 minutes | 888 MB
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Given the paucity of César Franck's piano music on disc, Nikolai Lugansky's focus on this composer is to be commended. On his third release for harmonia mundi, the Russian pianist reveals an organ master strongly attached to the musical forms inherited from J.S. Bach: the prelude, the fugue, and the chorale. Translated to the piano keyboard, Franck's music, with it's expansively conceived structures, requires a completely fresh approach that puts the greatest performers to the test: here, Lugansky took on an additional challenge by preparing his own transcription (a brilliant one, at that!) of Franck's celebrated Choral pour grand orgue No.2.

Isabelle Faust - Schoenberg: Violin Concerto - Verklärte Nacht (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/48]

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Isabelle Faust - Schoenberg: Violin Concerto - Verklärte Nacht (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/48]

Isabelle Faust, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra & Daniel Harding - Schoenberg: Violin Concerto - Verklärte Nacht (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time - 63:05 minutes | 621 MB
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Almost forty years separate Verklärte Nacht from the Violin Concerto – the former still influenced by the idiom of Brahms and Wagner, the latter deriving from the richness of that later period when Schoenberg managed to combine a multiplicity of approaches within his twelve-note system. Between post-Romantic twilight and ‘classical’ rigour, Isabelle Faust and her most faithful partners offer us an extraordinarily lively interpretation of some of the most remarkable pages in twentieth-century musical literature.

Ensemble Resonanz & Riccardo Minasi - Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 39, 40 & 41 "Jupiter" (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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Ensemble Resonanz & Riccardo Minasi - Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 39, 40 & 41 "Jupiter" (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Ensemble Resonanz & Riccardo Minasi - Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 39, 40 & 41 "Jupiter" (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 106:18 minutes | 1.88 GB
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After the widespread acclaim for their previous recordings of C.P.E. Bach and Haydn, the musicians of the Resonanz Ensemble of Hamburg pursue their explorations on instruments with a ‘modern’ set-up.

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin & Bernhard Forck - Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 'Pastoral' (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin & Bernhard Forck - Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 'Pastoral' (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin & Bernhard Forck - Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 'Pastoral' (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 57:14 minutes | 1.15 GB
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La publication quasi encyclopédique que le label français harmonia mundi a entamée pour le double anniversaire de naissance et de mort de Beethoven, entre 2020 et 2027 se révèle déjà passionnante par sa mise en regard d’œuvres contemporaines du début du XIXe siècle. Elle nous offre aussi la démonstration d’un Beethoven en prise directe avec les œuvres et les préoccupations de son temps, hors de l’imagerie romantique du génie solitaire dans sa tour d’ivoire.

Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov - Mozart: Sonatas for Fortepiano & Violin Vol. 2 (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov - Mozart: Sonatas for Fortepiano & Violin Vol. 2 (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov - Mozart: Sonatas for Fortepiano & Violin Vol. 2 (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 63:17 minutes | 1.18 GB
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Using period instruments, Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov breathe new life into these sonatas for keyboard with violin accompaniment, a tradition Mozart renewed from within, blazing the trail for Beethoven, Schubert and Schumann.

Adam Laloum - Schubert: Sonatas D. 894 & D. 958 (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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Adam Laloum - Schubert: Sonatas D. 894 & D. 958 (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Adam Laloum - Schubert: Sonatas D. 894 & D. 958 (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 73:57 minutes | 1.07 GB
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Barely two years separate the monumental Sonata in G (October 1826) from its sister in C minor (September 1828), the first of a trilogy composed on the threshold of death, which was to win the struggle a few weeks later. Two years - and a whole world.

Kristian Bezuidenhout - Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 5 "Emperor" (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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Kristian Bezuidenhout - Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 5 "Emperor" (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Kristian Bezuidenhout, Freiburger Barockorchester & Pablo Heras-Casado - Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 5 "Emperor" (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 63:24 minutes | 1.07 GB
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Beethoven's five piano concertos relate, in a sense, part of the composers life: some twenty years during which a young musician from Bonn made several revised versions of the first concerto he wrote (a springboard to Viennese success that ended up being called no.2), before becoming the familiar Emperor of music embodied by the brilliant inspiration of no.5. Two hundred and fifty years after his birth, it is with these two extremes that Kristian Bezuidenhout, Pablo Heras-Casado and the Freiburger Barockorchester have chosen to start an exciting period-instrument trilogy of the concertos that bids fair to be a landmark!

Julien Libeer - Bach Bartók (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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Julien Libeer - Bach Bartók (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Julien Libeer - Bach Bartók (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 62:23 minutes | 973 GB
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Beyond their lifelong interest in keyboard instruments of all types (organ, harpsichord and clavichord in the case of Bach; modern piano as a percussion instrument in the case of Bartók), other shared concerns connect these two giants of classical music who at first glance appear to be polar opposites.

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin & Xenia Löffler - C.P.E. Bach: Oboe Concertos (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin & Xenia Löffler - C.P.E. Bach: Oboe Concertos (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin & Xenia Löffler - C.P.E. Bach: Oboe Concertos (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 63:05 minutes | 1.19 GB
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The Berlin public of the mid-Eighteenth Century was fascinated by the ‘original genius’ of C. P. E. Bach and never tired of listening to his concertos.

Kitgut Quartet - Tis too late to be wise (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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Kitgut Quartet - Tis too late to be wise (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Kitgut Quartet - Tis too late to be wise (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 53:04 minutes | 994 MB
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Liberty, enthusiasm and sharing: that might well be the motto of the Kitgut Quartet (named for the ‘kitgut’ or catgut strings it uses), which brings together four outstanding soloists, all of them members of the leading period-instrument European ensembles.

Marc Mauillon & Anne Le Bozec - Fauré et ses poètes (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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Marc Mauillon & Anne Le Bozec - Fauré et ses poètes (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Marc Mauillon & Anne Le Bozec - Fauré et ses poètes (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 73:52 minutes | 1.22 GB
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The poetic renewal embodied by Hugo, Baudelaire, Verlaine and so many others after them radically changed the musical landscape and propelled French art song into a true golden age.

Jean-Guihen Queyras & Alexandre Tharaud - Complices (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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Jean-Guihen Queyras & Alexandre Tharaud - Complices (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Jean-Guihen Queyras & Alexandre Tharaud - Complices (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 63:30 minutes | 1.07 GB
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Friends and frequent recital partners Jean-Guihen Queyras and Alexandre Tharaud are reunited here for an album conceived as a collection of short stories, presenting both celebrated and little- known masterpieces of the repertory.